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Visit Marbella

Marbella is well known as a playground for the rich and famous, however with many affordable airlines on the flight path, it is accessible to holidaymakers from all walks of life. 

To enjoy the glamour of modern Marbella, walk the Golden Mile from Old Town Marbella to the marina of Puerto Banús. Along the way you will pass by luxurious landmark hotels and residences of some of the city’s famous residents.

The must-see on Marbella holidays is Puerto Banús, where you can get a taste of the VIP lifestyle enjoyed by the resort’s well-heeled clientele. Stroll along the marina to check out the rows of impressive international yachts and cruising sports cars, driven to impress. The upmarket seafront restaurants, bars and beach clubs are great for unwinding and people watching, but can be much pricier than other areas.

Here you can also indulge in some first-class retail therapy, as Puerto Banús has many high end designer shops such as Hermes and X.

For an enlightening cultural experience you might appreciate the historical charm of Marbella’s Old Town. The ancient city walls and many landmarks here date back to the 16th-century. The Renaissance era Plaza de los Naranjos (square) is home to the impressive Town Tall, the Mayor’s House, and Chapel of Santiago. Close by, the city’s New Town is comprised of characteristic whitewash buildings with tiled roofs, typical of Southern Spain. The Historical Eixample area has a small botanical garden with sculptures by Salvador Dali.

Foodies will enjoy Marbella’s native gastronomic offerings, which naturally, are largely seafood based. Typical dishes include fried fish, gazpacho, and baked treats such as borrachuelos and churros. The city caters well for most palates, with lots of international restaurants throughout. The Old Town offers a more authentic Spanish experience.

Sun worshippers flock here for the city’s many excellent beaches. Marbella’s finest beach is Artola, in the protected Dunas de Artola area. Popular with tourists, are the centrally located and well-managed Venus and La Fontanilla beaches.

Due to its sunny position on Spain’s southern coastline in the Costa Del Sol, Marbella is also a golfer’s paradise. 18-hole Marbella Golf and Country Club is considered one of the best and is in close proximity to the city buzz.

For an adventurous city escape, take a day trip to the Sierra Bermeja Mountains and enjoy an exhilarating hike with stunning views over Marbella away from the bustle.

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Where to stay in Marbella

Puerto Banus, Marbella, Spain

Puerto Banus

4.5/5Wonderful!(112 area reviews)

Puerto Banus is a destination visitors seek out for its beaches, abundant dining options and waterfront views. You might want to check out attractions like Puerto Banus Marina or Puerto Banus Beach while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Puerto Banus
San Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella, Spain

San Pedro de Alcantara

4/5Very Good!(40 area reviews)

San Pedro de Alcantara is known for its pristine beaches, and you can make a stop by Real Club de Golf Guadalmina and Church of San Pedro while in the area.

San Pedro de Alcantara
Nikki Beach, Marbella, Spain

Nikki Beach

4.5/5Wonderful!(52 area reviews)

Mingle with jet setters at an exclusive beach club located on one of the most pristine stretches of sand on the Costa del Sol. 

Nikki Beach
Marbella City Centre, Marbella, Spain

Marbella City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(167 area reviews)

Travellers to Marbella City Centre praise its stunning beaches. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to stop by Marbella Old Town and Orange Square.

Marbella City Centre
Guadalmina, Marbella, Spain

Guadalmina

Golf and beach lovers flock to this upscale seaside neighborhood of the Costa del Sol, which is only short drive from Marbella city center. 

Guadalmina
Golden Mile, Marbella, Spain

Golden Mile

4.5/5Wonderful!(46 area reviews)

While visiting Golden Mile, you might make a stop by sights like Fontanilla Beach and Playa de Nagüeles.

Golden Mile

Top hotels in Marbella

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
NH Marbella
NH Marbella
4 out of 5
Avenida Conde de Rudi, s/n, Marbella, Malaga
£49
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

Situated in the shopping district, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Playa de Casablanca, Marbella Old Town and Marbella Marina. Puerto Banus Beach and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (749 reviews)

"I loved it that it was clean ,although some of the staff didnt understand what i said sometimes in english and couldnt assist me with a few things. It was a quiet and lovely hotel although me and my friend didnt know that if we use the fridge that it would result us in paying extra euros but overall ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2020

NH Marbella
Amàre Beach Hotel Marbella
Amàre Beach Hotel Marbella
4 out of 5
Avda. Severo Ochoa, 8, Marbella, Malaga

Located in Marbella City Centre, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Venus Beach and Marbella Old Town. Orange Square and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (885 reviews)

"Amazing hotel Modern beautiful room Great atmosphere Sunbeds so comfy Live music and DJ throughout the day superb Top hotel"…"

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2019

Amàre Beach Hotel Marbella
Melia Marbella Banus
Melia Marbella Banus
4 out of 5
Mario Vargas Llosa, s/n, Marbella, Malaga
£77
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

This family-friendly Marbella hotel is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Puerto Banus Beach and Puerto Banus Marina. Los Naranjos Golf Course ...

