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

Hard Rock Hotel Marbella - Adults Only Recommended
Hard Rock Hotel Marbella - Adults Only Recommended
4 out of 5
Urb. Nueva Andalucía, s/n, Marbella, Málaga, 29660
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $242 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Marbella. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and 2 restaurants. Popular attractions Marbella Old Town and Puerto Banus Marina ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (5 reviews)
"Activity every day"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Hard Rock Hotel Marbella - Adults Only Recommended
Don Carlos Resort & SPA
Don Carlos Resort & SPA
5 out of 5
Avda. Zurita s/n, Marbella, Malaga, 29600
The price is $284 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 8
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Marbella. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (683 reviews)
"Staying at Don Carlos was an absolute dream. The team was great and the rooms are just lovely. If you are looking to be closer to the party area Puerto Banus, you are about 20 min away. Other than that, definitely recommend!"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Don Carlos Resort & SPA
Los Monteros Spa & Golf Resort
Los Monteros Spa & Golf Resort
5 out of 5
Carretera Cádiz, Km.187, Urb. Los Monteros, Marbella, Malaga, 29603
The price is $256 per night from Sep 14 to Sep 15
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Marbella. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (575 reviews)
"Lovely property, good service, just needs a little sprucing up."

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2022

Los Monteros Spa & Golf 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.
Ona Alanda Club Marbella
Ona Alanda Club Marbella
4 out of 5
Carretera de Cadiz km 192, Marbella, Malaga, 29604
The price is $139 per night from Sep 13 to Sep 14
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Marbella. Enjoy 3 outdoor pools, breakfast, and WiFi. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the family amenities in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (658 reviews)
"All the staff were so friendly and helpful and we had a wonderful stay"

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

Ona Alanda Club Marbella
Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus
Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus
5 out of 5
C/ Edgar Neville, s/n, Nueva Andalucía, Puerto Banus, Marbella, Malaga, 29660
The price is $212 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Marbella. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the property condition ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,308 reviews)
"Great hotel and great service, all staff are very accommodating and friendly."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus
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, 29600
The price is $305 per night from Sep 14 to Sep 15
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Marbella. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the quiet rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (420 reviews)
"Staff in the restaurants and poolside where very nice and accommodating. I found the person at check-in to be passive aggressive and verging on patronising and impatient"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

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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