What To Do In Marbella
If you are new to the area, you will be thrilled by how much it has to offer. Based upon the length of your stay, you may be interested in exploring the following:
Marbella Old Town
Wander through the cobblestone streets and see the mix of Muslim/Moorish and the Catholic architecture and influences. Peak into little boutiques and enjoy some churros in the Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Square) or some tapas in the charming bars and restaurants located in the surrounding narrow streets. Remember, shops are closed from 2-5pm for siesta.
Walk down to the main paseo (Paseo Marítimo) and walk along the water. Highly recommend having a casual lunch on the beach at Chiringuito La Ola or, if you prefer more international cuisine, then try Cappuccino Marbella.
A great place to people-watch, eat, shop, and check out all the sports cars and yachts parked in the marina. You will find all top brand boutiques there, and lots of bars, restaurants and rooftops to choose from at day and night. Shops along the marina are open past midnight. For Golf & SPA activities, as well as further info about Marbella, you can check the wide range of options available here. And if you have time, don’t miss some extra easy trips!
This busy and modern city is 30 minutes away from Marbella. Here you can visit the Roman Theater, Alcazaba Fortress, Picasso’s Birthplace and the Cathedral.
Situated 2 hours 30 minutes from Marbella, this is the last historically Arabic city in Spain. You can visit the 11th wonder of the world: the Alhambra. The Alhambra forbidden city also includes: Gardens of Paradise, military fortress and the renowned Nasrid Palaces. If you’re visiting the Alhambra, make sure to book tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line.
Two hours from Marbella, Cordoba is a city where Jews, Christians and Muslims lived together in peace and harmony in the most scientifically advanced European city of the Middle Ages. Visit a mosque converted into a cathedral after the Reconquest in 1236, the Jewish Quarters, known for their jewelers, whitewashed houses and red gardenias so well-known in southern Spanish architecture.
Situated 2 hours 30 minutes from Marbella, Sevilla has many impressive monuments dating back over the centuries including the Alcázar fortress and the Giralda bell tower of the gothic cathedral.
Ninety minutes from Marbella (and requiring a passport), you can cross the Spanish border into British territory to visit the British bobbies and the southernmost point in Europe. You can climb to the top of the Rock and see breathtaking views of the Spanish and Moroccan coastlines. You can also visit St. Michael’s Caves, the Barbary Apes Den, Great Siege Tunnels and a Moorish Fortress.
One hour from Marbella, Ronda is the birthplace of bullfighting. The Ronda bullring has staged some of the most important events in bullfighting history. It is also a place to stroll along the edge of high cliffs overlooking the fertile countryside, visit the the Arabic quarters with cobblestone streets leading to the Collegiate Church and the Medieval Palace of Don Bosco.
Jerez de la Frontera & Cadiz
Situated 2 hours 30 minutes from Marbella, Cadiz is a traditional village where you can visit Zahara de la Sierra, birthplace of Arab noblemen, conquistadors and bandits. Jerez de la Frontera is worldwide known for its Spanish horse shows, flamenco dancing and sherry wineries. Feel free to partake in olive oil and wine tastings when in Cadiz.
Following a one hour ferry trip from Marbella to Tarifa, Tangiers is easily accessibly via catamaran (20 minute drive from Finca Cortesin Hotel). It is a remarkable city where you’ll experience the magic of Morocco. You can visit the souk, Medina and Kasbah, ride camels and visit Hercules’ caves.
The above day trips are easy to explore or you can use the following tour company (please reference our Wedding Planner, Lucia Fraga, from Caprichia weddings + events):
How to Get to Marbella
Málaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol, and where the main airport is located; Pablo Ruiz Picasso.
The hotels we have recommended are easily accessible via taxis from the airport.
Taxi Sol: +34 952 823 535
Marbella Taxis: +34 952 774 488
Rent a Car
Avis: +34 952 81 45 94
Yellow Car: +34 952 831 492 / +34 952 831 553
Firefly: +34 952 244 942
Car with Driver:
Garcatri Private Car: +34 952 791 680
Prestige Car Transfers: +34 657 451 797
Trains to Malaga
The high speed train, AVE, from Madrid is approximately a 2.5 hour journey (direct train).