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One of the reasons why I love Malaga so much is because it’s much more than simply a city. It has a certain vibe and a bustling nightlife that will make you want to stay longer than for only a few days. Many travel to Malaga because of its busy airport and from there, they move on to the beach resort. However, Malaga itself is a great base to spend your holidays as it comes with a wide offer when it comes to day tours. This post will provide you some of the best day trips from Malaga.

Indeed, there are so many quaint, white villages and impressive towns near Malaga that you don’t want to miss them. Whether you are looking for a picturesque mountain village or an imposing town such as Granada or Seville, you can easily get there by a day tour from Malaga. The best feature is that many of them can be reached by public transport.

However, many operators can take you in a very short time on a day trip from Malaga in order to make sure that you make the most of your time. 

After living in Malaga for over half a year and visiting on a regular basis, I decided that it was about time to put together a list of my favorite day tours from Malaga. Have you been to Malaga and its surroundings? Let me know which one you liked best in the comment form.

Are you still wondering what’s the best place to stay in Malaga? This post tells you all the best hotels in Malaga.

As most of the recommended destinations can be reached by public transport, make sure to book your train or bus tickets in advance here. 

1. Mijas

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The streets of Mijas

The magical, white town of Mijas is approximately 41 km away from Malaga. It is the third most populated town in Malaga. You need to distinguish between Mijas Costa and Mijas Pueblo. Whereas Mijas Costa is all about beach resorts, Mijas Pueblo has quaint, narrow streets and jaw-dropping views.

Mijas offers the visitors an eye-catching view of the Sierra de Mijas mountains and its surroundings. Even the panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea and the coast will catch your eye in the first glance. It comes on top of the list while counting on the Malaga day trips. The village is particularly famous for its donkey-taxis.

Book here your day trip from Malaga to Mijas

What to see and what to do during a day trip from Malaga to Mijas?

  • Explore the charming beauty of the historic center and its whitewashed houses
  • Enjoy the view from the top of El Compas terrace
  • Plan a visit to the Contemporary Art Centre and the Museo de Miniaturas
  • Pet the donkeys at the taxi stand
  • Chill out at Plaza Mayor

How to get there?

By bus: There is no direct bus service from Malaga Airport to Mijas. You can take a bus to Malaga city or to Fuengirola and then another bus to Mijas.

For more convenience, you can hire a rental car. Check here the best rental prices.

I also recommend visiting Mijas with a day tour. Book here your day trip from Malaga to Mijas

2. Nerja

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The balcony of Europe, Nerja

Located about 60 km east of Malaga, Nerja is one of the most popular tourist locations at Costa del Sol. It is distinguished for being a former fishing village.

Though the famous attraction of Nerja is the promontory- Balcon de Europa” that offers an impressive view of the coast. It also features some beaches and typical Andalusian back streets to explore.

Try to catch a terrace close to Balcon de Europa and enjoy the best views on the Mediterranean sea. The real highlight of Nerja are however its caves, las Cuevas de Nerja. Discovered only about 100 years ago, they are a spectacular tourist attraction that cannot be seen anywhere else in Andalusia. Nerja is thus one of the best day trips from Malaga as it boasts some of the best beaches in Southern Spain.

What to see and what to do on a day trip from Malaga to Nerja?

  • Enjoy the mesmerizing view from the balcony of Europe
  • Explore the caves of Nerja. Book here your tickets.
  • Drive a quad bike
  • Wander around the historical center and its narrow streets. There are plenty of shops to be discovered.
  • Enjoy kayaking, paragliding, fishing, snorkeling and other water sports near Nerja.
  • Relax on the beaches of Maro, close to Nerja

How to get there?

By Bus: There is no direct bus service from Malaga Airport to Nerja. Firstly, you need to reach Malaga city bus station by bus or train and from there, you can board a bus to Nerja.

By Taxi: If money is not an issue, you can rent a private taxi to Nerja. It is the best option if you are travelling in a group as it would save you time and reduce the hassle of carrying luggage.

For more convenience, you can hire a rental car. Check here the best rental prices.

I also recommend visiting Nerja with a day tour. Book here your day trip from Malaga to Nerja and Frigiliana

3. Frigiliana

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Beautiful Frigiliana

Frigiliana is an inland village in Andalusia that is located at a distance of about 60 km from Malaga. It is a charming and peaceful landscape that is surrounded by mountains.

