We spend a lot of time in Marbella now. We love the restaurants there and the atmosphere. Its wonderful.In Marbella you have the Old Town with the cobbled streets and all the tapas bars, the sea front and promenade with lots of restaurants, cafes and kids park areas and the the main shopping street Ricardo Soriano. If here on holiday you must go to Marbella!
As you can see from the map of Marbella it stretches from Calahonda in the East to just past San Pedro in the west and contains some of the Costa Del Sol and Spain’s most expensive real estate! It is just 30 minutes from Malaga Airport, one of the busiest Airports in Spain.
It is increasingly becoming home to more and more UK residents as they search out a new life in a better climate. Costa Del Sol Temperatures are among the best in Europe with 320 days of sunshine.
For sightseeing go to Marbella Town and head for Plaza De Los Naranjos (Orange Square) which is a wonderful Spanish Square with a beautiful Town Hall and a Tourist Information Shop where you can get maps, tourist guides, etc.
There are also Street Markets some where in Marbella almost everyday. If you want a real taste of Spanish life then head for the one in Marbella Town or in San Pedro. Both have that “Spanish” touch and you can easily spend a few hours wandering around.
One word of advice, many shops in Marbella do take siesta and are closed between 2:00 and 4.30 pm Monday to Friday and only open on Saturday Mornings.
During the high season (from Easter to end September) you can catch a ferry from Marbella Marina to Puerto Banus. The journey takes half an hour and it’s a great way to travel offering a unique view of the Marbella Golden MIle coastline while the crew serve drinks
We provide details and timetables of the ferry as well as information on the three hour dolphin cruise which departs from Marbella and Puerto Banus and heads towards Gibraltar.
There are lots of Chiringuitos and Beaches along Marbella. Here we provide a guide to some of the Beaches in Marbella and also some of the best beach clubs to go to in Marbella. On the Marbella Paseo there are lots of kids play areas around and many families choose the Chiringuitos nearby where they can sit and relax and the kids can play.
Marbella is full of Shops along the main road called Ricardo Soriano. The Old Town is full of small unique gift shops, however if you are looking for all the shops under one roof then I would say the answer is La Cañada Shopping Centre. Here is a guide to Marbella Shopping.
There are hundreds of Marbella Restaurants to many to mention in this brief overview of Marbella but needless to say there is every type of restaurant from just about anywhere in the world. Some good, some not so good.
Seek out the local English Glossy magazines like Essential Marbella where they have extensive restaurant guides.
Marbella Town is a busy town with lots of residents and also holidaymakers. Parking can be difficult. There is a large underground car park just by the Horse & Carts & Cafe
Marbella which is where the majority of people park. Pay & Display has also been brought to Marbella Town which has made parking a little easier. If you have a nice car and dont want it dented, we would recommend parking underground, many of the streets are very narrow with many people double parking it can be a bit messy.
There are quite a few places to hire a car in Marbella, and we have listed the main names that we know of.
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People love Marbella for its nightlife. There’s something for every age whether you´re 18 or 80. We have often been to clubs where the whole family has been there, from the grandchildren to the grandparents. Its actually really nice to see.
Popular nightlife in Marbella includes are Tapas Bar Crawls. Start off at one Tapas place and work your way around them all. There’s lots around the Old Town.
There are three cinemas to choose from in Marbella. If you come here on holiday and the weather is not so good then this is a great way to spend the afternoon, especially if you have kids. You´ll also find it quite a lot cheaper than in the UK. To find out which English films are showing look for the one marked “VO” which stands for Version Original.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay Marbella offers a whole range of accommodation, not just the expensive stuff! We have compiled a Hotel Guide for the only 5 Hotels in Puerto Banus and a selection of 3, 4 and 5 Star Marbella Hotels. Some of which we have stayed at and given our personal views/recommendations.
Marbella Schools and Education are quite a big topic when living here and also for people thinking of moving here with kids. There’s so much choice, do you go State or Private, Spanish or English, or even German or Swedish?
There is such a choice of schools that we have written a special section on Marbella Schools and Education.
if you are looking to play golf then you have come to the right place. Here we have provided a list of the Golf Courses along the Costa del Sol with all telephone numbers and direct website links.
As you will see, there are numerous golf courses around Marbella to keep the golfers entertained.