A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Mykonos vs. Marbella for Food, Nightlife, Resorts, and Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

Should you visit Mykonos or Marbella?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Mykonos and Marbella. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Mykonos

Mykonos is a party-oriented, ritzy, and opulent Greek island. It's considered by many to be an absolutely beautiful destination, too. It also has a unique and quaint vibe that attracts lots of visitors. Visitors also love the food, scuba diving and snorkeling, and beaches.

Marbella

Marbella is a ritzy, glamorous, and fun-filled resort town. The beauty of this spot is also one of the main reasons why visitors come. And you can't forget about the beaches, shopping, and nightlife.

Mykonos and Marbella: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Popular for food and cuisine
  • Active nightlife
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Popular beach
  • Scenic old town
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Impressive beauty
  • Quaint atmosphere
Things to Consider
  • Less family-friendly
  • Less popular with backpackers
Pros
  • Active nightlife
  • Good music scene
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Things to Consider
  • Less popular for food
  • Less popular old town


Is there more to do in Mykonos or Marbella?

You'll generally find more things to do in Mykonos than Marbella. Mykonos is bigger than Marbella, and it also has more attractions and activities for travelers. Mykonos is better known for its museums, food, historical sights, hiking, impressive beauty, and quaint atmosphere, while Marbella is more popular for its music, scuba diving & snorkeling, and beaches. Mykonos is more touristy than Marbella and is popular for its active party scene, luxury accommodation, and picturesque villages. Also, Mykonos is famous for the traditional windmills near Chora. Marbella is well known for its luxury hotels, beautiful beaches, and lively nightlife.

How is Mykonos different from Marbella?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Marbella and Mykonos. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Are the Museums and Historical Sights Better in Mykonos or Marbella?

Mykonos
Marbella

Mykonos is a nice place to visit for its museums and history. However, Marbella does not have museums and landmarks.

Mykonos offers a variety of museums and landmarks to choose from. Visitors enjoy checking out the windmills and churches around the island. You can also hop over to Delos to see its archeological sites.

Marbella does not have museums and landmarks.


Is the Food Better in Mykonos or Marbella? Which Destination has the Best Restaurants?

Mykonos
Marbella

Mykonos is very popular for its restaurants. Also, Marbella is not quite as popular, but is fairly good for its restaurant scene.

Known for it's food and restaurant scene, Mykonos is always at the top of any foodie's travel list. Like most things on the island, food is expensive, but its also very good. Make sure you try the louza sausage, kopanisti cheese, and melopita pie.

There are many up and coming restaurants in the Marbella area. The area is filled with tourists, so finding an authentic dining experience can be difficult. Several favorite dishes include croquetas, boquerones, and pulpo.

Is Mykonos or Marbella Better for Nightlife?

Mykonos
Marbella

Both Mykonos and Marbella are world-class when it comes to partying.

The nightlife in Mykonos is well established with world renowned clubs and venues. With many exclusive clubs and bars, this island is among the best for nightlife in Greece. Popular options include Tropicana Club, Scarpa, and Super Paradise Beach Club.

Marbella is a world class party destination. European tourists flock to the town for its beaches and resorts. The town has a glamorous nightlife scene with exclusive clubs and ritzy cocktail bars, particularly in Puerto Banus and along the Golden Mile.

Is Mykonos or Marbella Better for Music?

Mykonos
Marbella

Marbella is a well-known place for its live music scene. However, Mykonos is not a live music destination.

The music scene in Marbella is very popular with diverse venues. Some of the best music venues include Starlite, Kitch Social Club, and Momento.

Mykonos is not a live music destination.


Is Mykonos or Marbella Better for Resorts?

Mykonos
Marbella

There are world-class resorts to choose from in both Mykonos and Marbella.

Vacationers flock to Mykonos for its luxury resorts. There are many world class luxury resorts on the island that offer a variety of amenities including pools, restaurants, and spas. Popular options include Myconian Avaton Resort, Myconian Imperial Resort and Villas, and Myconian Utopia Resort.

For the ultimate resort vacation, Marbella is a great choice. From luxury to family-friendly, this area has plenty of resorts to choose from. Popular resorts in the area include Marbella Club Hotel, Puente Romano Marbella, and Don Carlos Resort and Spa.

Is Mykonos or Marbella Better for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling?

Mykonos
Marbella

Marbella is an unbeatable place for its diving and snorkeling. Also, Mykonos is not as famous, but is still a good Greek island to visit for snorkeling and scuba diving.

People travel from around the world to go scuba diving and snorkeling in Marbella. There are more than 100 dive sights and endless snorkeling opportunities in the area. There are deep offshore reefs that you can explore as well as shallower wrecks and caves.

