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Marbella Complete Travel Guide

Marbella is situated in the southern region of Spain named Andalusia. It is the most populous, and the second largest autonomous community of this country. According to historians, Marbella was discovered by Phoenicians in the 7th century BC. The city is not only loved by the western world but also among the Arabs, King Fahd of Saudi Arabia has a love for this city and used to spend up to 5 million euros a day in Marbella.

  1. Points of interest
  2. Weather
  3. Flights
  4. Party
  5. Hotels
  6. Things to do
  7. Puerto Banús
  8. Old Town
  9. Alameda Park

Points of interest

Marbella Points of interest
Sunset at Puerto Banús

In Marbella, Spain, there are plenty of points of interest for all types of tourists. Regardless of whether you are a wild adventurer or a silent enjoyer.

Don’t you worry, once in Marbella you quickly discover many points of interest. So much that it can overwhelm you. This article helps you to keep you on the right track with useful information.

Radio Marbella is not paid by any of the companies mentioned in this handy article. Better yet, everything is purely based on reviews and of course own experience. This ‘Marbella Complete Travel Guide’ is 100% unbiased.

Reviews on the internet is a very useful free tool where you find out if it’s wise to spend your money or not.

But where do you find reviews?

Just open Google, type the name of the company and add the word “review”. Most companies are registered with Google My Business. TripAdvisor is also strongly recommended.

Take Jetboat Marbella (very cool) as an example. People share their experiences and sometimes nice photos. Doesn’t this give you a good feeling?

Tip: Do not take the reviews on Facebook pages too seriously. Usually, Facebook friends of the owner or friends of the staff and family write a biased review. Not only that but competitors sometimes also write negative reviews with a fake account … yes, it happens!

The question is, what is your budget and what type of tourist are you?

Marbella unlike other resorts in Spain has a wide range of points of interest for all types of tourists. Whether you come for the nightlife, culture, food, beach, exciting adventure, romance, history or fun activities. Marbella has it all!

Continue reading and discover the very best points of interest Marbella, Spain, has to offer you.

Weather

Marbella Spain Weather
Fire dancers at a Full Moon Party

The basis of a good holiday starts with the weather in Marbella.

If you prefer mild temperatures and rest, you don’t book your holiday in July. If you’re young and you want to meet beautiful people at night, you don’t go to Marbella in January.

Fact: The hottest day last year was Monday, July 30, 2018. The temperature reached 38°C (100.4°F) at noon, according to timeanddate.com.

What is the weather like in Marbella in January?

The weather in Marbella in January is cold in the shade and evenings, the chance of wind and extreme rainfall is high. Usually sunny during the day. In the evenings the temperature can drop to 2°C, during the day 23°C.

What is the average temperature in Marbella?

The average temperature in Marbella, Spain is 29°C (84.2°F) based on the figures of the past 365 days.

How warm is Marbella in February?

February is one of the coldest months. The max. temperature is 23°C (73.4°F).

How hot is Marbella in April?

In April the temperature can easily reach 27°C (80.6°F).

Does it rain in Marbella?

It rains mainly in the months of January, February, March, November, and December. Minor flooding can occur because the rainwater flows from the mountains and exit into the sea.

Let’s list the lowest and highest temperatures per month:

  • January ’19: Lo 2°C (35.6°F) – Hi 23°C (73.4°F) ❄☂️
  • February ’19: Lo 3°C (37.4°F) – Hi 23°C (73.4°F) ❄☂️
  • March ’19: Lo 6°C (42.8°F) – Hi 27°C (80.6°F) 🌧
  • April ’19: Lo 9°C (48.2°F) – Hi 27°C (80.6°F) 🌧
  • May ’19: Lo 12°C (53.6°F) – Hi 32°C (89.6°F) ☀️
  • June ’19: Lo 14°C (57.2°F) – Hi 34°C (93.2°F) ☀️
  • July ’18: Lo 18°C (64.4°F) – Hi 38°C (100.4°F) 🔥
  • August ’18: Lo 21°C (69.8°F) – Hi 35°C (95°F) 🔥
  • September ’18: Lo 18°C (64.4°F) – Hi 33°C (91.4°F) 🌧
  • October ’18: Lo 7°C (44.6°F) – Hi 33°C (91.4°F) 🌧❄
  • November ’18: Lo 5°C (41°F) – Hi 21°C (69.8°F) ❄
  • December ’18: Lo 4°C (39.2°F) – Hi 22°C (71.6°F) ❄

❄ Cold in the evenings and shade, big chance of extreme rainfall but also sunny but not too hot.
☂️ Chance of extreme rainfall.
🌧 Sunny but the weather can change like that.
☀️ Sunny.
🔥 Smoking’ hot, no to little rainfall.

If you like hot summer days then you should book your vacation to Marbella in July, August or September. The nights do not cool down and the day temperature reach almost 40° C … the perfect beach weather.

Now you know everything about the weather in Marbella, Spain.

Flights

Marbella Flights
Malaga airport – Costa del Sol

Flight offers to Marbella is different per country. The most popular airlines are Ryanair and Easyjet.

The prices vary per airline and season. Most tourists go on holiday in July and August and for that reason the most expensive period.

January to March and October to December are the cheapest periods to book a flight.

Unfortunately, there is no airport in Marbella. You arrive at Málaga Airport.

Here are some useful websites to book your flight for the best deal:

How do you get to Marbella?

For a maximum of €10.00, you can travel by bus. This organization is called Avanza. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes. You can book online here.

