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24 Incredible Day Trips From Malaga You Shouldn’t Miss

Sandy beaches, beautiful architecture, lively atmosphere and delicious food are some of the best things that Malaga has to offer.

Malaga is a great destination to visit, and although you can visit all the main attractions in a couple of days, it’s also the perfect place in Southern Spain to go on day trips.

There are incredible one-day trips from Malaga that will make you want to stay longer. From unique white villages to popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as The Alhambra in Granada. 

If you’re wondering what places to visit from Malaga, keep reading this guide.

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24 Best Day Trips From Malaga

Torremolinos

battery park in torremolinos

At only 15 minutes drive from the capital, Torremolinos is a lively town to visit at least for half-day.

One of the best things to do in Torremolinos is to spend the day on the beach.

Pack some food with you or even better have lunch in a beach club or chiringuito. The beach clubs are great because of the atmosphere – music, sunbeds, refreshing drinks and tasty food.

If you want to explore other things apart from the beaches, add these activities to your itinerary:

  • Wander around the old town to do some shopping and see street art.
  • Go to Parque de la Batería, a beautiful park with a boat pond, fountains and great views from its tower.
  • Visit Aqualand for a full day of fun with the family.
  • Walk on the beach promenade at night for a different atmosphere.
  • Go to Punta Gatuna, an observation deck with outstanding views. 

How to get to Torremolinos

By car: Drive on the MA-20 and then AP-7. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes.

By train: Get Renfe Cercanías from María Zambrano train station in the city centre. You need to get the C-1 line towards Fuengirola. Stop at Torremolinos to be in the heart of the town. The train journey only takes 20 minutes.

By bus: Take the M-320 bus from Malaga bus station. The bus journey takes 25 minutes and leaves you very close to the town centre.

Benalmadena

Sunset in Puerto Marina Benalmadena

An easy day trip from Malaga is Benalmadena. Most people have a misconception that Benalmadena is only a resort place for tourists, and I disagree with this. The town has something to offer for everyone – beautiful parks, castles, a temple and beaches among other attractions. 

It’s a great place to visit with young kids as you can go to Selwo Marina and Sea Life Benalmadena to watch the dolphins and other aquatic animals or to Parque de la Paloma to have a picnic and feed small animals like rabbits and birds.

For adults, one of my favourite things to do in Benalmadena is to visit Castillo de Colomares, a monument in the shape of a castle next to Benalmadena Pueblo, and a hidden gem in Benalmadena!

Inside the castle, you can learn about Christopher Columbus’s adventures and the discovery of America, and take beautiful pictures of the detailed walls and views that have complex architecture.

But, let’s not forget the beaches. Benalmadena has some of the most outstanding beaches in Costa del Sol where you can easily spend a full day sunbathing, eating some traditional espetos de sardinas (sardine skewers) or walking in the promenades.

How to get to Benalmadena

By car: Drive on the MA-21 and N-340/N-340a to Avenida Benalmádena. The journey takes approximately 35 minutes.

By train: Get Renfe Cercanías from María Zambrano train station in the city centre. You need to get the C-1 line towards Fuengirola. Stop at El Pinillo to be in Arroyo de la Miel. The train journey only takes 30 minutes.

By bus: Take the M-320 bus from Malaga bus station. The bus journey takes 30 minutes and leaves you in Puerto Marina, but you can also stop at Bil-Bil and further stops along the coast.

Fuengirola

Sohail castle in fuengirola, spain

The main highlight of Fuengirola is the 7 kilometres of beautiful sandy beaches. 

Fuengirola has many children’s attractions like the famous Bioparc Fuengirola Zoo, Mijas Water Park and the outdoor amusement venue Sould Park Fuengirola.

However, there are also two beautiful buildings you can’t miss during your trip to this town – La Mezquita Central de Fuengirola (Fuengirola’s mosque) and Castillo Sohail. 

Castillo Sohail is a towering 10th-century castle that is very popular for hosting outdoor concerts. 

Last but not least, if you’re a shopaholic, you’ll love visiting the Miramar shopping centre and the independent boutiques in the town. 

How to get to Fuengirola

To get from Malaga to Fuengirola, take the Renfe Cercanías train (C-1 route) from Málaga-María Zambrano train station, or take the Avanza L-304-Ronda bus from Malaga bus station or drive to Fuengirola, which is the quickest way to get there if there is no traffic.

