Explore Andalusia: The Best Day Trips from Malaga

This blog post was originally posted on September 25th, 2015 and was updated on March 6, 2017

There are many things to love about Malaga, but possibly some of its biggest allures are the beautiful towns, beaches and history that surround it.

From the picturesque white towns so typical of Southern Spain to the pristine southern Mediterranean beaches, if you are visiting the city it would be a crime not to take advantage and enjoy some of the best day trips from Malaga.


Photo Credit: Nick Kenrick

Antequera

About 50 kilometers inland from Malaga, Antequera is an Andalusian gem filled with stunning palaces, churches and squares. Climb up to the alcazaba, the old moorish castle and fortress, or relax in the Plaza de Escribanos at the foot of the imposing Santa Maria la Mayor church.

The Municipal Museum is an absolute must, housing an incredible collection of religious treasures, including one of few ephebes, a prized Roman bronze statue. Nature lovers should not miss out on the Torcal de Antequera, a natural reserve just south of the town that is famous for its surreal karst rock formations.

One of the best day trips from Malaga is to visit Antequera where you can see the impressive Torcal!
The Torcal of Antequera. Photo by Juan de Dios Santander Vela

Archidona

Not far from Antequera lies the lovely town of Archidona, an important capital of the Al-Andalus territories during Muslim times. The town is divided into two parts, the old–Vila Alta–and the new–Vila Baja. Of course, these things are relative – Vila Baja dates back to the 16th century! Roam up to the Vila Alta to see the old fortress, and down to Vila Baja to check out the spectacular Plaza Ochavada, an octagonal square decorated with eight different façades.

Another of the best day trips from Malaga is Archidona. There you can see the Peñon de los Enamorados and learn about the towns history dating back to Muslim rule
The breathtaking views of the Peñon de los Enamorados in Archidona. Photo by Cayetano

Nerja

A little over an hour outside Malaga by bus, this beautiful Mediterranean beach town boats fantastic sea and mountain views. Visit the prehistoric caves (discovered just in the 1950s!) that span about 5 kilometers and are reminiscent of an enormous, airy cathedral, including one area that serves as a natural amphitheater for concerts. Take an afternoon stroll along the old fortress, the Balcon de Europa, where the views of the southern Mediterranean are some of the finest.

The coast line of Nerja is just one reason that this town is one of the best day trips from Malaga.
The beautiful coastline of Nerja. Photo by Thomas Münter

Ronda

Ronda is not necessarily easy to get to, but it’s worth every effort. About an hour and a half by car on tricky, winding roads, or two hours by bus or train, Ronda remains one of Southern Spain’s most famous pueblos blancos, or white towns.

Here you will find the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain, along with an impressive museum about the sport. The town also has a claim to fame in the world of art, being the birthplace of Spanish cubism and abstract artist Joaquin Peinado. But what really makes Ronda special are its bridges that span over the Tajo gorge, telling a rich and ancient history about the town and its people.

Ronda is one of our favorite day trips from Malaga with its gorge and beautiful historic town.
Ronda’s impressive gorge. Photo by Klomiz

Marbella

Trendy boutiques, hip tapas bars and loads of cool art galleries and culture, Marbella is well-worth a visit as a day trip from Malaga. The pristine sandy beaches of Costa del Sol are most beautiful in the Elviria area, lined with chiringuitos galore to have a drink, snack or meal overlooking the sea.

The old town is absolutely charming with its narrow, cobble-stoned streets dotted with unique shops and galleries. Take a walk around the city’s Alameda Park, a lush space filled with tropical plants, and of course, don’t miss out on La Avenida del Mar, where you can see several sculptures in the open air by the one and only Salvador Dali.

The Old Town of Marbella is absolutely beautiful.
The gorgeous streets of Old Town Marbella. Photo by Kamyar Adl

Andalusia is an amazing part of Spain with so many different places to explore, both on the coast and inland. Perhaps you want to discover more about Malaga itself? Join one of our Devour Food Tours and find out all about the food and the culture of this city! 

 

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