Situated southern Spain’s Costa del Sol in the Andalusia region, Marbella is a beautiful seaside resort town and one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations. Nestled at the foot of the Sierra Blanca Mountains, Marbella is home to over 16 miles of sandy Mediterranean beaches, elegant villas, luxury hotels, and pristine golf courses. The historic Old Town takes visitors on a journey back in time; the Golden Mile features the Puerto Banús marina filled with luxury yachts, upmarket boutiques, chic beach bars, and stylish nightclubs. From prestigious art galleries showcasing the works of Spanish artist Salvador Dali to green urban parks and world-class shopping, Marbella has something for everyone. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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Fontanilla Beach is a 1.6-mile sandy beach just a short walk from the Old Town and one of the town’s most popular spots for sunbathing and swimming. Extending from the Marbella Marina to the promenade, the beach is lined with casual cafés, restaurants, and bars that overlook the beach and sea, as well as facilities such as showers and toilets. There are also plenty of tourist shops selling beachwear and souvenirs; the beach is popular for water-based activities such as jet-skiing, stand-up paddling, and parasailing.
Playa de la Fontanilla, Marbella, Spain, Phone: +34-952-82-35-50
Situated next to the old fishing port in the heart of Marbella, Playa de la Bajadilla is an 850-meter long, family-friendly beach that offers a wealth of fun in the sun. Popular with both locals and tourists due to its proximity to the center of the town, Playa de la Bajadilla is a short walk from the glamorous shopping street of Avenida Ricardo Soriano. The calm, shallow waters of the beach are ideal for young children to play safely, and there are plenty of shops, cafés, bars, and restaurants, as well as modern facilities such as showers and toilets.
Playa de la Bajadilla, Marbella, Spain
3.Old Town (Casco Antiguo)
Marbella’s historic and picturesque Old Town (Casco Antiguo) is a hidden gem with a maze of narrow cobbled streets lined with beautiful old buildings, trendy art galleries, boutique shops, buzzing bars, and casual sidewalk cafés. The labyrinth of little corridor-like streets is walled in by whitewashed buildings draped with bright bougainvillea and topped by terracotta roofs, some dating back to the Renaissance. The picturesque Andalucian-style Plaza de Los Naranjos rests at the center of the Old Town and is full of fragrant orange trees and tropical plants, making it an ideal spot for tucking into traditional Spanish tapas and sipping sangria while watching the world go by.
Casco Antiguo, Marbella, Spain
4.Plaza de los Naranjos
Situated in the heart of Marbella's charming Old Town (Casco Antiguo), the Plaza de Los Naranjos is a beautiful town square that was built after the Christian Reconquest and became the center of urban life. Today, the pretty plaza is lined with cafés and restaurants with outdoor eating beneath the fragrant orange trees in the square, after which it named. The plaza is home to two important historic landmarks – the Consistorial House (Town Hall) that was built in 1572 in the Spanish style, and the 16th-century Ermita de Santiago (Santiago Hermitage). The small, simple whitewashed church is the oldest parish church in Marbella and houses an iconic sculpture of Saint James the Apostle.
Plaza De Los Naranjos, Marbella, Spain
5.Parroquia de la Divina Pastora
The Parroquia de la Divina Pastora is a small church in the working-class neighborhood of the same name that offers services for the local parish. The church features beautiful biblical murals and images, including a wooden carving of a Crucified over the altar, a picture of the Immaculate, and paintings of the Ten Commandments, the Christ of Peace, and the Baptism of the Lord. Other features of the small church include tile murals showing scenes of devotion, exquisite stained-glass windows symbolizing the journey of the sun from sunrise to sunset, and a bell tower topped with the figure of a rotating angel.
Av. Europa, 19, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain, Phone: +34-952-77-45-48
Tucked between Marbella and Fuengirola in the southern coastal province of Malaga, Miraflores is a beautiful seaside town that is known for its breathtakingly beautiful gardens. Situated a short drive from Marbella, the little village offers spectacular beaches without the crowd of Marbella, plenty of cafés, restaurants, and bars serving traditional Spanish tapas and other cuisine, and a pristine golf course. Recreational activities in and around the town include horseback riding, lawn bowls, golf, tennis, and a variety of beach and water-based fun such as sailing, scuba diving, jet-skiing, and windsurfing.
Miraflores, Málaga, Spain
7.Avenida del Mar and the Salvador Dali Sculptures
Avenida del Mar is a lovely pedestrianized avenue and green park that stretches from the Paseo Maritimo (seafront promenade) to Parque Alameda and is adorned with fountains, pergolas, and an exceptional collection of sculptures by world-renowned Spanish artist, Salvador Dalí. The collection consists of ten sculptures cast in bronze by Veronian Bonvicini that are on a par with a world-class museum collection. The square in which the statues are based is shaded by large trees and dotted with fountains and ponds and lined with cafés, bars, and restaurants.
