Nestled on Spain’s picturesque Costa del Sol, Marbella is a scenic coastal city where the Sierra Blanca mountains are separated from a palm-lined beach by glitzy clubs, fine-dining restaurants and a charming old town. With a history dating back to Roman times, Marbella provides enough cultural intrigue to match its luxury yachts and uninterrupted Alboran Sea views.
Things to do in Marbella
If you prefer to see the historic side of Marbella, navigate your way down the narrow cobblestone streets and bustling plazas of the city’s old town. Despite the modern wealth, this is still a thriving area with authentic Spanish eateries, art galleries and shops selling artisan goods. Make sure you spend a moment in the 15th-century Plaza de los Naranjos under the orange trees.
Got the kids with you? Take a scenic 40-minute drive or bus ride up the coast to Selwo Marina, a small aquarium with bottlenose dolphins, reptiles and native birds. You can also watch penguin feedings or take a guided tour. On the way back, stop by Sohail Castle, a 10th-century fortification built overlooking the Alboran Sea. It also boasts excavated stone ruins and is often used for music concerts.
You’ll find a feast of international and local food in Marbella, from Michelin-starred restaurants to beachfront tapas bars and vegan cafes. Enjoy cocktails and beach vistas at Amare Beach Club Marbella, before dining on fresh seafood at Restaurante La Barca.
Make sure you save time for relaxing on one of Marbella’s many beaches, including Fontanilla, an ideal spot for water sports. Go to Nagüeles for golden sand landscapes or La Bajadilla to relax in the tranquil waters. If you prefer a lively atmosphere, head out to Banana Beach for live music bars.
Getting around Marbella
There are numerous taxis and inter-city buses servicing Marbella, which is also quite easy to walk around. The closest airport is Málaga-Costa Del Sol, which is connected to Marbella via bus or hire car.