m a r b e l l a s t a t s :
- Population: 140,000 (summer months can see a 10x increase)
- Weather: 325 days of sun micro climate
- Beaches: 7
- Golf: 10+
- Distance to beaches: 1-10km Depending on Beach
- Distance to Estepona: 12km but under 10- 20 mins
- Distance to Puerto Banus: 7km – 5-10 mins drive
- Distance to Benahavis: 18km 20 mins
- Distance to Malaga Airport: 60km (45mins toll road – 55mins normal low traffic)
- Distance to Gibraltar Airport: 70km (50 – 60 mins drive)
- Distance to Hospital: 5 Mins from Town Centre
Marbella is the heart of the Costa del Sol, with so many areas offering a different feel getting to know the different areas is a must to experience the unique qualities Marbella has to offer. This wide variety of qualities makes Marbella attractive to people from all over the world that want to come and work and live in Marbella.
The Marbella district covers 30km of coast from Cabopino to San Pedro de Alcantara. With world class golf, amazing cuisine and areas that vary from traditional to modern it is easy to see why people fall in love with Marbella. Over looked by the strikingly unique “La Concha” (the Shell) Mountain in the Sierra Blanca mountain range which from some angels look like it runs right onto the palm tree lined paseo and beach.
Marbella is the type of place where you can choose the lifestyle you want to live, whether you are looking for mouth watering cuisine on every street, world class golf, to be out on the town enjoying the vast array of bars and nightclubs to laying on the beach and hiking mountain treks all this and more can be part of you day to day. With some of the best weather in Europe due to its southern location and micro climate created by the mountain range the mild winters and hot summers makes outdoor living a must.
- Great Beaches
- Amazing restaurants
- Lots of amenities
- Old town
- Action packed
- Higher Prices compared to other parts of Spain
- Very busy in the Summer months especially August
- Less new developments
Things To Do In Marbella
Marbella has a lot of features and unique qualities, with major events and acts on throughout the summer, a casino, bull ring to be developed into a concert hall, bars and restaurants for all tastes and much more below are some of the top attractions of Marbella.
Marbella has some amazing beach clubs for both partying and relaxing, world famous Nikki Beach and Ocean Club hold some of the best events in town as well as more relaxed beach clubs like la Cabane mean what ever mood you are in you can enjoy the beach in style.
marbella beach Club recommendations:
- Plaza Beach
- Ocean Club
- Nikki Beach
- La Cabane
- La Sala by the Sea
- Playa Padre
Marbella has some world class shops for all prices and styles from high street brands and local boutiques to high end luxury brands there is a wide variety Marina Banus in Puerto Banus has mainly high streets shops, El Corte Ingles has a nice variety of brands of good quality and the front line of the Puerto Banus port has all the luxury high end shops you could ask for. There is also a large shopping mall closer to Marbella called La Canada.
- El Corte Ingles
- Marina Banus
- Puerto Banus
- La Canada
- Marbella Old Town
The Marbella Promenade (Paseo) is one of the most popular and most visited areas, all times of day and all times of year you can see people taking a stroll or going for a run or bike ride. It is considered one of the most beautiful promenades on the entire coast, Just a few minutes walk from Marbella town centre and stretches 6km to Puerto Banus making this walk a from Marbella to Puerto Banus a great bit of exercise for the day (even if you stop off at a few of the many bars and restaurants on the way).
Marbella Old Town is a favourite with tourist as well as locals, beautiful windy streets lined with bright and colourful flowers and stunning traditional buildings. In the heart of it all sits “Plaza de los Naranjos” (Orange Square), with its lively terrazas, fragrant orange trees, and energising atmosphere the old town of Marbella is frequently visited by tourist and locals alike. The streets are lined with boutique shops and restaurants making it one of the city’s main dining areas, a lively atmosphere in summer months makes it a must.
Marbella is home to world class golf courses. Courses such as Valderrama, La Reserva, Los Naranjos Golf and Marbella Golf & Country Club attract pro tournaments and the elite of the golf world. Set in some of the most beautiful locations with clear sea views and a hilly environment it is easy to see why the “Costa del Golf” has such a good reputation.
san pedro de alcantara
San Pedro de Alcantara is a quiet, family-friendly town with expansive green spaces like Los Tres Jardines Park, offering paved walkways and a duck pond. Locals head to San Pedro Boulevard park for its children’s play areas and skate park, as well as its open-air seafood eateries and tapas bars. Long, sandy beaches including Guadalmina Beach.
One of the largest flea markets on the Costa del Sol takes place every Saturday morning, with over 120 stalls. It is situated next to the bullring of Puerto Banus is a great rambling flea market. There are also a number of other markets from organic fruit and veg markets and summer markets with everything from souvenirs, clothing and jewellery.
When it comes to food Marbella has it all a wide variety of world class restaurants covering all cuisines and international dishes. High quality produce and freshly caught fish means there is an endless supply of mouth watering restaurants to go to for all tastes and budgets.
recommended restaurants in marbella area :
- Organic Café
- Dani Garcia
- La red
to name just a few
Marbella has a number of nice beaches, many of the most popular beach clubs are situated on or close to the best beaches of Marbella with a variety of choices and 30km of coast there are plenty of options.
best beaches in marbella:
- Puerto Banus Beach
- Cabopino Beach
- Playa del cable Marbela Town (East)
- Playa Nagueles Marbella town
Puerto Banús is known as Costa del Sol’s playground for the rich and famous that come here for the stunning scenery, high quality of life and buzzing nightlife. The shops and restaurants reflect this high end lifestyle, with plenty of designer names wrapping around the marina. There are not many place better to sit back with a cold cocktail in a warm summers day and watch the world go by, surrounded by luxury yachts and super cars there is always plenty to keep you entertained.
The “Puerto Deportivo” in Marbella is a lot smaller than Puerto Banus and has a much more calm and relaxing feel to it, perfect to relax with family and friends. There are many restaurants and bars as well as a children’s playground and lots to do, as the port is located in the heart of the city a stones throw from old town there is plenty to do in the surrounding areas as well.
Marbella has 4 main night spots which are Puerto Banus, The Golden Mile, Marbella Town & Old Town and Aloha. Each has a different energy and vibe which gives a lot of flexibility when planning your evening. Most of the bars and clubs are in Puerto Banus with bars and clubs open to the break of dawn.
You will not find better views of the Costa del Sol than from the peak of La Concha (the shell), from this spot 3 countries and 2 continents can be seen making it a very unique spot. the coast and all the way across to Gibraltar and North Africa can be seen. For the more adventurous, it is also a fantastic spot to watch the sunrise or sunset. Standing at 1200m, La Concha is the highest mountain in and around the Marbella area. The climb up is not too tough although care need to be taken in some places, climb time is around 3 hours each way. Find out more
With Marbella being such a hotspot for tourism there are a large number of activities from private boat hire, fishing, mud buggying, zip lining and more, whether you live in Marbella part time, full time or are just visiting the large number of activities and events all year round will keep you entertained all year round. For all activities click here
Areas of Marbella
marbella is the main attraction and has been for many years constantly keeping with the latest trends with many unique attractions.