27 Best Things To Do in Marbella in February [2024]

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27 Best Things To Do in Marbella in February [2024]

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Are you planning a trip to Marbella in February?

You’re probably wondering if there are plenty of things to do and see, even if the weather turns bad.

In that case, you’re exactly at the right place!

As a local from Costa del Sol, I’ve been living next to Marbella since 2020, and have plenty of personal experience with all the activities it has to offer even in winter months.

In this article, you will find a detailed practical guide that will help you plan your trip and save you a lot of time!

Let’s dive in!

Streets of Marbella old town.
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Visiting Marbella in February is a great idea, as it gives you access to some of the best deals on accommodation and activities, and also a less crowded experience of the city.

On the other hand, the weather in February is quite unpredictable and changes quickly, so you need good options for rainy day activities.

To summarize what you’re about to read below, some of the best ways to spend time in Marbella in February is by exploring the old town of Marbella, checking some of the local museums, planning a day trip or attending some local events.

BONUS TIP: Do you need to rent a car in Marbella? No, to explore the city you’re more than good with walking or taking local taxis around the city. For exploring beyond the city limits, I highly recommend renting a car. Check Discover Cars to get the best prices for your car rental. 

27 Top Things To Do in Marbella in February

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Before we dive in, let me just warn you about some local experts who claim Marbella’s restaurants offer free tapas, or that climbing the La Concha mountain in February is a brilliant idea.

Both of those are not true.

Free tapas with your drink may be native to Southern Spain, but you will only encounter it in places like Granada or Jaen (I have plenty of first-hand experience).

And while La Concha offers stunning views, February is one of the worst months to do the climb since the winter weather comes with unpredictable and fast-changing weather patterns. Trust me, you don’t want to be stuck up on top of the mountain when a sudden rain shower or thunderstorm comes around.

Be careful what you read please and just use common sense. I have added some other things to avoid at the end of the list.

In this list, I will start with some activities that are unique to February 2024, followed by some more generic places of interest and activities suitable for rainy days or bad weather days.

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1. Celebrate Andalusia Day | 28 February

plants on the streets of Marbella old town, Southern Spain
The pretty streets of Marbella’s old town

‘Día de Andalucía,’ is more than just a public holiday; it’s a vibrant celebration of identity and culture.

Held annually on February 28th, this day commemorates the 1980 referendum that granted Andalusia its autonomy.

Andalusia Day in Marbella is a family affair. Parks and public areas organize activities for children, such as face painting, games, and storytelling sessions, all themed around Andalusian culture. It’s a great way for the younger generation to connect with their heritage.

Local restaurants may offer special menus, but keep in mind that many local businesses will be closed as it is a public holiday. Supermarkets will be also closed on this day.

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2. Celebrate Valentine’s Day | 14 February

Meal for two? There is no better way to celebrate the most romantic day of the year than by dining in one of Marbella’s fantastic restaurants.

The city offers plenty of romantic restaurants where you can enjoy a candle-lit dinner in a beautiful atmosphere, and even live music. Keep an eye out for the restaurants close to your hotel or accommodation as most local establishments offer special dining experiences for Valentine’s Day.

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3. Attend a Live Music Performance | 24 February

Escape the bad weather outside and enjoy yourself with a nice meal and perhaps even live music!

There are a few venues in Marbella where you can indulge your ears, from the ones available I can the Beatles Tribute band which plays on the 24th of February 2024 in Puerto Banus. 

More info and tickets are available here.

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4. Attend Festival Bach-Marbella | 11 February

This is an ongoing festival focused on classic music that starts in January and ends in June.

In February, you can enjoy a performance by a local Spanish artist Javier López, who is the organist of the cathedral of Avila. For more information visit this site.

The full list of events and activities in Marbella is updated regularly on this website.

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5. Attend a Charity Gala Dinner Party | 16 February

local restaurant in Marbella old town on costa del sol, southern spain
Local restaurant in Marbella old town

Fancy dressing up?

On the 16th of February 2024, a gala dinner will be held in Marbella, helping to raise funds for local charity. The gala dinner includes live music performances by three different artists and a three-course menu.

For more information and to book your tickets, please see here.

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6. Join a Local Epic Trail Ultra Marathon | 17 February

The first Marbella Epic Trail is set to take place on the 17th of February 2024.

This challenging ultra-distance event will start at 5:00 am from Paseo Maritimo de Marbella,  at 17 C. Rafael Zea.

