Best Summer Activities 2024 in Marbella

By Julia Nilsson on - 15m. reading time

The gem of the Costa del Sol, Marbella continues to dazzle visitors with its luxury, Mediterranean charm and laid-back vibes. The hotels in Marbella hit all “must-haves”, culinary sanctuaries redefine fine dining and properties are worth raving about.

marbella beach

In summer, Marbella’s days and nights give us fantastic fun-filled memories. Whether you are an ‘aficionado’ or a newcomer, get ready to uncover the hottest spots in Marbella, a sun-drenched paradise, where sea and mountains meet rich culture, vibrant nightlife, exquisite dining, and chic shopping. Each spot offers unique flavour and character, making Marbella a top destination for seeking both relaxation and excitement. 

Summer Weather in Marbella

Marbella has a Mediterranean climate, ideal for a holiday at any time of year. The sea and La Concha Mountain provide a special microclimate moderating the temperature, making summers cooler and winters milder than in nearby seaside resorts and inland. The temperature on the Costa del Sol is pleasant throughout the year, with July and August being the warmest months. The average summer day temperature in Marbella is around 28°C (82°F), and the sea is 22-23°C (72-73°F).

a woman taking some sun in Marbella

Fun Activities in Marbella Summer 2024

Holidays in Marbella are always special, no doubt about that! The summer season 2024 in Marbella promises sun, fun, and a rich tapestry of experiences. Its “to do list” is endless, and you can find everything you are looking for.

Are you a partygoer and merrymaker?

The first name that comes to mind when we combine 3 words, “Marbella, nightclub, glamour” is the name of a late diva, legendary Olivia Valère. The iconic beach clubs and nightclubs of Puente Romano and Marbella Club keep attracting the rich and famous. Marbella’s beach and pool clubs, like Mogli Marbella, Nikki Beach, Naô Pool Club, Ocean Club or Playa Padre, offer daily and weekly events, poolside fiestas, live DJs, signature cocktails, bohemian vibes and Marbella-style party atmosphere.

There's always something going on at Hard Rock Hotel Marbella. Marbella's hottest venues include La Sala by the Sea, Tibu, Pangea, Newscafe, Funky Budda, Mirage, and many more await.

Do you like sea?

There is a huge amount of things to do in Marbella, like deep-sea fishing, parasailing, scuba diving lessons, kite surfing, yacht sailing, banana boats, catamaran renting, etc. Enjoy the best beaches in Marbella. Stroll along Paseo Maritimo to Puerto Banús, where luxury yachts and high-end boutiques reflect the glamour of our resort town. Unwind in less-travelled spaces where the gentle wash of the waves set a tranquil pace. Enjoy beach yoga in Marbella.

Feel like a bird?

Discover the Costa del Sol from the sky helicopter tours or plane trips; learn to fly on a real Ultra Light Craft; go for gyrocopter pilot courses, skydiving, parasailing and bridge jumping. See more details of helicopters tours in Marbella here.

helicopter and car in Marbella

Sports enthusiasts?

You are in paradise in Marbella! Read about ultimate sport events 2024 and the electric Formula-1 of the sea.

Marbella is world-famous for its golf courses and golf resort communities, where nature, fresh air and 5-star services come as standard. EBD (European Best Destinations) has listed top places to travel to in 2024. Marbella takes the crown and additionally, is ranked as the best golf destination 2024 in Europe. Discover Drumelia’s frontlife golf properties in Marbella

Golf Marbella

Cinthia, our Property Consultant, gives an advice to those who are interested in horse riding. She goes with her daughter to Los Monteros stables, and recommends also Marbella Club Golf Resort Riding Centre  and Escuela de Arte Ecuestre Costa del Sol. The best place for buying equestrian clothes is Agrojardin, Estepona.

Interested in Andalusian culture?

Feel the rhythm of Spanish guitar and Flamenco passion in Marbella’s Old Town in legendary Tablao Flamenco, frequented by princesses and kings, nobility, and artists of great international importance. Buy tickets for Tablao Flamenco show here.

Discover beautiful traditions at the unforgettable evening with Equestrian show, flamenco and delicious dinner at Club Hípico El Ranchito (38 min drive from Marbella).

Viva La Feria de Málaga!

