Marbella, Spain is the choice of the rich and famous. The resort is large and stylish, with around 28 km of beaches. Set against the stunning backdrop of the “La Concha” mountain Marbella is a mixture of old and new, with stylish apartments lining the seafront while typical Andalusian houses are to be found along the picturesque alleys of Marbella’s Old Town. A favourite area to visit is the beautiful Plaza de los Naranjos in the Old Quarter, meaning “Orange Plaza.” It is aptly named and especially beautiful when the orange blossoms are in bloom, and is also surrounded by restaurants and cafés making it a perfect place to unwind and watch the world go by.
Marbella’s main boulevard is home to many stylish boutiques and shops, while the gardens at “Parque de la Alameda” make a nice place to sit and relax. Dedicated to the artist Salvador Dali, there are copies of his sculptures along its length and leading down to the promenade. The Parque de la Constitución has its own little amphitheatre which is the venue for outdoor productions during the summer months.
Marbella marina is neither as famous nor as glamorous as it’s better known sister, Puerto Banus, but the Marbella marina area is the place to find fresh fish, with it’s live fish market providing many of the restaurants in the area with their fish. The Paseo Maritimo borders the sandy beaches and stretches from Marbella right along to Puerto Banus.
Leaving downtown Marbella heading west, one travels along the famous “Golden Mile,” so-called for the palatial beachfront villas that contribute to the area having some of the most expensive real estate in Europe. The “Golden Mile” is also home to the Marbella Club Hotel, founded in the 1950’s. The five star luxury hotel founded Marbella’s reputation as a playground for the rich and famous. Nowadays celebrities and dignities include the likes of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, who has a summer palace and mosque on the Golden Mile.
Marbella has a distinctly cosmopolitan feel to it, more so than the other main towns on the Costa del Sol, local celebrities include Sean Connery, Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas (who originally came from Malaga). It’s not surprising that it is often compared with the likes of Monaco and Portofino.
We would like to recommend you some of the things to do in Marbella:
- Old Town – Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz Church
- Ermita del Calvario – Bonsái Museum
- Ralli Museum – Villa romana de Río Verde
- Termas romanas de Guadalmina – Basílica paleocristiana de Vega del Mar
- Yacimiento fenicio de Río Real – Pecho Redondo Caves
- Nagüeles Caves – Bajadilla Beach – Fuerte Beach
- Fontanilla Beach – Puerto Banús