My Marbella Weekender: Marbella On A Budget

After arriving at Malaga Airport head straight to the ticket office located directly outside the arrivals terminal to grab your bus tickets. Taxi’s are pricey (between 80 – 100 Euro’s depending on where you’re staying) and the bus is direct and just as quick for only a fraction of the price (around 8 Euros Per Person for a 45 Minute bus trip!)

In the summer busses are frequent. Check out the bus time table for any time of the year here:

https://www.venta.avanzabus.com/web/seleccion-de-servicio.html

Once you arrive at Marbella Bus Station make your way to the taxi rank which can be found directly outside of the bus terminal to the left hand side, taxis to Puerto Banus will be around 15 Euros and will take 10 – 15 minutes.

Or you can choose to hop on the L1 bus which will take you into the centre of Puerto Banus for just 1.18 Euros for a 30 minute trip.

If you’re traveling in a big group and don’t fancy public transport, pre arrange private airport transfers which will drop you directly to your accommodation. Prices range from 20 – 30 Euros per person for the return trip for groups of 8 or more.

We offer a great shuttle service at https://mymarbellaweekender.com/product/shuttle-transfers/

If you’re coming to Marbella to party then you need to be staying in the close by marina of Puerto Banus. Hotel PYR (https://mymarbellaweekender.com/product/pyr/) and Benabola Hotel & Suites (https://mymarbellaweekender.com/product/benabola-hotel-suites/) are both within walking distance of the incredible nightlife and world famous beach clubs that Puerto Banus has to offer.

Hotel PYR has a great pool area and Benabola Suites has amazing views from the 7th floor sky lounge.

While appartments may be cheaper in the centre of Marbella, taxi’s into Puerto Banus cost between 15 – 20 Euros per trip so if you’re planning on partying day and night travel expenses will soon add up. Peak summer months also tend to create massive taxi shortages with ridiculous waiting times so location is key for a stress free budget trip.

Don’t forget to check out the price of villa’s if you’re travelling in a group of 8 or more, as these can sometimes work out cheaper than a hotel! (For more information on villa rental in Puerto Banus check out our accommodation page:https://mymarbellaweekender.com/product-category/accommodation/.

If the nightlife isn’t on your agenda Marbella Old Town is home to some great hotels with a chilled out vibe. Hotel San Cristóbel is ideally located in the Old Town with just a short 3 minute stroll to the beach. The prices for this hotel drop as low as 47 Euros a night for a twin room making it a great pick for a tight budget. You can check out some pictures of Hotel San Cristóbel at http://hotelsancristobal.com/en/habitaciones-hotel-marbella.

Aside from grabbing some fast food, eating out in Puerto Banus can be difficult when money is tight. Places such as Tomate (located opposite hotel PYR) and Terra Sana (located inside Marina Banus shopping mall) are great for a quick baguette, wrap or salad with most dishes under 10 Euros.

Check out the menu’s for both here:

Terra Sana: http://terrasana.net/carta/

Tomate: https://www.facebook.com/tomatefreshfunfood/menu/

Evening restaurant wise Picasso’s Italian is a popular choice not only with tourists but also with the locals, mainly due to its picturesque location and  generous portion sizes.While the dishes aren’t exactly cheap, they are a lot more budget friendly than most in the area. We recommend sharing a pizza (they will do half and half if you ask) along with a side of fries – this is more than enough food for 2 people and will only cost around 12 Euros Per Person with a soft drink. The only downside to Picasso’s is that due to its popularity you can’t make a reservation in advance and the queue for a table can sometimes stretch right down the street!

Check out the Picasso’s menu here: http://www.pizzeriapicasso.com/#section3

In contrast to Puerto Banus, Marbella Central has a less commercial and touristy feel, with traditional Spanish tapas restaurants offering small dishes for as little as 1 Euro a plate! Check out one of our favourites Mas Que Tapas situated on Marbella beach front, the russian salad, fried sole and prawns pil pil are all excellent options to share.