In 2024, annual Malaga Fair runs between 17 and 24 of August. Celebrations start with a massive firework display near the port at midnight before the official start date (August 16). Let the Party begin! Old quarter around Calle Larios becomes its centre during the day. The streets are packed with people, many in traditional Andalusian dresses, dancing verdiales (typical for Sierras de Málaga) and sevillanas (flamenco-inspired folk dance originated in Sevilla). There’re daily parades of horses and carriages, free concerts, and plenty of tapas and drinking. Real de la Feria, the fairground with nearly 180 casetas (‘huts’), is where partying goes at full intensity at night. 

Starlite Festival Marbella.

In 2024, Starlite, one of the most important annual cultural, social and entertainment events in Spain, takes place from June 14th to August 31st. The 60-m high rock walls surround Cantera de Nagüeles stage, creating an amazing secret venue beneath the stars for the 3,500-seat auditorium. This summer, we expect 63 concerts of Spanish and international artists, including Gypsy Kings, Tom Jones, Van Morison, Sara Baras, Jamie Cullum, Take That, Christian Nodal, Diana Krall, Keane, UB40, Luis Miguel, Julian Marley, and other big names.

Marbella Arena

This unique venue offers concerts in August 2024, including the tribute concert to the maestros of cinema: Ennio Morricone, Hans Zimmer, and John Williams. The Royal Film Concert Orchestra will perform magic of the most iconic film scores. If you like fast-paced, edgy one-liners, don’t miss a brand-new show ‘Jimmy Carr: Laughs Funny’. Find out more here about marbella arena here.

The best outdoors activities in Marbella 2024

  • Sea Adventures 2024

Sailing and Dolphin Watching in Marbella

This 2–3 hours boat trip is a calm alternative to the big cruise trips. Enjoy picturesque views, spot dolphins, participate in water activities, snorkelling and stand-up paddle boarding. Offered by several companies, the adventure usually starts in Puerto Banús.

Sunset Sailing along Marbella’s coast

Admire a romantic sunset in Marbella from the sea, while sailing on a sailboat from Puerto Banus. Enjoy music, appetizers, assorted fruit and drinks, and of course, unforgettable views of Marbella, Gibraltar and African coastline.

a couple in a yat in Marbella

SUP touring in Marbella

It’s a fun and ecological activity, where you can enjoy the sea standing on a surfboard and using a special paddle. Do a SUP tour at sunset, go around the bay, or try SUP yoga!

Luxury Yacht Ride in Puerto Banús

Atalaya Nautic Experience offers magnificent yachts to spend a great day at sea. There’s possibility of dolphin watching, paddle surfing, bathing, or simply relaxing in a solarium having a glass of cava.

a couple iin a yat in Puerto Banus, Marbella

Jet Ski Experience in Marbella.

Being able to navigate at high speed on a jet ski enjoying Marbella’s views from the sea is a sensation.  Book it from Puerto Deportivo de Marbella, Golden Mile, or Los Monteros.

Boat Fishing from Marbella.

Several companies, including LOVIT Charter that is aware of sustainable fishing and helping the environment, offer Bottom Fishing Day by boat, one of the oldest sports and healthy experiences.

a couple in a yat in Marbella

  • Land Adventures 2024

Hiking in Marbella

Get to know the spectacular Andalusian countryside! Discover its flora, fauna and rock formations. Learn about the region’s history as you pass Moorish castles, Roman ruins, and prehistoric caves. Tours in Malaga takes you trekking through the unique Escaleretas Spanish fir forest with an expert guide at your side. Sur-walks offers multiple pickup locations from Marbella and Estepona.

Caminito del Rey

Brave a walk along the famous Caminito del Rey with Tours in Malaga, Julia Travel Costa Del Sol, or on your own (purchase caminito del rey tickets in advance). Take the ‘King’s Pathway’, cross the suspension bridges and narrow cliff-side paths, marvel at rugged rock formations. Stop intermittently to capture photos of the dramatic scenery. They are to die for (literally, be careful)!

Canyoning near Marbella

This “must thing to do” in Malaga province is suitable for everyone from 7 to 75 (level 1 is available for kids). It takes you through stunning scenery as you work your way downriver by wading, small abseiling, pool jumps and swimming. Highlights include crystal-clear waterfalls, natural watersides, and everything else a thrillseeker needs. As you would expect from a Marbella experience activity, everything you need for an exciting and safe day is provided (e.g., by Team4you). Marbella Adventures offers canyoning at Benahavís River Walk, just a few minutes away from Marbella, in the hills of Benahavís.

