If you’re holidaying on the Costa del Sol and considering a trip to Marbella, here are ten great reasons to do so. You already know the weather is great with over 300 sun-filled days a year, so we’ll focus on what to do and where to go in Marbella.
Read on for CLC World’s top ten reasons to visit Marbella.
Marbella Old Town
Marbella has a beautiful old town just crying out to be explored. Quaint and calm, its many pedestrian streets are perfect for a relaxed afternoon of strolling and shopping followed by delicious tapas in the sunshine. Head to the bustling Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Square) in the centre of the old town, the political and social heart of the city and home to the striking architecture of the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall). The Castillo is an Arabian medieval building that will take you back in time.
The food all along the Costa del Sol is worthy of mention and Marbella is no exception. Alongside the local specialities of ajoblanco – cold almond and garlic soup that dates from Spain’s period under Moorish rule – and sardines cooked over an open fire, there are some high-class restaurants.
Dani García is a Michelin starred chef, originally from Marbella. Try Bibo Marbella, his Andalucian inspired brasserie for tapas and mains, or the eponymous Dani Garcia restaurant for a heavenly taster menu. There are two other Michelin restaurants, Skina located in the old town, and El Lago at Greenlife Golf.
Marbella’s beach clubs often grace the pages of glossy and celebrity magazines, and for good reason. There you’ll enjoy personalised service with a touch of glamour. From Balinese beds to spas and beauty treatments. The most famous are the Ocean Club and Nikki Beach.
The marina of the rich and famous, Puerto Banús is the jewel in Marbella’s crown. The elegant yachts are incredible and can be viewed from one of the bars and restaurants that line the port. For shopping, there are boutiques that would not look out of place in Milan.
Museums and Galleries
Marbella is bursting with museums and galleries, showing how art-inclined this city is. Check out works by Marc Chagall (Russia), Joan Miró (Spain) and Salvador Dalí (Spain) at the Ralli Museum. The Spanish Contemporary Engraving Museum is worth a visit and considered one of the best of its kind in Spain.
It’s not just art, you can find museums dedicated to olive oil, archaeology and bonsai!
Salvador Dalí sculptures
One of the finest collections of Dalí sculptures can be found the Avenida del Mar, a spacious square that leads down to the promenade. Surrounded by apartment buildings, it may seem incongruous to have ten bronze sculptures there. Free to enjoy, this is a fantastic open air exhibition.
Surrounding the casco antiguo (historic centre) are residential neighbourhoods that form the soul of the city. Miraflores (north of old town) will charm you with its street fruit and veg stalls, while Divina Pastora (east of Represa Park) has lively food markets and a church with paintings of Andalucia’s eight provinces.
Puerto Banús is not the only marina in the area. Marbella Marina is on two levels: above, we find the amazing and fun terraces that organise a multitude of events and shows. Below are the sailing facilities. There are over 370 moorings, another great picture opportunity.
Marbella is internationally renowned for its social scene. The nightlife varies from hip clubs to the more low-key, but whatever you choose you can party through the night if you wish.
Marbella’s old town has numerous bars where you can enjoy tapas and drinks on their terraces. The clubs usually open just before midnight and close at 6 or 7 in the morning.
Golf on the Costa del Sol draws many people to its shores. Marbella and the surrounding area has a multitude of courses. Marbella Golf and Country Club, Los Naranjos Golf Club, Aloha Golf Club and Marbella Club Golf Resort have great views to be enjoyed as you play your 18 holes.