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Marbela and Puerto Banus the jet set resort of Spain. Most importantly the elegant resort of Marbella, puerto banus is situated in the foothills of the Sierra Blanca, on the Costa del Sol. Marbella is in the province of Malaga. Above all this is a model Mediterranean resort and firm favorite with holidaymakers from all over the world.
Since the 1970’s, Marbella has been renowned as a playground for the rich and famous known as the jet set resort of Spain. However there is so much more to this great resort. It has a wonderfully cosmopolitan atmosphere. Also it exudes charisma attracting visitors for its many facets. There are diverse beaches, a great mild climate, plus a multitude of leisure facilities. Here in Marbella the nightlife compares with anywhere in the world. For those who like shopping Marbella has every International luxury brand. In conclusion Marbella offers some of the best golf courses in Europe and boasts many Michelin star restaurants. It has earned its reputation this is without doubt the jet set resort of Spain:
Marbella is a charming warm and welcoming city. So it’s no surprise that time and again it tops the most visited city in Spain list. Tourists just want a piece of the action in Marbella?
Marbella’s motto is “a way of life”. If you are looking for a holiday that offers great beaches, wonderful all-year round climate, unique leisure facilities, gastronomy and entertainment, Choose Marbella. Marbella’s way of life will enchant you.
Marbella is a fairly modern town. It still however has an interesting history and a significant architectural heritage.
Some experts believe the first settlement in the Marbella area dates back to the Phoenician occupation in the 7th century. However there is no conclusive evidence of this. The Casco Antiguo (Old Town) dates back to the Roman occupation and was originally called Salduba (Salt City).
From the beaches and enclaves of east Marbella through to the western municipal of San Pedro de Alcantara. Marbella offers so many activities and facilities. Tourists can enjoy a full and active holiday without needing to go elsewhere.
You can while away hours, sipping sangria in the famous Plaza de Naranja ’Orange Square’. Or just take in the beautiful surroundings. Also you can visit the charming boutiques and gift stores.
Orange square is surrounded by tiny streets and alleys. A visit there will also reveal further tiny shops selling all forms of trinkets, fashion and souvenirs. It also has some excellent restaurants and bars. These are very suitable for the young and trendy.
Cross the road from the Old Town and you find yourself in La Alameda Park. This is filled with exotic plants and trees. The park leads down to an open exhibition area. Here is where you can enjoy a permanent exhibition of Dali sculptures and temporary art and media exhibitions. This is a year long exhibition.
Down from the park is the Paseo Maritimo (Promenade). This is one of the favourite places for locals and visitors alike. The boulevard is filled with restaurants of all gastronomies. Most noteworthy are the terraces facing out to the beautiful Mediterranean.
The Marbella coastline stretches from Cabopino through to San Pedro de Alcantara. This is 26 kilometers of golden sandy beaches, shelving down to the calm Mediterranean Sea.
To the east is Cabopino port and beach are home to a couple of laid-back and economical Chiringuitos (Beach Restaurants). The beach right next to the port has sunbeds for hire, This is also a popular kite surfing spot. To the west the beach becomes a nudist spot. Head further west to the popular area of Elviria and the famous Nikki Beach. Finally move on to one of the most beautiful and natural stretches of beach. Elviria beach and the urbanisation of El Rosario.
Funny Beach just outside of Marbella is an amusement park on the beach. Here there are go karts, parasailing, water scooters and a restaurant bar.
The beaches in Marbella town are well equipped with water sports facilities. Many beach restaurants line the golden sands with people cooking sardines on their spits. Furthermore the waters are calm here ideal for family beach days. However if you head further west into Puerto Banus you have a mix of family beach zones and crazy beach clubs. This could result in you bumping into a few celebrities or paparazzi.
Finally, you reach San Pedro de Alcantara, at the western limits of Marbella. Here the wide, palm-fringed beaches are more laid-back, backed by a beautiful promenade and restaurants.
Marbella puerto banus truly is a great place for shopping. If you want to combine a beach holiday with a shopping trip. Marbella is an excellent choice. Between Marbella town and Puerto Banus you have an impressive mix of independent boutiques, luxury brands and international Spanish high street brands, such as Zara and Mango.
