This year, don’t leave it too late to book your Marbella summer holiday hotel. Not only does Marbella look set to break yet another record for visitors, this prime resort on the Costa del Sol promises a summer season packed with events and things to do. Get in a reservation for your hotel room before everyone else.

So much on offer

Perhaps the main reason why there’ll be so much competition for Marbella summer holiday hotels this year comes in the resort’s long list of offerings. Top of them all of course sit the beaches – where else do you get to pick your spot on the sand from 27km of coastline? Choose from pristine blue-flag beaches and urban sands to quiet dunes and tranquil bays.

New and old Marbella beach clubs

Next on the list are the Marbella beach clubs. Expect the usual classics – Nikki Beach, Ocean Club and Trocadero Arena – plus some newbies. Funky Buddha Beach in Puerto Banús reopens this summer season after a major refit and Playa Padre opens on the Playa del Cable, ideally located just a short distance from Rio Real Golf. Owned by Eva Longoria, Playa Padre promises to make its mark on the Marbella beach club scene.

Marbella restaurants

Fine dining comes into its own in Marbella where you’ll find world-class cuisine including several restaurants that boast Michelin stars. This summer sees local chef Dani García open his third restaurant in Marbella. Located opposite Hotel Puente Romano where García already runs Dani García Restaurante and BiBo, his new project Lobito del Mar will specialise in fresh seafood and fish – don’t miss traditional sardine espetos Dani García style.

Summer events in Marbella

Another reason why Marbella appeals to so many people are its summer events. Whether its music, traditional festivities or cultural events, in the summer Marbella features as one of the places with the most to offer in southern Spain.

Starlite Festival

Top of the billboard sits Starlite Festival, offering a star-studded programme of concerts by international and Spanish names. This year’s edition includes Anastacia, Art Garfunkel, Elton John and Ben Harper. Catch a concert or two between 13 July and 25 August (and then book your Marbella summer holiday hotel!)


The tiny village of Ojén – a must-visit when you’re on holiday in Marbella – celebrates the tenth edition of its annual Ojeando festival this year. Aimed at a younger crowd, the two-day event features indie groups including local talents and guest DJs. 

Puente Romano

Centre court at the tennis club at Hotel Puente Romano, one of the most iconic hotels in Marbella, transforms into a concert arena during the summer. Big-name performers this year include George Benson and Michael Bolton.

Local festivities

One of the most traditional events in Marbella during the summer is the Virgen del Carmen processions. Held in honour of the patron of fishermen, the festivities take place on 16 July along the Marbella seafront. Don’t miss the procession of fishing boats between Puerto Banús and Marbella fishing port.

Don’t miss out

Summer 2016 recorded the best visitor figures ever in Marbella. Statistics so far this year show more of the same and everyone expects this summer to be even busier. Be sure of your Marbella summer holiday hotel and book now.

Rio Real Hotel has one of the best offers around for a summer break in Marbella. Book your stay between June to August from just €178 a room and enjoy:

•        A welcome bottle of cava, chilled and waiting in your room.

•        Free transport to the beach with complimentary welcome drink and preferential lounger booking at Trocadero Arena.

•        Free use of the Rio Real paddle and tennis courts.

•        Extra bed for a child under 12 in your room.

And perhaps best of all, the chance to play on Rio Real Golf course for just €65.

Now you know why you need to book your Marbella summer holiday hotel right now!