is one of the Mediterranean's most representative tourist venues
and a top favorite for travelers. What was once a small white
village of fishermen is now one of the most cosmopolitan places
on the Costa del Sol with one of the most famous sports ports
of the Mediterranean, Puerto Banus, where some of the most famous
yachts have anchored. The municipal district of Marbella is
situated in the heart of the western Costa del Sol, between
the sierras of the coastal mountain range and the sea to which
it looks out along 24 kilometers of coast. Marbella County covers
a total area of 114.3 sq km. It comprises of several important
urban sites: Marbella, San Pedro de Alcántara, Puerto Banús,
Nueva Andalucia and Las Chapas, as well as several suburbs.
The population amounted to 98,377 voting people, although it
is estimated to grow over 105,000 over the next 2 years. Marbella
is surrounded by Estepona, Benahavís, Istán, Ojén y Mijas.
Marbella's impressive infrastructure of yacht harbors, golf
courses, medical facilities, its closeness to Malaga airport
are key features, along with good roads, and a beautiful, safe
and uniquely historic urban environment. This residential or
holiday Jet-set centre, with its millionaires and celebrities
makes a nice clean secure and well maintained Marbella. Its
boulevards, Tropical parks and gardens add to the splendor...
But although a modern town, Marbella is full of history, its
origins date back to 1.600 BC so it's fair to say there is a
little part of history to be found in every corner of the "old
town", with its Moorish castle, and famous "Orange Square".
The historical old quarter with the Andalucian/Moorish mix can
still be found with its flower filled balconies and narrow streets.
Pungent fragrances intoxicate you on of every turn. There is
something for everyone in Marbella, from its spectacular natural
environment and outstanding beaches to its most sophisticated
hotels and super restaurants offering refined cooking from around
Spain boasts a rich variety of gastronomic pleasures that could
only be brought about by its unique climatic and cultural diversity.
Cuisine in Spain is family cooking and characterized by fresh
ingredients. The paella (rice with shellfish), together with
gazpacho and ajoblanco, cold soups, are the familiar dishes.
For the rest, the "pescaito frito" fried fish, is at its height
as it has become a great attraction for visitors.
In the narrow, winding pedestrian streets and squares of old
town Marbella, hanging, eating tapas and exploring the small
art galleries and boutiques are the primary activities. Sound
wafts from a local music school and the pace is leisurely. El
Museo de Grabado (Print Museum) mounts exhibitions on contemporary
printmaking and also has a museum shop selling fine art prints.
Down the hill near the shore, a formerly dilapidated community
is now the alluring clubbing area in Marbella.
For sophistication, the aptly named "La Mila de Oro" (Golden
Mile) from Marbella to Puerto Banus ranks with the best spots
on the French Riviera. Home to high-performance automobiles,
high-end shopping and high-maintenance women, Puerto Banus is
an elegant marina town just west of Marbella. Its seafood restaurants,
clubbing and eye candy are all excellent. A shoreline stroll
along the promenade near the Marbella Club allowing peeks into
the manicured grounds of elegant mansions is sufficient to make
even a penitent monk yearn to be filthy rich.
The Spanish Costa del Sol has long been known to have the best
climate in Europe with 320 days of sun per year and temperatures
ranging from 16 to 30 degrees Celsius (61 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit)
all year Due to the geographic situation of Marbella it has
an exceptionally mild microclimate, protected by the impressive
Sierra Blanca mountain range, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere
provided by a broad mix of nationalities, races and religions
coexisting side by side.
Recently the Costa del Sol has being re dubbed the "Costa
del Golf" this is in response to the spectacular Golf Courses
that have been designed by the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Peter
Alliss and Clive Clark. There are more than 40 quality courses
to be played throughout the Costa del Sol making it a perfect
destination for the golf enthusiast.
With its privileged climate, luxury accommodation, fabulous
sports facilities and not forgetting the natural warmth of the
town; Marbella is a destination to be reckoned with. There are
many large cities near by with lots of cultural spots to visit:
Malaga, Granada, and Sevilla, you're also facing the coast of
Africa with frequent short trips leaving from Algerciras. Marbella
is very accessible with two airports to choose from (Gibraltar
& Malaga) excellent roads and not forgetting the luxury ports.
Great beaches, great climate and a unique offer in sports,
gastronomy and entertainment ... a visit of Marbella is a guarantee
for unforgettable memories.