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8 bedroom villa to rent in Marbella, Costa del Sol
April 2019

It is a spectacular house with an outstanding interior design. Let´s say "kitsch" and that is not ment as criticism. My grown up children just loved it. Absolutely not a "normal" house, but perfect for a celebration. We spent some wonderful days there and we were 19 for dinner one night! We had catering from DeliFreshGo recommended by the owner. They were fantastic! Good food and excellent service by George and Jean. Two dinners and three breakfast that was outstanding! The only thing that was a bit irritating was the neighbours dogs that kept barking a most of the time :-( But overall a fantastic stay in an extraordinary house.

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Renter: Mårten
Mårten Family from Strömsholm, Sweden
3 bedroom holiday villa in Marbella, Costa del Sol, with swimming pool
March 2019

All sides image and functional apartment. Sheltered and comfortable terraces. A neat apartment that was already 17 years old, which was mainly reflected in the wear and tear of some of the furniture and the small sound of air conditioners. The sofa group should be changed. It has sometimes been luxurious and magnificent, but in its present state it is below the other level of the object. The senses of our team sensed the odor of moisture damage? All in all, a really hot and safe destination. Good traffic connections.

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Renter: Rauno L.
Rauno L.
3 bedroom villa to rent in Marbella, Costa del Sol
August 2018

Superb, quiet, very clean and very well equipped. Close to amenities. We recommend without hesitation. Unsecured pool by a barrier for very young children.

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Renter: Maryline F.
Maryline F.
4 bedroom villa to rent in Marbella, Costa del Sol
August 2018

we stayed here from 01.08.2018-10..08.2018 I can honestly say this is the best villa me and my family have stayed in. It was clean and spacious even when you have three teenagers with you they had space for privacy by playing with the pool table and playing darts in the ground floor living area, pool and surrounding garden was excellent, we couldn't keep the kids out of the pool. Its a 20 minute walk to the beach (just go through the tennis club gates).. There is a super-market bottom of the street and also a small café called Mamas bakery which is amazing. The bus route into Marbella is just in front of the supermarket and is route number 220 which comes every 30 minutes and only costs 1 Euro 20, cross the road and the same bus will take you to Fuengirola for the same price. Just be mindful the villa is on a hill, its fine walking to the beach, shop and bus stop but can be tiring on the leg muscles on the way back up to the villa. I will definitely be looking to book here again, thank you for an amazing holiday in your villa, we had an amazing ten days.

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Renter: David
David Family from Walsall, United Kingdom
3 bedroom villa to rent in Marbella, Costa del Sol
July 2018

A great home for a long vacation, a good house, a fully equipped kitchen, a beautiful garden every day - a gardener and cleaning the pool. Three bedrooms downstairs, a large living room very bright. Barbecue, gazebo, deck chairs, terrace with furniture. From the terrace the view has a golf course, very quiet, in the area of ​​the shop and a lot of pubs about 1.5 h. Safely, blinds, bars. New household appliances, washer dryer. Air conditioning in every room. A car necessary to get to the beach.

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Renter: Anna C.
Anna C.
5 bedroom holiday villa in Marbella, Costa del Sol, with swimming pool
May 2018

We enjoyed our two week stay,a family of 9 but there wasn't really enough chairs,towels or sun recliners for everyone,the rooms were fine but stairs were a bit dangerous for children, kitchen had only one socket so couldn't use kettle and toaster at same time.Car needed for shopping ,nice sports club 100 metres does nice food and drink but no shops or coffee shops nearby.Recommend for a quiet,relaxing holiday

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Renter: Patrick
Patrick Family from M3, United Kingdom

Travel guide

A quick overview of Marbella

Marbella is a lively resort city in the Costa del Sol. This popular party destination is a playground for the rich and famous and the perfect location for a sun-drenched escape in beautiful surroundings. Marbella boasts mild Mediterranean climate, Michelin-starred restaurants, a world-class nightlife, luxury shopping brands and some of the best golf courses Europe. Temperatures in summer rarely go over 30°C, and in winter rarely drop below 12°C. Average sea temperature in summer is at a pleasant 24°C.

Key holiday info

  • Marbella is 40 minutes from the nearest Málaga airport which is less than a 3 hour direct flight from the UK and mainland Europe.
  • During the height of summer you can expect the highest daytime temperature to reach 30°C, whilst the winter is colder with daytime highs rarely falling below 12°C.
  • The average summer sea temperature is 24°C.
  • There are 10 golf courses in Marbella area alone and over 50 along the Costa del Sol.
  • Marbella boasts 5 Blue Flag beaches: Guadalmina, Casablanca, Faro, El Cable and Artola.

