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Marbella Travel Guide – Everything About A Marbella Holiday!

By Preetha Manivelan - August 10, 2020
Marbella in Spain

What makes a holiday in Marbella sound so exciting? – If you are someone who is looking to plan a Marbella holiday from the United Kingdom or curious to know why people rave about visiting Marbella, then you are in the right place. Be it the culture they follow or the exciting things to do or places to visit in Marbella, you would be left fascinated by almost everything on your Marbella holiday. Even if you have just landed to read the article, you would surely want to book a Marbella holiday at the end of the article. So wondering what to do and what’s so special about this vibrant city in Spain? Keep reading this travel guide which has everything that might need to know about Marbella.

Marbella
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Table Of Contents

Best time to visit Marbella
Things to do in Marbella
Places to visit in Marbella
Where to stay?
How to reach Marbella?
FAQs about visiting Marbella

Best time to visit Marbella

The most important thing to start off Marbella travel guide with is the best time to visit Marbella. Here is some basic information about the Marbella weather and the ideal time to visit.

Marbella weather: 24 – 29-degree Celsius
Average Marbella daylight and sunshine hours:
11 hours of daylight and 9 hours of sunshine
Best months to visit: June to September

Marbella is a holiday destination in Spain that experiences 320 days of sunshine a year which itself speaks about how warm the Marbella weather is going to be. You can even visit in the winter as the weather will still be warm enough but be aware that there might be too much rainfall during that time.

Things to do in Marbella

Marbella is well-known for the exciting list of things it has for its visitors. Continue reading this travel guide to find out the 3 best things to do on your Marbella holiday.

  1. An escape at the beach clubs
  2. Shopping in Marbella
  3. Nightlife in Marbella
  4. Golfing
  5. Eating and drinking at Marbella

1. An escape at the beach clubs

Have you always wanted to visit a beach club and have a relaxing holiday? Then you should know something about Marbella. This vibrant city in Spain houses so many beach clubs along its coastline. The only thing that you should be making sure while you visit is that most beach clubs don’t operate in winter. Some of the best beach clubs in Marbella are those in Nikki Beach, Ocean Club Marbella, La Sala By The Sea and a few more.

2. Shopping in Marbella

Are you a shopaholic? Then Marbella is one place you would love. From the old town of Marbella to the vibrant Peurto Banus, you will find so many shops and boutiques to shop your heart out. You can get anything and everything here including sports attire, jewellery, boutiques, cosmetics, chocolates and a lot more. And in the beautiful evenings, take a stroll in one of the busy streets of Marbella and buy some souvenirs to take back home. Some of the best shopping places in Marbella are Avenue Ricardo Soriano, The Elite Store, Deja Vu Vintage and more.

3. Nightlife in Marbella

Who wouldn’t want to enjoy night parties at such a party city like Marbella? It is home to some exciting nightlife with a lot of night restaurants and clubs. You will have so many club options to choose from a wide variety of nightclubs. Dance is always the best way of enjoying and why not dance the whole night until the sun shows up and enjoy your Marbella holiday? And don’t miss trying a glass of cocktail in the Old Town while you are there.

4. Golfing

Like any other destinations in Spain, Marbella is yet another place for a great golfing break. There are at least 30 golfing spots that are situated just a few minutes away from the city of Marbella. And with mild weather that Marbella gifts you with, you will never feel tired of playing. So, if you are golfer, then make sure you visit some of the best golf courses which include La Quinta Golf & Country Club, Monte Paraiso and many more.

5. Eating and drinking at Marbella

Marbella is a great place that is dotted with so many restaurants and cafes. As much as you enjoy shopping or golfing, eating and drinking in Marbella, are some interesting things that you can do on your Marbella holiday. You know what, you can take a few food tours and enjoy the cuisines of Marbella. Happy tasting!

Cafe in Marbella
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Places to visit in Marbella

There are a lot of places to visit on your Marbella holiday. Though it is not possible for one to list out all the best places in Marbella, this travel guide has the top 3 places that you can visit.

