If Marbella free stuff sounds good to you, you have come to the right place. 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. Luckily the weather is good in Marbella almost every day so your chances are pretty good to get lots of Marbella Free Stuff.
Here is you ultimate guide to what to do in Marbella when the cash flow is low. Some of these activities my require a bit of equipment or imagination but....give it a try you might find something new along the way. Check out the MarbellaFamilyFun calendar of events. There loads of free events listed daily.
For the sporty type
For the Creative Type
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.
Another great place to check out is the new San Pedro Boulevard which features numerous play areas for kids of all ages. This multi-million dollar area is comprised of over 55,000 square metres of space and was designed to be an engaging commercial area where families could gather in Marbella to play, eat and shop in a safe and exciting outdoor environment.
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.
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.
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 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.
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