7 Fantastic Estepona Excursions: Local Expert Tips [2024]

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7 Fantastic Estepona Excursions: Local Expert Tips [2024]

Are you planning to book some Estepona excursions but unsure where to look or which one to choose?

In that case, this article is exactly what you’re looking for!

I have been living on Costa del Sol since 2020 and visited all the destinations which are popular excursion options from Estepona.

In this article, you will find all of my personal insights and practical tips to help you plan a wonderful excursion from Estepona!

Let’s get started!

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Best Excursions from Estepona

So how do you choose which excursion is best for you?

I have a quick reference guide that will help you out, and you will find more insights and tips at the end of the article:

  • First time visitors in Southern Spain: choose Cordoba or Granada
  • Adventure seekers: Gibraltar or Caminito del Rey
  • Family trip: Gibraltar or Granada
  • Off the Beaten Path: Ronda & Setenil, Caminito del Rey
  • History Enthusiasts: Cordoba or Granada

Below are details for all the excursions available, in no particular order.

EXCURSIONS FROM ESTEPONA

1. FULL DAY CORDOBA EXCURSION

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Rating: 4.2 / 5
Duration: 4 hours
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Discover the beauty of one of the most important cities in Southern Spain – Cordoba.

This excursion will take you on a guided walk through the old Jewish quarters and also a visit of the most famous monument of the city – the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba.

After the visit, you will get some free time to enjoy lunch in the city or continue exploring on your own (in which case, I recommend visiting the Alcazar of Cordoba).

  • Free cancellation up to 24 hours
  • Book now and pay later option
  • Transport to and from Estepona
  • Four languages available
  • Available once a week
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2. RONDA AND SETENIL DE LAS BODEGAS

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Rating: 4.4 / 5
Duration: 10 hours
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Get the most out of your day by visiting two stunning towns at the same time!

Setenil is a famous village carved into a rock, with dramatic rock formations towering over the town’s main street. In Ronda, you will be treated to spectacular views of Puente Nuevo (in photo above), the famous bridge, and will also get a chance to visit one of the oldest bullrings in Spain.

A day packed with adventure and beautiful views!

  • Free cancellation up to 24 hours
  • Book now and pay later option
  • English and Spanish speaking guide
  • Glass of wine and snack in Ronda included
  • Free time in Ronda
  • Free time in Setenil
  • Transport to and from Fuengirola
  • Available three times per week
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EXCURSIONS FROM ESTEPONA

3. GRANADA AND ALHAMBRA EXCURSION

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Rating: 4.2 / 5
Duration: 11 hours
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I might be a little biased here, but I absolutely love Granada, and I’m sure you will too. I’ve already visited four times, and there is still so much to discover.

This excursion will show you the best of Granada – the ancient monument complex of Alhambra with the stunning Generalife Gardens.

Plus, you will have plenty of time to explore more of Granada in your free time – you can get inspired on what else to see in here.

  • Free cancellation up to 24 hours
  • Book now and pay later option
  • Includes entrance & guide for Alhambra Palace
  • Transport to and from Estepona
  • Available three times per week
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4. CAMINITO DEL REY EXCURSION

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Duration: 6 hours
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The most popular excursion in the Malaga region is also finally available with a pick up in Estepona!

Known as the ‘pathway of the King’, this route was once one of the most dangerous hikes in the world. Don’t worry – it’s perfectly safe now and doesn’t require any extreme fitness level to hike it.

Take a hike through a wooden platform perched on the edge of Gaitanes Gorge, while admiring spectacular views and listening about the history of this natural wonder from the local guide. A day to remember and photos that will get everyone talking!

  • FREE cancellation up to 24 hours
  • book now & pay later
  • pick up & transport from Estepona (H1O)
  • tickets to Caminito del Rey & guide
  • tour guide – 4 language options
  • children under age of 10 & pregnant women not allowed
  • safety equipment
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EXCURSIONS FROM ESTEPONA

5. GIBRALTAR EXCURSION

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Rating: 4.3 / 5
Duration: 9.5 hours
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Gibraltar is one of the most popular and demanded excursions from Costa del Sol. I visited in winter time, and it was absolutely spectacular!

This very popular excursion has two options: plan your own program and enjoy the free time in Gibraltar, or book the upgraded excursion with a tour of the Nature Reserve, a highlight of a trip to Gibraltar.

I recommend you book the upgraded tour as the Nature Reserve is a must-see while visiting Gibraltar – it includes highlights like St. Michael’s Cave, the Skywalk, war tunnels and many others. Plus the views are hard to beat!

