Holidays to Marbella set a fast pace, with action-packed days on its Blue Flag beaches and late, late nights in the buzzing bars and clubs. They have a calmer side, too, in the pretty old town.
Head to Marbella, on the Costa del Sol, for a Cruise & Stay holiday and you’ll find a winning combination of beautiful beaches and buzzing nightlife. There are plenty of historic sights to go around, too, including both Roman and Moorish architecture.
A holiday hotspot
Nestled into southern Spain’s Andalusia region, and belonging to the province of Malaga, Marbella is among Spain's most popular resorts. With glamorous clubs, luxury hotels and villas set against a spectacular mountainous backdrop, it's easy to see why Marbella has been a favourite with Cruise & Stay holidaymakers for decades. Millions flock here each year, and the area is especially popular with British tourists during the high summer months.
A wealth of beaches
With 15 miles of glorious golden sand to explore, you could spend your entire holiday relaxing on the beach. One of the biggest and most popular is El Pinillo, an urban beach with all the facilities you could need including parking, toilets, hammocks and sunshades. For a more active beach retreat, Puerto Banus beach is situated in the port and offers everything from exquisite bars and restaurants to a range of watersports.
One of Marbella’s key attractions is its glitzy and glamorous nightlife. The famous Golden Mile lights up the coastline with an astonishing variety of bars, restaurants and clubs – this vibrant area attracts a wide range of visitors with fine dining, top DJs and brilliant karaoke nights. If exclusivity and glamour are on your wish list, Puerto Banus is one of the Costa del Sol’s largest entertainment centres and boasts some of the area’s most exclusive nightspots.
History and culture
While Marbella is renowned for its nightlife, you can also experience its quiet, more traditional side. The focal point of the old quarter is the Plaza de Los Naranjos, a square surrounded by 17th-century architecture and winding narrow streets. Many of the city’s oldest and most prominent buildings are here, including the 16th-century town hall. If you wish to venture further back in time, explore some of Marbella's archaeological sites, such as the Roman villa of Rio Verde.
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