  1. The Old Town of Marbella
  2. Puerto Banus in Marbella
  3. Beaches

1. The old town of Marbella

Marbella holiday is never complete without visiting the old town which is also called Casco Antiguo. You will surely be surprised to see the beautiful laneways and colourful pedestrian streets. Just taking a stroll in this historic city centre would be so amazing that you would get lost admiring this beautiful gem. With the castles, chapels and museums, guarding both sides of the street, you will spot much of history and heritage in Marbella.

The old town of Marbella
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2. Puerto Banus in Marbella

Puerto Banus is located 20 minutes away from the city of Marbella. I must say that this place is just gracefully placed amidst beautiful views. Even the journey from Marbella to Puerto Banus would be so amazing. But what does Puerto Banus have? Why should you visit this place?

Puerto Banus stands as home to some amazing places for shopping, cafes and restaurants to have a chilled-out experience, exciting nightlife and so many more. You will find many extravagant yachts here. In addition, you can also find some luxurious cars like Lamborghini, Ferrari on the marina front.

Puerto Banus
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3. Beaches

Any place you go, beaches are one of the must-visit places. Aren’t they? And Marbella has some excellent choices for you. There are so many beaches in Marbella that are pristinely maintained, offering such a beach holiday experience in Spain. You can dip your toes in the crystal clear waters and will be surprised to see how your toes look exactly the way it looked as the waters are that clear. And for watersports lovers, there are plenty of underwater activities to get indulged in. Some of the best beaches in Marbella are Guadalmina Beach, La Sala Beach by the Sea and a lot more.

A beach in Marbella
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Where to stay?

You have a lot of options in Marbella for a comfortable stay. Check out these hotels depending on your budget.

Luxury hotels

  1. Puente Romano (Starts from €375 per night)
  2. Marbella Club & Hotel (Starts from €460 per night)
  3. Nobu Hotel Marbella (Starts from €550 per night)

Within budget hotels

  • The Town House (Starts from €170 per night)
  • Barcelo Marbella (Starts from €175 per night)

How to reach Marbella?

About flights to Marbella, the city doesn’t have its own airport. To get there, you must reach Malaga Airport which is the closest. From there, it might take a maximum of 1 hour 15 minutes to reach Marbella depending on which transfer you are opting for. Here is the basic information about getting to Malaga.

Flight time from the UK to Marbella: 2 hours 30 minutes
Marbella time: 1 hour ahead of UK time
The UK to Marbella visa: None (For stay no longer than 3 months)

FAQs about visiting Marbella

Check out this travel guide for some frequently asked questions to know more about Marbella and small tips for visiting this vibrant city in Spain.

1. How easy is using ATM cards in the machines there?

It will not be difficult with ATM machines there as it would have English, Spanish, German and other language options too. But just be informed that there will be transaction charges.

2. Will it be safe to drink tap water in Marbella?

Yes. It is safe to drink the tap water in Marbella but it might taste bitter due to high Sodium content hence not recommended for kids.

3. What are the places for a short getaway from Marbella?

From Marbella, you can visit some of the places which are an easy reach like Miljas that is about half an hour away and Granada which is two hours away. One of the must-visits is a day trip to Malaga for sightseeing.

4. What is the currency accepted there?

Like many other European countries, the currency that is widely accepted in Marbella in Spain is Euro (€).

5. What are the languages spoken in Marbella?

English is the widely spoken language in Marbella more than Spanish. There can also be some people talking German, Russian, Dutch, French and Arabic.

Enjoyed reading the Marbella travel guide? Now plan your Marbella holiday and enjoy the getaway too. It is one of the most amazing holiday destinations in Spain that you shouldn’t miss. To plan your Marbella holiday, visit the Pickyourtrail website and check out some cool holiday packages to Marbella in Spain. You can customize the package with your inputs. In case if you have any inquires, do reach out to us via Whatsapp.

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