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Things to do in Marbella

Sunshine, warm waters, golden sand, and a luxurious touch await in the Costa del Sol’s best-known hotspot.

Our most recommended things to do in Marbella

From Malaga and Costa del Sol: Gibraltar Tour

1. From Malaga and Costa del Sol: Gibraltar Tour

Your tour will begin as you meet your bus in the center of Málaga, near el Corte Inglés, or elsewhere along the Costa del Sol. From there you will take a coach to Gibraltar, traveling in air-conditioned comfort complete with reclining seats, WiFi, and USB ports. Throughout the journey, your guide will provide you with information about interesting things to do and see once having arrived at Gibraltar. Once having passed through customs, your coach will drive inside Gibraltar before stopping in the city center to park for free time. If you booked the full nature reserve rock tour option, enjoy a panoramic tour of Gibraltar, visiting places such as the Strait of Gibraltar, and access to the interior of the St. Michel Caves. You will also be able to see Barbary macaques at the Apes Den. After the panoramic tour, enjoy free time for lunch and explore the area for its shopping and hotspots like Main Street, Casemates Square, Marina Bay, or the Mediterranean Steps. Your bus will return in the afternoon, leaving Gibraltar at 3:30 PM.

From Marbella: Canyoning Tour in Guadalmina

2. From Marbella: Canyoning Tour in Guadalmina

Venture out into nature on a canyoning tour of the Guadalmina Canyon. Learn canyoning techniques and even try tobogganing. Join an activity that's fun for the whole family on a quick trip from Marbella. Join your guide and learn the basic techniques of canyoning for all levels, before pushing your limits with more challenging techniques for experienced thrill-seekers. For the truly daring, take the plunge with lots of jumps from heights of 10-19 feet (4-6 meters) into a beautiful reservoir surrounded by majestic mountains. For those who still want to experience the thrill without the jump, try the toboggan ride. See the gorge narrow, revealing a beautiful landscape, as you explore this rugged and wild area.

From Costa del Sol: Gibraltar Sightseeing Day Tour

3. From Costa del Sol: Gibraltar Sightseeing Day Tour

One of our air-conditioned coaches will collect you from your designated pick-up point in Costa del Sol. From there, sit back and relax on your journey to Gibraltar. On arrival, a local guide will pick you up and you will start a guided tour through the city. See the port of Gibraltar, the walled inner city, Europa Point, and St. Michael’s Cave. Then, climb up to the highest point open to the public of the Rock of Gibraltar. Enjoy amazing views of the Mediterranean, Spain, and Morocco from the same. See and take pictures of the wild monkeys, popularly known as Barbary Apes. Given they are wild animals, we advise you not to get too close, feed or touch them. After the guided tour, you will be given some free time to have lunch. Stroll around Main Street and enjoy the benefits of duty-free products. Meet your guide back again at the designated time for the return trip to Costa del Sol.

Málaga: Andalusian Horse Show with Flamenco Music

4. Málaga: Andalusian Horse Show with Flamenco Music

Watch 'Ritmo a Caballo', an equestrian ballet that has been performed here every Wednesday at 5:45 PM uninterrupted since 1992. The choreography incorporates a mixture of cowboy moves and dressage as they're accompanied by Spanish music. Riders wear old Andalusian costumes and the show is directed by José Carlos González Guerrero, who was awarded the Champion of Spain in 2009. See a show that features 20 horses, all trained by their riders. Be amazed as you watch a group of Spanish horses all move in unison to the beat of the music. Rigorous training and traditional elegance are combined in this impressive performance. Also, there is a flamenco dancer dressed at its finest to dance with a horse and his rider in a beautiful combination of both arts.