Avenue del Mar, Avenida, 14, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain
8.Contemporary Engravings Museum
Tucked away in a small alley in the heart of Marbella’s Old Town is the Contemporary Engravings Museum, the only museum devoted to engraving in Spain. The museum is based in a beautifully preserved 16th-century Moorish-style palace that was built for the naval commander and mayor of Marbella, Alonso de Bazán, and later bequeathed to the city as a hospital for the poor. The museum is devoted to the preservation and exhibition of Spanish engravings and graphic artwork from the 20th and 21st centuries. It houses an impressive collection of over 4,000 etchings, prints, lithographs, etchings, aquatints, and xylographs by famous artists, including Dalí, Chillida, Goya, Miró, and Picasso.
Calle Hospital Bazán s/n 29600 Marbella, Spain, Phone: +34-952-76-57-41
Puerto Banús is a famous and fashionable marina about five miles outside of Marbella that features a waterfront lined with upscale boutiques and stylish restaurants with outdoor terraces overlooking the water. The marina has 915 berths for boats and yachts and offers a wealth of nautical services and water sports facilities for jet-skiing, water-skiing, sailing, and stand-up paddling. Puerto Banús is surrounded by stunning beaches lined with chic beach clubs that attract a jet-setting crowd.
Puerto José Banús, Muelle de Honor, Marbella, Spain
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10.Parque La Alameda (Alameda Park)
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Parque La Alameda is a small park near the Old Town with a magnificent central fountain built in 1792 and decorated in traditional Andalucian tiles. The square in which the park is set is lined with cafés, bars, and restaurants, and has stone benches and lush tropical plants, making it a lovely spot for relaxing over sangria and watching the world go by. The park is popular with both locals and tourists alike as a tranquil spot to take a break, and horse-and-carriage trips around Marbella can be booked from here.
Parque La Alameda, Marbella, Spain
11.Parque Nagueles (Nagueles Park)
Parque Nagüeles (Nagüeles Park) is a natural park with beautiful views of the Sierra Blanca mountains that is a great place to spend the day with kids. The park is home to tall pine trees and flowering shrubs and has picnic tables with barbecue facilities and plenty of shade to escape the hot summer days. Parque Nagüeles also has a dedicated dog park with a section of woodland and a smaller play area with tunnels and other dog-training equipment.
29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain
Marbella has several indoor and outdoor markets throughout the year that sell a wide variety of goods from fresh fruit and vegetables, farm meats and dairy products, herbs and spices, and handmade food to antiques, clothes, jewelry, furniture, and other second-hand items. There are also street markets throughout Marbella that are similar to flea markets and sell items such as linen, ceramics, leather goods, hand-made jewelry, and souvenirs. Popular markets include the Marbella Street Market, which is held every Monday; the Calahonda Street Market every Wednesday and Friday; the San Pedro Alcantara Street Market; and the Medieval Market in Los Candiles.
Calle Jacinto Benavente, 2, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain
13.Cafe de Ronda
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Located in central Marbella, Cafe de Ronda is a casual restaurant that serves traditional Spanish dishes along with well-known European dishes. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; the restaurant offers a healthy selection of breakfast and brunch plates from fresh fruit salad to an authentic Andalucian breakfast of fresh baguette with tomatoes, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Lunch and dinner items include a wide variety of Spanish tapas, canapes with smoked salmon and manchego cheese, and oven-fresh ciabattas. The restaurant has a sunny terrace for alfresco-style dining.
Calle Ramón Gómez de la Serna, 23, 29600 Marbella, Málaga, Spain, Phone: +34-952-90-08-99
Dezentral is a relaxed coffee shop that serves freshly brewed coffee and a selection of healthy fare for breakfast and lunch in a bright and airy space. A wide range of coffees and specialty coffee drinks are on the menu, ranging from americano and cappuccino to lattes, macchiatos, and espressos in single or double shots. The drinks menu also features healthy juices and smoothies, including wheatgrass, ginger shots, fresh lemonades, and iced teas. Dezentral also offers hearty breakfasts, fresh made-from-scratch sandwiches, traditional German bread, and delicious cakes.
20, Calle las Malvas Ed. Online 19 local nº, 29660 Marbella, Málaga, Spain, Phone: +34-661-50-97-29
15.The Fresh Food Cafe
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The Fresh Food Cafe is a bright, airy café and coffee shop that serves a variety of regular coffees made with imported beans, as well as specialty coffee drinks such as caramel, hazelnut, and vanilla. The café has sleek white décor and an inviting ambiance and is an excellent spot for breakfast. The food menu features healthy bites such as gourmet sandwiches, toasties, quesadillas, wraps, fresh salads, jacket potatoes, and breakfast, such as flaky pastries and freshly baked cakes. Other drinks on the menu include an excellent selection of herbal, fruit and regular teas, freshly squeezed juices, frappuccinos, milkshakes, and real fruit smoothies.
Urb. Los Naranjos de Marbella, Centro Comercial, Local 1C, 29660 Marbella, Málaga, Spain, Phone: +34-952-90-73-64
16.Garum Restaurant Cafe Bar
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Located on the promenade in Marbella, Garum Restaurant Café Bar is a stylish restaurant with a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea that offers a gorgeous setting for both day and evening dining. Exuding a contemporary, lively atmosphere, the chic eatery serves a varied menu of global cuisine with Spanish, European, and Scandinavian influences, including homemade tapas, fresh salads and seafood, and decadent desserts. Signature dishes include rack of lamb with chocolate and thyme sauce and filet of sole with potato and lime mash, and the cuisine is accompanied by a selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers, and handcrafted spirits.
