Travel guide with pictures and reviews for Marbella Spain
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Marbella is situated in the south of the Costa del Sol in Andalusia and represents one of the most exclusive touristic regions in Spain.
Marbella deserves this reputation for its mild climate all year long, its perfect infrastructure and its amazing offer of luxurious holiday accommodations.
Throughout the last decade, Marbella has experienced a period of growth and presents itsself today with an offer coming up to the expectations of its mostly wealthy clients.
Walking along the elite yacht port of Puerto Banus you will see some of the world's most expensive motor yachts. The port promenade in Puerto Banus is home of some of the best restaurants and shops in Marbella.
Apart form the luxurious port, the old center of Marbella should be visited. Here remains the authentic Andalusia with its narrow streets and romantic squares, in contrast to the modern port.
Golf players find their paradise in Marbella. The average temperature throughout the year is 18 °C and rain is something very rare here.
The beaches of Marbella are truely beautiful and provide various services to its visitors, like sun chairs, umbrellas, nice beach bars, restaurants, showers and toilets.
Fun & leisure in Marbella
Nightlife in Marbella
Marbella can be proud of its impressive nightlife.
The possibilities are endless in the old center of town and in the beach area. Most bars and clubs in Marbella are impressively decorated. The standard of nightlife in Marbella is very high, and accordingly to this fact the prices are higher, too.
Piano Bar La Notte
Camino de la Cruz
Exclusive ambience with tropical garden.
Live music until the early morning.
Meeting point for the high society.
Bar Club Astral
29660 Puerto Banus
Great bar right in the Playa Levante.
Live music and DJs every night.
Well visited especially in the summer.
Restaurants in Marbella
The Andalusian kitchen can show off with a couple of special treats. Of course, sea food and fish is of highest quality here and being offered in most restaurants in Estepona.
We also recommend to visit a typical Bodega in the old center of Estepona where "Tapas" are being offered from a wide glass cabinet on top of the bar. A "Tapa" is a small plate of food being served with a beer, so you wouldn't have to drink the beer with an empty stomach. Usually, a tapa costs 1€, just like the glass of beer.
Plaza de la Iglesia, 5,
For the most demanding expectations.
In the old center of Marbella.
Mon-Sun: 11:00 - 24:00, Res. Tel. (+34) 952 858 069
Restaurant La Meridiana
Camino de la Cruz
Specialized in fresh fish and sea food.
Great location by the sea.
Tue-Sun: 11:00 - 24:00, Res. Tel. (+34) 952 776 190
Restaurant La Veranda
Ctra. de Cádiz, km 166
Excellent address for gourmets!
Situated at the exit of "La Cancelada".
Mon-Sun: 11:00 - 24:00, Res. Tel. (+34) 952 889 150
Shopping in Marbella
The shopping offer in Marbella is big and complete. Besides some large shopping centers, there's a pedestrian zone with many great stores.
Supermarkets open all day long from 9:00 until 21:30. Most of the smaller stores stay closed for the Siesta between 14:00 and 18:00.
Day-trips from Marbella
Marbella is a perfect base for many interesting day-trips reachable within little time. We recommend to rent a car for your holidays in Andalusia, so you wouldn't have to depend on public transports.
Here just a few day-trip destinations, not more than 2,5 hours away from Marbella:
Cadiz - histor. center
Marbella - Cadiz 200km
Europe's oldest town - Cadiz.
Learn more about Cadiz!
Tarifa - wind capitol
Marbella - Tarifa 100km
Tarifa - the European mecca of the kitesurf- and windsurf scene.
Visit Tarifa and its unique flair!
Vejer de la Frontera
Marbella - Vejer 150km
Andalusia at its best. The white village on a mountain top.
Discover the little streets of Vejer!
Sports offers in Marbella
There's plenty of sports offers in Marbella. Horseback riding, golf, mountainbiking, hiking, diving and sailing are just a few examples.
Marbella also provides a well equipped fitness studio for all those of you, who want to work out in their holidays.
