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Backpacking in Marbella
With Marbella being a renowned tourist destination, the city provides an ideal stopover destination for those backpacking in Southern Spain. There are good bus links to reach other cities in the region, and there is also plenty of budget accommodation with hostels starting at around €15 per person per night, whilst visitors should expect to pay from €14 as minimum fees for a pitch area and a tent at a local campsite. The beach offers an ideal focus for activities for those backpacking in Marbella, and the opportunity for low-cost entertainment and a chance to relax before setting off to the next town or city.
Beach in Marbella
Thanks to 16 miles (26 kms) of coastline, visitors have a choice of 24 sun-kissed sandy Marbella beaches to choose from within the municipality with those that are closest to the city centre offering the best facilities including lifeguards and toilets and watersport activities such as jet skiing, parasailing, pedalos and wind surfing.
Popular with local residents, Pinillo Beach (Playa El Pinillo) is one of the area's most quiet and undiscovered beaches in Marbella, and lies on the Elvina side of the city. For the more unusual beach, but still carrying premier status, Fontanilla Beach (Playa de la Fontanilla) attracts the crowds thanks to its very dark sand. Facilities are also good here, and include bars beach chairs and umbrellas. For a large selection of watersports, Guadalmina Beach (Playa de Guadalmina), closest to Marbella's historic San Pedro area, is the one to go to for windsurfing, or surfing with bars aplenty after a day on the water. With a long stretch of white sand Port Banus New Andalucia Beach (Playa de Puerto Banús Nueva Andalucia) is extremely popular with families thanks to child-friendly activities and gets more crowded than other Marbella beaches during the summer period.
Marbella is a great destination for beach holidays as the weather in Marbella stays the same throughout the entire year, making it a vacation spot to be enjoyed by visitors at any time. The average low temperature is sixty five degrees and the average high temperature is eighty degrees. Keep in mind however that if you are looking for purely a beach holiday, the rainy season in Marbella lasts from November through March.
Camping in Marbella
The warm days and mild evenings makes a Marbella a great camping destination. It is one of the best ways for the family or couple to enjoy the relaxed and outdoor way of life of the Marbella area without spending having to spend a fortune on the glitz and the glamour that the city invites you to sample. Whether it’s in a tent or by caravan, campsites in Marbella offer good leisure facilities and provide the perfect compromise of spending time away from the hustle and bustle of the city, whilst still having Marbella right on the doorstep when needed.
Corporate Weekend in Marbella
Impressing clients is always important, and a corporate weekend in Marbella will not disappoint. The jet set lifestyle, luxury hotels, and fine beaches, promote an air of success, key to making a good impression. Many business deals are done on the golf course, and in Marbella, corporate hosts will not be spoilt for choice; there are over twenty five in and around the city itself, with some boasting backing from some of the most well-known golfing celebrities. Fine dining is equally in no-shortage, and after a day of golf, fresh fish, seafood, and champagne, which go hand-in-hand with Marbella, is perfect way to unwind.
Couples Holiday in Marbella
Marbella is the perfect destination for a couples holiday. Whether it is relaxing by the beach, fine dining or playing a round of golf overlooking the Mediterranean, Marbella has it covered. The Golden Mile tends to be one of the favourites for couples; the bars, the restaurants and the boardwalk or Paseo del Maritmo all make for a dream romantic break. It is also the place to enjoy the celebrity and relaxed lifestyle which the city has offer and indulge in the luxury of some of the most upmarket hotels in all of Southern Spain. With all-round warm temperatures, Marbella is the ideal venue all year round for a couples holiday.
Culture and Arts in Marbella
Marbella may have a rich historical past, but the city is not considered to be a principal centre for art. There are however many attractions for visitors to be kept entertained whilst on a culture and arts holiday in Marbella, including the Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo (the Museum of Spanish Contemporary Engravings), which is one of the most popular, and includes works by Dali, Miro and Picasso. The Galeria Municipal de Exposiciones and the Casa Grande gallery are some of the best loved art galleries in Marbella, and for those on a more limited budget, visitors may stroll past the complete sculpture works of Salvador Dali on the Avenida del Mar, a real artistic treat.
Cycling Activity Holiday in Marbella
Although a jet set destination, Marbella is more than just about beaches. There is also the fresh Andalucian air, and the all-year round warm climate to take advantage of, and there is no better way to do this than to take to two wheels. Freewheeling through Marbella and Southern Spain’s almond and olive groves is a captivating and highly scintillating experience for a cyclist, from the African infused winds to the pulsating warm vibe of the Mediterranean coast, this captivating landscape makes tackling any hill worthwhile. In fact, most of the routes in Andalucia will convert visitors to two wheel trips forever, it’s that inspiring.