Many visitors partake in scuba diving or snorkeing while visiting Mykonos. There are many good diving and snorkeling spots around the island include shipwrecks and reefs with good visibility.

Is Mykonos or Marbella Better for Beaches?

Mykonos
Marbella

Marbella is an unbeatable place for the beache. Also, Mykonos is not as famous, but is still a good Greek island to visit for the beach.

Marbella offers stunning beaches that attract visitors from around the world. The area boasts some of the best beaches in Europe. They are hubs of activity with lots of energy, and there are more than 18 miles of sandy beach in the area. Popular options include Guadalmina Beach, San Pedro de Alcántara Beach, and Nueva Andalucía Beach.

Mykonos is considered a top beach destination. This island has become popular for its sandy beaches, but these days they come with a high price. Many are lined with umbrellas and sunbeds that you can rent. They often have bars that bring high energy and loud music. The water is often calm enough to enjoy swimming or water sports. Most of the best beaches are on the southern side of the island, but there are less crowds on the northern side, although the weather may not be as good.


Is Mykonos or Marbella Better for its Old Town?

Mykonos
Marbella

Mykonos is very popular for its old town. Also, Marbella is not quite as popular, but is fairly good for its historic old town charm.

Mykonos has a world-famous historical area. Chora, the old town and largest town on the island, is filled with windmills, cafes, churches, and charming streets.

Marbella offers a nice historic old town area. Head into the old town to explore a quaint area with small, meandering streets, churches, restaurants, shops, and cafes.

Is Mykonos or Marbella Better for Hiking?

Mykonos
Marbella

Mykonos is not a good area for its hiking trails. However, Marbella is not a hiking destination.

A few hiking trails can be found near Mykonos. This island doesn't have any real hiking but you can walk to the beach along the road. The island is mostly flat.

Marbella is not a hiking destination.

Is the Shopping Better in Mykonos or Marbella?

Mykonos
Marbella

Both Mykonos and Marbella are world-class shopping destinations.

The abundance of shops in Mykonos make it a world-class shopping destination. This island has become the playground for celebrities and the wealthy, so there are plenty of shopping opportunities in town.

Many people travel to Marbella specifically to go shopping. This area attracts vacationers from around Europe and the shopping is some of the best in Europe.


Is Mykonos or Marbella Better for Families?

Mykonos
Marbella

Marbella is a well-known place for its family-friendly activities. However, Mykonos is not a good Greek island for its kid-friendly activities.

Marbella is a very kid-friendly resort town. The area has beautiful, family-friendly beaches and many resorts with pools that are great for kids.

Mykonos is not always a place people visit with their families. This island is a bit of a party destination, so many people choose alternative islands when visiting Greece with their kids. If you do head to Mykonos, you'll find nice beaches and some good museums.

Is Mykonos or Marbella Better for Couples?

Mykonos
Marbella

Mykonos and Marbella both world-class destinations for a couple.

Mykonos is fantastic couple's destination with fun and romantic activities. Couples who enjoy beautiful coastal settings with a great party scene will love a vacation or honeymoon to this Greek island.

Marbella makes for a terrific place to visit as a couple. The area has luxury resorts, nice beaches, water sports, golf, and water activities that are perfect for a honeymoon or a romantic weekend or a honeymoon.

Is Mykonos or Marbella Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Mykonos
Marbella

Marbella is a good destination for backpackers. However, Mykonos is not a good Greek island for backpackers and budget travelers.

Plenty of backpackers visit Marbella. There are a few good hostels in the area for backpackers who want to enjoy this part of Spain's cost. There's also a lively nightlife scene and plenty of opportunities to meet others.

Mykonos is a challenging destination for budget travelers and backpackers due to the higher prices. The island appeals to the wealthy and glamourous, but for backpackers and budget travelers, there are a few budget-friendly hotels. It'll be a bit harder to find affordable food though, as restaurants can be quite expensive.


Is Mykonos or Marbella Better for Public Transit? Which Is Easier to Get Around Without a Car?

Mykonos
Marbella

Mykonos is a nice place to visit for times when you don't have a car. However, Marbella is lacking in good options for its public transit.

Mykonos has some public transit options. There is a bus system that connects the towns and beaches on the island. Both major bus stations are on the western side of the island.

Public transit is generally limited in Marbella. There is a bus system through the area, but most visitors prefer to get around by car.

Is Mykonos or Marbella a more walkable city?

Mykonos
Marbella

Mykonos is very popular for its high level of walkability. Also, Marbella is not quite as popular, but is fairly good for its ease of walking around.

It's very easy to get around on foot in Mykonos. Walking is actually one of the only ways to get around town.

Marbella is a very walkable destination. The old town is particularly walkable and there are a number of hotels and nice resorts within a short walk of the town along a nice promenade.

For even more information, also check out Is Mykonos Worth Visiting? and Is Marbella Worth Visiting?.

