After being wowed by Malaga’s magnificent history, art and buzzing foodie scene, head off on a day trip to Ronda, Nerja, Cadiz or Antequera…
With beautiful hot summers and some of the warmest winters in Europe, the Costa Del Sol is a great region all year around. If you’re a foodie like me, then delve into Andalusian delicacies including fried fish, local olives and tasty hams. Or head a little way inland and you’re in a great wine region.
Oh and then there’s the natural beauty. This region of Spain has it all. Stunning jagged mountain ranges, dry arid terrain, beautiful turquoise sea, rolling hills, and caves with 800,000 years of history!
To make the most of your time in southern Spain, spend a few days exploring Malaga, then hire a car and enjoy some of these great things to do on a day trip from the city. I’ve popped together detailed guides on Ronda, Nerja,Cadiz and Antequera, but to inspire you, here’s a whistlestop tour of all four!
Four Great Day Trips From Malaga, Costa Del Sol
Malaga to Ronda: 103km (approx. 1hr 30)
It’s hard not to be blown away by Ronda. Built across the deep El Tajo gorge, it has the beauty, charm and history that many cities long for. I’d probably say it’s the most photogenic place in Spain… and wow, is that a bold statement! If you don’t fancy organising a trip, take a look at tours of Ronda such as this one, which include transport and activities.
Top Things To Do in Ronda
Visit The Puente Nuevo
Walk in the Jardines De Cuenca
Check out the stunning views
Tour the Plaza Del Toros
Head off wine tasting at Bodega Joaquin Fernandez
Malaga to Nerja: 57km (approx. 50 mins)
With its wonderful sub-tropical climate, the beautiful coastal town of Nerja is home to miles of sandy beaches, top seafood, ancient caves and what is proudly known as the Balcony of Europe. Again, if you don’t fancy organising a trip, take a look at tours of Nerja such as this one, which include transport and activities.
Top Things To Do in Nerja
Spend the day at one of Nerja’s beaches
Look out over the Balcony of Europe
Explore Nerja’s incredible caves
Snap a photo of Nerja’s aquaduct
Enjoy some delicious seafood at one of Nerja’s beachside restaurants
Malaga to Cadiz: 237km (approx. 2hr 40)
With vivid green water dotted with fishing boats, white buildings as far as the eye can see, skinny cobbled streets running from one side of the peninsula to the other, and a buzzy, local vibe with characterful tapas bars on street corners, Cadiz is one of my favourite cities in Spain. It’s historic, with its Roman ruins and incredible forts, and offers great food and beautiful beaches too. If you don’t fancy organising a trip, take a look at tours of Malaga and Jerez such as this one, which include transport from Malaga plus some fun activities.
Top Things To Do in Cadiz
Climb Cadiz Cathedral Tower
Hit La Caleta Beach
Visit Mercado Central
Walk the entire peninsula
Visit the castles
Check out the Roman Theatre
Visit some amazing restaurants
Malaga to Antequera: 51km (approx. 50 mins)
With an incredible rock resembling a man’s face, endless churches and monuments, dolmens dating back to 1800 BC, and beautiful views over the white city, Antequera is an incredible place for a day trip from Malaga.
Top Things To Do in Antequera
Marvel at the sight of Lover’s Rock
Wander the beautiful city
Check out the incredible limestone rock formations of El Torcal
Go back in time at the ancient Dolmens
Explore Antequera’s history at the Museu de la Ciudud de Antequera
Thanks to Spain and the Costa Del Sol for inviting me to explore southern Spain. As always, all opinions are my own.
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