What to do in Marbella
According to a popular belief, Marbella has everything to compete with French Riviera for fame and recognition among tourists. This little town attracts the attention of celebrities and millionaires, who not only spend their vacation here, but also own the local hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, boutiques, and yachts. If you dream to relax on Marbella’s top beaches and enjoy the glamor of southern Spain, you will surely want to know why this town outshines many other luxury destinations. Below you will find the shortlist of top 10 things to do in Marbella.
You will be impressed by the neat and clean appearance of Marbella’s paved pedestrian streets, which look like a maze of whitewashed houses with red-tiled roofs. Many of these houses are decorated with beautiful flowers and reach back to the Renaissance times.
2. Take a picture of Iglesia de la Encarnación
This Renaissance church is the most outstanding historic landmark in Marbella. Though it was completed less than 200 years ago, it had been designed long before. Iglesia de la Encarnación used to be a mosque, but then it was transfigured for Christian worship and rebuilt into a church. The building illustrates a perfect mix of cultures and epochs.
3. Enjoy the privacy and comfort of Alameda Park
Alameda Park is located not far from the Old Town and is always included in a walking tour of Marbella. This park is a great place to drink coffee among paved alleys, tropical trees, and countless fountains.
4. Stroll Avenida del Mar down to the bay
Avenida del Mar is a fascinating walkway leading from Alameda Park to the port area, lined with shrubbery and palm trees and decorated with bronze sculptures by Dali. As you walk along Avenida del Mar, you will see a lot of cafes, bars, shops and boutiques which are always flooded by tourists.
5. Count the yachts in Puerto Banús
If Marbella has to be compared with French Riviera, it is due to Puerto Banús, which is a synonym to luxury and posh. Awesome yachts and flashy sports cars can be spotted everywhere you look as an ultimate display of wealth and power!
6. Get addicted to the Spanish sun on Marbella’s beaches
Marbella Beach area is an endless string of 20 beaches, such as El Faro. At some places, the water is less than a meter high, so the sea is great for families with kids. Local beachfront bars offer excellent snacks and traditional Spanish dishes.
7. Try all possible water activities
Daredevils and seekers of adventures can find everything to their taste in Marbella’s marina. This is a fabulous place to try jet-skiing, powerboat rides, or parasailing. Alternatively, you can rent a yacht with an experienced captain on board and sail to open sea for a day.
8. Experience the best of Spanish mouth-watering cuisine
Gastronomic pleasures are omnipresent in Marbella, since the town boasts an array of top-notch restaurants with Andalusian dishes, which are highly reputed in the whole of Málaga province.
9. Explore Roman mysteries at Vega del mar Basilica
It started as a Roman burial site with almost two hundred graves and acquired a church and the status of a holy ground in the 6th century. Since then this archeological site on Guayaba Beach produced many artefacts and exhibits for the National Museum of Archaeology and became a popular tourist attraction telling a lot of legends about the ancient times.
10. Reach the top of La Concha to admire the panorama of Marbella
If you have had enough of beach vacation and started to explore the vicinity, you can reach the Sierra Blanca mountain range and climb the peak of La Concha mountain. From the top of it, you will enjoy an unforgettable sight of deep valleys and pine woods, the panoramic view of Marbella, the sea and even the Moroccan coast. Just an hour away you can visit the breathtaking town of Ronda where you can admire it gorge and the “Puente Nuevo”