The luxury Puerto Banus is crammed with designer boutiques. Hence if you have a few hundred pounds to spend on a tshirt, bikini or pair of shoes, then this is the place to shop. If you’re looking for something a little more unique, then Marbella Old Town is a good shopping destination. La Cañada Shopping Centre on the highway above Marbella, is home to chain stores, boutiques, supermarkets, DIY stores. Here you will find the largest Apple store in Spain, Habitat and Marks & Spencer!
Starting around June, the summer season in Marbella gets going and with it comes a host of festivals and parties. Events include a weekend of pure luxury, at the Marbella Luxury Weekend. Also there is the annual Marbella Feria. This is a week of flamenco, flounce and frivolity. The summer solstice is celebrated on the beach for La Noche de San Juan. Here bonfires are lit all along the beaches of Marbella. These three events take place in June.
The world-renowned Starlite Festival comes to Marbella in August. This brings together musicians and artists from around the world in a series of concerts to raise money for charity. Finally, the eco-holistic Arte Sano festival, takes place in July and November in San Pedro de Alcantara. This is a fun, free and sunny weekend of healing arts, eco market, children’s workshops and music.
Marbella might not be a big city, but it has its fair share of cultural attractions. If the day is overcast and you don’t fancy shopping we recommend a trip to the Bonsai Museum (Museo de Bonsai). This houses a wonderful collection of Bonsai trees from all around the world, This is a fantastic garden-museum.
Similarly art lovers have the choice of the Ralli Museum, a contemporary art space. This houses works from Latin American artists. There is also the Poligono Gallery, a wonderful space created to emulate the art district in Beijing. Also there is The Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo houses exhibitions of engraving and art works from national artists.
There are 10 golf courses in the Marbella area alone. Altogether there are over 50 Golf courses in the region of the Costa del Sol. Local courses include: Rio Real, Los Naranjos, La Quinta, Marbella Club and Aloha Golf.
There are heaps of activities to keep a family occupied in Marbella. However if you want to venture out of town. Pop down the road to Puerto Banus the jet set resort of Spain. Make sure to stop off and visit some of the cool cafes and restaurants situated on the Golden Mile (Milla de Oro).
Puerto banus is famous for its glitz and glam, chic and showy boutiques, clubs and the yachting port. This is not far from the truth. Here there are many of the most famous designer shops such as Gucci, Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, the designer list is endless. The experience of shopping here is second to none.
You can enjoy a stroll to the end of the portside. View all the luxury yachts and then enjoy a Cosmopolitan cocktail at one of the portside bars. Finally you can sit on the terrace watching the rich and famous driving past in their Ferraris.
The neighbouring town of San Pedro de Alcantara combines a traditional old-town, with a more modern seafront. In conclusion there are some superb restaurants and a long, clean stretch of a family-friendly beach.
If you prefer, you can head up into the mountains behind Marbella and visit some of the inland, whitewashed pueblos of the region. The closest village to Marbella is Ojen This is around 10 minutes drive from the coast. The village is nestled between the Sierra Blanca and the Sierra Alpujata mountains. It is just five minutes from the stunning Sierra de las Nieves natural park. This is a charming town small but perfectly formed.
Also slightly further inland you have the villages of Monda Coin, and Istan. You reach these locations traveling inland from the golden mile. Furthermore many foreign residents have settled in this region. However the villages still retain an air of the past and are definitely worth a visit. If you want to get the feel of true Andalucia, spend a day visiting some of these villages.
Above all both traditional tapas and the finest cuisine are available in the restaurants on the Costa del Sol. Marbella, East Marbella, Puerto Banus and San Pedro de Alcantara all serve dishes to delight everyone’s pallet. Most noteworthy there are traditional tapas bars, fish and seafood restaurants, beach bars, Michelin-star establishments and international diners. Wherever you turn in Marbella there is a a restaurant. In the old fishing port you can have a plate of fried fish, clams and sardines. The Old Town combines budget tapas with some real fine dining establishments.
Finally whether you want to eat or just party, you will find what you’re looking for in Marbella and Puerto Banus the jet set resort of Spain. There are glamourous beach clubs, stylish cocktail bars, rowdy tapas bars which are open until the early morning. Here you have many choices.
Marbella has an exceptionally mild micro climate. Protected by the impressive Sierra Blanca mountain range. This consequently ensures the winters are mild and the summer months only reach 32-35 degrees. You don’t need a car, but if you want to get out of town and visit some of the region’s beaches and villages, then hiring a car is advisable.