We leave you with this list of 10 essentials on what to see and do in Marbella to help you prepare your visit to one of the most glamorous cities in southern Spain. Situated in the province of Malaga, between Estepona and Fuengirola, you'll find Marbella. More than luxury, parties and yachts, it offers to all its visitors an unequalled charm with a wonderful historical centre with streets and corners full of charm. A perfect destination that combines beaches, shopping and relaxation.
Not to be missed!
What to see and do in Marbella
This old fishing village began at the end of the 50's when it started to become the summer residence of many famous and rich people from all over the world, thanks to its good climate all year round, characteristic of the province of Malaga, and its great leisure offer. It stands out for the luxury that accompanies it, as it belongs to the famous Golden Mile and highlighting its popular festivals such as lhe Marbella Fair where its patron saint, San Bernabé, is celebrated.
Marbella Old Town
Full of narrow streets, small squares, Andalusian architecture and picturesque Moorish touches. If you are one of those who like to take snapshots that you will keep forever, you will fall in love with its white houses, the balconies in bloom and the local craft shops. Don't miss the Paco Lorenzo passage, Anduar street or Nueva street, among others. Strolling through the old town is one of the the best things to do in Marbella.
The Avenue of the Sea
If you like art, you can't miss the Avenida del Mar, a small avenue that connects the Alameda Park with the Paseo Marítimo, it is an open-air museumas it is known for the 10 sculptures by Salvador Dalí.
Strolling through the Alameda Park
Just at the entrance to the old town, the Alameda park is surrounded by ceramic benches where you can sit and relax in the shade of the trees. It is the city's green lung and a real place of tranquillity. Also, if you feel like stopping for tapas or a drink, it is located next to numerous bars.
Plaza de los Naranjos
From the Alameda you will reach the Plaza de los Naranjos, the centre of the old town and considered one of the most important places in the city. favourite places to visit in Marbella. Surrounded by the typical white houses and several historic buildings such as the Town Hallwhere the town hall of Marbella is located.a Casa del Corregidorwith Gothic and Renaissance elements from the 16th century, and the Hermitage of SantiagoThe church is the oldest religious building in Marbella.
In this square the typical thing to do is eating chocolate with churros or enjoy the tapas bars in Marbella.
Another of our favourite places in Marbella is the Calle Ancha, a stately street from the 19th century, which is characterised by its noble houses with large balconies full of flowers. This street ends in the beautiful Plaza de Santo Cristo where the Ermita del Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz is located.
The Alcazaba and the walls of Marbella
Built between the 11th and 12th centuries, the ruins of this castle are one of the most important buildings preserved in Marbella since the Muslim civilisation and it was declared a Bien de Interés Cultural for its good state of preservation. The walk along the walls is a great way to start your itinerary of must-sees in Marbella.
Church of Santa María de la Encarnación
Located in the Plaza de la Iglesia, is one of the most important buildings in the city of Marbella, the Iglesia Mayor de Santa María de la Encarnación, built at the beginning of the 18th century. after the reconquest by the Catholic Monarchs where the Great Mosque was located. It has three naves in baroque style and its main façade is characterised by its red stone in Rococo style. The most impressive part of the building is the interior, which is notable for its the Sol Mayor Organone of the most important built in Spain.
Like curious factIt is well known because it was in this church that Lolita Flores got married in the summer of 1983 and Lola Flores left for history the great phrase of "If you want me, go away!"More than 5,000 people trickled into this tempo during the ceremony.
Marbella Promenade and Beaches
Enjoying its beaches is undoubtedly one of the most important the best things to see and do in Marbella. No more, no less, there are 24 beaches in Marbella with a total length of 17 kilometres from Marbella to San Pedro de Alcántara.
Your seafront promenade is on the route of the famous Coastal Path of the Great Path of Malaga and you can visit the Marbella Marina. It takes approximately two hours to walk it and at the Puente Romano hotel you can see Gibraltar and the African Coast.
Only in Marbella centre you can stroll along Marbella's promenade and enjoy the seafront promenade. the Fontanila beach in the city centre, Bounty beach or better known as Cable Beach is one of the liveliest beaches in Marbella, Lighthouse Beach where the lighthouse is located or the beach of NagüelesThe property is located on Marbella's golden mile, surrounded by the city's most luxurious restaurants, clubs and hotels.
Visiting Puerto Banús
In addition to all the places you must see in Marbella, you will be interested in visit the Golden Mile with its prestigious villas along the coast, without forgetting the luxurious Puerto Banús, you can see more information in our post of 10 essential things to visit and do in Puerto Banús.
Where to eat in Marbella
Make the most of the opportunity to sample the gastronomy of Marbella, from the famous espetos or pescaito frito as in the Marbella Mile up to large Michelin-starred restaurantsfor carnivores the restaurant Firewood Marbella and for those who want to treat themselves to seafood and fish, Lobito de Marboth restaurants owned by Dani García.
If you are more tapas we recommend one of the most popular bars, known by locals and travellers alike, the Salón de Marbella.
On the other hand, if you feel like a good rice you can't miss El Cortijo in the heart of the city centre.
If you want to an experience that blends the traditional with five-star distinction.Marbella, one of the must-see places on the Costa del Sol, is not to be missed.
Excursions to Marbella, Puerto Banus and Mijas - The best way to get to know these destinations in one day
We recommend that you take advantage of the Excursion to Marbella and Mijas from Malaga and from the Costa del Sol so that you don't miss any detail of what to see and do in Marbella.
Excursions from Marbella & Excursions from Puerto Banus
If you are in the area of Marbella and Puerto Banus and you want to discover the different points of Andalusia from Marbella and Puerto Banus, here are the available excursions:
Excursion Caminito del Rey from Marbella and from Western Costa del Sol
Excursion to Morocco from Malaga and from Algeciras
Excursion to Gibraltar from Malaga and Costa del Sol
Excursion to Gibraltar and Dolphin Sightseeing by Boat from Malaga
Excursion to Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas from Gibraltar and from Tarifa