Take advantage of your time and enjoy different daytrips from Malaga
I believe the best way to travel to some of these places is by renting a car (also very reasonably priced) but for others, Malaga has fantastic bus and train links so the choice is yours.
- Ronda: certainly a city not to be missed, especially if you have good weather. Ronda is a mountaintop city in Spain’s Malaga province that’s set dramatically above a deep gorge. This gorge (El Tajo) separates the city’s circa-15th-century new town from its old town, dating to Moorish rule. Puente Nuevo, a stone bridge spanning the gorge, offers some breath-taking views (built between 1759 and 1793). New town’s Plaza de Toros, a legendary 18th-century bullring, is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Ronda is located about 100 kms from Malaga city
Ronda by car: You can get there by car, it is about 100 km.
Ronda by bus: from the Malaga central bus station (€ 20 approx. return.)
Ronda by train: from María Zambrano train station (23 € approx. Return.)
- Tarifa: Tarifa is a small fishing town in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia, on the southernmost coast of Spain. It is primarily known as one of the world’s most popular destinations for wind and water sports. The narrow cobbled streets, tumbling jasmine and beautiful wrought-iron rejas make Tarifa old town a charming place for a stroll. The original castellated city walls of this ancient town are tightly woven into the fabric of the whitewashed houses.
Tarifa by car: is the recommended way to travel, it is 160 kms from Málaga center.
Tarifa by bus: from the bus station (20 € approx each way.)
- Nerja: Nerja is a picturesque coastal town located about 52 kilometres from the city center of Malaga. This picturesque village has become famous for tourists for its beautiful beaches, rocky coves,white sand and beautiful “white houses”. Nearly one third of the resident population are foreigners, so there is huge culinary and social diversity.
Nerja by car: it takes only about 45 minutes (52 kms) from the motorway.
Nerja by bus: from the bus station to the center of Nerja (9 € approx Return.).
- El Chorro / Caminito del Rey: El Chorro Natural Park is known for hosting the famous Caminito del Rey. The “Lake District”is in fact three artificial lakes created by a dam built across the dramatic 200m high Guadalhorce river gorge, known as the Garganta del Chorro.
El Chorro by car: Take almost an hour’s drive to get to El Chorro . Then you can get to
Caminito del Rey by car which is about 15 minutes walk away.
El Chorro by train: one of the best options as there are direct trains from the suburban station María Zambrano (Malaga-Alora line). The journey takes only about 43 minutes and costs € 9.70 return.
- Granada: If time allows, Granada is one of those cities you’ll love. Its historic center is beautiful and full of life, its cobbled streets and vantage points overlooking the Alhambra and Sierra Nevada. Of course, the Alhambra is practically mandatory once you are in Granada.
Granada by car: in my opinion the most practical way to get to the city. It takes about 1:30 hours on the motorway (132Kms).
- Mijas: Mijas is a charming town of white houses in Malagueñas mountains, just minutes from downtown Malaga. Among its charms are its beautiful views of the coast, its narrow streets and whitewashed houses, the chapels, the old Arab wall surrounding the town and the donkey-taxis (activity that personally I do not agree with, but that attracts many tourists).
Mijas by car: is just minutes from Malaga and if you take the coastal road have beautiful views throughout the walk. Takes half an hour to reach by car (32kms)
Mijas by bus: from the bus station in Málaga takes about 50 minutes. The ticket is purchased directly at the station. The price return is approx. € 5.
- Marbella: Chic and cosmopolitan, perfect for a day of walking and shopping. One of its most popular sites is Puerto Banus marina which houses some of the most exclusive shops, yachts and bars frequented by famous personalities. Marbella also has a beautiful historic centre,
Marbella by car: a beautiful drive with lovely views through several towns such as Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Mijas Costa, etc. The car is also important to explore the different areas of the city.
Marbella by bus: buses depart every hour from Málaga Station, the cost is approx. € 7 each way. The bus will leave you at the bus station of Marbella and then will need taxis or buses to get around town.
- 8. Gibraltar: A small area of English soil in Spain! Gibraltar is going to spend a unique day in another country, with just crossing a barrier. With a few hours to tour Gibraltar; among the things that cannot fail to see, you are the rock of Gibraltar, the viewpoint of the monkeys and the caves of St. Michael. Do not forget your passport.
By car to Gibraltar: you should take the same road to Tarifa, but before you get to Algeciras, you deviate for the line. Takes approx. 1:40 minutes from Málaga (134kms).
By bus to Gibraltar: the bus will take you to La Linea de la Concepcion, a few minutes’ walk to the Gibraltar crossing. The cost is approx. € 17 one way. Some companies offer a full day in Gibraltar from Malaga.
- Morocco (Tangier): Spending a day in Morocco is possible thanks to its proximity to the Spanish coast. Tangier is one of the cities most visited by people who come from Spain as ferries leave directly from Tarifa. You can experience a different day in the Moroccan culture.
Morocco by car: Leave early and if you can buy the ferry ticket in advance; it might be worth spending a night in Tangier so the trip is not so heavy. Approx. 3h you will be in Morocco. (Price of ferry for 2 people plus car from 175 € roundtrip)