Should I spend more time in Marbella or Mykonos?

How long in Mykonos or Marbella?

In either Mykonos or Marbella, you'll find plenty of activities to fill your time. In our opinion, Mykonos has more to see and do, so we recommend that you spend more time in Mykonos than Marbella. In general, 3-5 days is a good amount of time for Mykonos, and 2-5 days is enough time in Marbella.

Families should spend more time in Marbella than Mykonos. Because of the many family-friendly attractions and fun things to do for kids in Marbella, it's a great place to visit with the whole family.

Couples should spend more time in Mykonos than Marbella. You'll find plenty of romantic sights and fun activities in Mykonos that are great for a weekend getaway or a longer couple's trip.

Backpackers and budget travelers should spend more time in Marbella than Mykonos if your budget allows for it. With a larger number of budget-friendly sights, good nightlife, and active things to do, anyone traveling on a budget would have a good time in Marbella.


  • How many days in Mykonos or Marbella? Ideal Length of Stay
    Mykonos 3-5 
    Marbella 2-5

One day in Mykonos or Marbella?

The beautiful Greek island of Mykonos offers museums and nightlife. Exploring the old town is a popular activity. With so much to do, one day is probably not enough time to see everything. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

In Marbella, you'll find scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping. Travelers enjoy the resorts in the area as well. This resort town offers something for everyone. One day is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do.


A weekend in Mykonos or Marbella?

Mykonos is a popular place that is full of things to see and experience. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than a weekend exploring. Take your pick from the many activities offered here.

In Marbella, you'll find shopping and nightlife. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. A weekend here is typical. Most people come for the beaches. A weekend is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Marbella has to offer.

Five days in Mykonos or Marbella?

Mykonos is a popular choice for travelers. Five days here is typical. While some people choose to spend more or less time in Mykonos, five days is sufficent for most. The entire region has so many activities, and you'll want time to do everything.

Marbella is a great place to explore. It is common to spend five days here. You can also relax and pamper yourself at one of the resorts. Five days is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Marbella has to offer. Anyone can find something fun to do here.

A week in Mykonos or Marbella?

Mykonos is a great place to explore. Visiting the old town is also a must. One week is more than enough time to enjoy everything. Take some day trips to nearby places to fill the extra days. This Greek island offers something for everyone.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Marbella. Many people enjoy the live music and food when visiting Marbella. It's also a relaxing resort destination. One week may feel like too much time unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing.


For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Contiki Tours to Greece, The Best G Adventures Tours to Greece, The Best Sightseeing Tours in Spain, and The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in Spain.


Which place is cheaper, Marbella or Mykonos?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Mykonos is €237, while the average daily cost in Marbella is €117. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Mykonos and Marbella in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Mykonos 74
    Marbella 61
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Mykonos 148
    Marbella 122
Compare Hotels in Mykonos and Marbella

Looking for a hotel in Mykonos or Marbella? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Mykonos


Hotels in Marbella


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Mykonos Hotel Prices and Marbella Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Mykonos 24
    Marbella 24
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Mykonos

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Mykonos:


  • Bus to Paradise Beach (for 2)
    5.60
  • Taxi to Kalafatis
    13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mykonos

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Mykonos:

  • Transfer services and Tours: $88
  • TRANSFER FROM MYKONOS PORT(Cruise Terminal) TO MYKONOS TOWN: $11
  • Sunset cruise to Rhenia& Little Venice with transfer: $131
  • Sedan Departure Transfer from Mykonos to Mykonos Airport JMK: $46
  • Schatz Luxury Transfer : $27
  • Private Transfer:Mykonos Old Port to your hotel with Sedan: $54
  • Private Transfer:Mykonos Old Port to your Villa with minivan: $71
  • Private Transfer:Mykonos Old Port to your Villa with minibus: $75
  • Private Transfer:From your hotel to Windmills with mini van: $64
  • Private Transfer:From your hotel to Windmills with mini bus: $75
  • Private Transfer:From your hotel to Spilia with mini van: $75
  • Private Transfer:From your hotel to Spilia with mini bus: $86

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Marbella

Also for Marbella, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Vip Transfer from Malaga Airport to Fuengirola or Marbella: $21
  • Private Transfer from Torreblanca to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $70
  • Private Transfer from Benajarafe to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $70
  • Costa del Sol: Private 1-Way Transfer to/from Malaga Airport: $75
  • Vip Malaga Private Transfer to Marbella: $91
  • Private Transfer from Lomas De Cabopino to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $97
  • Private Transfer from Riogordo to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $97
  • Private Transfer from Torre del Mar to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $97
  • TRANSFER MALAGA AIRPORT from OR to MARBELLA-PRICE ALL INCLUSIVE: $104
  • Private Transfer from Los Monteros to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $107
  • Private Transfer from Algarrobo to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $109
  • Private Transfer from Alozaina to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $112

Is it cheaper to fly into Mykonos or Marbella?

