Marbella - Mini Guides
Rainy Days in Marbella
Famous for having perhaps the best climate in Europe, with over 320 sunny days a year, Marbella is naturally best associated with blue skies and glorious sunshine, but this does not mean that it isn’t also a lot of fun on rainy days. In fact, you will find lots to enjoy without having to stray far from the town centre.
El Corte Inglés
This large department store offers the kind of shopping usually reserved for much larger cities, with everything you could wish for under one roof: from designer labels, cosmetics, jewellery and leatherwear to computers, gourmet food, furnishing and home appliances. There is also a supermarket and the restaurants are also good.
La Cañada Shopping Mall
Always busy on a rainy day the La Cañada shopping mall offers a huge choice of shops including Fnac, Apple Store, all the main fashion brands, Leroy Merlin as well as a choice of restaurants and cafes.
Art Galleries in Marbella
Ralli Museum Marbella
The Ralli Museum is located at the beginning of the Golden Mile and though it has one of the most important Latin American art collections in Europe it also has priceless pieces by Dalí, Miró and Chagall. This stylish modern museum is just the place to spend some time on a rainy day. www.rallimuseums.com/en/Marbella
Art Wanson Gallery
Located within the famous Marbella Club Hotel, this gallery is the leading one for modern and contemporary art in the area. The main focus is on internationally important artists from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including the likes of Picasso, Lichtenstein and Giacometti. Visit the paintings, sculptures, photography and digital art every day from 10am to 2pm, and from 5pm to 7pm.
Magpie International Art Gallery
Just off Ricardo Soriano in an ambient part of town close to trendy bars and eateries is this exciting art gallery, which always has something fresh and new to show. Open Monday to Friday from 10am to 8pm, Magpie International Art Gallery has a knack for finding talented new artists. www.magpie.international/en/artists
Spas and Gyms in Marbella
Six Senses, Puente Romano Hotel
There are many good spas in the area but here you have the whole package, making it ideal for a spot of exercise followed by some well-deserved lingering in the Jacuzzi and spa circuit. The beauty treatments include facials, seaweed wraps and massages designed to make you look and feel great. Just the way to relax on a rainy day!
Gyms in Marbella
If you can’t be getting your exercise fix jogging on the beach promenade, working out on the beach, playing tennis, golf or putting a mountain bike through its paces in the hills around Marbella, why not head into one of the town’s great gyms?
You can join this gym in Marbella’s centre for €15 per day. It’s open from 6am to midnight and offers weight training, spinning and body combat among many others, so why not try it out for a (rainy) day and see if you want to join up? www.synergym.es/centros/marbella/
O2 Wellness Centre
A well-equipped health and fitness centre located in the Plaza del Mar commercial centre, it’s the place where you can enjoy panoramic views of the sea from the treadmill, join in spinning, body combat or body pump before taking a dip in the large pool. Children are welcome and day passes are available here too. www.o2centrowellness.com
Rainy days are just perfect for going to the movies, and fortunately Marbella has a choice of cinemas both with Spanish dubbing and original soundtracks (V.O.).
Situated a short stroll from El Corte Inglés in Puerto Banús, this cinema screens at least one movie per week in the original language (usually English). http://www.cinesteatrogoya.com/
Cinesur Plaza del Mar
Located in a small commercial centre just off the Paseo Marítimo beach walk, this is a cosy cinema in Marbella town. However, movies are only in Spanish. www.ecartelera.com
Cinesa La Cañada
This modern cinema in the La Cañada shopping mall similarly offers good facilities but only screens dubbed Spanish soundtracks. www.cinesa.es/Cines/La-Canada
Marbella offers a year-round schedule of opera, ballet, classical music, concerts, dance and pantomimes at the Marbella Theatre. It’s a great way to escape the rain and immerse yourself in another world. Much of the content is Spanish though there are also many international artists.
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