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How to Spend 3 Days in Marbella

How to Spend 3 Days in Marbella

From Blue Flag beaches to glitzy marinas, Marbella has plenty to keep you busy over three days. Lounge on the sands; explore the orange-scented Old Town; discover star Andalucia attractions such as Granada’s Alhambra; and enjoy high-octane bars and nightclubs. Here’s how to plan the perfect 3-day break.

Day 1: Classic Marbella

Today, get acquainted with Marbella’s key sights and Andalucia’s countryside. Take a walking tour of landmarks such as the 9th-century castle, Alameda Park, and the Old Town, where cobbled plazas are framed by orange trees, whitewashed churches, and balconied townhouses.

Many visitors opt for tours that focus not just on Marbella but nearby Puerto Banus. Take a private excursion to discover Puerto’s upscale marina while also checking out Marbella’s traditional quarters and Golden Mile—a coastal strip of lavish villas and estates.

Later, chill out on Marbella’s Blue Flag beaches and perhaps set off into the nearby hills, home to the White Villages (Pueblos Blancos)  on an electric mountain bike tour. With power-assisted pedals to help conquer the steep trails, you’ll explore with ease before cruising back down to town to refuel with tapas and drinks.

 

Day 2: UNESCO-listed Sights

Moorish rulers once held sway over southern Spain, and some of their most beautiful palaces are easily accessible from Marbella. For the best experience of Moorish masterworks, opt for a private day trip to Cordoba to see its Jewish Quarter and Mezquita Cathedral-Mosque. This UNESCO World Heritage Site centers on a a prayer hall filled with red-and-white arches built on columns of jasper, onyx, marble, and granite—its an extraordinary sight.

Closer to Marbella is Granada—home to The Alhambra, another of Andalucia’s UNESCO-protected highlights. Largely built by the Moorish Nasrid dynasty in the 13th-century, the palace comprises richly-decorated halls and gardens on a hilltop above the city. Private day trips from Marbella promise full appreciation of the site with the benefit of a personal guide and round-trip transport.

Day 3: Coast, Countryside, and Clubs

Now you’ve ticked off Marbella and Andalucia’s big-hitters, use your last day for a final out of-town trip. Spend the best part of the day in Ronda, a medieval town that straddles a gorge in the Serrania de Ronda mountains. Explore the Old and New Towns, and soak up views from Puente Nuevo bridge. Malaga is another popular day trip destination; visit on a tour to discover its Roman theater, Alcazaba Citadel, and Renaissance-style Cathedral without having to worry about car hire. 

Dedicate your final evening to Marbella’s nightlife. Book a professional makeup class accompanied by Cava to create the perfect party look, and make for the bars of the Old Town before hitting the fast-paced clubs at the Marina (Puerto Deportivo) and Puerto Banus.

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Private Day Trip to Ronda from Marbella

Private Day Trip to Ronda from Marbella

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Delve into Ronda’s rich heritage on full-day tour of the city from Marbella, a great choice for history buffs. With just your party and private guide, you’ll travel to Ronda in an air-conditioned vehicle and visit highlights such as Puente Nuevo , El Tajo Gorge, and Mondragon Palace, home to the Museum of Ronda. Plus, see the iconic Plaza de Toros, one of the oldest bullrings in Spain. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Private Full-Day Tour of Ronda from Marbella with Hotel pick up

Private Full-Day Tour of Ronda from Marbella with Hotel pick up

Explore the ancient city of Ronda on a private, full-day tour departing from Marbella. Learn about the city’s Roman roots and see highlights like the old Town Hall, the well-preserved Arab baths and one of Spain’s oldest bullfighting rings. Take in spectacular views from Puente Nuevo and other bridges that span clifftops from dizzying heights, and stop anywhere else you’d like. The day’s itinerary can be fully customized to suit your interests, with a private driver and guide available to make recommendations and share insights into the town’s heritage.
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  • 8 hours
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E-Mountain Bike & Wine Tour from Marbella to Sierra Blanca

E-Mountain Bike & Wine Tour from Marbella to Sierra Blanca

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Combine outdoor adventure with a touch of luxury on this half-day guided tour. First, board an electric mountain bike (e-MTB) and climb the hills of the Sierra Blanca mountain range. Visit the “Pueblos Blancos” (White Villages), named for their simple hilltop whitewashed homes. The take an exhilarating downhill ride to Marbella to fuel up on tapas and wine.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Private City Tour of Marbella and Puerto Banús with Hotel Pick-up

Private City Tour of Marbella and Puerto Banús with Hotel Pick-up

Immerse yourself in the lavish luxury of Marbella and Puerto Banús on a private 4-hour tour from Marbella. Alongside your guide, you’ll visit historical highlights — like Plaza de los Naranjos and Chapel of St John of God — and see the modern side of the city at Marbella’s Golden Mile. Marvel at the grandeur of Puerto Banús Marina, replete with expensive yachts, and relax on the soft sands of inviting beaches. Customize the itinerary according to your interests and receive undivided attention from your guide on this private tour.
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  • 4 hours
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Marbella small group walking Tour

Marbella small group walking Tour

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Look beyond the party scene and delve deep into Marbella’s heritage on this small-group walking tour. Enjoy a masterclass in Spanish culture from your guide in barely an hour as you stroll the old city. Soak up sights including Orange Square, the marina, the ancient castle, dating back to the 9th century, the 16th-century Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion church, and the sculptures by the surrealist artist Salvador Dali.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Dayhikes with pick-up from Marbella and Estepona

Dayhikes with pick-up from Marbella and Estepona

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Get to know the Andalusian countryside on this half-day hike in Marbella. Traverse the forests and discover the flora, fauna, and rock formations of the area. Learn about the region’s history from your tour guide as you pass Moorish castles, Roman ruins, and prehistoric caves. Spend the day in the great outdoors with a small group of eight guests or less and get to know the rural life of Spain.
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