Situated about 300 metres above sea level, the village offers stunning views on the coast and the Mediterranean sea. The white-washed houses set a perfect contrast against the blue skies and beautiful flowers grown in the plant pots.

There are several cute shops and the narrow, white streets are perfect to get lost. When looking for a relaxing day trip from Malaga, you should definitely consider Frigiliana.

What to see and what to do in Frigiliana?

  • Visit the Church of San Antonio.
  • View El Ingenio- the old sugar cane factory
  • Have a glimpse of extraordinary artwork at AmArte.
  • Climb up to the Castle of Lizar.
  • Learn about the history of Frigiliana at the Museo Arqueologico de Frigiliana.

How to get there?

By Bus: As there is no direct bus service from Malaga to Frigiliana, the best route is to travel via Nerja.

By car: For more convenience, you can hire a rental car. Check here the best rental prices.

I also recommend visiting Frigiliana with a day tour. Book here your day trip from Malaga to Nerja and Frigiliana

4. Torre del Mar

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Espetos are one of the star dishes in Torre del Mar

Located about 36 km south of Malaga, Torre del Mar is a tourist resort that once was famous for agriculture and fishing. Now, it has been transformed into a renowned tourist location for a Malaga day tour.

It is famous for its 4 km long sandy beach that is lined with bars, restaurants and apartments. You’ll find some of the best fish restaurants here, at unbeatable prices. Visitors come mostly from Spain and Torre del Mar is particularly famous for boasting one of the longest beach promenades in Southern Spain

When considering off-the-beaten-track day trips from Malaga, Torre del Mar should be on your list.

What to see and what to do?

  • Explore the restaurants, bars, pubs and supermarkets in Avenida de Andalucia and Paseo de Larios. You’ll find loads of small shops that offer different cloth styles.
  • If you are a shopaholic, don’t miss a visit to one of the largest shopping centres: El Ingenio Shopping Centre.
  • Walk along the beach promenade and enjoy grilled sardines and tasty paellas. 
  • Play golf at Baviera Golf Course and Anoreta Golf Course

How to get there?

By bus: Take a bus to Malaga city and then board a bus to Torre del Mar. It will cost you approximately 15 € or $17.

By car: For more convenience, you can hire a rental car. Check here the best rental prices.

5. Marbella

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Puerto Banus and yachts

Marbella is a beautiful city located in the heart of Costa del Sol and is a perfect spot for Malaga day tour. It is located about 60 km from Malaga airport. Thanks to its warm temperatures in winter, Marbella is a fabulous place too for winter sun holidays in Spain.

Apart from providing travelers with popular beaches and sunny days, Marbella also offers other pleasant surprises including mountains, beaches for all tastes, excellent cuisines, leisure activities, culture and more. You can also find some of the most high-end beach clubs, restaurants, and shops here! 

Marbella is particularly known for being a beach resort for the rich and famous. However, you don’t need to drain your budget in order to enjoy Marbella. Read more about things to do in Marbella.

READ: Where to stay in Marbella.

What to see and what to do in Marbella?

  • Take a buggy safari to explore the rugged countryside that surrounds Marbella.
  • Explore the Old Town of Marbella.
  • Visit King Abd el Aziz Mosque.
  • Take a break at La Alameda Park.
  • Enjoy a packed cultural program of dance, jazz, concerts and more at one of the art galleries and theatres in Marbella.
  • Enjoy the beach promenade and its countless beach bars.

How to get there?

By bus: Take a direct bus from Malaga Airport to Marbella which you will find at Terminal 3.

By car: For more convenience, you can hire a rental car. Check here the best rental prices.

I also recommend visiting Marbella with a day tour. Book here your day trip from Malaga to Marbella

6. Ronda

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The dramatic setting of Ronda

Ronda is one of the most beautiful and oldest cities in Spain that is perched on the border of Tajo Gorge and is about 100 km west of Malaga.

The city features rock caves, stunning ancient architecture and most famous white villages. A trip to Ronda is one of the best day trips in Spain you can think about. Especially when you are looking for day trips from Malaga by public transport.

Besides its dramatic location on the rocks, the city is known for being one of the birthplaces of bullfighting.

What to see and what to do in Ronda?

  • Visit Puente Nuevo, the so-called new bridge of Ronda.
  • Take a walk in Jardines De Cuenca.
  • Go wine tasting at one of the premier wineries in Ronda.
  • Capture the breathtaking views of dramatic mountains, fields, beaches and the ancient cobbled streets of Ronda.

