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Getting to Marbella

Malaga airport is the nearest airport to Marbella and is the fourth largest airport in Spain, handling flights from over 120 countries worldwide. Its continued expansion will increase this number over of the next few years. Malaga airport is only 45 minutes by car to Marbella.


Marbella is on the Costa del Sol, just 45 minutes drive from Malaga airport.

Nestled under the La Concha Mountain, it enjoys it´s own micro climate which together with over 320 days of sunshine a year, makes it an ideal holiday destination all year round.

The charming Old Town (Casco Antiguo) has quaint narrow streets filled with colourful geraniums and bougainvillea. In the heart of the Old Town is the beautiful Orange Square (Plaza de los Naranjos) where you can sit and relax and enjoy a meal or a drink under the fragrant orange trees. In the cobbled streets surrounding the square there are restaurants, traditional tapas bars, shops and chic boutiques.

The Paseo Maritimo is a paved promenade running alongside the beautiful sandy beach and stretches some 5 miles along the Golden Mile, from Marbella to Puerto Banus. Along the promenade there is a wide variety of bars and restaurants, perfect for watching the beautiful sunsets, the views of Africa and Gibraltar and of course people watching.

There are two ports in Marbella:

  • The pleasure Marina has a variety of bars and restaurants overlooking the port which is home for some luxurious boats. The ideal place for lunch or maybe an early evening cocktail?
  • The older port is the fishing port which is still in operation. The best time to visit is in the early morning when the fishing boats return with their night´s catch. To sample the freshest fish just visit one of the restaurants in the old port or one of the chiringuitos (beach restaurants) along the beach. A speciality of Marbella is freshly caught sardines cooked on a BBQ in front of you.

Places to visit from Marbella.

- Puerto Banus - Built in the early 1970´s this is the place for the rich and famous. The port is home to some of the world´s biggest yachts and even if you do not have a few million in the bank you can sit in one of the trendy quayside bars or restaurants and people watch those that have. Geting to Puerto Banus from Marbella is easy; either walk along the Paseo (it´s about an hour), take a taxi or a bus (about 10 minutes) or take the boat from Marbella port and arrive in the port of Banus like the super rich.

- Benahavis - A small white washed village just 7 km inland from Puerto Banus that has become the gastronomic capital of the Costa del Sol. Over 40 restaurants of all nationalities and cooking styles nestled into this small village.

- Ronda - Situated on the edge of the beautiful Grazalema National Park, this is one of the most popular day trips for people staying on the Costa del Sol. Only 1 hour drive through spectacular scenery from Marbella. One of the oldest towns in Spain, Ronda has had a colourful and turbulent past as reflected by its fine heritage of historical buildings. The main tourist attraction is the spectacular Tajo Gorge bridge with the river 100 m below.

- Seville - Considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. It is a vibrant city with fantastic atmosphere. This is a town that likes to party all through the night and their annual Feria is one of the most spectacular in Spain.

- Cordoba - A beautiful small town with cobbled streets lined with stunning architecture. Founded in Roman times and once the capital of the Moors Empire. The Mezquita (Mosque) is a remaining monument that is a must to see.

- Malaga - The capital of the Costa del Sol. A port city that combines the old narrow streets filled with traditional tapas bars and family run shops, with large commercial shopping centres. Along the beaches there are some fantastic fish restaurants. For Football fans Malaga play in the Spanish Premier League and a bus runs from Marbella to all the home games.

- Gibraltar - The small British colony with its impressive rock that dominates the strait between Spain and Morocco. Official rock tours take you up to the top where you can meet the famous monkeys and take in the stunning views across to Africa. It´s also a Tax Free Shopping Haven.

- Tarifa - Lies on the windy Atlantic coast making it ideal for surfers and wind surfers. The beaches are stunning, with beautiful white sand and clear blue waters. The town is very bohemian, laid back, fun loving and friendly.

- Mijas - A charming white washed village in the mountains half an hour drive from Marbella. It offers spectacular panoramic views of the coast. A unique way to explore the village is on one of the famous donkey taxis.

- Granada - Sits beneath the Sierra Nevada. The magnificent Alhambra palace dominates the city. It is considered by many to be the eigth wonder of the world. The city can be explored on foot as most places of interest are within walking distance of the centre.

- Sierra Nevada - The mountains and ski resort of the Sierra Nevada play host to a wide variety of winter sports. You can spend the morning skiing and the afternoon back on the beach basking in the Mediterranean sunshine.