Marbella Holidays and Travel Guide
Marbella holidays and travel guide at Spain’s Most Chic Resort
Well known as the playground for the rich and famous, Marbella has a cosmopolitan vibe and a well preserved Andalucian history along the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.
Situated on the Costa del Sol, this chic resort is a favourite among the wealthy who frequent the world-class restaurants, luxury hotels, championship Costa del Sol golf courses, fashionable boutiques, opulent marina and vibrant clubs.
Be sure to dress to impress on your holidays to Marbella as you stroll along the quayside in the famous Puerto Banus Marina where million dollar yachts bob in the harbour. This is where beautiful celebrities are entertained as they lounge beach side and expensive champagne flows everywhere, Marbella is where jet setters come to show off their wealth.
Play golf on a selection of Marbella golf courses
Marbella is not only a play ground to the rich and famous, here many thousands of golfers from all over Europe choose Marbella as their top golf holiday destination.
The Costa del Sol is home to over 60 championship courses. At least 20 of those golf courses are within a 30 minute drive of Marbella which makes it ideal for golfers looking for diversity of courses without having to travel for hours to and from the hotel and the golf courses.
Marbella is a serious destination for any avid golfer as it boasts being home to around 15 of the Costa del Sol’s top golf courses. The most popular include La Quinta Golf, Rio Real, Santa Maria and Santa Clara Golf.
The Old Town & Orange Square
Marbella is full of history dating back to 1600 BC and this history is evident in charming, Old Town.
15th century castles and churches, flowered, wrought-iron balconies and modern, stylish establishments line the serene, narrow streets.
The famous Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Square) is a cluster of traditional, outdoor restaurants, tapas bars, café’s and orange trees.
Privately owned boutiques specialise in everything from olives and homeopathic produce to exclusive Spanish designers. Strolling among the mix of old and new, Old Town is a tranquil setting. However, when the sun sets, the vibe transforms and Orange Square becomes a pulsating hub of night-life with a wide range of party atmospheres.
Puerto Banus Marina
Holidays to Marbella wouldn’t be the same without visiting the world renowned Puerto Banus luxury marina where the super rich dock their extravagant yachts.
Visitors walk along the marina and marvel at the opulence floating on the water and delight in the clever names. Ultra luxury cars such as Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti and Aston Martin can also be seen on the marina front.
Puerto Banus is also home to the best names in fashion design from Dolce & Gabbana to Louis Vuitton and the jet-set can be found shopping here year round.
Famous for its incredible variety of clubs, bars, pubs and discos, party goers flock to Puerto Banus to drop loads of cash having fun in up-market bars and clubs.
Marbellas Golden Mile
The Golden Mile is a four mile stretch between Marbella’s Orange Square and Puerto Banus. This exclusive area is home to some of the world’s most luxurious villas and estates.
The Palace of King Fahd, along with the residences of Antonia Banderas and Melanie Griffith are found here as well as the landmark hotels Melia Don Pepe, Hotel Marbella Club and the Puente Romano Hotel.
Visitors can walk this stretch in two hours and marvel at the stunning homes, hotels and restaurants that make up the Golden Mile.
Shop until you drop in Marbella!
One of the top things to do in Marbella is enjoy the fantastic array of shops and boutiques on offer. From the swanky and chic shops in Puerto Banus to the impressive
La Canada Marbella international shopping centre located right by the main N340 highway. The centre is one of the best in Andalucia which also houses a large cinema complex. You will find quality shops to suit all tastes and budgets.
Everything is on offer at La Canada in Marbella including sports attire and equipment, jewellery, boutiques, restaurant, cafeterias, a large supermarket , cosmetics, mobile phones and large DIY store. Top names at the centre include Zara, Kiehls, Foot locker, C&A, Tommy Hilfiger and much more.
An early evening stroll around the old quarter is well worth it as well as there are some quaint smaller shops selling local handicraft items.
The only way is Marbella
Marbella has claimed extra publicity among young holiday goers since ITV’s hit TV programme ‘The Only Way is Essex‘ featured a special episode, cleverly entitled ‘The Only Way Is Marbs’, set here in the popular holiday destination of Marbella.
Best beaches in Marbella
La Sala Beach by the Sea
Situated within the town of San Pedro de Alcántara, next to the Guadalmina urbanisation, this beach has the thick golden sand that is typical to this area of the Mediterranean. Different water sports can be practised here such as windsurfing, jet skiing, and kayaking, as well as swimming and kite surfing.
The four star Guadalmina Hotel is nearby, and there are also two beach clubs and two chiringuitos (beach restaurants) with sun beds for hire. Looking for a bit of history on your holidays to Marbella? Then you will love Guadalmina Beach.
Just nearby is Bovedas, the 3rd Century historic ruins, which are situated within a protected archaeological area.
La Fontanilla Beach
La Fontanilla Beach is a rustic beach that varies in size depending on the tide. A hugely popular beach because of its location – it is right in the middle of Marbella, near the Marbella Port – and its facilities – the list here is endless, those keen on busy social beaches will be best off at La Fontanilla.
Located ten minutes from Marbella, Nikki Beach is one of the best and most famous luxury beach clubs in the world. The beautiful Blue Flag beach and crystal clear waters are the backdrop for this sexy, glamorous atmosphere.
These beach goers lounge under private, bamboo cabanas sipping champagne cocktails while world class DJs, dancers, flame-throwers and acrobats perform. Nikki Beach is the ultimate Marbella beach party experience for any holiday to Marbella.
Funky Buddha Beach
Where to Stay?
Hotel Guadalpin Puerto Banus
This spacious 5-star hotel offers numerous quality facilities, such as free Wi-Fi and a fitness centre. It offers panoramic views of the beach, stylish rooms with flat-screen TVs and personalised service.
The Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus offers spacious and romantic rooms equipped with a shower and complimentary toiletries. Guests of the hotel Guadalpin can enjoy a unique dining experience at the bar and inhouse restaurant.
Hotel Vasari Resort
The Vasari Vacation Resort is located just a short walk from the shore and is perfectly situated for those in search of a beach-side retreat. Facilities at the hotel include large and comfortable rooms. Malaga Airport is less than a 40-minute drive from the resort. You will find plenty to see and do in the area, with Puerto Banus Marina and the Aloha Golf Club under 10 minutes’ car ride away.
The Fuerte Miramar Spa provides a number of facilities including a steam bath, a fitness centre and a kids club.
There is a large selection of eating options in the area from typical Spanish to fast food outlets.
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