For my birthday I went to Marbella, Spain for 5 days. Marbella is another place that is on my ‘’one-day-I’ll-visit’’- list. Last year I was in Dubai, which was also on the list so I think I might be starting a trend here. We’ll see at age 25 what’ll happen. Either way back to this year, the start of my year 24 in Marbella. Mind you this was my first trip of 2018 so my excitement was through the roof. I was finally going to the place that I have seen so often on TV. Best believe it is as beautiful as they let you on to think, which makes my Marbella, experience that much sweeter.
My Marbella escape started off with an immediate adventure. I arrived at Malaga Airport around 9.00 PM because my plane was delayed. The plane delay meant that I missed the bus to Marbella Bus Station (cost ± €7,-) of 9.00 PM. The next one departed at 10:45 PM which is pretty late. There was nothing I could do but wait as I do not like taking cabs, not for the price but for safety. At the bus station I met a woman who had the same story as me. Her plane was delayed for the same reason as mine so she missed the bus. She suggested that we could share a cab which would cost about € 70,- to €80,- depending on the cabby but we could split the price by the number of passengers.
It was a very interesting offer because it would mean that I would reach my hotel faster plus avoid taking a cab from the Marbella bus station to my hotel. She said that she had done this the last time she missed the bus and paid around €20,- which isn’t bad for a 45 minute drive, however that price was based on adding a third person, which she actually found by asking everyone that came in the neighborhood of the bus stop to see if they were also going to Marbella Center. The last to join our group was a man who was visiting friends and really didn’t mind waiting but wanted to help us out. The cab ride ended up being really fun and I got great tips on things to do in Marbella. A great start to my birthday vacation.
Looking back I’d describe my overall Marbella experience as beaches, cocktails, stunning views and a magical start to year 24. I’ll start with the views because ohh my were there plenty! The coastline of Marbella is amazingly beautiful. My hotel had a rooftop swimming pool which enabled me to get a great view of the surrounding area. For those of you who have a fear of heights there is a solution. There is this long promenade along the beach enabling you to walk by the Mediterranean sea without getting your toes wet or your shoes sandy. Being a few meters from the sea gives you spectacular views of A. How long the promenade is and B. the mountains surrounding the area.
As you might have already know I’m in love with sunsets. No matter how often I watch them I still think they are magical and Marbella didn’t disappoint, especially since you could watch the sunset from anywhere on the promenade and have an amazing view. Apart from offering amazing views the promenade also has a multitude of restaurants to choose from. Italian, Spanish paella or sushi? No problem, they have it all! I was so impressed I had to fully view my options before being able to choose the restaurants which I would be trying out. You could also have dinner at the old town of Marbella, which I didn’t because the amazing feeling of dining by the water was too hard to resist🙈.
I did have a wander through the old town of Marbella, because it wouldn’t be a true overall Marbella experience without doing so, and I can say it is definitely worth preserving. Depending on where you are standing you have these amazing mountain views behind typically Spanish architecture. Also the little narrow cobble streets are very present and wonderful to walk through if you ask me (I love them). The narrowness gets enhanced by the tall buildings surrounding you which also gives it a fun mazy feel. Apart from it feeling like a maze I don’t actually think that you really need a map to navigate Marbella Centre. I always just followed the noise of the cars and found myself right back on the main street from which I knew my way to the next point.
Then I somehow embarked on another, to me, weird adventure. Most of you know from reading my other travel posts that I am a go explore kinda girl, not a spend full days at the beach kinda girl. Well Marbella changed that as I spent two afternoons at the beach. I’m talking noon to about 7.00 PM which for me is a foreign concept, even though it was a foreign concept it was amazing. There are a lot of beaches in Marbella so choosing is kinda hard as I had a little case of FOMO, another foreign concept, but the one I settled on had everything I needed plus a little more.
In conclusion I think I got the best of both worlds and discovered a new part of me who I kinda like. I got to explore places like Puerto Banus, Benalmádena, Marbella Old Town and a beach life (click here to read about that beach life),. I even did a stint of shopping. Thinking back I did a lot more than I originally thought and will be sharing all that in a Marbella To do or I did post.
All in all my Marbella experience makes me conclude that Marbella, Spain, is a great place for a relaxing vacation that’ll enable you to decompress but also widen your horizon.