Marbella is one of the most popular resorts in the Spanish Costa del Sol region, and offers a range of things to see and do for those looking for an enjoyable, relaxing holiday. Over the years it has developed a reputation for being somewhere for the more discerning tourist to travel to, due to the fact it has a number of fine-dining restaurants, designer shopping boutiques, beautiful villas (see some examples here), an incredible yachting scene and excellent beaches.
If you are planning on taking a holiday to Marbella, here are four of the best things you can do while you’re there.
Enjoy the high life at Puerto Banús
If you are looking to mix with the real jet-setters in life then spending some time hanging out in Puerto Banús has to be top of your priorities list. This marina is where the rich and famous dock their superyachts to spend some time shopping in the exclusive stores like Gucci and Dolce & Gabana, before dining in the restaurants dotted around the harbour. The area also has a great nightlife scene – you are on holiday after all!
Visit the beaches
Often the main reasons we go on holiday is to spend some time relaxing on the beach. Fortunately, Marbella is home to some amazing beaches – 24 in fact, dotted across a 16-mile stretch of coast. The best beaches to visit depend on where exactly you are staying – those in the city center should try El Faro and Fontanilla, while those to the east of the main resort should try Las Chapas and Cabopino. If you are looking for something a bit more exclusive you find that here too, with Ocean Club and Puro Beach a couple of the highlights.
Walk around the old town
Still in the city but seemingly a world away from the more bustling areas is the Marbella Old Town. Here you will find a number of narrow alleys and streets dotted with cafes and restaurants, which allow you to relax and take in your surroundings. You’ll find more of the authentic Spanish dining experiences around here too, with tapas and a number of other Andalusian favourites being offered. It’s also a good area to pick up your souvenirs to bring home, as there are a number of fascinating boutique shops to be explored here.
Go to the theme parks
For small and big kids alike, Marbella is home to a number of zoos and theme parks, all of which are worth paying a visit to. Tivoli World, located in Benalmádena is a great choice if for all the family with a number of rides, live performances, magic shows and restaurants. Then, the Costa Water Park, which is split into two locations in Marbella and Puerto Banus, offers a range of water slides and other attractions. If you want to travel a bit further afield, you can visit the Selwo Safari Park, which is home to a huge number of animals and creatures and is said to be the most stunning Safari Park in the whole of the country.