MARBELLA AND COSTA DEL SOL
Tours and experiences
The Costa del Sol has much to offer - a mild climate all year round, sandy beaches and beautiful traditional villages perched on cliffs and mountains, converting this Mediterranean coastline into a privileged world holiday destination.
Marbella has become the epicentre of luxury tourism in Spain, with sumptuous villas and resorts, designer shops, golf resorts and a marina (Puerto Banus) with its exclusive yachts.
Malaga, the old Phoenician harbour, displays the traces of innumerable cultures, like the remains of a Roman Theatre at the feet of two Moorish Kasbahs sighting the Mediterranean. The city has experienced an extraordinary cultural revival and possesses unique museums like the one dedicated to one his most illustrious sons: Picasso.
From the Costa del Sol, it’s easy to make daytrips to Granada, Cordoba, Seville, Ronda, Jerez, Tangier...
Box of experiences
ART IN MALAGA
With this cultural tour you will discover the essence of this Mediterranean port city founded by the Phoenicians, accompanied by our heritage-expert guide. Two mighty Islamic citadels dominate the old harbour and the city centre, which houses in a dense perimeter monuments from different ages, like the Roman Theatre. The Picasso Museum is a must-see visit where you will feel eight decades of creativity by the brilliant painter born in Malaga.
Duration of the Tour: 3 hours.
Ronda has always captivated travelers, from the European Romantic writers of the 19th century to Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles. Its famous bridge and white-washed houses hang on a vertiginous gorge and sight green pastures. This most enchanting Andalusian town greets the visitor with artistic balconies, historical mansions with blossoming patios and striking views (Mondragón Palace and the palace of the Moorish Kings). The Christian and Islamic legacies coexist in a labyrinth of winding streets, churches, old Mosques and remarkably preserved Arab baths – all enclosed by a mighty 12th century wall. The prestigious bullring in Ronda, one of the oldest in Spain, is also a must-see.
Duration of the Tour: 2:30 hour - Distance Marbella-Málaga: 1 hour
Lunch in a traditional winery with optional cookery class and even horse riding in wonderful vineyards and pastoral settings.
During this private tour, you can explore, accompanied by your expert guide, the Old Quarter of Marbella, which preserves the imprint and the charm of the past. The street plan of this part of the city retains the irregular layout that is characteristic of the Medieval Arabic era, although some of its narrow streets open onto plazas which were designed immediately after the Christian Conquest.
Of its ancient heritage, special note should be taken of the Alcazaba or the Castle, where the original Islamic city was concentrated in its interior. The Avenida del Mar is an open-air Museum, displayin the Dali Scuptures. The works represent mythological and historical figures: the Greek hero Perseus beheading Medusa, the Roman god Mercury, the emperor Trajan and the “Gala Gradiva”, Dali’s nick name for his wife. At the end of the tour, you will enjoy a few tapas and drinks accompanied by your expert guide.
Duration: approx. 3 hours. 2 drinks and tapas included.
ALHAMBRA & GENERALIFE
Perched on a strategic hill dominating Granada, the citadel of the Alhambra discloses collections of lush gardens and magical palaces, the only royal residences of an Islamic dynasty standing since the Middle Ages. Their courtyards where water is omnipresent and their walls covered by refined geometric and floral motifs recreate in a codified manner the image of the Garden of Eden, as it is described in the Quran. During the three hour visit, your guide, expert in Islamic Art, will reveal the secrets and symbols contained in these palaces worthy of the Arabian Nights, the mathematical achievements, the philosophical concepts and the metaphors of the poems carved on the walls, a reflection of a whole civilization.
Duration: 3 hours. Distance Marbella-Granada: 2 hours
Optional tour of the historical quarter of the Albaicín, discovering a labyrinth of enchanting streets and panoramic views: 1 h 30.
It is VERY IMPORTANT to make the reservation long before the visit, because a limited number of tickets are sold out every day.
DAYTRIP TO CORDOBA
Cordoba was a thousand years ago the magnificent capital of the Umayyad Caliphate. The main vestige of its splendor is of course the Great Mosque, the grandest and most beautiful ever constructed in Spain, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. The prayer hall is composed of a spectacular forest of more than 1000 columns of marble, jasper and granite, supporting overlapped arches. The adjacent Jewish Quarter, preserves a synagogue from the 14th century and charming traditional mansions with blossoming patios.
