Eight places to visit in & around Marbella
What are the most interesting places around Marbella? Certainly, this city is a beautiful destination for holidays and to settle down, located on the stunning municipality of the Costa del Sol. It has something for everyone, from designer shops, Michelin star restaurants and impeccable golf courses to charming Andalusian architecture and stunning beaches.
In consecuence, the property in Marbella is highly desirable, letting its buyers live a picturesque and luxurious lifestyle benefiting from warm temperatures all year round and views that will amaze you however many times you look at them.
But what is there to do in Marbella? Read this guide to find out eight places to visit in and around Marbella.
1. Marbella Old Town, a village experience
While Marbella benefits from luxury modern developments, the Old Town is the perfect tourist destination for those seeking a classical European village experience. It is filled with cobblestone streets creating a labyrinth to explore. You can get lost as you stroll down winding alleyways and marvel at the terracotta roofs on top of beautiful Andalusian properties, with each property a unique piece of scenery to take in.
The roads will eventually lead you to squares filled with impeccably kept flowers and local restaurants for you to sample. The Plaza de los Naranjos is one of the most popular, surrounding you with orange trees as you sit and enjoy the city. There is plenty to do in Old Town, with activities such as wine tasting, bike tours and more available to make the most of your visit to the Old Town.
Located right next to Old Town is Alameda Park, a beautiful garden paved with marble, with elegant fountains and benches etched with hand-painted tiles that display the history of the city.
2. Puerto Banús, the world’s most attractive marina, is in Marbella
Puerto Banús is a lavish marina that is regarded as one of the world’s most attractive. The marina is full of private, luxury yachts that are great to look at while you make the most of the stylish restaurants, shops, bars and clubs. Consequently, around 5 million people visit Puerto Banús per year, attracted by the amazing range of things to do.
Highlights include Plaza Antonio Banderas, named for the famous actor born in Málaga. You can expect an open-air market that sells locally made jewellery, ceramics, fragrances and clothing.
3. Benahavís, the idylic mountain village
Benahavís is a mountain village synonymous with high-quality cuisine, with people branding it as one of the best places to eat in the whole of the Costa del Sol. The restaurants are packed with fresh food gathered daily from the sea, and regional delicacies that will be a new and delicious experience for visitors to enjoy.
Apart from the food, you can enjoy a stroll through a peaceful village setting with plenty of historical architecture to marvel at. The Benahavís Fair takes place yearly in August, with an amazing selection of food, drink, fireworks, processions and fairground rides.
4. Avenida del Mar, the most known boulevard in Marbella
Avenida del Mar is one of the most visited boulevards in Marbella, a long road that connects Alameda Park with La Venus Beach. Its main highlight is a collection of five bronze sculptures made by Salvador Dali. They are a mix of historical and personal, ranging from Perseus beheading Medusa to Dali’s wife looking through a window. At the end of the walk is a monument by Eduardo Soriano, dedicated to freedom of speech. The Avenida del Mar is an amazing walk, filled with places to relax and enjoy the statues and a selection of cafes, restaurants and shops to explore.
5. The Seafront of Marbella
Marbella is a coastal city on the westernmost portion of the Mediterranean sea, boasting over 18 miles of beaches. There’s something for everyone along the seafront, from exclusive VIP beach clubs to family-friendly waterparks. You can hire a yacht and sail the crystal clear open water in style, or get the blood pumping with parasailing, wakeboarding or jet skiing.
One of the most popular beaches in Marbella is Rio Verde Beach, located just a few minutes from Puerto Banús and the perfect place to relax and enjoy the Mediterranean weather in Marbella.
6. Iglesia de la Encarnación de Marbella
The Iglesia de la Encarnacion or Church of the Incarnation as it is known in English is a renaissance and baroque church in Marbella. This church began life as a mosque until the city was conquered by the Moors, who sanctified it and made it instead into a Christian place of worship. It makes it a fascinating place to explore, seeing how the architecture has been adapted and altered to fit it for use by a different religion.
7. Marbella Golf Clubs
Marbella is great for golfers, with a range of impeccably stunning courses. The Atalaya Golf & Country Club has 36 holes over 2 courses, gaining a reputation as one of Costa del Sol’s most prestigious games. While playing you can enjoy stunning views of the ocean, and amazing streams populated with local water birds. The Golf Club boasts a cafe and terrace for pre & post-game snacks and a clubhouse with an extensive menu of delicious meals.
Elsewhere are more great venues such as Los Naranjos Golf Club, Marbella Club Golf Resort, La Quinta Golf & Country Golf and Real Club de Golf Las Brisas.
8. Further Afield
Marbella is perfectly situated to be a quick trip to a number of picturesque destinations around Spain. So whether you fancy a day trip or a weekend getaway from Marbella, you can find nearby cities that offer unique experiences.
Málaga is a port city 30 miles northeast of Marbella, Málaga has a rich background which can be seen through its architecture such as Malaga Cathedral. Go in August to take part in the Feria de Málaga, a fair where you can enjoy traditional Andalusian music, dance and experiences. The biggest tourist attraction is probably the Alcazaba of Málaga, a large fortress-palace that is both beautiful and steeped in history.
A few hours drive from Marbella will get you to Seville, famous for stunning architecture and a rich history to explore. It’s also well known for its flamenco dancers, thought to be some of the best in the world. The Museo del Baile Flamenco is the best way to learn about the city’s history with the dance, also offering dance classes and daily shows.
A bit further afield is the capital of Spain, a city packed with culture and activities. You can experience history in every corner, with some of the best art museums in the world such as The Prado. Apart from stunning architecture, it has beautiful parks. A highlight is Retiro Park, which includes the oldest tree in the city, dating back to 1633.
Head south of Marbella and you’ll reach the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. Its main attraction is the Rock of Gibraltar, a 426-metre high limestone ridge that is visible for miles around. At the most southerly point, you’ll find Europa Point, which has a range of historic buildings to explore. There is the Trinity Lighthouse, Harding Battery, the Nuestra Senora de Europa, the Nun’s Well and the Mosque of The Custodian of the Holy Mosques.
Gibraltar is also famous for its Barbary Macaques, a species of monkey that is the only example of apes living wildly in Europe.
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