Over the years Malaga is becoming so popular, increasing the flow of tourists from everywhere. The Andalucian port of Malaga is always crowded with cruises coming every day. Most of the Tourists just stroll around the city of the Capital of Andalusia, without thinking about the courtyard. We have tried to highlight some of the best Malaga day trips.
The cultural and historical heritage of the Costa del Sol will drive you around some of the gems of Southern Spain. The Moorish city on the coast is well connected to the rest of the Region. From Malaga, especially you can consider visiting many cities in Andalusia in just one day. If you are visiting the Spanish Coast and you want to travel around you should consider organizing a few day trips from Malaga.
In this post we put together 13 Malaga day trips, touching the hidden gems of Andalusia, located close to Regional Capital.
Planning some day trips from Malaga by public transport will be a great and cheap idea to visit more of this land. We love this way to explore a place that ends up as a good way to save money but at the same time discover the neighbourhood.
There are many places to explore around Malaga and if you are thinking about where to go from Malaga, here you will find the answer.
Day trips from Malaga Spain
When thinking about Spain most people only pick the usual important cities like Madrid or Barcelona. Have you ever thought about Malaga?
Malaga is a lovely city located in the Andalucia region which is well connected with the rest of the country. You can plan Malaga day trips from one day to another without any stress.
Why Malaga? Malaga is an off the beaten path city which most of the people consider only if are on a planned cruise, or a cheap flight for a visit to Sevilla.
You can quickly plan day trips from Malaga Spain by train or even by bus and within one hour you can reach beautiful destinations in Spain.
We decided to go and explore ourself all the cities around Malaga, writing a detailed guide of all the best 13 cities you can reach from Malaga.
What you will need to explore Andalusia? Only your camera, your swimming suit and the desire to explore something new.
Malaga day trips – 13 top day tours Malaga
Torremolinos – From here start your Andalusia Itinerary
The first city you should consider to visit is Torremolinos. Located not far away from Malaga, you will be able to discover another gorgeous city of Andalucia. The easiest, quickest and cheapest way is to take the train from Malaga to Torremolinos. You can start your journey from Malaga Alameda train station, which is the closest station to the city centre, or from Malaga Maria Zambrano Station, the biggest one.
Your ride is the same that will take you to the airport, but this time you need to get off to Torremolinos station. The ticket from Malaga to Torremolinos cost 3.60 euro, on the way to the white city, you can get off in other amazing places on the coast.
Why going to Torremolinos? Well, Torremolinos is known for its beautiful beaches which you need to visit. Another reason why you should consider a day trip from Malaga to Torremolinos is for the white houses which characterize this village. The city that stretches on the coast of Andalucia, counts more than 100K inhabitant, that in summertime become more.
If you will stroll around Spain you will see many villages which have got only white houses. Those are called Pueblos Blancos of Andalucia, which literally means “White Villages”.
3 things to do on your day trip from Malaga to Torremolinos
- Having fun at Tivoli World
- Exploring the Marine park at Selwo Marina and seeing the dolphins
- Playamar, a beach with water sports and seafood cafes
This is the last stop of RENFE train which starts from Malaga Alameda and ends is Fuengirola.
If you are travelling with kids we suggest visiting Aquamijas which is a waterpark perfect for children or the Bioparc Fuengirola, a naturalist zoo. There is a combo ticket for the Bioparc and transport to buy at the train station. If you are looking for an easy way to plan your journey, we will suggest you get the ticket here.
The ticket from Malaga to Fuengirola will cost you one way 3.60 euros per person and the journey will take less than an hour.
Why Fuengirola is worth to visit? Because it’s known for the Moorish Sohail Castel and for the beaches. That’s why Fuengirola needs to be in your bucket list if you are planning a Malaga day trips itinerary.
3 things to do on your day trip from Malaga to Fuengirola
- Explore the Sohail Castle
- Lay on the San Francisco beach
- Walkthrough the narrow streets of Fuengirola and discover the Islamic Mosque
Mijas – Day trips from Malaga Spain
Mijas is another white village located close to Malaga. It’s a non-touristic centre where you can enjoy a day trip without finding any crowds.
How to reach Mijas? It’s really easy. We recommend taking the Malaga to Mijas bus number M112. You can check the time here.
There are around seven buses which run from Malaga Estacion de Autobuses (Malaga Bus Station) and it will take 1 hour; always depending on the traffic. When we have been to Mijas we loved to stroll around the city and exploring this awesome Pueblo Blanco.
