Marbella Travel Guide

  • Parque Marbella
    Parque Marbella
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  • The old town of Marbella.
    The old town of Marbella.
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  • Sculptures by Avenida del Mar.
    Sculptures by Avenida del Mar.
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Marbella Things to Do

  • Old Town

    Located in Plaza de los Naranjos, this palace from the 16 century, conceived to house the king's local representant, was built in Gothic and Renaissance styles, but the main signs are Mudejar. The ground floor is now used by a restaurant, obviously with the same name, and with "monumental" prices, of course. The building may pass without notice...

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  • Beaches and Promenade

    Marbella has a nice clima, but will be really overcrowded in summer and the beaches are not so good, compared to Mallorca or Alicante for example. Rocky and sometimes dirty due to the crowd. Also the Atlantic ocean is not far from it so it could be chilly somedays. But offcourse you can spend all day long on the beach taking a sun bath and eating...

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  • Puerto Banus

    4 out of 5 stars

    Important: Read this if you’re going to Marbella We arrived in Marbella on Friday the 3oth May 2014. There were 12 of us in the company on a hen weekend. We were all really excited and happy to be there, we were staying at the Vime La Reserva de Marbella. The Hotel was really nice and we were looking forward to our stay. We booked Bed & breakfast...

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Marbella Restaurants

  • Casa Eladio

    4 out of 5 stars

    it was last minute deciusion to do the Friday dinner there at one of my favorite spots of Marbella, Corner fo the virgin. Eladio gave us an interesting menu, and also founded interesting to be in one of the oldest restaurants in Marbella. Eladio´s father opened a bar in 1961 and in 1965 opened the 3rd restaurant in Marbella, still open till...

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  • Sol de Europa

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sunday May 7, VT Lunch Meeting at SOL DE EUROPA CAFETERIA Beach front restaurant close to most of the hotels. Starters: Soup or Salad or Gazpacho (chilled Andalalucian soup) Main course: Paella or Meat dish Coffee or Helado (ice cream) Cost per person 11 Euros

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  • XIN-XIN (Chinesse)

    4 out of 5 stars

    Hans and I went to RESTAURANTE CHINO XIN XIN twice, once with a group of VT'ers and once by ourself. Most of us had the Menu Del Dia which was a fantastic value at 4,75 Euro. First course choices : soup -Chinese Salad - Spring roll. Hans and I both had the Spring Roll which was very good. Second course choices : Fried rice with three delights (ham,...

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Marbella Nightlife

  • Banu

    Check out www.puertobanuspeople.com to have an idea what nightlife is all about in this crazy town. Loads of alcohol and partying. Most places require smart dressing but there are a few places which are not so strict

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  • Stunning Location and Moonlight Dinner

    Although I have always heard about Nikki Beach Marbella being famous for their crazy day time champagne sprays and Sunday beach parties me and my boyfriend decided to explore the place on the evening on our arrival to the hotel Don Carlos. I was pleasantly surprised as the location looks absolutely serene and stunning in the dark with the little...

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  • Front line location in Puerto Banus

    I liked the Bacchus club especially of its unique location. Fantstic views of the biggest yachts, mountain, port skyline. Great wine tastery. Outside spa and jacuzzi. Possibility to dress in togas.We celebrated at that club our wedding, its really ideal for big parties. casual but elegant

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Marbella Transportation

  • MARBELLA BUS TRANSPORTATION

    As some are interested in taking a bus from Marbella to different areas of Andalucia, I will list a few places you can get to by BUS:From Marbella East along the Coast to:FuengirolaMalagaMalaga AirportFrom Marbella -- Inland to:OjenRondaSEvillaJerezCordobaGranadaMadrid From Marbella West along the Coast to:Puerto BanusEstepona AlgecirasThe website...

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  • Bus

    There are buses services from Malaga bus station to Marbella. Buses run every 30 minutes, some of them are direct and the rest stopping on Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola. Buses services are available from Malaga airport, it cost 3 euros and something and it takes about 40 minutes. Hay servicios de autobus desde la estacion de autobuses de...

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  • Chicking flights information of Malaga...

