Marbella holidays

Once the monopoly of the rich and famous, you now don’t have to be Johnny Depp or Angela Jolie to afford holidays to Marbella. Blessed with over 20km of film-set-perfect beaches and an Old Town that’s full of old-school charm, there’s plenty to see and do. It has also become something of a hotspot for food lovers, with some outstanding, world-class restaurants lining its beachfront and streets. Shoppers can flex their bargain-hunting muscles in the shops in Puerto Banus, which also happens to be where you’re likely to spot the odd celebrity or two. With gleaming, white villas cascading down the hills to meet the yacht-filled marina, Marbella looks straight out of a James Bond film and makes the ideal escape for couples or families looking to enjoy a slice of the high life.

Things to do

With over 20km of coastline, divided into white-sand beaches, holidays to Marbella are perfect for sun-seekers. Lined with classy, buzzing bars and a beautiful seafront promenade, you can stroll along the Pasea Maritimo or head deep into the cobbled streets of the old town, filled with cosmopolitan pavement cafés, upmarket shops and Mediterranean restaurants. Fans of the five-iron are minutes away from spending days on the green, with the outskirts boasting some of the best golf courses in the world. Many visitors come simply for the nightlife, which bursts into life after dark in the stylish marina and legendary Golden Mile.

Excellent beaches

You’re spoilt for choice with the amount of exceptional beaches in Marbella. The picturesque coast has 23 beaches, including six with Blue Flag status, which means they are pristinely maintained. The 20 kilometres of white, soft sand is lined with exotic palm and banana trees, creating the perfect beach holiday setting. Recline on sun loungers and bask in the warm sunshine before taking a dip in the crystal clear waves. Paddle happily knowing that full time lifeguards watch the beaches and the water. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the large amount of water sports available to you too. Enjoy sailing, paragliding, kayaking and banana boating, to name a few.

History and Culture

Some historians believe that Marbella was inhabited by different civilisations from as early as the 7th century. The Romans had a specific impact on the area with various archaeological sites and buildings still around, playing homage to the era. Visitors can explore historical sites like the public Guadalmina Thermal Baths and the unique mosaics found in Roman Villa in Rio Verde.
Today you’ll find that the culture is quite contemporary, with a laid back atmosphere in the day and a vibrant nightlife.

Vibrant nightlife

Marbella is famous for its delicious food, vibrant bars and upbeat nightly activities. The resort’s buzzing nightlife has been renowned to bring in the rich and famous, from the Spanish elite to A-list celebrities. Enjoy the glamour of the lavish nightclubs along the Golden Mile, where the party usually starts after midnight; so be prepared to dance until the sun comes up. Alternatively, you can enjoy a laidback evening, dining on a delicious Spanish meal with spectacular views of the coast. Enjoy a cocktail in the Old Town or in one of the charming bars in the centre of the resort.

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Map of Marbella

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11°C - 29°C

If you’re looking to make the most of the Spanish sunshine, book your holiday between June and August, when the mercury creeps from the high twenties and into the early thirties.

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Approximately two and a half hours.

Flights land at Malaga Airport, which is around 40 minutes' drive from the resort.

Marbella is best for...

Golfers: The destination is in the heart of Spain’s finest golfing region, with some of the best courses and clubs in Andalucía just minutes away.

Night owls: From dancing on the Golden Mile to sipping cocktails in plush Puerto Banus, Marbella has the finest nightlife in Andalucía.

Shopaholics: The city’s cosmopolitan shopping is a big attraction, from designer boutiques to large, modern malls and colourful street markets.

Fast facts for Marbella

Language: While the primary language spoken here is Spanish, the locals speak English fluently, but do appreciate any attempts at a few Spanish basics, so pack your phrasebook or download our language app.

Currency: You’ll need to exchange your Sterling for Euros, before flying off on your holidays to Marbella. 

Local time: Marbella is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Malaga Airport. Transfers to Marbella take 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Flight time from UK: The Marbella flight time is 2.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Marbella tourist information can be found at https://www.spain.info/en/.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Marbella.

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  • Getting around Marbella

    By horse and carriage: It doesn’t get much more fun or romantic than seeing the sights from a horse-drawn carriage. 

    By taxi: Taxis are a good option for short journeys; the area’s full of taxi ranks and taxis can be flagged down from the street without much problem. Bear in mind that licensed taxis should have meters and will charge more at night.

    On foot: It’s a lovely place to get around on foot, particularly in the Old Town where the streets are too narrow for cars.

    Events in Marbella

    Starlite: Taking place each July and over the course of a month, the Starlite Festival is the resort’s glitziest event. The festival is held in the open-air Nagϋeles quarry, a natural amphitheatre in the depths of the mountains behind the town. The programme of events features music, fashion and art and previous headliners include Enrique Iglesias, Jamie Cullum and Tony Bennett. The festival also includes a special VIP gala night for charity.

    Marbella Feria: The first week of June sees the annual fair take to the streets in honour of its patron saint, San Bernabe. The fair features fun activities for kids, such as fairground rides, zip-wires and bouncy castles, plus live music, dancing, food, and a fantastic firework display to round the week off.

    Marbella weather

    Temperature: Average of 24°C-29°C in summer.

    Best time to visit: Easter for slightly cooler temperatures.

    Basking in Spain’s classic, Mediterranean climate, summers here are hot, with up to 12 hours of sunshine day. If you like things on the warmer side, book your break between July and August, when the temperatures climb into the low thirties. For cooler conditions, better-suited to sightseeing, book your Marbella holidays in the spring or autumn, when the mercury hovers in the low-to-mid-twenties. Winters are mild, but wet.

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