Participants will traverse through the scenic municipalities of Marbella, Ojén, Istán, and Monda in the province of Málaga, concluding at the entrance of Nagüeles Park in Marbella. This event is suitable for ultra-distance runners only.

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7. Enjoy a Drink at Plaza de Los Naranjos

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Orange Square, or Plaza de los Naranjos, sits at the center of Marbellas old town.

This delightful and lively square is adorned with sweet-smelling orange trees that shade the dining areas. It features blooming flower beds and is encircled by classic Andalusian buildings with their white facades and ornate iron balconies, offering a picturesque scene.

The square is a favorite spot for both locals and visitors, boasting a range of cafes, eateries, and stores. It’s also the location of the Town Hall and the Chapel of Santiago, contributing to its historical charm.

With its bustling vibe and the captivating aroma of oranges, Orange Square is an essential stop in Marbella.

BONUS TIP: There are quite a few restaurants in the square, but you shouldn’t be eating there. You will be paying a premium price for a less-than-average meal. Just around the corner from the square, you will find Farm Restaurant, which offers a more authentic dining experience in a beautiful setting.

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8. Take a Walk in Marbella’s Old Town

Pretty streets of Marbella old town with blooming flowers, Costa del Sol, Southern Spain
Pretty streets of Marbella old town with blooming flowers

Marbella’s “Casco Antiguo,” or Old Town, is famous for its quaint, narrow streets with traditional Andalusian buildings, and historical structures.

In the center of the Old Town lies the Plaza de los Naranjos. From here, narrow lanes lead to pretty churches like the Iglesia de la Encarnación and shops offering local handicrafts and artisanal goods.

A stroll through the cobblestoned streets of Marbella’s Old Town is a charming way to experience the city’s rich cultural past and its laid-back Mediterranean vibe.

While it’s possible to explore the Old Town on your own, hiring a guide can enrich your experience with insights into Marbella’s history and significance. You can arrange for a local walking tour here.

BONUS TIP: Some of the prettiest photography opportunities can be found on these streets: Calle Caballeros, Calle Gloria and Calle Nueva.

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9. Book a Day Trip from Marbella

A view from the sky walk in the natural reserve of Gibraltar, in Southern Spain
A view from the sky walk in the natural reserve of Gibraltar, in Southern Spain

Do you fancy a change of scenery?

I don’t blame you! There is so much more to discover than just the coastline. 

Day Trips with a Rental Car or Public Transport

In Marbella, you have plenty of choices for day trips or road trip options to nearby places.

You can easily find detailed directions for driving or using public transport to the white villages like Ronda, the British territory of Gibraltar, and Granada (Alhambra).

For car rentals, Discover Cars is a great option. They compare prices from various local companies to get you the best deals, saving you time and effort. 

Simply input your travel information, choose a car and price that suits you, and you’re set. The platform is straightforward to use, with no unexpected fees or charges.

Day Trips with Local Tour Companies

If you’re unsure about renting a car and driving yourself, consider a fantastic option: local tour operators.

Many exciting day trips from Marbella are available, including a visit to Morocco (indeed, you can experience Africa in just one day!), the Rock of Gibraltar, the charming village of Ronda, and historical treasures such as the Alhambra in Granada.

BONUS TIP: If you’re worried about changing your mind or the weather changing, the day trips linked above all come with free cancellation up to 24 hours before the trip. Nearly all of them also offer an option to book now and pay later. 

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10. Spent Time at the Beach

beachside of Marbella in winter months, Costa del Sol, Southern Spain
Beachside of Marbella in winter months

While February is certainly not the swimming weather, on sunny days spending time by the sea is actually really pleasant.

Marbella has some of the best beaches and it would be a shame to miss out on those just because it’s colder.

Most of the facilities at the beaches are not available in the winter months, so you can’t count on finding sunbeds for rentals anymore, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the beach.

One of my favourite ways to enjoy the beach in winter time is by making my own picnic. Just grab some fruits or baguette from a local supermarket, a blanket, and you’re all set for a wonderful outdoor dining experience.

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

Palm trees lining the Paseo Maritimo, coastal promenade of Marbella stretching all the way to Puerto Banus.
Palm trees lining the Paseo Maritimo, coastal promenade of Marbella stretching all the way to Puerto Banus.

Spanning the Mediterranean coast from central Marbella to Puerto Banus, this area offers a peaceful retreat, complete with beautiful ocean views and soft sea breezes.

Paseo Maritimo, adorned with palm trees and home to delightful cafes, eateries, and stores, is a popular spot for both residents and visitors.

