World famous as a holiday destination since the 1960´s, Marbella is regarded as the Costa del Sol’s jewel in the crown. Its unique allure has produced a style and character quite distinct from other coastal towns. Marbella offers both the quintessentially Spanish qualities of its “old town” alongside the modern landmarks of designer labels and contemporary infrastructure.
Marbella is 50km from Málaga airport and is well served by the local highway, the N340 or the toll motorway, the E-15. With a permanent population of 100,000, this figure increases dramatically during the summer months. The protection of La Concha mountain in the Sierra Blanca affords Marbella its own micro-climate, which guarantees sunny weather most of the year with the exception of mild winter conditions from November to March.
Marbella´s old town centres around the Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Square), which feature a wide variety of traditional and modern restaurants. The narrow streets which meander from this point are chock-full of eclectic shops selling everything from Moroccan rugs to summer sandals. Venture out on to Marbella´s main street, Ricardo Soriano and designer names such as Versace, Gucci and Escada are to be found.
The coastline enjoys some of the best beaches on the Costa del Sol. Many a local resident enjoys a morning walk or even jog along Marbella´s Paseo Maritimo (promenade) where many traditional Spanish restaurants are also located. The nightlife in Marbella is equally eclectic, ensuring those who visit enjoy the pleasures of the night as much as the alluring sun during the day.