Mijas Pueblo

mijas pueblo view

At the top of the mountain, you’ll find Mijas Pueblo, an enchanting white town that will steal your heart. 

Mijas Pueblo is one of my favourite white towns because despite being small, it has views overlooking the coast, many bars and restaurants to enjoy traditional tapas, live dancing shows during the summer months and much more.

It’s a very picturesque town and you’ll want to take pictures on every corner, just imagine walking in hilly cobbled streets with beautiful white houses that have blue plant pots with bright red and pink flowers. 

The best place to get a view is from the viewpoint next to the Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña chapel. This chapel is special as it’s inside a small cave.

Other popular things to do in Mijas Pueblo are taking a donkey ride and eating almendras garrapiñadas (candied almonds) from the street stalls.

How to get to Mijas Pueblo

The easiest way to travel from Malaga to Mijas Pueblo is by car. The journey takes approximately 40 and 50 minutes. However, it’s important to know that the road is very windy, so don’t drive there if you aren’t an experienced or confident driver.

If you don’t have a car or you want to avoid driving on a windy road, you can take the train from Malaga to Arroyo de la Miel (Benalmadena), and then take the M-121 bus to Mijas Pueblo. This will take you about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Marbella

white buildings in the old town of marbella

Who hasn’t heard of Marbella? Despite being popular for its party beach clubs and luxurious shops in Puerto Banús, there are more reasons to visit this town.

If you’re after a more authentic experience, Marbella Old Town is where you want to be.

The quaint old town has narrow streets with whitewashed buildings that lead to Plaza de Los Naranjos, a square where you’ll find Ermita de Santiago church and plenty of restaurants with outdoor seating to enjoy a traditional refreshing gazpacho (cold tomato soup). 

In the Old Town, you’ll also be impressed by bronze sculptures by the artist Salvador Dalí.

How to get from Malaga to Marbella

To get from Malaga to Marbella, you can either drive via AP-7 (road with tolls) or the old road which is longer but a beautiful scenic drive or get a bus to Marbella from Malaga bus station.

📌 Check out this detailed guide on how to get from Malaga to Marbella. It tells you all the different ways to arrive at this amazing coastal town.

Estepona

Costa del Sol mountain landscape

On the western side of Costa del Sol, Estepona is often overlooked in comparison to other nearby towns like Marbella. It’s more relaxed but that doesn’t mean there isn’t much to do.

The best thing to do is to walk through the old town where you go through beautiful cobblestone streets decorated with colourful flowers like geraniums.

As you walk, you’ll come across the Castillo de San Luis, a castle built by the Catholic Monarchs in the 15th century and visit a tiny bell tower that was part of an old church.

Apart from the old town, it’s worth spending time in Playa del Cristo, a beautiful and relaxing beach.

However, if you’re up for some adventure, go to Selwo Aventura, a safari that is just outside Estepona.

Inside there are plenty of animals to see like lions, giraffes, flamingos, etc. walking trails and vehicle tours to get closer and feed some animals.

Lastly, Estepona is a golf paradise! 

How to get to Estepona

The easiest way to get to Estepona is by car. It takes about an hour to get to Estepona from Malaga. You can also use public transport, but you’ll need to take a few buses, and it will take you much longer to arrive at Estepona.

Montes de Malaga

An escape from the coast and the city life, Montes de Malaga is just five kilometres from the north of Malaga. 

This nature park has beautiful valleys, river beds, streams and other steep paths that will challenge you. It’s the perfect place for hiking, cycling and camping.

There are plenty of hiking trails that go from easy to difficult. Torrijos path is one of the easiest whereas the El Cerrado path is ideal for you if you want to push yourself a bit further.

Apart from these activities, you’ll be surprised to hear that gastronomy is a big thing in Montes de Malaga. The place has even a traditional dish called, of course, Plato de Los Montes (Dish of Los Montes).

This hearty dish consists of pork loin in a lard sauce, fried egg, fried green peppers, chorizo, morcilla (black pudding) and fries. It’s also sometimes accompanied by Migas, fried crumbled bread.

There are a couple of restaurants where you can try this dish, but the best is Venta Los Montes.

How to get to Los Montes de Malaga

The only way to get to Los Montes de Malaga from Malaga is by car. The journey is 36.3 km and takes between 50 minutes and 1 hour.

