Marbella 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.
It comprises of several important urban sites: Marbella, San Pedro de Alcántara, Puerto Banús, Nueva Andalucia and Las Chapas, as well as several suburbs. Marbella is surrounded by Estepona, Benahavís, Istán, Ojén y Mijas.
This is undoubtedly the place to be for international high-flyers, with a great range of luxurious, upmarket accommodation. Middlemarket visitors are also well catered for. The are is a Golfers’ paradise.
Many residential areas are dotted along the coast, with private villas available for rent, there are a few apartment complexes near the centre. For many apartment locations, a car is a must as buses stick to the main road.
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.
Marbella can be found towards the west end of Costa del Sol, between Estepona to the est and Fuengirola to the east. Malaga is 36 miles east. (Malaga airport 33 mls). It is located on a coastal strip skirted by an extremely busy motorway.
There are almost 2 dozen beaches around the resort, though many are narrow and mostly artificial. Some better beaches are dotted along the coast, but many are difficult to find, as they are not signposted and can be reached only by car. The resort’s central beach is among the most popular, and thus the most crowded.
There is plenty to do here during the daytime. There are many well-known golf courses as well as tennis clubs. You will find all sorts of water sports at the marina. Horse riding at some beaches and inland stables. There are very scenic drives in surrounding countryside if a car is hired. Also the contemporary Latin American art at the Ralli Museum.
The nightlife consists of open-air terraces beside the Puerto Banus marina. The nightclubs are upbeat and expensive, but free tickets are often handed out around the bars. There is a very smart casino in Puerto Banus.