I am a 100% sure that Spain is on your bucket list. So, I know where your next holiday destination is.
However, where in the big country is the best to spend your holiday?
Let’s face it. Everywhere in Spain is BEAUTIFUL.
If you ask me, I’d suggest to plan for a tour around all of Spain.
But where to start?
Marbella, Costa Del Sol is one of the many answers.
I will help you get there and spend the best time and wish to come back sooner than later.
Let's jump into it.
How to Get to Marbella?
Unfortunately, there is no airport at the city. But you are still going to stop at Malaga’s airport which is around 60km away from Malaga. (Read here for more on Malaga’s Airport and flights). From there you can decide which means of transportation to use to get to the city. Or book an Airport Shuttle.
By Car: FASTEST WAY
It is known that a car drive from Malaga Airport is faster than any other means of transportation. You can rent a car, and follow the road signs for Algericas - Marbella, and then choose to either hop on the AP-7 or A7 highway. Usually, a car drive to Marbella’s center is around 40 minutes. More about Car Hires here.
By Bus: CHEAPEST WAY
A bus service is available outside of Malaga’s airport. There are vendors outside facing the arrivals hall and the buses depart every one or two hours. They are usually right on time, sometimes even early; so you should be there a bit early too. The ticket is said to cost less than 5 Euros, and the ride is around 40 minutes to an hour long.
By Taxi: COMFORTABLE BUT EXPENSIVE
You can take a taxi for the trip from Malaga to Marbella. However, It will cost around €70.
Weather in Marbella:
It is always a good idea to know where to spend your holiday depending on the weather of your destinations of choice. Marbella has a year-round average of 19°C; therefore, the weather is nicely warm in the summer, and nicely cold in the winter.
Summer Time in Marbella: ALL NICE
The months June, July, August and September are the four months of summer for the Spanish city. With August being the warmest month of all, the temperature can rise up to 30°C. However, on average, the temperature is only at 24°C during the whole season.
Autumn and winter Seasons in Marbella: SOFT RAIN
The temperature during the months from October to March start dropping until it reaches a record low of 12°C. November is considered the wettest month of the seasons. On average, it rains around 5 days per month during the two seasons. If you are not a fan of rain, you may not enjoy this season at all.
Spring Season: BEST SEASON
March, April and May are the best if you want to enjoy the most of your stay in Marbella, Spain. The temperature does not rise too high, and it’s not too low either. You can enjoy the beautiful sightings and outdoor activities, just as much as the indoor entertainment spots around the city.
Hotels in Marbella:
One of the important questions you should ask is where to stay when you are in Marbella. The answer comes in different forms, all depending on your budget and the level of luxury you want to have. There are different types of hotels in Marbella; here are some of them.
Luxury Hotels: COSTLY & FANCY
Located mostly on the shores, Marbella’s most luxurious hotels offer usually a private beach, multiple pools, tennis courts, round-the-hour room service, -and you may have guessed by now- PERFECT sightings. These hotels are a bit expensive as they average about €200 per night; though you can find better deals here.
Among those hotels, you find Gran Melia Don Pepe (€210), Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa (€250), Melia Marbella Banus (€190).
Family Deals: COME TOGETHER, SLEEP TOGETHER
Visitors to the Spanish city are not always alone. Some prefer to visit alongside their families. If you happen to be one of them, you’ll definitely find this interesting.
There are hotels that offer rooms capable of accommodating up to 4 adults, with an average price of €120 per night. The rooms are either deluxe or equipped with two beds. Some of the hotels that offer such deals are: Guadalpin Suites (€100), Hotel San Cristóbal (€130), Hotel El Faro (€130).
Budget Hostels: CHEAP AND COMFORTABLE
Some travelers to Marbella, Spain are backpackers. The luxury is not of their concern as they are simply looking for where to spend the night. If you are a budget traveler too, you’ll be pleased to know that there are tens and tens of such hostels around the city. Therefore, I’ll recommend you the hostels with the best reviews and lowest prices.
Some of those hostels are: Hostal Paco (€40), InHouse Marbella Hostel (€25), Inturjoven Youth Hostel (€35).
Getting Around in Marbella
To enjoy any holiday destination you need to find the best way to move around the city. I will give you your best choices to get around in Marbella, Spain.
