10 Best Things To Do in Marbella (Spain) For An Exciting Week Holiday

Are you planning for cheap, fun and the best things to do on a holiday in Marbella, Spain? I have visited and stayed in Marbella during my trip to Costal del sol in the beautiful region of Andalusia, Spain.

Whether you are on a budget or up for some luxury things to do in Marbella.  There are plenty of attractions and points of interest for everyone. Marbella is an ideal destination for holidays, or even to work and settle. It is a stunning town, with lots of delicious dishes, culture, and favourable weather all year round.

You can find plenty of things to do in Marbella to keep you busy throughout the year, whether you are here for a visit as a couple, family, or a group. I stayed in Iberostar Marbella Coral beach resort conveniently close to the key places in Marbella.

Read More: Best Winter Sun Holidays to Costa Del Sol, Spain (Itinerary)

List of the places to visit and the best things to do in Marbella Spain.

1. Puerto Banus

Puerto Banus in Marbella Spain
Best Places and things to do in Marbella: Puerto Banus

Puerto Banus is located on the west of Marbella, before reaching San Pedro de Alcantara. It is a relatively new small town and was developed in the 1970s by Jose Banus, a local developer.

The area affords a serene setting, with amazing ocean views and a mountain backdrop. Puerto Banus has become the blend of the jet-set playground, combined with stag and hen parties hang out. You can spend hours sipping a delicious cocktail by the port exploring the rich and the famous on their lavish yachts and Lamborghinis and Ferraris driving through.

This small town has plenty of attractions and facilities, such as serene beaches on either side, plenty of water sports, bars and restaurants, casino, golf, cinema and a huge range of expensive and upmarket fashion boutiques. To get an exciting view of the port as well as its serene setting, you can have a boat trip across the coastline.

2. Paseo Maritimo

Paseo Maritimo Marbella
Best Places and Things to do in Marbella: Paseo Maritimo

Paseo Maritimo is the paved beachside promenade stretching around the beach. Walk along the promenade, embrace the views, soak up the ambience and enjoy some of the breathtaking sunsets of the coast to complete your holidays. The Paseo Maritimo is a great place where you can take some long walks to Puerto Banus all the way from Marbella and even further to San Pedro.

My blogger friends and I had a lovely seafood lunch by the Paseo Maritimo. It is an idyllic beauty Spanish coastal scene. It will surely increase your appetite to enjoy the delicious seafood cuisine and sip the cold Sangria!

3. Sohail Castle

The Sohail Castle or Castillo Sohail was destroyed and reconstructed several times. It goes without saying that Sohail Castle is a living example of Fuengirola monuments, both for its turbulent and long history and it is truly an obvious silhouette that has been the symbol of the city.

Sohail Castle near Marbella Spain

Best places and things to do in Marbella: Sohail Castle | Olaf Tausch, from Wikimedia Commons

The fortress is covered by huge square towers and every part of the castle has been restored well to avoid deterioration. It is widely used as a tourist and cultural resource and it has been turned into a great open-air auditorium. There is a small museum inside and has been established with models which help understand the history of this landmark.

4. Old Town

The picturesque and historic Old Town of Marbella or Casco Antiguo is a hidden gem. You can spot it near the centre of the town just up from Avenida Ricardo Soriano, the main street going through Marbella, and La Alemada Park is located just opposite it. With its ancient, picturesque architecture, and a maze of steep cobbled streets lots of cool art galleries, boutiques, bars and restaurants.

Old Town Marbella Spain
Best places and things to do in Marbella: Old Town of Marbella | Kamyar Adl, Flickr

Orange Square is an Andalucian square with lots of tropical plants and orange trees at the centre. It is a must-see for enjoying wonderful holidays where you can sit well in one of the traditional cafes where you can enjoy a glass of wine or coffee and see the world going by.

Orange Square in Old Town Marbella Spain
Best places and things to do in Marbella: Orange Square | Herry Lawford, Flickr

The Old Town is full of activities and you can find a lot of amazing nooks and crannies to see. You can also find plenty of good restaurants offering everything from gourmet dishes to authentic Spanish tapas and you can find many bars that remain busy until early morning. Join this great bike tour around the Old Town of Marbella.

