Visitors planning a trip to Marbella should take some time to read a little bit about the area in order to gain an idea of what to see and do during the stay.  It is also recommended that visitors do some basic reading about the Spanish language, or at least pick up a Spanish conversational dictionary, before traveling to Marbella.  This is not absolutely necessary, since English is commonly spoken in the area, but it makes traveling a little bit easier and more enjoyable.

Recommended travel guides:
  • “Frommer’s Seville, Granada and the Best of Andalusia” by Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince.  This travel guide is excellent for travelers who are going to be visiting not only Marbella but also the surrounding area.
  • “The Rough Guide to Andalucia” by Mark Ellingham and Geoff Garvey.
  • “Top 10 Andalucia and Costa del Sol” by DK Publishing.  This book is set up in the format of Top Ten Lists of all kinds in order to give readers and easy method of figuring out what to see and do (and what to avoid) during their Marbella vacation.

Recommended books for learning Spanish:

  • “Learn Spanish Live with Bill Harvey: Learn with America’s Leading Spanish Instructor” by Billy Harvey.  This well-known provider of Spanish-language training seminars uses a system which has worked for many people.
  • “Play and Learn Spanish” by Ana Lomba and Marcela Summerville is an excellent Spanish learning book for children and is recommended for families traveling together to Marbella.
  • “Webster’s New World Pocket Spanish Dictionary” is the best dictionary to carry while traveling in Marbella.

Recommended Links

  • Marbella ezine with info about Marbella restaurants, hotels and a local weather report.

Travel Pictorial - Country or Natural Wonder

Always browse any or all Travel Pictorial books about a country, region or a natural wonder of the world . You will find excellent photography to view at leisure. Check out any bookstore or library ( lending or reference ).

Travel Guide(s) - Country, Region or City

Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nuggat of useful information. The layout and content will always vary with the publisher. Every traveller should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s)  you like the best.

  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide(s)
  • Insight / Discovery Channel Travel Guide(s)
  • Lonely Planet Guide(s)
  • AA Explorer, AA Key or AA Spiral Guide(s)
  • Note: You will find about thirteen ( 13+ ) other publishing companies  travel guides in bookstores.  

Travel Books - Children or Junior

Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction to travel for a novice traveller.

Travel DVD or Video Viewing

  • These are a few ideas for finding Travel DVD's in your local area.
  • Local Video Rental Store
  • Local Library - Travel Video or DVD
  • Any large music store will have a range of travel DVD's or  Video's on sale.
  • Travel Video Store has an excellent internet site.
  • BBC Video series website section
  • Pilot Travel Guide series 
  • National  Geographic Travel DVD or Video Series
  • Escorted Tour Companies  DVD or Video's  e.g. Rick Steves' 
  • National Tourist Bureaus MAY have a introduction Video or DVD on offer  or Photo Gallery on their Internet site