Things to do in
Marbella

Sunshine, warm waters, golden sand, and a luxurious touch await in the Costa del Sol’s best-known hotspot.

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Our most recommended things to do in Marbella

From Marbella: Canyoning Trip to Guadalmina

1. From Marbella: Canyoning Trip to Guadalmina

The Angosturas Gorge, situated in the municipality of Benahavis and very close to Marbella, is the ideal canyon for your initiation to this exciting sport. In wonderful natural surroundings, you will learn the basic progression techniques for canyoning accessible to all, and more demanding techniques for those who already have previous experience. For those who wish to, enjoy jumps from different heights into a deep water reservoir in an idyllic location surrounded by mountains. This canyon has 2 jumps at 5 meters, 3 jumps at 4 meters, and an abseiling of 5 meters. Those who still don't feel daring enough for the jumps will be able to opt for a fun toboggan. As you go, the gorge will narrow, showing you a landscape you could never have imagined. Don't miss this incredible experience that you'll want to bring back home!

Marbella: Catamaran Cruise

2. Marbella: Catamaran Cruise

Enjoy a trip aboard the Daria, a catamaran with all the modern comforts, on which you will get to spend a wonderful day. In addition to all the luxury spaces aboard the boat, this model offers greater stability than others, which will reduce dizziness, meaning this nautical adventure is ideal for all. During your cruise, there will be opportunities for you to enjoy such water sports as paddle surfing, kayaking, and even fishing if you wish. Snacks and drinks such as beer, water, and soft drinks will all be available during the cruise as well. The professional crew will make sure you see the best of Marbella from the water, all the while having as much fun as possible. There will be plenty of opportunities for photos, which will be available after the cruise for download, as you explore the coast aboard a luxury catamaran.

Marbella: Tour of the Old Town with Wine Tasting & Tapas

3. Marbella: Tour of the Old Town with Wine Tasting & Tapas

Discover the charming little town of Marbella with its thousand faces and historic old town, and relish the delicacies of the region during. As you walk with your guide, be enthralled by the history and stories of the area as you take in your beautiful surroundings.  As you discover the history and culture of Marbella, understand the region further with delicious tastings. Start with a tasting of fine wines in the historic city centre and try some cold tapas. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to sample various natural olive oils of the region and to visit Marbella's beautiful old town. End a great tour by savouring some typical Andalusian dishes along with a matching wine at a traditional tapas restaurant.

Full Day Gibraltar Sightseeing Tour

4. Full Day Gibraltar Sightseeing Tour

Your minibus will pick you up from Torremolinos, Marbella or Estepona and we will drive you to Costa del Sol. Once in Gibraltar, our minibus will take us to all the major sights, including Punta Europa and Las Cuevas de San Miguel. Punta Europa, on the edge of the rock, has a lighthouse and stunning views of the African mountains, just across the water. Cuevas de San Miguel has more of an edge. Though now a major tourist attraction, it was once a refuge for soldiers during wars and a secret passageway for those looking to escape. After the tour, we will give you the time to explore the shopping district of Calle Real and surrounding areas.

Full-Day Ronda Tour from Costa del Sol

5. Full-Day Ronda Tour from Costa del Sol

Begin with a pickup by air-conditioned coach in Costa del Sol. Sit back and relax on the journey. Admire the beauty of the picturesque streets during the free time you will have in Setenil de las Bodegas. Feel the relaxing atmosphere and walk around at your own pace. Back in the bus, head to Ronda with your guide and enjoy a panoramic tour. See the Almocabar Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the Church of Santa Maria la Mayor, among others. Visit the Maestranza bullring on your own, one of the oldest ones in Spain and considered the cradle of traditional bullfighting. Home of the famous Goyesca bullfighting style, enjoy a visit to its museum and see its typical clothing. You will have free time to visit and to have lunch on your own. Meet your guide back again for the return trip to Costa del Sol.

Marbella: Stand-Up Paddle Board at Sunset

6. Marbella: Stand-Up Paddle Board at Sunset

Meet your friendly stand-up paddle board instructor at Marina Port (Puerto Deportivo) in Marbella, and then put on your wetsuit – if needed – in the changing rooms. Listen to the briefing and learn basic techniques on how to stand on water! Enter the sea and get stunning views of the city and mountains in the background as you paddle along the coast. Cool down with a swim and play fun games in the water before you watch a spectacular sunset, considered amongst the best in the world.  Return to Marina Port at the end of the thrilling activity and use the available showers to freshen up. Then, relax with a drink at a beautiful restaurant by the beach.

