Situated along the Costa del Sol, Marbella is Spain's answer to St Tropez. This chic holiday resort is a favoured get-away among the rich and famous, and it’s not hard to see why. There’s an endless supply of world-class restaurants, luxury hotels, spectacular golf courses, fashionable shops, a lovely marina and a vast number of lively bars and clubs to keep you entertained till sunrise.
Marbella may be the most famous place on the Costa del Sol, but there are numerous other areas that are well worth a visit.
The charming old town is home to whitewashed Renaissance buildings, flower-covered balconies and narrow, winding streets. Orange Square welcomes guests with its orange trees, the 15th-century Hermitage Church of Santiago and restaurants with terraces serving traditional dishes such as gazpacho and meatballs. Avenida del Mar is a long, small square with palm trees and Salvador Dalí bronze sculptures.
If unwinding on the sands with a drink in your hand and a palm tree overhead is your idea of a perfect holiday, then Marbella is for you.
It’s got 24 fantastic beaches to choose from along its 25-kilometre coastline, with many situated along the central Golden Mile area – which is much longer than a mile. With so many beaches around, you’ll have your pick of coastlines and plenty of space to stretch out on a sun lounger or two.
Whether you want to hit the seas for some water sports or party in the sands at one of the pop-up bars, Marbella has a beach for you.
Playa Fontanilla is one of Marbella’s central beaches, ideal for a lazy flop near your hotel. Starting at the marina it runs parallel with the promenade, so you have restaurants, bars and shops at your fingertips. Or El Alicate in Marbella’s sub urbanization of Elviria is a long strip of sand ideal to take the family to.
It can get crowded in the summer, but making up for that are excellent facilities, including restaurants serving up traditional tapas and chilled sangria.
There aren’t a lot of other places in the world that have the same amount of diversity when it comes to their cuisine. Marbella has a massive range of culinary delights, from Michelin star fine-dining restaurants to hole-in-the wall secret gems.
Food here has a wide range of influences, so you’ll find traditional Spanish items including paella and tapas as well as Western favourites, fresh seafood and Asian and European items. Marbella has over a thousand restaurants to choose from.
With more than 145.000 habitants from 124 countries, where only 30% are Spanish, Marbella is very highly divers.
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