Free activities in Marbella


Hello, do you have a list of free activities available to families visiting Marbella?

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Feb 25, 2010
by: Iuli

Thank you for your suggestions,we will surely try them all !

Feb 24, 2010
Free activities for families in Marbella
by: Marbella Family

When you´ve exhausted all that you could in Marbella then you can hop in the car and explore the rest of Andalucia. The closest tours you´ll find are these:
Benahavis (15 min drive from Marbella)
Ronda (45 min)
Gibraltar (55 min)
Tarifa (1hr 15min)
White Village Tour (all day tour).

The local town hall (ayuntamiento) is always organizing free events for the local community and tourists. You may check out the calendar of events on their website at Marbella Ayuntamiento. We regularly post interesting family events organized by the town hall and others, so it´s useful to follow our Marbella Blog.

Feb 24, 2010
More free activities in Marbella
by: Marbella Family

If you´re kids don´t mind a bit of culture then you will surely enjoy a tour of Old Town Marbella in the historic center of the city. You will enjoy a stroll along the charming cobblestone roads of this typical Andalusian town with its whitewashed buildings and scent of orange blossom in the air. There is beauty and historic architectural monuments everywhere you turn from ancient fountains to old castle walls.

You can always take a stroll in Puerto Banus, Marbella´s most famous port, which is an absolute must anyway when visiting Marbella. This marina is full of boutiques, cafes and luxury yachts and cars that even kids like ogling at. If this seems like fun to you, then you should take a look at our recommendation for a one-day tour of Marbella. It´s absolutely free!

If your kids are able to stay up late, then we recommend you to attend a flamenco show while in Marbella. In summer, many hotels offer shows of their own, however, if yours doesn´t then you should check out the flamenco show at the hotel El Fuerte. It starts relatively early (10:00pm, most others start at midnight), and you can see as much or as little as you want.

Again, weather allowing, it´s always nice to take a walk through nature and we enjoy taking a hike up Marbella´s most famous mountain - La Concha. It´s only about 15 minutes from Marbella center and your kids will definitely have a good night´s sleep after several hours of hiking in the mountains.

If you are willing to drive just over an hour then you should visit the Dunes of Tarifa. It is one of our favorite places to take our guests when visiting Marbella.

Football is very big in Marbella and it seems every child is playing. If you want to get a taste of how the kids are playing out here you can visit nearly any field after school hours to watch a practice. Games are usually played on Saturdays, sometimes Fridays. You can contact Marbella Paraiso Football to find out when their matches are held. If you can´t get in for free then it´s only a couple of euros at the entrance.

The Marbella Sharks is Marbella´s newest American football team. They play every couple of weeks on Saturdays usually in Las Chapas (east Marbella) and all the matches are free. You can find more information by going to their website or following our blog. We post all their matches.

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Feb 24, 2010
Free Marbella kid friendly activities
by: Marbella Family

Believe it or not there is a wide variety of things to do for free (or at a low cost) in Marbella. Most of them are outdoors so it is most favorable when the weather conditions are good.

The best thing to do with kids for free while visiting Marbella is obviously to hit the beach. All you need is a swimsuit, sunscreen and a picnic and you are set for the day. You should take a look at our section on Beaches to discover the one nearest you. Our favorites are the ones that offer jungle gyms and playgrounds directly on the sand such as San Pedro Beach or El Faro on the Marbella paseo. The boardwalk on the beach in San Pedro is a lovely venue to just walk, rollerblade or ride bikes. It´s never very crowded and there are no shops other than the kiosques so your kids won´t be pestering you to buy things all the time other than an ice cream. If you are near Fuengirola they have a brand new park right off the highway near the Castillo (Sohail Castle) on the beach side so you could both hit the beach and then the park to really exhaust the kids.

When you are tired of the beaches it´s fun to spend some time in the shade in any one of Marbella´s beautiful parks. Our favorites are the Parque de la Constitucion or the Parque Alameda which are both located in the heart of Marbella near Old Town. If you don´t mind the drive (1.5 hours from Marbella) a visit to the Donkey Sanctuary is absolutely free. One park you can always visit even on a rainy day is the indoor playpark in McDonald´s in San Pedro. The only thing is that you will surely be bribed to buy your little one a hamburger while you´re there.

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