There are many private services that will take you to Mijas Pueblo, the high part of the little town. Book your private transport here. If you are looking for a guided tour, we can help you select the best trip to Mijas.
What’s typical here in Mijas? The Burro Taxi! (Donkey Taxi). This is the only place left where those animals are used for tourism. But, we always prefer to use our legs to explore the city. The ticket will cost you less than 3 euros. Please save the donkeys and help yourself with healthy walking.
TopTips: If you want to have a real-time update, you can download the Consorcio Malaga APP. You have all the buses routes, at what time they are departing and from where. It’s a really useful app to use not only for going to Mijas.
3 things to do on your day trip from Malaga to Mijas
- Get lost in the streets and get the best shots with the whitewashed houses on the background.
- Enjoy the view over the Coast with a nice cold beer
- Visit the Church in the Rock, before the terrace.
Marbella – Malaga day trips
The most popular city known in Costa del Sol is for sure, Marbella. Another little gem of the South of Spain.
Marbella is a lovely city, but during peak seasons, is plenty of tourists. If during your Malaga day trips, you are looking for something quieter, you should consider visiting another village.
From Malaga to Marbella there are buses departing every hour from Malaga Bus Station.
If you are planning a day trip from Malaga Spain to Marbella, check, in advance the schedule-timeline as there are specific time which is departing.
Did you know that you can go from Malaga Airport to Marbella? Once you will be out from the Terminal you will see three bus stops where on the sides will tell you all the destination.
Plan day trips from Marbella is easy too?
From Marbella, you can visit Puerto Banus which it’s known for its beaches, clubs and buzzing nightlife. Also well known because is the posh area of the Southern Spain, with many yachts in the harbour is for many the Montecarlo of Andalusia.
3 things to do on your day trip from Malaga to Marbella
- Explore the King Abd el Aziz Mosque
- Stroll around the narrow streets and shops
- Enjoy the promenade, relax on the beach and at the sunset dance with a beer in your hand in one of the many beach bars on the coast.
Gibraltar – Day trips from Malaga to Gibraltar
Being in the Spanish peninsula, but in a totally different country at the same time is amazing. Well, I will explain better. After passing the famous La Linea de la Concepcion you are in Gibraltar with Spain at your back. Gibraltar is an overseas county under the United Kingdom Influence. A corner of Spain, with another flag, language and even currency.
Within 2 hours and 45 minutes and only 15 euros, you can reach Gibraltar from Malaga by bus. Check here to book your ticket in advance.
Why planning day trips from Malaga to Gibraltar? To be honest, we love to explore every single angle of a new country and if you have the opportunity you should do it as well.
Once passed La Linea de la Concepcion you need to do a Passport Control, like in the airport, and then you can enjoy a new country.
A must-do in this city is a stroll around the Rock of Gibraltar, taking the cable car and going up to say hello to the funny monkeys.
3 things to do on your day trip from Malaga to Gibraltar
- Visit the lighthouse of Gibraltar at the Europa Point
- Take the cable car up to the rock and meet the local Apes.
- Discover the Caves of St. Michael’s, if you are lucky could be a concert there as well.
Nerja – Hidden Gem in Andalusia
If you have ever been to Positano or to the Amalfi Coast, this town, Nerja will remind you a bit of the Italian style.
It’s a small city, located a couple of hour by bus from Malaga, which has got awesome beaches, maybe the best.
The journey from Malaga to Nerja by bus will take around two hours, depends on the traffic. We recommend taking an early bus to avoid the crowd on the streets.
You will be amazed by the view from the terrace of Nerja. This place has been called the Balcony of Europe, for the amazing panorama over the sea, just in front of the coast of Morocco.
Pay a visit to the narrow streets of Nerja is must-do in Andalusia.
You can buy the tickets at Malaga Bus Station (Malaga Estacion de Autobuses) and the cost is around 5 euros or less. You can take the bus from the bus station or from the Porto where there is an automatic machine to buy the tickets.
3 things to do on your day trip from Malaga to Nerja
- Be amazed by the view on the Balcony of Europe listening to a song sung by a street artist.
- Discover the Caves of Nerja
- Rent a Kayak and discover the river waterfall into the sea.
Frigiliana – Planning Malaga day trips
If you are staying half-day in Nerja and you want to explore another village close by, you should consider a day excursions from Nerja to Frigiliana.
