Category Archives: Day Trips

Best Day and Shore Excursions in Malaga

It is easy to understand why Malaga City is well know as the Capital of the Costa del Sol. Once considered the poor cousin of Andalusia’s capital city, Seville, it now competes successfully for attention, thanks to its beautiful pedestrianised centre, famous museums like Picasso Museum or Tyssen Musuem, micheline awarded restaurants and stylish hotels, many featuring trendy rooftop terraces with bar, pool and stunning views. Muelle Uno is the latest addition, a contemporary leisure complex in the port

Best Day Excursions in Malaga

Some of the main atractions that Malaga has to offer:

  • Sagrario Church: next to the Cathedral.
  • Santiago Church: the church where in 1881 was baptized Picaso. It is on Calle Granada.
  • Palace Marqués de Valdeflores: located in calle Carreterría.
  • Bishop’s Palace: or Palacio Episcopal. It dates from 1762. Bishop’s Palace is located to the Cathedral. Among the most beautiful places to visit in Malaga.
  • Customs Palace: or Palacio de la Aduana. Dates from 1788. It was built to manage the port’s traffic.
  • La Alcazaba: dates from the 11th century. It is constructed on the Phoenician-Punic origin old fort. Located on the Mount Gibralfaro hill.
  • Malaga Bullring: dates from 1867, located in La Malaguerta.
  • Gibralfaro: the castle name is after a Phoenician beacon.
  • Roman Theatre: dates from the 1st century BC. It is built in the Roman city by Emperor Caesar Augustus. Located next to the Cathedral. Castle of Gibralfaro and Alcazaba are in adjacent.
  • Picasso’s Birthplace (Museum), Fundacion Picasso: Pablo Picaso was born in 1881 in Malaga. His home is located in the Plaza de La Merced and currently it is the Picaso Foundation’s headquarters and a historic monument with artistic heritage.
  • Tivoli World: located in Benalmadena. This amusement park is the perfect place for whole the family.
  • The Cathedral: built over a former Great Mosque. It combines Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles.


Best Shore Excursions While In Malaga


Malaga City Tour & Alcazaba on a Segway

Seway malaga

If you are feeling adventurous and want to enjoy Malaga at its best, we have a selection of shore excursions for every taste.Enyoy a gided visit to Malaga center while riding on a Segway. More information about this tour


bike malaga



Combine a bike tour of Malaga with the tradition of tapas and wine. Enjoy an historical and culinary tour of one of Andalusia´s most beautiful cities – More information about this tour


Discover the unique experience of seeing an olive oil mill where you can learn about the varieties of oils and how they are made – More information about this tour


juanitos´s orange



Spend a day at a citrus farm learning about different citrus fruits and their cultivation and production. More information about this excursion



Mijas Village



Spend a half day in the picturesque village of Mijas. Located in the mountains above the coast, this charming village is a cluster of whitewashed buildings nesteld into the mountainside. Mijas offers a glimpse of village life with its narrow cobblestoned streets and whitewashed buildings. More information about this excursion



wine tour ronda



Visit a winery and learn about the traditional local grape and its revival. Wine tasting and tapas. More information about this tour




wine tasting malaga



Spend a half day in the picturesque village of Mijas. Take a guided Tuk Tuk tour of the village. Wine tasting and tapas. More information about this excursion



Marbella day excursion



Spend the day in the exclusive seaside resort of Marbella and visit the upscale marina, Puerto Banus. More information about this excursion



safari tour Malaga



Discover the wonderful Spanish countryside in modern open top jeeps. More information about this tour



Ronda day excursions



Spend a day touring Ronda, one of the most beautiful and historic towns in Andalusia. Ronda is a mountain top city nestled on the dramatic El Tajo Gorge, which separates the old and new parts of the city. Ronda is one of Spain´s oldest towns dating back to Islamic times when it was an important cultural city. Hemingway described Ronda as the most romantic town in Spain. More information about this excursion



bulls in ronda



Have you ever wanted to see a Spanish bull, the ones used in bullfights? We offer you that opportunity! Set in the beautiful Andalusian countryside, this pastureland is the setting for breeding the Spanish fighting bull, as well as the elegant Andalusian horse. Groups have the opportunity to appreciate first-hand the breeding of these typically Spanish animals. – More information about this excursion
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Ronda Day Trip from Malaga

Ronda Day Trip from Malaga

Ronda is one of the oldest cities in Spain. Ronda makes a perfect day trip getaway from the hustle and bustle of Malaga, in fact Rondeños have a word that describes their lifestyle, tranquila, very peaceful. It certainly describes Ronda well. Here’s a list of monuments you can see if you have 3-4 hours to wander around Ronda.

