Day trips by Car in Marbella

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Enjoy the freedom of freedom of driving. Self drive excursions from Marbella

Day Trips by Car From Marbella

If you are visiting Marbella and are interesting in exploring the surrounding countrysid, hire a car. If you are flying to Málaga Airport or Gibraltar Airport you can hire on arrival or prebook online and collect the hire car on arrival. It is also posible to hire a car in Marbella for a few days.

Read about the destination and atractions below. these are our suggestions and are presented in a logical order so you can plan your route. We recommend a copy the Michelin Map 578 Spain South Andalucia which can be purchased on-line or in most petrol stations.  

Alternatively we list a selection of coach excursions or private group excursions in case you prefer to let someone elso do the driving.  The advantage of hiring a car is you can explore the area at will, and you can stop to admire the scenery, or at that intersting looking small tapas bar where and when you like.

Self Drive Day Trips from Marbella

If you want to take a drive out from Marbella for an afternoon or a full day, here are some of our suggestions.


Visit on the pretty villages that are tucked away just back from the coast. Make a route through Ojen, Monda, Guaro and Tolox. Another popular route is Manilva to Gaucin and back via Casares or vice versa. For a day trip, other most interesting villages are Tarifa, Vejer de la Frontera, Conil de la Frontera. Slightly further afield are Jimena de la Frontera, Castellar and San Roque. Further Inland Medina Sidonia, Arcos de la Frontera, Grazalema, Ronda.




Driving west along the coast a possible stop is resort of Sotogrande. Gibraltar a favorite but more of a day trip in itself. Who can't resist the surf atmosphere and Atlantic beaches of Tarifa or further up the coast to Bolonia, Zahara de los Atunes, alternative Caños de Meca, and Conil de la Frontera.




Driving east along the coast a possible stop is resort of Fuengirola or Torremolinos. Malaga is a favorite now but more of a day trip in itself.  To the east of Malaga to Montes de Malaga and the villages of La Axarquia, including Friliana and Nerja on the coast.  Into the Costra tropical we have Almuñecar and Salobreña. Motril leads us up into Las Alpujaras or keep along the coast into the province of Almeria. 


Popular Attractions

Here is a list of popular attractions that are within a days drive of Marbella and Costa del Sol:




Here is a mixed bag of less popular curious sities within a day drive from Marbella and the Costa del Sol. These are our favourites and we hope they might capture your interest:




A little further afield so ideal for a mini break are the cities of Andalucia.

Westwards along the coast, turn inland at Los Barrios, passing white village of Medina Sedonia for the bodegas (winerys) of Jerez de la Frontera (see Sherry Triangle). From here is an other hour to Sevilla and another hour to explore the beautiful forests of Sierrra de Aracena, the intersting Mines of Rio Tinto or the learn about Christopher Columbus at La Rabida near Huelva City

Eastwards along the coast will take you to Malaga city, once avoided but now well worth a visit. Driving inland to interesting town Antequera from where you can choose to head on to cities of Cordoba or Granada.


Itineraries from MaRBELLa

Inland Costa del Sol Ronda & Gaucin
One-Day-Itinerary to explore the countryside around Mijas, Alhaurin, Coin, Monda, Ojen,  Marbella and Istan. 
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One-Day-Itinerary to explore the countryside around the towns of Ronda and Gaucin.
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West to Portugal Cultural cities
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