Marbella’s image as a playground of the rich and famous is compounded by the unusually high number of designer clothes and jewellery stores. Most of the top-end brands can be found in Puerto Banús and in the centre of Marbella on Avenida Ricardo Soriano.
The retail heart of Marbella is also home to most high street brands, such as Zara and Mango; Marbella Old Town is great place to explore the gift shops and pick up some souvenirs to take home; and La Cañada, the main out-of-town shopping centre, has everything you’d expect from clothes, sports and accessories shops to cinemas and restaurants.
Spain’s leading department store, El Corte Ingles, has a massive store on the outskirts of Puerto Banus – you can’t miss it. There’s also an extensive gift market opposite the bullring, which dominates the northern part of Puerto Banus/southern part of Nueva Andalucia, on Saturday mornings.
For general information on what to expect of shopping in the Costa del Sol, see my Shopping in Costa del Sol page. For more advice on shopping in resorts across the Costa del Sol, see Shopping in Benalmadena, Shopping in Estepona, Shopping in Nerja, Shopping in Malaga and Shopping in Sotogrande.