Attractions Nearby Malaga, Day Trips and Excursions

(Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain)

Many excellent attractions stand close to Malaga, with a number of appealing cities, towns and villages nearby. Popular excursions from Malaga include day trips to the towns of Benahavis and Ronda - both of which contain many historical attractions, while the villages of Mijas Pueblo and Ojén are known for their whitewashed houses and scenic views. Also within reach of Malaga, the attractions of Marbella, Torremolinos, Granada and Seville are not to be missed.

For family fun and more lively tourist attractions, head to the nearby resort of Torremolinos, which is known for its sandy beaches, theme parks, nightlife and exceptional coastline.

Marbella beach hotel picture


This popular coastal resort lies to the west of both Malaga and Torremolinos. Marbella offers many inviting beaches lining the coastline, particularly around the 'Golden Mile', together with the popular City Boardwalk (Paseo Maritimo), which offers superb coastal views. The resort of Marbella is located 58 km / 36 miles west of Malaga and is each to reach, with a range of public transport options available. Home to a population of around 121,000 and many irresistible attractions, Marbella is an enchanting city and is often visited by tourists from Malaga. Many attractions in Marbella are based around the endless seafront, with a good selection of water sports on offer, including scuba diving, snorkelling and windsurfing. Close to Malaga, further attractions in Marbella include the vibrant José Banús Port (Puerto Deportivo José Banús), Los Naranjos Square (Plaza de Los Naranjos), the historic Marbella Vaults (Las Bóvedas), and the important 10th-century Castle Walls (Murallas del Castillo).
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Coastal view of the resort of Torremolinos


Just 10 miles / 16 km southwest of Malaga, the lively coastal resort of Torremolinos has much to offer. With endless sandy beaches, theme parks and large marinas, Torremolinos is home to many outstanding tourist attractions and is often a popular day trip from Malaga. Some of the most popular attractions in the Torremolinos area include Aqualand Waterpark, Crocodile Park, the Sea Life Centre and Tivoli World - known for its fast rides and roller coasters.
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Aerial shot of Granada


The bustling city of Granada lies to the northeast of Malaga and can be easily beach by car. Located approximately 132 km / 82 miles from Malaga - a journey time of less than one and a half hours, Granada features a population of around 240,000 and many historical attractions, which often prove a popular alternative to the endless beaches of Malaga. Much of Granada is dominated by the striking 13th-century fortress of Alhambra, which overlooks the city. An important university city, Granada University has a vast campus with around 60,000 students. Other attractions which are always appealing to visitors from Malaga include the ancient Albayzin Walls (Murallas del Albayzin), and the Historic Baths (El Banuelo), both of which have origins around 1,000 years ago. Shopping and restaurants are a further attraction in Granada, with Tapas bars and fine dining plentiful throughout the city.
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Photo of Seville on the River Guadalquivir


Known locally as Sevilla, Seville has become Spain's fourth largest city and the capital of the Andalusia area, within driving distance of Malaga. Situated approximately 217 km / 135 miles from Malaga, Seville can be reached in just over two hours and has a population of around 720,000, with many superb attractions close to each other. Top Seville attractions include the Parque Maria Luisa in the city centre, the semicircular Plaza de Espana, Seville's magnificent 15th-century cathedral, the meandering River Guadalquivir, and an exceptional variety of notable museums and art galleries.
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Address: Costa del Sol, Malaga, Spain
Tel: +34 952 85 5025
The town of Benahavis on the Costa del Sol, is situated on the southern side of the Serrania de Ronda mountain range. Attractions in Benahavis include the 16th-century Montemayor Castle, a profusion of fine dining outlets offering a choice of international cuisine, and many outdoor facilities including golf, trekking and hunting.

Mijas Pueblo

Address: Autovia del Mediterraneo, Malaga, 29650, Spain
Mijas is a picturesque village, with whitewashed houses and is steeped in history. Places of interest include a museum - the Casa Museo de Mijas, two churches, a small bullring and a variety of handicraft and souvenir shops,


Tel: +34 952 21 3445
Ojén is a delightful mountain village of Arabic origin, with white houses and winding, cobbled streets. Tourist attractions include the remains of Solis Castle, a Moorish castle and a Mudejar church.


Tel: +34 952 18 7119
The striking town of Ronda is situated on both sides of the stunning 100-metre / 328-foot deep El Tajo gorge and comprises of the Old Town (La Ciudad) on one side of the gorge and the New Town on the other. There are breathtaking views and numerous places of interest here, such as the Marqués de Salvatierra, the Palacio de Mondragón, the Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor, a museum and the well-known bullring.