Day Trip to Morocco.
This is a full day excursion departing the Marbella hotel at 09.00 and returning to the hotel at 7.30PM approx.
You will sail to Tangiers in Morocco from the Spanish port of Tarifa (sailing time 1 hour). On arrival in Tangiers port you will be met by your private guide who will take you on a tour (by bus) of the city and its surrounds. The you will visit the Kasbah are and the old Medina before enjoying a typical Moroccan lunch in a restaurant overlooking the city and port.
Then you will have time for some shopping in a Moroccan bazar – Morocco is famous for its rugs, leather goods and ceramics. You will then return to the port and board your fast ferry back to Spain. Total duration of stay in Tangiers is approximately 5 hours.
Caminito del Rey
(Drive time from Marbella 90 minutes)
El Caminito del Rey (The King’s Little Path) is a walkway, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Ardeles in the province of Malaga. The name derives from the original name of Camino del Rey (King’s Pathway), abbreviated locally to el caminito. The walkway had fallen into disrepair and was partially closed for over a decade. After four years of extensive repairs and renovations, the walkway re-opened in 2015. It has been known in the past as the “world’s most dangerous walkway” following five deaths in 1999 and 2000.
Traversing a collapsed section in 2006
The walkway was built to provide workers at the hydroelectric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitaneoi Falls with a means to cross between them, to provide for transport of materials, and to help facilitate inspection and maintenance of the channel. The construction began in 1901 and was finished in 1905. King Alfonso XIII crossed the walkway in 1921 for the inauguration of the dam Conde del Guadalhorce, and it became known by its present name. The walkway is 1 metre (3 ft) in width and rises over 100 metres (330 ft) above the river below.
El Caminito del Rey
The original path was constructed of concrete and rested on steel rails supported by stanchions built at approximately 45 degrees into the rock face. It deteriorated over the years, and there were numerous sections where part or all of the concrete top had collapsed. The result was large open-air gaps bridged only by narrow steel beams or other supports. Few of the original handrails existed, although a safety wire ran the length of the path. Several people lost their lives on the walkway and, after two fatal accidents in 1999 and 2000, the local government closed both entrances. Even so, in the four years leading up to 2013, four people died attempting to climb the gorge.
The regional government of Andalucia and the local government of Málaga agreed in June 2011 to share costs of restoration (including car parking and a museum) of €9 million. The project took approximately three years to complete. Many of the original features remained in place.
In March 2014, the foundation of the reconstruction project was laid by specialized alpinists. The walkway reopened on 29 March 2015, and Lonely planet listed it in the best new attractions for 2015. The new pathway has a 2.9 km along the side of the gorge.
El Caminito del Rey
Half day tour (drive time form Marbella 40 mins)
Travel south towards the Famous Rock of Gibraltar which is less than an hours’ drive from Marbella.
You will walk across the border where you will be met by your local guide and transport. Gibraltar is a “overseas colony” of the United Kingdom.
The tour will last approximately 3 and a half hours and we can allow time for you to enjoy the excellent local cuisine – the finest of British “fish and chips” if you so wish! Gibraltar is not known for its culinary heritage not unlike its Colonial master but as they say “when in Rome
Places of interest that you will visit include:
- Pillars of Hercules
- St Michael’s Cave
- Top of the Rock Ape’s Den
- Great Siege Tunnels
- Moorish Castle
- 100 Ton Gun
- Europa Point
- Drive through and around the Rock
- Drive over the Runway and view borderline to Spain
Cordoba & The Mezquita
(2 hour drive time Marbella)
Córdoba is a city in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, and the capital of the province of Córdoba. It was an important Roman city and a major Islamic centre in the Middle Ages. It’s best known for La Mezquita, an immense mosque dating from 784 A.D., featuring a columned prayer hall and older Byzantine mosaics. After it became a Catholic church in 1236, a Renaissance-style nave was added in the 17th century.