Marbella is one of the most charming tourist cities in the province of Malaga. It is much more than luxury and Puerto Banus. Apart from the beach, sun and VIP nights, Marbella has a typical Andalusian historic center, small shops and old bars and corners reminiscent of its Roman and Arabic origins.
What to see in Marbella?
Beaches of Marbella.
Marbella has 23 beaches along its 27 km long coastline. Marbella is home to some of the best beaches of the Costa del Sol, and has been awarded the highest number of blue flags in Andalusia.
We are not going to name all the beaches of Marbella in this post, but we will list the TOP 7:
Playa del cable, where apart from pedal boats, deckchairs and kayaks you can play beach volleyball and do water sports.
Playa de Guadalmina, it counts with the only windsurfing club in Marbella.
Playa de Alicate, it’s one of the favorite beaches of the local population.
Playa Hermosa, a beach that stands out for its shallowness and its proximity to the center of Marbella.
Playa Nikki Beach, known all over the world for its prestige and its parties.
Playa de Cabopino, this beach is becoming increasingly popular for its clear and clean waters.
Playa del Ancón, located in the Golden Mile
Center of Marbella.
We will show you below a list of places to visit if you come to Marbella:
– Walk around the historical center
– Go to the Plaza de los Naranjos, and eat some churros!
– Walk along the castle walls. These walls were built in the eleventh and twelfth centuries and they are the most important vestige of Muslim civilization in the city
– Discover Dali on the Avenida Del Mar
– Walk in the Alameda Park
Puerto Banús Marbella.
Puerto Banús, declared a Center of National Touristic Interest and holder of a golden medal for Tourist Merit. The port enjoys a privileged climate. It is estimated that there are around 320 days of sunshine a year!
A walk around the port takes us between yachts and luxury cars, the best firms and designers and the best restaurants in town.
If you come to Puerto Banús, don’t forget to stop by Rosascafe Marbella, one of the most photographed places in Puerto Banús, known for its mural of 35,000 roses.
You can rent a boat to be a fisherman for a day, or make an excursion to see the dolphins.
And to finish the morning, take a walk through the spaces of the Port and go on a gastronomic trip around the world. You will find Lebanese, Italian, Belgian, American, Japanese and Mexican restaurants.
You can spend the afternoon visiting the luxurious shops that Puerto Banus offers and finish the night in one of the prestigious nightclubs in the area, such as Olivia Valère.
Best restaurants in Marbella.
If you feel like giving yourself a treat, we are going to name the 5 best restaurants in Marbella.
Firstly, Dani García, known for having three Michelin stars, is one of the best restaurants in Marbella. It is an elegant complex,with an Andalusian style, in a magnificent subtropical garden that gives it that privacy we all desire.
Secondly, we find the Brillante restaurant, with one Michelin star. It is a tiny restaurant located in the old town, which offers an interesting and bold approach to high quality cuisine.
We continue with the MESSINA restaurant, with one Michelin star. It has an attractive menu with a wide variety of delicious and innovative dishes, with recipes from Spain, South America and Asia.
Next, we present you the restaurant EL LAGO, with one Michelin star. It is located on a relaxing golf course in front of an artificial lake.
And finally, BIBO, a bistro with a touch of Andalusia. It is informal, colorful and fun. If you visit it, you will discover the cuisine of award-winning chef Dani García in its most uninhibited form.