Torre del Mar

Torre del Mar isn’t as popular as other Costa del Sol destinations like Nerja, Benalmadena or Marbella for international tourists, it’s for Spanish people.

Torre del Mar has a more relaxing atmosphere in comparison to other towns, but it’s still worth visiting.

The best thing about Torre del Mar is the beach and promenade where you can easily spend the day.

I would just avoid visiting the beach on a Sunday during the summer months as you’ll find it very busy (most people don’t work on Sundays).

Apart from the beaches, you can visit Aquavelis Water Park or have a shopping day in Centro Comercial El Ingenio which has a good selection of well-known brand stores, a cinema and restaurants.

I can’t forget to mention the best restaurant in Torre del Mar that not many people know!

Tierra y Mar is a small restaurant that serves delicious fresh salads, meat and fish dishes. What’s exciting is that there isn’t a menu, the chef will tell you the meals of the day and this is great because this shows that he does buy fresh local produce.

I absolutely love the salad, and yes, it isn’t any salad, you can tell all those tomatoes, avocados, etc. are fresh. Another must-try is strawberries with homemade whipped cream. They’re amazing!

How to get to Torre del Mar

The easiest way to go to Torre del Mar is driving, and the journey takes approximately 37 minutes. However, you can also access Torre del Mar by taking the Malaga-Velez Malaga ALSA bus from the Malaga bus station. The bus journey takes 1 hour.

Comares

Comares is an off-the-beaten-track destination that is worth adding to your Andalucia bucket list, and it’s a great day trip from Malaga since it’s only 1 hour drive.

This beautiful white town, located in the La Axarquía region, is home to many interesting attractions – from castle ruins to monuments and viewpoints.

Wander its narrow streets, contemplate the scenic mountain views from spots like Mirador de Comares, and visit Castillo de Comares.

If you love hiking, the area is also perfect to go on a trail and immerse yourself in nature.

How to get to Comares

The car journey takes 1 hour and 10 minutes. However, you can also take the Malaga to Comares ALSA bus from Malaga bus station, in this case, the journey takes 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Nerja

nerja coast view

45 minutes from the capital, Nerja is one of the most popular day trips from Malaga for locals and tourists.

If you wonder why it’s so popular, it probably has the best beaches in Costa del Sol – clear crystal water that makes it perfect for those who love snorkelling and canyoning too. As you can imagine, it gets really busy during the summer months.

Nerja’s most famous spot is El Balcón de Europa, an incredible viewpoint where you can contemplate amazing views of the sea, mountains and other coastal towns. 

Next to it, there are many great restaurants to enjoy a meal and independent shops to get some leather bags, hats or souvenirs.

How to get to Nerja

The easiest way to get to Nerja from Malaga is by car. The journey takes 1 hour. Alternatively, you can also take the Malaga to Nerja bus with ALSA from the Malaga bus station or the port. The bus journey is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes long.

Frigiliana

a view of calle real, the main street in frigiliana old town

Frigiliana is located six kilometres from Nerja and about 55 minutes drive from Malaga, it’s a unique picturesque village – whitewashed buildings, cobbled streets, colourful plant pots and incredible viewpoints.

If you’re wondering what to do in Frigiliana in a day, wander the streets of the Mudéjar neighbourhood, have tapas in La Tahona or Restaurante El Jardín for outstanding views, or visit the local market to buy food souvenirs.

Also, you can visit Frigiliana surroundings such as the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama Natural Park or go to the sandy beach of Burriana.

How to get to Frigiliana

There are two ways to get to Frigiliana. The quickest and simplest way to travel to Frigiliana is by car. The journey is 57.7 km (50 minutes long).

However, you can also public transport. In this case, take the Malaga to Nerja ALSA bus from Malaga coach station, and once you arrive in Nerja, take the bus from Nerja to Frigiliana which takes 15 minutes.

📌TIP: If you don’t have much time in Costa del Sol but want to visit Nerja and Frigiliana. You can easily visit Nerja and Frigiliana in one day. Check out this half-day trip from Malaga with Get Your Guide.

Caminito del Rey

a view of caminito del rey hiking trail in malaga spain

Caminito del Rey has become a very popular attraction, and it isn’t surprising as the rock formations are out of this world. The 4.8 km hiking route goes from the Count of Guadalhorce Reservoir to El Chorro Dam. 