Disabled Needs in Marbella
There is plenty of wheelchair access in Marbella for those travelling with the disabled, and many hotels cater for disabled visitors thanks to the city being an international tourist destination. The boardwalk or Paseo del Maritmo is flat thanks to its beach-side location, making access to the main beaches for those who are less abled, stress free. Marbella is a shopper’s paradise, and the main shopping centre in Marbella, La Canada, also has disabled facilities, lifts, and allocated parking allowing easy access for those wanting to hit the stores for a day’s shopping. Walking around the city is straightforward, but there is limited parking, which means visitors should allow plenty of time to get into Marbella during the peak season.
Family Holiday in Marbella
Marbella is an ideal destination for a family holiday, and one of the most popular destinations for the school holiday getaways, with the city having the advantage of offering activities for both children and adults. The beach provides a great environment to relax and enjoy the sunshine, but is also the perfect way to entertain the kids for hours. If it is some activities you are after, head to the hills for a spot of golf or meander through the picturesque streets, do some shopping, and sample the local cuisine and exceptional seafood which Marbella has to offer.
Gay and Lesbian in Marbella
Marbella is not renowned for its gay scene, and the city is not considered to be a prime destination for a gay and lesbian holiday, although the Spanish resort is known to be generally tolerant. There are only two same sex bars in Marbella, with both located adjacent to the taxi rank on the Avenida del Mar in the city centre, but for those wishing for a more active gay scene, it is best to visit either Torremolinos or Malaga, and the most popular beach for gay and lesbian holidays is located 15 kilometres (around 9 miles) outside of the Marbella in Cabopino.
Golf Activity Holiday in Marbella
Marbella is a haven for golfers and courses bask in sunshine over 300 days of the year and have some of the most spectacular views that the city has to offer. Golf in Marbella is an extremely popular pastime for residents and visitors alike with over twenty five courses available to choose from, and the city has golf courses to suit all levels.
La Cala has three quality 18 hole golf courses and the David Leadbetter golf academy offers expert tuition. Los Naranjos, is a friendly, good quality course in the medium price range for Marbella golf. If it is the challenge that you are after, Monte Mayor, situated in the hills is the place to be.
For those just looking for some practice in the sunshine, with views over looking San Pedro and the sea, a well-respected driving range is Magna Marbella Golf which also houses the Magna Café, and its spectacular wonderful terrace.
Hen Destination in Marbella
Marbella is one of the most popular destinations for hen parties on the Costa del Sol. With mild temperatures all year round, there is a large range of outdoor activities to choose from, whether it’s a ‘shop til you drop’ experience, bathing in sunshine at an exclusive beach club, seeing the best of the Mediterranean on a luxury charter or simply pampering the hen at a spa in the relaxing surroundings of one the luxury hotels on the Golden Mile. Marbella’s vibrant nightlife on the Golden Mile and in the Old Town, means that when the sun goes down, there are plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs to entertain the hens, and make the party a truly once in a lifetime and unforgettable experience.
Hiking Activity Holiday in Marbella
Away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, Marbella is overshadowed by La Concha, part of the Sierra Blanca mountain range, peaking 1000 metres above the city, and offers breathtaking views of the city and the surrounding area in addition to spectacular sunsets. For the keen walker, there are numerous hiking routes which offer the chance to visit quaint Andalucian villages. One of the most liked routes is that from the white washed village of Ojen to the La Concha mountain, a 7 kilometre (4.3 mile) scenic walk which takes hikers through different kinds of landscapes before reaching one of Marbella’s famous landmarks. There is plenty of choice and those willing to climb a bit further up will be rewarded!
Honeymoon in Marbella
Marbella is the perfect romantic getaway and honeymoon location to unwind after all the celebrations. Newlyweds can relax by taking a stroll along the renowned boardwalk, or Paseo de Maritmo, by the beach or enjoying a spa treatment at one of the most luxurious hotels on the Golden Mile. If as a new couple you want to take in some culture, Marbella is steeped in history with numerous sites to visit in addition to museums, art galleries with the local bullring also hosting spectacular events. For the more sporty couple, a round of golf and lunch at one of the beautiful golf courses could be the answer or a sunbed and parasol on the beach with a relaxing swim is just another leisurely alternative.
Naturism in Marbella
In Spain, it is not illegal to walk around naked in the city or on the beach, but out of respect for others, the practice is confined to both the official and non-official nudist beaches. The city of Marbella itself is not widely known for its naturist scene, but 15 kilometres (9 miles) from the city centre, there is a dedicated naturist beach, which is located in a protected sand dune area. Las Dunas de Artola, next to Cabopino Port which is 1,500m long and 25 m wide, is made up of fine sand from the dunes, and is extremely popular with those interested in naturism.