How to get to Marbella

Marbella is just 40 minutes from Málaga airport which is less than a 3 hour direct flight from the UK and mainland Europe. Taxis from terminal three are readily available to take you right to your accommodation at costs from 50 Euros . Buses and coaches are also plentiful and considerably cheaper.

Where to stay in Marbella

Plenty of smaller resort areas between Sitio de Calahonda and Puerto Banus to choose from for a great holiday. If you fancy yourself a night owl and are looking for a rather vibrant holiday destination, with lots of bars and nightclubs, then Marbella it is. Puerto Banus, 10 kilometres west from Marbella, is also quite buzzy. It’s the hub for celebrities worldwide during summer - big yachts, expensive cars and bling. On the other hand, Sitio de Calahonda is a quiet resort with fine sand beaches and several golf courses strewn around it.

Beaches in Marbella

With a 27km-long coastline, Marbella boasts 24 different beaches, many of which have received the prestigious Blue Flag Award over the years. From Capobino to San Pedro Alcantara, take your pick and relax! With an abundance of water sports facilities, stretches of golden sand and azure calm waters, Marbella's beaches are a perfect base to chill out, spend time with family, exercise, or party from dusk till dawn. Among the most popular are: Capobino, Nueva Andalucia, Alicate, Puerto Banús, Artola, Fontanilla and Nikki beach. Enjoy the full 5-star Marbella experience and live the life of luxury from one of our spacious villa rentals with private pools.

Golf courses in Marbella

Marbella is one of the best golf destinations in Europe. With over 10 golf courses in Marbella alone and over 50 along the Costa del Sol, there’s a great variety and choice when it comes to the game of golf. Sotogrande is one of the best golf courses in southern Spain. Located under an hour from Marbella, this 18 hole course stretches its greens across 6700 metres. Marbella Golf Country Club is also an excellent choice. Natural rolling hills of the course make shots tricky and interesting, especially with risky bunkers and water hazards. Of course, you can never go wrong with Guadalmina Golf Club, which less than 20 minutes from Marbella. There are two courses here - north and south. The northern course was opened in 1973 and has a slightly less challenging layout than the southern. Both courses are in brilliant condition, and there is a restaurant and a cafe at the club.

Things to do in Marbella

Art lovers might appreciate a visit to Avenida del Mar, exhibiting Dalí's sculptures and temporary art and media. If that's not enough, then get your cultural fix at the Spanish Contemporary Engraving Museum in the Hospital Bazán - the most important museum of its kind and home to the exhibitions of engravings and art works from national artists such as Picasso and Miró. But Marbella still retains a traditional Andalucian charm. In the heart of the historic old quarter lies the famous Plaza de Naranja; otherwise known as Orange Square, set in a beautiful bay with whitewashed houses and orange trees embellishing its ancient streets. The town’s jewel, well worth a visit, is the 16th century Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation that stands out as an exquisite piece of architecture. Step back in time with archaeological sites like the Roman baths of San Pedro, or walk down the 300 steps leading to Casa del Rey Moro fortress and water mine, with the singing birds and lapping water providing a peaceful soundtrack. Cross the road from the Old Town and you’ll find yourself at La Alameda Park. With a large ceramic fountain surrounded by exotic plants and trees, the park is a true oasis of peace, where you can enjoy some shade from the midday sun.

Activities for kids in Marbella

With its exuberant nightlife, Marbella city and the resort are perfect for an upbeat, energetic holiday with friends. Marbella is okay for families as well but some nearby resorts, like Sitio de Calahonda or Estepona, might be a better choice. Apart from beach activities, shopping and occasional visits to fast food joints there aren’t many activities that will keep the kids occupied here. However, Selwo Aventura is an animal park north-east from Estepona. The park has quite the animal collection and they offer walking and vehicle tours of the park which kids find amusing. There is also an excellent water park in Fuengirola called Aquamijas with wave pools, water slides, play area and snack food bars.

Getting around Marbella

If you’re planning on staying in the city and not venturing outside that much, then you should be fine on foot. Marbella city isn’t large and most amenities, including parks and shops, can be found nearby. Taxis and car hire are always an option if you’re planning a trip outside the city, but may cost an arm and a leg. However, CTSA-Portillo transportation company is inexpensive and has regular lines between Malaga and Algeciras. Purchasing a ‘Bonobus’ card is much cheaper than buying single tickets, and minimum recharge for the card is 5 Euros.

