Marbella Restaurants: The Costas on a Budget!

Puerto Banus or Bust!

One of the biggest misconceptions about holidaying in Marbella and Puerto Banus is that it costs a fortune! Yes you can choose to rent a penthouse overlooking the port, and eat out everyday at the most expensive restaurants, while paying a small fortune for the privilege. Or you can be a bit more selective and enjoy the best of both worlds.

Self Catering

This where the self-catering option come into its own if you’re on a budget. Renting an apartment 5 – 10 minutes walk from Puerto Banus can save you as much as 20- 30% during the summer. Such a sizable saving means you then have the choice to eat out more or stay longer.

Eating Out in Marbella

Marbella Restaurant - In Marbella Old Town

One of the most common question we get asked is “is it expensive to eat out in Marbella“? The easy answer is, it really depends on you and what you want to do, where you want to eat out and how often. Most people who visit Marbella want to spend some of their time in Puerto Banus. It’s an exciting, vibrant place, but it can be expensive. Personally, I’d recommend it, as it’s part of the Marbella experience. We’ll look at self-catering in another post, in the meantime here are some guide prices.

Eating Out

  • Typical Breakfast (Orange Juice, Coffee, Tostada or Croissant) – anywhere between 2.50 – 5.00 Euros
  • Lunch : Menu del dia (3 Courses Inc Wine, Bread & Coffee) – Do as the Spanish do and eat your main meal at lunchtime – better quality and better value. This will cost anywhere between 10.00 – 15.00 Euros
  • Evening Meal (A few tapas each or a Bocadillo) Allow 5.00 – 10.00 Euros
  • Drinks: 2.00 Euros per Glass of Wine; 3.00 Euros per ‘Tanque’; 1.50 Euro per tea; 1.50 Euro per coffee.

Marbella Restaurants - Seafood Photo

For meals we’d allow between 30 – 40 Euros per person, per day (maybe more if you insist on frequenting Tourist traps on the beach front)


Plus your clubbing & going out expenses – 20 Euros if just bars, 50 Euros if Bars + clubs

It really depends on you and what you want to do. For 7 nights we’d would guess at 50€ – 100€ a day, but it really depends on how far your budget can be stretched.

Puerto Banus

Most people visiting Marbella want to spend at least some time in Puerto Banus. It’s an exciting place, but it is expensive! However, we love it and highly recommend you stretch your self-catering budget and spend at least a day in Puerto Banus.

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