Marbella's picture-perfect beauty is real as all visiting tourists will tell you, it is magnanimous with many lavish private custom made tours available. This attractive and quaint town stands out among the many other seaside resorts in the Costa del Sol. The beach clubs, palm-trimmed promenades, and exclusive golf courses cater to both budget and upscale clientele.
Casco Antiguo is the historic center of Marbella and has lovely gorgeous sandy beaches to enjoy some relaxation from all the many sightseeing tours. Beautiful and historical Marbella is a lovely old Moorish town full of charming little white washed houses with shady trees, cobblestone streets, private exclusive addresses, tours along the Golden Mile and unparalleled beauty.
Many of the ancient buildings are full of vibrant flowers falling over their lovely decorated iron balconies in the old town. These include the fragrant and beautiful orange trees at The Plaza de Los Naranjos. Many Arab Kings and movies stars like Antonia Banderas own homes In Marbella as well as many other famous and wealthy people. Read More...
Custom Tours Along the Marbella Golden Mile Are Unparalleled Private and Beautiful
The Golden Mile is the epitome of chic with the famous and wealthy of Spain and the world. Private sightseeing tours from the beautiful Marbella mile are unparalleled in luxury and glamor. The restaurants, hotels and star-studded nightclubs are usually packed full during the peak and high seasons.
Many tourists are star struck trying to catch a glimpse of the rich and famous in their yachts at the flashy marina or touring around Marbella and sightseeing in their chauffeur driven luxury cars. Marbella has a magnificently natural beauty sheltered by the picturesque Sierra Blanca mountains.
Top 10 Things to Do in Marbella
Old Town Marbella
The narrow little white washed streets of the Old Quarter (Town) of Marbella is a must do a private guided tour. Full of old churches, quaint little antique shops, restaurants, and lively bars. The heart of the old town is The Orange Square (circa 1485) which is surrounded by historical buildings and stunning whitewashed houses; it is beautiful to have a coffee there and admire the beauty of this area.
Puerto Banús is a very popular and famous marina and on many guided Marbella tours. If you want to be seen this is the place where all the high rollers and jet-setters usually hang out. From the chic, beautiful beaches and clubs on the Golden Mile to the marina with many fabulous yachts, this is considered the IT place in Marbella and a must see.
Private guided tours of Marbella's old Moorish Castle and its huge fortifications that once surrounded the whole town are great. The Castle fortress is a relic of the Muslim civilization that once populated the city as you will see by the remanents and ruins remaining. There are annual outdoor cultural events and concerts held here, and in the summer season, The Castle is very popular with tourists.
Plaza de los Noranjos
Marbella's charming Old Town or Casco Antiguo has a beautiful town square is the heart of Marbella. Many tourists and locals gather here to socialize and take in the atmosphere of this charming and cultural town square. There is a lovely orchard of orange trees planted in the square which gives off a unique aroma as you sit and enjoy a coffee or some local food like tapas or paella.
Church of the Incarnation
The Church of the Incarnation Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación was constructed in the 16th-century. A popular Marbella guided tour the building features the Basicilla which is laid out with a barrel-vaulted central nave. The main door is in a Rococo Style and carved from ochre stone which is unusual and charming. The main attraction here is the Organ said to be the finest in the whole of Spain.
The engravings Museum is a top attraction in Marbella's private Old Town tours. The only museum of its kind in Spain it's devoted to preserve and exhibit Spanish graphic artwork and contemporary engravings. This famous museum has a very unique collection of over 4,000 pieces of art with permanent collections from the amazing Goya, Picasso, and Dali, don't miss out on this Museum.
Beach Beach Beach!
Marbella's which translates to "Beautiful Sea," has several excellent choices of beaches within walking distance of the town center. Your Marbella tour guide will likely recommend Playa Fontanilla beach as it is closest to the main city center. This lovely sandy beach is perfect for lounging around; there are great little restaurants and bars on the beach front for a little refreshment from sunbathing.
Franciscan Convent Church
Marbella has many churches, and the Franciscan Convent Church is another example of a historic landmark in the Old Town. The Iglesia del Santo Cristo Chruch built in the 16th century as part of a Franciscan convent is a stop on many private Marbella city tours. The church facade features unique stone details, an octagonal glazed ceramic tile roof, while the interior is simple it is charming in its elegance.
Museo Ralli Old Town
Between Marbella's old town and Puerto Banús is the Museo Ralli Museum, it houses ten large exhibition rooms displaying unique works of art. At the Marbella Museo Ralli, tourists will see an extensive collection of works by contemporary artists from many Latin American countries. Guided tour of the many paintings on display reflect the enormous influence of many European masters on Spanish artists.
Plazo de Altamirano
The Alameda Park (Plazo de Altamirano) is a beautiful eighteen-century city park and a stop on most Marbella city tours. Take a walk on the main promenade and see the unusually and crazy decorate benches and beautiful lush fountains. The park is full of shady pine trees and gardens and is a refreshing change to sightseeing ruins on many guided tours of Marbella city.
Travel Tips for Marbella
Best Time To Visit
The most popular time to visit Marbella is in the high season for sun worshipers from July through to August which is also the time to be seen for the wealthy and famous. If you want to do some custom tours then anytime from March to November (Not Peak Times) as packages can be a little cheaper and the Marbella weather is still warm, with fewer tourists on private sightseeing tours.
Costs in Marbella are high in comparison to other EU coastal holiday destinations. Packages for inclusive holidays can vary in price depending on when you book. While restaurants and bars do have early bird menus, they are a lot more expensive than other resorts. Use public transport where possible while traveling around Marbella when you are not on sightseeing escorted tours.
Know Before Visiting
Mainland Spanish locals have specific dining times, lunch is usually around 2.30pm and dinner is no earlier than 9 pm. Malaga is no different from any other private or public EU holiday resort; they have professional pickpockets so always be careful when carrying money on tours and keep it somewhere safe on your person. Keep all personal documents and extra money in the hotel safe.
Holidaymakers heading to Marbella can expect an excellent Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers that will have temperatures reaching 30-35 degrees Celsius. Mild winters with temperatures only going as low as 12-15 degrees Celsius in the region. There is a lovely mixture of seasons for the Autumn and Spring months it's a splendid time to visit.