When you think of Marbella, you might picture glitzy beaches and upscale resorts. However, the Costa del Sol has more to offer than just its glamorous coastline. Nestled in the hills and valleys surrounding Marbella are a collection of picturesque small towns, each one with its own unique charm. In this article, we’ll take you on a journey to explore some of these hidden gems near Marbella that are well worth a visit.
Let the road trip commence!
Only 30km north of Marbella, the town of Coín has a chequered history: having been ruled by The Moors, The Romans and the Christians in its time! Coín is a delightful town for a day trip: stroll through its historic streets, visit the Church of San Juan Bautista, and enjoy the local cuisine in one of the charming restaurants.
Nestled in the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, Ojén is a tranquil Andalusian village that feels like a world away from the bustling beaches of Marbella. Wander through its narrow streets, lined with whitewashed houses adorned with colourful flowers. Enjoy a meal at one of the traditional restaurants, where you can savour local dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. Ojén is also the gateway to the stunning Sierra de las Nieves mountains, perfect for hiking enthusiasts.
Known as the “Dining Room of the Costa del Sol,” Benahavís is a gastronomic haven just a short drive from Marbella. This charming village is famous for its excellent restaurants, many of which specialize in traditional Spanish cuisine. After a delicious meal, take a leisurely walk through the town’s narrow streets and admire the Andalusian architecture. Benahavís also offers beautiful views of the surrounding hills and mountains.
4. Mijas Pueblo:
Sitting high in the hills above the coast, Mijas Pueblo is a postcard-worthy town with stunning panoramic views of the Mediterranean. Explore the town’s charming streets filled with flower-filled pots, visit the Plaza de la Constitución, and don’t miss the famous donkey taxis. Mijas Pueblo exudes a relaxed and authentic Andalusian atmosphere.
While a bit larger than the other towns on this list, Estepona is worth a mention for its picturesque old town, beautiful beaches, and vibrant arts scene. Stroll along the colourful streets adorned with murals and visit the Orchid House, where you’ll find an impressive collection of orchids. Estepona offers a mix of tradition and modernity, making it a captivating destination and only a 25 minute drive away from Marbella.
Marbella is more than just a resort in itself, it’s the gateway to a host of day trips, adventures and fun. For even more inspiration read our guide here to find 5 scenic drives from Marbella, or contact us to help you plan a day out.
The Swish team xx
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