Spain most famous coast, with sandy beaches, beautiful scenery, clear blue waters is Costa del Sol. One of the gems of Costa del Sol is Marbella. Known for its beautiful beaches, luxurious beach clubs, delicious gastronomy, place for the famous and also not that famous to enjoy the summer days. But overall, Marbella is a great summer destination, and I fell in love with the place.

Getting around:

We flew to Malaga (which is the closest airport to Marbella) and took a bus to Marbella bus station, the ride was less than 45 minutes, and you can get the bus straight from the airport. As of Marbella, if you are staying in the Old Town of Marbella, most of the stores, restaurants and beaches will be on walking proximity to you. We walked to everything, the only place that was a bit far was Puerto Banus, but taxi in Marbella is pretty affordable and another good mean of transportation is renting a bike.

Where to stay:

We rented an Airbnb for our holiday, the Airbnb was located in the Old Town of Marbella, just 15 minutes walk from the beaches and 5 minute walk to the heart of the old town. The apartment was beautiful, spacious and clean, our hosts were more than lovely. Another great area to stay while in Marbella is near Puerto Banus.

Must see’s:

Marbella Old Town- reminded me a lot of Mykonos, but more colorful. The old town was my favorite place in Marbella. Small cobble streets, filled with local shops, bakeries, restaurants and bars. Beautiful both during the day and night. Every corner is picturesque, colorful doors, beautiful tiles and trees in bloom.

Puerto Banús- just a 15 minute drive from Marbella old town. Here you can find luxurious shopping and high end designer stores, beach clubs, exquisite restaurants and stunning villas.

Marbella promenade- right next to the sea is the pedestrian walk, which connects Marbella old town to Puerto Banus (by foot is takes approximately 45-60 minutes). Next to the promenade you can find all the beaches and beach clubs, restaurants, shops and bars.

Must do’s:

Enjoy the beach life- whichever beach you choose you won’t regret it, the majority are the same. Spend the day tanning, swimming, relaxing…My favorite beaches were: Trocadero and La Milla

Indulge on tapas- Spain is famous for its tapas, the Andalucía region is also know for its specific tapas that can be only found there. It’s a must to try at least a few such as pipi shrimps, Iberian ham and melon, Iberian sausage and some of their sandwiches. Don’t forget to sip on some sangria while you are at it. Continue reading to find out the best tapas places.

Get lost in the streets of the old town- the old town is a maze of streets, you will be taken away of it’s charming streets and cute shops selling local and/or handmade products.

Where to eat:

Rachel’s Eco Love

perfect for: breakfast or brunch

what to eat: everything, like really everything

Soleo Marbella Beach Club

perfect for: lunch or dinner

what to eat: catch of the day

La Nueva Venencia de la Fontanilla

perfect for: tapas

what to eat: Iberian ham with melon, salad La Nueva Venencia, Iberian cheese

Taberna la Niña el Pisto

Casa del Corregidor

perfect for: lunch or dinner

what to eat: mixed seafood platter

El Cortijo

perfect for: dinner

what to eat: paella

Churreria Ramon Marbella

perfect for: dessert

what to eat: churros with hot chocolate

Ice and Bubble Waffle

perfect for: dessert

what to eat: ice cream

Marbella for a summer holiday was the right choice, I fell in love with the place, the scenery, the vibe…will be definitely coming back here.

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