Thanks to the warm climate all year arround, you can practize your favourite sport in Marbella at any time.
Yachting in Marbella - boat turns, sailing boats, sports fishing
The yacht port of Marbella (Puerto Banus) is located a couple of kilometers outside of town. A flair of wealth is being transmitted by the expensive boats and exclusive restaurants and shops around this port.
Several companies offer boat turns with sailing boats or motor yachts. Others offer fishing from the boat.
The sailing season never ends, thanks to the mild climate in Andalusia.
Golf in Marbella - golf courses, golf lessons, greenfee
The community of Marbella offers 15 great golf courses and can be called the epicenter of the golf sport at the Costa del Sol.
One of the best golf resorts in Europe is the Valderrama Golf Club, 20min from Marbella by car. Combine your golf holidays in Marbella with relaxation at the beaches of the area, the fantastic Andalusian kitchen and the exciting nightlife of Marbella.
Thanks to the climate, the golf season never ends in Andalusia and even in January you can play in thin clothing.
Here some more recommendations for golf clubs in Andalusia:
Beaches of Marbella
If you want to coll down a bit from the heat, you'll jump into the cristal-blue water of the Mediterranean sea, which never exceeds the mark of 22°C. In the winter time the temperature doesn't sink below 17°C. Still, we always recommend to wear a neoprene suit for water sports.
The water is very clean here and there is no danger of currents.
Beach Playa de Cabo Pino
This is the most eastern beach of Marbella. It's Marbella's most natural beach and can be found some minutes away from Marbella by car.
Beach Playa Las Chapas
This beach is situated between Cabo Pino and Puerto Banus. It is 1000m long and 40m wide. You'll find it infront of the urbanisation Las Chapas. There is a bay-watch tower, showers and toilets, and 4 beach bars offer drinks and snacks.
Playa El Alicate
11 beach bars can be found at this beach, which usually gets crowded in July and August. Great for sports offers like windsurfing or rent a pedal boat here.
Playa de Puerto Banus
The city beach of Marbella is located on the right side of the yacht port Puerto Banus and has 1000m of fine beach to offer. The beach promenade is full of services and gastronomy and decorated with many palm trees. In the high season this is the most visited beach of Marbella.
Climate & weather in Marbella
While temperatures in the summer at the Andalusian coast are comfortably warm, it may be unbearably hot just 20km further in the country. Seville, for example, is used to have above 40°C every day while on the coast you only feel 25°C.
In winter time it hardly gets any colder than 16°C, except for the nights which could end up being around 10°C. The temperatures also depend on the wind direction: Levante brings warmer air from the land, Poniente brings cool air form the sea.
The average humidity in summer is around 30%, in the winter it is above 50%.
The probability of rain is very low apart from January til April. Statistically the Costa de la Luz provides more than 300 days of sunshine per year. In fact, rain is always welcome to assure the water supply in summer.
Arrival to Marbella
Airport Malaga, 80km away, Tel. (+34) 952 048 844
Airport Jerez, 151km away, Tel. (+34) 956 15 00 00
Airport Gibraltar, 40km away, Tel. (+34) 954 44 90 00
Find here updated infos on bus connections.
The bus station in Marbella informs. Tel. (+34) 952 800 249
Find here updated informations on train connections.
The next train station from Marbella is Malaga. Tel. (+34) 956 631 005
|Car / rental car||
Free of road fees: along the N340 national road on Costa del Sol.
With road fees: highway AP-7 (Autovía del Mediterranéo).
Useful information about Marbella
|Police||Avenida Andalucía 9, 29680 Marbella, tél. (+34) 952 803 600|
|Taxi||Estación autobuses, 29680 Marbella, tél. (+34) 952 802 900|
|Farmacy||c/ Real 111, 29680 Marbella, tél. (+34) 952 437 060|
|Hospital||Centro de salud, 29680 Marbella, tél. (+ 34) 952 800 683|