Marbella: Costa del Sol Private Sailing Cruise with Drinks

5. Marbella: Costa del Sol Private Sailing Cruise with Drinks

Sit back and relax on a sailboat cruise from Marbella. See the Costa del Sol from the water and marvel at the vibrant marine wildlife in this area. Onboard, enjoy soft drinks, beer, wine or cava, and tuck into tasty snacks. Have fun standup paddle boarding, snorkeling, and swimming. Choose from tour option that last from 2-8 hours. Head out to sea and keep a lookout for the dolphins that frequent these waters. There are two species of dolphins that permanently inhabit these waters, the common dolphin and bottlenose dolphins. Keep an eye out for other creatures that frequent the Strait of Gibraltar, including Atlantic bluefin tuna, Ocean sunfish, and sea turtles. Once you spot some of these marine animals, dive into the water to swim near them or stay on the sailboat to sail alongside them for a while.  Jump into the cool waters for a refreshing dip or use the standup paddle board and the snorkeling equipment. Listen to music from Bluetooth speakers as you sail. Get help from the captain and crew during your seafaring adventure. Return to the Marina in Marbella at the end of your tour. 

From Málaga and Costa del Sol: Morocco Day Trip

6. From Málaga and Costa del Sol: Morocco Day Trip

Discover Moroccan culture and flavors on this day trip from Málaga and Costa del Sol. Visit the traditional Moroccan city of Tetouan, cross the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry, and see the Royal Palace or Khalifa Palace, the Archaeological Museum, and the Center of Modern Art. Meet your guide at the pickup point in Malaga and hop on the bus to Algeciras. During the trip, journey through Malaga and along the Costa del Sol while the guide tells you anecdotes and curiosities about Morocco. Arrive at Algeciras to board an express ferry. Sail for 60 minutes to Ceuta across the strait. Once in Ceuta, set foot on Moroccan soil and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city of Ceuta. Drive by the Royal Walls and the Moat of San Felipe. Take a scenic drive from Ceuta to Tetouan which lasts about half an hour. Arrive in Tetouan, take a pleasant walk with a local guide to see the most iconic areas of the city. In Hassan II Square you'll stop outside the Royal Palace or Khalifa Palace, the Archaeological Museum, and the Center of Modern Art. Stroll through the narrow streets of the old Jewish quarter or Mellah and see the Bengualid synagogue. The souk of Tetouan is a real journey through time that will allow you to get to know the work of its craftsmen. Continue through the Medina of Tetouan and be surrounded by the white walls and green doors of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop for lunch at a typical Moroccan restaurant. Listen to live music while savoring cous cous and Arabic pastries. After lunch, stroll through the shopping area of Tetouan and visit some establishments for shopping and a typical Moroccan Herbalist with natural products to discover all the benefits of the properties of Argan Oil. At the time indicated by the guide, meet again for the return to Ceuta and embark to Algeciras to return to the pickup point in Algeciras. 

From Madrid: Andalucia & Toledo 5-Day Trip

7. From Madrid: Andalucia & Toledo 5-Day Trip

Spend 5 days exploring Andalucia, and enjoy tours of the area’s most historically important cities. Visit iconic monuments and take in views of the stunning scenery of the land of La Mancha along the way. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Madrid, Cordoba, Sevilla Depart from the bus terminal in Madrid at 08:00, heading south through the Land of La Mancha to Andalucia. On arrival in Cordoba you’ll enjoy a city sightseeing tour, visiting the great mosque that once was the spiritual center of the Islamic world. Note the Gothic cathedral that was built inside. Your tour also takes in the Jewish Quarter. After the visit, you’ll continue on to Sevilla. Dinner and overnight in Sevilla. Day 2: Sevilla In the morning you’ll venture out on a panoramic city sightseeing tour and visit the Barrio de Santa Cruz with its narrow streets, the Park of María Luisa, and Plaza de España. There’s an optional artistic tour that includes the Royal Alcazar Palace. Your afternoon is at leisure. Half board in the hotel and overnight in Sevilla. Day 3: Sevilla, Ronda, Marbella After breakfast at the hotel you’ll depart for the White Villages and Ronda, where you’ll have some free time. Take an optional excursion to Mijas or Gibraltar. Later the tour continues on to the Costa del Sol. Dinner and overnight in Marbella. Day 4: Marbella, Granada The tour leaves Marbella for Granada after breakfast. When you arrive in Granada you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour that includes the impressive Alhambra with its beautiful Nazari Palaces and the Generalife Gardens. Optional activities include a visit to the caves of Sacromonte and attending a typical gipsy flamenco show. Dinner and overnight in Granada. Day 5: Granada, Toledo, Madrid Enjoy breakfast before heading to the Imperial City of Toledo, filled with historic monuments. You’ll have lunch and embark on a city sightseeing through Toledo’s narrow streets and alleys. Afterwards, you’ll be transferred back to Madrid. Hotels (4-Star)

