The 6 Best Things to Do in Marbella, Spain

December 27, 2017 Marianna Hollaway

In the chic, sun-drenched Costa del Sol town of Marbella, hints of its former Moorish occupation mingle with modern-day resort amenities. Bask on the sands of famous La Fontanilla beach or ricochet among the area's family-oriented water, wildlife and theme parks. Experience the Andalusian charm of the historic quarter, filled with whitewashed buildings, remnants of a ninth-century Arab fortress and fragrant orange trees. End a relaxing day with a dish of the cold almond soup ajoblanco and some of the region's excellent dessert wine.
Restaurants in Marbella

1. Marbella Old Quarter

Pl. Jose Palomo, 29601, Marbella, Spain +34 952 76 87 60
Excellent
66%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Marbella Old Quarter

This old neighborhood is full of romance, with narrow, winding cobblestone streets: great for evening strolls.

Reviewed By Cheryl G - London, United Kingdom

The cobblestone beauty of Orange Square is unsurpassed. Old Spanish homes, churches and artifax, trees bursting with oranges year after year, quaint shops, some wonderful restaurants and a stones throw from the sea, which I would suggest you access down Avenue del Mer, festooned with life style statues by the genius that is Dali (must be the most expensive walkway in the world).
The shopping is fantastic and it is a photographer dream.

2. La Concha

Marbella, Spain
Excellent
75%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 94 reviews

La Concha

Reviewed By CristinaRavagnan - Stoke Poges, United Kingdom

We did climb up to the summit of La Concha today and I was very keen to write this review as people specially families need to be aware of the difficult of this climb.
We loved it but it was hard and dangerous on some parts of the last 30 minutes climb.
We parked pass El Refugio El Juanar, walk for a bit passing the beautiful olive tree fields, there are no signs at this point but just walk straight for a while and you will eventually find the different sings. There are several walks to do here so make sure you study the one you will do before heading there!
I have attached photos so you can see all of them.
We did ruta 6 from El Refugio El Juanar and later join ruta 4 to the La Concha summit.
We were 2 families, my family (2 adults & 2 teenagers 16 and 14 years old) we are extremely sporty and have done trekking in Borneo, Guatemala, Ecuador and many other adventurous holidays so we do have experience and are not afraid of a challenge. The other family was composed of 2 sporty adults but less sporty kids, one 15 years old girl and 11 years old boy.
They did struggle! The dad and the daughter arrived to the last wooden pole were the proper path finishes and decided to stop on the first chain on the rock when the path became more dangerous, the mum and the boy kept trekking until the last sign where it said 15 minutes to the summit ( it is more like 30 minutes actually!) at this point I have to admit the climb became extremely tough, climbing on the rock, no paths! We had to follow the rocks that previous climbers had place on piles in order to help the new climbers find their way and I can tell you we did struggle to find them and from time to time we lost our way and had to climb up or down the wall of the mountain, it was very frustrating not to see signs.
Why on hearth nobody marked the path properly??? I have seen in other countries red marks on the rock or arrows paint so people won't get lost, any way, that is how it is here, there are no signs so once the easy path finishes you really have to pay attention in order not to get lost up there!
We went up really relaxed chatting with the other family, taking fotos and stoping to eat and drink several times. We finally made it to the summit after 4 1/2 hrs ( if it was just my family we would had probably made it in 3 1/2 hrs.
On the last 30 minutes climb you have to be extremely careful, concentrate and watch where you walk, if you sleep or loose your balance, you'll go down the mountain!!!
On the way back We went down pretty easy, no stops as it was just us 4, we made it down in 1 1/2 hr.
We had 4 bottles of water of a little and a half each for us 4 and it was not enough water, we finished it all by the time we had reached the summit and had to climb down without water, we definitely needed other 2 bottles of water to end the trek down the mountain. I will say bring 2 litres per person if you are planing to reach the summit.
I hope I made it quite realistic and people realise it is not an easy walk to get to the summit.
If You have small kids I will recommend you do some of the short walks down in La Concha where you can reach the parador for a good view of the coast.
And if you are claiming up to the summit, normal Trainers won't do it, you need proper tracking Boots with a good grip!
Enjoy the climb! ⛰

3. Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion

Plaza de La Iglesia s/n | Parroquia la Encarnación, 29670, Marbella, Spain +34 689 73 12 66
Excellent
60%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 279 reviews

Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion

Reviewed By peterwV975TL - Malaga, Spain

For someone who has visited quite a few churches in Spain the high altar takes some beating for its quality and size.
Equally impressive are the numerous small side chapels along each side if the church.
Well worth a visit if you are jn the area.

4. Avenida del Mar

Avenida del Mar, Marbella, Spain
Excellent
50%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 889 reviews

Avenida del Mar

Reviewed By Tony D - Aberdeen, United Kingdom

What a wonderful way to approach the Med by walking down this wide plant lined marble walkway amongst Salvador Dali bronzes. We often park at the underground car park at the top , visit the adjoining park and then amble down to the paseo maritimo walkway at the bottom that takes you all the way to Puerto Banus if you want. Lots of lovely shops restaurants and tapas bars in the area. Marbella at its best.

5. Alameda Park

C/ Ricardo Soriano, 29601, Marbella, Spain
Excellent
50%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 378 reviews

Alameda Park

Reviewed By Travellifefully - London

What a stunning park and a welcome rest-bite from the intense heat. You really think you've arrived in the rain forest. Short walk from the beach and old town.
There is a beautiful Fountain in the middle decorated with tiles from the different local towns. Also look out for the benches decorated with traditional Spanish tiles, each showing different images.

6. Paseo Maritimo

Marbella, Spain
Excellent
49%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

Paseo Maritimo

A pleasant boardwalk lined with shops, video game arcades, restaurants and cafes.

Reviewed By JALToronto - Burlington, Canada

We took our time to walk along the Paseo Maritimo. We watched the people walking and checked out the restaurants for dinner ideas.

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