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How to Spend 3 Days in the Costa del Sol

How to Spend 3 Days in the Costa del Sol

Spain’s southernmost coastline, the Costa del Sol unfurls golden sands, glam marinas, and classic seaside resorts along around 100 miles (160 kilometers) of Mediterranean coast. It’s also a gateway to Andalucia’s whitewashed villages, mountains, and guidebook-worthy cities. Here are our tips for three days along the Costa del Sol.

Day 1: Sands, Sights, and Local Specialities

Most Costa del Sol visitors make straight for its beaches. From Mijas and Malaga to Nerja, you’ll find golden sweeps lined with shops, restaurants, whitewashed old towns, and yacht-filled marinas. Lounge on the sands, swim in the Mediterranean, or take a boat trip. In the afternoon, board a Malaga hop-on hop-off bus to see landmarks such as Gibralfaro Castle, the Alcazaba, and the Picasso Museum. Alternatively, join a Segway, bike, or walking tour or sample the city’s rich culinary scene with a tapas-tasting stroll. In the evening, take in a flamenco show, dive into one of the Costa’s chic bars or dance spots, or stroll along a palm-lined promenade.

Day 2: Cuisine, Culture, and Countryside

Today is perfect for delving deeper into the Costa del Sol’s culture, cuisine, and countryside. Chart the life of Malaga’s most celebrated son, Pablo Picasso, on a Picasso walking tour in the city. Foodies will enjoy a paella cooking class or tour of the wineries nestled in Andalucia’s hills, while spa lovers can indulge at Malaga’s opulent Arab baths. If you’re in the mood for something more active, take an off-road buggy ride or hike along the King’s Walkway (Caminito del Rey)—a spectacular cliffside path high above the Gaitanes Gorge near Malaga. Visit the pretty villages of Frigiliana and Nerja, the latter famous for its prehistoric caves; or explore Ronda, perched above a soaring gorge. Cap your day by enjoying a live show or some of the Costa’s legendary nightlife at its glitzy clubs and pubs. 

Day 3: Day Trips

Devote your last day to a day trip deeper into Andalucia or even farther afield. In Andalucia, visit Granada to see the exquisite Alhambra palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; head for Cordoba to admire its UNESCO-listed Great Mosque; or take in the delights of Seville, Cadiz, or the sherry-making town and region of Jerez de la Frontera. Bring your passport for a day trip to Morocco, or cross the Strait of Gibraltar to Tangier and absorb the North African atmosphere of its old souk. Alternatively, travel to the British territory of Gibraltar to climb its Rock, meet its Barbary monkeys, and enjoy its duty-free bargains and British-style pubs.

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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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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
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US$ 82.96
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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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E-Mountain Bike & Wine Tour from Marbella to Sierra Blanca

E-Mountain Bike & Wine Tour from Marbella to Sierra Blanca

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Combine outdoor adventure with a touch of luxury on this half-day guided tour. First, board an electric mountain bike (e-MTB) and climb the hills of the Sierra Blanca mountain range. Visit the “Pueblos Blancos” (White Villages), named for their simple hilltop whitewashed homes. The take an exhilarating downhill ride to Marbella to fuel up on tapas and wine.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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US$ 120.87
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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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US$ 502.94
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