Attracting the rich and famous, Marbella is regarded as the most glamorous city in Spain. However this exciting resort also attracts families, groups and couples looking for beach holidays mixed together with a vibrant city. The resort has over 16 miles of coastline, 24 beautiful beaches, a cosmopolitan city steeped in history and some of the best nightlife, restaurants and shopping opportunities in the whole of mainland Spain.
Visitors can enjoy dining-out at top-class restaurants, relaxing at the traditional tapas bars, shopping in the many designer shops, exploring the historic quarter of the city or just soaking up the sun at the resorts beautiful sandy beaches. July and August are the busiest times in Marbella with the spring, autumn and winter being much quieter and very popular with golfers and water sports enthusiasts. This part of the Spanish coastline is known as the Costa del Golf with Marbella having several world-class designer golf courses.
The Marbella beaches are the main attraction of the resort. From beaches offering exciting beach parties to beaches offering a variety of water sports and from family friendly beaches to amazing secluded beaches, Marbella has it all. With over 16 miles of coastline it is virtually impossible to visit every beach whilst in Marbella. With clear warm Mediterranean waters, spotless sandy beaches, excellent weather and a vibrant atmosphere, it is no wonder that the Marbella beaches are busy during the summer season. There is a vast array of water sports on offer including scuba diving, windsurfing, water-skiing, jet-skiing, parasailing, wake-boarding and pedalos.
Nikki Beach is the place to be for lively parties. This famous beach attracts the ‘in-crowd’ who come to spend their days and nights lounging on
sun beds whilst sipping cocktails and listening to world renowned DJ’s. Thousands of visitors flock to this pristine beach during the summer to be entertained at the famous Full Moon Parties.
Puerto Cabopino Beach is an excellent choice for families with young children. This large sandy beach has shallow waters which make it perfect for small children. Parents can relax on the beach knowing their children are safe as there are lifeguards in attendance here at Puerto Cabopino. There is also a small marina which is home to a water sports club where you can scuba dive, take a dolphin spotting cruise and hire a private boat for a relaxing trip out to sea. The marina also has lots of restaurants and bars where you can enjoy a refreshing break from the beach.
Estepona and El Saladillo are the places to go if you are looking for some peaceful relaxation. Estepona is a small tranquil beach with lots of little bays and coves where the sea is crystal clear and you will get plenty of privacy. El Saladillo is mainly used by local people so it is a lot quieter and less crowded than the main Marbella beaches. The seafood restaurants here offer some great cuisine for you to try.
Away from the beach visitors can enjoy a round or two of golf, take a horse riding trek along the coast or through the beautiful surrounding countryside, try their hand at a game of tennis, go-karting, mini-golf and 10-pin bowling. Great days out can be had at the Rhonda bull ring which is the oldest in Spain, a trip to Gibraltar, a visit the Picasso Museum in Malaga, a flutter at the races and at one of the many family entertainment options which are located close to Marbella. The whole family will love the Aquaparks in Torremolinos and Fuengirola, Tivoli Gardens Funfair, Selwo Safari Park, the zoo and the crocodile park.
A visit to the fabulous harbour town of Puerto Banus is a must whilst in Marbella. Located just west of Marbella this impressive town has an amazing marina filled with luxury yachts and cruisers, first-class dining options and top notch shopping. Charter a boat at the marina and take a relaxing tour of the Mediterranean; you may even spot some dolphins on the way. This vibrant, sophisticated town is where you are likely to rub shoulders with the rich and the famous!
Marbella has a warm all year round climate with average temperatures of 22C, however the summer months often see temperatures above the 30C mark. July and August are hot and dry with virtually no rainfall and evening temperatures of around 20C. November through to March sees some rain but this is not very frequent. Spring and autumn are a great time to visit Marbella as the temperature is still around the 20C mark and the sea is still warm enough for swimming. Winters are very mild with daytime temperatures averaging 16C and up to 5 hours of sunshine a day.