There are no direct buses from Malaga to Frigiliana, but planning a day trip to Nerja, you can then buy a ticket from there to Frigiliana. The bus ride will take just 15 minutes and it is one of those places which is worth to visit.
Frigiliana is known as another Pueblos Blancos. A white village in Costa del Sol, also one of the most picturesque cities, thanks to the narrow streets and colourful details. Take a shot on the white stairs, with the vivid flowers on the side.
3 things to do on your day trip from Malaga to Frigiliana
- Climb up the hill to the Castle of Lizar
- Stroll around the white houses and snap the flowers on the balconies
- Visit the Museo Arqueologico de Frigiliana.
Seville – Top location of your Andalucia Itinerary
The most beautiful day trip for us is from Malaga to Seville. Sevilla is our favourite cities in the Andalucia Region. If you are planning a day trip to Seville from Malaga during summer be ready as it will be very hot in Sevilla. Commonly connoted as the frypan of Spain, Sevilla is hard to explore in the summertime because of the hot temperature, that will reach over 40 degrees.
The city would be empty as most of the locals when summer is approaching, are going to the coast and the city will look almost dead.
There are buses from Malaga to Seville but are not direct, you need to change to Cordoba and the journey is a bit longer.
The quickest and cheaper than the bus is the train. With RENFE you can reach this wonderful city within 3 hours and at the cost of 25 euros. There are many private transfers from Malaga, the price is on average and is an easy way to reach Sevilla.
Why you should visit Seville? Well, why not! Seville, it’s a wonderful city and as soon as you will reach your destination you will have the answer to your question.
3 things to do on your day trip from Malaga to Sevilla
- Be amazed by the magnificent Plaza de Espana
- Visit the Alcazaba of Sevilla, an awesome example of Moorish architecture.
- Watch a Flamenco Show at the best Tabla in the city
Granada – Day trips from Malaga to Granada
If you want to discover all the most beautiful cities in Spain you should visit Granada. There are many ways to organise a trip from Malaga to Granada. What we preferred it was a Malaga to Granada bus. The buses are direct and you don’t need to change like with the train.
Granada is known for its beauty and for its UNESCO Worldwide Heritage, the Alhambra. With the Morrish influence and with the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is another gem which you can’t miss to visit.
If you want to visit the Alhambra Granada you need to buy the tickets in advance as most of the time is sold out. Click here to buy them.
There are many other places to visit in Granada, and take a tour guide is the best idea to enjoy your stay. We have also written about some of the best-hidden gems of Granada, from where you can admire the Alhambra too.
3 things to do on your day trip from Malaga to Granada
- Visit the Alhambra is a must-do in Granada
- Enjoy the Arab Thermal Bath of Hammam al Andalus
- Go for a food tour in Granada with tapas, beers, tinto de Verano and Flamenco
TopTips: If you are going to Granada you need to try the best Croquetas ever. Go and have some tapas at “Los Manueles”, the kingdom of croquetas in Granada. If you don’t know what is the croquetas, it is a typical tapas. An appetizer made by potato, onion and Jamon the local ham.
Cordoba – Best Architecture of Andalusia Itinerary
With its amazing Moorish style, architecture and religious heritage, Cordoba needs to be in your bucket list if you are planning Malaga day trips.
In your Malaga to Cordoba day trips, you will discover another gem of the South of Spain. In your bucket list of places to visit in Andalusia, you have to include a visit to the incredible Mosquee of Cordoba. A masterpiece of Moorish architecture, and the most iconic monument in the city.
Malaga to Cordoba by bus is the best solution, with only 13 euros and 2 hours and half of your time you can reach this gorgeous city in Spain. Combine it with a visit to Sevilla, due is on the same journey.
All the buses are departing always from Malaga Bus Station which is close to the Maria Zambrano main station. If you want to use the train as it will be quick, as it is only 1 hour away from Malaga, you can. The only thing is that it will cost you a bit more, like 30 euros.
3 things to do on your day trip from Malaga to Cordoba
- Visit La Mezquita, a World Heritage Site (Find the tickets here to skip the queue)
- Explore the ancient past of Cordoba, discover the Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristianos.
- Relax in a proper Arabic Thermal Bath at the Hammam Spa in Cordoba
Ronda – Day trips from Malaga to Ronda
One of the best places to visit from Malaga is Ronda, a small gem located 100 kilometres away from Malaga. There are plenty of options to reach Ronda from Malaga, daily buses, trains or you can go by car as well.
