The holiday season is nearly upon us and I’ve been getting asked more and more about some of the best places to eat and drink in Marbella. Whether you’re visiting for a hen party, family holiday or romantic getaway, Marbella has something for everyone and here are five places I would recommend visiting when you are there.
La Sala – Located a little off the port, I always make at least one visit to La Sala when I visit Spain. We tend to go for lunch and take advantage of the venue’s ‘Ladies Who Lunch’ offer, where women can enjoy unlimited Cava between 1pm-3pm, Monday to Friday when ordering food. La Sala is one of those places that always has a good atmosphere and regularly plays live music throughout the month. They have an extensive wine and cocktail list, lots of tables outside in the sun and the food is absolutely amazing – especially when enjoyed with complimentary cava!
Benahavis – This is located slightly outside of Marbella and probably around a €20 taxi ride from Puerto Banus, however it is my overall favourite place to go. Located in the mountains, Benahavis is renowned for it’s restaurants and regularly attracts visitors from far and wide thanks to its great reputation. It’s a very quaint town and there are lots of bars and restaurants to choose from. We tend to eat in different places each time we visit but I’d highly recommend a visit to champagne bar, Luck, as it offers a great glass of bubbly and G&Ts that are second to none. The prices in the town are extremely good too!
San Pedro Boulevard – San Pedro boasts a stunning boulevard and an array of bars and restaurants. Close to the beach, it’s great for families and has several beautiful walkways lined with parks and play areas. The nightlife here is also very good, offering a laid back social scene that mixes old-style Spanish bars and restaurants with cosmopolitan cocktail lounges. There are two main areas in San Pedro: the boulevard which primarily boasts the more contemporary venues and the town centre where the more traditional outlets can be found.
Astral Cocktail Bar – Located again in Puerto Banus, Astral is a wooden pirate ship that serves some of the best cocktails in the area. It offers quite a laid back vibe and its staff are always very friendly and attentive. They also serve a fantastic Margarita!
La Taberna del Pintxo – If you’re looking for traditional Spanish dining then La Taberna del Pintxo may be worth a visit. We only discovered this tapas restaurant on our last trip and ended up visiting twice. The restaurant is located at the back of Puerto Banus and serves food in the traditional way of bringing out a selection of tapas dishes and offering them to you at your table. You can also order from a menu, however we quite enjoyed sampling a range of dishes that we may not otherwise have ordered. Each dish has a coloured sword in it to indicate the price, which ranges between around €1.25 – €2.50 depending on what you choose. Our last meal for two cost around €30 for a bottle of wine and 7 tapas each so it’s a great alternative to some of the higher priced restaurants on the port. I believe they also have a venue in Marbella Old Town too.
I hope this has been helpful and please do let me know if you have any other questions or would like any other recommendations! Please also let me know if you have visited any of the venues above or have any recommendations for my next trip!