Though technically part of Andalusia and the Costa del Sol, Marbella is its own seaside entity, and has been the vacation destination of glamorous sun worshippers for decades. The area is home to stylish beach clubs, charming restaurants, excellent golf courses and world-class resorts.
Perfect forFamilies | Romantics | Style Mavens | Ultimate Indulgers
When to goJune-August
Ideal length of stay3-5 Nights
Designing Your Journey
Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.
5 Days: The Best of Marbella Relaxation
An ideal trip to Marbella will include plenty of poolside lounging, some authentic Spanish tapas and excellent spa treatments. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.
Days 1 & 2: Biking and Diving
Marbella is all about taking it easy, lounging pool- or beachside with breaks for leisurely meals. For active travelers, Indagare can arrange a guided bike tour, which includes Marbella’s Old Town as well as more rigorous routes farther afield. A Wine & Tapas bike tour covers a bit of history along with Andalusian treats. For scuba divers, the coast of Costa del Sol features wrecks, reefs, underwater mountains and caves and several PADI-certified dive centers line the shore.
Day 3: Boat Day
Enjoy a full day of yachting in the Mediterranean towards Gibraltar with Indagare’s preferred charter partner. Basic water toys and snorkeling equipment will be available on board, and larger water activities such as jet-skiing and wakeboarding are also available. You will have a lunch that includes a sushi platter, macaroons, sandwiches, and other snacks.
Days 4 & 5: Golf and Day Trips
The Alhambra in Granada, an expansive ancient town built in the 13th century, is the biggest tourism attraction in Spain. (The drive time from Marbella is two hours each way.) In the other direction, Ronda is a small Andalusian town that straddles two sides of the Tajo del Ronda, a narrow gorge 500 feet deep. (The drive time from Ronda is one hour each way.)
Where To Stay
We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special amenities, including upgrades, early check-in, breakfast, spa credits and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.
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Finca Cortesin is a dream of a hotel—often considered Spain’s best—set in the hills above Marbella and less than a mile from the coastline.
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Marbella Club Hotel
This storied hotel opened in the 1950s as a private enclave for royalty and their hangers on. Today it remains one of Europe's most glamorous resorts, welcoming guests of myriad generations from around the globe.