Things to do in
Marbella

Sunshine, warm waters, golden sand, and a luxurious touch await in the Costa del Sol’s best-known hotspot.

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Full Day Gibraltar Sightseeing Tour

1. Full Day Gibraltar Sightseeing Tour

Your minibus will pick you up from Torremolinos, Marbella or Estepona and we will drive you to Costa del Sol. Once in Gibraltar, our minibus will take us to all the major sights, including Punta Europa and Las Cuevas de San Miguel. Punta Europa, on the edge of the rock, has a lighthouse and stunning views of the African mountains, just across the water. Cuevas de San Miguel has more of an edge. Though now a major tourist attraction, it was once a refuge for soldiers during wars and a secret passageway for those looking to escape. After the tour, we will give you the time to explore the shopping district of Calle Real and surrounding areas.

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Full-Day Ronda Tour from Costa del Sol

2. Full-Day Ronda Tour from Costa del Sol

Begin with a pickup by air-conditioned coach in Costa del Sol. Sit back and relax on the journey. Admire the beauty of the picturesque streets during the free time you will have in Setenil de las Bodegas. Feel the relaxing atmosphere and walk around at your own pace. Back in the bus, head to Ronda with your guide and enjoy a panoramic tour. See the Almocabar Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the Church of Santa Maria la Mayor, among others. Visit the Maestranza bullring on your own, one of the oldest ones in Spain and considered the cradle of traditional bullfighting. Home of the famous Goyesca bullfighting style, enjoy a visit to its museum and see its typical clothing. You will have free time to visit and to have lunch on your own. Meet your guide back again for the return trip to Costa del Sol.

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Full-Day Gibraltar Shopping Tour from the Costa del Sol

3. Full-Day Gibraltar Shopping Tour from the Costa del Sol

Spend the day shopping in Gibraltar from the Costa del Sol and get more for your money. The British territory offers unrivalled shopping opportunities, with duty-free prices on many goods, and top British stores on Main Street. With hotel pick-ups in the Torremolinos, Marbella, and Estepona zones, you will travel along the picturesque Costa del Sol, past the Contravallation Line, all the way to Gibraltar where you will have free time to explore its many shops. Your full day to Gibraltar departs at 08:20, which will give you plenty of time once you have crossed the border. Explore the famous Rock, and browse all the fantastic shops and boutiques, including the famous Gibraltar Crystal, where you will find many beautiful items made of quality crystal. You will even have time to do a bit of sightseeing before you return. Head down to the grotto of St. Michael’s Cave, and look out for the infamous Barbary macaques. It is said that the British won’t leave Gibraltar until the last macaque has departed! With your bags full, drive back along the Costa del Sol at the end of the 11-hour tour, enjoying the views of the Moroccan coastline across the Mediterranean.

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From Malaga: Caminito del Rey Private Guided Tour

4. From Malaga: Caminito del Rey Private Guided Tour

Be collected at your accommodation and embark on the 55-minute journey to the site. On arrival, take a tour with an official guide for two hours and see the stunning views of The Caminito del Rey (King’s Little Path). The Caminito is a narrow cliffside path hanging 100 meters above the waters of the river Guadalhorce. It was built onto the side of the limestone rock face. It passes through the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes (Gaitanes Gorge), which is also known as Garganta del Chorro (the throat of Chorro). It offers spectacular heart-stopping views down a sheer drop to the churning waters. The path runs from the Embalse de Guadalhorce reservoir, through the famous El Chorro gorge, and to El Chorro village, which is a major center for rock-climbing with a couple of rural hotels and a train station. The nearest town is Alora to the south along the Guadalhorce river valley. After your tour, enjoy 45 minutes of free time exploring the attraction before your return journey to your accommodation. 

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Mijas, Marbella & Puerto Banús From Málaga

5. Mijas, Marbella & Puerto Banús From Málaga

You will start the trip to reach the typical village of Mijas. This town, located in the center of the Sierra de Mijas, is dominated by the ruins of an Arab palace. The town, typically Andalusian, is formed by narrow streets with white houses characterized by elegant wrought iron grilles. Later you will have free time to admire the great panorama of the coasts, the mountains and take a walk to discover this curious city. After the free time in Mijas you will resume the trip to Marbella, on arrival you will take a small panoramic overview of the city by bus and later a walk through the city, after the walk you can enjoy free time in the city. You will leave Marbella behind to continue towards Puerto Banús, a key point on the Costa del Sol for celebrities and the wealthy, enjoy free time to see its marina, its promenade or have a drink in one of its many establishments.

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Full-Day Tour of Seville from Costa del Sol

6. Full-Day Tour of Seville from Costa del Sol

The dusty streets of Andalusia are filled with culture, history, and the smell of Southern Spain. Today, you can discover the wonder and mystery of Seville on a full day tour bringing you into the heart of this panoramic city. Your guide greets you and takes you right into the heart of the historic center, where you first visit the Cathedral of Seville. This is the biggest Gothic Cathedral in the world, and you will be amazed by its ornamentation and grandeur. Begun in 1401, it wasn't completed until 1506! Next, it's time to visit the Giralda, one of the three remaining Almohad minarets that stand in these parts. Mixed with all this history, the Jewish Quarter of Santra Cruz also sits nearby, and you'll enjoy the narrow streets and quaint courtyards. Stop to smell the flowers here (literally), which blossom seemingly out of every corner and windowsill you pass. During your day, you'll also have a chance to stop by Paseo de Colón, Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza Theater and Torre del Oro, panoramic River Guadalquivir, Plaza de América, Avenida de las Palmeras, Maria Luisa Park, Plaza of Spain.