5. Day trip to Gibraltar

It is really fun and easy to visit Gibraltar in one day from Marbella. Located just 45 minutes from Marbella, the whole family can enjoy the sights of this rock. You can get the views of Gibraltar from the Marbella coastline and it is impressive on a clear day. Join this popular full-day Gibraltar sightseeing tour from Costa Del Sol.

The Rock in gibraltar
Best places and things to do in Marbella: Visit Gibralta

As you get closer, you can get even more surprised with the size and splendour of this limestone rock ‘Gibraltar’ in this peninsula. Many people see it as an island, even though it is a peninsula.

The best part is that it shows the position of the Strait of Gibraltar, the narrow neck between Africa and Europe, and offers the only link between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Gibraltar is connected to Spain through a sandy isthmus.

You can take flights to London and ferries to Morocco from here. Gibraltar has been named a British Territory after several sieges and conquests since 1704. Many tourists flock to Gibraltar from Costa del Sol as it is closely located and can make for a fun trip from Marbella with family and friends.

6. Visit the Copper Forest

You can witness one of the wonderful autumn landscapes in the Serrania de Ronda in the province of Malaga, which is well known as Copper Forest. It is a metaphor, which refers to the wonderful landscape. Join the half-day white villages tour to fully enjoy your sightseeing trip here.

Benalauria and Copper Forest in Costa del Sol
Best places and things to do in Marbella: Visit the Copper Forest and the White Villages

When leaves fall off the chestnut trees, they create charming views, which deserve to stop by during the visit to this region. This valley is truly a paradise for hikers in winter and summer thanks to the dense Copper Forest of chestnut trees and steep mountainsides. You can ascend the routes in bare and high limestone summits and go climbing where the waters of Guadiaro and Genal Rivers.

It has lots of ecosystems and landscapes where you can come across natural beauty. It has river valleys, diversity of soil, which endows the area with ample humidity for dense forests of evergreen oaks, corn oaks, chestnut trees, and pine trees.

During our trip to Marbella, my friends and I visited Benalauria, one of the White Villages on the mountainous part of the Costa del Sol. In here, we saw the lush and thick greenery of various trees as well as we went to see the Payoyo cheesemaker and winemakers of the region.

Read More: The 10 Best Things To Do In Ronda, Spain for a Romantic Weekend

7. Hike Caminito Del Rey Gorge

El Caminito Del Rey is actually one of the Spanish trails that connects plenty of gorgeous sceneries and historical treasures in the heart of Malaga province. This historic footbridge is a combination of hanging footpaths and well-known Broadwalks over the Guadalhorce gorge and is built over 105m high up the air.

Tourist walking on Caminito Del Rey footpath
Best places and things to do in Marbella: Hike Caminito del Rey Gorge

The Broadwalk and the pathway here are restored to provide a smooth and safe experience to the tourists.  Be sure to book your tickets in advance at the official website, as there are long waiting lists.

Caminito Del Rey Gorge
Best places and things to do in Marbella: Beautiful landscape along Caminito del Rey

My friends and I enjoyed a few hours hike in Caminito del Rey. I was amazed at how vast the whole landscape was and the different rock formations scattered along the route. To be honest, you will tend to forget how long you have been walking due to the entertaining natural views on the route.

8. Enjoy various water activities and sports

Marbella is known to enjoy the favourable warm climate to enjoy plenty of activities without any uncomfortable and chilly conditions. It has a sweeping coastline, which stretches over 17 miles with 24 impressive beaches to offer a great surfing experience and calm golden sands. Try this private speedboat trip from Puerto Banus or try this stand-up paddleboard at sunset in Marbella.

water sports and activities in Marbella Spain
Best places and things to do in Marbella: Enjoy watersports

The beaches in Marbella are clean and pristine and are well known for both water sports lovers and sunbathers all year-round. Thanks to favourable conditions, you can enjoy various water sports and activities in and around Marbella, such as golf, flyboarding, jet skiing, parasailing, kite surfing, and banana boating.

I must confess that I’m not the sporty type of traveller, however, during our stay in Marbella, I enjoyed our relaxing afternoon by the beach and soaking in the sun.

9. Enjoy the nightlife

Marbella is well known across the world for the glitz and glam of the nightlife. The Golden Mile and Puerto Banus are some of the exclusive venues for Marbella nightlife. Many visitors who get here to party can find plenty of music bars, late-night bars, restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs.

