Marbella embodies culture, entertainment and glamour; it is one of the most exclusive cities in the Mediterranean and the pride of the Costa del Sol. Twenty kilometres of coastline, four marinas, sixteen golf courses and a privileged climate, make it a destination beyond compare. Perhaps that is why Julio Iglesias, Sean Connery, Antonio Banderas, Eva Longoria and Naomi Campbell do not think twice when choosing Marbella as their holiday destination.
Visiting Marbella is a unique experience. From shopping in its luxurious boutiques to dining in its distinguished restaurants or having fun at their beach clubs, the possibilities are endless.
A trip to Marbella would not be complete without a visit to the Casco Antiguo. Exploring the narrow streets with their nooks and crannies, historic buildings, shops, boutiques and galleries make it a very rewarding experience.
The focal point of the old town of Marbella is the Plaza de los Naranjos.The gardens are almost always in bloom, but spring is the best time to enjoy the blossom on the trees.These oranges are used in manufacturing marmalade and they are very bitter.
Marbella is a true paradise for lovers of the sun and beaches. The most popular are those of El Cable, La Fontanilla, Puerto Banús and El Faro. Special mention should be made to Playa de Cabopino, which has a nudist area, sheltered by the Dunas de Artola.
Hikers and fans of adventure activities can tackle the Sierra Blanca, at the foot of which the town sits.
Marbella"s Valle del Golf encompasses some of the best courses in Europe. The prestige of its clubs, the versatility of its facilities and its privileged climate make it a unique place for this sport and organising top level events.
Throughout the year, the city is the scene of all sorts of events, among which is Starlite. Consolidated as one of the most powerful festivals in Spain, its programming includes concerts, movie premieres and exhibitions. The festivals in honour of San Bernabé de Marbella, in June, and the Feria de San Pedro de Alcantara ar among the most important as well.
The beaches are second to none – most visitors come to Marbella to enjoy the sun, sea and sand, which has been drawing expatriate communities since the 1950s when Prince Alfonso de Hohenlohe fell in love with the place and built a beachfront house, drawing all the starriest Hollywood celebs, which was the establising of the exclusive Marbella Club Hotel. Worth a visit, together with the luxury resort next door, Puente Romano resort. Which includes, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, chiringuitos etc. A gem in Marbella.
If your visit inspires you to consider living in Marbella, have a look at the neighbourhoods or districts that make this such a charming place to live or perhaps visit on an excursion and decide afterwards. Don’t miss Puerto Banus.