17 Best Things To Do in Marbella in April [2024]

17 Best Things To Do in Marbella in April [2024]

Are you thinking about visiting Marbella in April?

I think that’s a fantastic idea and you certainly won’t be disappointed.

I’ve been living next to Marbella since 2020, and I know the city inside out, including the lesser known spots and local gems.

I have created this article with the best things to do in Marbella in April to help you plan a wonderful trip to this sunny destination on Costa del Sol.

From exploring the old town, to the Golden Mile and even activities for rainy days, this article will give you plenty of options for having a great trip in Marbella.

Let’s dive in and check what’s there to see and do in Marbella!

Plaza de Los Naranjos in Marbella old town, Costa del Sol
Plaza de Los Naranjos in Marbella old town, Costa del Sol

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Bonus Tip:

While you don’t need a car to explore the city, it’s highly recommended to get one to see the best of what Southern Spain has to offer. Check Discover Cars to get the best prices for your car rental. 

17 Best Things To Do in Marbella in April

Here is a map with all the places mentioned in the article:

1. Explore Plaza de Los Naranjos

plaza de los naranjos in marbella old town
The town hall at Plaza de los Naranjos in Marbella old town

Plaza de los Naranjos, also known as Orange Square, stands as a quaint yet bustling centerpiece in Marbella’s historic old town, and a must see on your travel list.

Especially in April, the smell of the blooming orange trees coming from the square will be irresistible, and while you soak in the beautiful surroundings you can enjoy a refreshing drink in one of the local restaurants.

Adorned with vibrant flower beds and showcasing classic Andalusian architecture—with its stark white facades and ornate ironwork balconies—the square is a postcard-perfect scene and photographer’s paradise.

To explore everything the famous orange square has to offer, check out my dedicated guide for best things to do in here.

Bonus Tip:

The restaurants on the square are overpriced and offer bad-quality food. They are ok for a quick drink but not for a meal.

2. Take a Walk in Marbella’s Old Town

Narrow streets of Marbella old town on costa del sol
Narrow streets of Marbella old town on Costa del Sol

The charming “Casco Antiguo,” or Marbella old town, is renowned for its picturesque, winding streets lined with traditional Andalusian architecture and historic landmarks.

In April, the streets of the old town are less crowded than in the summer, so you have the perfect chance to explore the winding cobbled streets in relative peace and soak up the atmosphere.

Start at the Plaza de los Naranjos and explore the nearby streets, which lead to churches, squares, and even the remains of the city’s old protective walls.

If you want to make the most out of your walk, you can book a guided walk with a local expert here, or even a walking tour combined with tapas tasting! (these tours run also in the winter / spring months)

Bonus Tip:

Visit the old town early in the morning to capture the best photos without other tourists in them.

3. Explore the Art at Avenida del Mar

art on display at Avenida del Mar in Marbella
Art on display at Avenida del Mar in Marbella

Connecting the old town with the coastal area, Avenida del Mar is a beautiful pedestrian zone, with a large parking spot located underneath, and famous art on public display.

Water features line each side of the pedestrian zone, and in the middle, you will find an impressive outdoor exhibition of Salvador Dalí’s sculptures, adding a touch of artistic elegance to the scenic route.

From there, you can also access the lush oasis in the middle of the city – Alameda Park.

4. Stroll through Alameda Park

fountain at Alameda Park in Marbella
fountain at Alameda Park in Marbella

Alameda Park is located right between Avenida del Mar and the old town of Marbella.

The park is renowned for its exotic plants and towering trees, providing ample shade and a cool respite on warm, sunny days.

The pathways, lined with vibrant flower beds and dotted with traditional Andalusian tiled benches, invite you to sit and soak in the tranquil atmosphere. These benches, adorned with intricate ceramic tiles, tell stories of Andalusia’s rich history and cultural heritage, offering a visual feast for the eyes.

5. Rent Bikes to Explore Marbella

people on a bike ride on Marbella's beach promenade
People on a bike ride on Marbella’s beach promenade

I personally love a good long walk, and the stretch of beach from the port of Marbella all the way to Puerto Banus is as good as it gets.

Officially known as the Golden Mile, due to some of the most expensive real estate on Costa del Sol, the coastal promenade is the local’s favourite way to spend a lazy afternoon, walk their dogs or do their morning run.

If you’re not keen to cover the distance on foot, there are lots of local places in Marbella downtown where you can rent a bike or you can also book a guided bike tour like this one.

6. Get a Taste of Luxury in Puerto Banus

the main street next to the marina of Puerto Banus
The main street next to the marina of Puerto Banus

Marbella offers two very different worlds – the traditional Andalusian old town where time stood still, but also a newer and more know district called Puerto Banus.