Locals often come here for leisurely strolls, bike rides, or just to unwind and observe the bustling surroundings. Paseo Maritimo captures Marbella’s laid-back but energetic essence with its picturesque scenery and lively vibe.

BONUS TIP: You can walk on the coastal promenade from Marbella Marina (Puerto Deportivo) all the way to Puerto Banus! I’ve done this walk a couple of times, and while it’s exhausting on foot, you can rent a bike or book a bike tour (available also in February), and do the trip much faster. On foot, it takes about 40 – 45 minutes. 

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12. Stroll Through Avenida del Mar

Avenida del Mar in Marbella, costa del sol, southern spain
Avenida del Mar in Marbella.

This pretty pedestrian zone with a parking garage hidden underneath is located close to Alameda Park.

It is lined with palm trees and provides a peaceful walk in a lovely environment. It connects the old town of Marbella with the beachfront.

A key highlight of this path is the remarkable outdoor display of Salvador Dalí’s sculptures, which brings an artistic flair to this picturesque route.

This path is more than just a feast for the eyes; it also showcases Marbella’s dedication to blending art into its public areas, making it an essential spot for art lovers and tourists alike.

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13. Visit Puerto Banús

Puerto Banus district of Marbella on costa del sol, southern spain
Puerto Banus district of Marbella

Puerto Banús is known for its luxury and lively vibe, famous for its rich and glamorous feel.

This high-end marina draws celebrities and the affluent, boasting designer shops, upscale eateries, and lavish yachts.

More than just a place for fancy shopping and vibrant nightlife, Puerto Banús also provides beautiful scenery with its Mediterranean views. It’s a favorite spot for travelers who want to relax and experience a taste of the extravagant life.

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14. Get the Jungle Feels at Alameda Park

The main fountain of Alameda Park in Marbella, Southern Spain
The main fountain of Alameda Park in Marbella

Alameda Park, located close to the historic old town, is famous for its greenery and peaceful atmosphere.

This well-maintained park provides a quiet escape from the busy city. Here, you can enjoy a variety of plants and unwind near its decorative fountains.

The park is also recognized for its beautiful ceramic benches adorned with classic Andalusian tiles.

It serves as a center for cultural activities, frequently hosting different events and celebrations.

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15. Visit Iglesia de la Encarnación Church

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Iglesia de la Encarnación Church in the old town.

This pretty church in Marbella old town, famous for its large size and eye-catching baroque architecture, dates back to the 16th century and saw significant renovations in the 18th century. 

It is home to a stunning organ, regarded as one of Spain’s finest, and features intricate interior decor. 

As a symbol of Marbella’s deep historical and cultural roots, the church offers a great option to hide from the rain in the winter months.

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16. Shopping at La Cañada

Are you in a 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. 

Since it’s not near the beach or the historic center, you’ll need to drive or take a taxi to reach it.

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17. Salvador Dalí Sculptures

Dahli statues at Avenida del Mar in Marbella
Dali statues at Avenida del Mar in Marbella

The public exhibition of Salvador Dali bronze sculptures along Avenida del Mar showcases his creative and playful artistic style. 

Featured are his creations like Perseus, Mercury, Man on a Dolphin, Cosmic Elephant, and two pieces portraying his wife Gala.

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18. Michelin Stars Restaurants

Marbella boasts several Michelin-starred restaurants, known for their fusion of classic Spanish tastes and modern culinary art. These eateries often use fresh, local ingredients and present dishes in inventive ways.

Each of these acclaimed restaurants in Marbella offers something different. Some provide modern takes on Mediterranean cuisine, while others mix global flavors with local culinary traditions.

The atmosphere in these dining spots varies, from warm and cozy to sleek and upscale, appealing to different tastes. Recognized by the Michelin Guide for outstanding quality, service, and creativity, these restaurants are top picks for anyone passionate about food in Marbella.

A standout is the two-star Michelin restaurant Skina, famously small yet remarkable. Located near the old town’s edge, Skina offers a three-course tasting menu starting at 229 euros, making it a unique culinary experience.

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19. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engravings

The Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engravings, housed in the historic Bazán Hospital, is a significant cultural center. This building blends classic Spanish design with the elegance of a modern art gallery.

Focusing on modern Spanish graphic art, the museum boasts a remarkable collection of pieces from famous artists such as Picasso, Miró, and Dalí.

Its displays frequently highlight engravings, giving guests a special view into this particular type of art.

Besides featuring well-known artists, the museum also supports up-and-coming artists in contemporary engraving.

