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How to Spend 1 Week on the Costa del Sol

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How to Spend 1 Week on the Costa del Sol
Stretching from Nerja in the east to Estepona in the west, Spain’s Costa del Sol offers more than beaches. Historical towns, shimmering yacht ports, and striking villages frame the sand, while beyond lie Andalucia and other Mediterranean gems. Here are your options for a week on the Costa del Sol. 

Days 1 to 3: Málaga
The Costa del Sol’s centerpiece and main town, Málaga has enough beaches and attractions to make a perfect base for three days. Start by savoring the Costa del Sol’s legendary sunshine on Málaga’s beaches, then maximize your time on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. If you prefer, zip around key landmarks such as Málaga Cathedral on a Segway or bike, or delve deeper on a guided walk. Food aficionados may fancy a tapas-themed tour around the city, while some may prefer to sink into the thermal waters of its restored Arabic baths. Take advantage of Málaga’s easy access to other Costa del Sol hot spots. Stroll the ancient caves and Balcón de Europa promenade in Nerja, and amble the picture-postcard hillside village of Frigiliana. Come evening, enjoy a flamenco show or take an early evening cruise to admire the view from the water.

Day 4: Ronda
Straddling a deep gorge with its two halves linked by a high bridge, inland Ronda merits a day’s visit or overnight stay. Roam its handsome streets to admire its central square and bullring, and gaze down into the El Tajo gorge from the arched Puente Nuevo bridge. Pause for a wine tasting at an old-town bodega, or up the adventure by riding a buggy through El Tajo, admiring its sheer walls from below rather than above.

Days 5 to 7: Marbella or Málaga
Spend your last 48 hours back in Málaga or its glitzy sister, Marbella. Laze on Marbella’s sands and stroll its marinas—including glamorous Puerto Banus—to admire million-dollar yachts and trip through classy boutiques and eateries. If you’re in Málaga, learn to prepare Spanish cuisine in a cooking class, or follow in the steps of artist Pablo Picasso, born here in 1881. Otherwise, strike out to Andalucia’s major sights. Cordoba boasts a UNESCO-listed Great Mosque, Jewish Quarter, and Roman ruins, while Granada’s medieval Alhambra is a vision of fountains, patios, and archways. If history alone isn’t enough, venture to Seville or discover sherry-producing Jerez, the port of Cadiz, and a classic Andalucian horse show. Alternatively, travel to Gibraltar and its world-famous rock or to Tangier, across the Strait of Gibraltar, with its walled medina and French-colonial architecture.
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Gibraltar Express: Sightseeing Full Day Tour from Malaga

Gibraltar Express: Sightseeing Full Day Tour from Malaga

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Discover the scenic and shopping highlights of Gibraltar on this full-day trip from Malaga. With an expert guide, journey from Malaga to Gibraltar by air-conditioned coach and experience the best of this famous British territory. Meet the fabled Barbary ‘apes’ on the Rock of Gibraltar, visit St Michael’s Cave, and much more. Then, enjoy time to explore Gibraltar’s center independently. Perhaps have lunch at a British-style pub, browse the big-name stores, and snap up duty-free bargains.
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  • 11 hours
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Alhambra trip from Marbella or Malaga

Alhambra trip from Marbella or Malaga

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Experience Granada’s incredible UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alhambra with the help of a private guide during this half-day trip from Marbella. Travel back in time 600 years to the era of Muslim Spain, as your expert guide helps you explore the intricate stonework, detailed ceilings, and lush gardens of this famous military fortress turned royal palace.
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  • 7 hours
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Frigiliana and Nerja Tour Direct from Malaga

Frigiliana and Nerja Tour Direct from Malaga

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Explore the beautiful coastal villages of Spain on a half-day tour of Nerja and Frigiliana from Malaga. Gaze at the seaside splendor of the Mediterranean as you travel to the whitewashed houses and rich cultural tableau of Frigiliana. Visit an ancient Moorish fortress, and browse local shops for rustic pottery before navigating the labyrinthine lanes of Nerja, a gorgeous village replete with sandy coves and inviting beaches. Upgrade to include a tour of the prehistoric Caves of Nerja with an expert guide.
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  • 9 hours
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Seville Full Day Trip from Costa del Sol

Seville Full Day Trip from Costa del Sol

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Let the beguiling beauty of Seville seduce you on an explorative full-day excursion from Costa del Sol. With a knowledgeable guide, immerse yourself in the rich cultural and architectural tapestry of the city and explore colorful neighborhoods like Santa Cruz and Triana. Stroll along the picturesque banks of the Guadalquivir River and marvel at UNESCO World Heritage-listed attractions like the Cathedral of Seville. Enjoy some leisurely free time to discover Seville at your own pace and relax with convenient round-trip transportation from Costa del Sol.
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  • 12 hours
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Malaga Tapas Walking Tour

