Marbella is a popular tourist destination in the southern region of Spain, known for its beautiful beaches, luxurious amenities and its glamorous lifestyle.
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Holiday rentals in Marbella

When it comes to holiday rentals in Marbella, there are various options available to suit different preferences and budgets. Some of the common types of holiday rentals you can find in Marbella include:

Villas: Marbella is famous for its lavish villas that offer privacy, space, and often come with their own pool and gardens. These are ideal for larger groups or families looking for a luxurious and exclusive experience.

Apartments: There are numerous apartments and condos available for rent throughout Marbella. They range from basic units to high-end penthouses with stunning sea views. Apartments are a popular choice for smaller groups or couples.

Townhouses: Townhouses can be a great compromise between apartments and villas, providing more space and amenities than an apartment but without the full luxury of a villa.

Beachfront properties: For those who want to be right on the beach, there are holiday rentals located directly on or near Marbella's sandy shores.

Tips for holiday experiences in Marbella

Marbella offers a wide range of holiday experiences that cater to different interests and preferences. Whether you enjoy relaxing on the beach, exploring historic sites, indulging in luxury, or experiencing the vibrant nightlife, Marbella has something to offer. Here are some popular holiday experiences in Marbella:

Beach Relaxation: Marbella is renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. Spend your days sunbathing, swimming, and enjoying water sports like jet-skiing or paddleboarding.

Old Town Exploration: Marbella's Old Town (Casco Antiguo) is a charming area with narrow streets, whitewashed buildings, and historic sites. Stroll through the streets, visit Orange Square (Plaza de los Naranjos), and discover the town's rich heritage.

Luxury and Glamour: Marbella is synonymous with luxury, and many visitors come to experience the glamorous lifestyle. Enjoy high-end shopping, dine at exquisite restaurants, and indulge in the luxurious amenities of upscale resorts.

Golfing: Marbella is a golfer's paradise with numerous top-notch golf courses. Enjoy a round of golf in beautiful settings with views of the mountains and the sea.

Water Activities: In addition to beach-related activities, you can also explore the sea on boat tours, yacht charters, or even go scuba diving to explore the underwater world.

Day Trips: Marbella is ideally located to explore other nearby attractions. Take a day trip to Ronda, a picturesque mountain town, or visit the famous Alhambra Palace in Granada.

Wellness and Spas: Pamper yourself in one of Marbella's luxurious spas and wellness centers, offering a wide range of treatments and relaxation options.

Cultural Events: Check for local events, festivals, and concerts that may be taking place during your visit. Marbella hosts various cultural events throughout the year.

Hiking and Nature: If you enjoy nature, explore the nearby Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, which offers hiking trails and beautiful landscapes.
Remember that the best holiday experiences in Marbella will depend on your interests and the time of year you visit. Whether you prefer a laid-back beach vacation, an action-packed adventure, or a combination of both, Marbella has plenty to offer for a memorable holiday experience.

Book your holiday in Marbella

Narrow down your options by using filters such as the number of guests, dates of stay, amenities, and price range. This will help you find properties that match your preferences.

Once you've found a suitable rental, check the availability for your desired dates. Keep in mind that popular times of the year, such as peak tourist seasons, may have limited availability, so it's a good idea to book well in advance.

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A closer look at Marbella

Marbella has a rich history that dates back to the Romans and even earlier. The area was inhabited since prehistoric times, and archaeological evidence suggests Phoenician settlements as far back as the 7th century BC.

However, the town of Marbella as we know it today was founded during the Muslim rule in Spain. It was in the mid-10th century, during the Caliphate of Córdoba, that Marbella was officially founded as a fortified town. It then developed into a significant location during the period of Moorish rule, with its economy mainly based on agriculture and fishing.

After the Christian reconquest in 1485, Marbella became part of the Crown of Castile, and its growth continued into the 16th century with the establishment of the Royal Hospital and the Bazán Hospital. In the modern era, Marbella has become known as a glamorous resort town, famous for its luxury hotels, villas, and nightlife.

The main airport serving Marbella is Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP), located about 51 kilometers (roughly 31 miles) northeast of Marbella. It's the fourth busiest airport in Spain and offers a wide variety of international flights, making it the most convenient option for most travelers heading to Marbella.

The airport has flights to and from many major cities in Europe, and during the peak summer season, there are also many charter flights. From the airport, you can reach Marbella by bus, taxi, private transfer, or rental car. The journey usually takes around 45 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic.

Remember to always check flight availability and schedules as they can vary depending on the time of year and current travel restrictions.