Duration: 2 h 30. Distance Marbella-Cordoba: 2:30 hours. Optional tour of Cordovan taverns, meeting places where your guide will introduce you to this genuine cultural tradition in a cosy atmosphere: 1:30 hour.
The walking tour, accompanied by our expert local guide, constitutes an essential and pleasurable introduction to the multicultural identity of Seville. Its Cathedral is the largest gothic building ever constructed, replete with works of art. It was built in the 15th century on the site of the ancient great mosque, which partially preserves its Orange Tree Courtyard and the astonishing Giralda, once the lofty Almohad minaret (12th century).The Real Alcázar (Royal Palace) was the seat of power throughout ages and therefore displays in its collection of palaces, dwellings and gardens an extraordinary juxtaposition and intermixing of artistic traditions. The adjacent Santa Cruz neighbourhood, which partially sheltered the Jewish quarter, maintains a distinctive way of life in its labyrinth of passageways, peaceful squares and blossoming patios.
Duration: 3 h 30. Distance Marbella-Seville: 2 h 30
Optional ride on a horse carriage, accompanied by your guide, on the majestic banks of the Guadalquivir river and the romantic gardens of Maria Luisa Park: 1 h 30.
HORSES AND WINES IN JEREZ
Discover the deeply-rooted traditions wisely preserved in this town close to the Atlantic Ocean: the breeding of the superb Andalusian horse and the production of the famous local wine. A visit to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art will introduce you to the breeding and life of this fascinating animal. On Tuesdays and Thursdays you can attend the show “How the Andalusian Horses Dance”, an exquisite ballet accompanied by quintessential Spanish music. Later, in a traditional cellar you can savour the subtle tastes of the sherries made in Jerez, some of the favourite wines exported to England since the 16th century.
Duration: aprox. 3:30 hours. Distance Marbella-Jerez: 2 hours
MIJAS: TRADITION AND WINE PAIRING IN A WHITE-WASHED VILLAGE
This experience will take you to Mijas, a lovely white village in the Province of Malaga, just half an hour away from Marbella. Our guide will show you its narrow alleys, buildings and museums where you will be able to understand the essence of Andalusia through its customs, traditions and craftsmanship. In addition to the tour through this beautiful village and its white-washed corners, you will have the opportunity to visit a museum to learn about traditional farming and handmade implements in Andalusia. Discover wine and olive oil production, bread-baking, lime ovens, hemp crafts and many other rural activities. We will round off the day´s enjoyment with a wine-pairing experience in the “Museo del Vino” in Mijas.
ANTEQUERA. JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF ANDALUSIA
The oldest known written references to the Islamic city of Antequera date from the first half of the 9th Century. The city that emerged around the ancient Roman settlement became a walled enclosure of 62,000 square metres. The Alcazaba has been declared a national monument because of its importance in Roman times and during the Arab presence in Iberia.
Within the walled structure of the Islamic medina there are two separate enclosures - the Alcazaba, which dominates the top of the hill, and a second defensive ring descending from the Puerta de la Villa to join up with the Torre Blanca. The Royal Collegiate Church of Santa Maria la Mayor was the first Renaissance building in Andalusia. The size and the quality of its design make it a really impressive structure, and it boasts a stunning façade, the most monumental in Antequera. The temple is no longer used for worship, but a venue for concerts, travelling exhibitions and cultural events.
Duration: 2:30 hours.
Excursion to Tangier. Accompanied by a local expert guide, you will be introduced to the history and heritage of the old medina and the kasbah, guardian of the Straits of Gibraltar. We will trace the footsteps of the many writers and painters who have found inspiration in this white city and its azure bay - Delacroix, Matisse, Tennessee Williams, William Burroughs, Paul Bowles, Jean Genet etc. They were all seduced by the magic of Tangier, the crossroads of seas and continents. (The visit lasts approximately three hours and may be shortened or extended – the guide is entirely at your service.
Lunch in a celebrated restaurant, where you can savour the delights of fine Moroccan cuisine.
