Marbella has become such a thriving tourist destination, not only due to the beauty and activities offered by the town itself, but also as it offers several nearby attractions and countless activities to do near by.
Here are the top 5 day trips from Marbella, which add to this beach resort’s ever increasing appeal.
The stunning residential area of Istan, is nestled around gorgeous crystalline lakes and hiking trails which can be enjoyed year round by lovers of the outdoors. There are several companies offering kayaking and fishing trips on the lake, which is just a ten minute drive from Puerto Banus. The white washed village of Istan is home to several charming hole in the wall tapas bars. The church of San Miguel and the Torre Escalante tower are the two most outstanding monuments of Istán.
The surfers paradise of Tarifa, with it’s white sandy sprawling beaches and turquoise waters is just a 45 minute drive from Marbella. During the summer months the beach bars come alive with tourists and locals alike enjoying a mojito or two, whilst reggae music plays gently in the background. The sand dunes are well worth a visit and are reminiscent of an Egyptian desert and if outdoor activities are not for you, then take a stroll around the town and port of Tarifa, where you can find cobbled street lined with Organic cafe’s, local boutiques and affordable restaurants offering cuisine from every corner of the world.
If you were to think of a typical Andalusian village, Mijas would be the perfect example. The pretty hilltop village is a must see if you are in the area and it is only a 20 minute drive from Marbella. The burro taxis (donkey taxis) are one of Mijas’ most exciting tourist attractions, although animal rights activists hope that they will be a thing of a past, before too long. In this village you can take a visit to the Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña hermitage (who is the local patron saint), the Jardines de la Muralla which offer beauiful gardens and the panoramic view point from where you can enjoy the panoramic over the whole Costa del Sol and the Mediterranean Sea.
No trip to Marbella is complete without a visit to Ronda. This charming town, which is bathed in history and culture is renowned worldwide for it’s 98 meter tall gorge and it’s olde worlde cobbled streets. You can enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants which are built into the rocky face of the cliff faces, gazing out over the luscious greenery of the surrounding countryside or take a ride in a horse drawn carriage.
Whether you fancy a day of shopping, or just a change of scenery, head to Gibraltar. A great place to visit with kids, you can take the cable car to the top of mountain and explore the caves and medieval castle, take in the magnificent views and get up close and personal with the monkeys. Off shore you can enjoy boat trips to see dolphins and whales, maybe even the blue whale if you are in luck and there are many birds on the rock during the spring and autumn months, great for bird-watchers. It is about an hour’s drive to Gibraltar from Marbella if you rent a car, or you can take a bus from the Marbella bus station to La Linea which is the town just outside Gibraltar – the bus will drop you just 5 minutes’ walk from the border.