Known for the luxurious marina boasting some of the biggest mega yachts on Costa del Sol, luxury boutique shops and brands, and some of the most luxurious sports cars lining the main roads, visiting Puerto Banus is like entering a different world.

You can simply explore the area around the marina, stop for a drink in one of the local bars, or check this article where I recommend other things to do in Puerto Banus.

7. Book a Sunset Cruise from Puerto Banus

Luxury yachts and boats in the puerto banus marina
Luxury yachts and boats in the Puerto Banus marina

Fancy something a little different?

How about sailing towards the sunset with a glass of champagne in hand?

If you want to elevate your stay in Marbella to something a bit more special, you can book this sailing cruise during sunset which includes a free drink.

The cruise departs from the Puerto Banus marina, and has a free cancellation policy, so you can cancel the trip up to 24 hours for a full refund – perfect option for the unpredictable weather conditions in April.

8. Enjoy a Walk on Paseo Maritimo (Coastal Promenade)

People walking on the coastal promenade in Marbella.
The coastal promenade on a sunny morning.

Paseo Maritimo, or the coastal promenade, is one of the prettiest places in Marbella, and one of the places I always visit.

As you walk from the center of the town towards Puerto Banus, you will be treated to stunning views, and local cafes and restaurants where you can pop for a drink or enjoy a lunch.

The promenade stretches for 7 km, making it the perfect place for your morning run, late afternoon walk or a leisurely stroll. As I mentioned earlier, you can also rent a bike locally to explore the promenade on two wheels.

9. Taste Tapas in Taverna Casa Blanca

The outdoor seating at taverna casa blanca in marbella
Enjoying my lunch at Taverna Casa Blanca

Speaking of local favourites, every time I return to Marbella, I always visit Taverna Casa Blanca.

They have the best selection of tapas in Marbella and, most importantly, the most delicious ones. The restaurant is located right behind Alameda Park and is super popular with locals and tourists alike.

You will spot it really easily thanks to the beautiful facade featuring traditional Andalusian tiles in blue and white colors.

10. Explore Iglesia de la Encarnación Church

church square in marbella old town, costa del sol
The church square is pretty spectacular too!

This Baroque church in Marbella’s old town dates back to the 16th century, with major renovations completed in the 18th century.

Inside, you will find a beautiful organ, said to be one of the finest in the whole of Spain, and stunning artwork displayed all around.

If you need a rainy day activity, this pretty church offers a hideaway from the rain and a beautiful place to discover away from the crowds.

11. Escape Bad Weather at La Cañada Shopping Mall

Are you in the mood for a shopping spree?

La Canada Mall offers a full shopping experience with more than 150 shops, including a mix of global brands and local stores, alongside cafes, eateries, and fun activities such as a movie theater and bowling. 

Perfect as a rainy day activity or your emergency plan if you have missed something from your packing list.

12. Visit Caminito del Rey

views from caminito del rey
Views from the caminito are truly breathtaking!

Caminito del Rey is the most popular natural attraction in the district of Malaga.

This wooden path elevated on the side of El Chorro Gorge is a spectacular experience you shouldn’t miss. I am scared of heights but didn’t have any issue with the pathway, and was distracted by the stunning views instead of worrying about the height.

The path is best explored on a dry and not very hot day, making April one of the best months to venture here.

You can book a trip to Caminito del Rey with a local tour company here – they will pick you up from Marbella and the price includes entrance to the path and a local guide.

13. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engravings

The Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engravings, located in the historic Bazán Hospital building, is dedicated to modern Spanish graphic art, showcasing an impressive array of works from renowned artists like Picasso, Miró, and Dalí.

The exhibits primarily focus on engravings, so if you’re in a mood for a bit of culture – and perhaps avoiding bad weather outside – this museum is a great option.

Opening Hours: Monday 09.00 to 14.00 hrs, Tuesday to Friday: 09:00 – 19:00 hrs, Saturday: 09:00 – 14:00 hrs, Closed Sunday and Public Holidays

Entrance Fees: General: €3, Students: €1.50, Retired persons: Admission free.

14. Plan a Day Trip to Gibraltar

the lighthouse in Gibraltar
Gibraltar is fantastic even on a bad weather day!

I have visited Gibraltar twice already and you shouldn’t miss the chance if you’re staying in Marbella.

This British territory in Spain makes a perfect day trip from Marbella as it’s relatively close, and you can explore everything it has to offer in just one day.

You can book this day trip as a tour with a local company here – this is the same company I used for my day trip. In the checkout, you should select the option for day trip with a tour of the nature reserve.

