• Catalonia & Costa del Sol: Barcelona to Marbella

  • Catalonia & Costa del Sol: Barcelona to Marbella

  • Catalonia & Costa del Sol: Barcelona to Marbella

  • Catalonia & Costa del Sol: Barcelona to Marbella

Explore Spain's most iconic coastlines while hiking, biking and sailing!

Days: 10 | From: $7,805/per person

  • Accommodations at best in class boutique hotels.
  • Curated tours with superb private guides. You’ll have an instant local friend with insider access!
  • Experience Spain's active offerings: hiking in the mountains, sailing the Mediterranean, and biking along the coast.

Spain is a great country for active exploration on foot and by bike and boat. Starting in Barcelona, enjoy a quick stay and explore the highlights with your private guide before heading south. In Ronda, explore the city on foot, taste wine at a local winery, and hike in the nearby mountains. Finally, head to the Costa Del Sol for a few days of relaxing on the beach, sailing the Mediterranean Sea, and biking along the coast.

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At a glance

  • Barcelona
    2 nights: Discover the cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia, a world class culinary destination with art and architecture to match
  • Ronda
    3 nights: Explore the cobbled streets of this charming mountain town and hike in the surrounding hills
  • Marbella
    4 nights: Relax on the beach in the resort town of Marbella

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:


View of the city from Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain.

Arrive in Barcelona, the capital of Spain’s stateless nation of Catalonia. The city bursts with art, architecture, and culture and is a great place to start your travels in Spain. Barcelona’s façade combines playful modern architecture with medieval Roman relics. Located on the Mediterranean in North Eastern Spain, Barcelona has a welcoming climate year round. Spend your time wandering the barrios, taking in Gaudi’s masterpieces, visiting the Picasso museum and enjoying culinary delights. When you arrive, your private guide will be waiting to transfer you to your boutique hotel in the Eixample neighborhood, a perfect location for exploration. Once you’ve had a chance to settle in, head out on a private bike tour of the city.

Accommodations: Serras Hotel, 2 nights

Serras is more than a place to stay in Barcelona, it is an experience, bringing together truly personal service, an authentic warm welcome, and excellent facilities all in an outstanding location. The Serras Hotel is located in the center of the city by the waterfront, with the legendary Gothic quarter behind it and the newly renovated Port Vell Marina and Mediterranean in front. Barceloneta’s beaches, the lively El Born district, and Barcelona's most recognizable landmarks are just a short walk away. Discover the exclusive views of Barcelona´s waterfront at the rooftop terrace. This unique location on the sixth floor is an ideal place to enjoy the Mediterranean climate, relax on the terrace and dip into the plunge pool looking over the Marina Port Vell. Try al fresco dining with the fresh cuisine of the Michelin-starred chef Marc Gascons, and cocktails from the bar to round off the day.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: H10 Casa Mimosa, The Wittmore, Mercer Barcelona, Monument Hotel, The One Barcelona, Hotel Pulitzer, AND OTHERS.
Day 2:


Facade of Casa Batlló by the architect Antoni Gaudí, located in Barcelona, Spain at civic 43 of Passeig de Gràcia.

Discover the art and architecture of Barcelona on a private walking tour. Visit the unique and magical Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí’s most famous work and a worldwide symbol for Barcelona. Stroll the Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona’s most stylish street, lined with boutiques and galleries, and La Rambla with its outdoor cafes and colorful flower stands. Then it’s on to Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, which rests on the ancient Roman city of Barcino and is full of buildings from between the 13th and 15th centuries. The Quarter, where you’ll spend most of your time, is full of interesting shapes, peaceful plazas and winding alleyways, with a medieval Cathedral and the Picasso Museum.

This evening, your guide will take you on a tapas tour of Barcelona to learn about the history of local cuisine while you taste (and sip) away!

Accommodations: Serras Hotel, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3:

Heading South


Fly from Barcelona to Malaga, then transfer by road to Ronda. You’ll arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon and have the remainder of the day to relax, enjoying the pool and walking among the olive groves.