How to get to Camino del Rey

To access Caminito del Rey you can do it in three different ways:

  • By car. This is the easiest way to get there as you need to take the A-357 road and exit it at the Zalea crossroad. It takes about 55 minutes.
  • By train. You can get the regional RENFE train to Caminito del Rey from María Zambrano train station. The only disadvantage of this is the restricted timetable.
  • By coach. Get the M-231 Málaga – Pizarra – Álora coach from Malaga bus station to take you to Álora. Once you’re in Álora you’ll have to take the M-340 bus to Caminito del Rey.

I don’t always book guided tours, however, it’s completely worth booking a guided tour for places like this, as you get the most out of the day and learn a lot about the place.

El Chorro

El Chorro is a small village near the town of Álora and what makes this place so special is the rock climbing activities that attract mountain bikers and hikers.

This place is known as Malaga’s lake district as it has three artificial lakes created by the Garganta del Chorro (El Chorro river gorge). 

It’s a popular alternative to the beach during the summer months.

How to get to El Chorro

The fastest and simplest way to travel from Malaga to El Chorro is by car. The car journey takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Júzcar

juzcar the smurf village in spain

Júzcar used to be one of the most popular white-painted villages in the region of Malaga, however, this changed when Sony Pictures painted all the buildings in blue to promote The Smurfs film in 2011.

Once the production was over, Sony offered the village council to repaint the buildings in white, however, most locals voted to keep the buildings blue and since then, this village welcomes more and more tourists every year.

So if you’re after a different experience, you must add Júzcar to your list!

How to get to Júzcar

This tiny quaint village is about a 1 hour and 45 minutes drive from Malaga. There are no buses or trains to Júzcar from Malaga.

Ronda

Tajo de Ronda

A town located in the mountains of Malaga province, Ronda is one of the most visited towns in Andalusia. This incredible town is packed with monuments that are worth seeing. 

The most famous spot in Ronda is Puente Nuevo, a historic stone bridge spanning El Tajo gorge and outstanding views.

Other popular attractions in Ronda are Plaza de Toros, the bullring, and the Arabic baths which are the best baths preserved in Spain.

How to get to Ronda

You can drive from Malaga to Ronda or take a train plus coach. The easiest and most convenient option is the drive takes about 1 hour and 25 minutes whereas the train plus coach can take up to 3 hours. 

However, another great idea is to book a day tour from Malaga. On these tours, you get to visit the must-see places in Ronda and its surroundings. 

Setenil de las Bodegas

Setenil de las bodegas whitewashed town in cadiz

If you would love to discover the unique whitewashed villages of Andalucia, known as pueblos blancos, then Setenil de las Bodegas must be on your itinerary.

What makes this village special is the fact that the whitewashed houses were built into the surrounding cliffs, so it seems like locals live under a rock.

However, living in these conditions have its advantages – these houses are perfect to avoid the warm temperatures in summer and cold in winter.

The village is small and can be visited in half-day, however, there are lovely things to do – wandering its streets, visiting the Arab Castle, enjoying the views from the top of the village and tasting the local cuisine.

How to get to Setenil de las Bodegas

Getting from Malaga to Setenil de las Bodegas is very straightforward, and it takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes by car depending on traffic. 

Alternatively, you can book a day trip to Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas. This tour combines the best of these two charming destinations.

Antequera

Antequera arch

A break from the coast, Antequera is a beautiful town that will surprise you. It’s one of the biggest towns in the region of Malaga, and it has incredible things to do.

One of the highlights of Antequera is The Antequera Dolmens Site, a cultural heritage that consists of three cultural monuments (The Menga, Viera Dolmens and the Tholos of El Romeral) and two natural mountain features (La Peña de Los Enamorados and El Torcal).

Another must-see place in Antequera is the Alcazaba, a beautiful Moorish fortress with views over the city and La Peña de Los Enamorados mountains. Next to the Alcazaba, you can also see Arco de Los Gigantes a historical arch.

During your visit to Antequera, something you can’t miss is the opportunity to try the traditional mollete, a delicious rounded white bread that is typically served with Iberian ham, butter or other cold meats. You can find them in any bakery or cafe.

How to get to Antequera

To get from Malaga to Antequera, you can drive (the journey takes about 50 minutes), get the train from Malaga train station or get an ALSA bus from Malaga bus station.

