Activities in Marbella

Most visitors come to Marbella to enjoy the sun, sea and sand. Marbella has many activities for a great holiday whether you are golfing, party animal, beach lover, food lover or hungry for culture. Here are over 50 golf courses. Along the coast teems with beautiful white mountain villages, cathedrals and Moorish Castle. On the excursion distances are cities like Gibraltar, Granada, Seville, Ronda, Malaga and whoever wants, can even take the ferry to Morocco.

More surprisingly are the amazing trails and routes for mountain bike that Marbella’s geographical position offers, surrounded by the mountains of Sierra Blanca with the emblematic La Concha as a famous landmark


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There are a total of 20 km of beach in the municipality of Marbella and along  this coast line are 23 beaches. Here we have compiled 10 favorites

Playa  Nagüeles

Located on the exclusive Golden Mile stretch. Here are the top hotels, expensive restaurants and the most exclusive beach clubs. Playa Nagüeles is undoubtedly among the top of the list when looking luxurious beach in Marbella.

Bounty Beach

The trendiest beach with water sports such as surf-boarding, kite-surfing or jet skiing. On land Bounty Beach is a playground for beach volleyball and is located near the center of Marbella with a relaxed atmosphere. For those who want to be less active, there is plenty of space to relax on a sun bed and soak up the sun or just relax in the shade

Playa de Rio Real

Just five minutes from Bounty Beach you will find the beautiful Playa de Rio Real. Playa de Rio Real is located just in the beginning of Los Monteros and belong to the same stretch of beach as Alicate and Costabella beaches. Water enthusiasts can enjoy opportunity to try out various water sports such as jetski

Nikki Beach

Beach and club combined, and here you can find a large portion of grand parties, luxurious events and international jet set people. Champagne, beach party and sunset, all in one if you are lucky. Nikki Beach has one of the best ocean views on the coast and is impeccably designed and maintained. Nikki Beach also has bands and guest DJs on selected nights and is a well known spot for celebrities

Playa de Alicate

Beach and club combined, and here you can find a large portion of grand parties, luxurious events and international jet set people. Champagne, beach party and sunset, all in one if you are lucky. Nikki Beach has one of the best ocean views on the coast and is impeccably designed and maintained. Nikki Beach also has bands and guest DJs on selected nights and is a well known spot for celebrities

Playa Hermosa

Shortly after the exit El Rosario, just a few kilometers east of Marbella, is a beach that really lives up to its name Playa Hermosa (beautiful beach). Only 15 minutes from the center of Marbella, you can find this family-friendly beach, this water is shallow and relatively wave free.

Playa Real de Zaragoza

Undoubtedly one of the best beaches.
It is one of the largest beach in the area and is located just 13km from the center of Marbella. Because the beach is both long and is set back from the center of Marbella makes it relatively easy to find a quiet place even during the high season. Real de Zaragoza beach is 1700 meters long and 30 meters wide, the sand is fine and golden. The beach adjoins some of Marbella’s most exclusive and well-known beach clubs, such as Nikki Beach and Don Carlos Beach Club.


Is very well maintained, has wonderful crystal clear water and long sand beaches. There are many different facilities and during the summer months there are lifeguards. The beach is 1500 meters long and 25 meters wide with fine, golden sand. The water is calm and shallow making it ideal for children

Playa Fontanilla

Fontnilla is Marbella’s city central beach and is located within a short distance from the center of Marbella. The beach is a favorite among all people living in Marbella and vacationers. Out of all the city’s beaches it is the most popular and therefore can be a little crowded space during the summer months.

Playa de Nueva Andalucia

The beach stretches west from Puerto Banus exclusive marina, and is approximately 1000 meters long and 30 meters wide. The beach area is made up of a number of small bays with dark and coarse sand. Along the beach, it is a pleasant promenade from Puerto Banus to Nueva Andalucia. There is a definitely awsome with many nice restaurants and bars.


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At Marbella’s many beach clubs, you can spend all day lying on a sunbed with a cocktail followed by an evening of sumptuous food and finally dance into the wee hours at some of the best parties on the Costa del Sol. Although there are many beach bars (chringuigtos) along the beaches of Andalusia, a beach club is something more.

A beach club typically has a swimming pool but is usually located on or next to a beach with sunbeds so guests can enjoy the best of both worlds. Although they are called “clubs”, you can not be a member of a beach club. For some beach clubs is an entry fee, but for others, you need to reserve a sunbed. Beach Clubs will usually charge a fee per sunbed, but that includes towel and water. Usually there is a restaurant.

Below is a list of the most popular Beach Clubs:
Nikki beach, Marbella-East
Pedro’s Beach, Puerto Banus
Buddha Beach, Puerto Banus
Ocean club, Puerto Banus
Mistral beach, Puerto Banus
Bounty Beach, Marbella
Beach Club Estrella del Mar
Sea Soul Beach Club, Golden Mile
Puro Beach, Marbella

Marbella town

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In the center you will find some of Marbella’s tourist attractions – the famous Marbella boardwalk – Paseo Maritimo stretching along six kilometers along the coast and offers a spectacular view of the coast. The promenade is lined with palm trees, shops and outdoor cafes. It’s pretty fun to take a leisurely stroll along the Paseo Maritimo – because the weather is usually pleasant throughout the year

Old Town – Casco Antiguo

The most enchanting place in Marbella is the whitewashed old core Casco Antiguo with a maze of narrow streets. There you walk around in the cozy narrow streets with small squares here and there. The houses are whitewashed and well preserved with street names and house numbers on colorful tiles. The meeting point is the Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Square) with its bustling plaza, fragrant orange trees and remarkable Castilian Renaissance architecture. In the evening the beautiful square is brought to life with lively outdoor cafes and all sorts of colorful performers who entertain the audience with its passionate flamenco music and dance.