Tip: If you are looking for the cheapest flight tickets browse in incognito or private browsing mode to see the lowest prices. The providers increase the offer the moment you repeat your search … just to put you under pressure. How is this possible? Websites collects your search history and cookies … so keep your browser super clean.

Party

Marbella Party
Cavalli Club Puerto Banús which is now called Dreamers.

In Marbella, you can party until you drop dead. Marbella nightlife is known for its luxurious and glamorous style.

On and along the famous 43 km (27 mi) golden coast you will find an incredible number of all kind of restaurants and cozy bars.

Most clubs can be found in Puerto Banús.

…Is Puerto Banús a city, what is it?

Puerto José Banús or Puerto Banús is situated 6 km (3.72 mi) southwest of Marbella in Nueva Andalucia, a suburb of Marbella.

It was built in May 1970 by the local real estate developer José Banús, as a luxury marina and shopping complex.

Simply said, Puerto Banús is the hotspot for multi-millionaires where you will find beach clubs, the best clubs, superyachts, glittering racing cars, high-quality bars, and a lot of beautiful people.

It’s no coincidence that celebrities such as Eva Longoria return to this infamous city every year.

Hotels

marbella spain hotels
Amàre Marbella Beach Club

Marbella is rich of hotels, holiday apartments, and luxury villas.

Here are the top three 5-star hotels according to Tripadvisor:

  1. La Villa Marbella (Old Town) (Info)
  2. Hotel Claude Marbella (Info)
  3. The Marbella Heights Boutique Hotel (Info)

Here are the top three 5-star rentals according to Tripadvisor:

  1. Puerto Banus Front Line Marina by Angela A. (Info)
  2. Penthouse with seaviews near Puerto Banus by Lena S. (Info)
  3. Elviria 2 bedroom Apartments on Alanda Club Marbella by Patrick S. (Info)

In Marbella’s old town you’ll find the cozy hotels and motels for people who don’t have the budget to spend thousands of euros.

Things to do

Things to do in Marbella Spain
Yacht Charters Marbella – Marbella Boat Party

Jetboat Marbella

€40.00 p.p. – Exciting and refreshing water adventure in a Jetboat ride. It departs from Puerto Deportivo or Marbella. For 20 minutes you get an adenaline kick with this boat trip that gets rid of stunts. Strong stomach required!

Canyoning

€59.00 p.p. – If you are more of an active adventure then this is for you. You go through waterfalls, breathtaking lakes, you have to swim and walk and so much more.

Jeep safari experience

€69.00 p.p. – If you are not afraid of getting dirty then a Jeep safari is meant for you. An unforgettable adventure, driving through mountainous and wooded areas. Depending on the route, a refreshing dip in the river is included.

Dolphins Sighting Marbella

€90,00 p.p. – On a luxury sailboat you will depart from La Bajadilla in Marbella where the captain take course to the deep sea. The dolphins come so close that you can touch them. If the captain sees the opportunity, everyone will make a splash in the sea.

Puerto Banús

Puerto Banús
Snoop Dogg at Sisu Boutique Hotel Puerto Banus

Mister José Banús built in 1970 what is today known as Puerto Banús. The hotspot for rich and famous. Every year, celebrities come from all over the world. Expensive cars roaring on the streets, beautiful people and a vibrant nightlife. Puerto Banús is home to the most exclusive night clubs such as Olivia Valère, Pangea, La Suite, Mirage, or Ocean Club.

If you are a fashion lover, you will find high-end designer men’s & women’s clothing, accessories & more on Calle Muelle Ribera. You will be welcomed by helpful salespeople with a glass of champagne. The home for the rich and famous offers the most diverse beautiful hotels and villas. A beautiful harbor filled with gigantic luxury yachts, beaches, beach clubs, and beautiful spots to visit.

Puerto Banús is situated 10 km south-west of Marbella that is easily accessible by bus. Mainly in the night we recommend to take a taxi. A one way trip cost from Marbella to Puerto Banús cost €15,00.

Old town

Marbella Old Town
Marbella Old Town

Casco antiguo de Marbella is a cozy nostalgic old town that crosses at the Alameda Park. When entered It looks like you’re in a different time. While walking through the narrow alleys you will come across many small boutiques and cozy restaurants.

In the urban hub of the city you can find the church also called the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación. The church is a religious temple under the invocation of Santa María de la Encarnación. After the recapture of Marbella, on June 11, 1485, by King Ferdinand the Catholics, after a bloodless epistolary battle, and as in other recaptured places, the mosques were sanctified to Christian churches.

Los Naranjos Plaza (Plaza of the Orange Trees) dates from 1485, after the Christian conquest of the city from The Moors. In the center of the plaza, there is a Renaissance fountain surrounded by orange trees, planted in 1941, from which the square now takes its name.

Alameda Park

Alameda park Marbella Spain
Fountain Virgen Del Rocio in the Alameda Park Marbella

A fountain is parked in Marbella’s center built in 1792. Lovely botanic gardens, funny stone benches and paths to explore the park. The fountain displays a beautiful light show during evening. The Parque de la Alameda is a famous feature of Marbella and a walk through the park is almost a mandatory activity during your vacation.

Located between Avenida del Mar and the old town, it is also a favorite place for a walk for the people of Marbella.

It used to be a much larger park, but over the years more and more has been built resulting the city park to loose its territory. Often markets and events are organized, making it one of the liveliest places in the center of Marbella.

Ronda

If you want to escape Marbella you can take a day trip to Ronda, the city on the mountain.

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