If you are lucky enough to be planning a luxury family villa in Marbellathis year, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do.
Our top 7 things to do in Marbella include:
1. Puerto Banus
No visit to Marbella is complete without experiencing the glitzy and glamorous Puerto Banus. Enjoy views over the big boats in a waterside café, dance until dawn in one of the many award-winning clubs or check out a choice of stunning restaurants, serving everything from fresh lobster and caviar to English pub grub and pizzas. A regular boat trip from Banus to Marbella gives you a great view of the coast.
2. The Old Town, Marbella
Winding, cobbled streets, a choice of international restaurants, tapas bars and quirky, independent shops line the streets off Orange Square. Explore the streets and maybe pop into an art gallery or enjoy a coffee while people-watching. The 15th-century Ermita de Santiago church is also worth visiting or lose yourself in the network of alleys that are home to chapels, castles and the original town walls.
3. Beach bars galore
There is nothing better than eating fresh fish with a large mixed salad, a bottle of wine or a jug of sangria in one of Marbella’s famed chiringuitos or beach bars. Choose from squid, octopus, lemon anchovies (boquerones) or a seafood paella – accompanied by a basket of crusty bread and some delicious ali-oli (garlic mayonnaise). This really is heaven on a plate and the location is out of this world.
4. Tapas bars
While we are on an ‘eating’ theme, sample some of the tasty tapas in a choice of bars and cafés just a couple of streets back from the beach. Highly recommended is the local Iberian ham and cheese, seafood salad, house-made Spanish omelette, meatballs with almond sauce, patatas bravas, croquettes with ham and béchamel and prawns pil-pil – served in a steaming dish with garlic, olive oil, chilli and bread to mop up the juices!
5. Stroll along the prom, prom, prom …
Marbella’s beautiful seafront promenade is lined with attractive restaurants, cocktail bars, gift shops and pavement cafés to suit all tastes. The tourist road train is a great way to get around. Stopping off at some of the town’s most popular attractions, let the train take the strain and hop on-off wherever takes your fancy. Trains leave from Calle del Faro at the lighthouse located in front of La Pesquera restaurant and sights include: Represa Park, Malaga bridge and the Bonsai Museum.
6. Marbella to Puerto Banus walk
This fabulous ocean-front walk takes you from the west end of Marbella to Puerto Banus, passing some beautiful villas on route. With a choice of beach bars to stop off at for a drink or a bite to eat, stunning sea views and the Marbella Club and Puente Romano hotel along the route, there’s plenty to see. The whole walk is approximately 7.6km (4.8 miles) and takes around 1 hour, 30 minutes at a brisk pace. If you’re too tired to walk back, catch the boat from Puerto Banus Marina. The Costa del Sol is the perfect place to book a luxury event villa in Marbella.
There’s not getting away from it – golf is one of the most popular sports on the Costa del Sol and with over 70 golf courses dotted along the coast, some of the best are in Marbella. Book a green fee at Aloha, Dama de Noche, Los Naranjos or La Quinta Golf & Country Club in Golf Valley, Nueva Andalucia. All offer golf lessons, a driving range and club house to suit all members of the family.
Marbella is one of the most southernly resorts in Europe and its micro climate offers an average of 320 days of sunshine each year. What better place to book a luxury Marbella villa for a family holiday?