Guide to Marbella

This Spanish city has a reputation for being one of the country’s more flashy coastal towns.  Not just catering for the jet set, Marbella is loved by golfers, ramblers, sun seekers and culture vultures alike.

Marbella is well known as a playground for the rich and famous, however with many affordable airlines on the flight path, it is accessible to holidaymakers from all walks of life. 

To enjoy the glamour of modern Marbella, walk the Golden Mile from Old Town Marbella to the marina of Puerto Banús.  Along the way you will pass by luxurious landmark hotels and residences of some of the city’s famous residents.

At Puerto Banús, you can get a taste of the VIP lifestyle enjoyed by the resort’s well-heeled clientele.  Stroll along the marina to check out the rows of impressive international yachts and cruising sports cars, driven to impress.  The upmarket seafront restaurants, bars and beach clubs are great for unwinding and people watching, but can be much pricier than other areas. 

Here you can also indulge in some first-class retail therapy, as Puerto Banús has many high end designer shops such as Hermes and X.

For an enlightening cultural experience you might appreciate the historical charm of Marbella’s Old Town.  The ancient city walls and many landmarks here date back to the 16th-century.  The Renaissance era Plaza de los Naranjos (square) is home to the impressive Town Tall, the Mayor’s House, and Chapel of Santiago.  Close by, the city’s New Town is comprised of characteristic whitewash buildings with tiled roofs, typical of Southern Spain.  The Historical Eixample area has a small botanical garden with sculptures by Salvador Dali.

Foodies will enjoy Marbella’s native gastronomic offerings, which naturally, are largely seafood based.  Typical dishes include fried fish, gazpacho, and baked treats such as borrachuelos and churros.  The city caters well for most palates, with lots of international restaurants throughout.  The Old Town offers a more authentic Spanish experience.

Sun worshippers flock here for the city’s many excellent beaches.  Marbella’s finest beach is Artola, in the protected Dunas de Artola area.  Popular with tourists, are the centrally located and well-managed Venus and La Fontanilla beaches.

Due to its sunny position on Spain’s southern coastline in the Costa Del Sol, Marbella is also a golfer’s paradise.  18-hole Marbella Golf and Country Club is considered one of the best and is in close proximity to the city buzz.

For an adventurous city escape, take a day trip to the Sierra Bermeja Mountains and enjoy an exhilarating hike with stunning views over Marbella away from the bustle.

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