On foot or bike
Marbella-Puerto Banus (departure from the promenade next to Fuerte Marbella and Amàre Marbella Beach hotels)
This is a magnificent 12 km (return) route, taking approximately 3 hours on foot. Alternatively, it is an excellent route for running or going by bike (1 hour). It has a low level of difficulty as the route follows the promenade along the shores of Marbella.
Trekking in Juanar ( 20 minutes by car)
Juanar Refuge is a magnificent natural setting with fantastic views across the sea and leafy woods. Several routes, ideal for those who love trekking, start from here.
These include the route from Puerto Rico Bajo to Juanar viewpoint, 8 km long and with a low-medium level of difficulty. You can also pick up the route further up, driving up to Juanar Refuge, making it a one-hour stroll with a low level of difficulty.
On the other hand, if you want to go on to the end of the route, you can walk the 8 kilometres to La Cruz del Juanar, medium-high level of difficulty, and taking about four hours.
Another popular route leaves from Juanar Refuge to La Concha, the highest peak in the Sierra Blanca range, which shelters Marbella from the North winds. This route is 14 km long and takes 5 hours, with a high level of difficulty, climbing up to La Concha Peak, from where there are spectacular views.
José Lima Route (departure 20 min from the hotel)
This circular route, 8 km long, goes along the path which takes its name from the former Forest Guard for the area. It starts about 500 m from Juanar Refuge, with a medium level of difficulty and runs through the Pinsapos (Spanish Fir woods) amd Fuente del Pozuelo for about three hours.
We have information about routes in Marbella and the surrounding area, of varying levels of difficulty, which you can explore on foot or by bike.
- See route: Fuerte Marbella-Old town
- See route: Marbella-Puerto Banús
- See route: Marbella-Cruz del Juanar
- See route: Marbella-Los Monjes-Mina de Buenavista-Marbella
- See route: Marbella-Istán
- See route: Marbella-Casa de Pino-Cruz de Juanar-Marbella
One day tours
There’s more to the Costa del Sol than sun, sea and sand. If you can tear yourself away from your hotel’s luxuries, the beaches or golf course, you have the opportunity to explore some highlights of the Mediterranean.
Malaga: 50 minutes
Malaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol. Apart from its famous beaches must-visit places include:
- Picasso and Thyssen museums
- House where Picasso was born
- Roman theatre and Alcazaba, an medieval fortified palace
- The Old Quarter with quaint lanes full of shops
Gibraltar: 1 hour 15 minutes
Gibraltar is a British territory nestling on the peninsula which separates the Mediterranean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean. Popular attractions include:
- The Rock of Gibraltar and its colony of Barbary apes
- VAT-free shopping including top British brands
- Great Siege Tunnels dating from the 18th century
Please note you will need a passport for this day trip.
Granada: 2 hours
Granada is one Spain’s most historic cities, with outstanding architecture. Granada’s highlights include:
- La Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the famous medieval palace and fortress
- Colourful Albaicín and Sacromonte areas
- Renaissance cathedral
Cordoba: 2 hours 20 minutes
Cordoba is a city with ancient roots, which was once the capital of the Islamic Caliphate. Some of Cordoba’s most popular sights are:
- The Great Mosque of Cordoba, a medieval mosque now converted to a cathedral
- The Old Quarter, the second largest in Europe
- Roman ruins including a temple, theatre, forum and palace
Tangiers, Morocco: 1 hour 25 minutes to Tarifa, then 1 hour by ferry
Just 14km of sea separates Spain from north Africa at its narrowest point, making it possible to take a day trip to experience the cultural and culinary delights of Morocco. Highlights of Tangiers include:
- The Casbah, a historic area full of shops
- The Medina, the cities’ old town, ideal for shopping
- The American Legation, an art gallery and museum
You will need a passport for this day trip.
Local Half Day Tours
Puerto Banus (15 min by car)
Puerto Banus is a luxury marina where you can contemplate the most ostentatious vessels alongside exclusive top-range cars. Members of the jet set from all over the world meet in this enclave renowned for its parties and glamour.
Ojén (20 minutes by car)
The small village of Ojén is ten kilometres from Marbella in the hills next to Almadán Stream. This is a charming ‘white’ village in the heart of the Sierra de las Nieves Biosphere Reserve. Its natural resources , in which water plays a leading role, are of significance, as there are numerous rivers, springs and aquifers running through the Sierra Blanca.
Mijas (25 min by car)
A village with white lanes on the Costa del Sol, Mijas is a must for any visitor thanks to its charm. The ‘burro taxis’ (donkey taxis) are one of the most original tourist attractions in the area. Here you can visit the Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña (patron saint of the city), the Jardines de la Muralla and the city viewpoint with views across the whole of the Costa el Sol and the Mediterranean Sea.
An interesting place to visit here is the Carromato de Max Museum, the first museum of miniatures in the world. It is well worth a visit.
Casares (45 minutes by car)
One of the prettiest Andalucian landscapes in the region of Malaga. This village of white houses is located on a hillside in a privileged environment. Displays of geraniums decorate the balconies in a rural environment of peace and nature. This is the birthplace of Blas Infante, considered the ‘father of Andalucia‘.
Ronda (50 minutes by car)
Ronda, a monumental city with the imposing and well-known gorge, is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Andalucia. In addition to the bridge over the gorge, the bullring, the Museo del Bandolero (Bullfighting Museum) and typical streets which can be explored by horse and carriage, leave the visitor pleasantly surprised. It is also worth driving up to the archaeological remains of Acinipo, a former Roman city, 20 kilometres outside the city.