Mijas, Marbella & Puerto Banús From Málaga

7. Mijas, Marbella & Puerto Banús From Málaga

You will start the trip to reach the typical village of Mijas. This town, located in the center of the Sierra de Mijas, is dominated by the ruins of an Arab palace. The town, typically Andalusian, is formed by narrow streets with white houses characterized by elegant wrought iron grilles. Later you will have free time to admire the great panorama of the coasts, the mountains and take a walk to discover this curious city. After the free time in Mijas you will resume the trip to Marbella, on arrival you will take a small panoramic overview of the city by bus and later a walk through the city, after the walk you can enjoy free time in the city. You will leave Marbella behind to continue towards Puerto Banús, a key point on the Costa del Sol for celebrities and the wealthy, enjoy free time to see its marina, its promenade or have a drink in one of its many establishments.

Marbella: Kayak Tour

8. Marbella: Kayak Tour

Enjoy introductory lessons on how to use your kayak. Learn basic techniques you can use to make the most out of your day.  View the beautiful coastline of Marbella with this guided tour. Set off from the marina and explore the coast. Experience stunning views of the Sierra Blanca mountain range.  Take a break and have a swim in the warm water. Return to the marina for refreshments (at your own expense) and a shower. 

Marbella: E-Mountain Bike Explorer Tour

9. Marbella: E-Mountain Bike Explorer Tour

If you have ever dreamt of exploring the mountains and White Villages of Spain by bike, but know your legs are not quite up to the job, then Electric Mountain Bikes are just right for you! On your tour, you will go on an adventure through the foothills of the Sierra Blanca using little effort thanks to the help of your bikes. You will receive full instruction from your professional guide on how to use your EMTB, so that you can safely enjoy the beauty of the mountains and see places only the fittest and strongest cyclists could reach before. Your professional guides will take you along traditional trails to visit unspoiled white villages, like Istan, where you can enjoy a quick drink and experience the traditional Andalusian way of life. Then, back on the bikes, you will discover the beauty of the Mediterranean forest and enjoy spectacular views back down to Marbella, Puerto Banus and the Mediterranean below.

Full-Day Gibraltar Shopping Tour from the Costa del Sol

10. Full-Day Gibraltar Shopping Tour from the Costa del Sol

Spend the day shopping in Gibraltar from the Costa del Sol and get more for your money. The British territory offers unrivalled shopping opportunities, with duty-free prices on many goods, and top British stores on Main Street. Travel along the picturesque Costa del Sol, past the Contravallation Line, all the way to Gibraltar where you will have free time to explore its many shops. Cross the border and explore the famous Rock. Browse all the fantastic shops and boutiques, including the famous Gibraltar Crystal, where you will find many beautiful items made of quality crystal. You will even have time to do a bit of sightseeing before you return. Head down to the grotto of St. Michael’s Cave, and look out for the infamous Barbary macaques. It is said that the British won’t leave Gibraltar until the last macaque has departed! With your bags full, drive back along the Costa del Sol at the end of the 11-hour tour, enjoying the views of the Moroccan coastline across the Mediterranean.

Frequently asked questions about Marbella

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Planning Your Visit

  • Don't forget your passport

    If you are going to Morocco or even just to the nearby British colony of Gibraltar, you are subject to border control - don't forget your passport.

  • Stay safe in the sun

    It's hard to forget that the sun is shining, but remember to reapply sunscreen every hour to avoid nasty burns.

  • Dress code

    If you are visiting any places of worship, Islamic or Catholic, be sure to dress modestly as a sign of respect.

  • Drinking age

    The drinking age in Spain is 18, but children may be allowed to drink wine in restaurants with their parents.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    Known to have its own 'micro-climate', it stays fairly mild year round, basking in 320 days of sunshine. July and August can heat up and its a peak time to enjoy water sports. September through November it cools down and majority of tourists have left, leaving you more space at the beach!

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What people are saying about Marbella

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 2,185 reviews

Alicia was our tour guide for our walking tour around Ronda, and she could not have been more awesome! We loved her!! She was so sweet and patient, and suggested the best routes for the best sights and views that could also accommodate my 80 year old father who has severe mobility issues. She was very knowledgeable about Ronda, having grown up there, and her English was awesome, from having lived in England for about 6 years. She also new we were avid photographers, so she took us to the best spots for wonderful photos, all while explaining the history and current culture of the area. We would definitely recommend her to anyone wanting a perfect few hours in Ronda!

Loved the Alhambra and appreciated the free time in Granada. Phillipe our tour guide at the Alhambra was wonderful and very knowledgeable. He is an asset to the tour company. Thank you Phillipe for an incredible tour where we experienced the history wonder and beauty of the Alhambra.

Exciting tour, very knowledgeable tour guide. Lots of info packed into a diverse and educational experience. Recommend this as a day trip for anyone visiting southern Spain.

Our guide, Lana, was knowledgeable, personable and full of suggestions. He knowledge of the area was impressive.

Wonderful day. Great weather. Cages were cool to see and so where the monkeys