Summer in Marbella: The ONLY Guide You Need to Read

Summer in Marbella: The ONLY Guide You Need to Read

Are you planning your summer in Marbella?

Marbella is the perfect summer holiday destination, boasting over 300 sunny days per year, over 27km of sandy beaches and plenty of activities whether you’re coming for a party or a holiday with kids.

I live on Costa del Sol, right next to Marbella actually, and in this article, I will give you everything you need to know about planning the perfect summer trip to Marbella.

Not just things to do, best places to eat or tips for weather, but lots of first-hand practical tips that you can only get from a local.

Feel free to use the table of contents to navigate to the topic you’re most interested in.

streets of marbella old town with blooming flowers and a church, in Southern Spain
Blooming streets of Marbella old town in summer months.

Is Marbella Worth Visiting in the Summer?

Yes, it is!

Even though Marbella gets very busy in the summer months, it offers a chance to experience a proper summer on Costa del Sol, with gorgeous weather and plenty to do and see.

If you’re on a tight budget, you might want to consider visiting in the shoulder season (April, May, October, November) because accommodation prices are much cheaper than in the summer.

Here is an overview of the pros and cons of visiting Marbella in the summer:

Reasons for Visiting Reasons Against Visiting
Warm, sunny weather perfect for beach days. Can be extremely crowded, especially on the beaches and in tourist areas.
Vibrant nightlife and numerous events. Higher prices for accommodation and activities due to peak season.
Water sports and outdoor activities are in full swing. Heat can be intense, sometimes reaching uncomfortable levels.
Great time for festivals and cultural events. Need to book well in advance for accommodations and some restaurants.
The entire city is lively, with extended hours for shops and attractions. Possible water shortages or restrictions in the hottest months.

How Many Days Do You Need in Marbella?

If you want to enjoy a proper summer holiday, I recommend staying for at least a week.

If you want to see more of Costa del Sol, not just spend time on the beach in Marbella, then two weeks are perfect!

People walking on the coastal promenade in Marbella, Costa del Sol in Southern Spain.

Summer in Marbella: What to Expect

June in Marbella

June is the least crowded and coolest month of the summer. If you’re visiting early in the month, you’re more likely to find great deals on accommodation and wider availability of places.

If you want to enjoy summer in Marbella without crowds and high temperatures, then start of June is the perfect time to visit.

For full weather update on June check here.

July in Marbella

July and August are the busiest and hottest months of the year, and in Marbella, that also means it’s getting pretty busy and crowded.

You’re very likely to feel the difference if you’re wandering through the streets of the old town – the small streets and squares get pretty crowded and it’s difficult to walk around.

The restaurants are also getting very busy around lunchtime and dinnertime, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait for a free table.

In July, you will also be paying a premium for your hotel or apartment, and beaches will be busy from the early hours of the morning.

On the other hand, gorgeous weather is guaranteed in July and you won’t encounter any rain or cloudy days. If you want guaranteed sunshine and proper summer temperatures, July won’t let you down.

For a full weather update on July check here.

August in Marbella

In August it gets even hotter and busier than in July. The temperatures rise again and even the early mornings and late evenings are very hot.

Outdoor adventures in August will be limited to the hotel pool or the beach.

For a full weather update on August check here.

charming cafe in Marbella old town
Cute cafes in Marbella old town.
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Small boutique hotels in Marbella old town.

Summer in Marbella: The Weather

Here is a summary of the main weather points for each month of the summer. For a detailed breakdown of each visit, the links I shared earlier.

Weather Conditions June July August
Average Day Temperature 27°C (81°F) 30°C (86°F) 31°C (88°F)
Average Night Temperature 18°C (64°F) 21°C (70°F) 22°C (72°F)
Sea Temperature 21°C (70°F) 24°C (75°F) 25°C (77°F)

Best Things To Do in Summer in Marbella

So, what are the best things to do for your summer on Costa del Sol?

Apart from the obvious ones – spending time on the beach, taking walks in the town or lounging by the hotel pool – here are a few extra ideas to get you excited about planning your trip!