How to get there?

By bus: Taking a bus from Malaga Bus Station to Ronda is super easy. It will be a scenic and enjoyable drive. The round trip will take about 3 hours.

By train: The train will take you faster than the bus, though you will miss some scenic beauty. The trip will take less than 2 hours. Book here your train tickets in advance.

By car: For more convenience, you can hire a rental car. Check here the best rental prices.

I also recommend visiting Ronda with a day tour. Book here your day trip from Malaga to Ronda

7. Archidona

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Situated about 53 km from Malaga, Archidona is a municipality located near Antequera.

It is an interesting location for those who love nature and monuments. The town is famous for its great culture and Mudejar style architecture. The most famous construction of Archidona is Plaza Ochavada, which has 8 corners. This kind of construction cannot be found anywhere else in Andalucia.

If you are feeling in good shape, make sure to hike up to the Ferrata of Archidona, an old ermitage. It will provide you the best views on the stunning landscapes.

You can count on it for being one of the best Malaga day trips.

What to see and what to do in Archidona?

  • Visit the Plaza Ochavada, one of the best epitomes of baroque Andalusian urban architecture.
  • Visit the famous church of Archidona: Ermita de la Virgen de Gracia. The views are truly spectacular.
  • Plan a visit to the caverns of Jumandy.
  • Enjoy the panoramic view of the Grand Canyon waterfall. You can also swim in one of the small waterfalls surrounding this great waterfall.

How to get there?

By bus: There is a direct bus service from Malaga to Archidona and it will take about 1.5- 2 hours.

By car: For more convenience, you can hire a rental car. Check here the best rental prices.

8. Caminito del Rey

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Caminito del Rey – The King’s path

The Caminito del Rey (king’s path) is located between the municipalities of Antequera, Alora, and Ardales. It is about 60 km away from Malaga. This 7.7 km long trail is one of the most dangerous trails of the world! It is a must-visit place for those who love adventures and want to add some adrenaline to their holidays.

The Caminito del Rey has been fully renovated, thus it is less dangerous than it used to be. However, the views are still spectacular!

What to see and what to do at Caminito del Rey?

  • Enjoy a thrilling walk on Caminito del Rey passage that hangs from the side of the mountain.
  • Have a glimpse of history from the ruins of Bobastro.
  • Visit the Cave of Ardales during your Malaga to Caminito del Rey trip.
  • Get overwhelmed by the stunning views visible from the top of the Huma Mountain.

How to get there?

By bus: Depending on the availability of the bus, either you can take a direct bus from Malaga to Caminito del Rey or you can take a bus to Alora and from there, you can board another bus to Caminito del Rey.

By train: You can get a direct train to Caminito del Rey from Maria Zambrano station in Malaga. Book here your train tickets in advance.

By car: For more convenience, you can hire a rental car. Check here the best rental prices.

I also recommend visiting Caminito del Rey with a day tour. Book here your day trip from Malaga to Caminito del Rey

9. Antequera and El Torcal

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Antequera

About 56 km away from Malaga lies Antequera. This city is the perfect example of a provincial Andalusian town. It’s thus the best place to enjoy the beauty of Andalusia with a sense of remoteness.

Not far from Antequera, you’ll find el Torcal de Antequera. This nature reserve in the mountain range named Sierra del Torcal is located south of Antequera. It is one of the most popular karst landscape in Europe and is famous for its unusual landforms. El Torcal is perfect for outdoor lovers and hikers.

When in Antequera, don’t miss the typical cold soup called “porra de Antequera”.

What to see and what to do in Antequera?

  • Visit the most impressive landmark of Antequera- the Alcazaba Fortress.
  • Get to watch the popular bullfighting in Andalusia, the Plaza de Toros.
  • Discover the charming artwork at Municipal Museum.
  • Don’t miss to see the miniature model of what Antequera looked like in the 18th century.

How to get there?

By bus: You can take a direct bus from Malaga bus station to Antequera and from there, you can board another to El Trocal.

By train: If you are interested in traveling by train, you can board a train from Maria Zambrano station in Malaga to Antequera Santa Ana station. Book here your train tickets in advance.

By car: For more convenience, you can hire a rental car. Check here the best rental prices.

I also recommend visiting Antequera with a day tour. Book here your day trip from Malaga to Antequera

10. Granada

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Gorgeous Alhambra

Granada city is the capital of Granada province located in the autonomous community of Andalusia. It’s located around 133 km from Malaga.

