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.
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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
Day trip to Gibraltar, just about enough time there. We did our own thing there and had time to walk to cable car and go up to the top and walk around all the main sites at the top that we wanted to see and walk back to town. Transport very comfortable and spot on time. Other pick-ups obviously add time to the journey but not too bad.
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!
If you want more time in Gibraltar, better book a sightseeing tour instead of guided. We had 4 and half hours in Gibraltar, so there wasn't time for the cable car. But overall organisation was good. Special thanks to the local guide John for the usefull information and driving masterclass!
Local guide (Maria) was excellent! The guide on the bus was ok, but his French (and English) was somewhat poor. Didn't seem as well organized as others on other tours. Some people on the bus switched seats when stopping at breaks or returning. Guide on the bus should advise no to do that.
Great guide in Gibraltar who covered a lot of information concise manner and informative manner. Caves were amazing! Only negative comment is the number of stops and time it took to get from Malaga to Gibraltar but it this was noted in advance so no surprise. Bus was very comfortable.