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Enjoy A City Break In Marbella On The Costa Del Sol In Spain

Old Town Marbella, on the Costa del Sol in Andalucia, Southern Spain
Old Town Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain [Image Lorenmart/Flickr]
Marbella stands out among the beach resort towns of the Costa del Sol and is backed by the Sierra Blanca Mountains. This typical Spanish town is lined by 17 mi (27 km) of sandy beaches, all lapped by the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Meanwhile, Marbella offers the best in retail therapy, as well as great dining and lively entertainment. Moreover, the resort offers a mixture of luxurious hotels, hostels and vacation rental villas and apartments. Read on to find out more about the best aspects of this Costa del Sol location.

Enjoy the beaches of Marbella on the Costa del Sol in Spain

Beach in Marbella
At the beach [Image by Jürgen from Pixabay]
With 17 mi (27 km) of clean, sandy beaches, backed by palm trees and a beautiful promenade, Marbella is perfect for a vacation in the sun. Starting at Guadalmina, the beaches run all the way to Cabopino and offer something for everyone. They are perfect for family fun, backed by lifeguards during the summer months, but also offer chiringuitos (beach bars and restaurants), serving the best catch of the day fish and seafood. Moreover, each offers bathroom facilities as well as sun beds and parasols to rent for a day in the sun.

A selection of dining

Sardines at the beach
Sardines at the beach [Image by guillermo gavilla from Pixabay]
When it comes to dining, visitors are truly spoiled for choice, as Marbella has an incredible range of eateries to choose from. Besides the beach chiringuitos, the town has restaurants, tapas bars, flamenco bars and cafes to choose from. Meanwhile, besides serving the best in southern Spanish cuisine, visitors can enjoy food from around the world, including Chinese, French, Italian, Thai, Hawaiian, Mexican and more. In fact, the choice is almost endless.

Old Town Marbella
Old Town [Image by Debbie Metcalfe from Pixabay]
The pretty Old Town of Marbella is a worthy place to dine while enjoying a spectacular, live flamenco display. Alternatively, dine at the beachfront, enjoying freshly cooked sardines, or alternatively, overlooking a manicured golf course. For a truly luxurious meal, head to Puerto Banus for delicious dining overlooking luxurious yachts. Here, you are likely to bump into celebrities, who are also fond of Marbella and Puerto Banus.

Marbella is accommodating

La Fonda Heritage Hotel Luxury, Relais & Châteaux
La Fonda Heritage Hotel Luxury, Relais & Châteaux [Image Booking.com]
When it comes to accommodations, there is a wide choice of options, including luxurious five-star hotels at the beach or overlooking the golf courses. An excellent example is the five-star Gran Hotel Guadalpín Banus, overlooking the beach. For those who prefer to stay in the quaint Old Town, La Fonda Heritage Hotel Luxury, Relais & Châteaux is an excellent choice.

Alternatively, for those who prefer to be independent, Marbella has a great selection of vacation rental villas and apartments to choose from. Stay in town, on the beach, or in Puerto Banus, or even further afield, including properties overlooking the top-class golf courses, or a little out of town. Whichever you choose, each property is equipped with all you need for a perfect vacation.

A visit to Puerto Banus in Marbella

Puerto Banus, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella, Spain
Puerto Banus [Image by laguilera130713 from Pixabay]
One must-visit location in Marbella is the luxurious Puerto Banus, a luxurious marina in the Nueva Andalucía part of town. Here, an upmarket shopping experience can be enjoyed, along with dining at the best restaurants, or going for a sail on one of the gorgeous yachts.

As mentioned earlier, it is quite often that local and international celebrities can be spotted strolling or dining in Puerto Banus, so keep a camera handy.

Marbella is entertaining

Starlite Catalana Occidente, Marbella
Starlite Catalana Occidente [Image @starlitefestival/Instagram]
Speaking of celebrities, those of a musical type can often be enjoyed at Starlite Catalana Occidente, believed to be the best boutique music festival in Europe. Starlite has seen many great stars, including such greats as Lionel Richie, Elton John, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Andrea Bocelli, Pet Shop Boys, Sting, Tom Jones, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias and many more.

Starlite Catalana Occidente
Starlite Catalana Occidente [Image @starlitefestival/Instagram]
However, this venue isn’t only about music as the gourmet restaurants on site serve gastronomic delights. Meanwhile, a fun aspect is to book a table in the Sessions area of Starlite to enjoy the after-parties from the show.

Spend time in Marbella on the Costa del Sol in Andalucía, Southern Spain this year experiencing all the attractions the beach resort town has to offer.


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