Adventure activities around Marbella

A great place to be adventurous and get that adrenaline flowing

Marbella is a great place to be adventurous and get that adrenaline flowing! In the summer months, the Mediterranean can be your playground, with a whole host of exciting watersports to try. You can enjoy zipping about on a jet ski or speed boat, or take to the air on a hoverboard or flyboard, which will really get the pulses racing. To find a good provider near your holiday rental check out TripAdvisor’s 10 best water sports companies on the Costa del Sol


As temperatures cool you can head inland to explore the stunning countryside. There are some wonderful hiking routes around Mijas, Marbella and Estepona. The most challenging is to climb Marbella’s highest mountain, La Concha, to reach the summit 1,200 meters above sea level.  The round trip takes around six hours and starts from the Refugio de Juanar just above Marbella and there are amazing views from the top. Make sure you are wearing suitable shoes or boots and take water and sunscreen, as this is a demanding hike. Here is a great guide to climbing La Concha to find out more.

If that sounds a bit too much like hard work, try canyoning, where you’ll climb, jump and swim along rivers and through stunning valleys. You will be equipped with a wetsuit, helmet and harness if your route includes abseiling and guided through the route, it’s a really exhilarating way to see the area. Here are the best companies offering canyoning in Marbella according to TripAdvisor.

For those of you who prefer to keep their feet dry, there are miles and miles of great paths through forested areas which is ideal for mountain biking, horse trekking or to explore on four wheels in a buggy or quad bike. There are many companies hiring out mountain bikes, buggies and quads all along the Costa del Sol, such as Buggy Safari Marbella and Marbella Buggies. There are options to do organised trips for groups, or simply to hire the equipment and head out on your own. If you’d like to explore on horseback there are a number of equestrian centres which can offer hacks, tours and lessons. It’s a wonderful way to experience the beauty of nature. Here are the top 10 companies offering horse riding on the Costa del Sol according to TripAdvisor so you can find the right one for you.

Other amazing activities for adventurous tourists include trekking the dizzying heights of the Caminito del Rey visiting the wonderful caves and sea kayaking off some of the most beautiful beaches in Nerja (link to the page in day trip section), or taking to the treetops at the Aventura Amazonia. There are also several great karting tracks for petrol heads and lads’ groups, or families with teens can try paintballing for the day in Malaga and Estepona.

Finally, you can even hit the ski slopes for the day from December to April. The Sierra Nevada mountain range are a 2 hour drive from Marbella, so you can be at the beach in the morning and skiing at lunchtime – it’s an amazing experience as part of an off peak getaway. Find out more and check out the webcams and snow reports on the official Sierra Nevada website

The Costa del Sol has so much variety and excitement and everything is just a short drive away, so it’s a perfect place for an adventure holiday! We have a wide selection of excellent vacation rental properties along the coast, which are a great base for an adventure holiday. Please browse our website to find your ideal vacation rental in Marbella, Nueva Andalucia, Puerto Banus, Estepona and beyond, or contact our helpful team and let us recommend properties that tick all the boxes.


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