Granada

inside the alhambra in granada

Granada is the perfect full-day trip from Malaga for those who love immersing themselves in the culture and history of a place. 

Granada’s main attraction is The Alhambra palace located at the top of the city. It attracts millions of tourists from everywhere every year, so you must book your entry ticket months in advance because it’s a unique place you can’t miss.

To access the Alhambra, you can walk, get a bus or taxi. Walking is my favourite option as it gives you a sense of achievement once you get there, and also as you walk up the hills you get different views of the city. 

The Alhambra is divided into different complexes and areas (Royal complex, Court of the Lions and Fountain, Generalife…) and each one has something special. 

For me, Patio de Los Leones (The Court of the Lions) is the most impressive. You’ll love walking through the different rooms and contemplating the detailed columns and walls. 

Granada is also known for being a great culinary destination, and I couldn’t agree more! You’ll find many tapas bars and restaurants across Granada, and they really know how to serve amazing tapas.

So what tapas do you need to try in Granada?

  • Habas con jamón (sautéed broad beans with ham)
  • Remojón Granadino (refreshing salad made with oranges, cod, olives and onions)
  • Berenjenas con miel de caña (fried aubergines with a drizzle of cane honey)

If you don’t know where to eat in Granada, and you don’t have the time to research which tapa bars are the best, it’s definitely worth booking a food tour.

Apart from these delicious tapas, you can’t miss out on the opportunity to try piononos – a spongy small cylinder pastry with syrup topped with toasted cream. The best place to eat them is Pastelerías Casa YSLA

How to get to Granada

Travelling from Malaga to Granada is easy. You can either drive, which will take you 1 hour and 40 minutes, take a bus from Malaga bus station, or take the train from Maria Zambrano train station.

Sierra Nevada

Panoramic view of Sierra Nevada with green forest.

In the province of Granada, but not too far from Malaga (2 hours drive) and Almeria, Sierra Nevada is a must-see location in Andalusia.

Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in which you can see the highest mountain in the Iberian Peninsula, El Mulhacén (3482 metres), and other impressive mountains like Veleta. 

During the winter months, Sierra Nevada is one of Europe’s most popular ski resorts with excellent conditions to ski and snowboard and sunny days!

During the summer, it becomes a place for those who love exploring the unique fauna and flora. 

Although this is a great day trip from Malaga, staying a night or two in the Sierra Nevada is absolutely worth it. Many hotels include a spa, outdoor hot tubs and other relaxing activities after a full day of fun in the snow.

El Lodge is indeed the best hotel in the Sierra Nevada, however, this isn’t for you if you’re looking for something budget-friendly.

A more affordable option is staying at Hotel Vincci Selección Rumaykiyya which also includes a spa and hot tubes.

How to get to Sierra Nevada

The only direct way to travel to Sierra Nevada from Malaga is by car. The car journey is 201 km, approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes or a bit longer.

Sevilla

plaza de espana in seville spain

There are incredible things to do in Seville from enjoying live flamenco dancing to exploring beautiful castles and architecture across the city.

Although you can easily spend more than a day in the capital, it’s possible to visit the main attractions in a day. 

Some of the must-see places in Seville are Plaza de España, one of the most beautiful squares with ceramic tiles in Spain; Royal Alcázar de Sevilla, a Moorish royal palace with beautiful gardens and ornate arches; Alcazaba de Sevilla, an outstanding Gothic cathedral and La Giralda, a bell tower next to the cathedral where you get incredible city views.

Sevilla is indeed a place with character and culture, and it’s a good place to enjoy some tapas. When in Sevilla, you may want to check out some traditional dishes such as Bacalao con Tomate (cod in tomato sauce), Rabo de Toro (bull tail) and the famous Gazpacho (cold tomato soup).

One of the most magical times to visit Seville is in April when it’s Seville’s fair. It’s a unique experience where you’ll have fun and discover more about the Andalusian culture for sure.

If you’re planning to visit Sevilla during the summer months, remember to take plenty of water with you and sun cream. Temperatures can be very high (+40 degrees), this is why I recommend visiting Seville in Spring or even late Autumn.

I remember going to a wedding in a village near Seville in early October and it was super hot. 

How to get to Seville

The capital of the Andalusia region is just about 2 hour drive from Malaga, but you can easily get the train or travel by bus from Malaga to Seville too! The bus journey typically lasts 4 hours, so the train is your best option if you’re planning to take public transport.

