Marbella is the centre of jet set life on the Costa del Sol. In Marbella you will find celebrities, Saudi Princes and regular tourists side by side and the landscape is dominated by marvellous mansions and well managed golf courses. But apart from the exclusive extravagant life Marbella has succeeded in keeping its Andalucian charm. Small towns, sea and history also attracts those in search of a holiday resort where they can relax and chill. Marbella is easily reached by bus or by car and lies a 45 minute drive from the airport of Malaga.
Climate in Marbella
Marbella has a subtropical climate. Since Marbella is very close to the Atlantic Ocean, the temperature can change very quikly, depending of the wind direction.In the summer, i.e. from May to September it hardly ever rains and the weather is warm without clouds. August is the warmest month with day time temperatures normally between 30 and 40 degrees. January is the coldest month with normal daytime temperatures around 15 degrees and night time temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees. In March, April and November, the daytime temperature is about 20 degrees.
Beaches in Marbella
Nikki Beach, Marbella
Marbella is known for high quality beaches and many of them are awarded with the Blue Flag.
The first attraction on the coast road from Malaga to Marbella is Nikki Beach - one of the most exclusive beach clubs in the world. Between June and August you can enjoy a good lunch, music and expensive champaign lying on a white sun bed enjoying the sun. In the evening there are beach parties that last until sunrise. If you continue on the highway towards Marbella you'll find Funny Beach, with a lot exciting activities that attract people of all ages from the entire Costa del Sol. Here you can race in go-carts, rent a jet ski or a speedboat or simply relax in the sun.
Las Chapas Beach Estrella del Mar and Cabopino Beach are located east of Marbella with clean sand and clean water. All of them can get very crowded during summer. West of Cabopino Beach is the nudist beach, Artola Beach.
El Duque Beach and La Siesta Beach have shallow water that is kid friendly, are located in front of Guadalpin Hotel in Nueva Andalucia
El Alicate Beach is a 2km long beach in Elviria with lots of Chiringuitos.
Marbella has many hotels in all price ranges and sizes. Many of the hotels are located in Marbella centre or down the seafront, while some of the big hotels in Marbella are Located on the Golden Mile, Puerto Banús or near the golf courses in Marbella and Nueva Andalucia. Several of the major hotels in Marbella also has spa facilities.
An alternative to living in a Hotel is to rent an apartment or a house while you are in Marbella. Many prefer doing this because it gives a better comfort by having your own kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.
Many expats own apartments or houses in Marbella that they rent out on a weekly basis. There are many places to look for holiday rentals. One of them are fotocasa.es
The center of Marbella consists of the typical main street that you will find in all Spanish towns; with shops, cafés and ice cream bars. By the sea side there is a long beach promenade with parks for children, pubs for grown-ups and cafés for people of all ages. Further on is the mansion of the deceased king of Saudi Arabia. It is difficult not to notice the gigantic house, the beautiful gardens and the huge white sword that rests in the grass. Right next to it is the mosque of Marbella, Mezquita del Rey Abdulaziz Al Saud. Beautiful, white and with delicate Arab architecture it is a place for prayers but also a tourist attraction where curious visitors can get a guided tour.
If you drive up into the mountains of Marbella you will find Ronda – a small town rich in history that is build over a 120 meters deep canyon where the river Tajo runs. Historical architecture, beautiful palaces and old bridges makes Ronda an unforgettable experience.
And there are more attractions hiding in the mountains of Marbella. Istán and Ojén are two small towns that have kept their original appearance since the Catholics regained Andalucia at the end of the 15th century after the arabic occupation. The apparent Mauric origin is reflected in the names of the towns that come directly from the Arab language. Istán still has unpaved streets, which has its own charm. Thus it is difficult to get on by car and Istán should be experienced on foot. Ojén is a bit more modern with a hotel that is frequently visited by tourists, hunters and hikers. Apart from the peace and quiet that this town can offer it is famous for its Anis production, Aguardiente, and the villagers usually drink it with their morning coffee.
Back in Marbella you should visit Casco Antiguo, the old city center of Marbella. Narrow pedestrian streets and backstreets, cobblestones, french balconies and town squares filled with orange trees are some of the elements that gives this small town its Andalucian charm.
If you continue towards west a compulsory attraction is Puerto Banús, the harbour that is known for its luxury and glamour. Luxury cars and boats are lined up in front of the large fashion houses and the bars and restaurants are filled with tourists and celebrities from all over the world.
Next stop is Estepona, a small Spanish town which has the only safari park on the Costa del Sol - Selwo Aventura. The safari park is build as an enourmous zoo where visitors, through a jeep-safari, can experience and take pictures of animals in their natural environment - where lions live together with exotic birds and dangerous reptiles.
Transportation in Marbella
The only way to get to Marbella by public transport is by bus. There are both local buses and buses that can take you from town to town. To participate in some activities and to visit certain towns there are dedicated tour buses, for instance if you are going to visit Ronda. The nearest airport is Malaga Airport.
Car hire in Marbella
Whenever you need to hire in Marbella there are many car rental companies to choose from ranging from small local firms to large brands. Some web portals such as Rentalcars.com offers you the best price in that they compare prices from several car rental companies at the same time, so you can choose the one that suits your wallet. Their website is rentalcars.com
If you travel by air to Marbella, you can also pick up your car rental on arrival at Malaga Airport.
Shopping in Marbella
La Cañada is a shopping centre that has been extended over the recent years and has become one of the largest shopping centres on the Costa del Sol. It is directly connected to the highway between Marbella and Puerto Banús and apart from the regular shops you will find some that are exclusive for La Cañada, like Apple Store. In addition to shops there is a bowling hall, several restaurants and cafés and right next to the shopping centre there are several large stores like Leroy Merlin and Intersport. Puerto Banús – If you have a lot of money to spend the harbour of Marbella is definitely the place to be. The large fashion houses are dominating the area - like Dior, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana. Even if you are not ready to spend a lot of money you don't need to despair. El Corte Inglés is also located here, with a little extra luxury, and Marina Banús – a small shopping centre with more regular shops like Zara and Massimo Dutti. Read more about shopping in Marbella...
As the tradition is in all Andalusian towns and cities, Marbella also celebrate their local saints, for instance Virgen del Carmen. After the church mass a large throne with a statue of the Virgin is being carried by sailors down to the sea and then around the centre of Marbella while all the citizens are following the procession.
Apart from the local celebrations like San Juan (Midsummers Eve), Marbella also has an annual Carnival that takes place in February. People of all ages and nationalities participate in songs dances and processions.
In June Marbella arranges a City Fair - Feria de San Bernabé. The celebrations last for about a week with all the elements that are essential for an Andalusian fair - wine, food, dance and women dressed in Flamenco dresses clapping to the rhythm of the music.
Concerts in Marbella
Many famous musicians and artists have held concerts on the Costa del Sol throughout the years, for example Smokie in Castillo Sohail in Fuengirola, 50-Cent in Buddha Bar in Marbella, and the Swedish sensation Swedish House Mafia in the discotheque Dreamers in Puerto Banús.
Marbella is also home of some annual concerts and music festivals - for instance:
Marbella International Jazz festival in July
Marbella Reggae festival in August
Marbella International Film festival in October
Marbella International Art Fair in June
To be updated about concerts in your home town on Costa del Sol you can visit www.nvivo.es
Spanish classes in Marbella
Whether you want to learn Spanish from scratch or if you want to improve your Spanish, Marbella is a perfect place to do
this. The advantage of attending a Spanish course in Marbella is that you can practice your Spanish skills after school.