Marbella is possibly the most famous and glamorous location on the Costa del Sol and with its 24 kilometres of beach, it isn’t difficult to see why Marbella has become a favourite tourist destination for people all over the world. Its microclimate makes Marbella an attractive tourist destination as it means that Marbella has cooler summers and warmer winters than other towns in the Malaga province.
Marbella offers a little bit of everything. It has many beaches, including the exclusive and world-famous Nikki Beach and Ocean Club. It has mountains perfect for hiking such as ‘La Concha’ which towers over Marbella and thus has uniquely beautiful views. Marbella also has an entire ‘Casco Antiguo’ or the Old Town which is filled with cobbled streets, parks, churches and traditional shops and restaurants. The town is extremely cosmopolitan and this is displayed through the hundreds of international restaurants and shops in the area. There are also numerous golf courses that are amongst some of the best in Spain, including one that can be played on at night. However, its most well-known landmark in Marbella is Puerto Banus. The elite area is home to hundreds of yachts, designer shops, amazing restaurants and beach clubs and possibly the best night life on the Costa del Sol. It is no wonder that it has attracted the rich and famous for decades.
However, it also offers a history dating back to Palaeolithic times and has monuments like the Roman Baths called Las Bovedas, the Villa of Rio Verde which houses some magnificent mosaics and the Visigoth fortresses that still exist, centuries after being built.
Marbella offers the best of both worlds and is definitely a must-see while on holiday on the Costa del Sol. If staying in Marbella, it is recommended to visit its neighbouring towns: Estepona and Fuengirola. The best way to reach these is by car.