Marbella is a small village is Southern Spain. Located 45 minute drive from Malaga airport it is really easy to access.
Prime season to visit is between April and October but it has nice weather year round.
Marbella has many different areas with different feels.
Marbella Old Town is what the name suggests… The more historic part of town, slightly set back from the beach with narrow cobbled streets with open plazas and small unique restaurants. Most of the buildings are painted white so it really does embrace the Mediterranean feel.
There are some lovely bed and breakfasts and small hotels here that offer a really friendly and comfortable stay. If you do stay in this area, don’t expect your taxi to be able to take you to the door of the hotel so try to get directions from the hotel in advance.
Closer to the beach is the more commercial area, high street shops and larger hotels. Here there are proper roads and the buses run to other local towns and villages. Along the beach there are loads of restaurants and bars that are open all day. Great for afternoon drinks people watching or a leisurely evening meal
A great restaurant on the seafront that I’d recommend is Da Bruno Sul Mare. It offers reasonably priced wine and fantastic food. The paella was incredible.
If you are a sun worshipper, the sun loungers on the beach are for rent. They can range in price so pick your spot. If you locate yourself close to a beach bar then you will be able to get waiter service for your drinks and snacks all day. Worth noting, the drink measures are strong! Expect more gin than tonic.
If you do decide to set up on the beach, be aware that you will be bombarded by men selling fake designer goods from watches to handbags.
If you aren’t in the market for any of these a stern no will deter them from proceeding into their sales patter. If you walk along the beach you’ll get to Marbella port, from here you can get a 30 minute boat down the coast to Puerto Banus
Puerto Banus is the area of Marbella that is famous amongst the party crowd. Day pool clubs and large nightclubs are around there. These clubs host big name DJ’s throughout the summer.
If you get the boat across, when you dock in the port you will notice the super yachts owned by the rich and famous. And once off the boat the number of super cars that are parked up at the side of the road will continue to amaze.
You can get pretty much every designer label here in the port area. Most of the shops don’t advertise their prices and my motto is if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it!
It’s a lovely day trip to take from Marbella to see how the other half live.
Back in Marbella, there’s plenty to do during the day other than sun bathe. You are able to hire bikes for a day or half day, this allows you the ride the coastal track all the way to Puerto Banus if you like. On the way, there are plenty of bars and café’s to call off at for a Sangria or coffee.
There are other boat tours that you can take to enjoy the sunset or even hire jet skis.
All in all Marbella is a great location for a few chilled days in the sun with great food in a quaint location. But if you want to live up the party lifestyle you can head down the coast and experience that too.
Marbella has it all!