1. Explore Marbella Old Town

In the summer, one of the best ways to spend your morning is doing a lazy stroll through the old town of Marbella.

Start by exploring Plaza de los Naranjos, the famous orange square of Marbella, where you can enjoy a meal or a drink under the blooming orange trees.

From there, walk through the narrow cobblestone streets until you stumble on a small square or a picturesque spot to take a photo.

The old town gets busy later in the day, and pretty crowded in the summer, so try to sneak a visit in the morning when it’s still relatively peaceful.

flowers blooming on the streets of Marbella old town, in Southern Spain
Blooming streets of Marbella old town

2. Visit Puerto Banus

If you want a taste of a different world, then a stroll through Puerto Banus is a must.

You can access this part of the city by a short taxi ride, or you can rent a bike and ride there through the coastal promenade. Puerto Banus is an upscale district with a huge marina filled with luxurious megayachts, supercars passing through the streets, and luxury boutiques lining the main promenade.

It’s a great place for people-watching, beach clubs, and nightlife.

Luxury car parked on the street of Puerto Banus in Marbella, Southern Spain
The main street in Puerto Banus

3. Hide from the Sun at Alameda Park

Alameda Park connects the old town of Marbella with Avenida del Mar, which leads down to the coastal promenade.

This gorgeous city park is filled with benches where you can take a rest from the sun under the shade of lush vegetation, and escape the hustle of the city for a bit of nature.

Don’t miss it when you walk back from the old town!

Fountain at Alameda Park in Marbella, Southern Spain
The main fountain at Alameda Park

4. Walk or Bike the Golden Mile

The coastal promenade of Marbella – called Paseo Maritimo – is one of the longest on Costa del Sol.

You can actually walk all the way from Marbella to Puerto Banus – I’ve done this twice myself. While it’s a nice and very long walk, I don’t recommend doing it in the middle of the day in summer, for obvious reasons.

If you want to make it more enjoyable, rent a bike from one of the local places and explore the whole length of the promenade on two wheels.

There are lots of places you can stop for a refreshing drink on the way.

Palm trees lining the coastal promenade in Marbella, Southern Spain.
Paseo Maritimo of Marbella.

5. Book a Sunset Cruise

One of the best ways to enjoy the summer is on board a sailboat! Sail into the sunset with a glass of sparkling wine in your hand – all you need to do is to book a sunset sailing cruise here.

The cruise departs from Puerto Banus and includes a complimentary bottle of cava or wine and snacks – how great is that?

6. Book a Day Trip to Gibraltar

Change of scenery? I’ve got just the idea for you!

How about visiting the British territory of Gibraltar? Only a short drive away, you will cross the borders to the UK and be able to book a tour of the nature reserve, where you can see the famous Gibraltar monkeys or visit the St Michaels Cave.

I’ve done this trip twice already, and it’s a must-see!

Day Trip to Gibraltar

Book online – it sells out fast!

7. Plan a Day Trip to Malaga

Malaga is not just an airport hub and the capital of the district but also home to dozens of museums.

Of course, the most famous one is the Picasso Museum, but there are also other historic treasures like the Alcazaba Fortress and hidden gems like the botanical gardens at La Conception.

Don’t miss your chance to visit Malaga and explore everything it has to offer – whether you’re booking a catamaran cruise, going on a walking tour through the old town, or just visiting Malaga Cathedral, a day in Malaga is something you shouldn’t leave out from your travel itinerary.

You can reach Malaga easily by car, but there are also local buses – check the transport guide here.

8. Book a Tapas Tasting Tour

Dive into the Andalusian tapas culture while in Marbella!

You can either do a self-guided tour by visiting some of my favourite restaurants in Marbella, or book this walking tour of the old town combined with a tapas tasting session.

Patatas Bravas in Casa Blanca, Marbella
Patatas Bravas in Casa Blanca, Marbella

9. Visit Caminito del Rey

Any hiking enthusiasts here?

Whether you’re a mountain expert, like my mum, or just fancy spending some time away from the city and in nature, Caminito del Rey is an absolute must!

