The popular summer destination of Marbella can be found on the Costa del Sol in the south of Spain and is famous for its beautiful beaches, rich culture and vibrant nightlife scene. Unfortunately, this destination has the reputation for being rather pricey, which may make people who are on a tight budget look for other places to spend their two weeks in the sun.
However, people who are on a tight budget will still be able to enjoy Marbella to the full provided that they are willing to do a little research in advance. People who book their accommodation at the last minute will be able to save a considerable amount of money in the hotel of their choice by taking unoccupied rooms.
Flights are another element of travel that can bump up the price of your holiday and make your budget stretch to the limit. However, great deals on cheap flights to Marbella are available at momondo.co.uk, a flight comparison site where visitors can search for the latest bargains from the comfort of their own home.
Travelling by taxi or public transportation can soon eat a sizable whole in your budget, especially if you plan to explore some of the enchanting attractions located just outside of Marbella. The best way to save money while exploring independently is to opt for car hire and there are some great deals available to those who take the time to search online. Visitors will be able to pick up their choice of car hire at the airport as soon as they arrive, which also means that they save themselves the hassle of arranging transportation after their flight.
A number of stunning beaches can be found just to the east of Marbella and the beauty of spending the day at the beach is that it is completely free as well as the perfect opportunity to unwind a little and work on a gorgeous golden tan. Visitors can save money by shopping for food and drinks at a local supermarket before they head to the beach so that they can avoid paying through the nose for refreshments at the cafes and restaurants that line the beach.
Exploring the city of Marbella on foot is an enchanting experience that should not be missed. The old quarter is packed of historic buildings and monuments to explore such as the Alcazaba wall and Orange Square, while the town hall dates back to the 16th century and is famed as being one of the finest buildings in the whole city. Strolling along Avenue del Mar is an uplifting experience, while the Paseo Maritimo waterfront is another great place to spend a little time.
When it comes to dining, avoid the restaurants and cafes in tourist areas and head to local markets. Most markets offer a good selection of hot and cold snacks as well as cheap and tasty meals that can be enjoyed at any time of the day or night.
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