4.2/5Excellent! (566 reviews)
Short but sweet

"Fantastic service from the reception even when I arrived at 02:00. Great hotel and perfectly clean Would definitely go back"…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2019

Melia Marbella Banus

Popular things to do in Marbella

Marbella Old Town
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Marbella Old Town

4.5/5(444 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Marbella when you visit a well-known site such as Marbella Old Town. Stroll along the beaches or visit the shops in the area.

Puerto Banus Marina
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Puerto Banus Marina

4.5/5(278 reviews)

Explore the waterfront of Puerto Banus Marina and enjoy other activities such as golfing in Marbella. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or visit the shops in this trendy area.

Puerto Banus Beach
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Puerto Banus Beach

4/5(221 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Puerto Banus Beach, a popular beach in Marbella. Amble around this romantic area's marina or seek out the golf courses.

Orange Square
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Orange Square

4.5/5(221 reviews)

Enjoy a slower pace of life in a leafy square where you can amble between historic sights and feast on delectable dishes over long and relaxed dinners.

Cabopino Beach
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Cabopino Beach

4.5/5(74 reviews)

Enjoy one of the finest beaches in Marbella. This tranquil spot has clear waters, striking dunes and a busy marina. 

Marbella Marina
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Marbella Marina

4/5(204 reviews)

Varied dining options, water sports excursions and two beaches make this marina one of the most popular attractions in central Marbella.

Top activities in Marbella

Skip-the-Line Alhambra & Generalife Guided Tour
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Skip-the-Line Alhambra & Generalife Guided Tour

£50

Visit the Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens on a 3-hour tour. Explore and discover the 13th world wonder with a local, knowledgeable guide. Head deep into the Islamic culture of the jewel of Al Andalus in an endless discovery.

The Rock of Gibraltar Full-Day Excursion
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The Rock of Gibraltar Full-Day Excursion

£45

Discover the fascinating history of Gibraltar, where prehistoric findings, Ice Age caves, and Muslim legacy lie behind the later British settlement. This comprehensive tour of the city unravels facts from the jurisdiction's turbulent and impressive history, as well as the iconic Rock of Gibraltar.

Gibraltar Shopping Experience from Costa del Sol
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Gibraltar Shopping Experience from Costa del Sol

£24

Practice your bargaining skills on this full-day excursion to the shopping paradise of Gibraltar. Sun-kissed streets, designer boutiques, traditional shops with friendly people, and an unhurried atmosphere await you.

Granada Sunset Walking Tour
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Granada Sunset Walking Tour

£25

Enjoy a sweet 2.5-hour walk over the heart of Granada's two hills: Albayzin and Sacromonte. Be ready to take amazing pictures and experience the Moorish and gypsy quarters. If the sun is shining and the weather is sweet, it will make you want to move those walking feet.

Tangier Full-Day Excursion
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Tangier Full-Day Excursion

£92

Step into a fascinating world where snake charmers, handcraft makers, and dancers alike display their goods to gain your attention. Taste authentic flavors and drench your senses with colors, smells, and people's smiles as you discover the tantalizing city of Tangier.

Cordoba Full Day Trip with Mosque
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Cordoba Full Day Trip with Mosque

£59

Drive through the stunning Andalusian countryside on your way to mesmerizing Cordoba. This captivating ancient city was once the capital of Spain during its Islamic rule, is home to the striking Mosque of Cordoba, and its beguiling Jewish quarter is filled with tranquil, cobbled streets.

Reviews of Marbella

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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3 - Okay
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5/5 - Excellent

Tam

Jan 9, 2020

Loved it . The sun and people were lovely and helpful .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 27, 2019

Christmas in Marbella is great, lots of things open. Great special Christmas Eve dinner at the da Bruno sur mare Italian restaurant, expensive but worth it. Great British knees up Christmas Day lunch at the blue palm, Booze inc. great family fun.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 14, 2019

we would go back again

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 14, 2019

Good for nightlife, shopping and the beach.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 11, 2019

Loved the old town

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 4, 2019

Really like Marbella. I am senior citizen but it has everything you could want. From lovely shops and restaurants and lovely walks along the promenade excellent