Nearby, you will find the church of Santa Maria where there is a modern organ of 1972 consisting of 5,000 copper and wooden pipes. Here you will find some fancy stores

Alameda park is a symbol of Marbella and a much loved place of its citizens where they gather to talk while enjoying the shade. It is quite common to find organized events and markets, as it is one of the most active places in the city.

Local buses in Marbella is called Urbanos Local bus, No. 1, runs between Marbella from the main street and Puerto Banus and stop at the square above the marina

Puerto Banus

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Puerto Banus “Puerto Jose Banus’ is a marina located in Nueva Andalucia, southwest of Marbella. Puerto Banus was one of Spain’s first” village-like “port complex. This has become one of the largest entertainment districts at Costa del Sol and very popular among celebrities. Here you will find expensive shopping malls, restaurants and bars. Whitewashed houses lines the marina, and you can watch numerous luxury cars and boats when you visit Puerto Banus in the summer months. The private boats are larger than hotels, and in front it is usually a Porsche or some other luxurious car.

Puerto Banus is visited annually by 5 million people. Along the harbor it is full of people, and this is where you should go if you’re looking for a party and the best nightlife. The streets at the marina is lined with expensive designer shops such as Gucci, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana etc. There are also many restaurants and bars as it is very popular to sit by and just watch the street life.

Golf in Marbella

Marbella activities, golf - MarbellatravelguideCosta del Sol Costa del Sol is often called the Costa del Golf .
This is because there are nearly 50 golf courses of the highest quality where many international events have been held. Most are within a 45 minute drive from Marbella. Golf can be played 365 days a year without the need for a sweater but the season is at the top from October to May. A golfing paradise!

Here is the list of some golf courses in Marbella:

Marbella Golf Country Club – Fantastic facility with a challenging 18-hole course.

Golf Rio Real – Beautiful 18-hole course in an undulating landscape with challenging greens. Also offers hotel

Santa Clara Golf – Natural designed 18-hole course that is suitable for most. Good and big driving range.

Aloha Golf Club– Of European Tour selected magnificent 18-hole course. Also has an additional par-3 9-hole course.

Santa Maria Golf Club – 18 hole course with beautiful surroundings, many holes overlooking the Mediterranean Sea

Club de Golf Las Brisas – Difficult and challenging 18-hole course with incredible surroundings.

Los Naranjos – Has hosted a long list of major competitions, including Spanish Open and is ranked as one of Spain’s best golf courses. Los Naranjos voted the year’s Golf on the Costa del Sol in both 2005 and 2008. Los Naranjos is a classic Robert Trent Jone’s Sr. design, with generous fairways and strategically placed bunkers and water hazards

Casino Marbella

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The Casino in Marbella is located in Puerto Banus and is open daily from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00. It offers 101 slot machines and 29 table and poker games with classic table games like Blackjack and Roulette. Poker fans are offered cash game tables with variations including Texas Hold’em, and even regular tournaments. The property has a restaurant, a bar and a hotel with 416 rooms.

Museum in Marbella

Bonsaimuseum –  Museo Bonsai Marbella

Bonsai Mueeum in Marbella is one of the best in Europe and its attractions include the largest collection of wild olive trees in the world. The collection makes an impression on visitors from beginning to end, and invites us to reflect on the wonders of nature. Of particular interest are such interesting specimens such as Hackberry from China with bright green leaves and a 300-year-old wild olive trees.

Bonsai Museum i Marbella har också miniatyr inhemska arter från den rika naturen i omgivningen. Vissa, såsom spanska granar är utrotningshotade  och alla är verkliga konstverk som är värda beundran.

Bonsai Museum in Marbella also has miniature native species from the rich natural surroundings. Some, such as the spanish fir trees are endangered and all are true work of art that are worthy of admiration.

Ralli museum

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Ralli museum in Marbella is a nonprofit organization that works to works by American and European artists. In 10 rooms, you can admire the paintings of contemporary and surrealist artists, almost all Latin American countries. Here you will find among other works of greats like Miro, Chagall and Gentilini and sculptures by Salvador Dali, as well as sculptures by Mexican artists of natural size. There are 5 Ralli museums and all have free admission.

The address is: Urbanisation Coral Beach, N-340 km 176, Marbella, phone 952 85 79 23

Hiking trails

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Caminito del Rey, “The King’s little walkway” in the southern Spanish El Chorro gorge was long known as the world’s most dangerous footpath and was closed in 2011 when too many people have died in their attempts to walk the entire trail.

After complete renovation in 2014 the trail har transformed the ranks from one of the world’s most dangerous to the world’s safest trail. A protective fence of steel wires have been built along the entire trail. The trek is a breathtaking beauty experience and has been named “Best new attraction” in southern Spaninen. The entire stretch is 7.7 km long, expect that it will take 4-5 hours to harvest. Tickets booked through the Caminito del Rey’s website

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