Cordoba

mosque-cathedral in cordoba

Cordoba is the perfect place for history and culture lovers. It’s a city with lots of charm that is well-known for the impressive Mezquita, one of the world’s greatest Islamic buildings.

Although there are more things you can do in Cordoba, it’s even worth visiting only for the Mezquita.

Another incredible place you don’t want to miss is Alcázar de Los Reyes Cristianos, a beautiful castle that was built amongst the ruins of a Moorish fort. Inside you’ll find a wide range of towers, the Royal Baths, courtyards and beautiful gardens.

Lastly, check Viana Courtyards, a range of 12 beautiful Andalusian courtyards. It’s a place where you’ll be transported to other centuries.

At this point, I believe you’ve figured out that Cordoba is a picturesque city, not only because of its impressive buildings but its old town, streets and the Guadalquivir surroundings. 

One of the best ways to explore Cordoba’s historic attractions is by booking a tour. This tour includes tickets to Alcázar, Mezquita and Sinagoga.

As always, if you’re after a food experience, here are some dishes you might want to try:

  • Flamenquines, a breaded pork fillet rolled and filled with ham and cheese which are to die for; 
  • Salmorejo cordobés, a tomato soup that consists of bread, garlic, salt and olive oil; 
  • And the famous pastel cordobés, a pastry tart filled with jam made from pumpkin pulp and white sugar.

How to get to Cordoba

Cordoba is a two hours drive from Malaga. Although driving is often the best way to get to places in Andalucia, in this case, you may want to consider the train because it takes only 52 minutes. You can take the train to Cordoba from María Zambrano train station.

Gibraltar

apes den in top of the rock, gibraltar

Gibraltar is a unique place you must visit once in your life. The country is located in the Spanish Peninsula but belongs to the United Kingdom.

The place represents a mixture of different cultures (Maltese, Spanish, British, Moroccan, etc.), and this can be seen in the language, food and architecture.

If you’re wondering what to do in Gibraltar in a day, you’ll be surprised by how many activities you can do. 

Gibraltar’s most famous attraction is The Rock and Upper Nature Reserve where you can enjoy incredible views of Africa, Spain and, of course, Gibraltar; explore St Michael’s Cave and watch the monkeys relax and eat.

But that’s not all, there are many things to do in Gibraltar. For example, discovering hidden gems in Gibraltar such as the Sacred Heart Church, Catalan Bay and many more when you wander around the city centre.

How to get to Gibraltar

Gibraltar is 1 hour and 45 minutes away from Malaga by car, although it can take a bit longer if there is traffic or a queue at the border, especially during the summer months.

If you don’t drive or don’t want the hassle of renting a car and driving there, booking a day trip from Malaga to Gibraltar is your best choice. Many of these tours are from Malaga, but they also have meeting points across Costa del Sol.

Tarifa

Tarifa is a well-known and cool beach town that attracts plenty of sea adventurers as its beach condition is perfect for surfing. Strong winds are common in the area, so of course, expect plenty of surfers and hipster cafes.

The journey takes about two hours, and I can guarantee you won’t regret spending a full day there. 

Apart from surfing on its sandy beaches, the town has a chilled atmosphere that makes you fall in love with the place. Walk through the old town to see beautiful narrow streets with white buildings, bright blue doors and window frames. The perfect place to take some pictures.

But that’s not all, there are other popular activities like mountain biking and horse riding.

TIP: If you love visiting archaeological buildings and ruins, I highly recommend visiting Baelo Claudia, an ancient Roman town. The car journey from Tarifa to Baelo Claudia is only 25 minutes, and you won’t regret visiting this stunning place!

How to get to Tarifa

The easiest and fastest way to arrive in Tarifa is by car. The car journey is two hours long. Alternatively, take the Avanza L-530 bus from Malaga coach station.

Cadiz

historical buildings in Cadiz Spain

Tucked away in a tiny peninsula in Southern Spain, you’ll find the city of Cadiz. It’s a small popular port city that you can easily visit in one day.

Start the day by visiting Cadiz Cathedral, a beautiful late 18th-century yellow-domed building with baroque-neoclassical architecture.

Tickets to the cathedral include audio guides, religious treasures and a climb up to the tower for great city views.

