There’s no need to be bored in Marbella, as evidenced by the city’s top attractions. Because of its proximity to the world-famous beaches of the Costa del Sol, this opulent city has a lot going for it. This Andalusian metropolis is steeped in history (visitors can witness a Roman bridge from the 1st century at Hotel Puente Romano) but also welcomes the present with exciting nightlife and convenient harbours for sailboats and motor yachts.
Enjoy water sports on Bounty Beach, dine on excellent tapas washed down with sangria, tour ancient monuments, and dance the night away in posh nightclubs. If all of that sounds like too much effort, you can always just relax in the town squares and soak up the sun of Spain.
What are the best things to do in Marbella?
1. Marbella beaches
Along its 27 kilometres of coastline, Marbella is home to 24 beaches. In spite of their differences, all of these beaches provide visitors with a golden swath of sand and a warm, sunny temperature for the better part of the year. There’s a good reason why the Costa del Sol in Spain is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations.
Bono Beach, Playa del Cristo, and Estrella del Mar are three beaches that are perfect for families due to their shallow water, gentle waves, and powdery sand. The Marbella Beach Club, Nikki Beach, and Ocean Club all offer the flash and glamour that visitors to Marbella expect from their night out.
2. Marbella golf courses
With more than 50 courses spread out over more than 100 kilometres along the Costa del Sol, Marbella is a mecca for golfers. It’s easy to see why locals have taken to calling this spot “Costa del Golf.” So, no matter what your golfing skill level is, you can select a course that’s a good fit. Most of Marbella’s golf courses share the same tranquil atmospheres and breathtaking scenery.
Los Naranjos and La Quinta are two highly regarded, moderately challenging courses. The former is a golf course fit for a championship, along with stunning panoramas of La Concha Mountain. The second is a fantastic course that has been praised by both regulars and newcomers.
3. Plaza de los Naranjos
Plaza de los Naranjos is the heart of Old Town Marbella and is surrounded by ancient structures and traditional white Andalusian homes. The area is largely populated by the umbrella-shaded tables and chairs of surrounding restaurants, and it gets its name from the orange trees that surround the Renaissance fountain in the middle of the centre. You can get a feel for the city by simply sitting down. The Orange Square, or Plaza de los Naranjos, is a great introduction to the rest of Old Town Marbella.
4. Marbella Old Town
Marbella Old Town, also known as Casco Antiguo de Marbella (Ancient District of Marbella) in Spanish, was established in the 15th century, shortly after the Christian Reconquista. The Old Town is full of interesting sights and sounds around every corner, from its winding alleyways and characteristic Andalusian residences with balconies decked with fresh flowers to its historic structures and wide selection of hip eateries and quaint shops. With its bright colours and well-kept streets, Marbella’s historic district is a joy to visit.
5. Avenida del Mar
Located near to Puerto Deportivo de Marbella, the city’s oldest port, Avenida del Mar (Sea Avenue) is a 5,500 sq m rectangular rectangle connecting Alameda Park and the beach. Ten sculptures by Salvador Dali may be found lining the sidewalks of Avenida del Mar, which is lined with stores, cafes, and restaurants with terraces shaded by wooden pergolas. Enjoy a cool drink at a nearby bar or restaurant while people-watching.
6. Bounty Beach
Bounty Beach is one of the hippest beaches in Marbella. Located just east of La Bajadilla Marina, its real name is Playa del Cable, but it owes its nickname to one of the chiringuitos (beach restaurants) established on its 1,500-metre length. Cleaned regularly, it’s relatively quiet until the end of the afternoon, when it comes alive with joggers, volleyball players and water sports enthusiasts. The beach restaurants are affordable and public toilets and showers are available. It stays busy until late at night.
7. La Cañada
Located just 5 minutes north-northeast of Marbella’s historic district, this massive shopping centre is known locally as Parque Comercial La Caada. Over 300 stores, including a huge supermarket and international brand stores like Zara, Geox, and Hugo Boss, are spread out across an area of about 100,000 square metres.
There is an abundance of places to eat and things to do in this complex. In case of inclement weather, there is a movie theatre and a playground available for the kids.
8. Puerto Banús Marina
To the west of the historic district, at the opposite end of Paseo Maritimo, is the posh marina known as Puerto Bans, home to a number of chic nightlife establishments. You may dance the night away at trendy clubs like Aqwa Mist and Kube, and you could even run into a celebrity or two at more well-known spots like Pangea and Sinatra’s.
There are also many more reasonably priced bars and clubs in Puerto Bans, such as the hip and long-running O’Grady’s Irish Pub and Joy’s Live Pub.
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