While there is so much to see and do in Marbella itself, it is always rewarding to explore the surrounding areas and see what else is out there. From the history of Seville to the surfing in Tarifa, these are a few of the best day trips that you can take from Marbella.
Seville is the largest city in southern Spain, and is famous for being the birthplace of tapas, meaning that it is home to some of the oldest tapas bars in the country, including El Rinconcillo, which was founded in 1670. This makes the city a must-visit for any foodies visiting Marbella, especially since you can travel there by bus as well as car. When you are done tasting your way around town, there is plenty of history to soak up, which is understandable considering the fact that Seville was reportedly founded by Hercules himself. From the 13th century Catedral de Santa Maria to the 16th century Casa de Pilatos, there are many historical landmarks that are worth touring, so be sure to research these in advance to ensure that you can fit them all in to your itinerary for the day.
The southernmost city in Spain, Tarifa’s incredibly laid back vibe makes it perfect for a day of relaxation, and it is just a one and a half hour drive from Marbella. Tarifa boasts white sandy beaches that stretch for miles, healing mud baths and water that is so strikingly blue, meaning that the beach areas are usually where visitors flock to. Tarifa is also known for its water sports, with everything from surfing to diving to kiteboarding available here, while those who want to check out some local wildlife can head off on a dolphin and whale watching expedition between the months of April and October.
While it may take two and a half hours to reach Sierra Nevada, the mountains here are where you will find the highest peak in Spain, which is why the area makes for a fantastic ski resort. With 100 kilometres of alpine ski runs, as well as toboggans, ski bikes and an ice rink, there is plenty to occupy your time with here. For those who are feeling especially adventurous, spend your evening on a night walk climbing Veleta, the second highest mountain in the Sierra Nevada, as the views from the top, of the twinkling lights below and sparkling stars above, is truly unforgettable. In the summer months, the area turns into a wonderland for outdoor adventure, with everything from horse riding to mountain climbing available. If you are visiting in July or August, be sure to take the cable car up to the summit of Veleta, as you will enjoy stunning views from up here, including Africa on a clear day.
Marbella enjoys a prime location, with easy access to many nearby areas that are well worth visiting. From the culture of Seville to the outdoor adventure of the Sierra Nevada, each of these locations promises a day filled with fun and excitement.