8 days in Thessaloniki & Costa del Sol Itinerary

8 days in Thessaloniki & Costa del Sol Itinerary

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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 3 nights
Marbella, Spain
— 3 nights
Nerja, Spain
— 1 night
Bus to Malaga, Fly to Newcastle upon Tyne


Thessaloniki, Greece — 3 nights

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ladadika District and Ataturk Museum. There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the ancient world of Rotunda, appreciate the history behind Arch of Galerius, and see the interesting displays at Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Thessaloniki trip itinerary builder site.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Thessaloniki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in August, you will find days in Thessaloniki are much warmer (38°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Marbella.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Marbella, Spain — 3 nights

Spanish Riviera

Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa La Carihuela and Climbing Tours. We've included these beaches for you: Cabopino Beach and Playa El Bajondillo. Get out of town with these interesting Marbella side-trips: Centro Comercial Miramar (in Fuengirola) and Malaga (Mercado Central de Atarazanas & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours). The adventure continues: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Marbella trip site.

Fly from Thessaloniki to Marbella in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Thessaloniki to Marbella due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Nerja.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Side Trips

Nerja, Spain — 1 night

Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Río Chíllar and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nerja online holiday planner.

You can drive from Marbella to Nerja in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours
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Costa del Sol travel guide

Nightlife · Landmarks · Marinas
Costa del Sol, literally translated as the "Coast of the Sun," stretches for over 150 km (93 mi) along the Mediterranean Sea. This coastline is home to numerous beach resorts, many of which are considered among Europe’s finest holiday destinations. Benefiting from a temperate climate, this region is one of the ideal places to visit for sailing, diving, or simply enjoying a dip in the sea and relaxing on the sand. Though urbanized and always packed with visitors from around the world, this coast retains numerous tiny coves and off-the-beaten-track bays where visitors eager to escape the crowds can lose themselves. Warm sands and gentle waters may be the main attraction, but the many seaside restaurants offer culinary delights, as well.