Guide to Marbella, Marbella Travel Guide
Attracting the famous and rich, cosmopolitan Marbella is considered as the most glamorous city in Spain and is the most visited city time and time again. On the other hand, this happens to be an amazing resort that attracts couples, groups and families looking for beach vacations mixed together with a vivacious city. Located on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, Marbella is part of the Andalusia region in the province of Málaga. The scenic backdrop is The Sierra Blanca Mountains overlooking the 26 km of sandy Mediterranean beaches and golf courses. To the west of Marbella is the area referred to as the “Golden Mile” where you will find exclusive bars, restaurants and nightclubs and they lead to the lovely resort of Puerto Banús with its elite marina, home to luxury yachts and designer shopping plus upmarket eateries.
Marbella – An Amazing City, Beautiful Beaches and Top Class Restaurants
The city has 16 miles of coastline, a bustling resort that is steeped in history, 24 beautiful beaches, best nightlife, shopping and dining opportunities in the entire mainland of Spain. Travellers can greatly enjoy dining out in the top class Michelin restaurants, shopping at numerous international designer outlets, relaxing at amazing tapas bars, soaking up the sun at picturesque sandy beaches, or exploring the historic part of the city. The charming historic quarter, is abundant with whitewashed buildings and fragrant coloured blooms and orange trees fill the village squares. July as well as August happen to be the busiest times in Marbella with the spring season, autumn and winter being much quieter. Marbella is extremely popular with water sports enthusiasts and golfers. This particular Spanish coastline is called the Costa del Golf with Marbella having numerous world-class designer golf courses, some designed by Seve Ballesteros and Robert Trent Jones.
Puerto Banús is one of the more exclusive resorts in the area and this where the elite folk head to, you will no doubt bump into the odd celebrity or film star here as they flock to this chic resort. The marina is in the beautiful location of Nueva Andalucía in southwest Marbella. Most known for luxury shopping and its electric nightlife this is the place to sit down, enjoy a cool drink and people watch, you won’t be disappointed. By day Puerto Banús is a relaxed resort but as soon as the sun sets it comes alive in the most spectacular way, then it’s time to dress to kill and mingle with the crowd. All the big designer and brand names stores are found here, so whether you are searching for the ultimate in designer dress, shirt or shoes you can find it here but expect to give your credit card a battering.
The Beautiful Marbella Beaches
The amazing Marbella beaches are the prime attraction of this resort. From beaches offering lively beach parties to beaches offering plenty of water sports and from family friendly beaches to pretty private beaches, Marbella has it all. With more than 16 miles of coastline it is literally impossible to visit every single beach located in Marbella. With warm clear Mediterranean waters, spotless sandy beaches, a vibrant atmosphere and excellent weather; it is no wonder that Marbella beaches are busy during the summer months. There is a wide range of water sports on offer including pedalos, wake-boarding, parasailing, jet-skiing, water-skiing, windsurfing and scuba diving.
Popular Marbella Beaches
This is the best beach if you are looking for lively parties. This popular beach attracts the ‘in-crowd’ who comes to spend their days as well as nights lounging on the sun beds while sipping cocktails and listening to the world’s renowned DJs. Thousands of travellers flock to this amazing beach during the summer to be entertained at the renowned Full Moon Parties.
Puerto Cabopino Beach
This beach is the best option for families travelling around with young children. This large sandy beach has shallow waters, which makes it perfect for small children. Parents can relax knowing the fact that their little ones are safe and there are lifeguards present at Puerto Cabopino. There is a small marina as well, which is home to a water sports club where you can hire a private boat to have a relaxing trip out to sea, take a dolphin spotting cruise or you can scuba dive. The marina has many bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a relaxing break from the beach and indulge in a spot of lunch.
Funny Beach is on the outskirts of Marbella, and it’s super for families, basically it is an amusement park which sits on the beach with a range of exciting amenities such as go karts, parasailing and water scooters and there is a bar and restaurant where mum and dad can take a well-earned break and watch the children have fun. Funny Beach is also the leading water sports centre in Marbella.
Marbella – things to do and sightseeing
Away from the beaches travellers can enjoy a round or even two of golf, go horse riding along the amazing countryside or the coast, or try their hand at different activities such as 10-pin bowling, mini-golf, tennis or go-karting. You can have a flutter at the races or enjoy a family day out at the Selwo Safari Park which the children will adore. The charming tiny streets that surround Orange Square has a maze of interesting shops filled with trinkets and souvenirs and there are some fabulous restaurants and bars frequented by the young and beautiful. The La Alameda Park is brimming with exotic plants and trees and leads to an open exhibition of Dali sculptures and temporary art you can enjoy. After a visit to the park you can stroll to the promenade which is a hot spot for locals and tourists. International restaurants overlook the dazzling blue Mediterranean Sea.
Tivoli World in Málaga is a must on your to do list with tropical gardens, fountains, plazas, theatres and restaurants. There are over 300 rides and attractions with Spanish Flamenco and music shows, if you want to experience the Wild West there is an area to try the cowboy experience on a bucking bronco. This is an excellent day out the whole family can enjoy from young to old.
Art buffs day out is a trip to the Picasso Museum in Málaga which is the city of Pablo Picassos birth. It opened in 2003 and has over 285 of his work on display and is an art lovers dream. Take a trip to the Rock of Gibraltar which is located on the south headland of Spain and is a mere 1 hour drive away. There are Aqua Parks in nearby Fuengirola and Torremolinos and don’t forget to visit the crocodile park and zoo.
June is the start of festival and party season in Marbella and it highlights the beginning of summer with Flamenco displays and beach parties. The celebration of summer solstice are on the beaches and bonfires are lit to encourage party goers to stay all night. August is when the Starlite Festival begins with artists and musicians who congregate in Marbella from across the world to partake in concerts and donate the proceeds to charities. Throughout the summer there are many open air festivals and concerts in this delightful location.
How to get to Marbella
Direct flights make for an easy journey to Málaga Airport from the UK which is only a 2 hour and 50 minute flight with Málaga Airport being the closest to Marbella. From the airport it is only a 40 minute (54.2 km) transfer, plus there is the option of flying in to Gibraltar Airport which is just 1 hour (76.5 km) drive to Marbella. This destination is ideal for holidays and long weekend breaks and in this exclusive resort you can live life to its fullest in the lap of absolute luxury.
The climate in Marbella is a mild micro climate and this is aided by the backdrop of the Sierra Blanca mountain range. The winters are mild and sees temperatures not dipping below 15°C in January and hitting at least 29°C in July and August. June, July and August have 11 hours per day of glorious sunshine.
If you want this exclusive lifestyle, you can visit Marbella for a holiday or if you can, why not invest in a stunning luxury property and make it your idyllic holiday home.