Known for its beaches, luxurious surroundings and parties, Marbella is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain. If you are planning on visiting the Costa del Sol, or even if you live in Marbella and the surrounding areas and you want to discover a little more about the city, then this post is for you! Here are five places that you can’t miss during your visit to Marbella.
1. Avenue of the Sea
There's no better way to start your tour of Marbella than taking a stroll through this short and famous avenue. In addition to connecting the Alameda (another place you can't miss) with the promenade, you can enjoy a pleasant walk while admiring Dalí's 10 bronze carved statues. For sure, this free open-air museum will make even the least passionate about art and architecture fall in love. Once you finish your stroll, how about having breakfast or a drink in one of the cafes or bars along the promenade?
2. Beaches of Marbella
At the end of the Avenida del Mar you’ll find the Playa de la Venus, one of the most famous beaches in Marbella due to its central location. If you are only in the city for a short time, we recommend that you at least enjoy a sunset from its shore. One of the highlights along Marbella’s 27 kilometers of coastline is the Playa del Cable, also known as Bounty Beach by the local youngsters. This area is mainly known for its numerous parties and affordable beach bars along with a wide range of hammocks, canoes and pedal boats for hire, making it the perfect place if you are looking for fun and want to meet new people. However, if you prefer to enjoy the coast in a more exclusive atmosphere, we recommend the Playa Nagüeles, located in the "Golden Mile" of Marbella. This beach of fine golden sand is surrounded by the most exclusive hotels, restaurants and clubs, so you may be lucky enough to run into a celebrity.
3. Cabopino Beach
This beach deserves a special place on our list as it is considered by many as the most beautiful beach on the Costa del Sol. Cabopino Beach was declared a Natural Monument by the Junta de Andalucia in 2001 and is one of the top places in the area to fully connect with nature. In addition, the area has several trails that you can do on foot before cooling off with a nice swim in its blue flag beach. Oh, and don't forget to climb one of the sand dunes! There isn’t much else to say about this beach, as we are sure that once you visit you too will fall in love with it.
4. The Historic Center
Despite being a coastal city, the tourist centre of Marbella does not go unnoticed. In this case, we recommend that you go into the area and get lost in its narrow streets that are filled with Moorish architecture.
You can visit the narrow Arabic-style streets, go into the souvenir and craft shops and observe the historic centre. You also can’t forget the famous Plaza de los Naranjos with its intense aroma of orange blossom. If you want to see even more of Marbella, we recommend you pay a visit to the wall which surrounds the city, the town hall building or enter a church or chapel in the center.
5. Puerto Banús
As we mentioned earlier, if Marbella is famous for anything, it’s for luxury, its restaurants and exclusive parties and for being the favorite place for many celebrities on the Costa del Sol. Therefore, we recommend you stroll around the area, go into one of the shops on the promenade and even sit on a terrace to enjoy a drink, lunch or dinner in one of the local bars and restaurants. Afterwards, continue your visit admiring the numerous boats and yachts moored all along Puerto Banús. Of course, if you want to enjoy a full luxury experience, you can also rent a boat or sign up for an excursion!
Now you are ready for your visit to Marbella. If you want to enjoy other places on the Costa del Sol, stay tuned to our blog!