What to Wear in Marbella in July: Local Expert Tips

What to Wear in Marbella in July: Local Expert Tips

Are you planning a trip to Marbella this summer?

How exciting!

Marbella in July is as good as it gets, and warm weather is pretty much guaranteed! If you’re wondering what to wear in Marbella in July, I have written this short guide to give you a few practical tips that will help you pack.

I’ve been living next to Marbella since 2020, so I’m pretty familiar with what summer on Costa del Sol feels like. Let’s check what to bring for your trip to Marbella!

Local cafe beach club in Marbella, Soutehrn Spain
Beach clubs and hotel pools are the best places to be in July!

Weather Overview: Marbella in July

July is the heart of summer in Marbella, so expect temperatures to dance around 28-30°C (82-86°F). It’s the perfect weather for beach lovers and sun worshippers.

There is zero chance of rain and cloudy days are also pretty much unheard of. The only thing that can spoil your afternoon is high humidity.

Having said that, it’s also the busiest and most expensive season in Marbella, so expect to see a lot of people everywhere – on the coastal promenade, in the old town, and all of the beaches.

If you want to make the most out of your drip, do beach days like locals do – head to the beach early in the morning, and retrieve back to your hotel room for siesta.

What to Wear in Marbella in July

A woman on the streets of the old town of Marbella on costa del sol.
Light dresses and linen clothes are the best choice for summer in Costa del Sol.

Light and Airy Clothing

Think breezy! Lightweight dresses, linen shirts, and shorts are your best friends. They’ll keep you cool and stylish.


Obvious, right? You can’t do Marbella without a dip in the sea. Pack a good selection of swimsuits – maybe something flashy to match Marbella’s glamorous vibe.

Evening Attire

Marbella’s nightlife is something else! For evenings, pack something a little dressier, a sparkle goes a long way. A nice summer dress or a smart casual outfit for those fancy dinners or club nights. Some posh nightclubs do have a dress code so be prepared when you’re packing your suitcase.

Comfortable Footwear

Sandals for the beach, comfy sneakers for exploring, and maybe a pair of heels or smart shoes for the evenings.

Sunglasses & Hat

Protect those eyes and face from the sun with some cool shades and a stylish hat. If you don’t want to drag a hat in your suitcase, you can buy them easily at any of the shops near the beach.

Sunscreen is also an absolute must, if you can bring one with you as you will otherwise pay a premium to get one from the coastal shops (and they also have a limited selection).

Practical Tips for Visiting Marbella in July

Stay Hydrated

Don’t underestimate the heat! It’s very important to stay hydrated, and I always carry a bottle of water with me. You can get a refillable bottle that you can top up in your hotel, or buy some from the local stores.

Can you drink tap water in Marbella?

Yes, it should be perfectly safe, although locals don’t like the taste and prefer bottled water.

Avoid the Midday Sun

When the sun is at its peak, normally around 2pm – 3pm, you should avoid spending time outdoors.

Do it like the locals, and retrieve indoors or into the shade for a siesta. Venture out later in the evening when the sun starts going down and the temperatures are a little lower.

Stay Safe

Keep an eye on your belongings and be aware of your surroundings. Marbella is generally safe, but it never hurts to be cautious.

Power Adapter

Spain uses Type F sockets. Don’t forget your adapter for charging gadgets!

Final Thoughts

July is one of the most popular months to visit Marbella and you can see why – with guaranteed sunshine and excellent services, Marbella is the ultimate summer destination that ticks all the boxes.

Packing for your trip is going to be pretty easy – just bring your favourite summer clothes, and if you happen to forget something, there are plenty of shops in Marbella to buy anything you need!

What’s next?

Explore the best things to do in Marbella and Puerto Banus, and don’t forget to venture out of the city and book a day trip to popular nearby destinations like Ronda or Malaga!

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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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