After buying a property in Marbella, you might find that you’re allocating remaining resources to things like furniture and general set up of your new life. This is completely normal, of course. Buying your Costa del Sol property is a big step, of course, albeit an exciting one. Once you’re on the road to this amazing new lifestyle, you are likely to want to explore the area and find new habits, hobbies and amenities.
After the big spend on a property, it might be interesting to know that there are many entertaining things you can do in Marbella at little to no cost. We have compiled a list of some of the things you can do in Marbella that won’t dent the wallet:
Try Marbella’s outdoor gyms
You may be looking to join a gym or yoga centre, and there are many to choose from. However, it can also be fun to exercise outside in the sunshine. Especially now that the seasons are changing in Marbella and the weather is friendly!
On the beach you can find free exercise zones with equipment you can use to work out. Keeping fit outdoors is lots of fun, plus you get some spectacular views of the Mediterranean to keep you entertained. From here you can see Gibraltar too. Head down to the Paseo Maritimo between Marbella and Puerto Banus and you’ll soon spot an exercise zone you can use.
Visit the Parque Arroyo de la Represa
Parque Arroyo de la Represa is 2km x 0.5km, so it’s a fair size. It has a riverbed with a dam, and the park is dotted with lakes so you can relax by the water in many spots. There are also a few sports areas and a children’s park, so your family members will have a great time here too.
Here you can also find the famous Bonsai Museum, which has turtles swimming in its lakes. Although there is a fee to get in, it’s minimal. The exhibition of bonsai trees is quite something to behold – it’s said to be Europe’s best collection, in fact. It is also said to hold the world’s best Olive Tree collection, including the almost-extinct Pinsapo Pine and a 300 year old Acebuche Olive tree.
Check out local landmarks and art
There are some fabulous museums in and around Marbella, but actually you don’t need to step inside one to see some awesome art. Art and landmarks are everywhere in Marbella! You can make a day of it by touring some of the famous sights.
For instance, you can check out the plaza dedicated to Salvador Dali’s works; Marbella is also home to his famous Rhinoceros. Then there’s Marbella Arch, El Pirulin, Venus de Marbella, Orange Square, Avenida del Mar, Don Jaime, Seila del Mar, Marbella Lighthouse and the Bridge over Rio Verde. Don’t forget about La Sirena and La Victoria too.
Spend some time at Cortijo de Miraflores
Back in 1706, this stunning country house was built by Don Tom’s Francisco Dominguez y Godoy. It has been changed quite a bit over the years and is a magnificent piece of architecture. El Cortijo de Miraflores was also once used as a mill, but is actually a museum now.
If you go there you can see well-preserved mill machines and tools. There are exhibitions, an image library and a gallery full of local art. There are also beautiful gardens full of exotic flowers that date back to 1850. The front garden has exotic species that were planted in 1850.
See some donkeys at the donkey sanctuary
El Refugio del Burrito has made it their business to take care of tired, overworked or sick donkeys and mules. They have around 200 donkeys under their care, and their track record says they’ve helped over 500 Spanish mules and donkeys, saving them from substandard situations and dealing with their medical care.
They campaign to make the animals’ lives easier outside of the sanctuary too. It’s worth visiting as the donkeys are really very sweet and kids usually adore them! You don’t need to pay to get in, but it’s a little drive to get there – the sanctuary is situated just north of Malaga.
Check out the Roman Villa ruins
Close to the mouth of the Verde River at the edge of Marbella, you can find the ancient ruins of the Roman Villa. Standing in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, it was discovered in the 1800s by historian Fernando Alcala and archeologist Carlos Posac. Initially they only discovered part of it but excavations uncovered so much more.
Inside you can find courtyard full of rooms and columns. You can still see the floor mosaics, which depict the sea, culinary symbols and faces. If you would like a tour, you can get a free one on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
The selection we’ve listed is only small, but there are so many more things for you to discover in Marbella that won’t cost the earth. Feel free to talk to Paradise Marbella about how you can get your new lifestyle off to the best possible start!