Departure points vary between tours so check before booking.
See also: 100 Things to Do in Madrid
1. Day Trips from the Costa del Sol
If you haven't got a lot of time, or you prefer to mix organized excursions with making your own way around Spain, then a guided day trip might be your best bet.
Transport from Costa del Sol resorts to in-land cities can be difficult and a guided trip or your own car is often your only sensible option. The most popular day trips from the Costa del Sol are:
All of these tours depart from Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Marbella, San Pedro and Estepona, apart from the Ronda tour, which omits Estepona.
Tours from Malaga to these destinations are also available: Day Trips from Malaga
2. Two-Day Granada and Toledo to Madrid
If you need to get to Madrid, this two-day tour is an excellent tour that will take you there via two of the best cities en route - Granada and Toledo.
This tour includes a night in Granada, tours of the Alhambra and the city of Toledo and finish in Madrid. If you would like to return to the Costa del Sol at the end, look at the five-day tour below.
Tour departs from Torremolinos and Fuengirola hotels.
Read more about this Two-Day Guided Tour of Granada and Toledo from the Costa del Sol
3. Three-Day Tour of Tangier in Morocco
If a day trip to Africa is not enough for you, this tour gives you two nights in Tangier, including accommodation, transport, a guided tour and time to explore by yourself.
This is a minimal-transport option ideal for those who want to stretch their legs a little. For more extensive tours of Morocco, see further down the page.
More on this Three-Day Tour of Tangier from Costa del Sol.
Tours depart from Malaga and the Costa del Sol (particular towns are not mentioned on the site, but presumably they'll pick you up from most centrally located hotels).
4. Four-Day Guided Tour of Morocco
This guided tour of Morocco takes you to Fez (Fes), Meknes, Rabat and Tangier. All (four-star) accommodation, transport and a guided tour in each of the cities in included in the price, as are some meals.
Note that Marrakech is missed out, which is a mixed blessing - it is Morocco's most famous city, but has been incredibly touristy in recent years. I prefer Fes.
Tour starts from anywhere along the Costa del Sol and Malaga.
More: Four-Day Tour of Morocco
5. Five-Day Guided Tour of Morocco from the Costa del Sol
This slightly longer tour of Morocco includes Marrakech (the tour above does not) and swaps Tangier for Casablanca. It's also cheaper than the tour above.
Which is the better tour? The addition of Marrakech at a lower price is good, but losing Tangier for Casablanca is a shame.
Read more: Five-Day Tour of Morocco from Costa del Sol
6. Five-Day (At Least) Guided Tour of Andalusia and Madrid
Not available from Malaga.
7. Seven-Day Tour of Morocco
If you're never likely to get to Morocco (or even Africa) again, why compromise? This tour includes all of Morocco's most famous cities in a seven-day tour of the country.
This tour actually only departs from Malaga, but I thought it was too important to miss off this page.
Read more: Seven-Day Tour of Morocco from Costa del Sol
8. Seven-Day Tour of Spain
This tour includes stops in Andalusia's most popular cities and towns, including Seville, Granada, Cordoba and Ronda, as well as taking in Toledo and Caceres and includes two nights in Madrid. All accommodation, transport and guided tours are included.
Departs from Fuengirola.