Marbella is known as…
A glamorous resort town and is a favourite location of the rich and famous, boosted by foreign residents who are seduced by the lifestyle. But there’s plenty for ordinary folk to see and enjoy too in southern Spain’s answer to St Tropez. Its privileged location at the foot of Sierra Blanca on the coast, provides excellent climatic conditions as well as great scenic beauty. It is protected in its northern fringe by the coastal mountains of the Cordillera Penibética and this makes the city enjoy a microclimate that originates an average annual temperature of 18 °C.
Its origin dates back to Roman times, of which there are an abundance of archaeological remains. From the Arab period, it conserves two towers and the walls of the castle and the Christian era. In the old town, it preserves the Church of the Encarnacion, the townhall and the San Juan de Dios hospital.
Marbella stands out for what it has to offer tourists, the warm sun, splendid and extensive beaches, for natural areas such as the Cabopino Dunes or the Pinares de las Chapas. In the Golden Mile, we can find some of the most luxurious residences, such as the King Fahd Palace, as well as some of the most emblematic hotels like Puente Romano, Nobu Hotel or Marbella Club. According to a study by the Institute of Statistics of Andalusia (IEA) in 2008, Marbella was the Andalusian municipality with greater social welfare and quality of life.
What to do in Marbella?
Here there are many facilities, such as an auditorium, a theatre, a music conservatory, a cinema club and several multiplexes. In addition to several museums, a sports stadium, a sports centre, numerous gyms and international schools, marinas, golf courses, sports clubs (riding, tennis, ultralight flights). Marbella is ranked in the first positions of Andalusia regarding the number of private clinics, sports infrastructures and private schools.
In Marbella, you can find a wide variety of establishments and are able to acquire all kinds of products from the most sophisticated to handicraft products, this justifies its fame. You can pass through the city on the Autovía del Mediterráneo highway and the Autopista del Sol toll road, making it have very good connection to other villages.
Moreover, the old town with its narrow cobbled streets and flower-filled plazas is packed with delightful shops and art galleries selling pretty clothes and accessories, and handmade wares. One of the prettiest spots is the fabled Plaza de los Naranjos, which is located just off the main street and is from the 16th-century, as well as the tourist office, where you can pick up a detailed map and other visitor information. On the other hand, for more contemporary fashions, Puerto Banus has all the top international designer stores.
Interesting to highlight is Marbella’s history stretches back to Roman times – you can see beautifully preserved mosaics at a villa and baths near the town.
Marbella’s restaurants and neighborhoods
In terms of eating out, Marbella’s gastronomic scene is second to none, with everything from vegetarian and vegan cafes, to beachfront chiringuitos, and Michelin-starred restaurants including Spanish cooking star Dani Garcia’s – a feast for foodies.
And of course the beaches are second to none – most visitors come to Marbella to enjoy the sun, sea and sand, which has been drawing expatriate communities since the 1950s when Prince Alfonso de Hohenlohe fell in love with the place and built a beachfront house, drawing all the starriest Hollywood celebrities.
If your visit inspires you to consider living in Marbella, have a look at the neighbourhoods or districts that make this such a charming place to live or perhaps visit on an excursion and decide afterwards. Don’t miss Puerto Banus.
Where to stay at?
Beach Homes Marbella has multiple properties in this area. If you have been fascinated by what we have said before you can not miss seeing these two impressive villas in Marbella East.
We would like to invite you to check more properties in Marbella East You will be fascinated by the views, comfort and proximity to the sea of the properties!
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