There are many day trips in Costa del Sol which you can prepare and Ronda is one of those. It’s a spectacular city with a lot to offer especially for its culture and architecture.
Do you know why Ronda is famous? It is famous for its bullfighting rings and for the numerical churches which make the perfect mix match of nature, culture and architecture.
3 things to do on your day trip from Malaga to Ronda
- Visit the Bridge of Ronda, the Puente Nuevo
- Enjoy the local wine, following an old tradition to make wine.
- Stroll around the cobblestone streets of this ancient Roman town
Tarifa – Day trips from Malaga Spain
Have you ever heard about Kitesurfing in Tarifa? If not, this is the perfect excuse to go and visit Tarifa. This city is known for its gorgeous beaches and for the bohemian surfer environment.
Located in the very south of Spain, where, on a clear day you can see the Marocco’s coast, Tarifa need to be in your list if you are planning day trips from Malaga.
Malaga beaches are awesome but once you will see Tarifa’s ones you will love them even more. It is windy but will blow your mind away. Use this day trip as a great treatment to yourself, a good way to relax body an mind.
From Malaga Bus Station you can take the bus towards Tarifa for less than 20 euros and being in Tarifa in 2 hours and a half if you take the semi-direct bus. Otherwise, the normal bus will take you around 4 hours.
3 things to do on your day trip from Malaga to Tarifa
- Enjoy the beach of Tarifa with the surfers riding the waves
- Hike up to the Mirador El Estrecho for a breathtaking view over the last point of Europe.
- Ride yourself the waves for a unique adventure in Spain
Malaga to Tangier day trips
Have you ever thought about Marocco? Did you know that from Malaga you can see the coastline of Marocco if the sky is clear?
There are many things to discover in this beautiful city and that’s why is Malaga worth a visit.
You can reach Tanger by ferry from Spain. It’s a cool thing to do if you are in Malaga.
The ferry connects Spain and Marocco and is the perfect excuse to plan a boat trips from Malaga. The ticket can cost you even 150 euros, depends when you book it. But there are many cheap tours from Malaga to Tangier, a good way to discover Marocco.
It’s an incredible experience to do at least once in your life.
3 things to do on your day trip from Malaga to Tangier
- Relax on the promenade sunbathing on the beach.
- Eat seafood on the Promenade, I think you have never had fresh fish like that
- Discover the Grande Mosquee Of Tangier.
Day trips from Malaga by Train
Sevilla and Madrid are the perfect day trips from Malaga by train. The two cities are reachable from the main station of Maria Zambrano in the city centre of Malaga. Renfe is the national company that serve the tracks between the main cities. There are the fastest trains that will take you to Madrid in just 4 hours. This will be also the ideal solution for who just land in the Spanish Capital and want to enjoy the beach and sun of the Southern part of the peninsula.
Malaga day trips – Day trips from Malaga Spain
As you might understand, from Malaga there are many cities you can visit. Starting from the beautiful Pueblos Blancos to the cost of Marocco, Malaga is the perfect city well connected with the rest of Spain. If you are spending 5 days in Malaga you can choose one day and go around the fantastic neighbourhood with its Spanish style.
Malaga is well connected with flights as well. If you are coming from Europe you will find a lot of direct flights with many companies. Considering that an average ticket from London will cost you around 20 euro in low season and not more than 80 euros in high season, Malaga is the perfect way to escape from the Routine.
The fast internet access, and the great transport network, linked also to the main Spanish cities as the Capital Madrid and Barcelona, make Malaga one of the cities that will attract Digital Nomads nowadays.
Best tips before your trip to Andalusia
- Get a waterproof camera, that will allow you to take incredible photos even in extreme situations.
- Place in your bag comfortable shoes, the temperature will go up and up especially in summer. In Andalusia doesn’t rain so much and the temperature is on average of 15 degrees even in winter.
- Be ready to wake up early in the morning to be able to explore the city better and avoid crowds.
- Always carry with you suncream and a bottle of water (We use reusable one, be more environment-friendly and avoid plastic bottles).
- Wear something colourful. It will help you to take epic photos in Andalusia.
- Obtain travel insurance for your upcoming trip. If you are travelling a lot this year, why don’t go for an extensive Travel Insurance that will cover you for all your trip for less than 10$ a week?