Marbella is the most sophisticated city on the Spanish Sunshine Coast, where the holiday fund can be lightened in an instant. Marbella’s trump card is pleasant weather all year round – both tourists and the city’s 130,000 inhabitants know it.
An international and stylish holiday town
Marbella is a well-known luxury resort on the Spanish Sunshine Coast . For decades, the rich and famous have set their sights on a luxurious lifestyle in Marbella as foreign tourists follow suit. Lively Marbella charms the traveler – this one walked along the Paseo Maritimo seafront promenade or in the alleys of the old town amidst white-plastered houses.
Marbella is known for its numerous parks and gardens, and it is worth visiting the gardens of La Alameda, for example, whose central location has made it a popular meeting place.
Marbella also has a great restaurant offer. The city has both Michelin-starred gourmet restaurants and small tapas bars.
Marbella is a high quality holiday destination in Spain.
The Spanish Sunshine Coast is a great destination all year round as it is warm and sunny in all seasons. In the summer, however, the heat of southern Spain can feel overwhelming when thermometer readings hurt at best over 30 degrees.
Spring, early summer and autumn are ideal times to travel to Marbella and the rest of the Costa del Sol. In winter, the average temperature drops to about ten degrees at its lowest, and there will also be more rain in the winter months. In mid-winter, the weather is not suitable for beach holidays, but is very suitable for more active holidaymakers who need warmer weather than Finland.
Shopping and golf
Marbella is ideal for the traveler looking for a stylish resort, enjoying quality restaurants, a wide range of shopping and a lively nightlife. Marbella is enjoyed by both sun worshipers and golfers.
In Marbella, populated by wealthy holidaymakers, shopping is a good activity especially if you are looking for a quality home. There are numerous branded stores in the city from Roberto Cavall to Versace, so even the most demanding stylist can make his purchase with the Guarantee. The price level in Marbella is somewhat higher than in the rest of Spain.
If your purse strings don’t bend to luxury brands, you can also shop in Marbella more cheaply. In addition to Spanish chain stores, Marbella has beautiful handmade jewelry and accessories, among other things. Saturday’s highlight is the Nueva Andalucía Market, where you can also try your bargaining skills.
Marbella is very popular with golfers, and no wonder: there are over 100 high-quality golf courses in the area. Thanks to the mild weather all year round, you can golf in Marbella even in the heart of winter.
Of course, you can also enjoy other sports in the city, such as tennis, diving and cycling. In the winter season you can go downhill in the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains.
In early June, Marbella celebrates the Feria de San Bernabe, which fills the city with dance and music.
Good to know about Marbella
Marbella is a safe destination, but as in other tourist-favored areas, it is worth taking the usual precautions against tourist scams and pickpockets.
The Spanish traffic culture differs from the Finnish one, so the tourist should be careful in traffic. Pedestrians should take special care when crossing roads.
FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT IN MARBELLA
Admire the handsome yachts in Marbella’s marina, Puerto Banús.
Flying almost all the way
There are many package trips from Finland to the holiday villages of the Costa del Sol, and to some extent also to Marbella.
The most convenient way for a self-employed traveler is to book a holiday flight from a tour operator or to fly to Malaga on their own. Finnair , SAS and Norwegian offer direct flights from Helsinki to Malaga , and SAS also operates to Tampere. At its cheapest, round-trip flights to Malaga can be found for as little as € 150.
Malaga’s Pablo Ruiz Picasso Airport is less than an hour’s drive from Marbella. From the airport, you can continue your journey by bus, taxi or rental car.
Luxury hotels and cheaper options
Many of the Costa del Sol’s top hotels and resorts can be found right in Marbella. Golf hotels are also a popular form of accommodation in the Marbella area.
Marbella has lots of holiday homes and luxury villas for rent. Sure, there are also cheaper accommodation options in the area, but budget travelers should prefer to head to another destination on the Costa del Sol.
In Marbella you can even walk
Marbella’s central areas are easily accessible from one place to another. The city is also served by cheap local buses and affordable taxis.
Car hire is recommended on the Costa del Sol – there is plenty to see throughout the province of Andalusia.
Admire the handsome yachts in Marbella’s marina, Puerto Banús.
One of Marbella’s most interesting sights is the mosque that glows white. The Al Risalat Mosque was built in the 16th century and was the first mosque built after the Moorish conquest. Nowadays, visitors can pop into the mosque even watching the moment of prayer.
Puerto Banús – a marina full of luxury
Puerto Banús is a marina near Marbella that attracts around five million visitors a year. An excursion to the harbor can only be made to admire handsome yachts, expensive cars and the owners who have crammed on their last.
Puerto Banús is also known for its upscale restaurants, shopping and luxury nightclubs.
Plaza de los Naranjos is the heart of the city
The cozy old town is a piece of the most beautiful of Marbella. In the heart of the old town you will find the central square Plaza de los Naranjos, dating from 1485, where it is nice to stop to watch the hustle and bustle of people and sniff the atmosphere. The square is bordered by handsome historic buildings.
Bonsai Tree Museum
Dedicated to Japanese bonsai trees, the museum is a surprising attraction in Marbella. Founded in 1992, the museum has one of the most comprehensive bonsai collections in Europe.
THE BEST OF MARBELLA
Marbella is also well suited as a destination for the active holidaymaker.
Experience this in Marbella
- Explore the charming old town, the most authentic of Marbella.
- Infiltrate the rich and famous in the port of Puerto Banus.
- Shop – There are plenty of shops in Marbella.
- Try golfing on Europe’s number one greens.
- Relax on the beach – after all, you are on the Sunshine Coast!