From Ronda and Gibraltar to Malaga and Caminito del Rey, you’ll discover beauty in every city along the Spanish coast near Hard Rock Hotel Marbella. Take a day to explore our country’s natural beauty, and make sure to let us set you up in style. We know all the best excursion locations and tour companies, and we can’t wait to show off the Costa del Sol area to all our guests.
Marbella – Gibraltar: 79 km
This British territory is connected to Andalusia and is easily accessible from Marbella in a day trip. There are many interesting places to visit in the area, including Punta Europa. Here you can look across the Strait of Gibraltar to the Atlas Mountains of Africa, as well as interact with the Barbary macaques, the only wild monkeys in Europe. You can also explore the underground tunnels of the Cuevas de San Miguel, a system that runs under the rock of Gibraltar. Low taxes also make Gibraltar a popular shopping destination, as most shops are located on the high street.
Marbella – Ronda: 62 km
Ronda is a beautiful and traditional Andalusian city located in the south of the region. The main places of interest are the Puerta de Almocábar, the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. The bullring in Ronda is one of the oldest in the country and is worth a visit to learn about the history of this sport in southern Spain. There are wineries in the area, including Bodegas La Sangre, which give a good idea of the local wine culture and often offer guided tours and tastings.
Marbella – Málaga: 61 km
Malaga is a city full of historic spots, like the Alcazaba, one of the largest Arab fortresses in Andalusia, or Gibralfaro Castle, which offers the best views over the whole city. At the foot of the castle there is a Roman theatre and an old town to stroll around. As you walk through its streets you'll find spots like the Atarazanas Market, where you can try a vermouth, and monuments like the Cathedral, which is known as "The One-Armed" (La Manquita) due to its unfinished south tower. You can’t miss visiting its roof; a unique experience. Here in the city of Picasso, you can visit the excellent Picasso Museum in the centre, and the home where he was born. But Malaga doesn’t only live on its past. In recent years it has inaugurated the Carmen Thyssen Museum, the only Pompidou Centre outside France -its coloured cubes have become an icon- or the Saint Petersburg Russian Museum Collection. And if you prefer a more underground culture, look out for the Centre for Contemporary Art, the street art on the city’s buildings, and the alternative establishments in the Soho neighbourhood.
Marbella – Caminito del Rey: 70 km
Desfiladero de los Gaitanes is arguably the most spectacular gorge in the Costa del Sol. Running 300m deep into the earth for over 3km. Immersing you in this natural wonder, Caminito del Rey is a suspended walkway that clings to the sheer rockface. It is named after King Alfonso XIII of Spain (rey means king), who walked the route during his visit to El Chorro in the year 1921. This area affords awe-inspiring views over this spectacle of nature.
Fans of hiking and adventure activities can go to the Sierra Blanca, on whose slopes the city sits. Another recommended option is to go to the nearby Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, outside the municipal area. Marbella also has two recreation areas, El Pinar de Nagüeles and the Vigil de Quiñones Forest Park, and fabulous green areas, such as the Arroyo de la Represa park.