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Your brief guide to Marbella

Marbella – noted around the world as a VIP destination. Well known among famous and rich. Located just 45 minutes from Pablo Picasso International Airport in Malaga, Marbella is easily accessible and visited by tourists all year round.

Marbella aerial view

Green mountains that surround Costa del Sol have created local microclimate with mild cooler summers and warmer winters, so much appreciated by tourists and locals. Marbella’s culture, amazing beaches, numerous championship golf courses… make it a true gem for anyone. This cosmopolitan city became home to a diverse mixture of international, wealthy and not expatriates from all over Europe. Its current residents, together with all its characteristics make Marbella unique of its kind.


Marbella’s population is a fusion of people of all ages, backgrounds, nationalities and likings. You will find families relocating here for its laid-out lifestyle and facilities that guarantee children’s education to the very high standards, possibility for the professionals and entrepreneurs to continue and develop their career. This all with possibility to enjoy family time and amazing outdoors. There are also numerous wealthy Europeans enjoying exclusive lifestyle in their second homes in Marbella.

Part time residents enjoy their time in milder local climate while their home country suffer very rigid winters. You will also find young party lovers jumping from one club to another or those looking for the opposite a calm and beautiful retreat surrounded by the stunning nature. And at last but not least, locals, the original ones, that enjoy all the benefits of this Spanish enclave. You can find any kind of residents in Marbella and there are perfect facilities for all of them.

Marbella Family Fun


Marbella’s beautiful coastline has its great promenade, Paseo Maritimo. It is full of café, bars, restaurants, shops, chiringuitos, playgrounds for kids and outdoor gyms, kiosks and nearby parks… It’s a perfect place for a morning jogging (or evening as well) or other work-out. You can enjoy there a charming walk, a time out with family or friends or on your own and view sunrise, sunset, night sky full of stars or always amazing and mesmerising sea views.

There are two important ports, Puerto Deportivo and Puerto Banús. The firs one is right in the middle of Marbella. The second is world famous, VIP area, home to high end nightlife, shopping and millionaire yachts.

Marbella beaches are ready to host all type of beach lovers, no matter age or taste.

It’s not complicated to find a good spot for yourself, family or friends. And all beaches have very good facilities with bars, chiringuitos as well as showers, restrooms and parking.

You will find a beach for active people with loads of family fun like jet skis, banana boats, windsurfing but also trampolines and arcade with other games. There are numerous beach clubs for rich and famous where various summer parties are held. There are beaches (and not only) where it is not unusual to spot a celebrity. Many beach clubs have swimming pools and most of them have its own dining options. You can also chose to dine at one of numerous chiringuitos with wide range of notable local food options.

Nikki Beach Marbella
Chiringuito Marbella - Sardinas


Marbella’s history, influenced by the Moorish occupation of nearly 800 years, is still visible on its calles. Many magnificent monuments are absolutely worth visiting. Some Roman remains that survived Moorish occupation are also worth your time in El Casco Antiguo.

El Casco Antiguo is waiting for you with its charming narrow streets filled with monuments and beauty from old days. La Plaza de los Naranjos and its fragrant orange trees, charming fountain from 1604, original town hall built in 1572… and, as all over Marbella, numerous restaurants, bars, boutiques…

All parts of the town are bustling with life from morning to the very late night with people enjoying their time with the loved ones.

Casco Antiguo Marbella


Marbella puts a lot of importance on sport and healthy lifestyle. There are various facilities for any type of sports from municipal multi-sport centres accessible to anyone where you can practice various sports including swimming, tennis, football and many other. You will find plenty of gyms, including already mentioned ones on the beaches and various sport dedicated centres like tennis clubs, paddle courts, martial arts, basketball, yoga, pilates, dance, obviously numerous beach and sea sports… to end on countless golf courses to enjoy one of the most popular sports on Costa del Sol after which it is also called Costa del Golf.


Puerto Banús Luxury Shopping

Naturally, shopping is not something that can be missing in such a lively place. We already mentioned unique boutiques of Casco Antiguo and luxury ones of Puerto Banús but there are various options for all tastes and pockets. La Cañada shopping centre with over 150 shops, dining options as well as cinema. El Corte Inglés in Puerto Banús for higher end shopping that offers anything from groceries, gourmet dining, clothing, cosmetics, music, furniture, electronics… and even cars and travel. And if you don’t appreciate shopping centres, visit Avenida Ramon y Cajal in the city centre where you can find Burberry, Bvlgari, Cartier as well as Spanish high street shops. Obviously, a local, long-established weekly street market, mercadillo with its artisanal jewellery, food and clothes could not be missing.

There is much more to discover about and in Marbella. I can assure you there is something for everyone in this amazing place. So, grab your car, a boat, a plane, a horse, a bike… or any other way of transport and come to visit Marbella, discover it for yourself, fall in love and never leave again.


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