Marbella, Spain – the top 7 attractions
Marbella, Spain is world famous for its glitzy nightlife, its golden, sandy beaches and its historical and cultural attractions.
Whatever you are looking for in a holiday, you will find it in Marbella on Spain’s sunny Costa del Sol.
Our top 7 attractions in Marbella include:
The Old Town of Marbella
The old part of Marbella is situated north of the main road at the eastern end of the town, and tourists can stroll up cobbled streets to reach Orange Square (Plaza de los Naranjos). Take your time to explore the Old Town, and enjoy the local bars, the pavement cafés and the authentic Spanish restaurants serving everything from tapas to gourmet food. Lined with orange trees, Orange Square is a great place to people-watch and chill out, far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the main town centre.
Marbella sea front
The Paseo de Maritimo in Marbella runs parallel to the beach, and offers visitors a wide choice of cafés, bars, authentic Spanish restaurants, seafood bars, gift shops, boutiques and much much more. No cars are allowed down the paseo, which is pedestrianised and this scenic part of town is popular with joggers, dog walkers and holidaymakers.
The Dali Statues, Marbella
If you enjoy the finer things in life, you won´t fail to be impressed by the Salvador Dali sculptures down the Avenida del Mar in central Marbella. The pedestrianised street runs down to the sea from the Parque Alameda, and both sides of the street are flanked by fountains with the statues in the centre. Benches also line the street so there are plenty of places to relax and watch the world go by.
There are plenty of parks to visit in Marbella, but one of our favourites is La Alameda. Situated beside the Marbella Café in the centre of town, the park is full of mature, tropical gardens with an ornate fountain, decorated with Andalucian tiles in the centre.
Family fun in Marbella
Funny Beach is a great place to take the kids. Situated just 1km east of Marbella town centre, just off the main A7 road, Funny Beach offers a wide range of rides and leisure activities including cable skiing, go-karting, a pool and an amusement arcade. If you want to stay in the centre of town, take a ride on the tourist train which will drop off and pick up at many of the main tourist resorts.
If you want to enjoy the sunshine and chill out by the sea, there is no better place to visit than Marbella. For around €5 per day you can hire a sun bed and parasol on one of Marbella´s main beaches, and there are plenty of places to eat and drink on the sea front. If you are feeling more adventurous, water sports are offered on most of the beaches from spring to autumn, including water skiing, paragliding, jet skiing and kite surfing.
Puerto Banus is not only the haunt of the rich and famous, but also attracts fun seekers and sun seekers from all over the world. Take a walk around the marina itself and watch the yachts sail in and out of the port, enjoy lunch in one of the fabulous fish restaurants or flash the cash in a designer boutiques. The port really comes to life after dark when the clubs, pubs and music bars keep revellers entertained into the early hours.
If you are planning a trip to Marbella or the Costa del Sol, book a guided tour of the region and make the most of this stunning holiday destination. There is much more to Marbella than meets the eye and whether you want a gastronomic tour, a cultural and historical tour, an adventure tour or a rural tour you will be spoilt for choice on the Costa del Sol.