June – August
LCY → AGP
Freedom of movement
Taxi: 39 £GBP (45 min)
Shuttle: 4 £GBP (65 min)
Its Spain’s answer to St Tropez and Marbella allows you to see how the ‘other half’ lives. Think bronzed bodies, luxury yachts, and cocktails – shaken not stirred. Marbella is full of glitz and glamour and is proud to claim it is ‘the’ place to visit on the Costa del Sol. Socks and sandals are fashion faux pas here, Marbella holidays are about looking good and feeling great. Get ready to mix and mingle with the rich and famous.
Not just a popular destination in its own right, holidays in Marbella are perfect for holidaymakers who want to see more. Day trips to Malaga, Mijas and Puerto Banus are easy meaning you can see everything the Costa del Sol has to offer.
July is Marbella’s hottest month with an average temperature of 24 degrees Celsius (75 Fahrenheit) while the coldest month is January with average temperatures of 11 degrees Celsius (52 Fahrenheit). Notice that november is the wettest month with an average of 115 millimetres of rain, so this time is not very suitable for holidays to Marbella. August is the best month for swimming in the sea with an average sea temperature of 24 degrees Celsius (75 Fahrenheit).
Once a fishing village full of whitewashed buildings, Marbella’s Old Town is a fascinating blend of Moorish and Andalusian culture - you can see this for yourself in the narrow streets, colourful floral displays and unique mansions, which have now converted into some of the best places to stay in Marbella if you are looking to soak up the local charm.
Beach lovers are spoiled for choice in Marbella which boasts 20 kilometres (12.5 miles) of coastline, divided into white-sanded beaches lined with lively bars and a seafront promenade. Take a walk along the Pasea Maritimo or delve into the old town’s cobbled streets, lined with pavement cafes and Mediterranean restaurants and top class shops. Some of Andulucia’s best golf courses can be found on Marbella’s outskirts. However, many people come simply for the iconic nightlife, which all unfolds in the stylish marina area and legendary Golden Mile.
Marbella takes in a large slice of the Costa del Sol’s coastline. Pick from numerous Blue Flag beaches like the lively Banana Beach, known for its buzzing bars on the beachfront or the white sanded Playa Fontanilla, one of Marbella’s best places for water sport. For families, Funny Beach is a popular place for holidays to Marbella.
Marbella’s picturesque old town is a labyrinth of narrow streets, running between whitewashed 16th century buildings and opening onto places like Orange Square. The square, known as Plaza de los Naranjos in Spanish, is the centre of the town packed with cafes, restaurants and bars. Be sure to dine authentic tapas during your Marbella holidays.
Marbella’s shopping is fantastic, with numerous up-market boutiques, shopping centres and outdoor markets on Saturdays.
Marbella’s top-notch nightlife is one of its biggest attractions. Top places to visit on a night out include the famed Golden Mile, the city’s most exclusive area. The Mile runs all the way to the Puerto Banus marina where, A-list celebs party in bars in front of gleaming white yachts and the shimmering Mediterranean.