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Marbella, lying between Málaga and Algeciras, was originally a Phoenician foundation. It is now the most fashionable resort on the Costa del Sol and one of the principal tourist centers on the Spanish Mediterranean coast, with beautiful long beaches and every facility for shopping and entertainment Marbella's entry into the world of tourism began in the mid fifties, when Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe founded the Marbella Club, still a favorite haunt of the jet set. He was followed by members of the European nobility, industrialists, playboys and their friends and associates, and the little town of Marbella became the scene of constant parties and luxurious living. Then in the early seventies the seriously rich began to come to Marbella. Arab potentates, including the king of Saudi Arabia and the emirs of Abu Dhabi and Qatar, chose Marbella for their summer retreat and built veritable palaces; and although they live a relatively secluded life their immense financial power has greatly increased the prosperity of the town - not always to the satisfaction of the local people. The society of Marbella is further enlarged by a group of residents who might not care to be asked about the source of their wealth: famous or notorious arms-dealers and a colony of British citizens who, having arrived before an extradition agreement between Britain and Spain came into effect in 1986, are able to lead a carefree life on the Costa del Sol.


How to Reach

By Air

Malaga International Airport is the closest air facility to Marbella and it provides an essential gateway for holidaymakers visiting Spains popular Costa del Sol region. The airport offers a good selection of passenger facilities as well as a variety of ground transportation options.

By Bus

Eurolines operates bus services from EU cities such as France, Germany, Portugal and Morocco to Malaga, from where a connecting bus is available to Marbella.
A bus service operates from Malaga Airport to Marbella throughout the day, with the first service leaving at 06:15. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes and calls at Fuengirola en route.

By Rail

A rail service provides connections between Malaga Airport and Fuengirola, which is midway to Marbella. From there, its possible to take a bus or a taxi for the remainder of the journey to Marbella.

Key places to visit
Prado World, Mijas Park, Crocodile Park, Funny Beach, Sea Life


Places to Visit

Prado World

Situated in nearby Estepona and just a short drive from Marbella, Prado World is a theme park with something for visitors of all ages. A water park with slides and various pools is perhaps the main feature, while other attractions include a shooting gallery, mini golf course, basketball court, football area and remote control lorries. An on-site bar and restaurant is available for food and refreshment during the park’s opening hours.

Mijas Park

Situated on the main road that leads to Fuengirola, Mijas Park is a water-based attraction which is aimed at families and young holidaymakers. This park features plenty to keep visitors occupied for a full day. Among the park's many attractions, favourites include Adventure River, Body Ski, Labyrinth Slides, Wild River, Kamikaze Slides, Wave Pool and Lizards' Island. Aqua aerobics is also conducted daily at no extra cost to visitors. An on-site self-service restaurant takes care of visitors at meal times and the picnic area can be used by those preferring to bring a packed lunch.

Crocodile Park

Just a 30-minute drive away from the centre of Marbella, Crocodile Park is home to a large selection of the fearsome reptiles, with some specimens weighing in at over 450 kilos and clocking more than 60 years of age. Visitors get the chance to see crocs in various stages of development, with everything from incubated eggs to old- timers. The highlight of the day’s proceedings at the centre is feeding time, when these awesome creatures get to dine on live prey – not for the faint-hearted!

Funny Beach

Located in the heart of the town, just 300 metres from Marbella's Arch, Funny Beach is a theme park with a myriad of attractions aimed at visitors of all ages. For kids, there are trampolines, mini-motorbikes, bumper boats and various small rides aimed at toddlers, while for adult visitors, there’s mini golf, waterskiing, jet-skiing and the banana boat. Motorboats plus guides are also available for hire for trips around the coast.

Sea Life

Less than 30 minutes by car from Marbella, Benalmádena Port’s Sea Life centre is a must for anyone with an interest in creatures of the deep. A permanent exhibition entitled 'Danger in the Reefs' features some of the sea’s most deadly species such as the blue ring octopus and the puffer fish. An underwater passage allows visitors to have a closer look at the variety of creatures living at the centre, with examples including rays, eels and various species of shark.

Right Time to Visit

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January - February -> 12(°C) - Winter
July - August -> 25(°C) - Summer


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