The nature reserve, where you will find the local monkeys roaming freely, the famous St. Michaels Cave, and stunning views is, in my opinion, the main reason to venture out to Gibraltar.

As with other tours I mentioned here, you can get a full refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the trip, which is a great option if the weather turns bad.

15. Roman Villa

Discovered in the 1960s, the Villa Romana de Rio Verde is a remarkable example of ancient Roman architecture, originating from the 1st to 2nd century AD. It is known for its well-preserved mosaic floors, regarded as among the finest in Spain.

Conveniently housed under a covered structure, this historic site makes for an excellent activity on rainy days.

Opening hours: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Entrance Fee: free

16. Visit Malaga on a Day Trip

Picasso Birth Place Museum
The museum in the birth home of Picasso in Malaga.

There is so much to see and do in Malaga—don’t miss your chance to explore the city’s offerings.

Even if you’re not keen on driving, you can get to Malaga easily by bus and check the famous sights like the Picasso Museum, the Alcazaba, Gibralfaro Castle or book a catamaran cruise from Muelle Uno.

Exploring Malaga old town is enough to keep you busy for a whole day! Here is an article to give you a few ideas.

17. Hike La Concha Mountain

Puerto Banus, Marbella - Spain
La Concha mountain towering above Puerto Banus in Marbella

La Concha, the mountain towering above Marbella named after the seashell shape, offers one of the best hiking opportunities by the coastline.

The views from the top are amazing – my mum has been there and couldn’t stop singing praises.

If you’re into outdoor adventures, you shouldn’t miss the challenge to make it to the top. Please do remember that in April the weather can be quite unpredictable, so double check that there is no rain or thunder in the forecast on the day.

I don’t have an article with details for the hike, but you can read one here where you will see more safety tips.

Travel Tips: Visiting Marbella in April 2024

Transport From Malaga Airport

The closest airport to Marbella is Malaga International Airport, officially known as Malaga Costa del Sol Airport (AGP code).

To get to Marbella, you can take a taxi straight from the airport. Just turn right as you exit the arrivals hall. The journey takes about an hour.

The stand tends to be quite busy, especially with more flights arriving at the same time. I highly recommend booking your airport transfer in advance – I use Get Transfer for these types of trips as they are better value for money and you can also book extras like car seats for kids, or a bigger car if you have more luggage.

Check the website of Get Transfer and enter your trip details.

You will get instant quotes from local travel companies, giving you lots of price and car options for your airport transfer.

There are also public transport options available (only bus). You can check my guide for travel between Malaga Airport and Marbella here.

Renting a Car in Marbella

I already mentioned that renting a car in Marbella is not a must—you can get to the city from the airport very easily by bus or with local transport.

Especially if you’re only coming for a few days, it makes sense to stay in Marbella and explore what the city has to offer.

But, if you want to discover the best places in Southern Spain, I highly recommend renting a car.

Some of the most beautiful locations and white villages are not easily accessible without a car, and if you use Discover Cars, car rental is actually very affordable and hassle free.

Avoid paying excessive deposit fees and extra charges. On Discover Cars’ website, you can compare dozens of offers from local rental companies, finding the perfect car and price for your trip.

Where to Stay in Marbella in April

Local hotel in Marbella old town.
Cute hotel in Marbella old town

There are two options for the best areas in Marbella – the old town or the coast.

In the old town, you will mostly find small boutique hotels and cute apartments, offering the best place to stay for those who want to stay away from the crowds and enjoy village-like vibes.

If you’re after sea views, big pools, and luxury facilities, you should look at the options closer to the coastline.

In there you will find a variety of different hotels, from ultra-luxururious options like the Puente Romano Hotel, to more family orientated and budget friendly places like the Aparthotel Monarque where I stayed twice already.

What to Wear in Marbella in April

The weather is still very much temperamental in April, so your suitcase should reflect that.

Packing a mix of different layers, both long sleeves and short sleeves, perhaps a summer dress or two, will be a good idea. Closed-toe shoes are the best choice for wet days, and don’t forget to take sun protection, too!

For a full guide on what to wear in Marbella, check this guide for April.

Key Takeaways

April is a great time to plan your trip to Marbella – it offers you a chance to experience the city without crowds, enjoy mild and mostly sunny weather, and explore everything Southern Spain has to offer.

Whether you decide to spend your days exploring the old town of Marbella, shopping in the local boutiques, exploring the luxurious Puerto Banus, or decide to book some day trips to see more of Andalusia, I’m sure you will have a fantastic time on your holiday in Marbella in April.

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