How to Do Marbella On a Budget
Marbella may have a glitzy, luxurious reputation, but did you know you don’t need to have an A-List budget to enjoy all that the city has to offer? In fact, it’s totally possible to live it up on a budget here. Interested to find out how? Below you’ll discover some of the best ways to do Marbella holidays on a budget.
Know your beach club options
Beach clubs are huge in Marbella, but they can also be notoriously expensive. So, if you’re on a budget you’ll want to avoid the big clubs such as Ocean Club and Nikki Beach which can charge as much as €100 for a small bed.
Instead, head to Plaza Beach in Puerto Banús where you’ll find beds starting from as little as €20. It may be cheaper, but it’s still popular with celebrities and it features DJs and hot tubs for your enjoyment.
Soak up the sun for free
If there’s one thing Marbella has in abundance, it’s beaches. You’ll find a total of 23 beaches to choose from, some of which have gained the exclusive Blue Flag status. All of the beaches are free, meaning you just need to pay for an umbrella and sunbed if you want one. It’s easy to find Marbella package holidays situated close to the beach, but we do recommend booking one near to the Golden Mile.
Stretching out for four miles, the Golden Mile gives you access to some of the best beaches in the city. If you’re looking to enjoy water sports, you’ll want to explore the Nagüeles Beach, while those seeking a cheaper option to the popular beach clubs can check out Bounty Beach. The on-site bar plays relaxing, chilled out music for sunbathers to enjoy.
Enjoy tasty, discount cuisine
One of the best ways to save on local cuisine is to book Marbella holidays all inclusive packages. However, it’s also possible to save by knowing exactly where to head to. For the cheapest eats, you’ll want to avoid Puerto Banús and the seafront and instead head into the old town area.
Here, you’ll get to dine in cosy, intimate tapas bars with the locals at great discounted prices. One restaurant we highly recommend if you’re looking for something a little different, is La Taverna del Pintxo. Here, waiters continually wander through the restaurant with pre-made dishes that diners can take their pick of what they want. Cocktail sticks determine the price of each dish, with most ranging from €1.25 to €2.15.
You’ll also discover many bars offer snacks known as pinchos, for around one euro each. These are basically small pieces of bread topped with a variety of ingredients such as brie and sausage.
Leave your wallet at home when sightseeing
There’s lots to see and do in Marbella and many sightseeing attractions are actually free to enjoy. So, if you want to make substantial savings, leave your purse at home!
We highly recommend booking in to the Monarque El Rodeo hotel, situated just 10-minutes from Marbella’s old town. Venture into the dainty town and you’ll get to see the stunning orange tree-lined square which is home to the town’s oldest church, along with beautiful open-air restaurants.
On the town’s outskirts, you’ll also get to explore Roman Baths from the 3rd century and a beautiful basilica. Both of these attractions are free to enter. We also recommend heading to Avenida del Mar to take in the unique and wonderful sculptures or pay a visit to the free Ralli Museum which is situated just a short distance from Puerto Banús. The museum has one of Europe’s largest collections of Latin American Art. Of course, you can also window shop in Puerto Banús too. Take your camera to the marina and capture the stunning multi-million-pound sports cars and yachts.
Going clubbing? Get an early start!
If you want to enjoy a night out in Marbella without breaking the bank, the secret is to start early. If you’re planning on partying it up in Puerto Banús for example, you’ll notice a lot of popular clubs offer discounted entry if you get there early. In some cases, entry is even free before a certain point. If you are looking for free entry, Tibu is the place to head to, offering free entry right up until midnight.
If you’d prefer a slightly swankier night out on the cheap, Pangea is the club for you. It provides awesome discounted packages, including a couple of drinks and entry for less than €20. You’ll also find some bars offer free entry such as News Café and Linekars.
So, there you have it – some of the best ways to enjoy Marbella on a budget. Don’t forget, we also offer regular deals allowing you to book cheap holidays so it’s worth checking these out before booking.