Marbella is like Monaco, but more friendly to the wallet. This town of Andalusia has a very long history, but it celebrates modernity, with excellent nightclubs and fun things to do.
One can never get bored in Marbella. Bounty Beach is the perfect place to enjoy the water activities, enjoy some tapas with sangria, visit historic buildings and party till late. If you don’t want to be walking around the whole day, you can just chill in the town squares and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere under the sun.
Plaza de los Naranjos is one of Marbella’s liveliest squares. Being the centre of the old town, Plaza de los Naranjos is flanked by ancient structures and traditional white Andalusian houses. The square is mainly covered by tables and chairs of local restaurants shaded by umbrellas. Plaza de los Naranjos was named after the orange trees surrounding the Renaissance fountain in the centre and is the perfect start to your Marbella tour.
Identified after the Christian Reconquista in Spanish "Casco Antiguo de Marbella," the Old Town of Marbella dates back to the 15th century. The Old Town offers something to see and experience every corner, with twisting streets, modern Andalusian homes, fresh-flowered balconies and ancient buildings and a wide variety of cool restaurants and boutiques. Marbella Old Town's vibrant and adorable atmosphere is warm and welcoming.
The Bounty Beach is one of Marbella's hippest beaches. The actual name is Playa del Cable, located just South of La Bajadilla Marina, but it owes its nickname to one of the 1500-meter-long chiringuitos (beach restaurants). It is relatively quiet until the afternoon when joggers, volleyball players and lovers of water sports make it alive. The restaurants around the beach are inexpensive and there are public toilets and showers. It's usually busy until late in the evening, but definitely a must-see to relax!
Also known as Marbella Promenade, Paseo Maritimo is lovely 7km walk, lined with stores, tapas bars and restaurants. It's shaded by palm trees and features street performers and others throughout the summer.
The entire Paseo Maritimo takes about 2 hours. On the journey, you'll discover sights like the Marbella Lighthouse and amazing views from nearby Gibraltar 's Hotel Puente Romano on the African coast.
Puerto Banus is an elegant marina lined with trendy bars and restaurants, about 7 km west of the Old Town on the other side of Paseo Maritimo. In popular venues such as Pangea and Sinatra, you'll certainly be able to see celebrities and party at trendy night clubs such as Aqwa Mist and Kube to name a few.
In addition to this impressive location, Puerto Banús hosts a decent amount of cheaper bars and clubs, including O'Grady's Irish Pub and Joy's Live Pub, both cool and well-developed.
Walking is definitely the easiest way to explore Marbella's sights, as it is safe and encourages you to go on the path you want to take for as many visits as you can. The Old Town in particular, is best to see by feet, because of the narrow and inclined roads that can't get through the vehicles. Walking means you can pause in as many bars and cafés, too and take a break whenever you want!
Another common and typical way of travelling around Marbella is by horse and carriage. This is a special and relaxing way to visit the city. Horses and carriages can be seen at many of Marbella's street corners. You will fly in a beautiful, eco-conscious way (the horses are well cared for) and enjoy a nice night if you have a romantic getaway.
Marbella provides a wide variety of local busses, too, to connect you to the surrounding areas – Puerto Banus, Nueva Andalusia, San Pedro... Bus stop is to the north of Trapiche Road, just off the motorway A7, north of the city centre. See the Marbella Bus Station website for more detail on services from Marbella Bus Station. Marbella Bus Station provides connections to Malaga and Madrid directly.
Click here for the Marbella Bus Station's travel times and route schedules.
Marbella beaches have over the years been recognized as the cleanest, most high quality and best protected natural beaches in Andalusia. The glorious lifestyle represents many of Marbella's beaches, but each has a special individual beauty and appeal. Our view on the best beaches of Marbella stretches from chic and trendy reservoirs and relaxed, lined-by coasts to rolling dunes and the most exclusive beach clubs. Some of Marbella's most popular beaches are:
Playa de Rio Real
Playa de Alicante
Playa Real de Zaragoza
Marbella is home to some of the best bars and restaurants in Spain. From fine dining places to relaxed, family-run restaurants, Marbella has the right mix of cuisine, service and atmosphere. And the best thing is that you won't even have a car to go to these, because they’re all near each other.
These are some of the best restaurants and bars to try when you visit Marbella:
Marbella is a haven for shopkeepers with a wide range of hypermarkets, malls, furniture shops, interior decor shops and even smaller back road stores where you can find clothes, homeware, souvenirs and gourmet delicacies.
To serious shoppers, go to Avenida Ricardo Soriano in the area of Puerto Banus, where you can find any designer you can imagine, clothes, jewellery shops and accessories one after the other. Whether you want to go to one place only, then you’ll surely find an El Corte Inglès or La Canada, where you will find everything you ask for.
The summers in Marbella are short, dry, rainy, arid, and often clear and the winters are long, cold, windy and often gloomy. The temperature usually ranges between 8°C and 29°C during the seasons.
The best time of year to visit Marbella is from the end of June to the beginning of September.
There is no airport in Marbella but there are several airports near Marbella: the Malaga Airport, the airport of Gibraltar, the airport of Jerez, and the airport of Granada.
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