There are many exciting benefits to getting married abroad, and one of the loveliest surely has to be the opportunity for bridal couples to spend quality time with their family and friends in a relaxing and fun holiday environment in the run up to the big day. With Marbella and the surrounding area being one of the most popular locations in southern Spain to tie the knot overseas, we thought it would be a great opportunity to share some of the stylish city’s attractions – both on its doorstep and just a stone’s throw away. A wedding celebration including some or all of the following is guaranteed to be full of happy memories:
Hire a foodie guide to show you the delights of Marbella’s tapas route. The city’s gastronomic diversity is truly second to none – especially when it comes to fresh fish and seafood. In Marbella you will find not only high-end fine dining with culinary experiences from the likes of Chef Dani Garcia, but traditional tapas bars too, serving some of the most delicious and authentic flavours in southern Spain – in the whole country.
Old Town and Plaza de los Naranjos
Marbella’s famous orange tree square is the perfect and quintessential place to while away the hours with your family and friends. Fringed by quaint alleys brimming with old buildings, boutiques, crafts, galleries, tapas bars, and restaurants; decorated with striking flowerpots, it’s the ancient heart of the city – every twist and turn revealing a gorgeous chocolate box snapshot in time. What better location to enjoy a leisurely coffee with churros con chocolate or a tinto de verano at sunset? What better location to people watch against the backdrop of the heavenly fragrant orange blossoms?
No trip to Marbella would be complete without a visit to the stunning marina resort of Puerto Banús. Home to some of the most magnificent designer shops, yachts, and cars on the planet, Puerto Banús is also a fabulous destination for a special dinner with your nearest and dearest. People watching (and Porsche watching) comes into its own in this super stylish spot on the Costa. Just remember to take your credit card!
Luxury Champagne Yacht Cruise
Setting sail from Marbella or Puerto Banús on a luxury chartered yacht is one of the most idyllic ways to unwind and take in the coastal, mountain, and maritime sights of southern Spain in total style! Trips can be tailor-made depending on the size of your wedding party and requirements – canapes and champers are a must. Opt to take things to another level with an exhilarating snorkelling stop, or a sunbathe and swim at a beautiful secluded cove.
The Best Beaches
Synonymous with serious style, naturally Marbella’s beach clubs and sunbathing facilities are up there with some of the best in the world. A relaxing day at a luxury chiringuito makes for a wonderful few hours of essential pampering before and/or after the wedding. Marbella’s exclusive sun, sea, and sand hang-outs are brimming with the best food, drinks, loungers (think spacious wooden sunbeds and chambaos that you will never want to leave!), and beach massages.
Spanish wine is among some of the most delicious in the world – from Rioja to Ribera del Duero, Tempranillo to the many fortified varieties we call Sherry. So a wine tasting trip is a must when visiting Marbella, where you will have the opportunity to sample local specialities and take a bottle (or two!) home with you as a souvenir. Many wineries offer olive oil tasting too, which is an added bonus, and makes for an all round fabulous foodie experience.
Exclusive Pool Clubs
With some of the most stylish and upmarket spots in the Mediterranean on its doorstep, a wedding in Marbella and its surroundings makes the perfect base from which to enjoy the thrills of Nikki Beach, La Sala, and Ocean Club for a day or epic fun and frolics with world class DJs, cocktails and dancing.
The whitewashed village of Ojén
Ojén is arguably one of the prettiest whitewashed villages in the whole of Andalusia. Nestled into the dramatic Sierra Blanca mountains, you would never believe it is just a 15 minute drive from Marbella! Spend some time exploring the quaint nooks, twists, and turns of this charming pueblo blanco and its panoramic vistas down to the sparkling Mediterranean sea – and combine old-world with new with a trip to Marbella’s upmarket shopping mall, La Cañada en route.
Now the only question is… what will you do first?