    You can check the predicted arrival and departure times of planes flying into and out of Málaga airport by using this link to the official Spanish airlines agency. The page in English should be ready soon.

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Marbella Shopping

  • Golden Mile Supermarkets

    Right in the middle of the golden mile you will find three supermarkets within 100 metres of each other - Lidl, Super Sol, and El Corte Ingles. This makes it really convenient when shopping as if you don't get what you want in one place then you will surely find it in one of the others.I was staying in the Gand Hotel Guadalpin Marbella Spa, and all...

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  • Hairdressers

    You know how we women are with our hairdressers? Indeed I'm sure men are quite the same. A good hairdresser is hard to find, and a great hairdresser is a prize to be coveted.We needed to be coiffed to perfection for a wedding we were attending in Marbella and so we took a chance to using Blue 01 Studio, the hairdressers salon attached to our Hotel,...

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  • A Street of Toy Shops

    Having young nieces and nephews that you're very close to always means a big struggle on holiday to bring home the perfect present.Marbella Old Town provides the perfect solution in that it boasts what appears to be a street full of toy shops.Apart altogether from the treasures inside, the whole appearance is that of a fairyland with great big...

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Marbella Local Customs

  • A FEW SPANISH PHRASES THAT MAY HELP YOU

    ¿En que pais estoy?What country am I in?Estabamos viendo la tele cuando de repente exploto. We were watching the TV when it suddenly exploded.Ya estaba roto cuando llegamos.It was broken when we got here.¿Cual es la cosa mas grande del menu?What’s the biggest thing on the menu?¿Dónde está el hospital más cercano?Where is the nearest...

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  • BARBEQUED SARDINES

    One of the delights of walking along the promenade is the smell of sardines being barbecued over open olive wood fires.Several sardines are placed on a skewer and cooked over a wood fire. This BARBEQUED SARDINES dish is very popular and is known as an 'espeto de sardinas'. The beach bar restaurants cook the sardines in old boats which have been...

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  • Luxury cars - Coches lujosos

    If you like luxury cars you'll love Marbella. It's one place where you can see Ferrari, Rolls Royce or Porsche everyday, mainly in Puerto Banus. If you are a demanding person you can rent a limo as well! Si tu gustan los coches lujosos te encantará Marbella. Es un lugar donde puedes ver Ferrari, Rolls Royce o Porsche todos los días, principalmente...

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Marbella Warnings and Dangers

  • Marbella Pickpockets

    Just watch out in Marbella, we were targeted by a young couple pretending to be confused tourists. The girl, possibly Spanish, comes across as a little educationally challenged but no doubt this is part of the act to engage your sympathy. The lift to and from the underground car park in the Avenida del Mar is very small and intimate, making the...

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  • Parking and a smash and grab!

    Marbella used to have reasonably priced underground parking - This is no longer true! If you are only there for a short stay, or aren't concerned about cost, it's recommended to use these official car parks as they have security and keep the sun off your windows, but it is an extremely expensive affair now. It is also extremely difficult to find...

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  • Marbella: Mugged at gunpoint

    I was mugged at gunpoint in an underground parking garage on the Av. del Mar -- at 2 pm in the afternoon! Marbella is going through an economic crisis -- many restaurants and shops have closed in the three years I have been going there and there is a major problem with druggies -- like my assailant who was clearly crazed out of his mind on god...

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Marbella Tourist Traps

  • Puerto Banus underground parking

    Under any circumstance should you park in the Park Plaza Hotel (Suites) parking garage. Fee is €2.95 per hour and any fraction thereof. Say if you were only there for one hour 5 minutes, you'll have to pay €5.90. They do have signs all over the place announcing how much it cost to park there. There are other parking garages for much less,...

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  • Chequepoint - rip-off exchange rates

    Wealth Warning: Avoid using Chequepoint to change money in Marbella or anywhere else for that matter.Some of my British and American friends have told me horror stories of the rip-off rates charged by Chequepoint when changing currency. The company (click on the logo so you can steer clear of it) has outlets at many tourist sites. Other VT members...

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  • Restaurants on Plaza de los Naranjos

    Although the Plaza is very pretty, the restaurants are overpriced, full of tourists, and the food is very average. Have a drink to enjoy the atmosphere. Find somewhere away from the Plaza de los Naranjos, maybe a bar tucked away down a side street.

