15 Stunning Marbella Instagram Spots (Map Included!)

Is Marbella a good place to take photos? It’s a firm yes from me. You’ll find many Instagram photo spots in Marbella.

Marbella is like home to me, and although it’s been a popular destination since I was a kid, as someone who was born and raised in Costa del Sol, I can confirm it has become more and more popular over the years.

I’m not surprised to see more travellers taking photos and posting about Marbella, especially of the old town (my favourite spot!)

Its cobblestone streets, whitewashed houses with bougainvillaea flowers hanging down the walls, and picturesque cafes are a few of the things that make Marbella an Instagram-worthy location. 

Below I’m sharing some of the best Instagram spots in Marbella with exact locations and tips on how to take the best photos. 

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The Most Beautiful Instagram Spots in Marbella

1. Plaza de los Naranjos

Plaza de Los Naranjos, known as Orange Square among travellers, is one of the top spots to take photos in Marbella. 

There are plenty of photo opportunities — from taking photos in front of the town hall adorned with blue flower pots against the white-painted walls to taking photos next to the marble fountain next to Ermita de Santiago Church. 

You can also take photos of Churrería Ramon. I love their outdoor stall with fruits (by the way, they make tasty fresh pressed juices, I especially love the watermelon one!)

If you need a prompt, why not order a juice or coffee and pose with a background of the town hall?

From the beginning of December to the 6th of January, you can also take Christmas photos at Orange Square. They have decorated it with two giant angels for the last couple of years.

📍 Location: Pl. de los Naranjos, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

2. Parque de la Alameda tiled benches 

Woman sat in a tiled bench in Alameda Park in Marbella, Spain.

La Alameda Park isn’t the biggest park in Marbella, but it’s a hundred per cent worth seeing. 

When I walk through La Alameda Park, I feel immersed in an oasis. If it’s a hot day in Marbella, this is one of my favourite places to chill and escape the sun. 

Besides its gorgeous fountain and tall trees, check out its tiled benches. 

These benches are very pretty and perfect to include in your photos. 

📍 Location: Av. Ramón y Cajal, s/n, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

3. Marbella sign in Calle Nueva 

Calle Nueva is one of the narrow streets leading to Orange Square. It’s aesthetically pleasing, with boutique shops on both sides and a peekaboo view of Plaza de Los Naranjos. 

They recently added letters that read Marbella in one of the flower bushes to make it even more photogenic, but I also recommend taking photos from the other side (see photo of the right).

It’s become the most popular spot in Marbella to take photos, and I totally get why! However, you need to time it right to avoid getting people in the photos.  

📍 Location: Calle Nueva, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

4. Calle Carmen

Carmen street in Marbella.

With its blue flower pots adorned with red carnations and a view of La Encarnación Church tower, it’s undoubtedly one of the most famous photo locations in Marbella Old Town.

You can take all sorts of different photos, including gorgeous portraits that you can add as your new Instagram profile photo. 

I also love taking photos from the stairs next to Calle Carmen. I absolutely love this perspective. 

📍 Location: Calle Carmen, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

5. Plaza Santo Cristo

Square with a fountain and white church in Marbella old town, Southern Spain.

One of my favourite squares to take photos in Marbella is Santo Cristo Square which you’ll find as you walk up Calle Ancha.

There are many photo opportunities! Take photos next to the fountain, the yellow Tablao Ana Maria Los Chatos building (a great spot to watch a live flamenco show) with gorgeous plant pots, and the pink motorbike.

I also like taking photos of the blue and red doorways of houses next to the square.

📍 Location: Pl. Santo Cristo, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

6. Plaza de la Iglesia

Church square in Marbella old town.

Another picturesque square in Marbella is Plaza de la Iglesia, the square next to Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Church.

I absolutely love the cobblestone patterns and tiles among the palm trees and a marble fountain with a cross. 

📍 Location: Pl. de la Iglesia, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

7. Calle Valdés

Next to the TANDEM clothes shop, there is a beautiful narrow street called Calle Valdés. It has a rugged white-painted wall and small tiles showing photos of bullfighting and Seville. If you walk through it, you’ll be in Orange Square.

I absolutely love this street for photos, but it can get busy and difficult to take photos when it’s busy because it’s very narrow. People love the boutiques and souvenir shops here, so make sure to go there in a quiet time, like early morning on a Sunday.

📍 Location: Calle Valdés, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

8. MIA Cafe – Tapas & Bar

A photo of the façade of MIA Cafe in Marbella Old Town, Spain.

One of the pretty cafes in Marbella’s old town that comes to my mind is MIA Cafe. This cafe, located on the corner of Remedios Street, is such a lovely spot to take photos and videos.

The white-painted walls, pink flowers and green details are gorgeous. 

They have plenty of outdoor seating, which is perfect for sitting, eating some tasty tapas and people-watching. 

I haven’t tried their tapa menu, but I love their poke. It’s light, refreshing and packed with good and healthy ingredients. 

