Top 10 Best Things to do in Marbella, Spain

What is Marbella known for?

Marbella Old Town by Lynn Vdbr via Unsplash

Bucket List: Top 10 Best things to see and do in Marbella, Spain

Marbella is a famous tourist destination offering beautiful beaches, high-end resorts, nightclubs, and luxurious centers. Tourists looking for summer vacation and well-known celebrities also frequented Marbella. So if you are looking for things to do in Marbella, Spain, you can opt to lounge at the beaches or do outdoor activities.

To help plan your vacation, we’ve gathered the 10 things to do in Marbella, Spain.

Old Town

Marbella Old Town by Lynn Vdbr via Unsplash
Marbella Old Town by Lynn Vdbr via Unsplash

The first thing to visit in Marbella to know more about its rich history is the Old Town. Pass through the Alameda Park going north, to see Marbella’s historic spot filled with boutiques and alfresco restaurants. The Old Town features whitewashed buildings, beautifully laid pathways, and buildings dating from the renaissance period.

Museum of Spanish Contemporary Engraving

Museo del Grabado by Tea and Kryptonite via Wikipedia cc
Museo del Grabado De Té y kriptonita – Trabajo propio, CC BY-SA 3.0, cc

The Museum of Spanish Contemporary Engraving or Museo del Grabado is located at the former residence of Mayor Don Alonso de Bazán. It features 16th-century renaissance architecture and originally serve as the Bazán Hospital for the less fortunate. The museum also held the National Engraving Awards annually and exhibits artworks of Picasso, Tapies, Miró, and other well-known painters.

Puerto Banus

Puerto Banus Mabella via Pixabay
Puerto Banus Mabella via Pixabay

Situated on Nueva Andalucía, Puerto Banús is a marina built by Jose Banús in 1970. It is one of the largest entertainment areas with over 5 million visitors annually. Puerto Banús features Mediterranean architecture filled with waterfront restaurants, bars, and luxurious shopping malls.

Castillo de Sohail

Castillo de Sohail by Andres Castro via Unsplash
Castillo de Sohail by Andres Castro via Unsplash

A famous tourist destination on eastern Marbella, the Castillo Sohail is a historic castle located on the peak of Fuengirola. Built by Abd-ar-Rahman III in AD 956, Castillo Sohail was built to solidify the area’s coastal defense. The castle features panoramic views and holds events such as Oktoberfest, dragon hunting, and Medieval Market.

Guadalmina River

Guadalmina River photo via Wikimedia
Guadalmina River photo via Wikimedia

For tourists who are into nature tripping and thrilling adventures, Marbella offers the Guadalmina River. It is a short coastal river measuring 28 kilometers long, perfect for canyoneering and exploring the Sierra de las Nieves. There are different guided tours offered at Guadalmina River where tourists can enjoy rappelling, cliff jumping, and waterfall abseiling.

Paseo de La Alameda

El Parque de Alameda by Harvey Barrison via Wikimedia cc
El Parque de Alameda By Harvey Barrison from Massapequa, NY, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, cc

If you are traveling with family and friends, the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature is at the Paseo de La Alameda. It is a stylish 18th-century city park situated in the Old Town with luscious greenery, and big palm and pine trees.

Marbella Beaches

Beach in Marbella Spain photo via Pixabay
Beach in Marbella Spain photo via Pixabay

Visiting Marbella will be worthwhile especially for beach bummers for it offers beautiful beaches. Marbella offers over 18 miles of beaches from public beaches to high-end ones. The public beaches all consist of restroom facilities and have designated lifeguards. Some of the famous beaches are Playa de la Fontanilla, Playa Real de Zaragoza, and San Pedro Alcántara.

Avenida del Mar Dalí Statues

Avenida del Mar Dali Sculptures by Harvey Barrison via Wikimedia cc
Avenida del Mar Dali Sculptures By Harvey Barrison from Massapequa, NY, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, cc

For art enthusiast tourists, Marbella offers an outdoor gallery at the marbled pathway in Avenida del Mar. The pathway leads to Alameda Park going to the marina and features bronze sculptures crafted by Salvador Dalí such as the Roman God Mercury, Trojan warrior, and Perseus the Greek hero.

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación

Church of Nuestra Senora de la Encarnacion in el Plaza de la Iglesia, Old Town Marbella by Harvey Barrison via Wikimedia cc
Church of Nuestra Senora de la Encarnacion in el Plaza de la Iglesia, Old Town Marbella By Harvey Barrison from Massapequa, NY, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, cc

The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación or Church of the Incarnation is a catholic church located at the Old Town. It is an intricately decorated historical church built in the 16th century to 17th century, featuring a large basilica, barrel vaults, Corinthian columns, and a Rococo-style carved doorway.

La Concha

La Concha Marbella by Hernan Pinera via Wikimedia cc
La Concha Marbella By Hernán Piñera from Marbella – Sea and mountain, CC BY-SA 2.0, cc

For another adventurous trip, head to the towering mountain of La Concha. It is a shape shell mountain with a picturesque view of Marbella, the coast of Morocco, and mountain valleys. The peak is 1,215 meters high and will take about four hours to reach the mountain peak.

References

  • The Top Things to See and Do in Marbella, Culture Trip
  • Alexander, (2021), 12 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Marbella, Planetware

Our Top Hotel Picks for Marbella

  • Nobu Hotel Marbella – A highly recommended hotel in Marbella, Nobu Hotel Marbella offers 5-star accommodation access to outdoor swimming, a fitness center, and La Suite nightclub. All guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, and a terrace with views to the resort’s la Plaza square, a leisure area with several restaurants and bars. A buffet breakfast can be enjoyed in the breakfast area of the Nobu Restaurant. The signature in-house restaurant specializes in Japanese-Peruvian cuisine.
  • Marbella Club Hotel – A luxurious beachfront hotel with 2 luxurious pools and 5 restaurants. Surrounded by lush gardens with direct beach access, it offers 1 free green fee per person per stay at Marbella Club Golf Resort. Each bedroom has a private terrace and sea or garden views, Marbella Club Hotel was originally the private residence of Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe, the founder of the hotel. The property has 5 restaurants, serving International and traditional Spanish cuisine. Puerto Banús offers a wide range of designer shops, bars, and restaurants.
  • Hotel Amare Marbella – This beachfront property is located in the center of Marbella’s old town. This adults-only hotel offers a spa and outdoor swimming pool. The hotel offers free WiFi throughout the property and at the Beach Club. The modern, stylish rooms are spacious and bright, and most rooms have a balcony with side or front sea views. The hotel also offers Exclusive Rooms, which include VIP treatment and access to the adults-only The One Lounge.

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