Located on the ever-popular Costa del Sol, Marbella is a classy and glamorous resort and a favourite holiday destination with the rich and famous. With a dazzling marina lined with luxury yachts, it’s a very modern and cosmopolitan city with a range of chic boutiques, designer stores and exquisite restaurants. Marbella is home to 24 gorgeous sandy beaches. As Spain’s answer to St Tropez, this glittering coastline is the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun. For those who want a little more action during their holiday, many of the beaches offer a whole host of water sports activities as well as jet-ski opportunities. Golf is popular here, as evident with its many courses, as are its town squares.
Perfect for driving through urban centres and fuel efficient for long distance driving, should you want to explore neighbouring cities.
Driving in Marbella
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Important things to note
Take care when parking in the city centre as local drivers are known to park close and open their doors into other vehicles.
It is the law to drive with two red warning triangles in the vehicle at all times in case of an accident.
Using a mobile phone in the car, even when pulled over at the side of the road, is strictly prohibited. It is the law to be completely away from the road, whilst using a mobile phone.
Highlights & Hotspots
Marbella’s beaches continue to bring huge crowds of tourists who want to soak up the sun and relax on the glittering shores. Those wanting to unwind away from the crowds should head to Playa del Canuelo beach, which is a little more peaceful. Tranquil bays and coves are nearby.
For families, the nearby city of Fuengirola is home to numerous child-friendly attractions such as an excellent water park, where parents can kick back in one of the Jacuzzis while the kids enjoy the thrilling waterslides. Many of the beaches in Marbella are also family friendly.
Those who enjoy relaxing on the beach by day and partying by night will not be disappointed by the city’s vibrant nightlife. Home to a range of upmarket clubs and trendy bars throughout the resort, there’s something to suit every taste.
More active holiday-makers will find that many beaches offer a range of water-sports activities. San Pedro de Alcantara Beach is great for water skiing. For a more adrenaline-fuelled activity, you may want to try out canoeing down the rapids of the Guadalmina River.
The closest airport to Marbella is M√°laga-Costa del Sol Airport which is located approximately 31 miles northeast of Marbella and is accessible via the N340 coastal road.
The airport serves as the regional hub for the Costa del Sol. Due to its popularity with visitors during the summer, it attracts millions of passengers, so do expect lengthier waiting times for parking.