Browse designer stores by day before enjoying Marbella’s glittering party scene by night, with options for every impulse, writes Heidi Fuller-Love
Where to shop
With its glamorous designer boutiques, iconic department stores and state-of-the-art malls, savvy shoppers will want to bring an extra suitcase when they visit this celebrity-loved Costa del Sol city.
Packed with high-end designer shops, glitzy Puerto Banús should be the first stop on any Marbella shopping itinerary. After browsing world-renowned stores ranging from Dior to Jimmy Choo, head for the cobbled streets of the city’s Old Town, where quirky vintage boutiques rub shoulders with tiny tiendas selling everything from toys to gourmet food. Renowned establishments occupy the main avenues of Marbella and San Pedro Alcántara.
End your retail therapy on a high note, surrounded by international and Spanish brand-name stores in one of Marbella’s world-class shopping malls.
Where to party
From hip rooftop bars and laid-back beach venues to stylish nightclubs and much-celebrated music festivals, Marbella’s glittering nightlife scene attracts partygoers of all kinds. Whether it’s pool parties and slinky swimwear, a romantic beachside cocktail by candlelight or a Champagne spray party in an elegant setting, nightlife in marvellous “Marbs” – as it’s fondly known to certain reality TV stars – has something for every taste.
For the best sunset sipping make a beeline for the bars along palm-tree-lined Paseo Maritimo, Marbella’s promenade, which have breathtaking sea views.
When the sun sinks behind the horizon, join locals in one of the cosy lounge venues around the Virgen del Carmen Marina or stroll over to the Old Town to sup on succulent tapas, sip a beer or listen to live music in a cluster of bars, bodegas and pubs near the orange-tree-shaded Plaza de los Naranjos.
Alternatively, end your evening in Puerto Banús, where jetsetters – and even the occasional royal – come to hang out in one of the port’s stylish bars, or dance the night away to the sounds of international DJs in Marbella’s most exclusive nightclubs.