Marbella is hands down one of the most luxurious and glamorous destinations of the whole Mediterranean area. It boasts all the attractions that you would expect from such a luxury beach destination and the most luxurious villas of spain: marinas with high-end yachts, sandy beaches, Michelin-starred restaurants, golf courses and the most exclusive designer boutiques.
All these factors have contributed to make of this town a favorite destination for celebrities and millionaires who have been coming here for decades. It is also the perfect place to invest or acquire a second residence.
List with the main attractions in Marbella
If you are planning to visit Marbella soon to look for the property of your dreams, in Marlo Property we have prepared you a list with the main attractions in Marbella so you can make the most of your stay.
Marbella beaches are undoubtedly the area’s main attraction. There are 20 beaches along the front of Marbella, most of them with dark sand, and all served with facilities like chiringuitos (beach bars) and lifeguards who are on duty at nearly all of the high season, which goes from Easter right the way through to the end of September.
If you are looking for something a bit more thrilling than just sunbathing, a couple of companies based around the marina provide jet-skis, parasailing, wake-boarding and white-knuckle powerboat rides.
To experience the real wealthy chic Marbella’s lifestyle, you can also charter a luxury yacht for the day.
Marbella Old Town
Marbella is much more than luxury villas and yachts. The old part of town is a true gem, a maze of pedestrian streets laid with red tiles and typical whitewashed houses, some of them wrapped in bougainvillea, topped with terracotta roofs.
After a long walk, you can relax in its little squares like the famous ‘Plaza de los Naranjos’. There you will find several cafes and restaurants serving traditional food and drinks in the shade of the deliciously fragrant orange trees. Truly charming.
Finally, you can’t miss Marbella’s main historic landmark, the Iglesia de la Encarnación, a splendid renaissance and baroque church completed in the mid-18th century.
Strolling through this beautiful park just a few steps south of the old town is one of the best things you can do in Marbella as beeing a perfect family attraction in marbella.
There are marble-paved walkways surrounded by tropical foliage, fountains and benches clad with ‘azulejos’. The park is also bounded by a balustrade on two sides, which makes it quite refined and feels a little like a private garden. The perfect place to shelter from the sun in the afternoon or to enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the morning.
Salvador Dalí Sculptures
Not many people know that Marbella boasts a world-class collection of surrealist artist Salvador Dalí sculptures. Ten its bronze works are spread out along the Avenida del Mar, a wide boulevard that leads down to the seafront promenade and are free to view.
Marbella’s glamorous reputation it’s down to the boutiques, super yachts and luxury sports cars that you can only find in Puerto Banus. Everybody knows that one of the best to do in Puerto Banus is shopping as attraction of lifestyle. The place is a shopper’s paradise. In the marina of Puerto Banus you will find every designer imaginable with clothing, jewelry and shoe shops one after the other. If you prefer having everything under one roof, El Corte Ingles in Puerto Banus is one of the best department stores in Europe.
Puerto Banus is also home to some of the best gourmet restaurants in the whole country. For example, Skina has been winning acclaim since 2008 for its Andalusian-style cuisine with avant-garde inflections, while El Lago has a “zero kilometre” philosophy, with a menu with produce sourced in the Málaga province.
With one Michelin star, Messina brings together flavors from South America and Asia as well as its home country. The refined atmosphere sets the stage for the innovative cuisine cooking in the kitchen.
The restaurant of the newly opened Nobu Hotel it is called to become one of the most exclusive and cosmopolitan epicenters of the new Marbella. The restaurant menu, a perfect fusion between traditional Japanese cuisine and Peruvian flavours, will certainly impress you.
And this is juts to name a few, the offer is endless!
Marbella is an international golf destination, so it has a wide range of golf courses, from the super exclusive, invitation-only clubs, plush resorts with eye-watering green fees to the more affordable no-frills option that will suit novices and rusty players.
La Concha mountain
Hiking La Concha, Marbella’s one of the natural attraction in marbella of excelence and most famous mountain is a must for those who enjoy nature and want to experience a unique perspective of Marbella. The route can be started from Juanar just 25 minutes from central Marbella. We recommend you coordinate your first summit with an experienced guide, as some parts of the climb are treacherous.