Go to Torre Tavira, a tower that has the highest point in town. From here you’ll contemplate the best views in the city. Also, you can see a camera obscura that projects moving images of Cadiz onto a screen. 

Continue your day with a stop to try Cadiz’s fresh fish. Freiduría Las Flores has the best seafood and fried fish. 

Last but not least, spend some time walking on the Cadiz promenade and on the beach. There’s nothing better than a stroll along the beach at sunset, it’s the perfect way to end your day trip in Cadiz.

How to get to Cadiz

The best way to travel from Malaga to Cadiz is by car, and the journey takes about 2 hours and 40 minutes. You can also travel by train, but I wouldn’t recommend travelling this way since you’ll have to change trains and the journey takes too long.


Have you decided which day trip you are going to do during your time in Malaga? Let me know in the comments!

If you have any questions or want any local advice on Malaga and Costa del Sol, reach me on my email at cristina@mylittleworldoftravelling.com or on Instagram. I’m always happy to help.

Safe adventures,

Cristina x

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Frequently asked questions about day trips from Malaga

Where can I go from Malaga?

The options are endless, it all depends on how far you want to travel. However, some of the most popular days trips from Malaga are:
Cordoba
Seville
Cadiz
Gibraltar
Granada
Ronda
Nerja
Marbella

What are the best day trips from Malaga by train?

Renfe offers fast and comfortable train journeys to some major Andalusian cities as well as smaller towns near Malaga which you may want to add to your list. These are some of the easiest day trips from Malaga by train:
Antequera (25 minutes)
Benalmadena (30 minutes)
Fuengirola (42 minutes)
Cordoba (48 minutes)
Seville (1 hour and 50 minutes)

How many days do you need in Malaga?

2 or 3 days are enough to explore all the main attractions in Malaga. The city has plenty of things to do for those who decide to stay longer. Not to forget about incredible day tours and trips to other beautiful Andalusian destinations.

However, if you only have one day in Malaga, you can still visit most of the main attractions as they are all very close to each other.

What towns are near Malaga?

The nearest towns in Malaga are:
Torremolinos
Benalmádena
Fuengirola
Rincón de la Victoria

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18 Comments

  1. A lovely post. I’ve frequently visited most of these places as I used to live in Torremolinos and I now live in Mojacar. I think Tarifa is my favourite!

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      Thank you Adéle! It’s great to hear you have visited many of these places. I also think Tarifa is lovely 🙂

  2. I can safely say that spending almost a year in Malaga that I’ve been to all of these spots! I love touring around the different white villages in the area too.

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      I’m happy to hear you’ve visited all these places! Travelling around Málaga and Andalucía is amazing 🙂

  3. So many beautiful places I’ve never heard of! I’ve always wanted to do a road trip in Spain so will add these to my trip for sure when I can!

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      I hope you do a road trip in Spain sometime soon 🙂 I’m sure you’ll have a great time visiting these places.

  4. What a great list of day trips. I do hope I get to experience them soon. I definitely love the look of Frigiliana the most – I could easily spend all day wandering and admiring the town.

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      Thank you, Megan! I hope you do, and Frigiliana is one of my favourite spots too 🙂

  5. All of these sound like lovely day trips but Frigiliana looks like a dream! I would love to visit 🙂

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      I totally agree with you! Frigiliana is very dreamy 🙂

  6. Never heard of Malaga before! However, it is now on my travel list. Especially since you detail many day trips options that are accessible from this location! Tarifa sounds like my kind of vacation day on the beach!

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      I’m glad you’ve discovered new places by reading my post 🙂 And, yes, Tarifa beach is stunning!

  7. So many beautiful spots I’ve never heard of. Saving for future visit of Malaga.

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      Great to hear that 🙂 Glad you’ve discovered new places.

  8. I started making a mental list of the most beautiful towns / day trips from Malaga while reading this… Frigiliana… Antequera… Seville… But how could I possibly choose? So much beauty around one area! I would love to visit Spain one day.

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      It’s difficult to choose only one. Each place has something unique 🙂 I hope you visit Spain one day!

  9. What a wonderful collection of day trips – I want to do them all! I’m obsessed with Frigiliana – looks so charming!

  10. Shelby Lamb says:

    Your post has stunning photography! love the idea of traveling through Malaga the same way we traveled through Italy. definitely saving this for that trip!

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