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Introduction

Marbella, Andalucia

Marbella, Andalucia

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Marbella is a popular tourist city in the south of Andalusia with around 125,000 inhabitants. Its coastal location and warm Mediterranean climate make it one of the most popular beach destinations in Europe, both in summer and winter, when flocks of pensionados from northern Europe come down here.

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Getting There

By Plane

Nearby Malaga offers the best air connections. Málaga airport is the best airport to fly into when you are visiting the Costa del Sol. It is located just 5 kilometres southwest of the city centre. In 2010 the new terminal 3, has opened at Málaga airport increasing the capacity of the airport.

To/from the airport

  • Rail: At the airport there is a train station of the cercanias (commuter trains). A ride to the central train station takes about 15 minutes, with trains leaving every half hour. There are also connections to Fuengirola.
  • Bus: Busline 19 has a service between the airport and the busstation. Buses leave in front of the airport, approximately every 35 to 40 minutes. An airport coach goes directly to Marbella.
  • Car: The airport can easily be reached by car from Málaga and other nearby coastal towns. There are many car rental companies and als taxis available at Málaga Airport.

By Train

There is a train service between Fuengirola and Malaga, which due to be extended to run further down the coast to Marbella in the near future.

By Car

The main coast road (N340, now known as the A7) connects the major towns along the whole southern coast and Marbella is approx 30 minutes drive along the N340 from the provincial capital, Malaga. If you are prepared to pay the toll fee (around €4-6 depending upon season) you can take the new AP-7 road which runs parallel to the N340, but with less traffic and higher speed limits means you will reach your destination more quickly.

By Bus

From Malaga Airport, buy a bus ticket from the vendor facing the exit of the arrivals hall. In July 2011, a one way ticket cost under 5 Euros. The buses will arrive every hour or two on the road behind the vendor. Without traffic (there really shouldn't be any, since the bus takes the toll road), the ride should take around 40 minutes. Marbella's central bus station is right off the motor way (A-7 / E-15), right off exit 164. There are high quality regular bus services along the length of the coast. Although cheap, the buses can run to their own timetable (!) and are often very busy in summer.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Apartamentos Señorío de Aloha in MarbellaAvenue Mandiete S/N Nueva Andaluciaapartment-
Aparthotel Puerto AzulC/ Camilo Jose Cela, 3HOTEL87
Hostal BerlinCalle San Ramon 21Guesthouse91
Hostal del PilarCalle Mesoncillo 4Hostel-
Hostal el CastilloPlaza San Bernab N2GUESTHOUSE-
Hostal las BrisasCalle San Ramon 41 - Marbella - MalagaGuesthouse76
Hostal PacoPeral no16GUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Artola GolfCarretera De Cádizhotel-
Hotel BavieraCamino del Calvario 4hotel81
Hotel Don AlfredoC/ Portada N€11Hotel-
Hotel El RodeoCalle de Víctor de la Serna s/nhotel-
Hotel LimaAvd Antonio Belon n2Hotel86
Hotel Linda MarbellaAncha 21 Casco Antiquohotel-
Hotel PyrAvda. del Rotary Internacional s/n Puerto BanusHotel82
Hotel Sultán ClubC/ Arturo Rubinstein s/napartment-
La MolinetaKm 50 A-366 Carretera Coin -RondaGUESTHOUSE-
Los ArquerosPuerto Banus MarbellaApartment-
Marbella El Faro InnC/Virgen del Pilar, 11Apartment-
Marbella Inn CentreC/ Jacito Benavente s/nApartment-
Pension AduarCalle Aduar 7 MarbellaGuesthouse81
Villa TipharethUrb. El Real Panorama-E, Calle Narcisos n 151. 296Guesthouse-
Hostal Plaza San PedroCalle Juan Ramon Jimenez #21 San Pedro de AlcantaraHOSTEL85
First Line on the Beach VillaUrbanization Bahia de Marbella (Las Arenas) no 50APARTMENT-
Aparthotel Puerto Azul, MarbellaCamilo José Cela 3Hotel-
Albergue Inturjoven MarbellaTrapiche Avenue, 2 y 4HOSTEL82
Royal Suites MarbellaCalle Chopo S/N El Paraiso AltoAPARTMENT-
Princesa Playa Apart-hotelPaseo Maritimo, s/nHOTEL-
Colina del ParaisoCtra de Cadiz km 166, El Paraiso Alto C/ PinsapoApartment-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is widely available within Spain. Most airports have wifi-zones and in most towns there are internet cafés or shops where you can use internet for a fixed price. Wi-Fi points in bars and cafeterias are available after ordering, and most hotels offer Wi-Fi connection in common areas for their guests.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international access code for Spain is +34. The emergency number for police, ambulance and the fire brigade is 112.

In cities you can find plenty of public phones, and 'locutorios'. The latter are small shops where you can use the phone and use internet. Most of them also sell prepaid cards for mobile telephones. These shops are used a lot by foreigners to call to their mother country.

The main mobile network operators in Spain are Yoigo, Vodafone, Movistar and Orange, as in most of Europe voice and data coverage is generally good in urban areas however it can be patchy in rural locations. Cheap mobile phones (less than €50) with some pre-paid minutes are sold at FNAC or any phone operator's shop (Vodafone, Movistar, Orange). Topping-up is then done by buying scratch cards from the small stores, supermarkets, vending points (often found in tobacco shops) or kiosks.

Post

If you want to post a card, you can head to the post office (Correos). The Spanish post is not yet as efficient as colleagues in other countries so receiving a card can take a bit longer than the number of days that it should take. On the website of Correos, you can find the locations of nearby post offices.
Post offices are generally open from 8:30am to 2:00pm, although times will vary according to the size of the city/town and the main post offices might be open until the early evening. Most will also open again on Saturday mornings, but in the smaller towns will close as early as 12 noon. When posting a letter, look for a yellow box and, if possible, post at the post office itself where there will also be divisions for local, national and international mail. Be prepared for long queues at the post office. This is why tobacco shops sell stamps and many will also have the facility to weigh packages. Standard letters/postcards of up to 20 grams sent within Spain are €0.34. However, non-standard letters/postcards of up to 20g are €0.39. Letters/postcards of 20 to 50 grams are €0.45. In the case of international shipping, the price is €0.64 to most countries within Europe for standard envelopes (letters/postcards) up to 20g, for a few European countries and outside Europe it is €0.78. If you want to send a package you are probably better off with a private courier company like TNT, DHL or UPS, as they offer quick and reliable services against competitive prices.

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