Once the monopoly of the rich and famous, you now don’t have to be Johnny Depp or Angela Jolie to afford holidays to Marbella. Blessed with over 20km of film-set-perfect beaches and an Old Town that’s full of old-school charm, there’s plenty to see and do. It has also become something of a hotspot for food lovers, with some outstanding, world-class restaurants lining its beachfront and streets. Shoppers can flex their bargain-hunting muscles in the shops in Puerto Banus, which also happens to be where you’re likely to spot the odd celebrity or two. With gleaming, white villas cascading down the hills to meet the yacht-filled marina, Marbella looks straight out of a James Bond film and makes the ideal escape for couples or families looking to enjoy a slice of the high life.
Things to do
With over 20km of coastline, divided into white-sand beaches, holidays to Marbella are perfect for sun-seekers. Lined with classy, buzzing bars and a beautiful seafront promenade, you can stroll along the Pasea Maritimo or head deep into the cobbled streets of the old town, filled with cosmopolitan pavement cafés, upmarket shops and Mediterranean restaurants. Fans of the five-iron are minutes away from spending days on the green, with the outskirts boasting some of the best golf courses in the world. Many visitors come simply for the nightlife, which bursts into life after dark in the stylish marina and legendary Golden Mile.
You’re spoilt for choice with the amount of exceptional beaches in Marbella. The picturesque coast has 23 beaches, including six with Blue Flag status, which means they are pristinely maintained. The 20 kilometres of white, soft sand is lined with exotic palm and banana trees, creating the perfect beach holiday setting. Recline on sun loungers and bask in the warm sunshine before taking a dip in the crystal clear waves. Paddle happily knowing that full time lifeguards watch the beaches and the water. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the large amount of water sports available to you too. Enjoy sailing, paragliding, kayaking and banana boating, to name a few.
History and Culture
Some historians believe that Marbella was inhabited by different civilisations from as early as the 7th century. The Romans had a specific impact on the area with various archaeological sites and buildings still around, playing homage to the era. Visitors can explore historical sites like the public Guadalmina Thermal Baths and the unique mosaics found in Roman Villa in Rio Verde.
Today you’ll find that the culture is quite contemporary, with a laid back atmosphere in the day and a vibrant nightlife.
Marbella is famous for its delicious food, vibrant bars and upbeat nightly activities. The resort’s buzzing nightlife has been renowned to bring in the rich and famous, from the Spanish elite to A-list celebrities. Enjoy the glamour of the lavish nightclubs along the Golden Mile, where the party usually starts after midnight; so be prepared to dance until the sun comes up. Alternatively, you can enjoy a laidback evening, dining on a delicious Spanish meal with spectacular views of the coast. Enjoy a cocktail in the Old Town or in one of the charming bars in the centre of the resort.