Things to do in Marbella: Must see attractions

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May 9, 2022
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There are so many things to do in Marbella, starting from stunning beaches, amazing cuisine, a number of venues, and unique architecture. By taking a relaxing walk throughout Marbella you can already get an amazing experience of lifestyle and culture. This city is full of life and has endless possibilities for tourists.

Despite evolving tourism, Marbella still kept its traditional Andalucian charm that can be enjoyed alongside local bars. There are so many things you can visit and experience here, so we will help you out with few ideas. Enjoy!

Enjoy the Beach

The best things to do in Marbella are definitely related to the beach. Beaches in Marbella are the true gem of this city and it would be a shame if you miss out on this kind of experience. Admiring the Sunrise on the beach is something you should definitely put on your to-do list. Aside from that, taking a stroll on the beach is a fun and healthy activity where you can enjoy the view and walk on warm, fine sand at the edge of the sea.

The best time for a walk are dawn and dusk, but you can enjoy the walk on the beach at any time. The best thing is that just a few steps away from any street in heart of Marbella, you can find amazing beaches, accompanied by bars and restaurants. There is also an option for getting massages on the beach and trying out your skills in different aquatic sports. Standup paddleboarding is getting especially popular as it gives the possibility to fully explore the crystal blue sea.

Nagüeles Beach in Marbella
Nagüeles Beach

Best beaches to visit

Playa de la Fontanilla is the closest beach to the center of Marbella and just a short walk away from Old Town. It extends over 1000 meters with a gorgeous promenade, restaurants, and shops. Playa Real de Zaragoza is a favorite beach known for its snack bars and trendy restaurants.

Just steps away from Puerto Banus, Playa del Alicate is another gem of long sandy beachside with many restaurants and parasol rentals. Worthy of mentioning is also Guadalmina beach, Linda Vista Beach, and San Pedro Alcantara. If you travel with your family, choose beaches rated with ‘Blue Flag’. That means that these beaches have calm and safe waters, ideal for swimming and little kids.

Marbella-Puerto Banus walk

If you enjoy walking and sightseeing on foot, then put this on the list of the things to do in Marbella – you won’t regret it. Put on comfortable footwear and get ready for a walk of 7 kilometers. Mostly, this is the tour along the promenade of the city, but once you get to Puerto Banus, you will discover the symbols of the city and all its luxuries. Puerto Banus is one of the oldest marinas on the Andalucian coast and it’s a must-visit place for tourists.

Enjoy shopping in fashionable boutiques, have a drink in one of their many bars, or try delicacies in top restaurants while admiring luxury yachts and cars. The street market in Puerto Banus is also very interesting. It’s a chosen place for the celebration of fashion and decorations from different parts of the world. You will find crafts from young designers of Morocco, Turkey, India, and more. Very close to Puerto Banús you have our The Palace Marbella, a luxury villa for rent, from where you can visit Puerto Banús without any problems.

Puerto Banús
Puerto Banús

Seafront promenade

With over 15 kilometers of Promenade, there is definitely enough space to enjoy a relaxing walk. Enjoy the beautiful landscape, smell of the Mediterranean Sea, and murmur of waves. Another way to enjoy this tour is by biking. You don’t have to be an expert cyclist for this tour, it’s an easy and smooth ride with lots of bars throughout the tour where you can stop and rest. Promenade will also give you a beautiful view of passing ships.

Visit historic churches in Old Town

Iglesia del Santo Cristo de la Veracruz and Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación are just two of the Marbella attractions you can find in the Old Town. Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación (Church of Incarnation) is one of the most important churches of this place. It was built in the 16th century by Catholic Monarch, standing in the place of the former Mosque of Marbella. In the 16th century, it was a common practice to replace the mosques with a new churches.

The building itself is a spacious basilican with a barrel-vaulted central nave. The Corinthian columns make this building really stand out, along with the distinguishing feature of the facade – the main drove carved from ochre stone in Roccoco style. Inside, you can see the Sol Mayor Organ, one of the finest types of modern organs built in Spain. It is open to the public every day, with two masses being held every day and several on Sundays.

Marbella attractions
Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación

Iglesia del Santo Cristo de la Veracruz is historic church near Murallas del Castillo, built in 16th century as a part of Franciscan conent. The facade of the church features stone details with a glazed-ceramic tile roof. The Interior is pretty humble with just a single nave and traditional Andalusian decor. Close by, you can find another church Capilla de San Juan de Dios on Calle Caridad. This chapel was a part of the hospital, also built-in 16th century by Spanish Monarch. Even though it’s small and unassuming, the iconography on the inside is impressive.

Plaza de Los Naranjos

Churches are not the only Marbella attractions in the Old Town. Plaza de Los Naranjos is one of the things you will definitely notice – a beautiful town square that used to be the center of urban life. Today, it’s a place where locals and tourists socialize and relax. In springtime, Plaza de Los Naranjos is blossoming with orange trees planted in the middle of the square with several restaurants having outdoor patio setting just beneath these trees.

The town hall, also called Casa Consistorial is one of the important historic landmarks found in this place, built in 1572 and enhanced in the 17th century, now standing as a perfect example of Spanish-style architecture. One of the must-see attractions in Marbella is the Ermita de Santiago church that stands on the Plaza de Los Naranjos. It’s a small and simple whitewashed church that possesses a noteworthy contemporary sculpture of the Saint James the Apostle.

Plaza Los Naranjos things to do in Marbella
Plaza Los Naranjos

Avenida del Mar

If you are wondering what to see in Marbella, the answer might be right here, especially for art lovers. Avenida del Mar is the lovely pedestrian way that stretches from Parque Alameda to Paseo Maritimo and it serves as an outdoor showcase. A part of the permanent exhibition is Salvador Dali’s imaginative bronze statues, including 10 of his works and 2 additional sculptures from Eduardo Soriano.

Mezquita del Rey Abdul Aziz al Saud (Marbella Mosque)

Mezquita del Rey Abdul Aziz al Saud or Marbella Mosque is the first Mosque built since Christian Reconquest of Spain in 15th century. It’s one of spectacular examples of contemporary Andalusian architecture inspired by Moorish heritage, built by Prince Salman of Saudi Arabia. It’s just a 10-minute walk from Marbella’s Old Town and the well-maintained gardens around the Mosque will definitely be worth the walk.

Marbella Mosque

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