If you are headed to Andalusia for your next trip or thinking about staying longer than a weekend, what better way to explore the area than going on one or few day trips. The good news is that this south part of Spain is not only famous for its beautiful beaches on Costa del Sol.
Are you ready for some real Spanish experiences? Head to one of the following day trip destinations in Andalusia:
1. Caminito del Rey
If we’re talking epic, El Caminito del Rey is the perfect example for a mind-blowing place. The picturesque hike walks you through the canyon of river Guadalhorce and its high, steep stone walls. Passing on the wooden paths and scenic bridges may give you thrills but will make your vacation in Andalusia worth it. Caminito del Rey was actually one of the most dangerous walks in the world but thanks to a renovation in 2015, it is now fully safe.
See more of Caminito del Rey on Instagram: #caminitodelrey
2. Rio Chillar
Another natural beauty spot worth visiting in south of Spain is the tranquil Rio Chillar. Located very close to Nerja, this walkable river canyon is a preferred place for both locals and visitors of Spain. It is also perfect for a hot summer day as it hides several natural swimming pools along the way.
See more from this natural beauty spot on Instagram: Rio Chillar
This list wouldn’t be that exciting if we don’t mention the pearl of Andalusia – Sevilla! Capital of Andalusia and beloved city of many Spaniards, Sevilla should be one of the first places to visit when you are in the area. A day in the city is enough to see the most iconic places and to enjoy the atmosphere that floats around the streets. The pretty streets will stay in your memory for a long time after your day trip. No wonder Sevilla so Insta-famous.
See more of Sevilla from our last trip: Sevilla in March
Marbella – make sure to leave plenty of free space on your camera’s memory card for that one! The town is a perfect choice for a day trip as it’s not too big but it has plenty of things to keep you entertained. Starting from the cute paved streets with white walls and abundance of flowers.
Check out more photos from Marbella here: #MarbellaOldTown
Despite being located in the Iberian Peninsula where Spain and Portugal are, Gibraltar is actually a British territory. You may think the iconic 426-m high ridge is impressive. Wait until you climb it and you find yourself in the middle of the only wild monkey population in Europe. Definitely a not-to-miss experience during your stay in Andalusia.
MSE was recently in Gibraltar, check the photos here: Gibraltar in April
6. El Torcal de Antequerra
Andalusia hides so many natural jewels that it’s hard to list them all. But another one of our favourites is El Torcal. Not only is this place part of UNESCO’s Natural Heritage but it also offers pretty nice natural views. If you love the outdoors, a day hiking in El Torcal is for you.
See more photos on Instagram: El Torcal de Antequerra
A day trip from Malaga to Ronda is probably one of the things you should do during your first days in Andalusia. The iconic stone bridge took 34 years to build. When in Ronda, you can walk on top of the bridge which connects different parts of the city. You can also walk down the steps and see the bridge from afar.
See more photos from Ronda on Instagram: #Ronda
If you love sandy beaches, scenic coastal walks and beautiful mountain surroundings, Nerja should be on your to-go list. Wander around the coast or lose yourself in the heart of the town for a nice day out of Malaga. Nerja is also known for the nearby cave with impressive stalactites and stalagmites inside. It is also a place for summertime concerts.
Check out more of Nerja here: #NerjaSpain
La Mezquita – the stunning mosque decorated with colouful Byzantine mosaics, can be a reason enough to explore Córdoba, even just for a day. An important Roman city back in the days, and popular travellers’ choice now, the city is one of the best choices for a trip with friends or family.
See more photos from our last trip to Cordoba: Patios de Cordoba May 2018
We’ve all heard about Granada’s impressive medieval architecture – best to be seen for a day trip from Malaga. Located near the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is a popular choice for every visitor of Andalusia. The outstanding fortress complex should be your first stop in the city.
See more of Granada on Instagram: #granadatravel
Centuries old town of Antequerra can impress you with the Moorish fortress shaping the silhouette of the town from afar. A walk through the streets of Antequerra will take you on a journey back in time with its impressive Roman baths, burial mounds and dolmens.
Get some local tps to Antequerra from Antequerra Tourismo on Instagram
12. Alcala la Real
Not as popular as it can Alcala la Real still deserves a place in your bucket list. What stands out the most in this small town is the amazing La Mota Fortress. Alcala la Real is located between Córdoba and Granada. It is a good choice even for half a day and a coffee in one of its small streets.
See more of Alcala la Real on Instagram: #alcalalareal
Mijas is a charming town not far from Malaga. It is perfect for a day trip because it is small and don’t offer too much activities to go through for more than a day. Head to the picturesque San Sebastian street, have a walk on the Mijas Fortress, grab some churros on the Constitution Square and your day will be worth it.
See more of charming Mijas on Instagram: #mijaspueblo
With that many ideas for day trips in Andalusia, you are ready to spend even a few months in the area. Just remember how to act as a real traveller (link to 12 things you really have to do when travelling) and enjoy your time in beautiful Spain. For more inspiration, you can always check Malaga South Experiences on Instagram!