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Marbella: E-Mountain Bike Explorer Tour

1. Marbella: E-Mountain Bike Explorer Tour

If you have ever dreamt of exploring the mountains and White Villages of Spain by bike, but know your legs are not quite up to the job, then Electric Mountain Bikes are just right for you! On your tour, you will go on an adventure through the foothills of the Sierra Blanca using little effort thanks to the help of your bikes. You will receive full instruction from your professional guide on how to use your EMTB, so that you can safely enjoy the beauty of the mountains and see places only the fittest and strongest cyclists could reach before. Your professional guides will take you along traditional trails to visit unspoiled white villages, like Istan, where you can enjoy a quick drink and experience the traditional Andalusian way of life. Then, back on the bikes, you will discover the beauty of the Mediterranean forest and enjoy spectacular views back down to Marbella, Puerto Banus and the Mediterranean below.

Marbella: Kayak Tour

2. Marbella: Kayak Tour

Enjoy introductory lessons on how to use your kayak. Learn basic techniques you can use to make the most out of your day.  View the beautiful coastline of Marbella with this guided tour. Set off from the marina and explore the coast. Experience stunning views of the Sierra Blanca mountain range.  Take a break and have a swim in the warm water. Return to the marina for refreshments (at your own expense) and a shower. 

Marbella Bay Stand Up Paddleboarding Tour

3. Marbella Bay Stand Up Paddleboarding Tour

To begin with, your instructor will give you your board and will explain the basic techniques for using the stand-up paddleboard. Don't worry, it's an activity that does not require any previous experience. After learning about how to use the boards, you will get into the water and start exploring the coast. Enjoy the beautiful view of the city with the mountains in the back. You can also have a swim and enjoy the water. Breath, do some sports and enjoy every moment. Then you will return to the Marine Port, where there are showers available.

Marbella: Stand-Up Paddle Board at Sunset

4. Marbella: Stand-Up Paddle Board at Sunset

Meet your friendly stand-up paddle board instructor at Marina Port (Puerto Deportivo) in Marbella, and then put on your wetsuit – if needed – in the changing rooms. Listen to the briefing and learn basic techniques on how to stand on water! Enter the sea and get stunning views of the city and mountains in the background as you paddle along the coast. Cool down with a swim and play fun games in the water before you watch a spectacular sunset, considered amongst the best in the world.  Return to Marina Port at the end of the thrilling activity and use the available showers to freshen up. Then, relax with a drink at a beautiful restaurant by the beach.

From Malaga: Caminito del Rey Private Guided Tour

5. From Malaga: Caminito del Rey Private Guided Tour

Be collected at your accommodation and embark on the 55-minute journey to the site. On arrival, take a tour with an official guide for two hours and see the stunning views of The Caminito del Rey (King’s Little Path). The Caminito is a narrow cliffside path hanging 100 meters above the waters of the river Guadalhorce. It was built onto the side of the limestone rock face. It passes through the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes (Gaitanes Gorge), which is also known as Garganta del Chorro (the throat of Chorro). It offers spectacular heart-stopping views down a sheer drop to the churning waters. The path runs from the Embalse de Guadalhorce reservoir, through the famous El Chorro gorge, and to El Chorro village, which is a major center for rock-climbing with a couple of rural hotels and a train station. The nearest town is Alora to the south along the Guadalhorce river valley. After your tour, enjoy 45 minutes of free time exploring the attraction before your return journey to your accommodation. 

From Costa del Sol: Mijas, Marbella and Puerto Banús Tour

6. From Costa del Sol: Mijas, Marbella and Puerto Banús Tour

You will start the trip to reach the typical village of Mijas. This town, located in the center of the Sierra de Mijas, is dominated by the ruins of an Arab palace. The town, typically Andalusian, is formed by narrow streets with white houses characterized by elegant wrought iron grilles. Later you will have free time to admire the great panorama of the coasts, the mountains and take a walk to discover this curious city. After the free time in Mijas you will resume the trip to Marbella, on arrival you will take a small panoramic overview of the city by bus and later a walk through the city, after the walk you can enjoy free time in the city. You will leave Marbella behind to continue towards Puerto Banús, a key point on the Costa del Sol for celebrities and the wealthy, enjoy free time to see its marina, its promenade or have a drink in one of its many establishments.

Caminito del Rey Private Tour from Costa del Sol

7. Caminito del Rey Private Tour from Costa del Sol

Start the day with a convenient pickup from your hotel, followed by a relaxing drive out of the city to Ardales. Listen to your friendly guide as they share their fascinating insight into the history of the region as you pass through small towns and farmlands. Arrive at the Caminito del Rey, gather your trekking gear and prepare to embark on a journey that's bursting with scenery, geology, and history. Enter the gorge and slowly make your way along a wooden pathway that's attached to sheer rock walls, giving you a unique perspective that's unlike any other hiking experience. If you're brave enough, look down into the canyon at the striking green water and thriving plant life that covers its floor, as your guide enlightens you to its history. Your journey takes you past the Gaitanejos and Gaitanes gorges and by the Hoyo Valley, with plenty of time to stop and take in the views. Cross over a hanging bridge and feel a serious adrenaline rush before completing your adventure with a bus ride from Alora to Ardales, then drop-off back at your hotel.

Mijas Pueblo: Private Tour From the Costa del Sol

8. Mijas Pueblo: Private Tour From the Costa del Sol

Enjoy a visit to the picturesque village of Mijas Pueblo and learn about this charming place from your guide. On this private tour you’ll see the oval bullring, the remains of the Arab wall, the churches of the 16th and 17th centuries and much more. Visit the Mijas Contemporary Art Museum and the Ethnographic Museum, where you can see displays of ancient local crafts and recreations of centuries-old buildings. You can choose an optional taxi donkey ride (not included in the tour price). Enjoy a session tasting some delicious Malaga wines and take some time to explore the local shops. If you’re visiting the village on Wednesday or Saturday you can enjoy a free outdoor flamenco show.

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What people are saying about Marbella

I enjoyed very much this trip of Costa del Sol combining the visits of a "white village" Mijas Pueblo, a luxury yacht harbour Puerto Banus and Marbella with its beautiful old town. Antonia showed us the most spectacular places, she told us lots of stories about the people and the history and gave recommendations what to do and to see in the free couple of hours we had in these wonderful places.

Very informative and enjoyable tour of Mijas, Marbella and Puerto Banus. Just enough time in each to get an introduction to each area. Antonia was an excellent guide and gave lots of interesting information all along the way throughout the tour.

Very nice family activity, where we were guided, on the handling of the kayak as on a visit of the site, from the beginning to the end by a top instructor, Alexandra, who knew how to adapt to our shortcomings in foreign languages.

Great activity. Stunning location. The sunset was fab. We had never paddle boarded before and absolutely loved it. Luna was a great instructor, so patient and encouraging. Would definitely recommend doing it.

Beautiful trip to wonderful places, a huge thanks to our guide Eduardo, good available and very prepared. I highly recommend it.