Andalusia a land full of magical places

Get ready to see in and around…

Marbella, located in the heart of the Costa del Sol, offers excursions to a variety of surrounding towns, all of which are fascinating places that one must visit. Having said that these areas are also popular among residents to enjoy a day out or even take a nice weekend trip away.

If you enjoy going on excursions, there are many towns and cities to visit near Marbella: within a range of just over 60 kilometres. There are many towns on the Costa del Sol to choose from, with something for everyone and ample plans to suit different moods. There are also a few places well worth visiting even though they are a little further away, which you will read about at the bottom of this blog.


A starting point:

Casares and Mijas Pueblo are two very interesting places to visit if you want to learn about traditional Andalusia cities. The first is located just a few kilometres after Estepona, and can be reached fairly quickly from the center of Marbella. Mijas Pueblo is even more beautiful, with its narrow streets, white houses, small bars, and small shops. Not only this, but it is famous for its gorgeous views overlooking the coastline.

Another great place to visit is Ronda, enjoy a fantastic day trip at one of Andalusia’s jewels. This city is well-known for its natural beauty as well as its geographical, gastronomic, scenic, and cultural attractions.

For those who enjoy getting their feet in the sand and a nice refreshing swim then it’s on to the beaches, restaurants, and nightlife over in either Estepona or Fuengirola are the places to go. Both cities have a lovely marina and promenade with a wide range of activities to enjoy for both families and friends. The old town of Estepona is a must-see for anyone visiting the city, beautifully decorated with flowers and plants along the streets, a truly unique place.

A little further on from Fuengirola, going towards Malaga you come across Benalmádena, it is situated a short distance from Marbella and offers a diverse range of recreational opportunities. It harbours theme parks such as Selwo Marina and Tivoli World which make a great family day out, especially if you have young children. Then there is also Puerto Marina, one of the best marinas on the Costa del Sol, as well as interesting monuments such as the great Buddhist Stupa in the Arroyo de la Miel district.

Close to Benalmadena and just a few minutes away is Torremolinos – another city to visit its beaches and promenade, as well as a nice stroll along La Carihuela taking in the views, as well as a nice meal at a great typical sea food restaurant. You can also have a pit stop at the winery to have an Andalusian wine, maybe even a Málaga Larios, what better way to connect with the city!


The star of the show

The next big town is of course, the city of Malaga, capital of the Costa del Sol, a must. The Picasso Museum, the port, the Cathedral, the Alcazaba, and the old town will not disappoint you, however take your time and get to know these places as it is well worth it. If you fancy going into some shops, then you have calle Larios which is filled with international shops. Perhaps if you are a serious shopper then for more variety you can stop at Plaza Mayor somewhere along the way. You must not skip one of the city’s hotspots, the port “muelle uno,” which boasts one of Malaga’s best views. It is a new shopping centre concept which looks out onto the sea and faces the city, bringing to you a unique shopping experience. Plus, along the port you will find many different varieties of restaurants and spots to enjoy a drink or even an ice cream whilst soaking in the sunset views. A place that will most definitely charm you every time.

If you wish to travel a little more, you have Tarifa and Zahara amongst a few other places along the coastline worth visiting. However, these are probably highly popular among locals as well as tourists.

Tarifa is the southernmost point on the European continent and in Spain. Interestingly it is the only place where the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea collide, resulting in churning seas and usually windy conditions. Hence this location is ideal for those who enjoy wind surfing, kite, and so on. The two most famous are Playa de Los Lances, a mostly undeveloped stretch of sand that is free of kitesurfers during the summer months, and Playa de Valdevaqueros, a little further north, which has some spectacular sand dunes. Enjoy the white sandy beaches of this bohemian town, and come night time watch as the town comes to life…

Located on the coastline of Cadiz you will come across a very unique fishing village called Zahara de los Atunes – situated 30 kilometres north of Tarifa on the Atlantic coast. This trendy town offers 20km of spectacular beaches with crystal clear waters. The beach is lined with bars and restaurants offering traditional regional cuisine which is popular amongst residents as well as tourists. Many visit just to taste the fish and enjoy the relaxing environment as the sun sets. Most definitely it is an unforgettable experience – because Zahara has it all that it has become one of Andalusia’s most emblematic cities, whether due to coastal tourism, its wonderful environment, its beautiful beaches, or its wonderful beach bars that provide the town with a spectacular nightlife.

All in all, the majority of these places can be visited during the day and you can travel on your own or with your friends and family, however some places such as Ronda are quite an experience which is well worth looking into a group excursion to fully appreciate it.

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