What to do in Marbella in summer

Marbella is the best place to spend summer on the Costa del Sol. Discover the reasons to visit and what to do this summer.

What are your plans for Summer 2024? Fed up of rain, wind and cloudy skies? You need a Marbella fix!

Summer is one of the very best times to visit Marbella, when the weather’s hot, the nights are long and the clubs and bars are jumping.

There are so many great things to do here at this time of year, and we’re going to give you our rundown of what to do and where to go, so you can make the most of everything this beautiful place has to offer.

10 Reasons to Visit Marbella this Summer

This are our ten reasons to visit Marbella in summer:

  1. The hot and sunny weather

It’s called the Costa del Sol for very good reason. You can expect average temperatures of between 28⁰C and 31⁰C during the day, and balmy evenings, with lows of 18⁰C. Marbella is blessed with a microclimate, which means temperatures are less extreme compared to the rest of the coast, so that’s another reason to choose Marbella!

  1. The beautiful beaches and warm waters of the Mediterranean on your doorstep

If you love beaches, you’ll be spoilt for choice with 27.9km of beautiful beaches in Marbella, and many more in the surrounding areas. A trip to the beach is a highlight of any summer holiday in Marbella.

  1. The gourmet delights of the Marbella restaurant scene and eating al fresco

With delicious Spanish food, plus international cuisine and fine dining restaurants all available in Marbella, you’ll find something to suit every taste. Long lunches, tapas tours and late dinners are a real highlight of summers in Marbella.

  1. The packed calendar of events, activities and concerts

Summers are full of fantastic events, from concerts featuring global superstars, to club nights with big name DJs and of course the traditional ferias. There’s no excuse to be bored in Marbella in summer, check out these great events!

  1. The waterparks and watersports

Having fun in the water is something that we love in the summer in Marbella. You’ll find opportunities to rent paddle boards, kayaks, jet skis and more, plus inflatable activities just off shore that are a lot of fun. A short drive from Marbella, in Fuengirola, is the great water park Aqua Mijas, which is definitely worth the trip.

  1. The great family activities within easy reach.

Marbella is a great family destination, where kids are welcome and doted on by the locals. As well as the beaches and pools, which offer hours of entertainment, there are lots of playgrounds and parks to enjoy. Just a short drive outside of Marbella you’ll find zoos, water parks, safari parks and more, to keep the whole family entertained. Check out our guide to Marbella with kids.

  1. Stunning scenery and countryside to explore

You may not think of Marbella as a natural paradise, but it’s actually a very green town and just outside of the town itself you will find some beautiful countryside and the opportunity for hiking and adventure activities.

  1. The sunsets

Summer offers the most incredible sunsets, where the sky turns into a work of art. Sipping a cocktail while the sun goes down is something to remember! Here are our recommendations on the best places to watch the sunset in Marbella.

  1. Marbella history and culture

Marbella’s Old Town takes you back in time, and the music, dance and traditions of old live on during the fiesta season. There are also great art galleries and museums in Marbella itself and an incredible art scene in Malaga, so history buffs and culture vultures will be happy.

  1. Amazing villas and apartments to rent

We’ve got a fantastic selection of Marbella holiday homes, which are the perfect base for your next summer holiday in Marbella. Choose from beachfront properties, villas with pools, party pads and more. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got something to suit you!

What to do in Marbella this Summer

With so many reasons to visit Marbella in the summer, it can be hard to know where to start and what to plan to make your holiday the very best it can be. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are just a few of our top summer activities, to inspire you.

Hit the beach

The number one plan for most tourists is to head to the beach and Marbella is blessed with 24 of them! Whether you grab a bucket and spade and a picnic, or book a sunbed in a fantastic beach club, no summer holiday in Marbella would be complete without a trip to the beach!

Some of our favorites are the central bay of El Faro beach, El Ancón Beach on the Golden Mile, Guadalmina Beach and Nueva Andalucía Beach. Check out our guide to the best beaches in Marbella to find out more.

We’d also recommend a visit to one of the many fantastic beach clubs and beach restaurants while you’re here. Enjoying a long lunch with the sand between your toes, or relaxing on a luxury sunbed with fantastic music is an experience not to miss. Here are our Marbella beach club recommendations.

Get active with watersports

Marbella is blessed to be on the Mediterranean Sea and it’s not just for swimming in, or cooling off – there are loads of great activities to enjoy. We’d recommend hiring a paddle board or kayak to take to the waves, it’s relaxing, fun and quite a workout too. Choose carefully, depending on the weather. Paddle surfing is most enjoyable when it’s very calm and the water is really still, whereas you can kayak even if there’s a little wind and a few waves. Here’s some information for you on kayaking in Marbella.