Malaga Tapas Walking Tour

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Get a taste of the delicious food culture of Malaga during this walking tour of the city’s numerous tapas bars and artisan culinary creators. Come hungry as you experience the gastronomic culture of this southern Spanish city as told through its chefs and shopkeepers, savoring hand-crafted foodstuffs like local-style marinated olives, fried fish, and regional wine. You also visit the bustling Atarazanas Market and learn how a local chef is reinventing traditional cuisine with a modern twist. Additional attraction include a local expert ‘food sherpa’ guide, as well as seven tastings and four drinks.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Jerez and Cadiz Day Trip from Costa del Sol with Winery Tour, Andalusian Horse Show and Sightseeing Cruise

Jerez and Cadiz Day Trip from Costa del Sol with Winery Tour, Andalusian Horse Show and Sightseeing Cruise

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Enjoy an authentic cultural experience of southern Spain on an enriching full-day excursion to Jerez and Cadiz from central Malaga and Costa del Sol. Accompanied by an expert guide, pleasure your palate with a tasting session at an established winery and watch an exhilarating equestrian show typical of the region. Admire breathtaking panoramas of the Andalusian countryside; cruise along Cadiz’s curvaceous coastline by ferry; and conclude your cultural day with a guided tour of the city’s historical heart.
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  • 10 hours
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Half-Day Malaga Highlights Bike Tour with a Local Guide

Half-Day Malaga Highlights Bike Tour with a Local Guide

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Pedal your way through Malaga and check off the port city’s key sights on this bike tour. Accompanied by your tour leader, you’ll cycle through the charming historic center on beautiful pedestrian streets. See the Renaissance Cathedral of Malaga, the Roman Theater, Alcazaba and other showstopper landmarks. After stopping at Malaga’s bullring, continue along the waterfront pausing for a drink at a beach bar (own expense). On the way back to the city, cycle through the beautiful marina and take in the spectacular skyline of Malaga.
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  • 3 hours
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90 minute Ronda Gorge Buggy Trip

90 minute Ronda Gorge Buggy Trip

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Rumble through the rugged scenery of the Tajo de Ronda Gorge on a self-drive 4x4 buggy tour. Prepare to get dirty on this tour over off-road territory that most ordinary vehicles can't access. On the 15.5-mile (25-kilometer) track, you'll stop in part of the old town, see the ancient bull ring, and get epic views of the gorge before descending. GoPro footage and photos available for download.
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  • 1 hour 25 minutes to 1 hour 35 minutes
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Arabian Baths Experience at Malaga’s Hammam Al Andalus

Arabian Baths Experience at Malaga’s Hammam Al Andalus

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Immerse yourself in the sublime serenity of Malaga’s heavenly Hammam Al Ándalus during a session in the opulent Arabian baths. Venture within and sip fresh mint tea while soothing mind body and soul in thermal pools and relaxing Jacuzzis. Stimulate your senses in the icy plunge pool; inhale the aromatic scents of the steam room; then indulge in a massage with exfoliating scrub. Upgrade to enjoy a purifying Midra massage that stimulates blood circulations and exfoliates.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Day Trip to Ronda from Marbella

Private Day Trip to Ronda from Marbella

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Delve into Ronda’s rich heritage on full-day tour of the city from Marbella, a great choice for history buffs. With just your party and private guide, you’ll travel to Ronda in an air-conditioned vehicle and visit highlights such as Puente Nuevo , El Tajo Gorge, and Mondragon Palace, home to the Museum of Ronda. Plus, see the iconic Plaza de Toros, one of the oldest bullrings in Spain. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Paella Cooking Class in Malaga

Paella Cooking Class in Malaga

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Learn the art of making perfect Spanish paella direct from a chef in a 3.5-hour cooking class and market tour in Malaga. Pick out the ingredients at a vibrant food market, make a traditional paella and 'gazpacho' (chilled soup) with expert instruction, and feast on your creations with your fellow cooks, accompanied by beer or wine. Tastings of popular local snacks are included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Ronda Day Trip from Malaga

Ronda Day Trip from Malaga

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Discover the dramatic mountains and historical landmarks of Ronda on a full-day trip from Malaga, led by a professional guide. Travel through the sublime Spanish countryside, admiring olive groves and vineyards, and then embark on a guided walking tour on arrival in Ronda. See the 15th-century Mondragon Palace; step inside the ancient bullfighting arena; and gaze at the iconic New Bridge that connects the old town with the new. Stop off at the charming village of Setenil de las Bodegas on your way back to Malaga and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Malaga hotel.
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  • 12 hours
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$280.38
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Cordoba private trip from Marbella or from Malaga

Cordoba private trip from Marbella or from Malaga

Experience the UNESCO World Heritage city of Cordoba on a private tour from the Costa del Sol. After a convenient hotel pickup in Marbella or Malaga, travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to Cordoba’s historic center for a tour highlighting the city’s rich cultural diversity. Visit sites important to Muslims, Jews, and Christians, including the Cathedral-Mosque and the Jewish Quarter. Stop at the craft market and enjoy free time for lunch.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$487.33
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