The Costa del Sol (Estepona, Marbella, Fuengirola and Torremolinos) has become a very popular tourist destination and a busy area for both foreign and national visitors. Depending on your choice of when to visit Malaga, there are some trips from Malaga that we recommend, although most of them can be done at any time of the year.
Visiting Malaga all year around
Malaga, one of the eight provinces in Andalucia, is bathed in the south by the Mediterranean Sea. For the most part the landscape is very mountainous and wild, meanwhile the coastal valleys are known as the Orchard of Malaga.
To begin to unravel the mysteries of this Andalusian city demanded by national and international tourism, we suggest starting with a little stroll in the old town. Here you can see a mix of urban reforms of the nineteenth century along with vestiges of Islamic heritage whose trace can still be seen in some streets. The outstanding example of the old town is Calle Larios which is constituted as the historic centre of Malaga.
Tours from Malaga in winter
If you decide to visit Malaga in winter, there are many places you can visit during this time of the year. We are going to recommend some of the most popular excursions by car, but there are many more options.
Trip by car to Sierra Nevada
We recommend visiting Sierra Nevada especially during the Winter and Spring, when there is the most snow. If you like skiing or you like snow sports, then you can’t miss the opportunity to drive to Sierra Nevada.
In about 2 hours you can be at the Sierra Nevada ski resort; you can choose to spend the day and come back, or you can also make a weekend getaway and rent accommodation.
Granada is not only famous for having the most southerly ski slopes in Europe, but also for its gastronomy. If you decide to go, you can’t miss the opportunity to wander the streets of the city and enjoy its popular tapas.
Christmas trips from Malaga
Visiting all the Christmas lighting decoration in the different municipalities. There are the traditional christmas street markets at the main squares with lots of activity. If you want to immerse yourself in our culture, we recommend a tour of the municipalities of the Costa del Sol by the end of November or in December.
Having a car is an advantage for these excursions; what about visiting one city every day?
Tours from Malaga in Spring
Spring arrives in Malaga with the flowering of its natural spaces. If we had to suggest a spring excursion from Malaga, we would recommend you to visit the white villages and go on a hiking route.
How about visiting Guaro during the almond blossom? There are special hiking routes in spring for this event.
Trips from Malaga in Summer
Although summer in Malaga is mostly popular for the beach and the good weather, if you decide to hire a car in Malaga you can do sometjhing else. What about discovering a new beach every day? Uncrowded natural areas where you will enjoy not only more privacy, but also a natural environment bathed by the clear waters of the Mediterranean.
You will find dream beaches both to the east and west; Tarifa is one of the most popular beaches on the west, with white sand and a charming village where you can have a drink after a day at the beach. Another option to the east is to visit the splendid beaches of the Maro cliffs or go to Almería; there are countless natural beaches ideal for scuba diving, due to the beauty of its underwater fauna and flora.
Visiting Marbella and Puerto Banus by car
A much sought after tourist destination in the Costa del Sol is Marbella and this is not only due tothe magic nights providing fun and party. Marbella became a privileged place for its warm weather and very appealing to visit.
Six kilometres from Marbella city centre is located the famous Marina Puerto Banus where you can enjoy the night out until the wee hours of the morning on weekends and during the summer, almost every day.
Trips from Malaga in Autumn
Mild weather dominates in autumn. This weather is ideal for touring the province by car without feeling the heat under the sun. If you like to visit villages and enjoy the gastronomy, we invite you to drive along the regional roads of our province.
Excursion to Ronda
You can drive to Ronda, a route that takes about an hour and is very worthwhile. Come and discover this ancient city located to the north of the capital. Ronda offers monuments to visit and stunning views of the Serranía from the popular viewpoint.
Mountains of Malaga area
You can also visit some of the villages of the Montes de Málaga; in the way why not having lunch in one of its traditional inns? If you go by car, you will find those inns located next to the road. Remember to try the so-called Dish of the Mountains, “Plato de los Montes”.
More trips and excursions by car
If you want to know more trips and excursions driving by car in Malaga you can read our other article.