Holidays in Marbella
The undoubted jewel in Costa del Sol’s crown, Marbella has a reputation for being a playground of the rich and famous, with golden beaches and glamour in abundance. The city certainly looks the part, with gleaming white villas cascading down to meet the yacht-filled marina. Marbella boasts over 20 kilometres of white, sandy beaches, with a charming old town known as a shopping and foodie paradise.
Easter for slightly cooler temperatures.
Book your holiday to Marbella with Thomas Cook and spend balmy Mediterranean nights dancing on the Golden Mile and sunny days shopping in Puerto Banus.
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Beach lovers will be spoilt for choice with Marbella’s 20 kilometres of coastline, divided into dazzling white-sand beaches lined with lively bars and a sunny seafront promenade. Stroll along the Pasea Maritimo or head deep into the cobbled streets of the old town, filled with cosmopolitan pavement cafes, upmarket shops and Mediterranean restaurants. Keen golfers are minutes away from spending sun-drenched days on the green, with some of the best courses in Andalucía scattered in Marbella’s outskirts. Many visitors come simply for the nightlife, which bursts into life after dark in the stylish marina and legendary Golden Mile.
Marbella has a huge slice of Costa del Sol’s golden coastline, with a luxurious Marbella twist. Think shady, thatched parasols over soft sun loungers, set against the backdrop of green palms. Pick from dozens of Blue Flag beaches like the buzzing Banana Beach, known for its lively beachfront bars or the white sands of Playa Fontanilla, close to the Pasea Maritimo promenade. Playa Fontanilla is also one of the best places in Marbella for water sports, and is popular with jet-skiers. For families, Funny Beach is a hit for its kid-friendly activities like go-karting, playgrounds and bumper boats.
Marbella’s beautiful old town is a maze of narrow streets, winding between whitewashed 16th century buildings and opening out onto the likes of Orange Square. The square, Plaza de los Naranjos in Spanish, is the heart of the town buzzing with cafes, bars and restaurants. The shopping in Marbella is superb, with many upmarket boutiques and shopping centres as well as outdoor markets on Saturdays. Marbella and the whole Andalucía region is a golfer’s paradise, with championship courses and plush clubhouses set in stunning coastal scenery. Some of the best places in Marbella for golf include the Marbella Golf Club and Magna Marbella.
The world-class nightlife is one of Marbella’s biggest attractions. The city has the largest concentration of glamorous bars, dance clubs and glitzy rooftop terraces in the Costa del Sol. The top places to visit in Marbella for a night out include the famous Golden Mile, the most exclusive area in the city. The Mile reaches all the way to the marina, Puerto Banus. Here, A-list celebrities party in chic bars in front of gleaming white yachts and the glittering Mediterranean Sea. If you’re interested in authentic Spanish cuisine, discover delicious tapas in the old town and Orange Square.
Golfers: Marbella 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.
Language: The language spoken in Marbella is Spanish
Currency: The currency used in Marbella is the Euro (€)
Local time: Marbella is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Malaga Airport.
Flight time from UK: Approximately 2.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Marbella tourist information can be found at 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.
Temperature: Average of 24-29°C in summer.
Best time to visit: Easter for slightly cooler temperatures.
Expect long hours of sunshine during Marbella’s warm summers, classic of Spain’s Mediterranean climate. The beach weather lasts between May and September, and often longer. July and August are the hottest months, when the temperature peaks around 29°C.
By horse and carriage: For an unusual way to get about, Marbella has a number of horse and carriages in the centre of town that are a fun and romantic way to sightsee and travel.
By taxi: Taxis are a good option for short journeys. Marbella is full of taxi ranks and taxis can be flagged down. Bear in mind that licensed taxis should have meters and will charge more at night.
On foot: Marbella is a lovely place to get around on foot, particularly in the old town where the streets are too narrow for cars.
Starlite: The Starlite Festival is Marbella’s glitziest event, taking place over several weeks in July and August. A programme of events featuring music, fashion and art, previous headliners include Enrique Iglesias, Jamie Cullum and Tony Bennett. The festival includes a special VIP gala night for charity, which in 2013 was hosted by Antonio Banderas.
Marbella Feria: The first week of June is Marbella’s annual fair, in honour of its patron saint, San Bernabe. The fair features fun activities for kids like fairground rides and activities, plus live music, dancing, food and a big firework display to round the week off.