I was so excited when I booked my trip for Marbella Spain, and Portugal. I have always heard so many positive things about these destinations and I was finally going to be able to experience them myself.
So upon my arrival to Malaga Airport I was hit with the August humidity of Spain. My lord it was hotter than the gates of hell. I thought it was warm in California at the time but I think Spain takes it on the hot hot hot meter. Luckily I had friends waiting for me with a BMW with plenty of air-conditioning which was like a breath of fresh air. I then went to my Airbnb which was absolutely delightful where I freshened up to meet the rest of the crew for dinner.
After a good night’s sleep the rest of the trip was on. Instead of seeing a lot of the local architecture, museums and cityscapes we stuck mostly to the beach. Relaxing getting our tans on which I don’t have to try too hard to get. And Just taking in the sights. We did this for both Marbella/Malaga and Portugal. Some notable beach areas were:
- Sagres Point
- Duna de Bolonia
- Faro, Portugal
- Tarifa, Spain
- Praia da Marinha
- Nueva Andalucia
I did experience some of the local cuisines that were really tasty like at Abastos & Vianas Mercado in Marbella, Spain. We ate so much there from cheeses, breads, meats and everything in between.
The trip did take a turn when one of the travelers with me got stung by a sea urchin in the water. It was so bad he had to go to the hospital and sit for the longest 8 hours out of all of our lives. Just for them to tell him that he has to put his foot in vinegar and wait for it to come out naturally. WHAT!!!! Yep that was their advice and they wrote him a prescription for antibiotics. This though brought up the importance of having Traveler Insurance for situations like these. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Portugal was really the highlight I believe of the trip. Praia de Marinha is just down right spectacular. I truly believe that’s the most beautiful beach I have ever been to. It’s absolutely stunning. The water is so blue and the marine life is to die for. I definitely will go there again to see more.
So all in all my trip to Spain and Portugal was nice. I was able to go to Marbella the most famous resort town on the Costa del Sol and able to lay and enjoy the glittering Mediterranean Sea, cafes in the sand, million dollar yachts and rows of high-class resorts.
I though, however, want to make your trip even easier for you so I’m giving you a cheat sheet of the things I would recommend doing. Because as I say if you fail to plan you plan to fail.
So here’s your headstart for What to do in Marbella Spain, and Portugal
Language: Spanish, Portuguese
Where To Go: Marbella/Malaga/Spain
MUST VISIT: Spain include Old Town
- Plaza De Los Naranjos (Orange Square)
- Carmen Street in Old Town Marbella
- Puerto Banus
- Ocean Club Marbella
- Nikki Beach Marbella
- NAÔ Pool Club
- Funky Buddha
- Castillo de Marbella
- Belvedere Lounge- Puerto Banus
- AC Hotel by Marriott Malaga Palacio – Great Rooftop Bar
- Hammam al Andalus- Arab Baths
- St. Michael Cave- Cave in Gibraltar
- The Puente Nuevo- Ronda, Málaga, Spain
- Aqwa Mist
- Plaza Beach
WHERE TO STAY:
- Marbella Club Hotel
- Torre De Andalucía
- Hotel PYR
- Blue Bay Banus
- Benabola Hotels
Tipping is not common in Spain
Common Greetings/ Words
Hola.Hello. / Hi.
Buenos días.Good morning
¿Cómo estás? / ¿Qué tal? How are you?
Can you speak English?: ¿Habla inglés?
Where is…?: ¿Dónde está…?
Where is the restroom? ¿Dónde está el baño?
Right: A la derecha
Left: A la izquierda
Thank you: Gracias
The bill, please: La cuente, por favor
Where To Go: Portugal
Mosterio dos Jeronimos, Lisbon
Quinta da Regaleria, Sintra
Cais da Riberia, Porto
Make sure you check out the video here: Travel Guide of MARBELLA SPAIN AND PORTUGAL of my trip. If you still want more let’s connect socially! Follow me on my social platforms. See you there! You can find me on Twitter, Youtube as well as Instagram and Pinterest