Top attractions in Marbella
7 highlights of Marbella
Find out for yourself why the Spanish town of Marbella, with both Andalusian and Moorish influences alike, is the Costa del Sol's top tourist destination.
1. Ermita de Santiago XV
Dating from the 15th century, this church is the oldest religious building in Marbella.
2. Golden Mile
King Fahd's palace and some upmarket hotels are just some of the fancy buildings you can spot as you walk down this street on the way to Puerto Banus.
3. Puerto Banus
Visit luxurious shops and restaurants at this 1970s marina, a few miles just outside central Marbella, for a swanky Mediterranean experience.
4. Dali sculptures
See some of the master of Surrealism's signature unusual but brilliant sculptures down on Avenida del Mar!
5. Buggy Safari
Experience the rugged red countryside surrounding Marbella, traversing deserts and rivers!
6. King Abd el Aziz Mosque
This mosque was named after the first king of Saudi Arabia and is built in the Andalusian style - there are similar buildings in Fuengirola and Malaga!
7. Day trip to Morocco
Finally, if you've exhausted all that Marbella has to offer, just jump onto a ferry and see another continent. There are frequent day trips available to Tangier, Morocco.
Planning Your Visit
Don't forget your passport
If you are going to Morocco or even just to the nearby British colony of Gibraltar, you are subject to border control - don't forget your passport.
Stay safe in the sun
It's hard to forget that the sun is shining, but remember to reapply sunscreen every hour to avoid nasty burns.
If you are visiting any places of worship, Islamic or Catholic, be sure to dress modestly as a sign of respect.
The drinking age in Spain is 18, but children may be allowed to drink wine in restaurants with their parents.
Good to know
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- Best time to visit
- Known to have its own 'micro-climate', it stays fairly mild year round, basking in 320 days of sunshine. July and August can heat up and its a peak time to enjoy water sports. September through November it cools down and majority of tourists have left, leaving you more space at the beach!
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What people are saying about Marbella
We really enjoyed the tour with Franco. Although we know quite a lot about the area, he told and showed us more about. Well worth the money and a fabulous Guide! The bikes were in perfect conditions. Its truly a fantastic acitivity to see the beautiful landscape of Marbella while being active and enjoying the sunny weather!
Super way to spend a few hours! Jose relates local history in a delightful way and has great recommendations for places to go, eat and drink. Afterward we felt we knew our way around this lovely little city in a completely different way. Thank you Jose!
We had a great time with Franco - Olive oil tasting, some amazing tapas that he suggested and then a lovely trip on the boat to Puerto Banús
The guid was really good, he obviously was qualified and ready for any emergency. The whole experience was so great ans fun.
Excelent! We would go again next year just for the very informative, adaptabile and full of joy tour offered by our guid!