Paseo Marítimo, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain, Phone: +34-952-85-88-58
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17.Pan y Mermelada
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Pan & Mermelada is a casual coffee spot that serves breakfast and lunch and is popular with the locals. The café has a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere with plenty of seating and wooden finishes and serves a variety of breakfast dishes, including an all-day North American-style breakfast. Pan & Mermelada serves a wide range of coffee and specialty drinks, loose leaf teas, fresh fruit juices, and healthy smoothies. A farm-to-table food menu features delicious fare made with locally sourced ingredients such as breakfast plates, healthy toasts, gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, mouthwatering pastries, and several vegan options.
Marbella Real 16, Avenida Bulevar Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, 29600 Marbella, Málaga, Spain, Phone: +34-952-86-63-23
18.Blue Palm Cafe
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Located on the famous Paseo Maritimo, the Blue Palm Cafe is a contemporary café that serves English-style fare and freshly brewed coffee against a backdrop of spectacular ocean views. The restaurant draws British tourists for their regular dishes like fish and chips, full English breakfasts, and mugs of tea, and shows big games on televisions throughout the week. Brunch options include salmon and scrambled eggs, hearty burgers, and other entrées, along with mimosas and a range of English ales and beers.
Paseo Marítimo, 7, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain, Phone: +34-952-77-82-48
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19.Marbella Club Restaurant
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Based in the exclusive Marbella Club between Marbella and Puerto Banús along the Golden Mile, the Marbella Club Restaurant is a famous culinary landmark for fine dining and world-class wine in an exquisite setting. The restaurant has an elegant dining room with beautiful interiors and a legendary grill, as well as an outdoor terrace surrounded by jasmine and bougainvillea, creating a romantic setting for special dinners. The world-class menu features globally-inspired cuisine created by award-winning chef, Juan Gálvez, and an extensive wine list featuring highly acclaimed labels from around the world.
Marbella Club, Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, 29600 Marbella, Spain, Phone: +34-952-82-22-11
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20.El Puchero de Banus
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Situated in Puerto Banus, El Puchero de Banús is a charming spot for breakfast and brunch. The restaurant also serves a menu of light fare and breakfast items along with freshly brewed coffee, espresso, cappuccino, and other hot drinks. The breakfast menu features all the favorite morning dishes such as egg benedicts, scrambles, and various egg plates, house-made granola, fresh fruit, honey and yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes, croissants, and freshly baked bread. Drinks range from fresh fruit juices and coffee and tea to hot chocolate and specialty coffee drinks.
29660 Marbella, Málaga, Spain, Phone: +34-616-91-96-43
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21.Terra Sana - Puerto Banus
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Terra Sana is a casual little seaside café with lovely views that serves healthy fare prepared from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. The breakfast menu features all the favorite morning dishes such as egg benedicts, scrambles, and various egg plates, house-made granola, fresh fruit, honey and yogurt, oatmeal and other cereals, pancakes, and chilaquiles. Other signature items include fresh salads, grilled or fried calamari, and nachos piled with guacamole and cheese, and the café is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
C Marina Banus, Calle Ramón Areces, Local 208-A, 29660 Marbella, Málaga, Spain, Phone: +34-952-81-79-77
21 Best Things to Do in Marbella, Spain
- Fontanilla Beach, Photo: Colors PhotoStock/stock.adobe.com
- Bajadilla Beach, Photo: Antonio/stock.adobe.com
- Old Town (Casco Antiguo), Photo: anilah/stock.adobe.com
- Plaza de los Naranjos, Photo: josephwgallagher/stock.adobe.com
- Parroquia de la Divina Pastora, Photo: bettysphotos/stock.adobe.com
- Miraflores, Photo: tonktiti/stock.adobe.com
- Avenida del Mar and the Salvador Dali Sculptures, Photo: quasarphotos/stock.adobe.com
- Contemporary Engravings Museum, Photo: stock.adobe.com
- Puerto Banus, Photo: Freefly/stock.adobe.com
- Parque La Alameda (Alameda Park), Photo: Val Thoermer/stock.adobe.com
- Parque Nagueles (Nagueles Park), Photo: Stefan/stock.adobe.com
- Marbella Markets, Photo: Ekaterina/stock.adobe.com
- Cafe de Ronda, Photo: Cafe de Ronda
- Dezentral, Photo: Dezentral
- The Fresh Food Cafe, Photo: The Fresh Food Cafe
- Garum Restaurant Cafe Bar, Photo: Garum Restaurant Café Bar
- Pan y Mermelada, Photo: Pan y Mermelada
- Blue Palm Cafe, Photo: Blue Palm Cafe
- Marbella Club Restaurant, Photo: Marbella Club Restaurant
- El Puchero de Banus, Photo: El Puchero de Banús
- Terra Sana - Puerto Banus, Photo: Poncho White/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: photlook/stock.adobe.com