Duration of the visit: 3 hours. Distance Marbella-Tangier: approx. 2 h 30 (drive and crossing the Strait by Ferry)
DAY EXCURSION TO GIBRALTAR
Your private expert guide will take you to the main highlights of Gibraltar allowing you to capture its true essence. You will be able to learn about Gibraltar’s history, legends and most popular sites such as a the Pillars of Hercules, named during the Greek Ancient times (these two pillars are known as the end of the world), the Apes Den, where you get the change to see the apes living in their natural habitat, the St Michaels Cave, the Europa, where you will have spectacular views to Africa and you will be able to see three Countries, two Continents, as well as the Atlantic and the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. Take your memories home with you as your guide shows you the most breathtaking views from the Rock of Gibraltar. The Rock of Gibraltar is full of interesting history dating back to the year 711A.D. Our qualified guide will provide a complete historical commentary throughout the duration of the tour. The vehicle used for this tour is fully air-conditioned. After visiting sights, you would be then driven down through the old town towards the Spanish border, on this excursion you get to drive 360 degrees (east/south side) around Gibraltar so you don’t get to miss out on anything.
Lunch in Gibraltar and some free time for shopping.
Our private transport service ensures your trip gets off to the best start possible, providing airport transfer and chauffeur services from local airport to your hotel or lodge. For your security and peace of mind, we only use fully registered transport companies with professional, considerate chauffeurs whose sole purpose is to make sure your trip is as stress-free and comfortable as possible. Being top of the range, all our vehicles are adapted to your needs. If you prefer a limousine, private jet or helicopter, just tell us and we will make it happen.
Granada Exclusive always strives to meet and surpass the unparalleled demands of high end customers with a quality exotic car rental in Marbella-Costa del Sol.
We try to satisfy the most sophisticated tastes, offering an outstanding fleet of the most sought-after luxury car rentals in Spain.
Holidays are the perfect time to spend with family and loved ones. We provide accommodation with all the comforts necessary to satisfy the whole family, whether in villas or apartments with swimming pools or the best family friendly hotels.
Waterparks, fairgrounds, horse shows and many other activities are offered catering for both children and adults.
If you prefer fun and creativity for the children, we can organize activities such as Andalusian pottery workshops or a visit to the Science Park in Granada. In addition we offer visits to historical monuments focused and adapted specifically for children to introduce them to the history and art from an early age.
SAILING AND YACHTING
Enjoy a day or more at sea with your family and/or friends. The environment of the Costa del Sol and the mythical waters of this Strait offer a wide range of nautical activities. To ensure a most pleasurable maritime experience, we offer magnificent embarking and a personalized service adapting to your needs.
Our proposal of a wide range of nautical activities:
Luxury yacht cruise. Discover the coast and its coves, with stop-offs for a swim in the Mediterranean or to enjoy one of the renowned beach bars, depending on what you desire at the time. Furthermore, we propose soft drinks, drinks and selective catering on board. A delightful and relaxing day.
Private boat trip to Morocco or Gibraltar: Enjoy the sail towards the Strait. One can cross Africa to discover the medina and the zocos (markets) of Tangier; or if preferred, visit the Britannic enclave of Gibraltar and avail oneself of the experience of duty-free shopping.
Dolphin Sighting Trip: Navigate in search of the dolphins and other cetaceans of the bay of Marbella with our captain and biologist. After the sighting experience, enjoy a swim close to the beach.
Day trip in a sailboat: Enjoy the experience of navigating in the mythic waters of the Strait, between the Oceanic and Mediterranean currents, and between two continents.
A day of fishing: choose between ‘deep-sea fishing’ in one of the best fishing zones known by our captains, and ‘sport fishing’, searching between others, for the coveted tuna fish.
IN THE AIR
Discover the beautiful landscapes of the Mediterranean coastline and the surrounding mountains from up in the air. We provide several experiences to explore Andalusia from a fascinating aerial perspective.
Hot air balloon. Glide through the air in a hot air balloon. You can start your flight from several cities in Andalusia.
Private flight over Granada. Fly over Granada, the magnificent citadel of the Alhambra and the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range on board a private plane – a Cessna or a luxury P68 - in an exhilarating experience.
Helicopter tours. Enjoy the exclusiveness of transfers and tours on helicopters to and from many points of southern Spain.
Marbella and the Costa del Sol is a unique golf holiday destination. Between mountains and the Mediterranean coast, in the middle of dramatic valleys and rolling green hills, the region houses no fewer than 60 golf courses (the highest rate per square km in Europe).
On the coastline between Malaga and Gibraltar, you can choose from amongst the finest European courses. Granada exclusive offers unique packages to enthral the most discriminating enthusiasts, comprising the green fees to the most prestigious courses.
For the golf aficionados travelling with their families, we offer several packages combining the passion of golf with accommodation in luxurious hotels, villas and resorts, along with cultural and leisure activities.