Party Holiday - Singles Life in Marbella
Marbella is one of the party capitals on the Costa del Sol, and the city’s buzzing night life attracts visitors from across the globe. With a large selection of bars and clubs, principally located on the Golden Mile and in the Old Town, there is no shortage of venues to party the night away into the early hours or meet people if travelling alone. The locals are friendly and are generally welcoming towards tourists and therefore going to a nightclub or bar should not be an intimidating experience. Marbella’s renowned party atmosphere means that the venue is very popular with hen and stag groups as the city provides excellent facilities for a party holiday. Expect to pay from €10 to get into a night club and up to around €40 for those which are more upmarket.
Shopping Holiday in Marbella
Marbella is a shopper’s paradise and a ‘must-visit’ destination for the memorable and ultimate ‘shop until you drop’ experience. The city offers a variety of stores ranging from small boutiques which can be found in the Old Town through to the larger shopping centres in Marbella.
In central Marbella, the Centro Comercial La Canada is one of the more popular and modern shopping centres, containing around 30 fashion boutiques selling a mixture of clothes and designer accessories. For the more quaint retail experience, the Old Town of Marbella is the place to go to, and is an ideal place to buy gifts and smaller items such as jewellery or other fashion accessories.
However, the best way to explore what Marbella has to offer is to put some comfortable shoes on, and walk around the streets on foot as shops are grouped close together. Avenida Ricardo Soriano, is a major shopping district and home to some of the area's best shops and top fashion boutiques, which stretch as far as the eye can see.
Sailing Activity Holiday in Marbella
With Marbella being a prime jet set destination on the Mediterranean, and having its own marina, the city is an ideal venue to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity and charter a yacht thanks to its easy access to a variety of ports along the Spanish coast including Puerto Banus and Sotogrande, in addition to marinas in Gibraltar, Portugal, the Balearics and North Africa. Charters often come with a fully qualified skipper, and their own catering crew, and yachts range from 34ft all the way up to 84 ft, suitable for groups from as little as 4 people right up to larger groups of 15. For those wishing for a more active vacation, and embark on a fishing excursion, a motor boat with the capacity for 12 people including the skipper costs from around €900 for a half day 4-hour trip which also includes tax, fuel refreshments, bait and fishing rods, depending on the time of year.
Stag Destination in Marbella
Marbella attracts stag parties from all over Europe thanks to its fantastic nightlife, great beaches and cosmopolitan atmosphere, and is a truly first class choice for a party getaway with the groom’s closest friends. The city is at the heart of the Costa del Sol, and is renowned for its fantastic golf courses, sandy beaches, and endless activities for stag groups which range from surfing, and banana boating on the Mediterranean to battling out for a place on the podium on the go karting track.
Partying from dusk until dawn is a must in Marbella, with the 'Golden Mile' one of the most popular places for stag groups to enjoy a night out thanks to the endless selection of bars, restaurants and night clubs.
Touring - Driving holiday in Marbella
There is no better way to explore the sights of Marbella and the Andalucia region than by car. The coast road and motorway which passes through the Costa del Sol means that Marbella is a perfect stop over destination or a glamorous highlight during a trip across Southern Spain. Depending on the season, being a prime tourist location, roads can get busy and parking can be difficult during the peak months of the year, so off peak driving makes for a more relaxing time, especially if part of a large group or family. There are plenty of companies offering good value car hire and the cost of fuel in Spain is also reasonable compared to other countries in Europe.
Well-being and Spa in Marbella
Anyone looking for the perfect way to unwind will find some of Marbella’s best-loved spas at the luxurious hotels of the Golden Mile, and at some of the most well-known golf courses in Southern Spain. Treat a hen before their big day or it may simply be a dream ending to a day by the sea or on the golf course. Visitors can choose from exotic treatments to feel rejuvenated and revitalised; massages, facial treatments or hydrotherapy, a Marbella spa and well-being holiday has it all. Prices vary according to the venue, but expect to pay from around €40 for a professional massage.
Wine Tasting Holiday in Marbella
Spain has the biggest extension of vineyards in the world and is the third largest wine producer, but Marbella itself is considered to be a centre of viniculture. Instead, visitors can head to the nearby white washed village of Ojen for a tour of the Wine Museum, where they can see wine making apparatus dating back a couple of hundred years, labels from bottles long consumed naming vineyards that are now a fond memory. Wine tasting of the local delicacies is available at the venue to try and buy, and those who have made the trip into the hills will not be disappointed.
Winter Sun in Marbella
The winter sun is what Marbella is renowned for, and with a mild and warm climate all year round, Marbella springs to life again in the winter with those arriving from the colder north. Visitors can celebrate Christmas day in full sunshine away from the wind and rain and join in the festive traditions of Marbella which offer a cultural and enjoyable alternative to the celebrations back home. Although the sea is cooler, there is still plenty to do outside and a round of golf or a stroll by the beach or through the historic town, coupled with an al fresco meal at one of the local restaurants is the perfect way to spend the day in Marbella.