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About Marbella

One of the best-known resort towns on the Costa del Sol, there's more to Marbella than sunshine glinting off bling, the Mediterranean and a host of glamorous bars, clubs and restaurants ripe for a good time. Once a whitewashed fishing village, the Old Town is a fascinating blend of Andalusian and Moorish cultures. You can see this in the colourful floral displays, narrow streets and unique mansions now converted into some of the best places to stay in Marbella if you're looking for local charm. In front of the town is the beautiful natural harbour and behind it are the mountains of the Sierra Blanca. When it comes to history, Marbella sure can tell some colourful tales.

Marketed as Spain's St-Tropez, Marbella has long been a favourite of the rich and famous. The glitz of the marina and variety of boutiques proves it's still got it. If you're here for the nightlife, Marbella has plenty of good restaurants and the famous strip of bars and clubs of Puerto Banus - the bling capital of the Costa del Sol.

Marbella also has some of Spain's best golf courses - and that's saying something as there are forty golf courses on the Costa del Sol alone! There's also parasailing, normal sailing and a number of water sports requiring less practice.

As well as the charm of the Old Town and the excellent beaches, Marbella is a short drive from the monkeys of the Rock of Gibraltar, the old 'white village' of Mijas and the markets of Benahavis.

Marbella is a very popular tourist destination, so to ensure you get to stay at one of the best places to stay in Marbella be sure to book ahead.

The Best Places to Stay in Marbella

For glamour

  • Hotel Puente Romano offers grand Andalusian luxury on the sea front, with creamy colours, private balconies and a choice of restaurants and only 34 rooms.

For a central stay

  • Whitewashed and unfussy, The Town House is close to the Plaza de los Naranjos and the Old Town, so it's the hotel to book if you want to be really central.
  • La Villa Marbella is a charming boutique hotel tucked away in the city's old town. Featuring lovely rooms and a gorgeous roof terrace, it's a great place to unwind in the heart of Marbella.

For romance

  • If you want romance and luxury, our recommendation would be the Hotel Claude. It's a beautifully restored 17th Century townhouse converted into just seven suites with chic, boutique style interiors.

For families

  • Casa la Concha is a set of chic little B&B cottages set on a hilltop so the perfect location if you want somewhere quiet, relaxed and green. The views of the Mediterranean are lovely.

For a resort

  • The Marbella Club has its own golf course and spa and offers tennis and horse riding. It also has a private beach, so this is ideal if you're looking for the perfect resort holiday. In the summer there's a kid's club so maybe another good choice for families.

For great value

  • La Villa Marbella is a charming boutique hotel tucked away in the city's old town. Featuring lovely rooms and a gorgeous roof terrace, it's a great place to unwind in the heart of Marbella.

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Travel Information

  • Marbella is best reached by private yacht, but failing that, it’s only 50-odd kilometres from Málaga Airport. Alternatively, you can fly in to Gibraltar Airport around 75kms away. Interestingly Marbella is the largest city in Spain without a railway station, the nearest is in Málaga, so you need to either drive from the airport or catch a bus or taxi.
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  • Marbella is well known for sunshine and during the height of summer you can expect up to 14hours a day. It’s also known for being warm during winter, the high peaks of the Sierra Bianca behind the resort protect it from the coldest weather fronts. Even in winter, the average temperature remains about 19ºC. Marbella doesn’t swelter in summer either, during July and August the average maximums are below 30ºC. Most people think of Marbella as a summer beach destination, but there’s no reason not to visit out of season, what with the pleasant weather and sunshine for most of the year.

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    Best Hotels in Marbella

    • La Villa Marbella Marbella 25 rooms from £86

      Romantic Break  -  Romantic rooms styled on Asian cities, views, miles of beaches and the restaurants and markets of old town to explore
      Groups  -  The larger suites, some with kitchens and sitting rooms, some with jacuzzi terraces, are perfect for groups.
      Great walks  -  Through the old town of Marbella, to sights such as the Plaza de los Naranjos
      Sights nearby  -  Cordoba, Gibraltar, Granada, Malaga, Mijas and Tarifa

      A chic boutique hotel in the old town. Beautiful rooms and apartments styled on Asian cities have lots of natural light and attractive furnishings. Stunning views from roof terrace. Set in a quiet location and minutes from the sights and beaches. Ideal for a romantic holiday or group of friends. See More

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    • Casa la Concha Marbella 5 rooms from £108

      Views  -  Of the Mediterranean and of Marbella.
      Groups  -  The whole house can be rented.
      Weddings  -  Tailor made wedding weekends.
      Private villas  -  5 luxury cottages.
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

      A chic boutique B&B with individual cottages sprawling through beautiful flora and fauna gardens. Set on a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean and Marbella. An ideal location for a weekend wedding or a group/family holiday. See More

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    • The Town House, Marbella Marbella 9 rooms from £108

      Value chic
      Less £
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

      If you're looking for a chic and simple base from which to explore Marbella then this boutique B&B is perfect. White washed walls and wooden beams with a flash of antique decoration. A private and intimate destination. See More

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    • Hotel Puente Romano Marbella 266 rooms from £217

      Beach Life
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

      Grand Andalucian luxury on the sea front. Beautiful sunny rooms and suites have white washed walls, parquet floors, creamy furnishings and private balconies. Many restaurants, tennis courts, spa, private beach and kids club. Perfect for beach life. See More

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    • Villa Padierna Palace Marbella (Carretera de Cádiz) 130 rooms from £250

      Great walks  -  Go walking along the nearby coastline.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.

      Luxury abounds at the aptly named Villa Padierna Palace with all the creature comforts imaginable to keep you relaxed. Some of the hotel's highlights include a sublime spa, three excellent golf courses, superb restaurant and a number of plush private villas. See More

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    • Hotel Claude Marbella (Calle Ancha) 7 rooms from £217

      City Style  -  Beautiful stucco façade, vaulted archways, and carved wooden doors refreshingly matched with sleek modern design.
      Local exploring  -  A discreet Andalusian oasis in a 17th-century mansion at the heart of Marbella's lovely labyrinthine old town.
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the enchanting Plaza de los Naranjos, with its lively terrazas, orange trees, and Castilian Renaissance architecture.
      Great walks  -  Wander the winding narrow lanes of the old town, pausing for wonderful food under the orange trees.
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection

      Sophisticated and elegantly restored 17th century townhouse, in Marbellas old town. The seven chic and individual rooms feature Moorish-style arched doorways, peaked timbered ceilings and understated contemporary touches. Sunlit interior patio, gourmet dining and rooftop terrace. Totally unique. See More

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    • Marbella Club Marbella 81 rooms from £295

      Traditional  -  A quintessential Marbella resort — established by Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe in 195
      Private villas  -  Especially suitable for families or absolute privacy.
      Families  -  There is a popular children'c club in the summer.
      Garden  -  Manicured tropical gardens.
      Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors

      A golf, spa and beach resort that offers a unique experience. Elegant in its classic style and luxurious with its outstanding facilities. Located in a natural paradise on the shores of the Mediterranean. An oasis of relaxation for families or those seeking something princely. See More

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