Three Cities in Three Days from Sevilla: Gibraltar, Malaga and Ronda

Packing as much into a weekend while abroad is pretty much the name of the game at this point. I traveled from Sevilla to Gibraltar, Malaga, and Ronda in just three days, and here is how I made the most of it. 


Bright and early on Friday morning we departed by bus to Gibraltar. Traveling by bus is one of the most affordable ways to get to nearby cities.

After about two and a half hours, you will arrive at the border of Gibraltar where you will go through security because Gibraltar is actually a British territory. So if you remember anything, let it be your passport!

Our group hopped into a tour van with a guide and hit the road. The territory is actually very small but seems so much bigger when you are going back and forth on the winding, narrow streets. 

Our first stop was at the Europa Point Lighthouse. From there you can see both Morocco and Spain while standing in Great Britain, which is a pretty bizarre thing to say when you think about it. From there we went up to the caves and to see the monkeys.

Europa Point Lighthouse

Something I wish we had time for was to journey to the top of the Rock, a 426-meter (1400-foot) limestone promontory that offers incredible views, but we had to get to the bus station after lunch to catch our ride to Malaga.

The Gibraltar monkeys are everywhere!


We arrived in Malaga in time to check into our Airbnb and head to dinner. We stayed in the city center so we were close to all of the great nightlife, restaurants and sights. Additionally, we were just a 20-minute walk from the beach. 

Malaga was home to the legendary artist, Picasso so be sure to stop by the Picasso art museum. Some other things to do and see while you are in Malaga are to visit the Alcazaba, take in the beauty of the cathedral, have lunch on the beach and enjoy the Mediterranean breeze.

We stayed in Malaga Friday and Saturday night and hit Ronda on our way back to Sevilla on Sunday.

Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga


The third and final day of your weekend must be spent in Ronda, the most picturesque, quaint town. The tranquility and views are a great way to wind down after a busy couple of days.

Lookout point from Ronda

The main attraction in Ronda is Puente Nuevo, a 200-year-old bridge that is located directly in between a 120-meter-deep (390 foot) chasm that you can spend plenty of time hiking around and taking in the most beautiful of sights. 

Puente Nuevo

That is not all Ronda has to offer though. Being known as the birthplace of bullfighting, Ronda has one of the oldest arenas in Spain which is something to add to your list of places to check out. 

If you are wandering through the streets, they might just lead you to the Puerta de Almocabar and the Arab Walls. Back in Muslim times, this was the main entrance to the city containing a large wall and two defensive towers that present some amazing views from their lookout site.

Emerson Latham is a college student at Iowa State University. She is an ISA Featured Blogger and is studying abroad with ISA in Seville, Spain.

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