If that sounds like a bit too much like hard work on your relaxing holiday, we’d recommend a private yacht charter. Take to the sea in a beautiful sailing or motor boat for a cruise, or try your hand at some sea fishing. You’re sure to have a wonderful day!

If watersports are your thing and you don’t mind going a little further afield, we’re just an hour away from the surfing mecca of Tarifa. Famous for its windy conditions, it’s a paradise for people who want to try surfing, windsurfing or kite surfing. Plus, its white sand beaches and cool vibe are really special.

Party all night long

Marbella’s nightlife is legendary and summer is where the action reaches its peak. Most bars and clubs will put on special nights where you can listen to great music, sip cool drinks and dance the night away. There are also lots of great concerts and dance music events happening at many stadiums and event venues including the Marbella Arena and Starlite. Some of the biggest stars are coming over to perform in Marbella in summer 2024. Make sure you check out what’s on during your next Marbella holiday to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Here are a few of our favorite clubs and bars in Marbella to help you choose where to go this summer.

As well as bars and clubs, Marbella and Andalucía as a whole is famous for its “Feria” culture. These are massive parties where all the town turns out in their flamenco finery to eat, drink and be merry during the summer months. Each town and village in Andalucia has their own feria, in honor of their patron saint. In Marbella, they are celebrating their feria from the 5th to the 11th of June and it’s a wonderful time to be here.

Other famous fairs within a day trip of Marbella are the Jerez Horse Fair in May and the Seville Fair in April, so if you’re visiting in Spring, you can still enjoy the fun.

Have a gastronomic adventure

Andalucia is famous world over for its delicious food and tapas culture. Going from restaurant to restaurant and trying small plates of traditional tapas is a real joy, especially on warm summer nights in Marbella. But that’s not all! Marbella’s food scene is really exciting, with international cuisines from around the world, fine dining restaurants and even Michelin starred restaurants on offer. It’s a fantastic place to visit if you love to dine out and we’ve put together a guide to some of our favorite restaurants in Marbella to help you choose.

Be Pampered and Relax

If your biggest priority is relaxation and disconnecting from the stresses of daily life, then Marbella is a great place to be. Relaxing by the pool of your holiday rental, strolling down the promenade, or watching the sun go down as the waves lap the shore, will bring you a real sense of calm and tranquility. You could even try a bit of yoga in Marbella for mind and body stress relief.

Why not treat yourself to some pampering to bring your relaxation to the next level? There are some lovely spas in Marbella offering thermal circuits, treatments and massages, in a beautiful and calm environment. We can also arrange for you to have treatments and massages in the comfort of your holiday rental, for the minimum stress and maximum relaxation.

What to visit near Marbella in summer?

Marbella is perfectly positioned on the Costa del Sol to make it really easy to explore and enjoy your holiday to the full. Families love to go to nearby Fuengirola for the water park Aqua Mijas and the Bio Parc zoo. Benalmadena is also a favorite family destination because of its cable car, aquarium and the aquatic theme park of Selwo Marina.

Day Trips to Malaga for the amazing art and culture and city buzz are highly recommended. Wine tasting and bodega visits in Ronda and seeing the famous gorge are also fantastic summer holiday experiences.

The famous cities of Granada, Jerez, Seville and Cordoba are all easy to get to from Marbella, so it’s a great base if you want to get to know Andalucia this summer. Check out our Day Trip Recommendations on our website for more great ideas.

Where to stay in Marbella in summer?

Vacation Marbella is here to help you find the perfect holiday rental in Marbella. Choosing a holiday rental rather than a hotel gives you the space to really relax and the privacy to holiday your way. Whether that means putting the kids to bed and having a relaxing evening on your private terrace, hiring a private chef to cook you an amazing meal, or simply lying in and feeling free to do what you want, a holiday rental is a great option.

We have large, luxury villas, apartments and penthouses all along the Costa del Sol and are sure to have something to fit you perfectly.

In Marbella itself there are a few main areas to choose from:

  • Marbella Old Town – for history, culture, charm and tradition and great restaurants.
  • The Golden Mile – for luxury living and being within easy reach of the bars and restaurants of the Puente Romano.
  • Nueva Andalucia – for close proximity to golf and the bright lights of Puerto Banus, but with peace and tranquility.
  • Puerto Banus – for nightlife, shopping, luxury living and excitement.

Not sure where you want to be? Don’t worry, simply send us your requirements, or give us a call and we’ll recommend the best area and the best properties to suit you. Contact us today.



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