Marbella: Introduction

Costa's Honey Pot of Glamour and Wealth

Marbella Introduction

Marbella has always been well-known as a glamorous destination for the wealthy and those that enjoy the jet set lifestyle. The city has the advantage of being a good base for a break or holiday, well located to explore other surrounding towns and cities such as Malaga, the neighbouring town of Puerto Banus (renowned for housing some of the world’s finest yachts in its marina) and Gibraltar which is only a short drive away.

Although Marbella is well-known as a playground for the rich and famous, there are activities and accommodation to suit all budgets, and there is plenty to do. Local transport is good if you have chosen not to hire a car. The beach is the more popular choice for those who want to relax, with deck chairs and parasols available for hire and on-site restaurants offering freshly caught fish and continental style food to suit most pallets. Visitors can also meander along the board walk lined with bars and shops, and for the more sporty, Marbella is a haven for golfers with numerous courses dotted around the city which are known for their breathtaking scenery.

Shopping is a ‘must-do’ in Marbella, and it won’t disappoint thanks to several large indoor and air conditioned shopping complexes, specialty food shops, designer boutiques and more. When hunger kicks in, the City offers plenty of fine restaurants with authentic Spanish cuisine aplenty, and definitely worth a try.

Behind the Golden Mile, and away from the crowds, there is the Old Town of Marbella, which gives visitors a break from the modern and glitzy side of the city, with the narrow and winding streets a pure reflection of the Marbella’s Moorish influence, and provides tourists with the chance to explore the history of the city and intricate architecture.

The city has something for everyone and is definitely a destination which should not be missed when visiting the Costa del Sol.