Marbella is a city and resort area on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, part of the Andalusia region. The Sierra Blanca Mountains are the backdrop to 27 km of sandy Mediterranean beaches, villas, hotels, and golf courses.
Before visiting any town or city make sure you know the basics. General details and important information.
- Emergency Services: 122
- Language: Spanish
- Currency: Euro
- Country Code: es
- Travel Visa: None required
- Population: 139,537
Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;
Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.
- Summer, especially during July and August, is the hottest and busiest time but Spring and Autumn are a great time to visit too as the weather is a little cooler and the beaches aren't as crowded. Winter in Marbella can still be a sunny time; it is a quieter season but there are usually some great offers on hotels and flights.
- Tap water in Marbella is safe to drink but it has a high sodium content in some areas making it bitter. We recommend buying bottled water, especially for babies and children.
Climb the steep stairs at Sohail Castle and enjoy fantastic panoramic views across the city from the top.
For the Emergency services just dial 999 from any phone, for not so serious situations please dial 101.
London has four major airports and is connected by one of the most amazing underground train systems in the world. The main access point for the Tube is Kings Cross Station.
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There is no train station in Marbella.
The nearest mainline train station to Marbella is Malaga. There is a Cercania service that operates from Fuengirola to other localities, it also connects to Málaga Train Station.
Are there any safety tips I should know?
If driving, always have cash. If you are caught speeding and are given a fine you have to pay it instantly before they let you carry on driving.
Banks are closed at the weekend and keep the following hours during the week: Mon-Fri 8.30am-2pm.
You need a prescription from the doctor to be able to get antibiotics. You can obtain a prescription by taking an appointment with a local doctor or by going to the A&E department in the hospital. Depending on your health insurance you maybe able to visit a private hospital.
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What are the common crimes?
Property Crimes, Theft and Vandalism
– Split your money and keep important documents in a safe at your accommodation.
– If you’re driving, don’t leave valuables in view when parked.
– Stick with your friends and take a taxi back to accommodation at night time when possible.
Corruption and Bribery
– Drug related gangs operate in Marbella. This is not something to worry about as a tourist.
Improve Your Personal Safety
Knowledge – the more you have the better equipped you are.
Awareness – the more you see the safer you become.
Response – the right reaction can change a situation.
Annual events allow a city come together for some amazing experiences. If visiting at this time, make sure you have your accommodation booked and are always aware of your surroundings when travelling around.
Every year at the beginning of June, Marbella pays homage to its patron saint San Bernabe (Saint Bernard) with a weeklong fair. The Marbella féria includes all the traditional elements of an Andalusian fair: food, drink, dancing, entertainment and of course, the trademark “casetas” that are set up just for the fair.
Medieval Market in Fuengirola
The event will present dancing minstrels, falconry displays, archery, juggling and traditional gastronomy of the period. Other attractions will include medieval folk music and fire eating demonstrations.
International Jazz Festival
Bands from Spain, USA, United Kingdom, Holland, Germany, Hungary and Ireland are jetting in, with jazz tourists from all over Europe expected to join in with Marbella´s annual jazz party.
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Where else should I visit?
Enjoy the wonderful aquatic show. A great and fun place for all ages.Depending on which animals you like you could see anything from for the Amazon tropical jungle to cockatoos and other birds
Plaza de los Naranjos
Get to know the city as it once was. “Plaza de los Naranjos” is right in the centre and is where most of the historic buildings are such as the Casa del Corregidor built in 1552. If you look hard enough, there is a lot of history to learn.
Tour this wonderful medievil castle. Both inside and the surroundings are beautiful. A great place to enhance adults as well as childrens knowledge of the area. From the catle there are magnificent sceneries of the Mediterranean sea.
Wonder around the dock admiring all the different types of boats. There is a lot of scenery to see when looking ot to see and in the village with all its various architectutral styles. Depending on the time of year you may or may not see a celebrity!
What are the highlight attractions?
This little park in the centre of the city is great for a little relaxing break, during your busy day exploring the city. See what other visitors thought at tripadvisor.co.uk.
Puerto BanúsPuerto José Banús, more commonly known simply as Puerto Banús, is a marina located in the area of Nueva Andalucía, to the southwest of Marbella, Spain on the Costa del Sol. It has since become one of the largest entertainment centres in the Costa del Sol, with 5 million annual visitors, and is popular with international celebrities. Developed around a coastal village in the Mediterranean architectural style, Puerto Banús contains expensive shopping malls, restaurants and bars around the marina.
Guadalmina RiverThe river flows into the municipality of Marbella near San Pedro de Alcántara, and serves to delimit its border from that of the municipality of Estepona. The Guadalmina was formerly of defensive strategic importance for the people of Marbella; its waters also served to power watermills for grinding grain into flour.