Marbella: 3-Hour Guided Bicycle Tour

8. Marbella: 3-Hour Guided Bicycle Tour

Discover Marbella, the beautiful south of Spain, and explore charming parks, the impressive promenade, the luxury port of Puerto Banús and the historic old town, all by bike. Ride from one sight to another and discover the special highlights of Marbella. If you wish, you can also use the tour as a fitness session, which your fitness expert and personal trainer will gladly integrate into your tour. In this way, you will not only improve your fitness and health, but you will also be inspired by the beauty and variety of Marbella. You will also have time for a little break to take pictures and have a coffee in one of the beach restaurants. Of course, all bikes are in excellent conditions and are regularly maintained, so that a corresponding quality and safety is ensured.

From Malaga: Gibraltar and Dolphin Sightseeing Boat Tour

9. From Malaga: Gibraltar and Dolphin Sightseeing Boat Tour

Enjoy the journey along Malaga and the Costa del Sol in a sightseeing bus tour while listening to your guide tell you anecdotes and curiosities of this British colony. Explore Gibraltar on your own and with a guide, then sail the Mediterranean in search of the many dolphins that roam the area. Arrive in La Linea and cross the border into Gibraltar. Enjoy some free time to visit Casemates Square and the botanical garden of the Alameda. Stroll through the Marina Bays, or take the chance to walk along Main street. Follow the directions of your guide to get to the square and find your way to the port of Gibraltar to board your boat. Once aboard, feel the breeze and catch sight of different types of Cetaceans that inhabit the area. Navigate the calm seas for about an hour and a half and find the place where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Search for dolphins here, and catch sight of their majesty and intelligence, playing in the water. The guide on board will tell you about the most relevant curiosities and characteristics of the species that you encounter, the particularities of the Strait, declared Unesco World Biosphere Reserve. After the tour, you will have again free time to continue your visit in Gibraltar, where you can take the opportunity to have lunch. Meet in the midafternoon for your return journey to the pickup point.

Marbella: Kayak Tour

10. Marbella: Kayak Tour

Enjoy introductory lessons on how to use your kayak. Learn basic techniques you can use to make the most out of your day.  View the beautiful coastline of Marbella with this guided tour. Set off from the marina and explore the coast. Experience stunning views of the Sierra Blanca mountain range.  Take a break and have a swim in the warm water. Return to the marina for refreshments (at your own expense) and a shower. 

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Dear Sir or Madam. The best experience ever. We would like to thank everyone, who made such a fantastic event possible. It will stick in our memory forever. Also if you can speak to the Horses please thank them from my Wife and I. Kind Regards. Mr Elvet Owen Williams. UK.

Great guide in Gibraltar who was friendly and very informative. The view was amazing and we loved St Michael cave. Only negative comment is the number of stops and time it took to get from Malaga to Gibraltar. Bus was very comfortable.

Very well organized experience. Our guide on the bus was so friendly and very knowledgeable about everything we passed on the way from Malaga to the Alhambra. Our guide in the Alhambra was super and delivered an amazing tour

My family and I had a great experience. The driver was timely and courteous. Our guide was exceptional.

We had a fabulous day, pick up was quick and easy. Guided throughout the day. Excellent trip and guide.