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How to Spend 1 Week on the Costa del Sol

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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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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$419.46
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$83.83
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Jerez and Cadiz Day Trip from Costa del Sol

Jerez and Cadiz Day Trip from Costa del Sol

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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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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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$368.88
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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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$508.20
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$508.20
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