Marbella travel guide

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

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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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.

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FAST FACTS

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 http://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.

Holiday destinations related to Marbella:

  • Benalmadena
  • Fuengirola
  • Nerja
  • Torremolinos
  • GETTING AROUND

    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

    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.