Nightlife in Marbella
Best places and things to do in Marbella: Enjoy the nightlife | Aapo Haapanen, Flickr

Nightclubs are the main dance venues here with a license to remain open until 6 to 7 am on weekends. Many nightclubs here do not charge entry fees except on live band or special guest DJ nights. Groups have to book a table in summer in advance and drinks are expensive.

The music bar has live music or DJ and a well-known dance floor. It will have an open atmosphere than the nightclub and is usually a semi-late license, i.e. till 3 am to 4 am.  Bars and pubs are typically hotspots for meetups, and they may have live music and a dance floor.

10. Marbella Beaches

No matter when you get here, it is still worth a trip to a Marbella beach. Nudist beaches are getting more and more popular in Marbella for naturalists. Many of these beaches are located far from prying eyes and are ideal for relaxing day in the liberating environs under the Mediterranean sun.

Marbella Beach in Spain
Best places and things to do in Marbella: Enjoy the beach

The Playa Benalnatura and Benalmadena Beaches are declared naturalist or nudist beaches since the year 1976. Pine groves and sand dunes cover these beaches. These places are equipped well with showers and toilets and are run and protected by the Naturist Association of Spain.

If you are not a fan of the naturalist beaches, the Costa del Sol region has miles of warm and sandy beaches, which have lovely beach bars offering various drinks and Mediterranean dishes. The sea and the beaches are safe and clean for swimming along the coast. Oh! Don’t forget to enjoy a big glass of Sangria.

During our visit, my friends and I enjoyed the relaxing yoga session by the beach. I absolutely recommend this! This is probably one of my favourite things to do in Marbella.

Where is Marbella, Spain?

Marbella is a city in Southern Spain. One of the main cities of Costa Del Sol is in the Andalusia region, an autonomous region of Spain. The town of Marbella is located along the coast with San Pedro de Alcantara, Puerto Banus, Elviria, Nueva Andalucia, and Las Chapasin in Costa Del Sol. On the north, it is bordered by the municipalities of Ojen and Istan, by Benahavis on the northwest, Mijas on the northeast and Calahonda on the east.

How to get to Marbella Spain?

Marbella is a tourist-friendly city with so much to offer to the tourists. It has great rail and road network that makes it easily accessible to travellers and locals.

  • Train from Malaga to Marbella Spain

Marbella is known as the largest city in Spain without a railway. If you want to get here by train, get the train at the Maria Zambrano train station in Malaga centre. At the Maria Zambrano terminal, you can catch the Renfe Medium Distance or AVE (high-speed trains) to Fuengirola and take a local bus or taxi that you can use to head to Marbella.

  • Hire a car in Spain Marbella

If you want your own space when you travel, you can hire a car to Marbella. This exclusive service is available at Malaga airport and will take you to Marbella without any wait. You can also book a one-way or round trip, as well as a Luxury or Executive class in Limousine.

Read More: 10 Best Things To See And Do in Malaga (Spain) for a Relaxing Week

Best time to visit Marbella Spain

September and October are the best months to visit Marbella Spain when tourists from summer depart but temperatures remain warm enough to enjoy all the places to visit and things to do in Marbella. November and March see fewer tourists and lower temperatures, and April is a good shoulder season of manageable crowds and moderate temperature. Summer attracts plenty of tourists as it is peak time. From flights to hotels, the prices of everything and temperature are highest at this time of year.

Is Marbella Spain Expensive?

Well, it is all up to what you want to do and buy in Marbella. For example, if you go clubbing in Puerto Banus, you end up spending a lot more. If you do not visit the posh restaurants, clubs, and bars, €100 per day should be more than enough, according to most tourists who share their opinions on TripAdvisor.

Is Marbella Spain worth visiting?

Marbella is a large seaside resort town where you can find many things to enjoy along the seafront. However, it is worth doing a bit of research and planning an itinerary before getting there. Even though it is popular especially for late-night bars and the relaxing beaches in Marbella there is a lot more to do in this Andalusian city.

That’s it! I’m sure there are still more fun things to do in Marbella, I hope that this list will help you enjoy your trip to Marbella with your partner, family or friends!

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