Things To Do In Marbella
Marbella is an authentic Spanish city along the Costa del Sol, Province of Malaga with an orange square at the center of the district. Here you can find small businesses, souvenir shops, wine shops, bakeries, and quite a few bodegas. On a hot day, time stands still and it may be hot to visit the city, but there are many opportunities to get something to do, drink and eat. If you plan to eat, do yourself a favor and look up, there are many restaurants where the most striking feature is located on the first-floor level.
Another option is to choose a restaurant from the side streets where serving tapas and a glass of wine is a common tradition for most of the dining places here in Marbella. The city is blessed with glorious beaches, row of yacht clubs, and ideal beach resorts for families with children. The beaches are definitely worth a visit, and a nice change from a day of strolling through the narrow alleys and squares of Marbella.
When To Go:
The best time to visit the city is amid the spring season (April-June), and the season of autumn (September-October). It is during these months when the days are long and sunny. The peak season draws in the huge crowd of vacationers to the next appropriate time to visit the city - the summer season (July- August). The tolerable temperature of the summer season ranges from 30° C TO 33° C towards the afternoon. If you want to plan your next vacation and enjoy the beaches, the months of June, July, August and September offer the best climate in the city. The winter season, (November-February) offers splendid sunny days with almost no downpour, with average highs of 17°C. Nonetheless, the water is still ideal for swimming despite the cold weather.
These are the major attractions and top things to do in the city of Marbella:
Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion (Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation)
The Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion is a Baroque church located in the heart of the old quarter. It stands on the square surrounded by a fountain and trees. The colorful church exterior is decorated with religious murals. Outside, you can find a small square with a statue of the patron of Marbella. The church contains a statue of the Virgin of Solitude.
On the feast of the Passover, it is carried out along with the other statues of the church during the procession. The Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation is not only the main church of Marbella, but also a great historical and architectural monument. Another highlight of the church is the magnificent organ, which is considered one of the best built in the twentieth century. Before the temple, there is a monument to the patron saint of the city, the Holy Bernabe. Every year in early June, there is a week-long fiesta dedicated to the patron of the city. The height of the feast day falls on June 11, which is considered the day of St. Bernabe.
Marbella Old Quarter
The cozy streets of the Marbella Old Quarter are shrouded in flowers and flowering trees and everywhere you will find cafes with traditional cuisine. The central part of the city is very beautiful and it allows you to imagine how people lived many years ago (it was built since the 19th century). There are many restaurants and shops and the outdoor cafes provide the opportunity to observe the lives of ordinary citizens. It is a nice quarter with narrow streets, many shops, several churches and a circle of flowers, there is even a wall of an old castle of the 18th century. There are lots of nice boutiques where you can buy sarongs, shirts, blouses made of the Arab silk and ties for men, and souvenir shops with excellent quality gifts.
It's an amazing place for lovers of old towns. All the streets are well maintained and built in the Spanish style - mostly there are white and blue colors, all the houses are not similar to each other, they grow oranges in the backyard, and there is a beautiful church with an area of narrow streets and small private shops. The charming Andalusia quarter and the cobblestone streets are framed by houses with small balconies. The narrow streets are quiet during the day, but at night it is filled with a fun audience that goes bar/restaurant hopping until the wee hours of the morning. In the evening, take a very pleasant stroll, sit at an outdoor cafe or restaurant, try the local cuisine, as well as watch a must-see spectacle of Flamenco. The Old Quarter of Marbella maybe small, but it is worth seeing for its interesting sights and historic features.
Avenida del Mar
The Avenida del Mar is one of the most remarkable places in the city. It is a small and picturesque park that is overlooking the waterfront. On one side there is the sea and the beach on the other side of the park with many unusual and wonderful sculptures (all works are original). Right and left there are fountains and it is very pleasant to walk. The street goes straight to the beach of Marbella. Along the way it is an open air museum where you can observe the original works of Salvador Dali.
