There’s no shortage of things to do in Malaga, but why just make a trip to the city itself when there are so many incredible villages and small cities nearby worth seeing?
The vibrant tapas bars, thriving art scene and amazing views in Malaga are just a few things we love about the city. What makes a trip to the city complete, though, is a journey to the iconic white villages and small cities in the surrounding area. Stunning coastline, rugged landscape, and even some monkeys – these places have it all! Check out our the best day trips from Malaga and add an extra something special to your visit.
While Ronda may not be the easiest place to get to, it is worth the effort! If you’re a fan of interesting landscape and incredible views this is the place for you. Head to the bridge over the Tajo gorge for an amazing countryside view and, if you’re feeling adventurous, climb down to get a full-length blockbuster view of the gorge from below – unbelievable! And on top of that, it boasts the oldest bullring in Spain, a vibrant art scene and a whole host of amazing tapas bars. Definitely a day trip worth taking!
For many people, with its narrow streets and whitewashed buildings, Mijas is the ultimate white village in Malaga. Located in the mountains overlooking the sea, there is no better place to catch a spectacular Mediterranean sunset. A quirk about this particular town is the burro taxi you’ll see roaming the streets. These carts pulled by donkeys are part of the fabric of life in Mijas, and are a very interesting way to see the city.
A town filled with impressive churches, Antequera is much more than just another cute pueblo blanco. Iconic monuments include the alcazaba, an old Moorish fortress, and the Museo Municipal, home to some extraordinary Roman artifacts. A great reminder of the fascinating history of the entire southern region of Spain. The romantic air of Antequera itself leads on to El Torcal, a nature reserve just outside the city with some rather unique rock formations – definitely one of the best day trips from Malaga!
At just an hour’s drive from Malaga, the beautiful town of Frigilana is an Andalusian gem. Regularly referred to as the most beautiful village in Spain, it is not hard to see why. Apart from maze-like cobbled streets of the town, there are also plenty of vantage points to catch an amazing view, making it a great romantic getaway destination. And why not soak up the unique atmosphere at one of the restaurants with outdoor terraces too.
Stepping onto the famous Rock of Gibraltar is like being transported to another world. The cathedral in Gibraltar is quite special, but what sets it apart is the amazing nature to appreciate in this area. With amazing views across the Bay of Gibraltar, you can even see right over to Morrocco on a clear day. And we couldn’t talk about Gibraltar without mentioning the famous monkeys that inhabit the area. Cute and furry, definitely, but be careful they don’t get away with your handbag – or your lunch!
We can’t talk about the white towns of Malaga without mentioning the most iconic beach town in the region. Nerja boasts a network of 5 kilometers of caves along the Costa del Sol and at just an hour away from Malaga by bus, it shouldn’t be missed. After your day exploring the caves or relaxing by the beach, make sure and head to the Balcon de Europa to catch the kind of Mediterranean view only Nerja can provide.
Given its location further inland, Velez-Malaga avoids the influx of tourists during the region’s hot summers. And it’s for that reason, and more, that it’s one of the best day trips from Malaga. This market town is the supply center for farmers in the region so good food is guaranteed. Also, with impressive buildings standing atop some of the hills in the town, a stroll through the main streets is an unforgettable one.
Unsure how to best spend your time in Malaga? Come join us on one of our food tours! We’ll show you a great insight into local life in the city, enjoying local wines and tapas as we go!