Often referred to as the ‘playground of the rich and famous’, the reputation of Marbella is all but defined by its glitzy clientele, opulent hotels and vibrant nightlife, yet this barely scratches the surface… A fascinating old quarter, hilltop vineyards, world-class golf and a flourishing arts scene bejewel the luxury resort, and its pristine white beaches and palm-lined promenade site against a breathtaking backdrop of the stunning Sierra Blanca mountain range.
A Little More About Marbella
Spanning almost 12 kilometres of the Costa del Sol, between San Pedro de Alacantra in the east to Bounty Beach in the west, Marbella is a lavish jewel on the Costa del Sol’s spectacular coastline. The resort’s cashmere-like sand is lapped by the crystal-clear Mediterranean and hosts an agglomeration of flashy beach clubs and stylish oceanfront eateries.
Marbella’s exclusive flair and cosmopolitan flavour continue to attract a glittering elite crowd, and its shiny promenade running between the town centre and Puerto Banus is brimming with star-studded nightclubs, exclusive bars and deluxe resorts. Although being close to five miles in length, the expansive esplanade is famously referred to as the ‘Golden Mile’.
In stark contrast, Casco Antiguo, Marbella’s historic old town, is a well-preserved imprint of Spanish life in an otherwise international town. Its beating heart is the charming Plaza de los Naranjo which is embellished with flourishing bougainvillea and filled with wonderful orange trees that provide the sweet, citrusy aroma that lingers through the square. The plaza is lined with whitewashed Moorish-style architecture and has a scattering of wonderfully authentic Spanish restaurants and cafés.
Just a few minutes’ drive along Marbella’s coastline and you will reach the glamorous port town of Puerto Banus. This glossy harbour was specifically crafted to house the hundreds of luxurious yachts that grace Marbella’s shores during peak summer months. The surrounding streets are filled with jaw-dropping super cars and replete with swanky designer boutiques, hip bars and stylish restaurants.
A taste of Marbella
All manner of culinary experiences are on offer in and around Marbella, from Michelin-starred restaurants and contemporary tapas bars, to chic chiringuitos and delicious health food cafés. Although the bulk of the resort’s casual dining stays in check with authentic Andalusian cuisine, its fine dining establishments tailor to Marbella’s high society, offering world-class journeys in gastronomy and some of the most flavoursome and innovative dishes in Spain.