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The pretty town of Marbella is part of the Spanish Riviera. Come here to enjoy a luxurious beach vacation on the popular Mediterranean coast and take in the many historic sights. While only about 140,000 people call Marbella home, the nearly 1 million visitors that come here each year make it a bustling city. Laze on the beach, or go shopping or sightseeing in this charming hot spot on the Costa del Sol.
If you need a break from swimming and sunbathing, stroll along the Paseo Maritimo boardwalk alongside the beach. Or, sit by the Alameda Park fountain, which is surrounded by a square that has benches covered with mosaics depicting local history. The area’s diverse background is also reflected in ancient landmarks, with Roman baths and bridges, stylish Moorish architecture, and early Christian churches.
Walk through the Casco Historico (Old Town) to get a glimpse of traditional Spain and admire the 16th-century Town Hall. At the Plaza de los Naranjos, visit the Tourist Information office to see which festivals are on during your stay. See works by Picasso, born in nearby Málaga, at the Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo or admire Dalí’s sculptures along Avenida del Mar. For a typical Spanish treat, order tapas while watching Spanish dancing on Alameda Square.
Celebrities and the jet set have been attracted to Marbella since the 1970s. Stars such as Antonio Banderas, Sean Connery and Rod Stewart have called the city home, and today you can mingle with the super-rich on the Golden Mile.
Marbella is located in Andalucia, an autonomous region in the south of Spain. The climate is mild, with hotter days from June to August. The Málaga airport is a 40-minute drive away. If you don’t have your own transport, use buses or the licensed, metered taxis to get around. If you rent a car, note that parking is expensive.
Marbella is the jewel of the Costa del Sol, offering beaches combined with luxury and historic charm.
Accommodation in Marbella
When a destination is as bustling as Marbella, it should come as no surprise that there's a great range of hotel and apartment options to satisfy your needs. There are 78 Marbella accommodation options on Expedia's easy-to-browse accommodation website.
Two examples of the premium Marbella stays are the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa Marbella, at Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, and the Marbella Club Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, at Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe. If you find that those two options don't suit your budget and style, the Gran Melia Don Pepe or otherwise the Coral Beach may just fit the bill.
Located in Marbella City Centre, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Venus Beach, Bajadilla Beach, and Church of the Incarnation. Marbella Marina and Museo del Grabado are also within 10 minutes.
A short stroll from Marbella's beach and casino, H10 Andalucia Plaza is a 15-minute walk from the shops and yachts of Puerto Banús, as well as from Ocean Club, one of Europe’s top party spots. Guests can grab a taxi and reach the cobblestone streets of downtown Marbella's Old Quarter in 12 minutes.
Directly on the beach, this peaceful, colonial-style property characterised by a wooden balcony façade is set amongst palm trees, 800 metres from Puerto Banus and six kilometres from Marbella.
This resort and spa is located 10 km from Marbella, and sits on acres of subtropical gardens bordering the golden-sands of Nikki Beach and the sparkling sea. There is a Tennis & Sports Club as well as several golf courses, all within a 10-minute drive from the hotel.
Andalusian village-style hotel set amidst lush gardens and waterfalls on Marbella's Golden Mile near sandy beaches.
Located in the middle of the Paseo Marítimo promenade, Gran Melia Don Pepe is an upscale getaway on Spain's sun-drenched southern coast. Guests can dine on local seafood at Fontanilla Beach, a 10-minute walk away, or visit the picturesque old churches and charming squares of Marbella's Old Quarter.
Located in Puerto Banus, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Centro Plaza, El Corte Ingles Shopping Center, and Puerto Banus Marina. Church of San Pedro and Basilica Vega Del Mar are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Rich with Andalusian ambience, this luxury hotel is located on the Costa del Sol's "Golf Mile," 5 km (3 mi) from Marbella and 13 km (8 mi) from Puerto Banús.