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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 Costa del Sol: Gibraltar Sightseeing Day Tour

2. From Costa del Sol: Gibraltar Sightseeing Day Tour

Be picked up by minubus Torremolinos, Marbella or Estepona and will drive you to Costa del Sol. Once in Gibraltar, discover all the major sights, including Punta Europa and Las Cuevas de San Miguel. Punta Europa, on the edge of the rock, has a lighthouse and stunning views of the African mountains, just across the water. See the Cuevas de San Miguel, which was once a refuge for soldiers during wars and a secret passageway for those looking to escape. After the tour, take some free time to explore the shopping district of Calle Real and surrounding areas.

Andalusian Horse and Flamenco Show in Malaga

3. Andalusian Horse and Flamenco Show in Malaga

Watch 'Ritmo a Caballo', an equestrian ballet that has been performed here every Wednesday at 5:45PM uninterrupted for 30 years. The choreography incorporates a mixture of cowboy moves and dressage to 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. The one and a half hour show 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.

From Malaga: Gibraltar and Dolphin Sightseeing Boat Tour

4. 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.

From Costa del Sol: Granada, Alhambra + Nasrid Palaces Tour

5. From Costa del Sol: Granada, Alhambra + Nasrid Palaces Tour

Discover the secrets of the Alhambra Palace, the most-visited attraction in Spain. Relax with pickup from different meeting points on the Costa del Sol and in Malaga before making your way to the palace. Along the way, take in the panoramic views of the Sierra de Malaga before you reach the historic city of Granada. Upon arrival at the Alhambra, visit the palace of Charles V, the Generalife Gardens, the Nasrid palaces and the famous Patio de los Leones. Enjoy free time in the Granada city center, where you can explore the architecture of one of the most magical and emblematic cities in the world. Also take time to enjoy the exquisite gastronomy of the area before returning to the Costa de Sol.

Marbella: Catamaran Tour with Dolphin Watching

6. Marbella: Catamaran Tour with Dolphin Watching

Enjoy a trip aboard the Daria, a catamaran with all the modern comforts, on which you will get to spend a wonderful day. Relax in luxury spaces aboard the boat, choose from a 2 or 3-hour cruise, and enjoy drinks and snacks as you sail. During your cruise, you will have opportunities to enjoy water sports such as paddle surfing, kayaking, and even fishing if you wish. As you sail, your skipper will try to find dolphins. Snacks and drinks such as beer, water, and soft drinks will also be available during the cruise. The professional crew will make sure you see the best of Marbella from the water, all the while having as much fun as possible. There will be plenty of opportunities for photos, which will be available after the cruise for download as you explore the coast aboard a luxury catamaran.

Marbella: Costa del Sol Private Sailing Cruise with Drinks

7. 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

8. 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. 

Marbella like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

9. Marbella like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

Skip the usual historical tours and discover the city through a local’s eyes. This tour is just as much about the people you meet, as it is the places you’ll see. Your local guides are passionate about their city and eager to share their knowledge and perspective.  Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, you'll feel comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay.  Through conversations with your guide you’ll learn about cultural differences, local events, and what it’s like to be a true local. With this experience, you won’t be just passing through the city, you’ll be part of it.

Marbella: Sightseeing Walking Tour

10. Marbella: Sightseeing Walking Tour

Explore the most fascinating parts of the city of Marbella with your local guide in a small group. On this 1.5-hour tour, see a variety of sights from natural to architectural as your guide shares with you stories, legends, and important facts about the town.   Meet at Rocío fountain at Almeda Park and get to know your guide and group. Then, head off to discover the first green spot in the city, the permanent exhibition of the bronze statues of Dali, the Seaport, and the Marina promenade.   Then, head to the old city to see its main civil buildings. These include the Town Hall and Mayor’s House, both of which were built in the 16th century. See military structures, including the remains of the Arab walls that once protected the city. Admire the 17th century church and its hermitages and niches.

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What people are saying about Marbella

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The tour was fantastic. The young woman that was our initial guide (while on the bus) was excellent and spoke 4 or 5 languages flawlessly. Once we arrived, the onsite guide was equally well spoken in multiple languages and was able to provide an ongoing explanation and answer all questions from the group. The site itself is spectacular and its history fascinating. Highly recommend taking this tour!

This was a brilliant tour covering all the important churches, buildings, the Cathedral, Alcazabar etc. Eduardo our guide was really knowledgable and passionate and was fantastic! Absolutely recommend this 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.

Very relaxing. Skipper was great and plenty of cold beers in the fridge.