Often referred to as Spain’s answer to St Tropez, Marbella draws a glamorous crowd. The city is the luxury, cosmopolitan heart of the Costa del Sol, and a blend of lavish 5* resorts and Andalucian old-town charm. The white-washed buildings look out onto a beautiful marina, brimming with eye-popping yachts and pristine sandy beaches.
Marbella is mostly free from the high-rises that have sprung up in many popular beach resorts but still boasts all the modern facilities you would expect from the Spanish coast.
In Marbella, the beach is the place to go! 27 km of coastline is home to 24 beaches; you’ll be spoilt for choice! Bounty Beach, Playa de Rio Real and Playa Alicate are all close to the centre of Marbella and are sprinkled with beach bars and cafes.If you wish to take a break from the sunbed, take a wander into the charming Old Town. An enchanting maze of narrow white-washed streets, bright flower boxes and road-side restaurants, the Old Town is a slice of traditional Andalucian appeal. Centred around Orange Square, you’ll find a quaint mix of traditional coffee bars, excellent restaurants and boutique shops, in a picture postcard setting.
If you’re looking to explore a little further afield, take a trip to Puerto Banus. Just west of Marbella, you can either take a short ferry ride or walk the Golden Mile, a four-mile stretch running between Marbella and Puerto Banus. Hugging the coast, the Golden Mile takes you past some of Marbella’s most luxurious hotels and exclusive villas, including the Hotel Marbella Club. Take advantage of some of the sumptuous restaurants en-route, or visit one of the beach bars.
If you’re looking for the ultimate relaxing transfer, take the 30 minutes ferry ride to Puerto Banus. Sit back and soak up the sun on the Ferry Fly Blue catamaran. See the Golden Mile from the water, and the panoramic views along the coastline. Hop off and enjoy Puerto Banus, or take the hour round trip.
Marbella is a mecca for big spenders but if you have a more modest budget don’t let that put you off. Head to Ricardo Sorino, Marbella’s main road, where you’ll find both high-end and high-street brands. For everything under one roof, La Canada is the place to go. The most popular shopping centre in Marbella houses the biggest Apple store in Spain as well as a host of high street favourites such as Adidas, H&M, Zara, Hollister, and even an M&S! To keep the kids entertained, there’s a bowling alley and cinema! For more authentic taste of Marbella, the Old Town’s cobbled streets are littered with boutique shops just waiting to be discovered. Pick up jewellery, soaps, olive oil and unique gifts that you wouldn’t find on the English high street.
Marbella is famous for its buzzing nightlife. Swanky bars, legendary nightclubs and world class entertainment mean the city really comes alive when the sun goes down. Whether you want to sip a cocktail on the waterfront or dance until the small hours of the morning, there’s something for everyone’s taste- and stamina!
Marbella is a true foodie paradise: from cosmopolitan restaurants serving international cuisine, to cosy street-side bistros dishing up local delicacies, there is something to please everyone’s palate. You’ll find dishes from around the world: Italian, Thai, Japanese, Moroccan, American and, of course, Mediterranean.
Fresh seafood is always the dish of the day somewhere, and is best served with a warm breeze and an ocean view in one of the many seafront eateries. Don’t miss out on the traditional Spanish tapas, the perfect sharing and sampling dish, and paella.