Discover Marbella
A vacation spot for royal families and celebrities

Sea resort with a unique microclimate and sunny weather 320 days a year


Marbella is a small city. As of 2019, it has only 143,386 inhabitants. The situation changes during the high season when the population increases by about 30% due to tourists and those who come here to live in their second home.

Brief history

The coast where Marbella is located has been inhabited since the Paleolithic period. But the beginning of the city's history is considered to be from 1600 BC. Ruins on the site of Roman baths, the original mosaic Villa Romana de Rio Verde, and the San Pedro Basilica, where the remains of the first Christians are buried, remind one of the Roman period.

In the VI century, the south of Spain was invaded by Arabs, and Marbella became Muslim for about 900 years. During this period, the city grew in size. Arab engineers built many houses and strong fortifications — a fort, protective moats, and walls. And now, walking around the city, you can see the houses with characteristic Moorish architecture.

In 1485, Marbella was conquered by the troops of the Spanish King Fernando. The city was badly damaged during the storm, and after the victory, the Spaniards destroyed the mosque in its center. Their place is now occupied by Orange Square (Plaza de los Naranjos). A few centuries later, the fortification of the walls and construction of another fort was required as the coast had become unsafe due to the growing number of pirates. Today all that remains of these structures is the tower, which rises in the gardens of the Hotel Fuerte.

Until 1954, Marbella had been a small agricultural town. That all changed when Prince Alfonso, impressed by the beautiful panoramas of the region, bought the land here and built the first-class Marbella Club Hotel. The resort attracted members of the European royal families, which gave impetus to the construction of comfortable hotels, villas, expensive restaurants, and other attributes of luxury living.

The best time to visit Marbella

The resort is ready to welcome guests at any time of the year. This southern stretch of the Costa del Sol is closed from the winds by the Sierra Blanca mountain range, so the weather is almost always good. Except for a few weeks of cloudy weather in April, there is no rainy season. The average annual temperature is around +20°C. There are no frosts in the winter, and the traditional summer heat does not reach Marbella. In July, the air heats up to +32°C, but thanks to the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean, the heat is almost not felt. In the spring and autumn, the temperature ranges from +20°C to +28°C.

Many tourists come to Marbella to celebrate the New Year. The preparations for the holiday begin very early. The aromas of almond cookies, churros, and cinnamon doughnuts are wafting all around as early as the end of November. Bright garlands and decorated Christmas trees appear in the streets, and Papa Noel (so Santa Claus is called in Spain) and his entourage are smiling at tourists from the windows of the houses.

If you visit Marbella in early June, you will have the opportunity to celebrate a fun holiday dedicated to the patron saint of the city, the San Bernabé Day. It lasts for a whole week. There are fairs, open-air concerts, rides, and merry-go-rounds for the kids. Traditional snacks and drinks are offered everywhere.

Useful notes

Things to do in Marbella

  • Climb the mountain of La Concha. A fascinating hike will appeal to all nature lovers. To get to the top (about 1200 meters above sea level), you have to walk about 8 km. The route goes through pine, olive, and walnut groves, and the reward is an amazing panorama of the city against the background of the sea.
  • Go on a boat trip. There's nothing better than taking a trip on a comfortable yacht through the gentle waves of the Mediterranean Sea on a hot day. You can easily arrange a trip in the port — the choice of ships is quite wide.
  • Visit the Eco Reserva Ojen park. It has very beautiful nature, and wild roe deer, goats, and deer easily come into contact with visitors. If you want, you can even pet them.
  • Sit in the Chiringuito. Marbella has a lot of these small beach cafes. Here, you can try traditional Spanish food and find national dishes from many countries around the world.

Map Marbella

Hotels in Marbella

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