This hiking path stretches alongside the gorge of El Chorro, offering spectacular views and an experience to remember.

Don’t worry – it’s not really a hike, more of a pleasant slow walk, and if you’re scared of heights I think you will be fine too! I am scared of heights and didn’t have too much trouble navigating the path.

Book your tickets here, they also include pick up and drop off in Marbella.

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Caminito del Rey looks more scary than it actually is! I promise!

10. Visit the Famous Alhambra in Granada

Here is one last tip for a fantastic day trip – visiting the famous Nasrid Palaces in Granada, my favourite place in Southern Spain.

Granada is a city where history comes alive, and the historic palaces and gardens of Alhambra will be one of the highlights of your trip to Southern Spain.

You can book a local tour here – it includes pick up and drop off in Marbella, tickets to the palace, and a guided tour, along with some free time in Granada.

Alternatively, you can drive there yourself. Public transport is pretty limited and you won’t be able to make a day trip out of it.

3 Reasons to Visit Marbella This Summer

I don’t think I need to convince anyone that visiting Marbella in summer is a great idea, here are a few reasons for those who have not decided yet:

1. Guaranteed Sunshine

Marbella offers over 300 sunny days per year, and in summer that means zero chance of clouds or rain. If you want a holiday where you can count on the weather, Marbella is the perfect choice.

2. Summer Parties

Vibrant nightlife is something Marbella is famous for, especially in the district of Puerto Banus. There are dozens of nightclubs, beach clubs and bars to choose from, catering for all age groups.

3. Outdoor Adventures

Summer is the perfect time to explore the great outdoors.

Whether you’re going on a sailing trip, renting a kayak, or want to do a bit of hiking (La Concha in Marbella is great), in Marbella, you will be spoiled for choice.

Entrance to a small hotel in Marbella old town, Costa del Sol in Southern Spain.
Cute hotels in Marbella old town.

Where to Stay this Summer in Marbella

Let’s have a look at some of the best areas to stay in Marbella this summer, each with its own unique allure.

1. Puerto Banús: Glamour and Glitz

For those who love luxury, Puerto Banús is the place to be. Opt for one of the waterfront hotels for stunning views and easy access to some of Marbella’s most exclusive beaches. If you want to be close to nightlife and action, this is the best location.

2. Marbella Old Town: Village Charm

If winding cobbled streets and quaint plazas sound appealing, look no further than Marbella’s Old Town, or “Casco Antiguo.” Here, boutique hotels and traditional guesthouses are nestled among historic buildings, offering a tranquil retreat from the bustling beach promenade.

3. Golden Mile: Best of Both Worlds

Stretching between Marbella and Puerto Banús, the Golden Mile is famed for its prestigious villas, luxury hotels, and fine dining establishments. Staying here means you’re perfectly positioned to enjoy both Marbella’s historical richness and Puerto Banús’s extravagance.

4. Elviria: Family-Friendly Beaches

East of Marbella’s city center, Elviria is renowned for its beautiful beaches, such as Playa de Las Chapas, making it an ideal spot for families. The area is home to resorts that cater to those traveling with children, offering kids’ clubs, spacious family rooms, and various beachside activities to keep the little ones entertained.

5. Nueva Andalucía: Golfers’ Paradise

Nestled just behind Puerto Banús, Nueva Andalucía is a haven for golf enthusiasts, home to several world-renowned golf courses. Accommodations here range from luxurious golf resorts to cozy apartments, all surrounded by the serene Andalusian landscape. It’s a quieter alternative to the coastal hustle and bustle, yet close enough to enjoy the beaches and nightlife.

Final Thoughts

I hope this article answered all the questions you might have about planning the perfect trip to Marbella this summer! For more inspiration on what to do and explore, check out my guides below:

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Lucia has been living on Costa del Sol since 2020, and through her love of photography and travel, she has been documenting the best places to see in Southern Spain and uncovering hidden gems only known to locals. All the articles on Viva La Vita are written based on personal experience and local expertise.

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