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!

From Costa del Sol: Gibraltar Sightseeing Day Tour

2. From Costa del Sol: Gibraltar Sightseeing Day Tour

Be picked up by minubus Torremolinos, Marbella or Estepona and will drive you to Costa del Sol. Once in Gibraltar, discover 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. See the Cuevas de San Miguel, which was once a refuge for soldiers during wars and a secret passageway for those looking to escape. After the tour, take some free time to explore the shopping district of Calle Real and surrounding areas.

Marbella: Catamaran Cruise

3. 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: Kayak Tour

4. 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: Guided Wine and Tapas Bike Tour

5. Marbella: Guided Wine and Tapas Bike Tour

Enjoy a comfortable bike ride under the Andalusian sun while your tour guide points out historical details and fantastic sights. Enjoy tapas and wine, beer or nonalcoholic drinks in some of the best local bars. Pedal your way through Spanish history, culture, and cuisine. Begin your biking exploration on the boardwalk with a wonderful view of the Bay of Marbella. Travel to see Dali's sculptures and the Alameda Park in the old city. Admire the typical Andalusian white limestone walls, the narrow alleys, and the small streets creating an impressive labyrinth that comes out on the Plaza Santo Cristo. Then, visit Marbella's traditional fishing village, Barrio de los Pescadores. Here, immerse in not just luxury and beauty, but also hard work and ancient traditions.

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.

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

7. 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 Ronda Tour from Costa del Sol

8. 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.

Mijas, Marbella & Puerto Banús From Málaga

9. 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 Bay Stand Up Paddleboarding Tour

10. Marbella Bay Stand Up Paddleboarding Tour

To begin with, your instructor will give you your board and will explain the basic techniques for using the stand-up paddleboard. Don't worry, it's an activity that does not require any previous experience. After learning about how to use the boards, you will get into the water and start exploring the coast. Enjoy the beautiful view of the city with the mountains in the back. You can also have a swim and enjoy the water. Breath, do some sports and enjoy every moment. Then you will return to the Marine Port, where there are showers available.

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What people are saying about Marbella

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 2,185 reviews

Excellent site to visit. Beautiful gardens. Better than what we saw I Seville. The guide on the bus was knowledgeable and pleasant. The local guide was ok. The sound system didn’t work that well. She lost one of the guests which held the bus from leaving for a half an hour.

Top-shelf transport. We were 4 adults and 1 child. The driver was waiting with a sign at the exit and led us to a Mercedes V class car. There was a child seat, the luggage fit easily. The driver was driving safely. Everything is great

It is a must-see if you are in Malaga. The road to Gibraltar takes you through the Costa del Sol resorts, so you can have an idea for a future holiday. Moreover, Gibraltar itself is a gem with its mixture of cultures and long history.

Excellent instructor, good cquipment . Children 8 and 15 enjoyed the visit as did the 80 year old grandfather who did not quite have the energy required --5 star .

Fantastic value for money! Tour guide was amazing!