Book a guided private day trip to Ronda from Malaga

The Bullring (Plaza de Toros)

Ronda´s bullring is Spain’s largest and oldest bullring, it’s real significance is it’s beauty as an architectural wonder, and as the bullring where Pedro Romero, the father of modern bullfighting perfected his art. The museum of bullfighting is located under the seating in the rear of the building.
Ronda’s Plaza de Toros is owned by the Real Maestranza de Caballero de Ronda, and is an exceptional building that is open to the public. It contains 136 tuscan columns that hold the stands, and the entire plaza is built from rock quarried locally.

The Puente Nuevo

The Puente Nuevo is one of Spain’s most photographed monuments and stands 400 feet above the tajo gorge. It’s a truly an impressive bridge. Its contruction started in 1751and it was inagurated on 1793, it took 42 years to buildt.

The bridge featured in Ernest Hemingway’s award winning novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, though we’ll leave it to your imagination to decide if his story was true.
Mondragon Palace

The Mondragón Palace is one of Ronda’s most visited buildings, not only because it houses the Municipal Museum, but mostly for it’s Moorish courtyards and gardens that evoke memories of kings and governors who called Ronda home.

It was from here that the Catholic Kings accepted the surrender of the last Muslim governor of Ronda in 1485, but since then the palace has reverted to more peaceful uses, in fact being a popular wedding venue for Rondeños and visitors alike.
Moorish King’s House and Gardens

This building was completed in the 18th century and remodeled by the Duchess of Parcent in 1920. It has gardens designed by the French architect Jean Claude Forestier, who also designed the Maria Luisa Park in Seville. The building has an underground mine, which has steps leading down to the Guadelevin River and was used to fetch and store water. This mine was built by King Abomelik in the 14th century and slaves had to bring the water up in goatskins.

Arab Baths

Back in Moorish times, public baths were a very popular social setting, and also a mandatory stop for visitors to Ronda who were required to cleanse themselves physically and spiritually in the adjacent Mosque before being allowed to enter the city proper.

The Arab Baths in Ronda have undergone extensive renovations in recent times, including restoration of the gardens and making the baths accessible to mobility challenged people.


How to get to Ronda from Malaga

The best way to visit Ronda from Malaga is with a guided tour company like CostaExcursions, we offer private guided tours to Ronda. The duration of this day trip is of aprox. 6 hours. It takes an hour and a half to get to Ronda.

What can you expect:

• Pick up from Malaga o Marbella and transfer to Ronda in airconditioned car or mini van
• Small private groups (maximum 6 pax)
• 2 hours walking tour with guide through the Old Town of Ronda – English, German and Spanish spoken
• Visit the Plaza de Toros bullfighting ring and explore its museum. Soak in stunning views of El Tajo gorge and the connecting bridge, Puente Nuevo
• Enjoy free time to explore Ronda at your leisure, you will have time to have lunch in one of the numerous restaurants in Ronda

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How to Choose a Shore Excursion in Malaga

All cruise lines arrange shore excursions while in Malaga, some of them are very expensive, to help you make the most of your time in every port of call. But is it worth to pay those expensive shore trips that the cruise line organize? Is it better to plan a day trip on your own? Should you just do your own thing? Here are some questions to ask yourself so you can enjoy your stay in Malaga the way you want.

1. Just want to be tourist for a day?

The cruise line will always try to sell you an excursion, but if you just want to walk around the city of Malaga, shop or visit the local beach, pick up a map and do it alone. Malaga has plenty of shops, restaurants and museums within walking distance of the dock. And don’t forget that you can often find hop-on hop-off buses that make it simple and fun to get an overview of everything, with more in-depth glimpses wherever you choose.

2. Do you want to avoid the big bus tours? offer private tours in luxury cars and vans for people who don’t want to climb aboard a bus. We offer a number of excursions or you can contact us if you would like to create your own excursion.