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Buggy Adventure with Incredible Views of Sea and Istan Lake

Hop into a buggy for an off-road adventure in the mountains and discover rugged landscapes with outstanding views. You can travel in a convoy following your group guide, or have a private experience and guide all to yourself. Start in Puerto Deportivo.

Thrilling Off-Road Quad Adventure with Gibraltar and Sea Views

Experience Marbella hinterland, stunning nature and excitement of quad biking (automatic, easy to drive, no need for specific knowledge) with Rutas Marbella Quads or Quad Marbella. Ride over the hills, cross the rivers and enjoy your swim at the best natural pool!

Jeep Eco Tour

Discover the natural beauty of authentic Andalusia with Eco Tour in an open roof Land Rover Defender. Explore Sierra de las Nieves National Park; go for a swim in a river; see traditional white villages for a glimpse into local culture and history. Born to Be Wild guarantees the lowest price. 

Winery Tours to Antequera, Ronda, Malaga

Explore famous vineyards and hidden family-owned gems in the Guadlahorce Valley or Serrania de Ronda. Several companies offer excellent custom-made tours. Discover dramatic beauty of Ronda; visit wineries for behind-the-scenes tastings, and enjoy a tapas lunch with Rootz Wine Tours. 4WD Tours offers VIP Ronda Wine Tour, Tasting and Gourmet Lunch Experience with Winemaker.

Absolutely “must-see” in Antequera area: El Torcal National Park along with Peña de los Enamorados (Lovers Rock), and 3 Megalithic dolmens, the largest in Europe and declared a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

Estepona Orchidarium

Dont miss this largest in Spain orchids farm, a pioneer in the way of displaying the collection of 1300 species. It seems like you are inside a jungle, seeing the orchids growing directly on the trunks of the trees, just as they do in their natural environment. The miniature orchid garden is unique in Europe! Check the Estepona Orchidarium there.

Theme and Amusement Parks in and around Marbella

You can visit many theme parks during summer 2024. In Aventura Amazonia Marbella adults and children can play on giant zip lines and multi-adventure circuits. Other parks that we recommend include: exceptional Fuengirola Bioparc, Selwo Aventura, Aqualand Torremolinos, Aquamijas, Aquavelis Water Park, Fun Beach Park Estepona. Costawaterpark, Sould Park Fuengirola.

Benalmádena offers several interesting places, including Sea Life Aquarium, Selwo Marina, Cablecar, Parquelandia, La Paloma Park. Butterfly Park is tucked away amidst lush greenery, next to the Buddhist temple. Puerto Marina Benalmadena is one of the most beautiful ports in Europe.

Day Trip Tours from Marbella

Explore Andalusian jewels: Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Malaga and Cadiz (check weather, can be very hot)

Drive along the Mediterranean coastline to the popular beach towns. The relatively short journey from Marbella to Estepona, Fuengirola, Mijas, Benalmadena and Torremolinos are well worth taking. Stop at seafront cafés and restaurants to enjoy fresh seafood and traditional dishes while gazing at the sea. Bolonia is an unparalleled attraction with its scenic virgin beach and exciting archaeological site of Baelo Claudia. Tarifa, known for its strong winds, is a prime location for wind energy production and a haven for wind sports, providing plenty of fun in the sun with its unique conditions.

marbella beach

Spend a day in elite Sotogrande. See what you can do in one of the most luxurious resort towns in Europe. 

If you fancy visiting Andalucia’s whitewashed villages, the winding roads will take you through rugged landscapes with marvellous views of the surrounding countryside.

Discover amazing place around Marbella recommended by Drumelia.

Gibraltar Tour

From authentic charm of Andalusian pueblos and resorts to the British influence in Gibraltar, this journey promises a rich and diverse experience for the entire family. See Gibraltar's Natural Wonders: the Nature Reserve, St. Michael's Cave, Pillars of Hercules, Great Siege Tunnels and Moorish castle. Spot the playful Barbary macaques, the only wild monkey population in Europe. Cross the Windsor Suspension Bridge over a 164-foot-deep gorge. From the hilltop, take in fantastic views of the Rock, Strait of Gibraltar, Mediterranean Sea, and African coast. 

