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Marbella Area Guide

“Marbella, Five-Star Destination”

The well-known holiday destination of Marbella is situated along the Mediterranean coast in the province of Malaga and is surrounded by the slopes of the Sierra Blanca Mountains.  Marbella is bordered on the north by the municipalities of Istán and Ojén, on the northwest by Benahavís, on the west by Estepona and on the northeast by Mijas.

Marbella boasts a diverse array of shops, restaurants, bars and club it is easy to see why this place has become loved by many.

Malaga International Airport is approximately an hour’s drive. If you have not hired a car or organised transport, the airport offers a large number of taxi services and a regular train service to Fuengirola. Unfortunately there is no train directly to Marbella itself but once you are in Fuengirola there are regular buses available. It takes roughly 45 minutes to reach Marbella central.

Marbella is not all beaches, glitz and glam, it also offers a wide range of culture such as museums, cinemas, theatres, art galleries and many cultural events are organised throughout the whole year.

Marbella Bonsai Museum is said to have one of the best collection of Bonsai trees in Europe and one of the best Olive tree collection in the world. 

The Ralli Museum exhibits work by the famous Dalí and other Latin-American and European artists.

Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones Adolfo is the exhibition and conference centre in Marbella. It hosts all kinds of exhibitions and new events for both the tourists and the citizens of Marbella.

Like with most Spanish towns and cities, Marbella celebrates all religious holidays. For several celebrations the town will display precessions and the streets can be filled with lots of different vibrant colours. 

Marbella is a town that offers an array of different activities, you can enjoy the white sandy beaches, water sports, excursions, shopping and fine dining. You just have to walk down the bustling streets in the summer months to see how popular this destination really is.

With over 15 golf courses in Marbella and with many more in the surrounding area, you can easily see why this place is paradise for many golfers and you will often find many nationalities travel here to play golf and live the life of luxury in the sun.

In the old town of Marbella it is very pleasant to walk around the cobble streets.

Right in the heart of the old town you will find a quaint little square, Plaza de los Naranjos, where you will be able to enjoy local cuisine while admiring the beautiful orange trees located in the plaza.

Puerto Deportivo de Marbella’s is not only popular with tourists but also locals. With a relaxed friendly atmosphere and lots of bars surrounding luxury boats and yachts, it is easy to see why it is so popular all year round.

For those of you that enjoy a bit of park life, you can venture to Parque de la Consititucion but there are also other smaller parks dotted around the town too.

Marbella is a shopper’s heaven, from hyper stores, designer stores and boutiques to back street tourist shops. Most shops are dotted around the town but if you fancy something indoors why not try  La Cañada and/or El Corte Ingles. 

Just a little further up the coast you will finds the infamous Puerto Banús. This port offers a number of delicious restaurants, bars and shops. It is even possible you can do some celebrity spotting! 

Marbella offers a 27km stretch of beaches with a number of different chiringuitos, which are very popular and most open until late.

There are also many luxury beach bars and clubs, such as the well-known Ocean Club Marbella, Nikki Beach and Bora Bora Beach Club, which are spread across the coast line. Here you can relax by the pools and indulge with cocktails and champagne.


There is one main police station on Avenida Arias de Velasco, 25, and there are also several public and private hospitals available around the town.

The Ayuntamiento de Marbella (town hall) is located in Plaza de los Naranjos which we mentioned earlier.

For families with children we understand that schools are very important. Marbella offers a number of public and private schools to suit all ages and needs. There is also an English international school available.

Marbella is famous for its night life and will certainly not go hungry in this town. There are plenty of exceptional restaurants and bars to satisfy all pallets so it’s no wonder why this down is so busy, even in the winter time!

Puerto Deportivo of Marbella is an excellent choice for a chilled-out atmosphere where you can relax with tapas and cocktails. If you feel like getting your groove on with a little bit of dancing, the Lemmon bar is a good choice however the town does also offer a number of discos including the renowned Funky Buddha.

If you are looking for more glitz perhaps taxing a short taxi ride to Puerto Banus is for you. Here you have the ´Golden Mile` with various bars and cocktail lounges and later on in the night you can hit the discos for some serious dancing. Some popular places to go are La Sala, Aquamist, Tibu, Pangea, Babilona, Linekers, New Café and Sinatras to name a few.

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