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Stay in style in marvelous Marbella on the Costa del Sol in Spain

A tantalizing mix of old and new, Marbella is nestled on the Costa del Sol in Andalusia, Spain, just 51 km from Malaga city by the fastest route. With its modern developments contrasting with the charm of its Old Town, Marbella has something to suit every taste, whether in dining, shopping or enjoyable activities. Backed by the stunning Sierra Blanca Mountains, and framing 27 km of clean sandy beaches, this city has it all.
Puerto Banus, Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
Photo Puerto Banús, Marbella via Wikimedia by Diliff/CC BY-SA 3.0

The city offers a range of hotels and holiday resorts both on the beachfront and in the town itself. For those who prefer to be more independent, the best in luxurious villas are available from the Firefly Collection, all guaranteed to offer every conceivable comfort.

The Golden Mile and Marbella’s beaches

Enjoy the Golden Mile on the edge of town, with its beachfront properties and classy nightclubs while on the way to the glamorous Puerto Banús marina, a popular spot with celebrities and royalty alike with its luxury yachts, restaurants and bars and upmarket boutiques. 
Puerto Banus, Marbella
Photo Puerto Banus via Wikimedia by Tomas Fano/CC BY-SA 2.0

Other beaches close to the city include the popular Playa de Cabopino, with its long sandy beaches and nearby dunes. All beaches in the area provide all necessary amenities for a pleasant stay and many have a Blue Star status. Along the beachfront, many of the famous chiringuitos, or beach restaurants, serve the freshest catch of the day.
Marbella beach, Costa del Sol, Spain

Photo Marbella beach via Flickr by Peter & Michelle S/CC BY 2.0

Costa del GolfCosta del Golf

The Costa del Sol often bears the nickname the “Costa del Golf,” and for good reason. Marbella is no exception with excellent golf courses in beautiful locations and often with spectacular views. 

Located around 10 km from Marbella’s city centre, the Atalaya Golf Club sits in front of the Sierra Blanca mountains with views over the Mediterranean Sea and the famous La Concha mountain, synonymous with Marbella. The Santa Clara Golf Club is another popular destination, surrounded by a luxurious residential complex.

Historical Marbella

Head to Old Town Marbella to stroll the narrow streets, lined with whitewashed houses, draped in bougainvillea and geraniums. Here you can encounter quaint tapas bars with tasty Mediterranean treats as you explore the area. The Plaza de los Naranjos is a particularly pretty square in the Old Town, which stands in front of the 16th century town hall and the tourist office. The square is surrounded by orange trees, excellent restaurants and shops. Visit Alameda Park with pathways winding though beautiful botanical gardens, as well as a fountain dating back to 1792.
Plaza de los Naranjos, Marbella, Spain
Photo Plaza de los Naranjos, Marbella via Wikimedia by Herry Lawford/CC BY 2.0

The city has a far ranging history, dating back to both Roman times and the Arab occupation and evidence can still be seen today. Visit a Roman villa and baths close to town, with beautifully preserved mosaics. At Puerto de Cabopino Beach view the Torre Ladrones, part of the Arab fortifications of the coastline. At 15 metres in height, it is the tallest watchtower along the Malaga coast.

Marbella’s museums

Museo Bonsai Marbella is an interesting visit with a range of both native and exotic bonsai trees, while the Museo de Grabado art museum exhibits engravings and other graphic pieces. Those interested in modern art will appreciate Museo Ralli, with its selection of paintings and sculpture.
Museo Ralli, Marbella
Photo Museo Ralli, Marbella via Wikimedia by Museo Ralli Marbella/CC BY-SA 4.0

Make a point of visiting Marbella on your Costa del Sol holiday – enjoy the food, the sun and the sand and experience everything the city has to offer.


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