Despite being small in size (its population reaches 140,000 inhabitants), Marbella is a very cosmopolitan city, with plenty of expats, a nightlife that has nothing to envy to other bigger cities, big golf courses, charming beaches, restaurants with Michelin stars and excellent weather, but above all, it is a beautiful city.
It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Spain and one of the favorite for celebrities and wealthy people, some of them have even built their mansions here. Its visitors include people like Michelle Obama, Eva Longoria, the famous “Malagueño” Antonio Banderas, and the list goes on. In Marbella you can find the most classic Andalusian essence and places to rub shoulders with the jet set, it all depends on the experience you want to have.
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This is one of the most beautiful and picturesque historical centers of southern Spain, where you can appreciate the heritage of the Roman, Arab and Christian cultures. Perfect examples of this are Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, the remains of the castle and the Arab wall. Walk through its streets to see the typical white houses of Andalusia and its balconies full of colorful flowers that make this place even more fascinating, and don’t forget to visit its beautiful squares with charming terraces! In my opinion, this is the most beautiful area of Marbella.
Typical street of the Old Town of Marbella. Photo © Silvia Lucero
Marbella has a coastline of 27 kilometers, which holds 24 beaches. Some of them are quiet and others usually get crowded, like Bounty Beach, Nikky Beach and Puerto Banus. Some have their own beach clubs, while others are surrounded by ‘chiringuitos’; there are environments for all tastes.
One of the beaches of Marbella. Photo © Silvia Lucero
Its iconic mountain
The beauty of the city of Marbella is expanded by the famous Montaña de La Concha, located at the end of the Sierra Blanca. It is impossible to imagine Marbella without its mountain and typical white houses. La Concha is about 1215 meters high, it is a hot spot for hiking and from the top you can see Gibraltar and Africa.
Montaña La Concha in the background. Photo © Patrick Mreyen
Avenida del Mar and Paseo Marítimo
If you walk along Avenida del Mar, you will see 10 sculptures which are attributed to Salvador Dalí. The avenue leads to the Paseo Marítimo, which is about 7 kilometers long. There, it is quite entertaining to walk, because on one side there is the beach and on the other you will see restaurants, bars, shops and mansions; an ideal spot for touring and enjoying the sunny days of Marbella.
Avenida del Mar. Photo © Silvia Lucero
Parque de la Alameda
A park with a charming fauna, built on the XVIII century. Its small in size, and holds a fountain called Fuente de la Virgen del Rocío that stands out in the center of the park, as well as very beautiful benches full of Andalusian tiles.
Parque La Alameda. Photo © Silvia Lucero
The food you can eat it in Andalusia is yummy, and Marbella is not the exception! There are wonderful catering options for all budgets. In addition to the Andalusian specialties, don’t forget to try the wines of the region, especially those of Ronda.
Do not forget that the city has its prodigal son, the chef Dani García, who has owned several restaurants, including Restaurante Calima, with which he obtained two Michelin stars, as well as Restaurante La Moraga, among others. Nowadays he manages the ‘Dani Garcia Restaurante’.
There are two other restaurants with Michelin stars, Skina, located in the old town and El Lago, located in Greenlife Golf.
Typical old town restaurant. Photo © Silvia Lucero
In summer (July and August) this city holds the festival of the stars, which is attended by artists of great international fame. The amphitheater is impressive, being located in the middle of nature and in a quarry, which allows for better acoustics. In addition to the concerts they set up a restaurant, bars, lounge and disco.
Starlite Marbella. Photo © Silvia Lucero
Did you know that the Costa del Sol holds only 70 golf courses, and 16 of them are in Marbella? So, if you like this sport, you’ve come to the right place!
Honestly, it’s not my favorite place, as I think Marbella has nicer areas, but it’s a very famous part because of the luxuries that surround it. There you can see yachts anchored in the harbor, shop in luxury stores or have a glass of champagne while you watch the Porches and Ferraris parade.
Puerto Banús. Photo © Patrick Mreyen
Explore the surroundings
As it is located near the Serranía de Ronda, you can make excursions to spectacular places like Ronda, explore Pueblo Pitufo de Júzcar or venture to explore other places like Gibraltar, everything is an hour or so away.
Júzcar, “the smurf village” just an hour from Marbella. Photo © Patrick Mreyen
The best thing about Marbella is that its people are very friendly; the Marbella locals are super proud of their city, so they will certainly treat you well and give you good recommendations to make the most out of your holiday. It is also an ideal destination for family travel.
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