Marbella

KEY FACTS

  • Distance form Malaga airport: Marbella 45 km; Puerto Banús 58 km.
  • Population: Marbella 116.000 (of which 20.200 foreign)
  • Golf Courses: Marbella has a quarter of the Costa’s courses, including La Quinta and the floodlit La Dama de Noche. Nueva Andalucia is known as Golf Valley.
  • Beaches: with 27 km of coastline and 24 beaches, beachlife is a major part of Marbella’s appeal.

Marbella is one of the most beautiful towns on the coast; its old quarter a wonderful maze of historic plazas full of orange trees, unique small shops and exquisite (if pricey) restaurants. Beyond the centre, Marbella spreads in both directions along the coast, to the pretty Cabopino harbour to the East and to Puerto Banús in the West.

The long, sandy beach which runs the 5km to Puerto Banús is lined by a lovely promenade which is a perfect spot for strolling, jogging or cycling beside the sea. It’s dotted with upmarket hotels, luxury villas, beach bars and fish restaurants.

Stroll around the backstreets of Marbella and you’ll pass endless upmarket residential complexes – white marble is particularly popular near the beach- with large communal pools, tennis courts and gyms. As you head towards La Concha mountain behind the town, you’ll find pretty three-lined streets of exquisite villas and detached houses strictly for the very rich, famous and/or royal.

In Spanish, Marbella literally means “beautiful sea”. For good reason. From Guadalmina to Cabopino, the Marbella coastline stretches along some 26 kms of sunny beaches bathed by the blue Mediterranean. Favoured by the rich and famous, this luxurious resort has long been considered the equivalent of the Saint Tropez on the coast and a considerable investment has been made in recent years which have sharpened this image still further with a massive landscaping drive.

One of the main focal point of Marbella is Puerto Banús. This luxury port has steadily grown over the years and features a casino, a commercial shopping centre, a department store, a marine observatory and a multi-cinema with a buzzing nightlife at the numerous bars, restaurants and clubs.It is hardly surprising that tourism has increased dramatically over the last years and, in order to cater to the swelling numbers the infrastructure has improved and increased. For example, there is a brand new motorway which links Fuengirola with Sotogrande which means that the travel time from Malaga Airport to Marbella has been reduced to a mere 45 minutes. Plus, new improved promenades have been built throughout the coastal resorts, including Puerto Banús and new car parks have opened.In addition, several world-class hotels have opened in the Marbella region which in the past years enjoyed record occupancy levels, particularly during the summer months. This is the season when temperatures can spiral seemingly out of control which, in the past, has occasionally resulted in serious drought conditions throughout the province.Thankfully, this is not a concern for Marbella, which has had the foresight to a build a state-of-the-art desalination plant. This will essentially guarantee a constant supply of water, whatever the weather decides to do.The popularity of southern Spain is particularly evident amongst northern and eastern Europeans who are seeking a quality lifestyle in the sun and, thanks to the area’s excellent telecommunications facilities, are able to run their businesses just as efficiently from here.

VISITING MARBELLA

For shoppers one could visit a different market every day - the most popular being that of Puerto Banus on a Saturday morning.

The young folks would love the NIKKI BEACH at the Don Carlos Hotel in Marbella. For those who like partying, there is no end of night life in World famous Puerto Banus with its 1200 berth yacht marina. There are lots of high class shops, discos, cafes, restaurants, bars cluster around the harbour. People watching are a fascinating pastime here.

We also recommend La Cañada shopping centre and El Corte Ingles for some retail therapy!

The cinema at Puerto Banus shows a film in English every week.

Marbella is a prosperous resort with luxury hotels, designer stores and many restaurants.

The old town of Marbella - Orange Square is well worth a visit with its narrow streets, boutiques and pavement cafes.