📍 Location: C. Remedios, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

9. Archway on Calle Caballeros

Archway on Caballeros Street in Marbella, Spain.

Situated in one of the back streets of the old town, Calle Caballeros isn’t the most picturesque spot, in my opinion. However, there’s a lovely archway in the middle of the street that is ideal for photos.

📍 Location: C. Caballeros, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

10. Rosas Cafe

Are you looking for instagrammable cafes in Marbella? Rosas Cafe is the one! As its name suggests, this cafe decor is based on roses.

Located near Puerto Banus, you might want to add this cafe to your list. 

It’s impossible to miss with its big sign that says Rosas and light pink outdoor seating. 

However, I also love the interior, which has a wall full of roses, a swing, and just the overall decor, which is so stylish! 

I’ve only been there for a hot drink and cake, but they also serve brunch. I have to say that it’s more expensive than other cafes in Marbella, but it’s expected for its location and decor. 

📍 Location: Gaviotas IV, Av. Playas del Duque, Local 3, 29660 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

11. Avenida Del Mar 

Close up photo of a sculpture by Dali in Avenida del Mar in Marbella, Spain.

Avenida del Mar is home to many sculptures made by the Spanish artist Salvador Dali.

Walk down towards the beach promenade as you take out your phone or camera and take photos of these unique statues. 

📍 Location: Av. del Mar, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

12. Parque de la Constitución

A photo of the observatorium in Constitucion Park, Marbella, Spain.

La Constitucion Park is a bit hidden compared to La Represa or La Alameda Park, but it’s lovely and worth seeing. 

The green gardens with plants and flowers from different parts of the world, fountains and an amphitheatre make it so beautiful.

One of the most photographed spots is the astronomy museum and observatory, which is in the shape of a dome. 

📍 Location: Av. Arias Maldonado, 14, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

13. Embarcadero 

Marbella pier.

The golden hour in Marbella is special, I don’t know how to explain it, but there’s something unique about sunsets in the city. 

One of my favourite places to take photos in Marbella at sunset is Embarcadero, the pier next to the Marbella Club Hotel

However, any shots taken on the beach are good, especially with the pretty pastel sky colours.  

📍 Location: Urb. Marbella Country Club, 172, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

14. Marbella sign outside the Amare Beach Hotel

Amare hotel Marbella.

Besides the Marbella sign in Marbella Old Town and John Scott’s Beach Club, a colourful sign is on the beach promenade just outside the Amare Beach Hotel.

It’s a fun photo spot, but you can also take great photos in Amare Beach Club, one of the best beach clubs in Marbella, and on their stunning rooftop called Belvue Rooftop Bar. The sea views from this rooftop bar are one of a kind!

📍 Location: P.º Alfonso Cañas Nogueras, 29603 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

15. Marbella beach promenade

Marbella beach promenade on a sunny day.

The last Instagram spot in Marbella I want to cover is the paseo maritimo (aka Marbella Beach Promenade). You can take lovely photos across the promenade when it isn’t busy or at sunrise or sunset.

I specifically like taking photos from Marbella Port with the lighthouse as a background and where the Venus Statue is.

📍 Location: P.º Marítimo, 2, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

Map with instagrammable locations in Marbella 

Click on the photo below to get a map with all the photo locations in Marbella mentioned in this article.

Map of the photo locations in Marbella, Spain.

Tips for taking photos in Marbella

Two women posing next to a marble fountain enxt to a church and Orange Square in Marbella, Spain.
  • The best time to take photos in Marbella is spring, especially towards the end of March and beginning of April, because the town hall replaces the plant pots with beautiful blossomed carnations, so they look spot on.
  • If you plan to take photos in the old town, go early on a weekend as it’s quieter, and you won’t have people crossing when you’re trying to take a picture. I’ve also found that lunchtime in summer is a good time too. Why? It’s too hot, so people either have lunch, have a siesta, or go to the beach.
  • Choose your clothes wisely. If you want to appear in your photos, pick a colour that stands out against the white walls. Don’t pick neutral or white colours. I especially love wearing turquoise or blue dresses.
  • Are you travelling solo to Marbella but don’t want to miss out on taking pretty photos for your Instagram? You have options! The first one is to take a tripod with you; however, I would only use it if I have experience taking photos with tripods and know the place. The second option, which isn’t very budget-friendly but saves time and guarantees good results, is to book a photo shoot with a local photographer.
  • Do you love taking sunset photos? I used to make the mistake of checking what time the sunset was and turning up there five minutes before to take photos. However, the best time is during the golden hour. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s the period before sunset when the sun is low on the horizon. It can be as early as an hour before sunset, depending on the latitude and time of the year.

Conclusion on the best Marbella Instagram spots 

There are so many gorgeous photo locations in Marbella that you might even find more spots than the ones I’ve included on this list.

No matter how many times I walk in Marbella Old Town, I can’t resist taking new photos. 

Do you have any questions about Marbella? Join my community group, where you can ask questions and get inspired for your next trip to Costa del Sol. 

Cristina xx

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