Since Spain is one of the most visited countries in the European region, anyone looking for a good way to relax can actually choose from so many holidays in Spain. This country has so much to offer. Whether you are the type of tourist who really enjoys playing golf while having your holiday or would rather prefer to kiss the sun by going to different well-preserved beaches, you would surely find Spain amazingly attractive. For the must-see places in Spain, continue browsing this page.
make the Costa del Sol a perfect choice for a holiday, a second home or for living permanently.
The area offers something for everyone - families, couples, groups of friends and, of course, golfers.
Marbella's motto is 'A Way of Life' and certainly this luxurious resort seems to have it all and is a favourite location with the rich and famous.
stretches along some 27 kilometres of coastline from Cabopino to San Pedro
and boasts some of the finest beaches
of the Costa del Sol.
Marbella Centre comprises the Old Town, centre, beach front (Paseo Maritimo), the sports and fishing ports. Head along the Golden Mile out of Marbella to reach world famous Puerto Banus.
Puerto Banus is built around a large marina where some most magnificent yachts lay at anchor. It was originally developed as an exclusive playground for the rich and famous in the 1970's yet still retains the Andalucian character with traditionally narrow streets and white-washed buildings. Nowadays there are also modern shops and celebrated restaurants, bars and nightclubs. There is a huge branch of Spain's best department store - El Corte Ingles and also a large cinema complex that shows some films in English.
Nueva Andalucia has multi-million Euro villas and more modest but still stylish apartments plus some very fine restaurants. It is also home to the Casino. On Saturdays there is a justifiably popular market.
San Pedro de Alcántara is very Spanish in flavour with a surprisingly good choice of international restaurants and exclusive shops - you will have to hunt them down in the warren of small streets. There is a superb promenade along
Cabopino to the east of Marbella is a charming small marina and the best beaches.The marina has some very good restaurants and a few shops. To the west along the beach you will find some great beach restaurants. Sinbad el Mariñero is well noted for its fresh fish and Triana is very popular especially for lunch.
Marbella also has its down to earth side and an air of individuality which can be best appreciated by exploring back streets in the old part of town. One of the prettiest places is La Plaza de Los Naranjos - Orange Square - home to the 16th century town hall and tourist office where you can pick up a detailed map and visitor information.
Be sure to explore the surrounding narrow streets where homes and shops intermingle to create the atmosphere of a small village, rather than a cosmopolitan town. There are also numerous bars and excellent restaurants to choose from.
Marbella and Puerto Banus have a lot to offer including fine shops, galleries and sports facilities. World class restaurants and exciting bars, exhibitions and concerts plus many local ferias, which are truly great fun, make this area a great choice.
For those who come to life after dark, Puerto Banus is justifiably famous for its restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs.
Fantastic stores, chic boutiques and great markets make this part of the Costa del Sol a shopper's paradise.
There are sports centres and tennis clubs, beauty salons
and aesthetic clinics - this is the home of the body beautiful!
Discover the beautiful mountains, with their dazzling white villages, as well as Marbella Old Town, Ronda, and Gibraltar. Or venture a bit further to Granada, Cordoba or Seville. Jerez and Cadiz are also well worth a visit.
Many beautiful beaches beckon - many offer an array of water sports and others simply peace and quiet.
From Guadalalmina to Cabopino, the Marbella coastline stretches along 26 kilometres of sunny beaches bathed by the Mediterranean, where you can enjoy traditional fish and seafood favourites like sardines on a spit, fried fish and world famous paella. There are casinos, clubs and just about every sporting activity under the sun - few places can match Marbella.
Old Town Marbella
The Alcazabar or The Castle contained the first city of Marbella.Soon the settlement spilt over the walls, extending over what is today known as the old town.
The boundaries of the old Arab medina can be easily seen to-day as all areas that were dominated by Arabs have the typical very narrow streets, twisting and winding through the town. This is pure Arab style, a style that protects from the burning sun, allowing the people to stroll along the streets without leaving the shade.
La Plaza de los
Naranjos - Orange Square - is the centre of the town - a small but grand
This "Hospitalillo" was
ordered to be built by the Catholic Monarchs and such was its importance
they were present at the inauguration.
Marbella's main sights
town and Orange Square
Roman Villa and Roman Baths
of Spanish Contemporary Engravings
Seafront promenade and beaches
Flea and Antique Market (Saturday morning).
mini 'Rastro' where you can find everything from a wooden elephant to
a woolly jumper. Prices are good but you may need to haggle.
1.600 m long and 30 m. wide
quiet and very clean
Two beach clubs and two "chiringuitos" (beach restaurants) with sun beds.
550m long and 40m wide
busy in summer
Two "chiringuitos" (beach restaurants) with sun beds.
San Pedro Beach
San Pedro de Alcántara
km long beach and 35 m wide
Promenade that goes all along the beach area
beach restaurants with sun beds and one beach club with swimming pool,
and paddle tennis court, there is also a children's playing area on the
beach, the use of which is free.
N ext to Nueva Andalucia and close to Puerto Banus
1.100m long and 30m wide
Water sports are available such as windsurfing, jet skiing, pedalos, etc.
beach clubs with swimming pools and also six beach restaurants with sun
West of Puerto Banus.
1 km long and 50 m wide
1.200 m long beach and 30 m wide
Close by are the remains of a Hispano Roman villa from the Ist century, known as the Rio Verde Roman Villa
club and three beach restaurants.
900 meters long and 20 meters wide
800 meters long and 50 meters wide
2 KM long and 45 m wide
800 m long and 30 m wide
beach restaurants with sun beds.
West of the Leisure Port in Marbella
300 m long and 35 m wide
beach restaurants as well as children's games on the beaches
500 m long and 40 meters wide
700 m long and 35 m wide
Quite busy - especially with Spanish families
beach restaurants with sun beds.
1.300 m long and 40 m wide
1.500m long and 30m wide
2 km in length and 50 m width
beach restaurants and a beach club.
1.900 m long and 35 m wide
Next to the Real de Zaragoza Urbanization
1.800 m long and 50 m wide
Near the Rio Vibora
650 m long and 35 m wide
1.000m long and 40 m wide
1.200 m long and 10 m wide
This beach is situated in a protected sand dune area known as LAS DUNAS DE ARTOLA, next to the Cabopino Marina
m long and 25 m wide
3 beach restaurants
900 m long and 30 m wide
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Weather in Marbella
Marbella enjoys one of the best climates in Europe.
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