Marbella on a Budget

No matter where you are in the world put the word Marbella into a sentence, and the first thing that springs to mind is a beautiful place full of wealthy people. While this is true, things are only going to get better for this jetsetter town with the Qatari owner of Malaga football club Sheikh Abdullah Ben Nasser Al-Thani. He is not only looking to build the local team into a force that can compete against Real Madrid and Barcelona but wants to bring the super yachts of the mega rich back to Marbella’s La Bajadilla’s marina from neighbouring Puerto Banus. Which is going to be a £350 million revamp of the marina to include a quay where cruise ships can dock, a five star hotel, and increase the capacity from 262 boats to 800. The city also has plans to redevelop an old industrial estate on the outskirts of town into a residential area with green space and a link to Spain’s high-speed rail network. Yes this is a town that caters to the worlds wealthy with its luxurious spas resorts and nightclubs like Nikki Beach where you can party with Paris Hilton, and the rest of the beautiful people. If this sounds like your kind of town but think it may be too expensive for you we are going to tell you how to visit Marbella on a budget.


Getting there

There is no end of low-cost airlines that fly into Marbella’s nearest airport Malaga from where you can catch a bus right outside to arrivals hall direct to the bus station in Marbella for either 7.00€ or 8.30€ depending on the time. Buses run every 45 minutes which is the journey time between the airport and Marbella bus station tickets can be purchased online at  or from the ticket office at the airport, or on the bus itself after 8:00pm.

Where to stay

Hostal Berlin

c/ San Ramon, 21, 29600 Marbella

Located on a pedestrian street in the centre of town yet only a five minute walk to the beach, and perfect for exploring the Old Town the family run  Hostal Berlin is a bargain with rooms from between 23€ to 58€ per-night. To book compare prices on various hotel booking websites.

Where to eat           

For breakfast go to Cappuccino el paseo, Marbella, for the best coffee in town, and the perfect spot for people watching. For lunch have a look at the various blackboards offering a Menu del dia, which is usually a three course lunch including a drink for a set price or try one of the all you can eat Chinese buffets that have been springing up all over Spain. In the evening eat tapas while bar hoping in the Old Town.

When to go                                   

The Costa del Sol has great weather all year round with July through September being very hot with temperatures climbing into the 40’s it rains the most in November but other than then almost anytime is perfect for a holiday in Marbella.

The post has been offered by Joanna Walker on behalf of Sitges apartments specialist website

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