Based in the heart of the Costa del Sol between the sierras of the coastal mountains, Marbella is a former fishing village which has become one of the Med’s most cosmopolitan and sought-after holiday hotspots. The region boasts more than 20kms of glorious coastline, and a yearly tally of 320 sunny days, so if you love beach holidays, you’re on to a winner with Marbella.
With its boulevards, tropical gardens and parks, Marbella is well known for being a magnet for millionaires and celebrities. Dating back to 1600 BC, this sophisticated modern town is also steeped in centuries of history. Visit the Moorish castle and the famous Orange Square for a real sense of its eventful past.
You’ll love the flower-filled balconies and narrow alleyways of Marbella’s history-drenched old quarter, full of intoxicating fragrances. The pace is unhurried as you eat tapas or stroll around the local boutiques and small art galleries.
Just west of Marbella is Puerto Banus, a highly sophisticated marina town you can walk to along the so-called ‘Golden Mile’. Take in the eye-popping prices of the designer boutiques, along with the jaw-droppingly beautiful yachts, the seriously high-performance cars and the high end clubs and restaurants. The atmosphere is decidedly opulent and cosmopolitan and it must be one of the best places in the world for people watching.
If golf’s your thing, you’ll be spoilt for choice of where to play on Marbella holidays, with dozens of quality courses in the region designed by golfing experts. Alternatively, head out on day trips to Granada or Seville, or Malaga. You could even take a short jaunt to Morocco. Wherever you go, you’re bound to bring back some amazing memories.