Accommodations: La Fuente de la Higuera, 3 nights

A gorgeous countryside property set among olive groves, the Fuente de la Higuera is one of our very favorites in Spain. On arrival, you instinctively relax and allow the charm of rural Andalucia to envelop you. The attention to detail and good taste carries on into the rooms with their original paintings, furniture and boarded flooring. The spacious rooms have a private garden or terrace, while suites also offer open fireplaces and luxurious bathrooms with copper bathtubs. Ronda itself is just 15 minutes away by road and if you don’t have a driver or your own vehicle, the staff can easily order a taxi.

*Includes: breakfast

Day 4:

Exploring Ronda


Explore Ronda with your private guide. Ronda is perhaps Andalucía’s most well-known village and one of our favorite destinations in Spain. The town boasts many cultural landmarks, including one of the oldest and most beautiful bull rings in Spain. The area around Ronda is becoming well-known among enthusiasts as a producer of very good red wines and, to a smaller extent, white wine produced in boutique wineries. Visit a local winery, where the winemakers show you around while you taste their treasures. One winery we like to recommend and include is the Descalzos Viejos. This is a family-owned cellar, built into a church, in what once was a monastery for the Descalzos Viejos monks… you’ll find it’s hard to decide what’s more spectacular: the hospitality, the views, or the wines you’re tasting.

Accommodations: La Fuente de la Higuera, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 5:

Hiking in the Serrania de Ronda


Enjoy some of the best walks in southern Spain in the Serrania de Ronda. The Sierra de Grazalema is made up of several smaller sierras (mountain chains), such as the one that you will explore on this walk, the Sierra del Endrinal. The word endrinal in Spanish means “thicket of blackthorn bushes,” the fruit of which are the sloe berries which go into the Spanish liqueur pacharán. Other flora you will see are olive and wild olive (acebuche) trees, and carob (algorrobo) trees, as well as a great variety of pines, most famous of which is the rare pinsapo, or Spanish Fir, which can grow up to 30m high and live for over 500 years. This hike is about 5 hours and can be tailored to your preferred level of activity.

Accommodations: La Fuente de la Higuera, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 6:

Travel to Marbella


Head to the coast for a change of pace and scenery. This morning, you’ll be transferred one hour to your beach resort in Marbella, a chic, sun-drenched town in the Costa Del Sol with dozens of beaches and miles of coastline to explore. After you’re settled in, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure soaking up the sun.

Accommodations: Hotel Claude Marbella, 4 nights

Nestled in the heart of Marbella's enchanting old town, the Hotel Claude is a boutique gem that effortlessly blends contemporary elegance with Andalusian charm. This intimate, 17-room hotel offers a sanctuary of tranquility, where each room is a testament to modern design, featuring luxurious amenities and a serene ambiance. Guests are invited to savor Mediterranean flavors at the hotel's courtyard restaurant or unwind on the rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Marbella's historic streets. With its prime location and meticulous attention to detail, the Hotel Claude promises an unforgettable stay.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Marbella Club, Boho Club, Nobu Hotel Marbella, AND OTHERS.
Day 7:

Sailing the sea


Spend the day on a private boat sailing the Mediterranean, enjoying the sea breeze and spectacular views of the coastline. You’ll be able to stop and swim, explore beaches and coves, and enjoy the coast from another vantage point. Late this afternoon you’ll return to the harbor for an evening at leisure.

Accommodations: Hotel Claude Marbella, 4 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 8:

Biking the coast


Cycling on the Costa del Sol is definitely a must-do. Set off with your private guide to explore the city and the coast on two wheels. The weather in this area is ideal and there are plenty of bike lanes, which make cycling here a fun and safe experience. There isn’t much traffic in general, and the city center is entirely car-free. Your guide knows how to get around town and can you show you their city in a fun and authentic way. Ride along the Beach Promenade, part of the Senda Litoral, which takes you to Puerto Banús. The day will be tailored to your interests and activity level.

Accommodations: Hotel Claude Marbella, 4 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 9:

Relax at leisure


Enjoy the day at leisure: Relax on the beach or wander the streets and shop the boutiques. However you choose to spend the day, enjoy it at a leisurely pace.

Accommodations: Hotel Claude Marbella, 4 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Days 10:



You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Continue your exploration into art with a visit to the Dalí museum in Figueres, outside of Barcelona.

  • Customize your city touring to suit your interests; whether it’s food and wine, cooking and creating, or history and art, there is something for everyone in each city.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.

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