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Marbella

Travel Guide
Marbella featuring general coastal views, a coastal town and rugged coastline

Visit this upscale stretch of coast to sunbathe, spot celebrities or explore the archaeological heritage of this former Moorish settlement.

The pretty town of Marbella is part of the Spanish Riviera. Come here to enjoy a luxurious beach vacation on the popular Mediterranean coast and take in the many historic sights. While only about 140,000 people call Marbella home, the nearly 1 million visitors that come here each year make it a bustling city. Laze on the beach, or go shopping or sightseeing in this charming hot spot on the Costa del Sol.

If you need a break from swimming and sunbathing, stroll along the Paseo Maritimo boardwalk alongside the beach. Or, sit by the Alameda Park fountain, which is surrounded by a square that has benches covered with mosaics depicting local history. The area’s diverse background is also reflected in ancient landmarks, with Roman baths and bridges, stylish Moorish architecture, and early Christian churches.

Walk through the Casco Historico (Old Town) to get a glimpse of traditional Spain and admire the 16th-century Town Hall. At the Plaza de los Naranjos, visit the Tourist Information office to see which festivals are on during your stay. See works by Picasso, born in nearby Málaga, at the Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo or admire Dalí’s sculptures along Avenida del Mar. For a typical Spanish treat, order tapas while watching Spanish dancing on Alameda Square.

Celebrities and the jet set have been attracted to Marbella since the 1970s. Stars such as Antonio Banderas, Sean Connery and Rod Stewart have called the city home, and today you can mingle with the super-rich on the Golden Mile.

Marbella is located in Andalucia, an autonomous region in the south of Spain. The climate is mild, with hotter days from June to August. The Málaga airport is a 40-minute drive away. If you don’t have your own transport, use buses or the licensed, metered taxis to get around. If you rent a car, note that parking is expensive.

Marbella is the jewel of the Costa del Sol, offering beaches combined with luxury and historic charm.

Where to stay in Marbella

H10 Andalucia Plaza - Adults Only
H10 Andalucia Plaza - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Urb Nueva Andalucia, Marbella, Malaga
The price is $215 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
Located in Puerto Banus, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Centro Plaza, Puerto Banus Marina, and El Corte Ingles Shopping Center. Puerto Banus Beach ...
4.1/5Very Good! (962 reviews)
"We would definitely stay here again, beautiful hotel, staff we’re extremely polite and helpful and as for the cleanliness - couldn’t fault them. Watching the pool and outside area staff doing their cleaning routine was mesmerising, so meticulous! The only negative I would say was our beds, we asked ..."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

H10 Andalucia Plaza - Adults Only
Alanda Marbella Hotel
Alanda Marbella Hotel
5 out of 5
Blvd. Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Marbella, Malaga
The price is $216 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in Golden Mile, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from King Abdul Aziz Mosque and within 3 mi (5 km) of Puerto Banus Beach and Puerto Banus Marina. ...
4/5Very Good! (494 reviews)
"Great hotel & breakfast Sadly the bar was not open & no alcohol available in the restaurant during the evening"

Reviewed on May 1, 2021

Alanda Marbella Hotel
Iberostar Selection Marbella Coral Beach
Iberostar Selection Marbella Coral Beach
4 out of 5
Carretera De Cadiz Km 176, Marbella, Malaga
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $296 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Nestled on the beach, this Golden Mile hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ralli Museum and Puerto Banus Beach. Puerto Banus Marina and El Corte Ingles Shopping ...
4.4/5Excellent! (531 reviews)
Disappointed
"Really angry to receive this as flights were cancelled as you should know so could not go I called you a week ago and was promised a result in 72 hours and still heard nothing concerning refunds or saving the days for another time I am a regular customer of Hotels so disappointed"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Iberostar Selection Marbella Coral Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus
Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus
5 out of 5
C/ Edgar Neville, s/n, Nueva Andalucía, Puerto Banus, Marbella, Malaga
The price is $202 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in Puerto Banus, this beachfront aparthotel is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Puerto Banus Marina and Real Club de Golf Las Brisas. ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,224 reviews)
"Excellent,very friendly staff,clean rooms."

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2021

Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus
Park Plaza Suites Apartamentos
Park Plaza Suites Apartamentos
4 out of 5
Pasaje Marítimo de Benabola, s/n, Marbella
Located in Puerto Banus, this beach aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Playas del Duque and Puerto Banus Marina. Puerto Banus Beach and El Corte Ingles ...
3.9/5Good! (39 reviews)
"The apartment is great location wise in the heart of of Marbella, is in excellent condition and clean just that the furniture need to be update. I would rent it again Thank you"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Park Plaza Suites Apartamentos
Marriott's Marbella Beach Resort
Marriott's Marbella Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Crta de Cadiz, KM 193, Urb Marbella del Este, Marbella, Malaga
The price is $387 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
This Nikki Beach aparthotel is on the beach, 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Cabopino Golf Marbella, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Marbella Golf and Country Club and La Siesta ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (380 reviews)
"It was a quiet, we went in a February though, resort with lots to do for everyone."

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

Marriott's Marbella Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Marbella

You may well find that your hotel in Marbella is close enough to the beach, restaurants and bars that you can walk everywhere you need to go. The cobbled streets of the old town certainly lend themselves to exploration on foot. Otherwise, put your feet up and be transported around in a traditional horse and carriage, ride a local bus, or take a taxi if you don’t mind paying a little more. Visit the Spanish Transport Corporation (CTSA)-Portillo website.Browse Marbella rental cars.

Best time to visit

Marbella has very distinct peak and off-peak tourist seasons, and if you visit during the former, between June and August, you’ll be sharing the place with thousands of other visitors, and paying a premium for hotel rooms and pretty much everything else. For a better chance of securing a sun lounger, not to mention cheaper prices, visit during spring or fall, when there is still warm, sunny weather.

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