8 days in Costa del Sol Itinerary

8 days in Costa del Sol Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Bus:  17 h
1
Ronda
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Nerja
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Marbella
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Ronda is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Puente Nuevo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reservatauro Ronda, stroll around Alameda Del Tajo, and don't miss a visit to Ronda.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ronda tour itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Ronda is an approximately 17- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect nights in Ronda to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 96°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Nerja.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Puente Nuevo ©
Puente Nuevo
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda

1
night
Nerja

Nerja ©
Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. On the 23rd (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Balcony of Europe, then explore the activities along Río Chíllar, then Head underground at Fundación Cueva de Nerja, and finally kick back and relax at Burriana Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nerja trip builder app.

Drive from Ronda to Nerja in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Nerja can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Marbella.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Balcony of Europe ©
Balcony of Europe
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach

3
nights
Marbella

Marbella ©
Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
Explore Marbella's surroundings by going to Benalmadena (Parque De La Paloma & Puerto Marina Benalmadena) and Malaga (Museo Picasso Malaga, Alcazaba, &more). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Marbella Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion, identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Park of Benalmadena, and go for a stroll along the water at Puerto Banus Marina.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Marbella tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Nerja to Marbella takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Marbella

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Malaga, Benalmadena
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Marina Benalmadena ©
Puerto Marina Benalmadena
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba
Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral