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How to Spend 1 Day in Marbella

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How to Spend 1 Day in Marbella
Backed by the rocky Sierra Blanca mountains of Andalucia, Marbella’s sandy beaches, glittering marinas, Old Town, and beach clubs make it one of the most exclusive resorts on Spain’s Costa del Sol. Here are some ideas for how to spend a day in the sophisticated city.

Morning: Get to Know Marbella
While Marbella flaunts its beaches and marinas, the more traditional districts tend to stay in the shadows. Stray from the beaten path on a walking tour that focuses on the Old Town, which is characterized by whitewashed houses and cobbled plazas. Chart Marbella’s history at the Plaza of the Orange Trees (Plaza de los Naranjos) and City Hall; explore Alameda Park; and admire the Salvador Dali sculptures. 

Alternatively, book a hike into the Andalucian hills or choose a tour that covers both Marbella and neighboring Puerto Banus—a jet-setters’ playground centered on a glittering, yacht-filled marina.
 
Afternoon: Beaches, Mountains, and Wines
Most visitors flock to Marbella for its beaches, so spend the afternoon enjoying a slice of Marbella’s ultra-cool beach life. The town boasts 23 different stretches, with highlights including Bounty Beach and Playa Nagueles, where the water’s edge is hemmed by plush beach clubs and restaurants. 

After a spell on the sands, head for the cool of the Sierra Blanca mountains on a late-afternoon electric bike and wine tour, which typically follow trails through Andalucia’s White Villages (Pueblos Blancos) before descending to the coast for tapas and wine.

Evening: Sunsets, Cava, and Nightlife   
Kick-start the evening with a makeup masterclass, during which you’ll receive professional tips on how to create your sultriest look while sipping on Cava. Alternatively, join the locals on a sunset stroll along Marbella’s palm-dotted seafront promenade (Paseo Maritimo), enjoying tapas and drinks at the sidewalk cafes. 

After dinner at a beachfront restaurant, head for glitzy Puerto Banus or Marbella Port (Puerto Deportivo), to sip cocktails and dance the night away with glitzy party crowds. 
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Marbella private half day trip from Malaga

Marbella private half day trip from Malaga

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Discover Marbella’s unique history and charm on a private, half-day tour of Old Town. See remnants of the city’s Moorish and Castilian heritage, and visit local highlights like lovely Orange Square, Incarnation Church, Mar Avenue and Alameda Park. Enjoy free time to shop or dine, and get an insider’s glimpse into life in the Spanish seaside town from a private guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$305.12
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Mijas, Marbella and Banus Day Coach from Costa del Sol

Mijas, Marbella and Banus Day Coach from Costa del Sol

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Marbella may claim fame as a luxurious resort town and celebrity hangout, but you don’t have to be a millionaire to see why this beachside city steals so many hearts. Discover Marbella’s most popular attractions on this full-day tour designed to balance guided commentary with free time to explore and includes pickup and drop-off from four popular towns along Costa del Sol.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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E-Mountain Bike & Wine Tour from Marbella to Sierra Blanca

E-Mountain Bike & Wine Tour from Marbella to Sierra Blanca

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Combine outdoor adventure with a touch of luxury on this half-day guided tour. First, board an electric mountain bike (e-MTB) and climb the hills of the Sierra Blanca mountain range. Visit the “Pueblos Blancos” (White Villages), named for their simple hilltop whitewashed homes. The take an exhilarating downhill ride to Marbella to fuel up on tapas and wine.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private City Tour of Marbella and Puerto Banús with Hotel Pick-up

Private City Tour of Marbella and Puerto Banús with Hotel Pick-up

Immerse yourself in the lavish luxury of Marbella and Puerto Banús on a private 4-hour tour from Marbella. Alongside your guide, you’ll visit historical highlights — like Plaza de los Naranjos and Chapel of St John of God — and see the modern side of the city at Marbella’s Golden Mile. Marvel at the grandeur of Puerto Banús Marina, replete with expensive yachts, and relax on the soft sands of inviting beaches. Customize the itinerary according to your interests and receive undivided attention from your guide on this private tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Marbella small group walking Tour

Marbella small group walking Tour

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Look beyond the party scene and delve deep into Marbella’s heritage on this small-group walking tour. Enjoy a masterclass in Spanish culture from your guide in barely an hour as you stroll the old city. Soak up sights including Orange Square, the marina, the ancient castle, dating back to the 9th century, the 16th-century Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion church, and the sculptures by the surrealist artist Salvador Dali.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Hiking from Marbella and Estepona

Hiking from Marbella and Estepona

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Get to know the Andalusian countryside on this half-day hike in Marbella. Traverse the forests and discover the flora, fauna, and rock formations of the area. Learn about the region’s history from your tour guide as you pass Moorish castles, Roman ruins, and prehistoric caves. Spend the day in the great outdoors with a small group of eight guests or less and get to know the rural life of Spain.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.98
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Marbella Masterclass in Makeup with Cava

Marbella Masterclass in Makeup with Cava

Discover the industry secrets of professional makeup artists with this 2-hour masterclass in Marbella. Gain insight into your personal skin type and tone so you can choose the best shades to highlight your natural assets. Learn proper brush selection and makeup application techniques, such as how to create a perfect smoky eye. Sip a glass of sparkling cava while you learn, and receive a personalized face chart and photos by email after the class.
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  • 2 hours
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