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Is Marbella expensive for a holiday?

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Is Marbella Expensive For A Holiday?

Marbella is often coined a Spanish St Tropez. For very good reason – it has everything. Superb beaches, great bars and a general, all round good feeling. It doesn’t take a genius to work out why the rest of Europe regards Marbella as a beach destination with few equals. But is Marbella is expensive for a holiday?

With a super lively atmosphere and something for everyone, it is hard to find anything to dislike. Over the past 60 years or so, this rich persons playground has turned into an even better family-friendly destination, combining all of Europe’s chicest seaside resorts’ best bits, while still remaining glamorous.

Even though most of Europe regards Marbella as one of its top beach destinations, we have our share of Aldi and Lidl supermarkets and rumour has it that Primark is on it’s way too.

That equals value for money, should you want to seek it out. The town has everything you need for a perfect break, from beautiful beaches to fantastic bars with good vibes.

If you venture to areas even slightly outside of the centre, you can expect to wine and dine for some very reasonable prices.

Despite what people say, Marbella isn’t any more expensive than any other seaside town there as long as you are take a little time to work it out. In a nutshell, anything that is convenient or has a designer tag hanging from it, is likely to be priced at a premium.

Please read on and check out our guide link under the heading ‘How much is the cost of food and drink in Marbella?’

What Makes Marbella So Popular?

If you’ve never been to Marbella, the Costa del Sol is one of the most popular destinations in Spain. As well as the aforementioned beautiful beaches, fantastic bars and a rich history that dates back 2000 years. It is has another great sport you can engage in – people watching. Irrespective of where you are in Marbella, there are some fantastic opportunities to observe others and imagine their story.

Image of Marbella Holiday Sunset

Will I Get Bored In Marbella?

It is highly unlikely that you will get bored in Marbella. Why? Because there’s always something new happening! If you’re feeling adventurous, head out on one of the many hiking trails and see what nature has in store for you. Or if your idea of fun is sitting by the pool or on the beach with a cocktail in hand, then there are countless opportunities. There are so many things to do here that it can be hard deciding where to start – but don’t worry there are plenty of suggestions here.

How Much Is The Cost Of Food And Drink In Marbella?

The food scene is incredibly varied and there are plenty of restaurants that offer a huge choice. There’s also a lot of choice when it comes to price, so you’ll be able to find something that fits your budget. If you’re looking for some traditional Spanish cuisine, go to more traditional bars. You often get free tapas, if you buy a drink!

If you want to know more about the cost of living in Marbella without the fluff, check out this guide.

What Is Tapas?

Tapas are a Spanish dish, originating from the region of Andalusia when in centuries gone by, you were given a piece of cheese or dried ham to keep the flies off your beer! They’re small dishes that can be eaten as appetisers or snacks and usually consist of different types of food. When visiting a bar, it is a pleasant surprise if you get one for free. These days though, it seems to be a bit of a lottery. Read more on Andalusian cuisine here.

These delicious little appetisers originated in Spain, and have become loved by many around the world. You might think you’ve never had tapas before, but actually there is a good chance you may have experienced it without even knowing.

Image of tapas found in Marbella

What Is In A Tapa?

Common foods served as tapas include olives, almonds or other nuts seasoned with spices like paprika or cayenne pepper.

Fresh cheese such as Manchego, cured meats including ham and chorizo (a spicy sausage).

Then there’s roasted peppers stuffed with tuna salad mixed with mayonnaise called “Colombian eggs”.

Image of Clams at Tapas Restaurant Marbella

As well as fresh, there are steamed clams. Well known for their slightly salty flavour due to seawater used during cooking. How about small padron peppers sauteed over a high heat and tossed in sea salt? Just watch out for the spicy ones.

In Marbella, there are an endless supply of restaurants. They have everything from tapas and paella to seafood and steak – many at prices that won’t break the bank. 

However, expect to pay a premium when they’re conveniently located. Especially near popular attractions, such as the beach promenade, Orange Square in the Old Town or near Marbella’s Golden Mile.

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Having lived and worked in the City of London, Saudia Arabia, Qatar, and most recently Spain (for the last 25 years). I consider myself to be worldly to say the least. As well as coming from a strong admin based background, being fluent in Spanish, German and French, I'm also especially talented at tackling bureaucracy in Spain.

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