Marbella is a municipality and city located a few miles west of Fuengirola with approximately 150,000 inhabitants. Marbella is a major tourist resort on the Costa del Sol, it has an exclusive character and a large number of golf courses in the surroundings, which attracts wealthy tourists from all over the world and especially from Northern Europe and the Middle East. The alleys of Marbella’s old town are fantastic with over 400 shops, restaurants and historical monuments.
Walking around the old town and the seafront promenade
You can easily spend a day in Marbella strolling around the Old Town, soaking up the atmosphere in the old alleys, maybe having lunch at the Orange Square, going down to the seafront and having a beer or coffee at an outdoor café. If you feel like going a little further, you can walk the golden mile where the most expensive properties are located. You can even walk or cycle all the way to Puerto Banús.
Casco Antiguo de Marbella
The open shopping centre Casco Antiguo de Marbella consists of more than 400 shops, bars, restaurants and hotels in a century-old setting. You can shop and enjoy moments of leisure surrounded by the 10th century Arab wall, enjoy the Plaza de los Naranjos or view its many 16th century churches and chapels.
Many Scandinavians and English people in Marbella
Since the 1960s, Marbella has had a Scandinavians and English colony consisting of both permanent and winter residents. In the Marbella area there are residents from 150 different nationalities.
Easy to get there
It is easy to get to and from Marbella via the A7 coastal road and there are frequent bus connections with all the resorts between Algeciras and Málaga. There are two airports located at roughly the same distance: Malaga Airport is a major airport suitable for most people, but for travelling to the UK or Madrid, Gibraltar Airport is an alternative.
Andalusian wines and freshly squeezed juices
Be sure to drink Andalusian wines when you are in Marbella, fine wine restaurants and shops can be found everywhere, these in the old town.
Marbella’s famous harbour, Puerto Banús, is located outside the city centre. If you like luxury, you should go there. The luxury yachts are located on the quays with full visibility and if you like nice cars, the place is an eldorado.
The Golden Mile
The Golden Mile which ends or begins in Puerto Banús, whichever you prefer, is 7.5 kilometres long and a great walk or if you prefer to cycle or board. The playa winds its way between Marbella and Puerto Banús. The buildings are white and low and the palm trees sway in the wind. The food is good and the wine fruity in the restaurants you pass and the prices are absolutely affordable. Perfect for walkers, joggers, cyclists and families with prams.