Marbella in Southern Spain is a wondrous city. It is home to high-end boutique shops, golden beaches, outstanding restaurants, historically significant buildings, beautiful public gardens, picturesque scenery and, of course, luxury villas. To say Marbella has something for everyone is an enormous understatement! Here is a selection of our favourite things to do in this great city:
Explore the old town
Marbella is a magnet for tourists the world over in the pursuit of more contemporary pleasures, and so it’s easy to forget that the city boasts some of the most significant historical architecture in Europe. The best place to enjoy this is of course the old town. The ancient city walls have the same layout as they always have, and inside them there is so much to see. The charming town square is surrounded by beautiful buildings, including the Mayor’s house, the 15th century Chapel of Santiago and town hall. Both Renaissance and Gothic styles adorn these buildings, which host numerous important artefacts. Plenty of charming cafes and high-quality restaurants line the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town – the perfect break from exploring.
Go to the beach!
Everyone loves a golden sandy beach and Marbella certainly does not disappoint. In keeping with Marbella as a whole, the miles of sand here offer something for everyone. There are the centrally located and very popular Venus and La Fontanilla beaches, or the quieter Nueva Andalucia beaches to the west of the city. Nagueles beach, situated on Marbella’s famed ‘Golden Mile’, is known as a playground for the rich and famous with all amenities from luxury yacht rentals to parasols available, as well as exclusive restaurants such as Trocadero Playa. And then of course there is Nikki beach. If you’re looking for champagne, world-famous DJs, firethrowers, beach parties and so much more, this is the place for you….
Stroll around the parks and gardens
Beautiful parks and gardens are dotted across Marbella, and are all refreshing oases of tranquillity in a city known more for its razzmatazz. Constitution Park near the city centre boasts an impressive range of vegetation including Jasmine flowers and Bourgainvillea, as well as an amphitheatre, a classic example of Andalucian architecture. The Alameda gardens are particularly charming, with their impressive water features, tropical plants and stunning views – a favourite of the locals. Elsewhere you can enjoy the grandeur and opulence of the King Fahad gardens, or practise your wakeboarding in Medranas park's large lake, to the west of the city.
Shop, shop, shop!
Many come to Marbella in pursuit of perhaps the finest shopping experience anywhere in Europe. Whether it’s jewellery or interior décor, shoes or designer clothes, and everything in between, this is the place to treat yourself. Avenida Ricardo Soriano in the city centre and Puerto Banús are the most prestigious shopping areas, as is indeed the old town. Enjoy!
At 360 Private Villas, we are proud to offer the finest luxury villas in Marbella. Check out the links to some of them on the right of this page!