The 5 Best Neighbourhoods in Marbella for Tourists
Here is some further information about the best neighbourhoods for tourists in Marbella.
Old Town, also known more generally as the city centre, is without doubt one of the best choices for accommodation when planning a holiday in Marbella. It is an incredibly scenic area in which you will find yourself wandering through narrow, winding streets that evoke a traditional and whimsical atmosphere.
Alongside this wonderful, winding architecture you will find greenery, comfortable cafes, quaint boutique stores and eateries that cater to all kinds of tastes. If you are looking for good food and good ambience, then Old Town is certainly an area to seriously consider.
As mentioned above, Old Town is a particularly appropriate choice for holidaymakers who want to stay more on the budget side of things. There are plenty of wonderful places to stay in the area, but it is certainly cheaper than many other high profile named regions in Marbella. These budget hotels are commonly a mere ten minutes away from the heart of downtown Marbella, so you are never going to be too far away from the action.
Don’t be put off by the thought of more budget-friendly accommodation; even in the cheapest hostels in Old Town, the majority of guests are treated to their own private bathroom along with a comfortable room in a great central location.
If, on the other hand, the thing that you are interested in is living as luxuriously and excitedly as you possibly can, then Puerto Banus is most likely area of Marbella for you! A favoured location of the world’s rich and famous, Puerto Banus is the city’s hub when it comes to things like luxury beach clubs, expensive restaurants, world-famous night clubs and exclusive designer boutiques. The luxury beaches that surround it are what makes Marbella such a popular and desired location across the world, and the very best of these beaches are to be found in the Puerto Banus area.
Known the world over as a summer playground for the rich and famous, you never know who you might bump into from one day to the next. Don’t, however, make the mistake of assuming that the Puerto Banus region is a ‘snobby’ one. There is a big difference between being exclusive and luxurious and being snobby. The area is particularly welcoming to all those who wish to enjoy some of the finer things in life, but there is always a quick McDonald’s to be had when all you need to top off your Marbella day experience is some delicious french fries!
All are welcome in Puerto Banus, and this fun and friendly vibe can be felt from the beaches all the way to the designer stores and Michelin starred restaurants. Together with Nikki Beach, it’s the best place to stay in Marbella for nightlife.
This area is roughly ten kilometres from the beating heart of glamorous Marbella, and it offers a slightly different, more historical experience than some of the pumping nightlife spots nearer to Puerto Banus or Elviria. Staying in San Pedro de Alcantara means that you are mere minutes away from the stunning natural beauty of the Sierra de Ronda mountain range, and there is a connection to history and nature that can make for a really restorative and relaxing break.
One particular place of note within the area is the remains of Roman Baths that can be found in Guadalmina. This has long been an area of great interest for visitors, and the Las Bovedas restored baths are something that the region is very proud of.
With a day trip or two to central Marbella well within reach, San Pedro de Alcantara exists as an interesting option for those who are necessarily primarily focused on designer living in one of the beachfront resorts or spas. It has a unique and amazing charm all of its own.
Also known by its crowning glory feature, Nikki beach, the Elviria area is the place to stay in Marbella if your main goal is to party and celebrate as hard and as often as you possibly can. Famous for its never-ending party atmosphere and plethora of luxury amenities, Nikki beach is often considered to be the heart of Marbella’s iconic ‘Golden Mile’.
The Golden Mile is specifically a stretch of beach in the area that is the most exclusive of them all. On this stretch, in particular, you will find the best, most luxurious experience that can be had in the entire city.
Along with the best beach life that Marbella has to offer, Elviria is also the location of some of the best accommodation and best food options. For many people, the luxury of being able to eat in fabulous restaurants every single day is something that really makes a holiday, and you will certainly never run out of options in the Nikki beach area of the city. From small, stylish cafes for breakfast and lunch to more exclusive and gourmet establishment for dinner, the food is just as noteworthy as the golden sand beaches here.
Something worth saying about Elviria, in general, is that it is much more suited to groups of adults and party-oriented couples rather than families with younger children. The nightlife and club scene is something that the area is very proud of, but equally, something that might not be the preferred atmosphere for some kinds of holidaymakers. It’s the best place to stay in Marbella for nightlife (together with Puerto Banus).
If you would like to enjoy the delights of Marbella but not necessarily stay within the city limits, then there are plenty of locations around the town that can provide an equally fantastic stay.
Some of the destinations most commonly recommended as an adjacent stay to Marbella include the likes of Fuengirola, Benalmadena, La Cala de Mijas, and Torremolinos. Much like Marbella, all of these resort locations have their own beautiful beaches and luxurious hotels, and they are close enough to Marbella itself that you would have no problems with embarking on a day trip to one or more of the areas that we have been talking about in this article.
For many couples and families, the prospect of staying in Marbella might be too expensive in certain areas or perhaps not in step with the vision of the atmosphere they were intending for their holiday. In these cases, basing yourself in Fuengirola, Benalmadena, La Cala de Mijas or Torremolinos can be the perfect answer. Anybody who has spent time on the Costa del Sol will know that virtually any prominently named area has a lot to offer, so it one of these places close to, but not actually in, Marbella can be a great alternative if you were ever to be in need of one.