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20. Taste Local Tapas at the Best Restaurants

People outside a restaurant in Marbella old town.
Dining experience on my very first trip to Marbella back in 2021

Craving delicious meals?

Even if high-end Michelin-star restaurants aren’t within your budget, there’s a great selection available to taste the traditional dishes of the Andalusian region.

I personally love Taverna Casa Blanca by Alameda Park for a variety of tapas, The Farm Restaurant in the Old Town for a genuine dining experience, and Manuka on Paseo Maritimo for healthy and vegan choices.

BONUS TIP: What should you eat while in Marbella? The traditional Andalusian dishes like patatas bravas (fried potatoes), pil pil (prawns), espeto de sardinas (sardine skewers), Iberian ham, oxtail stew and Salmojero (cold soup like gazpacho). 

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21. Roman Villa

Discovered in the 1960s, the Villa Romana de Rio Verde stands as a significant representation of early Roman architecture.

This villa, dating from the 1st to 2nd century AD, highlights the opulent way of life in Roman times. It is especially known for its excellently maintained mosaic floors, considered some of the best in Spain.

The mosaics, featuring mythological themes and geometric designs, provide a window into the artistic talents and narrative styles of the Romans.

The villa is in covered indoor space so it’s great as a rainy day activity.

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22. Book a Guided Tour

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Marbella offers a variety of guided tours, which are a great way to explore the city.

Best options include a walking tour with tapas tasting, a tapas tasting tour, or a tour of the famous Caminito del Rey with a pick up from your hotel.

To truly immerse yourself in Marbella and gain insights into its culture, consider taking a tour led by a local expert. 

These tours all provide the flexibility of free cancellation and the convenience of booking now and paying later.

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23. Ralli Museum Marbella

The Museo Ralli is a delightful find for those who love art, focusing on modern art from Latin America and Europe. 

It stands out for its remarkable array of pieces by famous artists like Dalí and Chagall. The museum’s structure and style are equally striking, setting a graceful stage for the artworks. 

Offering free entry, it presents a chance for a cultural break and a deep dive into the area’s abundant art history.

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24. Walk the Golden Mile

a woman walking her dog on the golden mile in Marbella, Southern Spain
Even your four legged friends will appreciate this beautiful stretch of the beach.

Take a leisurely walk along the Golden Mile, which extends from Marbella to Puerto Banus.

During your walk, take in the sights of lavish villas and breathtaking views, and pause for a drink at one of the bars along the beach. You can also experience this part of the coastal path by biking or using an e-bike, with rental options available locally.

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25. Visit the Grand Mosque of Marbella

Crafted by the famous architect Juan Mora Urbano, the mosque showcases a blend of Andalusian and Arabic designs. This symbolizes the deep historical and cultural connections between Spain and the Arab world. 

With its graceful design and peaceful ambiance, the mosque earns a must-visit status for anyone exploring Marbella. (refer to the location on my map below)

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26. Enjoy Museums in Malaga

Museo Carmen Thyssen
Carmen Thyssen Museum in Malaga

If you really want to immerse yourself in local culture with fewer crowds, and escape the rain, Malaga is the ultimate museum city.

The most notable mentions are the Picasso Museum (I personally loved the Casa Natal Picasso Museum), the Pompidou Art Center, and Carmen Thyssen museum.

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27. Book a Round of Golf

If the weather allows it, Marbella is a heaven for golfers and home to some of the best golf courses. Dust off your golf clubs in some of these popular golf resorts near Marbella:

Golf ResortDescription & Link
Real Club de Golf Las BrisasLocated in Nueva Andalucía, close to Marbella, known for its championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. More Info
Rio Real Golf ClubRenowned course in Marbella, designed by Javier Arana, featuring the Rio Real River. More Info
Los Naranjos Golf ClubIn Nueva Andalucía, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., known for its wide fairways and undulating greens. More Info
Aloha Golf Club18-hole championship course in Nueva Andalucía, near Marbella, known for its strategic layout. More Info
Marbella Golf & Country ClubOffers a challenging layout and natural beauty, located just 5 minutes from Marbella. More Info
Real Club de Golf GuadalminaSituated in Guadalmina, near Marbella, featuring two stunning 18-hole courses. More Info
Marbella Club Golf ResortLocated in the hills above Marbella, known for its tranquil setting and luxurious amenities. More Info
Santa Clara Golf MarbellaKnown for its strategic design and captivating views, located in Marbella. More Info
La Quinta Golf & Country Club27-hole course in the heart of the Golf Valley near Marbella, set among Mediterranean flora. More Info
Los Arqueros Golf & Country ClubDesigned by Severiano Ballesteros, known for its challenging layout in Benahavís, near Marbella. More Info

Map View: Best Things to do in Marbella in February

Here is my big map of things to do in Marbella – it includes a comprehensive list beyond the places just mentioned in this guide.

