The Best Day Trips in the Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol has always been a favourite sun holiday destination for our customers whether they’re going to the buzzy Torremolinos or the more relaxed Nerja. It’s filled with pools to relax by, beaches to stroll, cocktails to sample and culture to explore.
To mix up your next holiday to the Costa del Sol, we’ve picked the best day trips for you to embark on…
Málaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol. Interested in architecture? Málaga is home to a Moorish palatial fortress, dating back to 8th century. Interested in art? Málaga is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and has its own dedicated Picasso gallery, Museo Picasso, with over 200 permanent pieces of his iconic paintings. Interested in retail therapy? Stroll along the canopied Calle Larios, the Grafton Street of Andalusia and indulge in some high-end shopping.
One of Lonely Planet’s top cities to visit this year, Seville is steeped in charm and gives you a real Spanish experience. Famous for its flamenco dancing, Plaza Espana and its mix of Moorish, Gothic and Baroque architecture, Seville isn’t short on impressive sights for you to take in. For some ideas on what to do there, check out our post on 5 must-see sights in Seville.
Rock of Gibraltar
Gibraltar is home to Europe’s only free-running monkeys, one of these best places to spot wild dolphins and plenty of tunnels and caves to explore. Of course, the main thing to do in Gibraltar is to get the cable car to the top of the Rock to take in the stunning landscape and, on a clear day, Morrocco’s coast.
One of Spain’s oldest towns, Ronda is well worth a visit. Although small, there’s lots to take in from seeing its impressive Puente Nuevo that spans 100m over the El Tajo gorge to its Arabic baths and Spain’s oldest bullring. Tie in a visit to Setenil de las Bodegas, a village literally built into the mountain. It’s only a 30min drive from Ronda making it an ideal detour!
If you want a complete change from lounging by the beach, you can go skiing near Granada on the Sierra Nevada mountains. If not, you can just soak up the culture and architecture that Granada has to offer. Spend 3 hours exploring The Alhambra, the 1,530,000 sq ft Arabic fortress and palace and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The number of daily tickets is limited so book in advance. After seeing all the palaces and gardens in The Alhambra, sample the local tapas and discover the unique street art by Granada’s famous muralist, El Niño de las Pinturas.
Interested in the Costa del Sol and all it has to offer?