3. Do you want to immerse yourself in local culture?

In we provide a hands-on local experience that you probably won’t find on your own: a visit, say, to a vineyard, or a visit to an olive oil mil.

4. Do you want to relax in luxury?

Visits to beaches, scenic sails, romantic catamaran cruises — these excursions are all designed to remind you why you took a cruise in the first place: to sit back and relax. Book one if you’re craving that kind of day.

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Malaga Day Trips

Travel Excursions From Malaga

Whether you are spending a day or a few hours in Malaga (cruise ships) or you are staying in Malaga, the Andalusian city is the perfect starting point for exploring southern Spain.
You have organized tours to Marbella, Ronda or Mijas. In fact, I’d go so far as to say the Malaga Day Trips on this page will be the best part of your stay in Malaga.

Day Trip Mijas
Malaga Day Trip: Mijas

Located in the mountains above the coast, this charming village is a cluster of whitewashed buildings nestled into the mountainside. Mijas offers a glimpse of village life with its narrow cobblestoned streets and whitewashed buildings.

This is the perfect example of an old Spanish village on the coast that has managed to retain its old world charm. Visit the Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña, a chapel made of rock that offers both views of the village and the coast below. Wander through Mijas with its craft shops and take a famous donkey tour through the village. The Parroquial Church is located in a park with lovely views of the coast, and on a clear day, you can see straight across the Mediterranean to Morocco. The Bullring, located just across from the church, is the only square bullring in Spain.

Those who are fit, can walk up the narrow streets through the neighborhoods to experience true village life. Take time to sit in a café and have a drink, or enjoy one of the many restaurants in Mijas.

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Marbella day trip

Malaga Day Trip: Marbella & Puerto Banus

Marbella is located on the western Costa del Sol at the foot of the Sierra Blanca Mountain, approximately an hour drive from Malaga. Marbella is a favourite destination for Europe´s jetset and Middle Eastern royalty.

Once a small seaside village, Marbella became an important tourist destination in the 1970´s. The modern part of the city boasts a beautiful sea side promenade with a variety of cafes and restaurants. On a clear day you can see Gibraltar and Morocco across the sea. The old quarter of the town center has maintained its old charm and is pedestrian only and has white washed buildings and narrow cobblestoned streets. The center of the old quarter is the Plaza de los Naranjos where cafes line this orange tree filled square.Explore the maze of narrow passages lined with tourist shops, posh boutiques and lovely restaurants.

Puerto Banus is a few minutes’ drive from center Marbella. In Puerto Banus, have a stroll and see some of the mega yachts owned by royalty and the rich and famous.
The marina boasts more than 900 moorings. You can browse among the many boutiques or have a meal or drink at one of the many restaurants in the marina.

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day trip ronda

Malaga Day Trip: Ronda

Spend a day touring Ronda, one of the most beautiful and historic towns in Andalusia. Ronda is a mountain top city nestled on the dramatic El Tajo Gorge, which separates the old and new parts of the city. Ronda is one of Spain´s oldest towns dating back to Islamic times when it was an important cultural city. Hemingway described Ronda as the most romantic town in Spain.

Cross the impressive Puente Nuevo bridge, Ronda´s most famous landmark, which straddles the deep Gorge and connects the Moorish part of Ronda with the modern part of the city. Here you can truly appreciate the rugged gorge and the beautiful country landscape. There are many attractions worth visiting in Ronda. The Arab Baths, built at the end of the 13th century, are the best preserved in Spain.

The old wall and gate to the city give a unique glimpse into Ronda´s Islamic past. The Palacio de Mondragon houses the municipal museum and has some spectacular gardens. It was built and residence of the Moorish King Abomelik and used later as a residence for King Ferdinand and Queen Isabelle. The city also has some impressive churches including the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Church of Santa Maria la Mayor. The Jardines de Cuenca (Cuenca Gardens) should not be missed as they are located on ledges over the Tajo and offer spectacular views of the countryside and city. Ronda is said to be the home of modern bullfighting so a visit to its famous bullring cannot be missed.

The bullring is one of the oldest and most impressive in Spain. There is a museum and guided audio tour of the bullring.

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