Marbella, the internationally famous and popular hot spot of celebrities and the `would like to be´s´ is located just half an hour’s drive from Malaga airport. Situated in the heart of the Costa del Sol and picturesquely situated on the slopes of Sierra Blanca, Marbella has hosted since decades distinguished guests attracted by the soft climate all year round and the initial seclusion from crowds and press. Much has changed since then and who is heading to Marbella will find probably everything except seclusion.
Marbella specializes in guests with a sophisticated and exquisite taste, in relation to that which provides the material life. Huge mansions, yachts, expensive cars, exclusive shops, Michelin star restaurants, sophisticated night clubs and a vibrant nightlife, along with a large choice of five star hotels and some of the best golf courses are the sparkling, extroverted face of Marbella.
Although there are quite well-known personalities who spend their vacation quietly and secluded, it would be all right to say that in Marbella prevails an exhibitionist note. Not everyone’s cup of tea and so many well-heeled visitors have moved to the neighboring municipalities of Estepona and Manilva, away from the hustle and bustle.
Marbella has also yet another face smiling friendly and charming at us in the historical Old Town: Narrow, winding streets, flower-decked balconies, pretty squares and historic buildings give us a very good impression of the original fishing village; a spot where you like to linger with a cafe or a drink in the shade of orange trees, watching the bustle on the streets.
Malaga airport to Marbella
From Malaga airport is available a direct shuttle bus to Marbella, which takes about 45 minutes for the 50 kilometers. This is undoubtedly the cheapest way to get to Marbella. However, anyone who plans to move independently and explore the beautiful surrounding area or who is coming to play golf is certainly best advised with car hire at Malaga airport. To Marbella you can get either on the A-7 motorway or the national road N-340.
The highway is comfortable and smooth and runs between the mountains of Malaga and the Mediterranean. The national road runs mostly on the coast, with some very scenic sections, and runs through all known resorts of the Costa del Sol. Who has time and feels adventurous will explore far more along the national road, but we discourage using it during high season because of heavy traffic.
Remember to check our Malaga airport transfers recommendations if you do not need to rent a car in Malaga.