Looking for dessert? Just a short walk up from Mas Que Tapas is Yogo, Marbella’s best frozen yoghurt shop! Go for cookie flavor with biscuit and caramel topping or natural with strawberries and white chocolate, they also have healthy options too such as fruit and museli at only 4 Euros for a medium pot!

 The nightlife in Puerto Banus is world renowned, however partying in the playground of the rich and famous does come at a price.

At the lower end of the scale a pint of beer or a house wine will set you back minimum 5 Euros in any venue along the Marina, with spirits and even bottles of water coming up at well over 10 Euros in some of the more high end bars.

To keep it cheap opt for local spanish beers and wines, keeping away from venues on the front line of the marina where maximum prices can be charged.

If you do venture into the port, try and catch the attention of a promoter as pre 11pm lots of bars offer some great drinks deals with some prices as low as 15 Euros for an hours open bar!

For more information on where to get the best drinks deals get in touch with My Marbella Weekender here: https://mymarbellaweekender.com/contact/

If you plan on avoiding Puerto Banus, Marbella is super reasonable, with lots of bars offering local spanish beer and house wine for around 4 Euros a glass. Want to go even cheaper? A Spanish favourite, Tinto Verano, can sometimes be as little as 2 Euros! Sangria is also usually fairly reasonable with places such as Tiger Bay in Marbella Port selling a jug for just 13 Euros!

Aside from accommodation beach club days out are likely to make the biggest dent in your Marbella budget, with some of the top VIP Beds at the most renowned parties pricing up at over 10,000 Euros! However you can still enjoy a great day at places such as Plaza Beach Club or La Sala By The Sea without spending a small fortune.

La Sala By The Sea (https://mymarbellaweekender.com/product/lasalabythesea/) has single beds along the beach directly outside the beach club for less than half of the price of the single beach beds inside. While you may not be directly in the action the beach club still welcomes you to use the pool, bar and restaurant facilities if you have purchased a beach bed which is great if you’re keeping an eye on the pennies.

Due to its massive popularity Plaza Beach Club (https://mymarbellaweekender.com/product/plaza-beach/) can also work out expensive, and rightly so as its events draw a huge crowd and create an amazing atmosphere!

However if you don’t have the budget for the big events, why not visit the beach club on non – event days? Beds are a lot more reasonable and come without a minimum spend attached so you can soak up the atmosphere without worrying about your bank balance.

Not visiting Puerto Banus? Mahiki Beach (https://mymarbellaweekender.com/product/mahiki-beach-club/) is a brand new venue located in the centre of Marbella. This beach club offers single beds along the Marbella beach front for a great price with a chilled out atmosphere!

For more information on Marbella beach clubs contact us here: https://mymarbellaweekender.com/contact/

If you’re one for exploration and adventure the 7 hour round trip trek up the La Concha mountain is a great daytime activity and well worth the incredible views from the top! Get in touch with us here https://mymarbellaweekender.com/contact/ to hire a fully trained guide as the pathway can get very narrow and steep and we don’t advise that you try to climb the mountain alone.

Another cheap and cheerful activity suitable for the whole family is a visit to San Pedro’s cable ski centre. With 5 goes on the cable ski track along with a BBQ style lunch and 2 drinks for just £40 per person, this adrenaline packed day is great fun for the whole family and just a 10 minute taxi ride from Puerto Banus!

Looking for some traditionally Spanish activities? Why not take a walk around the beautiful Plaza De Los Naranjos located in Marbella Old Town. Its pretty cobbled streets, stunning churches and boutique shops will keep you occupied for hours. Also be sure to keep an eye out as to whether there is a Feria festival taking place during your time in Marbella. The Feria is a traditional Spanish fair and is a great way to immerse yourself in the Spanish Culture. The Feria’s start around April time and end in October, check out the Andalucia Feria dates here http://www.andalucia.com/festival/summer.htm.

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