What NOT to do in Marbella in February

Boats in Marbella Marina (Puerto Deportivo), Southern Spain
Boats in Marbella Marina (Puerto Deportivo)

While it’s a great idea to have tips for what to do, mentioning the things you should avoid doing is equally important.

Here are just a few.

1. Risky Outdoor Activities

Even though February may seem like the perfect time for hiking, you need to be careful when making plans.

February weather is known to be quickly changing, and you might get caught up in a storm without a safe place to hide. That’s why I wouldn’t recommend the La Concha hike in February.

If you don’t know, La Concha is Marbella’s most famous hill, taking its name from the shell shape of the mountain. It’s one of the most popular outdoor activities in Marbella. 

2. Boat Trips

There are a few tour companies that operate boat trips in February, like this one offering a sunset cruise, or this one offering a sailing and dolphin-watching experience.

The sea this time of the year is pretty wild, so if you get seasick pretty easily I would advise you to skip this trip.

On the other hand, if you don’t mind the waves, these trips are great because they come with free cancellation up to 24 hours before the trip, so you can cancel easily if the weather turns bad.

The boat trips leave either from Puerto Deportivo de Marbella (main port) or the port in Puerto Banus. 

3. Paella

On the main streets, you’ll often find Paella advertised in faded restaurant photos.  I tend to steer clear of these places. 

Originally from Valencia, Paella varies regionally, but the authentic Paella experience is hard to find in Marbella. Typically, it’s just expensive rice with some meat or seafood on top.

4. Souvenirs Sold by Illegal Vendors

One major annoyance in Costa del Sol is the relentless approach of illegal vendors (manteros). They’re everywhere – on the beach, in restaurants, and bars, even in the winter season.

They often sell fake designer items like shoes, bags, scarves, and belts. 

Purchasing from them raises ethical concerns, such as harming local legal businesses and potential ties to organized crime.

5. Tourist Restaurants

Contrary to popular belief, a restaurant having an English menu doesn’t automatically make it a tourist trap.  Restaurants need to accommodate non-Spanish speakers to stay afloat.

However, dining where locals do in Southern Spain doesn’t always mean you’ll find quality. 

From my experience, I’ve encountered unimpressive meals like bland deep-fried fish and undercooked vegetables.

A telltale sign of a tourist-targeted restaurant is a menu with too wide range of dishes, from Italian and Spanish to Mexican. If they offer burgers, English breakfasts, and other typical holiday foods, they’re likely catering mainly to tourists.

Travel Tips: Visiting Marbella in February 2024

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The outdoor terrace of Manuka restaurant in Marbella

Transport From Malaga Airport

To skip the long taxi lines it’s a good idea to book your airport transfer ahead of time.

They’ll meet you at arrivals, and assist with your bags, and there’s no need to worry about language issues when providing your stay details.

I’ve personally used Get Transfer for various trips, including business travel. They compare prices from local transport providers, helping you find the best deal for your journey.

You can receive a complimentary, no-commitment quote by entering your trip details here.

They’ll request your flight information and will wait for you at no extra cost if your flight is delayed.

For those traveling with children, they offer the option to reserve a child seat, saving you the hassle of bringing your own.

Renting a Car in Marbella

Renting a car for your Marbella trip is a smart choice. It offers more freedom to see Southern Spain compared to public transport. 

Marbella’s public transport isn’t extensive, lacking a train service (the airport trains only reach Fuengirola).

I suggest using Discover Cars.

They compare prices from various companies, finding you the best deal. They’re known for their award-winning comparison service, user-friendly interface, and transparent pricing. 

You can get a quote here and see different car choices for your trip ahead of time.

Where to Stay in Marbella in Winter

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The entrance to La Fonda hotel in Marbella old town.

If you’re wondering where to stay in Marbella, that totally depends on your preferences.

If you like more quiet surroundings away from the crowds and noise, and like more botique style of hotels, then the old town is a great choice.

If you’re after sea view and all inclusive type of establishments, you’ll find those scattered along the coastline, mainly between Marbella and Puerto Banus.

For budget stays, the area of old town and further up north will offer the best value for money.