Summer courses in Marbella 2024

Les Roches Summer Programs

One of the world’s leading hospitality schools offers programs for 2 age groups: 15-17 and 18-26. The tailor-made summer sessions in July/August 2024 are a perfect way to discover the world of hospitality while having lots of fun and making friends from across the globe. Find more information about les roches summer programs here

Start your design career at highly recognised Marbella Design Academy. Its 12-week Design Foundation Summer Course invites to explore 3 fields: Fashion Design & Development, Interior Architecture & Design, Graphic Design & Media. 

Cervantes Language Camp Program

Providing 24-h supervision for students at Residential or Day Camp in Marbella, the program offers language classes and a wide variety of activities including workshops, sports and games, excursions, parties and more. Find more information about les roches summer programs here

Unforgettable Adventurous Summer for Kids and Adults in Marbella!

Adventure Summer Camps in Marbella 2024 

This summer brings new exciting activities in Summer Courses Marbella, and Special Programs full of adventures. 

NaluCamps, exceptional camps for kids and teens (7-17 years old), specialize in nautical programs, Paddle Boarding, Surfing, Kayaking, Beach Games and Sailing.

Sportcab Summer Football Camp in Marbella invites those who want to remain active, healthy and playing sports in July-August 2024.

Do you want your little ones to spend a magical and unforgettable vacation in a unique natural environment? Sign them up for Fuerte de Nagüeles Summer Courses. No boring, static classes here, just pure action and fun! Multiadventural Park Pinar de Nagüeles offers adventures for 6 -14 years old. It is located in Sierra Blanca, an area with beautiful nature, high level of security, and spectacular properties.

Enforex Marbella Spanish Camp

Campers from 5 to 13 years of age can reside in Juan Hoffman Deutsche Schule in Elviria. Located in an incomparable natural environment, this prestigious German School has magnificent facilities ideal for multicultural activities adapted to meet the needs of the younger age groups.

Marbella Summer Camp Albergue focused on teenagers from Spain and the rest of the world (50% foreign students).  Specifically designed to give students of 14 -18 more independence and easy access to explore the town, Camp Hostel includes beautiful green areas, multi-purpose sports fields, courts, swimming pool, and an environment perfect for studying. 15-min walk from the sea and 5-min from the historic centre.  

Fun Activities for Adults in Marbella

Here are some ideas for your Stag and Hen Parties, “last day of freedom”… or just freedom:

  • Fun: Hilarious Bubble Football in Marbella. Water Wipeout (brilliant inflatable course available July- September). Party Catamaran with a DJ (from romantic to crazy). Boys’ BBQ with unlimited drinks by the pool, and karaoke. Bar Crawl through the night in Puerto Banus (can be guided).
  • Classy: Champagne breakfast with Butler. Spa Circuit. Private brunch at Marbella’s Beach Club. Getting on the Guest List of top nightclub TIBU. Linekers VIP Booth.

Two girls in a swimming pool in Mabella

  • Traditional: Wine Tasting. Tapas Adventure. Flamenco classes. Cocktail workshop Mix&Shake.
  • Cheeky and artistic: Life drawing (sexy male model). Hot striptease show (glorious male and female strippers). Perfect eye candy: Gorgeous Bunny Girl to entertain at your accommodation. Butler in the Buff at your service.
  • Adrenaline-fuelled, action-packed challenges:

Thrilling paintball activity. Duck, dive, aim and shoot!

Awesome off-road adventure. Drive powerful 500cc buggies speeding along dusty tracks and enjoying stunning views.

Need for speed? Go Karting - Grand Prix in Marbella!

Water fun in the sun: Wakeboards, Flyboard, Banana Boat and Cable Skiing.

Tree top adventure in Marbella. Test your bravery with 20 amazing zip wire lines.

 

If you're looking for accommodation in and around Marbella and Puerto Banus, Drumelia has stunning villas perfect for group bookings.

We also have an excellent choice of properties for sale in Marbella, right by sea or golf courses. Our experts are here to help you make the best decision if you want to stay after having a great summer in Marbella.

Julia Nilsson
Lead Editor Julia Nilsson

Cosmopolitan since birth, Julia is multilingual and has a doctorate degree in international auxiliary languages as means of intercultural communication.…