In summer, the marble tiles are hot and it is better to walk in the evening or in the morning. It has hotels and luxury apartment buildings up to the beach area. Aside from the Dali statues, water fountains, there are places of snack shops, fine restaurants, and great pubs. There are no cars allowed and the avenue is totally pedestrian. Many tourists visit this part of the city, especially to meet and admire the works of the masters. It is perhaps the most famous street in Marbella. It starts from the seafront promenade and go all the way up to the Alameda Park. Be sure to visit this major avenue and attraction when in Marbella.
It is a cozy park with a lovely fountain in the middle. It is very pleasant to walk there because there are lots of plants and flowers. Everything is very well maintained and clean. For photography lovers, the Alameda Park in Marbella is a paradise, because it is truly memorable and beautiful. The park is only five minutes away from the waterfront. In the middle of the park, there is a fountain with tiles and the coat of arms of Spain. The old tall trees provide shade in the summer heat. The park is small and made cozy with its interesting stone benches.
There are many good cafes and restaurants nearby; the place is quite exotic and very close to the famous Avenida del Mar. The interesting benches are decorated with mosaics (the Spanish love to decorate ceramic mosaic plates with the names of streets, fountains and facades of buildings, and even the bench). There is also a beautiful fountain that is decorated with paintings of fish and ships.
Puerto Banus Marina
The Puerto Banus Marina is a famous marina of Marbella. It is here where you will find the big yachts and the rich people. Puerto Banus is also the place of branded shops. Along with the luxury yachts, there is a place dedicated to international shops such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel and many other signature brands. In Marbella, the stores operate in the months of July, August and the first two weeks of September and the shops open on Sundays.
In the rest of the year, the shops are closed on Sundays. The market is nice with lots of clothing of varying composition and quality, even if the first part is very narrow and always crowded. The Puerto Banus Marina can be reached from the downtown Marbella by bus L1. Indeed, it is the place to see and be seen in Marbella. It is the ideal place for glitter and glamour, and the jet setting crowd; aside from yachts, nice clothes, five star restaurants, and expensive luxury cars.
Puerto Cabopino Beach & Marina
Puerto Cabopino Beach & Marina is a small marina with restaurants and cafes. It is a nice sandy beach for small children. The marina is always busy and crowded, so you better come early. Cabopino houses one of the best naturist beaches in Spain. It is nice, big, and broad. In the beginning, there is a crowded parking lot where you can easily drive to a quieter area and pass through the dunes to reach the wide beach and marina.
It is also one of the few beaches on the Costa del Sol where you are not surrounded by huge buildings. Cabopino is a nice harbor with several restaurants, including an Indian, Chinese, French, and Spanish restaurants. It is a quiet beach compared to all the lively beaches of Puerto Banus and there are nice restaurants where you can eat or buy ice cream. It has a romantic lighthouse where you can go fishing; as well as there is the port where you can watch the yachts and boats passing by.
Funny Beach is a small beach club outside Marbella to Malaga, there are many parking places, a wonderful state, chairs with umbrella and beds to rent. It has lots of recreational opportunities for children. The restaurants and the served food selections here are also impressive. Entertainment is guaranteed because it has good rides for the kids and a very good kart circuit.
The beach is of good quality, free of dust and sand stones; full of activities and water sports facilities for a relaxing day. Karting, water sports, restaurants and cafes make it a convenient place to spend time with the family. It is a great place to enjoy the beach, leisure, and friends.
The Constitution Park is a good rest after walking on the beach. It is located on the second line from the sea. The huge old trees here provide a pleasant coolness even in the midday heat! There is a playground and a cafe where you can eat and drink a cup of coffee. This part of the Old Town is very close to all the attractions nearby. It is considered as a treasured island of greenery in the beautiful Andalucía town of Marbella. The nice park with a lot of vegetation has original benches that are lined with stone tiles.