  • FREE cancellation up to 24 hours
  • book now & pay later
  • passport necessary
  • pick up & transport from Estepona
  • entry to Gibraltar by bus (waiting time may be necessary at borders)
  • bilingual guide
  • free time or book the Nature Reserve tour
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6. MOROCCO DAY TRIP (TETOUTAN)

Rating: 4.3 / 5
Duration: 10 – 15 hours
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The only tour I haven’t booked myself yet, but it’s at the top of my travel wishlist.

If you fancy something out of the ordinary, why not visit the African continent? Morocco is only a stone throw away from the South of Spain, and a local travel company is the best option to plan this trip.

This tour will take you to Morocco via the ferry from Algeciras (45 mins journey), where in the beautiful city of Tetoutan you will experience the following:

  • visit of the local Tetoutan Medina (UNESCO world heritage site)
  • free time for shopping in the commercial area
  • visit the old Jewish quarter of Mellah and the Hassan II Square
  • enjoy a local lunch (not included in price)
  • visit a traditional Moroccan Berber farmhouse

This tour includes free cancellation up to 24 hours (for full refund) and a book now pay later option. Don’t forget to bring your passport!

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7. JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA EXCURSION

Rating: new (no rating)
Duration: 10 – 12 hours
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Visit the central hub of the sherry production, one of the most picturesque white villages of Andalusia – Jerez de la Frontera. Stretching half way between Seville and Cadiz, this traditional town has some real gems waiting to be discovered.

This excursion will take you to the Bodegas Domecq, one of the most prestigious wineries in the entire area, complete with guided tour and wine tasting.

You will also get a chance to experience flamenco perfomrance at a traditional venue in the old town, and enjoy some free time to explore Jerez at your own pace!

  • FREE cancellation up to 24 hours
  • book now & pay later
  • pick up & transport from Estepona
  • tour guide in 5 languages
  • available once per week
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Tips for Booking Excursions from Estepona

Whether you already have a destination in mind, or still looking for the best option for you, here are a few practical tips to keep in mind.

How to Choose Your Excursion

I have provided a short guide at the start of the article, but here are a few additional pointers:

  • if you’re traveling with kids, the short distance trips are the best option. 
  • The closest destinations to Estepona would be Ronda or Gibraltar (although there may be waiting time at the borders).
  • if you’re visiting the first time, I would highly recommend Granada as my top choice, with tickets to Alhambra included.
  • some of the excursions only run once a week, so you might be quite limited with the options – check them beforehand to make sure you don’t miss out.
  • decide on how much time you want to spend traveling vs exploring the city – closer destinations will allow you more time for exploring, while those further away (Granada, Cordoba) offer more beautiful sights.
  • if you’re on a tight budget, the closer the destination, the cheaper it generally is – the most affordable trip from this list is the one to Gibraltar, starting at 29 euros (without entrance to the Nature Reserve)

How to Book Your Excursion

Nearly all of the excursions included have free cancellation up to 24 hours, so it’s risk free to book one even if you’re not sure about your plans yet.

Use the online booking option on the trip page – choose the number of people participating and your date.

After that you will see the final price and also the pick up point and starting time for the excursion. Make sure you’re ok with the location, and that you can get there in the specified time from where you’re staying.

Once you pay, you will receive an email confirmation which will provide detailed guidance on where to meet up, what to bring with you, and the detailed itinerary for your trip.

It will also include contact details for the local travel company, so you can ask them any details directly. Cancellation policy is also included.

Tour Exclusions

Each tour company has different terms for running their tours, so it’s worth checking your email confirmation or the details on the trip page.

In general, most tours will have following limits:

  • kids are generally accepted on these trips, but some tours may impose age limits. For example, the Caminito del Rey tour, kids under the age of 10 shouldn’t attend
  • the excursions do not include a pick up and drop off at your hotel, you will need to get a taxi to the meeting point
  • all of the excursions included are a small group trip, not a private tour
  • wheelchair users – the trip page will specify if the excursions is suitable for wheelchair users
  • generally, all food and drinks are not included (even if a lunch is mentioned)

Transport

All of the excursions offer transport in a mini van or a small bus with airconditioning. Generally these are pretty modern buses with toilets, and on some journeys they might even serve snacks or coffee.

Do not take any large luggage with you that would not fit in the overhead compartments. Many monuments do not allow entry with large backpacks.

Tickets to Monuments

Unless it’s stated in the tour details, the entry to the monuments is not included. If you’re deciding on a tour, it’s always a good idea to get an excursion with tickets included, as they can be a pain to get on your own!

Final Words

I hope you found lots of interesting ideas on what to explore beyond Estepona. If you have questions about a specific destination or trip, you can leave a comment below or even better, post it in my private Facebook group.

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Hi, I'm Lucia

The founder and writer of Viva La Vita, a blog about traveling in Spain.

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