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Marbella What to Pack

  • My list

    Big backpackpurse or day bagmoney belt long pantsshorts if it's warmnice outfit to go outcomfortable walking shoes (not tennis shoes)bathing suitsandalsshirts (not t-shirts) allergy medssmall quantities of toiletriesbug spraysunscreen! camerafilm beach towelumbrella earplugseyemask (for a long flight)

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  • tourist Office in marbella

    It is better if you prepare your trip with th right information: MARBELLA :Glorieta de la Fontanilla, s/n29600 MarbellaTel.: +34 - 952 77 14 42 / 77 46 93Fax: +34 - 952 77 94 57 PLAZA DE LOS NARANJOS :29600 MarbellaTel.: +34 - 952 82 35 50Fax: +34 - 952 77 36 21 ARCO DE MARBELLA (Open Daily) SAN PEDRO DE ALCANTARA : ARCO DE SAN PEDRO (Open...

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Marbella Off The Beaten Path

  • Day excursions: Ronda.

    If I have visitors to Marbella, one of the first places I take them is Ronda. The town straddles the 120 meter deep gaping gorge of the River Tajo. It's an impressive sight and really not to be missed if you are in the area. Ronda also has some very interesting architecture; palaces, convents and the bridges that themselves span the gorge. You can...

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  • PUERTO BANUS

    Not my kind of place I must admit. Very expensive compared to it's neighbouring resort of Marbella and the atmosphere was not as friendly either. We did however find an excellent restaurant for lunch at a set price. I am sure forthose that have lots of money and like to be seen they would love it here.

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  • Day excursions: TANGIER

    Hans and I thought it would be fun to take a side trip to Tangier, while we were in Spain. So we went to our favourite local travel agency in Torremolinos and booked a day tour. This year's price ranges from a low of 50 Euros to as much as 80 Euros, so shop around. We were picked up by bus at our hotel at 5:30 a.m. After picking up many more...

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Marbella Sports & Outdoors

  • Costa del Sol, Costa del Golf

    The Costa del Sol with its sunny climate and stunning landscapes has long been a popular tourist destination for Europeans. To supply an important sector of tourism, la Costa del Sol has a fine selection of golf courses in the popular areas, which count with the best installations and where the golf players can enjoy this selective sport surrounded...

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  • Costa Del Golf

    When the Costa del Sol experienced a renaissance as a winter golf resort in the late eighties, the phrase "Costa del Golf" was coined. Between 1985 and 1991, no fewer than 17 new golf courses appeared, bringing the total along this 50 mile stretch of coast up to thirty. This concentration of quality golf courses, combined with the unique sunny and...

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  • Mirador de Juanar

    The magnificent mountain known as 'La Concha' (the shell) is part of a range that extends across the skyline to the village of Ojén. Take the road to Ojén and turn left into the beautiful park called 'Juanar', where the mountainside is covered in pine trees, pinsapos, walnut and olive trees, as well as wild orchids - and some wild animals,...

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Marbella Favorites

  • Old Town

    The OLD TOWN or CASCO ANTIGUO of Marbella is perhaps the loveliest town in the Costa Del Sol in my opinion. With its narrow picturesque streets, adorned with balconies overflowing with colourful flowers, its many Plazas such as Plaza de la Iglesia, Plaza de los Naranjes, Plaza de la Victoria and Plaza Santo Cristo. There are also many churches and...

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  • Beaches and Promenade

    Among the Beaches you will find in Marbella are the Playa de Venus - Playa de Bajadilla - Playa Fontanilla (next to Port of Marbella) - Nagueles - El Faro - La Venus. If you just want to sit and relax on the beach, you can rent umbrellas or rent a lounge chair for the day at 4 Euros. At any given time people were sun-bathing, swimming, walking...

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  • Parks and Gardens

    Stacey took us to see this Roman ruin near Marbella (no it is NOT in the city center, it is located in one of the outlying suburbs). It was closed when we arrived, it has never been open for viewing inside it looked like, there were no paths or opening hours posted. But you can see in the last photo how Stacey and I did view the mosaics... The...

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