Famed for its upscale ‘Golden Mile’, luxury yacht marina and star-studded clubs, Marbella is an attractive holiday destination. From beach clubs and pool parties, to designer shopping and impressive golf courses, it’s impossible not to be spoilt for choice in Marbella. But with a history dating back to Roman times, there’s more to discover in Costa del Sol’s finest resort town.
Check out some of these great things to do on holiday in Marbella!
1. Visit Puerto Banus Harbour
Soak up the glitz and glamour of Puerto Banus southwest of Marbella, lined with designer shops, glistening white super yachts and expensive cars. The lavish area is pretty impressive with plenty of great seafront restaurants and bars here for daytime drinking and dining. Puerto Banús is home to three beaches: Playa Nueva Andalucia, Playa Puerto Banus (Playa de Levante) and Playa del Rio Verde to kick back and relax until sunset.
2. Visit Marbella Old Town
Bursting with Andalusian charm, the Old Town is a wonderful place to explore. The winding narrow streets are filled with everything from gift shops and clothes shops, to wine bars and al fresco restaurants. At the heart of it all is the 15th century Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Square), lined with well-groomed citrus trees and often live musicians. You’ll find the Town Hall, Ermita de Santiago church, Santo Cristo chapel and Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engravings in this part of town too.
3. Relax in La Alameda Park
This beautiful park lies within the Old Town. With a pretty fountain, traditional Andalusian tiled benches and a peaceful atmosphere, the enclosed park is a great place to read a book, chat with friends over lunch, or simply people watch.
4. Visit the Ralli Museum
Located on the Golden Mile, Ralli Museum in Marbella Opened in 2000 and contains one of the most important Latin American art collections in Europe. Highlights include work from artists like Picasso, Wilfredo Lam (Cuba), César López Claro (Argentina) and Roberto Matta (Chile). Plus, there are regular exhibitions and events so it’s worth checking their website in advance. The museum is a great place for those interested in learning about the history of Latin art, and with free entry it’s a purse-friendly family attraction.
5. Get creative at Black Box Theatre
This performing arts theatre is a space for creativity in theatre, dance, art, music and literature. Shows and classes are available in English, Spanish and German which means it’s more accessible to tourists. With an on-site café, the theatre is great place for all the family and to escape any bad weather!
6. Attend Starlight Festival
Growing in popularity, Starlite has become the longest festival with more than 50 days of concerts. Every July/August, world class music, pop culture and gastronomy come together to create an event that is diverse and entertaining. There are dedicated shopping and dining zones, making the festival a truly unique experience. In previous years, big name artists including Elton John, Lenny Kravitz and Pet Shop Boys have all made an appearance.
7. Go Paddle Boarding
Ready to test you balance? Paddle boarding is a fun activity to do on the beach in Marbella, with professional companies offering lessons in several locations. With benefits including strengthened abdominal muscles and glutes, reduced stress and improved co-ordination, it’s a great way to get in shape too!
8. Explore Istan Lake
From kayaking to caving to fishing, the Istan Lake is perfect for outdoor lovers. Or if you prefer walking, you can also take a trekking route through the surrounding Sierra Blanca mountains. Just minutes from Puerto Banus, you can enjoy the best of both worlds on a holiday to Marbella.