BEST LUXURY HOTELS: Amare Beach Hotel (Adults Only), La Fonda Heritage Hotel (gorgeous place in the old town), Puente Romano Beach Resort (close to Puerto Banus, favourite of celebrities)

BEST MID RANGE HOTELS: Eurostar Oasis Hotel (4 star), Linda Boutique Hotel (in old town), Ona Alanda Club (at the famous Nikki Beach)

BEST BUDGET HOTELS: Hotel Avenida 31Hotel Central Boutique and Puerta de Aduares – these are all 2 star hotels.

What to Wear in Marbella in February

Marbella can surprise you with both warm sunny days, but also windy very cold days. And that might change from day to day.

It’s best to pack for both types of weather, add some warm layers to your luggage that you can easily take off during the day when you get warmer.

I personally use trainers pretty much all year, but the mornings in February are very cold and sometimes wett, so warmer weather proof shoes are a better option.

Umbrella and sun protection lotion is a must too, you can get sunburned even in February.

Frequent Questions

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Flower pots on the walls of Marbella old town

Where is Marbella Located?

Marbella is located on Iberian Peninsula, in Southern Europe. It belongs to the autonomous community of Andalucia and the district of Malaga.

It’s only about 50 km away from Malaga international airport.

What is the Nearest Airport for Marbella?

The nearest airport for Marbella is Malaga International Airport, or known under its official name as Malaga Costa del Sol Airport (AGP). The distance from the airport is about 50 km and the drive to Marbella will take approximately 40 mins. 

How Do I Get to Marbella?

Getting to Marbella is pretty easy – you need to fly to Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport, the nearest major airport, and from there, you can reach Marbella by car, bus, or taxi. 

You can find detailed transport directions from the airport in my transport guides – one for a bus journey and also some tips for taking a taxi. There are no direct train connections.

Is Marbella Good in February?

Marbella may be a good destination in February, but it all depends on your preferences for activities.

February is not the coldest month of the year, but it does have some drawbacks. The weather changes very quickly, and long term weather forecasts are rarely very accurate.

Is it Worth Going to Marbella in February?

Yes, it might be worth going to Marbella in February, but it depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re after bargains and some winter sun, it might be a good option for you.

You have to keep in mind that February is low season on Costa del Sol, and many hotels and establishments remain closed. The weather this time of year is also quite unpredictable, so it might be more difficult to plan your program.

Can You Swim in Marbella in February?

While the average temperature during the day may be pleasant, the Mediterranean sea temperature is relatively cold.

In the graph below you can see the average sea temperatures in Marbella throughout the year.

graph showing average sea temperatures in Marbella, Spain
data source

Is Marbella a Winter Destination?

Marbella is a great place to visit in the winter months, and a great winter destination.

It has over 300 days of sun per year, and even in winter, you can enjoy plenty of blue skies and sunny days. January and February are the coldest months of the year, but the average temperatures during the day stay relatively mild between 16C (61F) and 7C (45F). 

Is Marbella Worth Visiting?

Marbella is worth a visit, even if you could only make it for a day trip. 

Renowned for its beautiful beaches, charming Old Town, vibrant dining scene, luxury boutiques, art galleries, and lively nightlife, which all add to its allure. 

For nature lovers, the Sierra Blanca mountains offer scenic hikes. Marbella strikes a perfect balance between relaxation and adventure, making it an ideal destination for a variety of travelers.

How Do I Spend a Day in Marbella?

Spending a day in Marbella is more than enough to discover everything it has to offer. 

You can check my dedicated one-day itinerary which will guide you step by step through all the highlights of Marbella.

How Many Days is Enough in Marbella?

Determining the perfect length for a stay depends on what you want to experience. 

A weekend is sufficient to explore the city’s historic Old Town, indulge in local cuisine, and enjoy a day at the beach. 

However, if you want to fully immerse yourself in Marbella’s culture, including its art, history, and leisure activities, a stay of 2 to 3 days is recommended. 

Key Takeaways

Marbella in February can bring about unpredictable weather changes and plenty of rain, so you will need to be prepared with alternative plans. In this article, there are 27 different things to do in Marbella in February, which cover everything from indoor activities, outdoor activities, tips for day trips and places of interest.

I hope it helped you find all the information you need before booking your trip. If there is something specific you would like to know, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be happy to help.

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Hi, I'm Lucia

The founder and writer of Viva La Vita, a blog about traveling in Spain.

On these pages, you will find many practical tips and recommendations from someone who lives in Spain and travels around Spain often.

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