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The coastal city of Marbella is one of the most famous resort towns in the whole of Spain. Famed for its glitzy marina, luxury accommodation, and chic bars and clubs, it’s also a holiday destination suited to history buffs, nature lovers, and anyone seeking a quiet getaway in the sun. To experience a really different side of the city, you can travel out of the centre and enjoy a scenic hike through the Sierra Blanca mountains. Just make sure you have time for a well-earned cocktail on the beach when you get back…
Despite its popularity as a tourist resort, Marbella does not yet have its own airport. However, it is easily accessed from Malaga Airport (AGP), which is located 30 miles northeast of Marbella. Also known as Malaga-Costa Del Sol, this international airport is the busiest in the region of Andalucia. It has three terminals, mostly operating scheduled flights to and from Spanish and European destinations. Seasonal charters are also available, as are a small number of flights to non-European destinations such as New York and Casablanca.
The benefit of booking a flight into Malaga (AGP) is that it is a large airport, serving many destinations and airlines. Most major European airports offer direct flights into Malaga. However, if you do require a connecting flight, you can book this easily using the Expedia booking tool. Several low-cost carriers such as Ryanair, easyJet and Transavia operate in and out of Malaga Airport, which means you should be able to easily secure a budget flight. Some first class and business class flight options will also be available with airlines such as KLM and British Airways.
When you arrive in Malaga, you will have a few options for travelling on to Marbella. The cheapest option is to catch the airport bus, which will take a couple of hours. Alternatively, you could arrange for a private transfer or taxi that will deliver you in just under an hour. There are also plenty of car hire agencies at Malaga Airport, making it very easy to hire your own vehicle.
Renting a car is a good option if you plan on travelling around the region, and the coastal route from Malaga to Marbella makes for a very picturesque road trip, as it is dotted with charming towns and fascinating attractions such as Sohail Castle. If you do not hire your own vehicle, you can use the local taxis and public buses to get around once you have arrived in the city.
You won’t be short of things to do when visiting Marbella if simply enjoying the sun on Alicate Beach is is not challenging enough for you. Whether you’re strolling along Marbella Marina, exploring the quaint back streets of the Old Town, or visiting the city’s historic bullring, Plaza de Toros, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained. And don’t forget that there are also many attractions and sightseeing spots in neighbouring towns and villages, which can easily be accessed by car or local bus services.