It is one of the most visited tourist locations that is loaded with artistic and architectural monuments. The city is dotted with churches, monasteries, convents, hospitals, mansions, and palaces. A day trip from Malaga to Granada should be on the list of every visitor.

There are plenty of day trips from Malaga to Granada. You can opt for a 1 day tour or multiple days.

What to see and what to do?

  • Have a glimpse of the splendor that Granada had during Nasrid Dynasty by visiting The Alhambra.
  • Explore the neighborhoods of the Sacromonte and the Albaycin.
  • Enjoy mesmerizing sunset view at Mirador de San Nicolas.
  • Have the fun of shopping at Alcaicera Market.
  • Walk around the Carrera del Darro, one of the prettiest streets in Granada

How to get there?

By bus: When traveling from Malaga to Granada, the bus takes you faster than the train. You can take a direct bus and the journey will take between 1h30-2 hours. There is no train connection between Malaga and Granada.

By car: For more convenience, you can hire a rental car. Check here the best rental prices.

I also recommend visiting Granada with a day tour. Book here your day trip from Malaga to Granada

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Rich in the Moorish heritage, the city of Seville is settled on the banks of the Guadalquivir River and is about 213 km away from Malaga.

With its great local wine, a range of cultural and artistic activities, fantastic traditional tapas and a lot more, Seville is one of the most visited tourist locations in Spain.

The capital of Andalusia is famous for its gorgeous Moorish architecture and delicious tapas! It’s also known as one of the best places to see world-class Flamenco shows.

Read more about things to do in Seville according to this illustrated walk.

What to see and what to do in Seville?

  • Visit the magnificent Giralda tower and the Seville’s Cathedral.
  • Enjoy watching a live Flamenco show in the first ever Flamenco Museum- Museo Del Baile Flamenco.
  • Wander through and explore the narrow streets of Santa Cruz.
  • Watch the sunset view from Las Setas.
  • Explore the Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija.

How to get there?

By bus: There are regular buses between Malaga and Seville throughout the day. You can board any Malaga to Seville bus; the journey can take anywhere between 2.5- 4 hours.

By train: Also, you can get a direct train from Malaga train station to Seville. The journey will take 2- 3 hours. Book here your train tickets in advance.

By car: For more convenience, you can hire a rental car. Check here the best rental prices.

I definitely recommend visiting Seville with a day tour in order to make the most of your time. Book here your day trip from Malaga to Seville

12. Cordoba

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La Mezquita

Situated about 163 km away from Malaga, Cordoba comes after Malaga and Seville while counting on the largest cities of Spain. It charms the visitors with its great monuments, cultural celebrations and the best Andalusian traditions such as the semana santa (the Holy Week). Include it on your Malaga day trip list as it is a must-do when traveling to Andalusia.

Cordoba is particularly famous for its Mezquita (mosque) that was turned into a cathedral. The narrow streets are the perfect place to get lost. You cannot leave without having tried the signature dish of Cordoba: the salmorejo (a cold, thick soup).

What to see and what to do in Cordoba?

  • Visit the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site and the masterpiece of Islamic architecture- La Mezquita.
  • Explore the multicultural heritage of Cordoba- Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos.
  • Visit the Roman Bridge and Calahorra Tower.
  • View a collection of Spanish paintings at Cordoba’s Museum of Fine Arts.

How to get there?

By bus: Regular buses run from Malaga to Cordoba the entire day and the journey takes between 2-3 hours.

By train: A Malaga to Cordoba Train is the quickest way to reach Cordoba as it takes just 50 minutes. However, the journey via train will cost you more. Book here your train tickets in advance.

By car: For more convenience, you can hire a rental car. Check here the best rental prices.

I definitely recommend visiting Cordoba with a day tour in order to make the most of your time. Book here your day trip from Malaga to Cordoba

13. Tarifa

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Beaches of Tarifa

Tarifa is a bohemian town located in the southernmost part of Europe. It is about 161 km from Malaga. The town is a must-visit destination for those who love water sports, particularly surfing.

Unspoiled sandy beaches, chilled out atmosphere and the charm of an Arabic city are the other reasons that make Tarifa a good option for Malaga day tour.

What to see and what to do?

