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Events and Festivals

Feb – Marbella Carnival
Loud music. Crazy costumes. Raucous parties. Gallons of beer. Good food. Great laughs. Everything you’d expect from your average lads’ weekend away when Feb’s two week carnival lands in town.

Jun – Fiesta de San Bernabé and Summer Fair
The city’s annual nod to Saint Barney kicks off with fireworks on the beach before the week-long fiesta gets into full swing at La Feria de Noche (night fair) beside La Canada precinct. Rockets fired straight down the streets wake bleary heads each morning (health and safety? Pfft!) Casco Antiguo keeps the crowds fed and watered by day, with masses of booze filled casetas (posh tents) lining the streets. And come sunset the entire town pulls on its partying pants and heads back to the night fair for a mass frenzy of good food, great times and all the fun of an actual fair washed down with bucket-loads of fine frothy beer.

Jun – Fiesta de San Juan/La Noche de San Juan
Officially the yearly knees-up to celebrate the shortest night/longest day/summer solstice hat-trick of occasions, but more resembles the kind of pyromania-type shenanigans you’d get from leaving The Prodigy on repeat under the pillow of the entire town for a week or two. Join the crowds on the beach and burn away your problems (or speedos) with a traditional triple jump over one of the many bonfires dotted along the sands. Then plunge headfirst into the Atlantic to clean away any evil spirits not incinerated along with your budgie smugglers during round one. Marbella’s beach clubs bring a chilled-out vibe and fresh tunes to the occasion. Chiringuitos (beach-bar/shack) bring the beer, grilled sardines and more open flames. And firework displays bring the whole extravaganza to a spectacularly explosive finale.

Jul – Starlite Fest
July heralds the mass takeover of La Cantera Nagüeles quarry when the month long music fest hits Marbella’s mountainside. 10,000m², 45,000 tapas, 3000 fans and top performances from the likes of Hugh Laurie, Simple Minds, Pet Shop Boys, Supertramp and UB40. Catch big names on the main stage, or join the revellers in the Starlite Village and throw impressive shapes to sounds from the world’s best on the decks.

Sun, sea and sand

Golden shores, blue flags and bronzed beauties put beach-side chillaxing firmly at the top of any Marbella hit list. And with 24 striking beaches to its name, there’s ample opportunity to don shades and lie back under sunny Spanish skies. Our pick of the best;

  • La Fontanilla – bordering the Port and backing onto the promenade, Fontanilla easily holds its own as one of the most popular beaches on the Costa del Sol.
  • Playa del Cable/Bounty Beach – a couple of miles from town, boasting a laid-back vibe, chill-out tunes, great beach bars and thumping weekend parties, Bounty Beach holds court as one of the trendiest spots on the shore.
  • El Faro – sun, sea, sand and a mere stroll from Old Town. Grab the tourist train back if walking sounds like too much effort.
  • Playa Nueva Andalucia- series of connecting beaches to the west of Puerto Banus. Beach bars, clubs, chiringuitos and sun loungers packed to the hilt with Spanish lovelies. Top nod for the discerning crowd.
  • Cabopino – hop on the bus and head west for 1500 metres of pure sandy paradise. Flanked by the Port’s wealth of chiringuitos, bars and eateries on one side, and the Artola sand dunes on t’other, Cabopino really is where cool kings come to top up those tans. Be aware, clothing is strictly ‘optional’ around Playa Artola and the neighbouring dunes. Incentive or no? Up to you.
  • Nikki Beach – needs no introduction. Champagne, anthems, BBQs, the legendary ‘white’ season openers. The place to see and be seen.

Key areas

  • Casco Antiguo (Old Town) – tapas bars, white-washed bistros and traditional Andalusian charm wind their way in and around La Plaza de Los Naranjos (Orange Square)
  • Eixample – historic patch between Old Town and the ocean. Takes in the botanical gardens and Avenida del Mar’s mass collection of bars, fountains and bronze Dali statues. Also a handy shortcut from town to beach.
  • Paseo Maritimo – Marbella’s promenade runs parallel to the shore and boasts a whole host of pavement cafes, kiosks, restaurants and bars. Perfect for cool kings to nab some beach-side grub and a cold one… or three.
  • Golden Mile – top nod for the well-heeled and well-off crowds. Home to some of the resorts biggest beach clubs.
  • Puerto Banus – where the filthy rich come to play and park their yachts.

Handy(ish) phrases

¡Hola! - hello
Adiós - goodbye
Cerveza – beer
Dos cervezas – two beers
Vino – wine
Este hombre pagará por todo – this gentleman will pay for everything
Misspeedosestán llenas dearena – my speedos are full of sand
Seirrita – it chafes
Perdón,sus pantalones cortosestán en llamas – excuse me mate, your shorts are on fire

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