10 unforgettable day trips from Granada and the Costa Tropical: Exploring nearby treasures

Explore the variety of attractions in Andalusia with day trips from Granada and the coastal towns of Almuñecar, Motril, and Salobreña. These places are easy to reach with good roads and public transport, making them great starting points for your adventures. There are many amazing destinations near Granada, offering something for everyone, whether you’re into history, nature, or food. In this article, we’ll share 10 great day trips from Granada, each promising a unique and memorable experience.

1. The Alpujarras

Escape to the picturesque villages of the Alpujarras, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Visit charming villages like Pampaneira, Bubión, and Capileira, with its narrow streets and traditional whitewashed houses,  breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valley, and famous for their  local crafts. Nearby, the village of Soportújar, often referred to as the “witches’ village,” is steeped in folklore and legend, adding a touch of mystery to the area. Visitors to the Alpujarras can indulge in the region’s diverse gastronomy, from hearty mountain stews to sweet pastries, and explore the network of hiking trails that criss-cross the landscape. And no visit to the Alpujarras is complete without a stop in Trevélez, the highest village in Spain, renowned for its production of delicious jamón serrano (cured ham), offering a taste of tradition amidst stunning mountain vistas. With Granada and the Costa Tropical conveniently located nearby, accessible by good roads and public transport, the Alpujarras offer a perfect escape into the heart of Andalusia’s natural beauty and cultural richness.
day trip from Granada

2. Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada

For outdoor enthusiasts, a day trip to Sierra Nevada National Park promises adventure and breathtaking scenery. Hike along scenic trails, go skiing or snowboarding in the winter months, or simply soak in the tranquility of nature. Sierra Nevada offers a myriad of outdoor activities year-round, from mountain biking and rock climbing to birdwatching and wildlife spotting. During the winter, the ski resort in Sierra Nevada becomes a bustling hub of activity, with options for skiing and snowboarding across a variety of slopes catering to all skill levels. Ski schools offer lessons for beginners, while seasoned enthusiasts can tackle challenging runs. After a day on the slopes, visitors can unwind at the resort’s restaurants, which offer a diverse range of local culinary delights to satisfy any palate. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping adventures or a peaceful retreat in the mountains, Sierra Nevada has something for everyone. The resort is just a short drive from Granada or the Costa Tropical. there are also three buses daily from Granada bus station and from Granada city centre (beside the Conference Hall). Buses leave the bus station at 8.00am, 10.15am and 5.15pm. On weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and bank holidays, there is also a bus at 3.00pm. You can check bus times by calling 958 46 50 22.

3. Úbeda and Baeza

Discover the Renaissance gems of Úbeda and Baeza, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, just a short journey from Granada. Located approximately one and a half hours’ drive (130 kilometers) northeast of Granada, these historic towns are easily accessible by car via the A-44 highway and by bus, with regular routes available. These charming towns, nestled in the province of Jaén, offer a journey back in time with their well-preserved Renaissance streets. Wander through the labyrinthine alleys of Úbeda, and marvel at the exquisite architecture, including the Palacio de las Cadenas. Then head to Baeza to explore its compact historic centre, where every corner reveals a new treasure, from the majestic Cathedral to the tranquil orange tree lined plazas .

day trips from Granada Ubeda and Baeza

4. Cabo de Gata

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Explore the rugged beauty of Cabo de Gata Natural Park on a day trip from Granada or the Costa Tropical. Located on the southeastern coast of Spain, Cabo de Gata boasts stunning landscapes characterised by volcanic cliffs, hidden coves, and pristine beaches. Visit charming villages like San José and Las Negras, where whitewashed buildings contrast with the azure sea. Take a leisurely stroll along the coastline, hike the scenic trails, or unwind on the sun-drenched shores. Cabo de Gata is approximately 180 kilometers from Granada (via A-92 highway) and about 150 kilometers from the Costa Tropical (via A-7 highway).

