Marbella - Stunning beaches and chic city life
Marbella is known as the most glamorous city in Spain where the rich and famous come to play. But this resort attracts families, couples and groups looking to experience a mixture of beautiful beaches and exciting city life. Holidays in Marbella include 27km of stunning Spanish beaches, the best restaurants and nightlife available, and a city that is steeped in history but is also one of the most cosmopolitan. Enjoy world class dining at the upmarket restaurants or traditional dishes at the tapas bars after a day spent shopping in the designer stores or soaking up the culture in the historic quarter.
Marbella beaches are a highlight and you can enjoy the vibrant party beaches, watersports at family friendly beaches or relaxation on one of the many stunning secluded beaches. There is much more to Marbella than the glamour and glitz and this resort can be enjoyed by all.
When to go
Marbella attracts holidaymakers all year round thanks to the sunny climate; July and August are extremely popular months, hot and busy and with premium holiday prices. Marbella becomes relaxed and quiet during the spring and autumn months and these warm seasons are a popular time for golf and other sports activities. Spring, autumn and winter are classed as the low seasons but the school holidays during Easter, October and Christmas will be busy. Avoid the busy periods and you can take advantage of discounted rates on flights, accommodation and some excursions.
The weather in Marbella
Marbella is generally warm all year round with an average temperature of 22C but you can expect scorching weather during the summer months when temperatures creep over 30C. The peak summer months of July and August will be hot and dry with evening temperatures of 20C and rainfall is rare; rainfall does occur infrequently from November through March. The spring and autumn months are pleasantly warm at 20C and swimming is still available during both of these seasons. Winters are short and mild and daytime temperatures will reach 16C with at least five hours of sunshine.
Getting the best deal
Marbella attracts the rich and famous but it’s still possible to find good holiday deals. If you can avoid the peak summer months such as July and August and school holiday periods you will find lower rates. Another tip towards lower hotel rates is to choose accommodation that is slightly further from the central beach area. Don’t forget that booking well in advance, flying midweek and choosing the low seasons will help towards obtaining lower holiday prices.Take a look at our best deals offers below and check out late deals offers to obtain the best holiday prices available.
Airport and transport need to know
There are year round direct flights from most UK city airports to Malaga Airport (AGP) including London (Gatwick and Stansted), Luton, Bristol, Liverpool, Newcastle, Birmingham and Glasgow. Flight time is approximately three hours and the international Malaga Airport provides services such as restaurants, bars, duty free shops, hotels and car hire. Transfer time to Marbella from the airport will be approximately 50 minutes and there are coaches, trains and taxis at Terminal 3; taxis are unmetered and prices should be agreed with the driver.
Fares for the transfer will vary; taxis should be approximately 70 euros (£56) and the bus fare is approximately 5 euros (£4). You can independently book a private shuttlebus or car online 24 hours prior to landing and the fare should be 21 euros (£17) per person. Self-drive is another option and cars can be independently booked online; the roads are in excellent condition and driving is on the right.
The best beaches in Marbella
With 27km of coastline in Marbella you can choose a different beach every day and still not see them all. The immense clean beaches are the reason why Marbella holidays are so popular and the beaches do become extremely busy during the summer. With warm clean Mediterranean Sea waters, high temperatures and a vibrant atmosphere, Marbella beaches are second to none.
Nikki Beach is the most famous and glamorous beach in Marbella and is the place to be if you are looking for lively parties. This beach club attracts the in-crowd who arrive to spend the day, and night, on the oversized sun loungers, sipping cocktails and listening to world famous DJs. It’s also the place to dine on first class cuisine and enjoy entertainment such as the famous Full Moon Parties. Thousands flock to Nikki Beach every summer and this pristine beach and upmarket club is the place to be seen.
For a beach that is relaxed and family friendly take the 10 minute trip to Puerto Cabopino. This large sandy beach is unspoilt and boasts a beautiful little marina with many bars and restaurants. Lifeguards are in attendance and the gentle shallow waters are perfectly safe for small children to play in. A watersports club is located at the marina and you can try scuba diving, hire a private boat and also spend the day on dolphin spotting cruises.
If you wish to spend a day on a secluded little beach then head west to the beaches at Estepona. The string of secluded coves and bays is the perfect place to escape the crowded Marbella beaches and the waters are exceptionally clear. Beaches such as El Saladillo are hidden secrets known to the locals and there are few facilities here except for a couple of seafood restaurants; the ideal spot for relaxation and peace.