Romantic things to do in Marbella

Marbella for couples

Marbella is the ultimate luxury and one of the most romantic spots in Spain. Glitz comes at a price, of course: many of the chic restaurants, bars and cafés cash in on the hype, and everything costs considerably more than elsewhere in the region.

  1. Enjoy Marbella’s fine beaches
  2. Take a walk-through Marbella’s old town
  3. Feel luxurious at Puerto Banus
  4. Have a romantic dinner at one of Marbella’s top restaurants
  5. Make the most of Marbella’s vibrant nightlife
  6. Enjoy a romantic stay in one of Marbella’s hotels

Marbella is home to its share of fine attractions. Head to the beach (of course!) and enjoy a romantic walk through the old town to name a few. If you’re inspired to jet off to sunny Spain, take a look at our tempting Marbella holidays.

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1. Enjoy Marbella’s fine beaches

South of Marbella’s centre, there are three excellent beaches stretching east from Playa de la Bajadilla and Playa de Venus to Playa de la Fontanilla all the way to the west, which gets progressively less crowded the further you go. Sit back and relax with your partner on the fine sands or enjoy the thrill of water sports such as jet ski-ing in the crystal-clear water. However you choose to spend your time at the beach, it’s certainly one of the most exciting things to do for couples in Marbella.

Best for:Enjoying Marbella’s water and sand opportunity

Don’t forget: After the beach, enjoy some tapas - head to La Trilla for some home-made croquettes.

2. Take a walk-through Marbella’s old town

Centred on the pretty Pza. de los Naranjos and still partially walled, the old town is hidden from the main road and can be easy to miss, so keep a lookout for it! Slowly, this original quarter is being turned into clothes and jewellery boutiques and restaurants. Enjoy sitting in a bar in a small old square and look up beyond the whitewashed alleyways to the mountains of Ronda. The pretty setting makes for a romantic spot with your loved one.

Best for: Exploring a historic part of the city

Don’t forget: The Alameda Park is near the old town and is a great spot for a stroll.

3. Feel luxurious at Puerto Banus

The wealthy and rich don’t stay in Marbella itself. They secrete themselves away in villas in the hills in the area or relax on giant, luxurious yachts at the marina and enjoy the delights of the Puerto Banus casino complex, 6km west of the town. Puerto Banus has more than its complement of swanky designer boutiques, beach clubs, cocktail bars and restaurants, most of them very pricey. If you and your partner are looking for luxury, this is it.

Best for: Splashing out

Don’t forget: Dezentral is a great spot for a coffee and a pitstop in the area.

4. Have a romantic dinner at one of Marbella’s top restaurants

Avoid the touristy and overpriced restaurants on the Pza. de los Naranjos, which turn the whole square into their dining terrace when the sun sets - you’re better off checking out some of Marbella’s superb tapas bars. Despite its flashy reputation, it’s possible to dine well in Marbella at normal andaluz prices. For one of the most romantic things to do in Marbella head to Messina . Marbella’s Michelin star, Mauricio Giovanini, cooks Mediterranean dishes with a modern take. Two tasting menus showcase his signature dishes raya en amarillo (skate) and chivo lechal malagueño (suckling goat), or you can eat à la carte where innovative dishes such as erizo micuit (sea urchin mi-cuit) and Spanish-Thai-French toast feature. There is an extensive wine list, too.

Best for: Enjoying fine dining

Don’t forget: Santiago is also a great place for dining. It’s one of the oldest restaurants in Marbella.

5. Make the most of Marbella’s vibrant nightlife

Marbella has one of the most vibrant nightlife scenes in this area of Spain, with the best of the venues centred around Pza. Puente de Ronda, Pza. De Africa in the old town and Pza. de Olivos to the west side. The Puerto Deportivo, the seafront yacht harbour, is filled with mostly chilled copas bars with terraces and are peppered with sofas, so it makes a cosy setting. Enjoying a drink here is one of the most couply things to do in Marbella.

Best for: Dancing the night away

Don’t forget: Franks Corner is a fantastic spot for a drink. It hosts live music nights too.

6. Enjoy a romantic stay in one of Marbella’s hotels

All Marbella’s budget accommodation is in the old town and south of Alameda. Pressure on rooms is tight in July and extremely so in August, when you’ll need to book ahead. Hotel La Morada Mas Hermosa is sited to the north of Pza. de los Naranjos, and is an enchanting small hotel in a refurbished eighteenth-century townhouse, with elegant, individually styled rooms (most with terraces).

Best for: Cosy accommodation

Don’t forget: The Townhouse’s rooms mostly have balconies, which makes a romantic setting.

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