The Costa del Sol strikes a great balance between feeling familiar whilst retaining the elegance of a Spanish holiday destination. Unlike the busier Costa Brava and Costa Blanca, this region of Southern Spain has managed to become hugely popular without compromising its character. Nowhere is this truer than in Marbella, the jewel in the region’s crown. For a holiday in 2021 that promises superb weather, great food, drink and hidden streets bustling with arts and craft shops, Marbella holidays are the one.
Add to this a gorgeous waterfront promenade stretching for miles, lined with buzzing beach bars and tapas huts, surrounded by palm trees and white sands, the azure blue of the Mediterranean on one side. The playground of the rich and famous, Puerto Banus, is a little way along the coast, a great place to people watch and marvel at boats the size of houses. Marbella also boasts one of our favourite old towns in all of Spain, a maze of cobbled alleyways and hidden church squares, atmospheric local restaurants, craft shops and chatting locals.
Your guide to Marbella holidays
The whole stretch of coastline between Malaga and Gibraltar is awash with fun things to see and do, however if you venture off the beaten track inland, you’ll reap some of the area’s richest rewards. A holiday in Marbella wouldn’t be complete without a trip up into the hills to the whitewashed town of Mijas. Here you can tuck into cheap as chips local tapas in restaurants overlooking the town square, take a horse drawn carriage through its streets, and take in the incredible views of the coast from up high.
Back down at sea level, the elegant harbour town of Puerto Banus makes for a great place to have lunch in the company of luxurious boats, charter boats and water sports excursions, and enjoy an eclectic nightlife scene. On the cultural side of things, you shouldn’t miss the Basilica de Vega del Mar, a North African inspired church, or the intricate ceramic tiles of the Ermita de Santiago. You could head to Selwo Marina in Torremolinos to see snakes, birds and dolphins, or even take a boat across the Morocco for the day to experience the intoxicating atmosphere of North African souks.
You can be sure that a region that translates as ‘Sun Coast’ will include its fair share of great beaches. Holidays in Marbella and the surrounding areas will be filled with days of swimming in the warm Mediterranean sea, relaxing in the shade and sharing plates of fried fish, excellent water sports opportunities or simply plenty of sun worshipping. Head to Bounty Beach for a cool, relaxed vibe, music and well priced food and drink. For something a little refined you could head to Nikki Beach, home of a world famous beach club and known for its high rolling parties, to relax on sun loungers under the palm trees and sip on Champagne. And to the west of Puerto Banus lies the sheltered, seductive beach of Nuevo Andalucia, perfect for quiet family days out. With around 23 beaches to choose from along its 20 or so miles of coastline, holidays in Marbella won’t be without their fair share of waterfront action.
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Prices last checked at 2:21 AM January 27, 2021