Marbella ranks as one of the most popular holiday destinations in southern Spain and the months of July and August mean high season for the resort. The summer months are also the time when events come into their own with plenty of things to do and see in Marbella for all ages and tastes. If you’ve chosen this Costa del Sol resort for your holiday over the next couple of months, read on to discover what’s on this summer in Marbella.

Summer music festivals in Marbella

There’s no doubt about it – Marbella is one of the best destinations for live music events in the summer on the Costa del Sol. The resorts hosts one of the biggest music festivals in southern Spain during Starlite as well as many live concerts in and around the city.
Starlite Festival is one of the busiest events during the summer in Marbella. The 45-day event takes place over July and August in the resort and brings a star-studded line-up to the Costa del Sol.
International stars at this year’s event include Sting, Il Divo and the Pet Shop Boys, while the Spanish list of artists runs long with big names such as Serrat, Pablo Alborán, David Bisbal and Luis Fonsi. You can also see some flamenco.
Just a short distance from Marbella lies the village of Ojén, famous for its annual Ojeando Festival. Held over two days from 13 to 14 July, Ojeando brings together established talents on the music scene with up-and-coming stars.
Read more about music festivals on the Costa del Sol

Art events in Marbella

As well as lots of great live music, summer in Marbella also means art. The resort’s excellent Museum of Engraving hosts two exhibitions by local artists during its “12 months, 12 artists” series.
The July exhibition hosts work by local resident Pedro Molina with pictures showing his influence from Oriental art and his great skill as a drawer. And in August, it’s the turn of local Rosario Olarte who draws on poetry and real-life experiences in her expressionist work.
Discover where to see the best art on the Costa del Sol
H2 Sporting events in Marbella
The summer in Marbella comes with two big sporting highlights. The resort sees the start of the second stage of the Vuelta a España 2018 cycle race on 26 August. The world’s top cyclists leave the city centre for Ojén and then the Caminito del Rey. Read more about the Vuelta a España in Marbella this summer
Tennis too takes centre stage. Puente Romano Tennis Club hosts the third Senior Masters Cup when seven glories from recent tennis past will bid for the title. This year’s players include Carlos Moyá, Yannick Noah, Grosjean and Ivanisevic. See them in action on 28 and 29 September.
And no summer in Marbella would be complete without a game or two of golf. Rio Real offers one of the best golf courses on the Costa del Sol with the added advantage of its new dynamic pricing system. This gives you total control over how much you pay for golf in Marbella. Find out more here
And if you’re looking for a great place to stay this summer in Marbella, look no further than Rio Real Boutique Hotel. Book now and take advantage of some super summer savings.  

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As we are well aware, the coronavirus has now spread worldwide with all but a handful of countries affected. Obviously, many people are worried, particularly those with travel plans. At Rio Real we fully understand your concerns and in this article, Coronavirus - a guide for golfers on the Costa del Sol,  we'd like to offer some facts and suggest that golf is one of the best activities in the current situation. 

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