5. Málaga

Embark on a cultural journey to Malaga, a vibrant city on the Costa del Sol, known for its rich history, artistic heritage, and Mediterranean charm. As the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, Malaga celebrates its artistic legacy with museums like the Picasso Museum and the Carmen Thyssen Museum, showcasing masterpieces by Picasso and other renowned artists. Wander through the historic streets lined with fashionable stores, visit the majestic Alcazaba fortress, or explore the ruins of the Roman Theatre. Malaga is approximately 130 kilometers from Granada and easily accessible by car via the A-45 highway. Additionally, frequent train and bus services connect Malaga with Granada, providing a convenient option for travellers to explore this cultural hub. All of these factors make Málaga an ideal destination for day trips from Granada. From the Costa Tropical, visitors can reach Málaga by driving approximately 100 kilometers along the A-7 highway, which offers a scenic route through coastal towns and picturesque landscapes. Alternatively, buses and trains go to Málaga from the centre of Almuñecar, Salobreña and Motril, allowing visitors to enjoy a hassle-free day trip to this captivating city.

Málaga day trip from Granada

6. Ronda

Ronda day trip from Granada

Visit Ronda, a beautiful town in Andalusia sitting on the edge of El Tajo gorge. Ronda is known for its stunning views, historic charm, and the famous Puente Nuevo bridge. Walk through the old town’s cobblestone streets, see the historic Ronda Bullring, or relax in the peaceful Alameda del Tajo gardens. Ronda is about 170 kilometers from Granada, accessible by car on the A-92 and A-384 highways, or by bus or train from Granada. From the Costa Tropical, it’s about 200 kilometers away, reachable by car on the A-7 and A-357 highways. To travel by bus from the Costa Tropical, transfer at Málaga city bus station before heading to Ronda.

7. Cazorla

Discover the stunning landscapes and rich biodiversity of Sierra de Cazorla, Spain’s largest protected area and a haven for outdoor lovers. Located in Jaen province, north of Granada, this vast natural park features dense forests, winding rivers, and high peaks, perfect for exploring. Follow marked trails to hidden caves and scenic viewpoints, or take easy walks through the peaceful countryside. Sierra de Cazorla is about 204 kilometers from the Costa Tropical, accessible by car on the A-44 and A-316 highways or by bus from Granada. Sierra de Cazorla offers an unforgettable day trip into Andalusia’s untouched nature.


8. Marbella


Marbella is a city located approximately 55 kilometers from Malaga, known for its upscale lifestyle and vibrant cultural scene. Stroll along the elegant promenade lined with luxury boutiques, art galleries and alfresco cafes. Admire the sleek yachts moored at the Puerto Banus Marina, a playground for the rich and famous. Immerse yourself in the glitz and glamour of Marbella’s nightlife, with its exclusive clubs and lavish entertainment venues. From the Costa Tropical, Marbella is just a scenic drive of approximately 175 kilometers, accessible via the A-7 highway. Treat yourself to a day of indulgence and sophistication in Marbella, where luxury meets Mediterranean charm.

9. El Caminito del Rey

The Caminito del Rey in Málaga province offers an exhilarating experience for adventurers. This narrow walkway winds along steep cliffsides, providing awe-inspiring views of the surrounding gorge. The route, once known as one of the world’s most dangerous trails, has been renovated to offer a safe but still thrilling journey. Visitors can immerse themselves in the stunning natural beauty while traversing the path. However, it is essential to book in advance, as visitor numbers are limited. From Granada, it’s about a 2-hour drive, while from the Costa Tropical, it’s approximately 3 hours by car.

caminitod el rey

10. Córdoba

Córdoba is a city of great historical interest located north west of Granada, which has the distinction of being the city with the most World Heritage awards in the world, with four UNESCO declarations. It is also one of the two hottest cities (with Seville) in Spain, so leave your overcoat at home! Walk through the narrow streets of the historic quarter, where Islamic, Jewish, and Christian influences mingle. See the beautiful Mezquita-Catedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Moorish and Gothic architecture. Visit the splendiferous courtyards of the Álcazar de los Reyes Cristianos and walk across the Roman Bridge over the Guadalquivir River. Córdoba is about 300 kilometers from the Costa Tropical, easily reached by car on the A-92 highway or by bus or train from Granada.

Córdoba day trip from Granada
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