Marbella

Travel Guide
Marbella showing general coastal views, a coastal town and rocky coastline

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

Aparthotel Puerto Azul
Aparthotel Puerto Azul
3 out of 5
Calle Camilo Jose Cela, 3, Marbella, Malaga
The price is £52 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Located in Marbella City Centre, this beachfront aparthotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Marbella Marina and Venus Beach. Marbella Old ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (531 reviews)
"Nice clean hotel apartment at beach front. The location is excellent, staff very helpful, got upgraded to a 1-bedroom apartment. The front sea view apartment is worth the extra money, the view is breathtaking! Definitely coming back."

Reviewed on 2 Jan 2022

Aparthotel Puerto Azul
Senator Marbella Spa Hotel
Senator Marbella Spa Hotel
4 out of 5
Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Parcela 97, Marbella, Málaga
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £54 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Located in Golden Mile, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Playa de Casablanca, Marbella Old Town and Orange Square. Puerto Banus Beach is 2.9 mi (4.7 ...
4/5 Very Good! (396 reviews)
"Wonderful place close to everything"

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2022

Senator Marbella Spa Hotel
Don Carlos Resort & SPA
Don Carlos Resort & SPA
5 out of 5
Avda. Zurita s/n, Marbella, Malaga
Located in Nikki Beach, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course, 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Don Carlos Tennis & Sports Club and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Cabopino ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (644 reviews)
"Wonderful resort and excellent service."

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2021

Don Carlos Resort & SPA
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Aparthotel Puerto Azul
Aparthotel Puerto Azul
3 out of 5
Calle Camilo Jose Cela, 3, Marbella, Malaga
The price is £52 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Located in Marbella City Centre, this beachfront aparthotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Marbella Marina and Venus Beach. Marbella Old ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (531 reviews)
"Nice clean hotel apartment at beach front. The location is excellent, staff very helpful, got upgraded to a 1-bedroom apartment. The front sea view apartment is worth the extra money, the view is breathtaking! Definitely coming back."

Reviewed on 2 Jan 2022

Aparthotel Puerto Azul
Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus
Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus
5 out of 5
C/ Edgar Neville, s/n, Nueva Andalucía, Puerto Banus, Marbella, Malaga
The price is £79 per night from 16 Feb to 17 Feb
Located in Puerto Banus, this beachfront aparthotel is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Puerto Banus Marina and Real Club de Golf Las Brisas. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,246 reviews)
"Estamos muy contentos con la atencion del Hotel y los empleados, nos trataron muy bien en especial Jose Antonio Manager que siempre estaba pendiente que nos sintieramos bien, gracias Jose de seguro regresamos, el Hotel es muy limpio y una vista presiosa, la comida muy rica. Yoliana & Serguei"

Reviewed on 17 Dec 2021

Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus
Marriott's Marbella Beach Resort
Marriott's Marbella Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Crta de Cadiz, KM 193, Urb Marbella del Este, Marbella, Malaga
The price is £125 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
This Nikki Beach aparthotel is on the beach, 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Cabopino Golf Marbella, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Marbella Golf and Country Club and La Siesta ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (393 reviews)
"I like the size of the rooms, pool areas, the shop onsite, activities and staff. I do not like the mandatory payment before checkin and the poorly arranged breakfasts."

Reviewed on 5 Jan 2022

Marriott's Marbella Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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