Located halfway between Malaga and the Strait of Gibraltar at the foot of the Sierra Blanca Mountains, Marbella has a reputation of being a playground for the rich and famous. Long before being discovered by European aristocracy and Hollywood stars, Marbella was home to several civilisations dating back to the Phoenicians who first settled the area in the 7th century BC.
Today the town retains its links to the past with its attractive old town complete with narrow lanes enchanting squares and colonial architecture reminiscent of South America. For most people, the attraction lies in the resorts famous “Golden Mile” of swanky restaurants, 5-star hotels and a glitzy marina jam-packed with designer shopping.
Below we have put together what we think are the best things to do while visiting Marbella.
Your Guide to Things to Do in Marbella
Do some serious people watching at Puerto Banus port
Whether you have just landed by helicopter on the deck of your mega yacht; or are just in Marbella for the day, a visit to the marina in Puerto Banus is everything it’s cracked up to be. Located six kilometres south west of Marbella, Puerto Banus is the most fashionable marina on the Costa del Sol with the all the Ferraris and Porsches to back up the claim. All the big name French and Italian fashion houses have boutiques here. And there are plenty of bars with outside tables to grab an espresso or cocktail while you watch the world go by. It is said that inside each fine looking restaurant in Puerto Banus, has sat many a famous person. In fact, various well known celebrities are reportedly spotted on most days of the year. So people watching is definitely a fun things to do in Marbella.
The Old Town of Marbella
The Casco Antiguo or Old Town in Marbella is a joy to wander through. Imagining what life must have been like 300 years ago during the height of Spain’s Colonial power. If there was one place to see while in Marbella it has to be the Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Square) a wonderful orange perfumed square that dates back to just before Christopher Columbus discovered America. For something to do, get a homemade ice cream; and do some shopping along the narrow alleyways for that perfect souvenir or gift. Getting here is easier than ever with the new toll roads in place. There are public buses available via a different route. However, the quickest way to get to the Costa del Sols’ most talked about resort town is a taxi.
Go Golfing in Marbella
Anyone who plays golf will know that not only does southern Spain have the best weather in Europe; it also has some of the best golf courses as well. Marbella is home to 15 first class golf courses that have been designed by the professional golf architects that include famous golf course designer Robert Trent Jones. Of the courses, La Quinta Golf & Country Club is probably best known after having hosted several European Tour events. Whatever your handicap you are sure to find a course in Marbella which will challenge your game. Seve Ballesteros, the iconic Spanish golfer, is rumoured to have trained around these parts.
Best accommodation and choosing the right location
If your idea of a holiday is to relax and let someone else do the driving, then a direct transfer to Marbella town centre will take the stress out of hiring a rental car. Even more convenient are hotels such as Apartamentos Greenlife golf Marbella. Accommodation such as this one offers everything you need ‘all under one roof. So there’s no need to leave the resort. It provides the most scenic of landscapes with the golf course literally on your back garden! Whether you’re a golf fan or not, the paradise-like surroundings will refresh and revive any visitor. And there are more than enough alternative facilities for things to do in Marbella.