What to do in Marbella for 3 days

What to do in Marbella for 3 days

Marbs; home to bling, flash restaurants, world-famous nightlife and an extravagant marina is a hot destination for those who want a little indulgence close to home. If you are like us though and want to go that step further and add little Spanish culture too, there is also another side to this beautiful city. Get ready to wander through the picturesque Old Town with cobbled streets, dine at authentic Spanish restaurants and mooch around and get lost in cute markets across the City.

We think the best way to take on this Spanish dream is to do a bit of both, ideally within the summer months. Situated a short 40-minute drive away from Malaga airport, you can quickly be soaking up the sun in this gorgeous town. Here’s what we think is the best way to spend a short 3 days in Marbella.

Day one

Try and get an early flight so you can make the most of your trip. Grab a taxi, dump your bags in your hotel (we recommend near the centre) and head to La Sala By The Sea. Be sure to book in advance. Here you can indulge in their delicious lunch and get your tan on around the pool on their sun loungers. Grab a few cocktails and try their Pad Thai, it is to die for. After a long day in the sun listening to some chilled-out tunes, we would suggest getting dressed up and dining at Breathe Marbella for a gastronomic delight in a trendy ambience.  After this, either head up to the panoramic rooftop sky bar at Breathe or head into Puerto Banús and experience yacht-envy whilst sipping on your drink next to the marina. Some bar recommendations here are Astral Coctelería, which is a cocktail bar built like a wooden pirate ship or Tibu for an exciting night and glamour!

Day two

Take yourself down to the beach to soak up some more sun. Relax and grab some lunch at one of the many delicious beach restaurants along the Paseo Maritimo promenade. Afterwards, maybe try some water sports like jetboating, paddle boarding or jet skiing. If this isn’t your thing, you could treat yourself to a relaxing massage on the beach – ultimate heaven! You can’t visit Marbella without seeing the beautiful old town so for dinner, head over here and experience this amazing hidden gem. We would recommend trying Mena Restaurant, which is right in the heart of the Orange Square and serves the most divine Paella and wine whilst you sit amongst the orange trees. Afterwards, take a wander, grab some gelato and soak up the atmosphere.

Day three

If you want to soak up a little more culture, take yourself down to one of the food or flea markets in Marbella. We would recommend San Pedro for breakfast and the markets but be sure to check what days they are on before you go. Now, you can’t visit Marbella without going to a classic pool party so go on, get yourself glammed up and head over the Nikki Beach for one of their world-famous events. Book a bed in advanced and soak up the unique and luxurious atmosphere with live music which may include the world’s best DJs, a cool saxophonist or full percussion band and sip champagne. You’re in Marbs after all!