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Best Things To Do in Marbella

Whether you're wandering Marbella's labyrinthine Old Quarter, swinging your golf clubs at one of the area's many courses or strolling the seaside Avenida del Mar, you'll find no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy the city's warm and temperate climate. When you need a break from sightseeing, find a spot in the sand at one of Marbella's picturesque beaches, specifically Puerto Cabopino. When you need a break from the heat, head into the Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo to learn more about the region's artists.

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#1

#1 in Marbella

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Although much of Marbella is defined by its glitzy resort-town trappings, the Marbella Old Quarter – also known as Casco antiguo de Marbella – gives travelers a taste of old Spain. Here you'll find plazas spilling with flowers, punctuated by trees, narrow, cobblestone streets and historic residences and churches. The heart of this quarter is Plaza de los Naranjos – Orange Square – and around it, visitors will find a 15th-century fountain, a 16th-century town hall, a 17th-century church and a handful of unique shops. The best way to experience this area is by slowly meandering, stopping in various shops and eateries along the way.
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Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Marbella Old Quarter
Although much of Marbella is defined by its glitzy resort-town trappings, the Marbella Old Quarter – also known as Casco antiguo de Marbella – gives travelers a taste of old Spain. Here you'll find plazas spilling with flowers, punctuated by trees, narrow, cobblestone streets and historic residences and churches. The heart of this quarter is Plaza de los Naranjos – Orange Square – and around it, visitors will find a 15th-century fountain, a 16th-century town hall, a 17th-century church and a handful of unique shops. The best way to experience this area is by slowly meandering, stopping in various shops and eateries along the way.
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#2

#2 in Marbella

Free
Avenida del Mar is a popular pathway that offers access to both Marbella's beaches and some of its most popular restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. Along the scenic walkway, visitors will also enjoy sculptures by artists, such as Salvador Dali and Eduardo Soriano.
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Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Avenida del Mar
Avenida del Mar is a popular pathway that offers access to both Marbella's beaches and some of its most popular restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. Along the scenic walkway, visitors will also enjoy sculptures by artists, such as Salvador Dali and Eduardo Soriano.
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#3

#3 in Marbella

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Puerto Cabopino, translated as Pine Cape Beach, feels a world away from all of Marbella's resorts, shops and restaurants. Here, you'll find sand dunes backed by pine trees and rolling waves. What's more, the amenities surrounding the beach offer all you need for a day along the shore – easy parking, casual restaurants and bars, and restrooms.
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Beaches Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Puerto Cabopino Beach and Marina
Puerto Cabopino, translated as Pine Cape Beach, feels a world away from all of Marbella's resorts, shops and restaurants. Here, you'll find sand dunes backed by pine trees and rolling waves. What's more, the amenities surrounding the beach offer all you need for a day along the shore – easy parking, casual restaurants and bars, and restrooms.
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#4 in Marbella

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Filled with native Andalusian greenery, marble walkways, beautiful ceramic benches and the gushing Virgen del Rocio fountain, Alameda Park is a refreshing place to meander while enjoying some shade. You can also take a horse-drawn carriage through the small park. And for further refreshment, there are a collection of bars and restaurants that line the serene green space. 
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Parks and Gardens Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
Alameda Park
Filled with native Andalusian greenery, marble walkways, beautiful ceramic benches and the gushing Virgen del Rocio fountain, Alameda Park is a refreshing place to meander while enjoying some shade. You can also take a horse-drawn carriage through the small park. And for further refreshment, there are a collection of bars and restaurants that line the serene green space. 
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#5

#5 in Marbella

The Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo showcases some interesting pieces by Miró, Picasso and Dalí, along with some others by Spanish artists, in an intimate space near Old Quarter Marbella. It's best-known for its prints and graphic works, and the museum also organizes courses and lectures on print-making and drawing.
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo
The Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo showcases some interesting pieces by Miró, Picasso and Dalí, along with some others by Spanish artists, in an intimate space near Old Quarter Marbella. It's best-known for its prints and graphic works, and the museum also organizes courses and lectures on print-making and drawing.
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#6 in Marbella

With Marbella's stunning coastal views and frequent inflow of well-heeled visitors, it should come as no surprise that golfing is a popular pastime here. Many of the region's top hotels boast their own courses, but if you want to venture beyond your resort, you'll find several highly praised greens.
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Golf Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Golf
With Marbella's stunning coastal views and frequent inflow of well-heeled visitors, it should come as no surprise that golfing is a popular pastime here. Many of the region's top hotels boast their own courses, but if you want to venture beyond your resort, you'll find several highly praised greens.
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