Boasting Blue Flag beaches, a vibrant nightlife, and the cultural old town of Casco Antiguo, it’s perhaps little wonder that Marbella attracts so many holidaymakers year in, and year out. But don’t just take my word for it. Why not pack your bags and try it for yourself with these 10 top tips to get you well and truly on your way?
Avoid Going in July & August
The best times to visit Marbella are either during Spring (from late April through to June) or even during September/October; since these months boast the sunniest days whilst also avoiding the crowds – not to mention the unbearable heat of July and August when you can expect temperatures of up to 33 degrees.
Pack Sunscreen and After Sun
When it comes to packing your bags, be sure to include both sun cream and after sun. With over 24 award-winning beaches, 300 days a year of sunshine, and the warm Mediterranean Sea, the temptation to kick back and relax in the sun will certainly be hard to resist. That said, there are plenty of cultural sights to see too so make sure you pack your camera and comfortable shoes.
The flight is just over 2 and a half hours from the UK, but for that added touch of luxury whilst flying, why not take the opportunity to relax with a good audiobook, perhaps by adding your own travel pillow and blanket (which can then be doubled up as a beach rug). You might also want to book window seats ahead of your flight for that perfect bird’s eye view as you touch down in nearby Malaga.
Get a Revolut card
A Revolut card is a prepaid Mastercard, which you can top up via bank transfer or even Apple Pay. Unlike exchanging your currency in person, there are no fees, and Revolut will give you the best exchange rate at the time of purchase. It works exactly the same as a normal debit card and can be used at any place that accepts Mastercard. No more getting fed up by fees and rubbish currency exchange rates! This isn’t a great option if you rely on cash withdrawals since you are limited to £200 a month – with a 2% fee if you go over this.
You’ll find that transport in Malaga is fairly easy to navigate with a range of different options. The main bus station, for example, is situated right next to the train station and the bus service operates between 6.45am and 11pm. Otherwise, there are plenty of car hire options and taxis can be hailed from virtually anywhere.
The range of accommodation on offer in Marbella is vast, with options available to suit every budget. Given the glitz and glam that Marbella is so well known for, there are of course ultra-luxurious villas fit for royalty and celebrities alike. However, there are also some very budget-friendly hostels and affordable private apartment rentals. If you choose to go outside of peak season, for example in April, you’ll often find that accommodation prices can drop more than half the July-September price! If you time it right, you can bag yourself some luxury accommodation at a ridiculous bargain.
Ultimate Dining Experience
When it comes to eating and drinking, Marbella has an impressive range of dining options, from authentic tapas bars right through to international cuisine and the imaginative dishes prepared by the likes of La Hacienda and Taberna del Alabardero – both of which come highly recommended for that ultimate dining experience.
If you’re lucky enough to be in Marbella on 16th July, then be sure to soak in the atmosphere at the annual Dawn Mass in the town center, which honors the Virgen del Carmen protector of fishermen and Marbella’s patron saint. Seeing is truly believing.
Activities & Tours
Whatever type of activity you’re looking for, look no further than Marbella. Whether you fancy trying a buggy safari or even taking a day trip to Morocco, you certainly won’t be disappointed with the range of tours and options available.
Places of Interest
Marbella boasts a whole variety of sights from the natural panorama of the Concha Mountains right through to the bustling atmosphere of Puerto Banus. Packed with museums, art galleries, and the opportunity to venture even further afield, you really can’t ask for anything more. Definite must-visits are the Old Town, Alameda Park, and at least one-of-the-numerous beach that Marbella has to offer.