The area is fenced, but there is a playground. The huge branched trees create an oasis of cool even during the hot weather. The wonderful cafe in the park will make you relax while your kids are playing with toys and ride on different cars and bikes provided by the cafe. Everything is there for a good and relaxing holiday: benches, children's playgrounds, many old trees and beautiful flower beds. If you are walking around the Marbella Old Quarter; this place is worth a visit.
Fuente de la Virgen del Rocio
The Fuente de la Virgen del Rocio is a fountain with multi-colored lights in the central part of Marbella. The beautiful fountain in the center of the park is a 5-minute walk from the waterfront. It is a great place for a small stop, where you can chill or relax with a book on the benches nearby. The walk is necessary and will make you fall in love with the city.
Illuminated at night, this fountain looks stunning, well decorated, and charming. It is in the center of a magnificent square with heavily wooded marble floors that are coated with tiles. See also the ceramic benches and cross the street (toward the sea) to see the Dali statues in front.
Ayuntamiento City Hall
The Ayuntamiento City Hall is one of the most visited sites in Marbella. It is a place that is really well installed and ready for tourists. It is a beautiful square that is teeming with terraces and restaurants. It is a typical Andalucía fishing village that is converted to a plaza and the heart of the activity in the old town of Marbella.
It is one of the nicest squares of Marbella. Full of life, light, happy locals, and flowers. You can dine, eat some churros or take a glass of wine in this beautiful square. The municipality is located in the pedestrian center of the city and it is often referred to as the urban resort of Marbella.
Paseo Maritimo is the promenade area of Marbella that is quiet, pleasant, and safe. In addition to the beautiful promenade there are many bars and restaurants where you can easily find typical regional dishes. The boardwalk takes you from the fishing port of Puerto Banus, which is about 8 kilometers and passes by the best hotels and houses on the beach. It is excellent and quiet in winter; you can walk, jog, drive or bike, or simply sit and watch the sea.
Museo del Grabado Espanol Contemporaneo (The Engraving Museum)
The Museo del Grabado Espanol Contemporaneo is a surprising museum in the heart of old Marbella. The Engraving Museum is one of the most important museums in the province of Malaga. It houses a magnificent collection and also organizes very good temporary exhibitions throughout the year; as well as courses and conferences. Culturally, it is a major attraction for the city of Marbella. It was created by a lover and connoisseur of art and now continued by his son. The collection was donated to the city more than two decades ago by the eminent art expert Jose Luis Morales.
The historic palace location of the museum is the successful result of the rehabilitation of the old building that was once called the Bazan Hospital, which also hosts cultural activities of all kinds and a meeting point of the city. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful old town of Marbella, visit this museum to discover an atypical landscape that is open to culture and art.
Vina & Bodega Remsamen
A visit to the Vina & Bodega Remsamen is an absolute must when in Marbella. The Dutch growers Marjolein and René know what they are doing and talking about and has successfully maintained this vineyard with a beautiful setting. The vineyard has a good explanation of grapes and winemaking in Marbella. The place is set against a stunning backdrop and complemented by the passionate and smooth talking René and Marjolein as they discuss the extensive story about the process of winemaking in the Costa del Sol territory. They make excellent wines of Merlot, Chardonnay and Caberbet Savignon. Enthusiastically, they tell everything about the entire process and ends at the final bottles of wine. It is an absolute must and a great diversion from the tour of beaches and busy streets of the city. After the tour, you can relax on the terrace with some wine and great tasting tapas.
Marbella is a fabulously beautiful old town and despite its antiquity is still very photogenic. There are a lot of good pictures under virtually any lighting condition. In the city center alone, who would have thought that in the neighborhood of modernism hides a magnificent old town, where you can walk through the narrow streets decorated with flower pots and get yourself immersed in the fragrance of the orange trees. Come and spend unforgettable hours and days in Marbella and you will be amazed by the beauty and gems you will find in every corner.
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