Marbella, a Spanish coastal town on the Costa del Sol, is known for its vibrant nightlife. Bars and clubs are open 24/7 throughout the year. There are plenty of other things to do in Marbella than clubbing. It’s an excellent destination for a family vacation, city break or beach vacation, thanks to its warm weather all year round, beautiful beaches and stunning location. Marbella has 320 days of sunshine annually, making it a great place to spend a winter holiday. The Sierra Blanca mountain range shields the city from harsher climates in other parts of Andalusia. Check availability at our boutique hotel in Marbella.

The city’s location on the coast ensures that temperatures are pleasant all year round. Marbella beaches can be crowded in the summer. If you want a relaxing beach day, head farther along the coast for quieter stretches.

Marbella has a lot of cultural activities, including visiting its art galleries and historic sites. Golf lovers will love Marbella. The city has the most golf courses on the Costa del Sol. Beginners can try out the sport on driving ranges. At the same time, those who are more experienced can choose from various challenging and varied courses. Water sports are also popular in Marbella. You can book a kayaking trip, ride a jet ski on the sea or enjoy a sunset cruise on a yacht.
The city is full of exciting and attractive neighbourhoods. Each neighbourhood has a unique character. Please spend some time walking around the area to get to know it. Enjoy the fresh seafood caught in the port and a variety of delicious tapas while you are in Marbella. Here are the best things to do in Marbella.

1. Wander Plaza de Los Naranjos

Plaza de los Naranjos, or Orange Square, is a beautiful place to begin your Marbella vacation. As its name suggests, the square is filled with orange trees that are colourful and fragrant. The buildings that line the square are painted white and decorated with colourful baskets of flowers. The Plaza de los Naranjos, located in the Old Town, is the ideal place to relax with a glass of Sangria while watching the world go by. You can also grab a bite at a variety of restaurants and cafés. You might also enjoy the Original Marbella Tapas Adventure. Plaza de los Naranjos is at 29601, Marbella.

2. Relax in the Park of Alamea

The Parque de la Alameda, a small, peaceful park in the historic centre of Marbella, has a large fountain lit up at night. The park was opened in the 18th century but has had to be reduced in size due to space and demand over the years. What’s left of the park offers a jungle escape in the middle of the city. The park is full of trees that provide shade, plenty of plants, and colourful flowers. In the park, you can find ferns and banana trees. Many benches have been elaborately tilled to relax on. Parque de la Alameda is at Av. Ramon y Cajal, s/n, 29602, Marbella.

3. Visit Puerto Banus

Puerto Banus is a luxury port resort just a short drive from Marbella. The port and residential area were designed by Jose Banus in 1960. It officially opened in the 1970s. This area of Spain is popular with the rich and famous. It has many trendy bars, fancy restaurants and designer shops. Visit the marina and see some luxury yachts. You may even glimpse a celebrity before you explore the shops.

Aerial top view of luxury yachts in Puerto Banus marina, Marbella, Spain. High quality photo

4. Admie the Artworks along Avenida del Mar

Art lovers will enjoy strolling along Avenida del Mar in Marbella. The street from the Parque de la Alameda up to Venus Beach is lined with palm trees and plenty of benches. Avenida del Mar is most famous for its artworks. The avenue is decorated with 10 bronze sculptures of Salvador Dali depicting various characters. These include a cosmic elephant and Mercury, as well as Don Quixote. Avenida del Mar has become a free open-air museum thanks to the statues. Avenida del Mar can be found at 29602, Marbella.

5. Visit Iglesia of our Senora of the Encarnacion

Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Encarnacion dates back to the early 16th century. The church is a mixture of Gothic and Baroque design and architecture. Visit the church and admire the impressive altar carved in Canadian pine. It was designed in the 18th century. The altar is decorated with a large fresco and golden details. The church was designed as a fortress. Its narrow, high windows give archers the perfect vantage point to aim, and its thick walls protect it from attack. Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Encarnacion is at Pl. de la Iglesia, 29601, Marbella.

6. Explore the Castillo of Marbella

Castillo de Marbella was a castle built in the 9th century in the Old Town of Marbella. It was continuously used until the 15th century when it slowly fell into ruin. The castle was part of an earlier city defence system with thick walls and multiple gates. It’s not accessible to the public due to its condition. However, it is worth viewing from the outside. The exterior of this castle is covered with palm trees, colourful plants and information signs that show what the citadel and the castle would have looked like in its prime. Castillo de Marbella is at Calle Escuela, 29601, Marbella.

Alcazaba of Marbella - Province - Diputación de Málaga

7. Admie Museo Ralli’s Collection

Art lovers can also visit the Museo Ralli in Marbella. This museum of contemporary art houses some of the most significant art pieces from Latin America, Europe and Asia. The museum’s permanent collection includes a wide range of surrealist works, including those by Dali, Man Ray, and Joan Miro. There is a permanent collection of Latin American artworks and sculptures that portray contemporary life and indigenous populations. Explore the museum with the free guide map that shows the best route to take around the exhibitions, or wander around and be inspired by works of art. The museum is open to all. Museo Ralli can be found at Urb. Coral Beach, Rio Verde, N-340, Marbella.

8. Visit el Grabado

Visit the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art, El Grabado. Museo del Grabado Espanol Contemporáneo is a great museum to visit in Marbella. Don Jose Luis Morales Marin established the museum in 1992 to house a variety of essential prints from all over Spain. The museum is located inside the Bazan Hospital. This Renaissance-style building dates back to the mid-1500s. In 2004 the building and its collections were listed as Sites of Cultural Interest. The gallery currently has 4000 pieces of art on show. Some of the prints date back to the 15th century. Museo del Grabado Espanol Contemporaneo is at C. Hospital Bazan, s/n, 29601, Marbella.

9. Play Golf

Marbella, the Spanish city ideal for golfing holidays, has over 70 golf clubs. These golf clubs are of varying difficulty and prestige. La Quinta Golf and Country Club offer a beautiful golf experience amid beautiful gardens. This golf course has hosted tournaments like the European Senior and Ladies European Tour. The club rotates the loops to create a new and exciting course each time. Aloha Golf Club in Marbella is a prestigious club primarily for members, but green fee-paying golfers are also welcome. The rich and famous, as well as some of the biggest names in golf, frequent this golf club. Av. Tomas Pascual, 22, 29678, Benahavis. Aloha Golf Club can be found at Urb. Aloha Golf, s/n, 29660, Marbella.

golf in Marbella when staying at Marbella hotels

10. Explore the Old Town

Explore the old city to get to know the city. The town is renaissance-styled with whitewashed buildings, balconies decorated with colourful flowers and baskets overflowing with whitewashed flowers. There are many tapas bars, ice cream shops, ice cream shops, and souvenir stores. Visit the town hall in the Old Town. It is instantly recognisable by the vibrant blue flowerpots and red flowers that cover its walls. When in this area, you should also explore the Plaza de Iglesia. The square is located next to the Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Encarnacion and has a large fountain. The Old Town in Marbella is a neighbourhood with Plaza de los Naranjos as its centre. You can explore the Old Town or hire a tour guide to take you on a private tour.