Walking: ALWAYS FREE
This is possibly the best way ever around the city. You can get your tourist’s walking maps and head onto the city on your own. As some streets are narrow, especially in the Old Town, your feet are going to make it easy to get around with no problem at all. You get to stop whenever you want, wherever you want, for as long as you want, not to mention that walking is always FREE.
Horse & Carriage: ROMANTIC
One of the most popular ways around the city is on the back of the horse and carriage. The horse and carriage allow you to go where most vehicles cannot. Also, it is romantic for the couples out there. It is relaxing and refreshing. Horse & carriage can mostly be found near parks.
Taxi: ALWAYS AROUND
Taxis are everywhere in Marbella. You can pick one at one of Marbella’s taxi ranks that are scattered throughout the city. Otherwise, you can hail a passing taxi and they will be happy to pick you up. The tariffs differ depending on the day and the time. Taxis around Marbella are metered, and some of them even have credit card machines. Keep cash on you, either way.
Find out more about Getting around in Marbella here or here.
Top 5 Things to Do and See in Marbella
Marbella is an old city with a lot of history. There are many places that are a definite must see, and many activities that you cannot leave without doing. Here are my Top 5 Things to Do and See.
Take a walk in the Old Town
Located near the center of Marbella, the Old Town may actually look like a separate town within Marbella. Its narrow streets and its ancient architecture make it the perfect way to discover the old Andalucian culture. The Old Town has a lot of shops, restaurants and bars allowing the tourist to enjoy every second of their holiday just inside the small Old Town. Read more here.
Pay a Visit to The Municipal Exposition Gallery
Marbella Municipal Gallery is a relatively small space found under the City Council on Carmen Street. There are many exhibitions, mostly by local artists, which include sculptures, paintings and ceramics. The gallery is open year-round, except for the siesta period. The entrance is free, at all times.
Spend a Day in Playa el Pinillo And Funny Beach
Awarded with 12 Blue Flag beaches, and with a coastline of 27kms, Marbella is a paradise for the sand and water lovers. Funny Beach is the favorite for the families, as there are many attractions for both the kids and their parents. So, gather your family, grab your towels and head to the beach to spend a wonderful day.
Stay out late to enjoy Marbella’s Nightlife: Nikki Beach
Marbella has both a classy and wild nightlife. Nikki Beach Nightclub offers the best of both. The venue requires an appropriate dressing style as it is pretty exclusive. The club is well-known for the live performances and the celebrity DJs. It is a popular venue for private events, so you may want to check or book before you go there. Visit the official website in that case.
GREAT Park for ALL Ages: Aqualand Torremolinos
This is a GREAT spot for adults and kids to play around in Marbella. It is a source of entertainment and fun for the kids, and adrenaline for the teens and adults. There are waterslides, pools, amusement parks for all tastes. It is open from 10am to 7pm during summer, and the tickets cost €26 for adults, €10 to €18.50 for children depending on their age. You can book online for discounts.
Get Close to Crocodiles in Crocodile Park Torremolinos
Marbella’s crocodile park is the home of Paco, also known as Big Daddy, the biggest crocodile in Europe. Visitors of the park have enjoyed guided tours in English and Spanish, while some have had their kids take pictures with baby crocs. The park is open for all ages, all throughout the year. However, the schedule differs depending on the season. Visit the website for information on schedules, tours and tickets.
Where to Shop?
Marbella is your paradise if you love shopping so much. You can practically shop all day long from 9am until 10pm. There are many high-end brand shops all over the streets of Marbella, as well as souvenir stalls and local shops. Shopping in Marbella is best when walking around the city.
La Cañada Shopping Centre
La Canada Shopping Centre might as well be the most famous shopping mall in Marbella. The mall is home to tens of the biggest company names out there, from Apples to Adidas and everything in between from kids games, beauty and makeup, jewelry, sports, and books. There are around 150 shops under the same roof.
Nueva Andalucia Artisan
Marbella is home to many flea markets. Nueva Andalucia Artisan Market is one of those markets that have a large number of visitors every time it opens on a Saturday Morning. The majority of products sold at Nueva Andalucia Artisan are locally made.
You can find many more markets in Marbella, Spain in here.
Come Back Again
Leaving any part of Spain at any time is hard. But you have definitely spent the best days of your lives enjoying the Andalucian culture.
You will definitely want to come back again, maybe visit different parts of the country.
Check our travel guides for the most interesting cities of Spain, such as Malaga, Mallorca, Valencia, and Tenerife.
You have any more questions? Ask them now.
Have an Awesome Trip.
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