Marbella travel guide

Marbella travel guide

Places to visit around Marbella and Puerto Banus

Marbella - Photo by Natt Muangsiri

People have lived in the Marbella area since the Palaeolithic and Neolithic times according to archaeological excavations which have been made in the nearby mountains.

Marbella every year attracts thousands of visitors; in 2012 Marbella was the second most populous municipality in Malaga Province.

The town has become a tourist resort of international renown due to the importance of its marinas and its excellent golf courses. It also known to be a destination for wealthy tourists and the international celebrities are often seen in Marbella.

Momuments in Marbella

Town Hall

According to a plaque on the town hall building, it was ordered to be built by Corregidor Juan de Pisa in 1568.

There are also other plaques with references to the expansion and construction of the wrought iron balcony. In the Hall of Justice you can see the crests of Felipe II of Marbella along with other symbols which represent justice and religion.

Plaza de los Naranjos

This square was made in 1485 for the Catholic Monarch King, Fernando. In this area they also built the building of the Town Hall, the Jail, The Santiago Chapel amongst other monuments.

In the square we can also find a fountain which was built in 1704.

Bust of King Juan Carlos I

In the of the Plaza de los Naranajos you can find a bust of Spanish King, Juan Carlos I, the message beneath the bust says "To H.M. the King Juan Carlos I, guaranteeing of the Spanish people constitutional liberties".

Dali sculptures

In Marbella there is a total of ten bronze sculptures which were designed by Spanish sculptor, Salvador Dali.

These include ‘Rhinoceros dressed in lace’ on top of the first roundabout to the marina area of Puerto Banus and other sculptures on Avenida del Mar.

Things to do and see

Marbella Beaches

There is over 24 beaches which are spread over 27km of coastline (nine of these beaches have been awarded the European Union Blue Flag), they are some of the best beaches of the Costa del Sol.

Old Town

The old part of Marbella is a typical area of narrow Andalucian streets with white building and flowers on the balconies. This part of Marbella has plazas with fountains and some may be surprised to see how well preserved some of the buildings are in this area.

Puerto Banus

The marina of Puerto Banus is widely recognised as one of the best and most luxurious ports in the world.

Along the port you will find boutique brands and high class jewellers, some of the brands with shops in this area include: Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Armani, Dior … etc.

Golden Mile

The Golden Mile area of Marbella is in not a mile long but four. The stretch connects Marbella with the Puerto Banus area.

As the name suggests some of the most luxurious houses and boutique hotels are in this area, these include the Marbella Club and the Puente Romano.

Golf Courses

Marbella has over ten different types of golf courses. These are suitable for tourists and visitors of all handicaps.


Marbella bars and restaurants offer a wide range of typical dishes of Malaga and international cuisine.

There are over 600 restaurants to choose from in Marbella (three of which have been awarded Michelin stars).

The prices of the bars and restaurants in the Puerto Banus Marina area are known to be more expensive.



Glorieta de la Fontanilla, s/n
Tel. 95 277 14 42

Monday – Friday 8:30 – 20:30 Saturday 10:00 – 14:00
Monday – Friday 8:30 – 21:00 Saturday 10:00 – 14:00

C/ Salinas, 4
Tel. 952 76 11 62

WINTER Monday – Friday 8:30 – 20:00 Saturday 10:00 – 14:00
Monday – Friday 8:30 – 21:00 Saturday 10:00 – 14:00


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