Many see this ocean side town as only a luxury destination but that can’t be further from the truth. Marbella is full of hotels, restaurants, and activities for travelers of any budget. The beaches that are open access are some of the most beautiful in the area. The Andalucian architecture can be appreciated by anyone that takes a look around. To help you find all the fun and cheap attractions, we’ve created the guide below on how to get the best experience in Marbella on a pauper’s budget.
The best part about going to a beach town is that visiting the beach is free. Tropical breeze blowing across your skin costs nothing. You don’t have to spend a dollar when you jump in the warm ocean water. You can spend hours playing at a beach for the cost of a bottle of sunscreen and a few snacks.
Scuba diving can break the bank of some travelers but snorkeling is a cheaper option for those that still want to swim with fish. Brave snorkelers can even try swimming with whale sharks.
Self-Guided Old Town Tour
Old Town Marbella is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be had by the traveler determined enough to find them all. Plaza De Los Naranjos (The Orange Square) is near the center of old town. Under the fragrant citrus trees, you will find relief from the sun during the hot summer months.
Old Town is also where you’ll find some of the cheaper hotels in Marbella. Staying here can cut down on some of your transportation costs as well.
Ancient Arabic Walls
As history buff travelers are walking around old town, they can take a special tour that will whisk them back hundreds of years. Old Town’s layout is the same as the ancient Arabic city that used to be here. Walking along the cobblestone roads, avid history lovers can see the old castle walls and imagine how it would have felt to be back in ancient times. Make sure you find your way back to this century though, electricity and running water are rather nice to have.
Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion
Many of the other churches in Europe can cost a pretty penny to see but this gem of a church you can visit for free. The stunning statues and lovingly decorated altars pale in comparison to the massive pipe organ. The building was structured feature the acoustics of the organ. Try catching a mass at this Marbella church for it is sure to be an awe-inspiring experience.
Walk among the Wealthy
For those that want to see how the other half live, head over to Puerto Banus. This playground of the rich and famous is filled with mega yachts, prototyped cars, luxury shops, and a plethora of clubs for the party goers. While you may not have the wallet to afford the houses, boats or cars in this swanky neighborhood, you can still walk along the streets, drinking it all in. Who knows what might happen?
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