The duration of a flight to Marbella depends on your departure city. Since the closest airport to Marbella is Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP), here are some rough estimates for flight times to Málaga:

  • From London, UK: About 2 hours and 45 minutes
  • From Paris, France: About 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • From Berlin, Germany: About 3 hours.
  • From New York, USA: Approximately 7-8 hours for a non-stop flight, but most flights require a stopover and take 10-12 hours or more.
  • From Sydney, Australia: This typically requires multiple flights, with total travel time usually over 20 hours.

These are only estimates and actual flight times can vary based on specific flight schedules, the speed of the aircraft, weather conditions, and whether the flight is direct or requires stopovers. Always check with your airline or booking platform for the most accurate and current information.

Marbella can indeed be a fantastic destination for families. The city is known for its sandy beaches, pleasant weather, and a plethora of activities suitable for both kids and adults. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Beaches: Marbella boasts several beautiful beaches that are ideal for families. Some of the best include Playa de Venus, which is centrally located and has a playground, and Playa de San Pedro de Alcántara, which has a long promenade filled with restaurants and shops.
  • Selwo Marina: Located in nearby Benalmádena, this is an innovative concept of park that offers a mix of marine and bird life, with exhibits including dolphins, sea lions, and exotic birds.
  • Aventura Amazonia: This adventure park located in Elviria, Marbella, features zip lines and adventure circuits up in the trees, suitable for both kids and adults.
  • Parque de la Constitución: This park in the center of Marbella offers shaded paths, a children's play area, an astronomical observatory, and a small outdoor theater where performances are often held during the summer months.
  • Marbella Old Town: The historic center of Marbella is a great place to stroll, shop, and eat. There are many charming streets, shops selling local crafts, and restaurants with outdoor seating.
  • Day Trips: Consider taking a day trip to nearby cities and attractions such as the city of Ronda, the Alhambra in Granada, or even Gibraltar.
  • Golf: If your family enjoys golf, there are plenty of excellent golf courses in and around Marbella.

Remember, each family's preferences and interests will vary, so it's a good idea to research and plan ahead to ensure a fun-filled vacation for everyone.

Marbella, with its beautiful Mediterranean climate, sandy beaches, and vibrant culture, is a wonderful destination for couples. Here are some experiences and places that you could enjoy:

  • Stroll in the Old Town: Take a leisurely walk through the narrow, winding streets of Marbella's Old Town. Visit the charming Plaza de los Naranjos and enjoy a meal at one of the alfresco dining spots.
  • Romantic Beach Day: Spend a day on one of Marbella's beautiful beaches. You could even pack a picnic to enjoy while watching the sunset.
  • Puerto Banús: Visit the luxury marina and shopping complex for a spot of shopping or to enjoy a meal. The area is known for its vibrant nightlife, fancy restaurants, and designer stores.
  • Wine Tasting: Take a day trip to Ronda or other nearby areas known for their vineyards and wineries. Many offer wine tastings and vineyard tours.
  • Spa Day: Treat yourselves to a spa day. Many of Marbella's luxury hotels offer spa facilities where you can enjoy massages, facials, and other treatments.
  • Outdoor Adventures: If you enjoy being active, there are several golf courses in the area. You could also try watersports or take a hike in the Sierra Blanca mountains.
  • Fine Dining: Marbella is known for its culinary scene, with several Michelin-starred restaurants. Enjoy a romantic dinner at one of these or at a traditional Spanish restaurant.
  • Remember to tailor your itinerary to your shared interests as a couple for the most enjoyable experience.

Marbella enjoys a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot summers, mild winters, and comfortable spring and fall seasons.

Summer (June - August): Summer is the hottest season, with average high temperatures reaching 28-30°C (82-86°F). However, thanks to Marbella's coastal location, it's often cooled by sea breezes. This is also the driest time of year with very little rainfall.

Autumn (September - November): Temperatures start to cool down in autumn, with average highs ranging from 26-20°C (79-68°F). Rainfall begins to increase during this season, particularly in November.

Winter (December - February): Winter is the coolest season, but it's still relatively mild compared to many places. Average high temperatures range from 16-18°C (61-64°F). December and January are the wettest months, though the rainfall is still not very high compared to other regions.

Spring (March - May): Spring sees gradually increasing temperatures, with average highs ranging from 18-24°C (64-75°F). It's a lovely time to visit, with flowers blooming and the summer crowds yet to arrive.

It's important to note that these are general trends and actual weather can vary year by year. For the most accurate weather information, it's best to check a reliable weather forecast closer to your travel date.

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