Prices for flights to both Marbella and Mykonos change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Mykonos 48
    Marbella 38
Typical Food Prices in Mykonos

Some typical examples of dining costs in Mykonos are as follows:


  • Two Ice cream Cones
    4.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Mykonos

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Mykonos.

  • Traditional Lunch or Dinner at the Mykonian Spiti: $70
  • Traditional Lunch or Dinner with Drinks in Mykonos: $71
  • Sunset Boat Cruise with Light Dinner & Drinks: $100
  • Food Tour in Mykonos - 10 Tastings : $108
  • Souvlaki Cooking Class in Mykonos: $109
  • Shared Group Cooking Class at Home of Mykonian Family in Mikonos: $109
  • Private Cooking Class at the Home of a Mykonian Family : $131
  • Cooking Class with Food and Wine: $161
  • Cooking Classes in Mykonos Greece: $164
  • Private Cooking Class on Naxos Island with Pick Up: $197
  • Mykonos Cooking Class of Local Specialties: $219
  • Cooking experience in Naxos: $279

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Marbella

For Marbella, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Food Tour: $87
  • Fuengirola Boat Activity with Champagne Dinner and Sunset: $109
  • Gourmet Cooking Class & Culture in the rural Montes de Malaga.: $191

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Mykonos 23
    Marbella 19

Tours and Activities in Mykonos

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Mykonos are as follows:

  • All Inclusive Tour to Delos and Rhenia Islands with S/Y Olga M: $153
  • "Mykonos Private Tour: Town Wonders & Beach Break : $218
  • 2 Hours Gems of Mykonos Private Tour: $109
  • 2 Hours Private Tour Mykonos Highlights with Local Driver: $109
  • 3 Hours Private Island Tour Mykonos: $159
  • 4 Hour Mykonos Tour Explorer : $164
  • 4Hours Mykonos Adventure Walk in Town & Minivan Countryside Tour: $49
  • All Inclusive Mykonos Island Tour & Greek Food Tasting: $187
  • All incl. Delos & Rhenia 12 pax,free trans, hotel/cruise pickup: $152
  • All inclusive Delos & Rhenia Islands tour up to 12 pax (free transportation): $153
  • All inclusive Sunset Cruise Delos & Rhenia - free transpotation: $137
  • All inclusive cruise-Mykonos Delos&Rhenia beaches(free transport): $141

Tours and Activities in Marbella

For Marbella, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Discover the Old Town through a Self-Guided Tour: $4.60
  • Magic Blocks in Estepona: Quest Experience: $7.08
  • Marbella Old Town Walking Tour : $16
  • Explore Marbella Old Town: Guided Walking Tour With A Local: $21
  • Sightseeing Walking Tour: $21
  • Marbella Old Town: Group Tour with a True Local: $24
  • Manilva Oceanfront Wine Experience in the Marbella Area: $27
  • Marbella like a Local: Customized Guided Tour: $32
  • Bike City Tour Marbella: $32
  • Dolphin Watching Adventure in Estepona Bay: $38
  • Sunset Sailing Experience in Estepona: $38
  • Sea cruise in search of dolphins/drinks and snacks: $38

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Mykonos 20
    Marbella 5.71

Sample the Local Flavors in Mykonos

Also in Mykonos, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Winery Vineyard Experience with Food & Wine Tasting: $73
  • Tour and Wine Tasting in Mykonian Land : $74
  • Wine Tasting at a Mykonian Farm: $80
  • Mykonos Town: Wine tour in Greek Gastronony with a local: $103
  • Half-Day Wine Tasting and Snack at a Local House: $128
  • Ancient Greek Wine Tasting on the Beach with a Sommelier: $128
  • Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour in Mykonos : $131

Sample the Local Flavors in Marbella

Also in Marbella, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Iberico Ham and Wine Tasting Journey: $80
  • E-Mountain Bike & Wine Tour from Marbella to Sierra Blanca: $108
  • Ronda Full Day Wine Tour from Marbella: $195
  • From Antequera Wine Tour with Tastings and Lunch: $213
  • From Axarquia Wine Tour with Wine Pairing Lunch: $234
  • VIP Ronda Wine Tour and Tasting and Gourmet Lunch Experience with Winemaker: $272


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Mykonos and Marbella, we can see that Mykonos is more expensive. And not only is Marbella much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Marbella would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Marbella and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Mykonos would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Mykonos than you might in Marbella.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Mykonos Expensive? and Is Marbella Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Mykonos or Marbella?

Mykonos has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Marbella. When comparing the sizes of Mykonos and Marbella, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.