You’re ready for your Spanish holiday with sand, sun, and sea in Marbella. But, what exactly is there to do while in this Costa del Sol city? We’ve made a guide of not-to-miss sights and activities to make your holiday unforgettable.
Old Town Marbella
Take a tour or just go for a stroll around Old Town Marbella. The stone streets, wrought iron balconies covered with overgrown plants and colorful flowers, and ground-floor boutiques drawing every passerby near – this is the Old Town in Marbella. And when you start to smell oranges, you’re heading in the right direction. Stop for a coffee in the outdoor seating area in La Plaza de los Naranjos – best known as, you guessed it, Orange Square in English. Whether day or night, you’ll feel the magical presence of the small square, filled with an enchanting ambiance created by the gardens, the people, and the smells.
I’m a sucker for carriage rides in any historic city, and Marbella is no exception. It’s such a beautiful way to see the city, learn some history, and take notes on places you’d like to explore more on your own time by foot. Plus, it’s a relaxing way to sit back, relax, and enjoy the sunset after dinner or tapas with your loved ones.
If you ever wanted to feel like you’re living in the middle of a James Bond film, this is the place that’ll make that happen. A mixture of luxury shopping, designer cars, and fancy yachts are only the beginning. You can even charter your own yacht for a full day, half a day, or a few hours. Puerto Banus is also home to many famous nightclubs and restaurants, allowing all of us average folks a glimpse at how the rich and famous vacation. Whether you choose one of these spots to try out or just go to take a peek, it’s worth the visit. For designer name brands at a more affordable price, visit the market in Marbella center on Mondays or Puerto Banus on Saturdays.
Didn’t know where one of the best Bonsai Museums in Europe was? Well, you’ve found it. Located in the Parque de la Represa in the city’s center, the museum and park are a relaxing way to spend an afternoon with the family. The museum houses an impressive collection of Bonsai trees which will leave you feeling a little more zen before or after all the lavish nightlife of Marbella.
Okay, it’s not technically in Marbella, but it’s a short hour and a half drive away. Ronda is a beautiful white-walled city in the mountains of Andalucia, famous for Puente Nuevo, the tallest bridge standing 120ft above the canyon base below. The drive to this hidden gem of a town will require a tough gut as the mountain roads wind back and forth, and there are very few guard rails. But once you make it to the city, the views are spectacular you’ll forget about the thrilling drive to the top. The 13th-century Arabic baths and the Plaza de Toros, one of the oldest operational bullrings in Spain, are also worth a visit as well when in Ronda.
And, of course, check out my guide on flights to Marbella, Spain for more information on where to stay and other tips on how to make your stay most pleasant!