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With 24 beaches to enjoy, it’s no wonder Marbella is a favourite with families.

Beach heaven

Marbella has always attracted sun seekers to its privileged spot on the Mediterranean, and much of that has to do with its year-round sunshine. You’ll probably spend a lot of your time at the city’s 24 beaches – a mix of dark sand and pebbles, these beaches take up 25 kilometres of beautiful Spanish coast. The wide Paseo Marítimo promenade runs for 2 kilometres alongside the water and features bars and restaurants with a front-row view of the ocean.

A choice of history and adventure

Fill your days with daytrips to Casco Antiguo, the quaint old quarter where cafés sit on leafy squares and 10th-century Moorish walls still stand. Take the kids to see some of Marbella’s ancient history by visiting the Roman ruins in the San Pedro area. Or, for something a little livelier, Funny Beach has a go-karting track, trampolines and arcade.

Nightlife for kids and adults

At night, make your way to the stylish Golden Mile and see why the rich and famous flock to these shores year on year. There are family-friendly bars and restaurants where kids are welcome and parents can take it easy for the night. If you’re looking for clubs, you won’t be disappointed either: there are some of the most famous in the world along the strip.

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Marbella’s main market day is Monday, when the Mercadillo de Marbella happens between 9am and 2pm at Calle Platino. On Saturday, there is a smaller market in Nueva Andalucia, also from 9am-2pm.

Best beaches

Marbella is home to an incredible 24 beaches, 7 of them sporting Blue Flags. El Faro Beach takes pride of place in the centre of town, making it convenient – if a little busy. Fontanilla Beach is strong on watersports, and is right next to an outdoor play area that’s excellent for young families. For a quiet snooze on a sunbed, head to Monteros Beach which has a more tranquil pace.

Top sights

Set aside a day to wander through Marbella’s Old Town, with its pretty whitewashed houses, picture-perfect fountains and colourful windowboxes. Here you’ll find the old city walls, the remains of the Moorish fortress. For more modern scenery, visit the marina at Puerto Banus to see glittering yachts and glamorous party-goers. And don’t miss the Dali sculptures on Avenida del Mar.

Out and about

Grab a go-kart and race along the sand at Funny Beach, which also offers bumper cars, trampolines and the classic banana boat experience. For a more restful day out, take in the lush surroundings of Alameda Park, a garden-like green space in the city centre. For lovers of art and culture, the Museo Ralli is an essential stop. It houses works from contemporary European and Latin American artists.

Eating and drinking

With visitors from all over the world, Marbella’s restaurants cater to a huge range of tastes as well as offering the standby tapas and super-fresh seafood. Paseo Maritimo is a picturesque promenade in the Old Town with numerous restaurants to pick from. The luxurious Nikki Beach restaurant is located right on the sand and well worth a look, and don’t miss the fresh sardines served down by the port.


Boutiques, hypermarkets, mega-malls… however you like to shop, Marbella can deliver. La Canada mall is the Costa del Sol’s largest, and is just outside Marbella. It has over 150 shops. Downtown and in the old town there’s a wide range of chain stores and local boutiques, while Puerto Banus is where you’ll find the upmarket and designer wares.


The glamorous Golden Mile is the place to find glitzy bars and live music at venues like De Place and Shout. Street musicians and relaxed spots to enjoy a drink can be found in the Old Town. And for the clubbers, Puerto Banus has the edge thanks to super-clubs like Aqwa Mist and Pangea.

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Where is it?

Marbella is a city in the south of Spain, right in the centre of the Costa del Sol region. The nearest major city – Malaga – is 45 minutes’ drive away, while the airport is 30 minutes by car.

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