Where to eat in Marbella

Marbella has plenty of places to eat and drink, from cheap fast food joints and upscale restaurants dotted along the Paseo Maritimo boulevard, to the lively port promenade where you can sip your favourite drink at one of the many luxury bars, while watching the world go by. The best restaurant in the city must be Paco Jimenez Restaurant in the old town, excellent food with a cosy atmosphere. It’s tucked away a bit but definitely worth the effort of finding it. Bogart's Tapas Bar & Restaurant in Sitio de Calahonda is inexpensive with cocktails and a great menu that includes various dishes. Breathe Marbella in Puerto Banus is an upmarket all-round venue with outstanding food and drinks, atmosphere and shows.

Nightlife in Marbella

Let your hair down, mingle and dance the night away, with plenty of clubs, bars and venues to choose from. Most night clubs are concentrated in Puerto Banus and Marbella city, with the most popular being Olivia Valere, midway between Marbella city to Puerto Banus. There is also a great choice of bars. Crystal’s Banus is a premium karaoke bar and an excellent venue with quality drinks. The Claddagh is an Irish bar in Torremolinos with live music entertainment, great food and, most important, beer aplenty.

Shopping in Marbella

Since it’s a playground for the rich and famous, no wonder some of the most prestigious fashion stores can be found right here in Marbella. Forget Paris and New York, everything is here - from Louis Vuitton and Gucci to Dior and Versace. There are also some department stores and malls selling everything and anything. El Corte Ingles in Puerto Banus sells everything from haberdashery, men’s and women’s clothes, electrical appliances to jewellery, glasses and newspapers. There are also cafes, fast foods and restaurants. La Canada, north from Marbella city, is similar plus there is a cinema there.

Did you know...

  • A former mosque, Ermita de Santiago in the centre of Marbella was later transformed into a small church - the oldest one in Marbella!
  • Marbella's Bonsai Museum is one of the best in Europe, housing a wonderful collection of exotic Bonsai trees from all over the world.
  • Selwo Marina is a small marine park, 30 minutes from Marbella. It is the only park of its kind in Andalusia.
  • Have a laugh with friends at Funny Beach, an amusement park just outside of Marbella, with go karts, parasailing, water scooters and a restaurant bar!
  • The Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, approx. 1 hour away, was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1995.

Discover Marbella

Take a look at our blog posts about where to go in Marbella and what to do on your holiday in Marbella.

8 Reasons Why You Should Never Go To Marbella

4 March 2020 Posted in Spain, Inspirations

The official playground of the rich and famous, Marbella is without a doubt Spain's most glamorous resort. With lively beach-bars, restaurants, nightlife and shops, it surely seems the perfect destination for your most stylish beach holiday yet. But we've got news for you. Here's why you should NEVER go to Marbella...

Guest Post: Marbellista's Best Bars in Marbella

4 March 2020 Posted in Spain, Guest Posts

Marbella has a mild climate all year round, which means that most people spend much of their lives on the street. There is a deeply-rooted bar culture which means locals head to the bars most evenings to meet up with friends. Almost all bars have outdoor terraces from morning until night, so you'll find people in bars at any time of day, summer or winter. These are some of the most popular bars in Marbella, most of them do fantastic food too...

11 Reasons You Need To Visit Marbella

4 March 2020 Posted in Family Holidays, Spain

Spain’s most glamorous resort, Marbella is a place where archetypal Spanish sun, sea and sand holidays meet elegance and tradition. Associated with celebrities, Ferraris and multi-million pound superyachts, Marbella remains a stylish and charming town full of character. Here are 11 reasons you need to visit...

6 Reasons Why Marbella Is More Than Just Beach Clubs And Bellinis

4 March 2020 Posted in Spain, Top Lists

If you’re tuned into the hype that surrounds reality television shows such as The Only Way is Essex you’ll have more than likely made the presumption that the beautiful city of Marbella is nothing more than a luxurious playground for celebrities and rich folk. However, this is far from the truth. Whilst certain areas are fuelled by opulence and expensive champagnes, others boast a true Spanish experience; one that can be had by everyone.

The 10 Best Things To Do In Marbella

4 March 2020 Posted in Family Holidays, Spain

While it is best known for being a playground to the stars, Marbella also offers stellar family holidays! Discover the best things to do in this unique Costa del Sol resort.