Guide to Marbella on the Costa del Sol
The city of Marbella is situated on the Mediterranean coast, and is one of the most popular locations in the whole of the Costa del Sol. However, although we cannot deny that it is popular with tourists who visit for the great nightlife and entertainment, it is also suitable for those who want to enjoy the quieter life. If you are planning on staying at the DDG World retreat during your spa break
, Marbella will be a town you will want to visit.
Marbella has a history of being a playground for the rich and famous. However, although this is true to a certain extent, there is plenty on offer here for all. It is only the recent history of the town that has seen it become one of the premier destinations in the country, and back in the 1940s it was just another seaside village.
One of the things that attracts people to Marbella is its natural setting. With stunning, golden beaches down one side, the other side boasts an exceptional mountain range to provide fantastic views. This allows for plenty of opportunities for either enjoying a day on the beach or taking a walk into the mountains, two very different types of activity that provide just a taste of what Marbella has to offer.
Perhaps the most famous natural landmark is La Fontanilla Beach. A huge, golden expanse of perfect sand, you can either choose to mix with the crowds in the main areas or head out to the edges for a bit more peace and quiet. The great thing is that there is always plenty of room for sun worshippers to find a suitable spot.
Puerto Banus is one of the main attractions of the town. This exuberant marina is, quite simply, one of the most famous leisure centres in Europe, if not the world. Packed full of impressive yachts that are owned by the hugely wealthy visitors to the town, you can stroll along simply enjoying taking in the wealth on display, but at the same time there are plenty of bars, restaurants and shops to enjoy, as well as a casino and some nightclubs.
Casco Antiguo, on the other hand, is everything that Puerto Banus is not. Peaceful and picturesque, the old town of Marbella provides a perfect opportunity to walk through its quaint streets and to admire the ancient buildings. However, there are also plenty of designer shops and boutiques tucked away throughout the old town, so there is always plenty on offer here.
For those of us who want to enjoy a more natural setting, Marbella is full of wonderful parks and gardens to explore. Alameda Park is a delightful park full of tropical flowers and impressive statues, and you can also head to the bonsai museum to experience one of the best collections of bonsai trees in the world.
There are a plethora of restaurants and bars throughout the city, catering for all tastes. Whether you want to head out into the party scene, or seek out some smaller, quieter places, you will not find it hard to find the best places to suit you.
Marbella is only 40 minutes from Malaga Airport, making it a very convenient place to live if you will be travelling back to the UK at any time. And if you want to get out of the city for a day trip there are plenty of options, with Granada, Seville and Cordoba all within easy reach. Tangier is also within easy reach of the town, meaning you can even pop over to Africa for a day should you wish to see something entirely different.
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