A Weekend In Marbella

“Dare to live your own adventure”

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The sun beating down, 30 degrees and with just the slightest of slight sea breeze wafting around. Ah Spain, oh how I was happy to land in that kind of weather. I can’t actually remember the last time I visited mainland Spain prior to this trip. I would have probably been either early high school age or younger. It’s somewhere we visited a lot as a family when I was young, but had branched out just a tiny bit further afield as we grew up.

That said, when I land in Spain I always feel a sense of familiarity. It doesn’t feel strange. Earlier this month I went on a four day trip to Marbella with family, and it was just such a relaxed weekend. Plenty of sunbathing, reading, good food and a whole lot of laughs. Here’s a photo diary!

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On the first day we didn’t do too much. Just relaxed around the pool, found the nearest shop (which was around a kilometre downhill… and then a very sweaty walk back uphill with heavy bags) and had some tasty food. My mum and I shared a vegetable paella on this first night, and it turned out to be the nicest meal we would have all week. The rest of the meals just weren’t that impressive to be honest! We didn’t really have another meal that we really enjoyed unfortunately.

I’m not a big drinker, but I had alcohol every night on this weekend. Oh what holidays do to you. Not that I had a lot. See that glass of Disaronno below? Yeah I only needed one and I was feeling it, so two a night was plenty! I mean I am a lightweight, but I swear we were getting triples.


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The place we were staying was pretty quiet, and very much in a small little village. The nearest restaurant/bar was that aforementioned kilometre walk away, so we didn’t really stay out too late each night. I did go on a couple of runs though to do a bit of exploring (and of course to keep my training up!) and I discovered this super long wooden walkway with various paths and directions to take. I think it was a bit of a nature reserve. I also ran along the beach, though this was difficult at some points considering the water was so close to the walls!

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Sunday was our last full day, and myself, my mum and my cousin all took a little trip into Marbella to walk around the Old Town. Oh I am so glad we did this! Here we had those maze-like little streets, like the ones I loved so much in Croatia, and cute doors with plant pots everywhere. I would love to live somewhere like this, everywhere you turn there’s something pretty to see.

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Whilst here we discovered the shop that is Ale-Hop. It reminded me of Paperchase, but even better to be honest. It’s where I got the notebook from in the top photo – just €3! The streets below led to this shop, and just looking you know it’s gonna be a great place, right? Also had that huge cow stood outside. Not exactly sure why!


I would have like to explore Marbella a little more, but I feel like we hit the perfect amount of relaxation and adventure with the amount of time available. I mean most of my adventure was on my own whilst I was running, but I actually quite like that! There’s nothing better than finding quiet little places. That’s what was nice about this town. It didn’t have much to do, but it meant there were very few tourists about and most of the holiday-makers were actually Spanish.

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So yep, I’m just wistfully looking at all these photos and wishing I was still there. How about you?


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  • Deb Sharratt

    I’ve not been but it looks lovely. I’m also jealous of all that sunshine – wish I had some here this summer.

    • It’s been a really rainy summer hasn’t it?! x

  • Jenni Grainger

    It looks so clean and lovely vibrant colours. I love Marbella I wish I was going back

  • Laura Dove

    Ooooh I am so jealous! I have always wanted to go to Marbella, I *might* be going in the spring for a hen weekend, it looks amazing! Your photos are gorgeous too! xx

    • Ooh enjoy if so! It is a lovely place x

  • Nadia Martine Eian Koch

    It looks amazing there. I’ve never been there but would love to visit.

  • Victoria Welton

    Totally with you. I love Spain and feel a sense of the familiar with it too. I went to Ale-Hop in Alicante – it is a great shop, so many useful things x

    • Just wish we had one over here! x

  • Jacinta Zechariah

    I’ve never been to Spain but these photos make me want to visit right now. Marbella looks so vibrant.

  • Ah wow looks so gorgeous! making me need a holiday x

  • Georgiana Quaint

    Spanish people are very friendly, at least from my experience, and their country is very beautiful. I admire how relaxed they can be and enjoy their life, looks like no stress ever overcomes them.

  • This sounds absolutely lovely, I wish we could just up and go away for a weekend, I love the look of that boardwalk.

  • Sarah

    This sounds like such a lovely trip! I have a thing for stationary so would have been straight in the shop you mentioned! Beautiful pictures, makes me want to go!

  • Clare

    I’ve never been here but it looks absolutely beautiful. I absolutely need a holiday though looking at this!!!

  • it looks like a beautiful place. I prefer village locations when traveling as I like to see whats really on offer behind the commercialism

    • Yeah it is great to see the actual place and culture, rather than touristy attractions.

  • Tanita Taylor

    Such pretty photos. I have been to Marbella and loved it such a fab place. xx

  • Little B & Me

    Oh my gosh!
    I cannot believe this is Marbella, I had a very different idea of it after people on the TV etc.
    I can’t believe its so pretty, your images are absolutely fantastic. That Paella looks so yummy too!

    Glad you had a lovely time doll x

    • I know right! Those kind of programs really do put people off visiting – I didn’t get close to any of the club scene though, avoided that haha!

  • Wow it looks so beautiful. The sea, the food, the buildings. It looks amazing. I didn’t realise it looked like this. I’ve always seen it on things like The Only Way Is Essex, but it looks so much more beautiful in your pictures. x

    • It really is such a beautiful place, they do show certain places in a bad light on those kind of programs! Just have to avoid the clubs.

  • ooh I’m going on a girls holiday next year to Marbella and I think we’d really enjoy the walk around the old town too! it’s nice to see a more laid-back post about Marbella as I think its also gained a bit of a negative vibe lately too.