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Marbella: Guided Wine and Tapas Bike Tour

7. Marbella: Guided Wine and Tapas Bike Tour

Enjoy a comfortable bike ride under the Andalusian sun while your tour guide points out historical details and fantastic sights. Enjoy tapas and wine, beer or nonalcoholic drinks in some of the best local bars. Pedal your way through Spanish history, culture, and cuisine. Begin your biking exploration on the boardwalk with a wonderful view of the Bay of Marbella. Travel to see Dali's sculptures and the Alameda Park in the old city. Admire the typical Andalusian white limestone walls, the narrow alleys, and the small streets creating an impressive labyrinth that comes out on the Plaza Santo Cristo. Then, visit Marbella's traditional fishing village, Barrio de los Pescadores. Here, immerse in not just luxury and beauty, but also hard work and ancient traditions.

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Bike Tour of Marbella: Old City, Harbor, Parks

8. Bike Tour of Marbella: Old City, Harbor, Parks

Enjoy a comfortable bike ride under the Andalusian sun while your tour guide points out historical details and fantastic sights. You'll begin your tour on the boardwalk with a wonderful view of the Bay of Marbella. You'll travel to see Dali's sculptures and the Alameda Park in the old city. The typical Andalusian white limestone walls, the narrow alleys, and the small streets create an impressive labyrinth that comes out on the Plaza Santo Cristo. Visit Marbella's traditional fishing village, Barrio de los Pescadores. Here, you'll find not just luxury and beauty, but also hard work and ancient traditions.

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Marbella: Tour of the Old Town with Wine Tasting & Tapas

9. Marbella: Tour of the Old Town with Wine Tasting & Tapas

Discover the charming little town of Marbella with its thousand faces and historic old town, and relish the delicacies of the region during. As you walk with your guide, be enthralled by the history and stories of the area as you take in your beautiful surroundings.  As you discover the history and culture of Marbella, understand the region further with delicious tastings. Start with a tasting of fine wines in the historic city centre and try some cold tapas. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to sample various natural olive oils of the region and to visit Marbella's beautiful old town. End a great tour by savouring some typical Andalusian dishes along with a matching wine at a traditional tapas restaurant.

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Costa del Sol: Private 1-Way Transfer to/from Malaga Airport

10. Costa del Sol: Private 1-Way Transfer to/from Malaga Airport

Ensure your travels are hassle-free with this private 1-way transfer to your chosen destination in Costa del Sol from Malaga Airport, or vice versa. Travel in maximum comfort and safety with a professional driver. Get picked up in a Mercedes-Benz Vito, Volkswagen Caravelle, or similar vehicle. Enjoy room for up to 6 passengers and 6 pieces of luggage. Simply choose your desired transfer, then sit back, relax, and enjoy a stress-free ride to your destination.

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Frequently asked questions about Marbella

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Planning Your Visit

  • Don't forget your passport

    If you are going to Morocco or even just to the nearby British colony of Gibraltar, you are subject to border control - don't forget your passport.

  • Stay safe in the sun

    It's hard to forget that the sun is shining, but remember to reapply sunscreen every hour to avoid nasty burns.

  • Dress code

    If you are visiting any places of worship, Islamic or Catholic, be sure to dress modestly as a sign of respect.

  • Drinking age

    The drinking age in Spain is 18, but children may be allowed to drink wine in restaurants with their parents.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    Known to have its own 'micro-climate', it stays fairly mild year round, basking in 320 days of sunshine. July and August can heat up and its a peak time to enjoy water sports. September through November it cools down and majority of tourists have left, leaving you more space at the beach!

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What people are saying about Marbella

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 2,457 reviews

This was the most fantastic tour I’ve ever had! Very personable driver who spoke fluent English was waiting for me at cruise terminal and whisked me away to Alhambra where I met my guide who was fluent in Arabic as well as English, and very knowledgeable in Islamic culture and history, which enabled him to provide detailed explanations of the Alhambra’s unique design, artwork and symbolism throughout the palaces. Tour time also allowed me to explore Granada’s old town before being returned to ship. I highly recommend.

The truth is that we loved it, thanks to Sergio the driver and especially to Miguel the guide, who made the visit very enjoyable, with his charm and his way of explaining things to us, despite spending a long time on the bus. visit I recommend it 100%

We really enjoyed our tour of the Old Town and it’s fascinating history. The food and wine was delicious. We got to do a little olive oil tasting and ended up buying some basil infused oil to enjoy our time in Marbella

Really interesting tour ,and great local knowledge by our guide Jose .Good value for money, would definitely recommend

Superb view. Also visit the museum with paradise garden and view