  • Wander within the maze of shabby-chic squares and alleyways of the old town.
  • Visit the only standing medieval gateway to Tarifa.
  • Enjoy sunbathing and walking on golden sand at Playa de Los Lances.
  • Capture the breathtaking views from the top of Mirador El Estrecho.
  • Try and enjoy open-air sports and water sports.

How to get there?

By bus: You can take a direct bus from Malaga bus station to Tarifa.

By car: For more convenience, you can hire a rental car. Check here the best rental prices.

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The city of Cadiz is located about 236 km away from Malaga and lies in the southwest of Andalusia.

It is probably one of Spain’s well-kept secrets. In addition to being a rich cultural heritage and a historical city, Cadiz also offers a wonderful atmosphere to the visitors. With its narrow cobbled streets, fabulous fish market and beautiful plazas, the city is not less than a gem to explore.

Cadiz played a particularly important role in Spanish history and to me, it’s in Cadiz where you get some of the finest tapas. Read more about things to do in Cadiz.

What to see and what to do?

  • Have a look at the religious paintings, sculptures, and artifacts at Museo Catedralicio.
  • View relics from the Roman and the Phoenician civilizations at Cadiz Museum.
  • Indulge in water sports and enjoy sunbathing at the famous beaches of Cadiz which include Playa de la Caleta, Playa de la Palma, and Playa de la Victoria.
  • Explore the oldest barrio in Cadiz that was settled in ancient Roman times.

How to get there?

By bus: You can book a direct Malaga to Cadiz bus offered by “Come” bus line. You can board this bus from Malaga city centre or from Fuengirola, Estepona or Marbella.

By car: For more convenience, you can hire a rental car. Check here the best rental prices.

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It is one of the best-fortified places in Europe that has withstood numerous sieges throughout its history. The place was settled many times by different people (among whom the Romans and the Moors were common) before it became part of Spain and then of the UK.

Gibraltar is truly a curiosity that needs to be visited as it’s ruled by British law. On top, the city is famous for its countless monkeys!

What to see and what to do in Gibraltar?

  • Visit a few of the famous churches of Gibraltar, including St Mary the Crowned, the Cathedral of Holy Trinity and the King’s Chapel.
  • View the giant cave- St Michael’s Cave in The Rock National Park.
  • Capture the fantastic views of Gibraltar Straight and Africa from the Rock.
  • Explore the endless tunnels at The Great Siege Tunnels.
  • Sight the beautiful fauna and flora at Gibraltar’s Nature Reserve.

How to travel from Malaga to Gibraltar?

By bus: There is no direct bus or train link between Gibraltar and Malaga. Either you can take a bus to the border town of Gibraltar- La Linea or you can take Malaga to Algeciras bus that passes through Marbella.

By car: For more convenience, you can hire a rental car. Check here the best rental prices.

I definitely recommend visiting Gibraltar with a day tour in order to make the most of your time. Book here your day trip from Malaga to Gibraltar

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Tangier acts as Europe’s gateway to Africa and never fails to mesmerize its visitors. That’s the reason it is one of the most preferred locations for day trips from Malaga.

It is a classic port town in Morocco having a cross-cultural influence that is a mix of Spanish, North African, French and Portuguese. Even the artistic and literary past of Tangier invokes a sensation of exotic mystery.

Day trips from Malaga to Morocco are a great way to make the most of your trip to Spain.

What to see and what to do in Tangier and Morocco?

  • Stroll around the golden sand and sparkling waters of the Beach Promenade.
  • Enjoy the multifaceted aspect of Tangier by visiting St Andrew’s Church.
  • Enjoy the sips of freshly prepared delicious mint tea in Petit Socco.
  • Visit The Grande Mosquee Of Tangier.

How to get there?

By ferry: Though you can get a direct ferry from Malaga to Morocco, the best ports to get to Morocco are Tarifa and Algeciras. Depending on your current location, you can choose the nearest port.

By bus: While travelling by bus, you can take a direct Malaga to Algeciras bus and then another to Tarifa. From Tarifa, you can a ferry to Tangier.

By Air: The quickest way to get Tangier us by Air but it will also be the priciest option.

I definitely recommend visiting Tangier and other Moroccan towns with a day tour in order to make the most of your time. Book here your day trip from Malaga to Tangier and Morocco


Wondering what are the best day trips from Malaga? Be ready to explore beautiful white, Andalusian villages like Frigiliana, Nerja or Mijas, but also day tours from Malaga to Seville, Malaga to Granada or Cordoba. Let's explore! #spain #andalucia #malaga

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