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This luxurious resort city is one of the most popular on the Costa del Sol, and is often regarded as the playground of the rich and famous. With its world class golf courses, luxury hotels and restaurants, designer outlets, famously vibrant nightlife, and of course, 26km of sunny beaches, it’s hard not to see why! Puerto Banus, just south-west of the city is the place to see and be seen. You can sit next to the luxury yachts in the marina; browse in world renowned fashion houses and boutiques, or simply relax (and spot a celebrity or two!) in one of the many bars and restaurants that line the pavements.
But Marbella is a city of two halves, and the Old Town is a complete contrast to the modern resort which affords visitors a real taste of traditional Spain. Narrow cobbled streets and Arabesque designed buildings lead to the Plaza de los Naranjos, a popular and colourful meeting place, and La Alameda in the centre of the town. These bustling squares are surrounded by smaller boutiques, bars and bistros and are frequented by the locals and holidaymakers alike. There are a selection of art galleries and museums, and the nearby ruins of a Roman Villa and Baths attract a number of visitors who are interested in history.
Hiring a car in Marbella is one of the best ways to see the sights this vibrant city has to offer. A compact model is ideal for the winding streets of the old town, though if you want to look the part down at Puerto Banus, then you certainly might want to consider hiring a luxury model!
The mild climate of Marbella has long attracted tourists to its sandy beaches, and the reputation for affluence, along with tales of intrigue from a long and varied past, have done little to dissuade the influx of peoples from many nations
The Sierra Blanca rises to over 1200 metres to the northwest of Marbella with a further mountain range, Sierra Bermeja, rising to over 1400 metres, behind that. The net effect is shelter from the northwest, and from the land breezes from that direction that are then mostly diverted down the Rio Verde and Rio Guadalmina valleys to the west, and the Rio Fuengirola valley to the east. These winds often bring the extremes of humidity and temperature to the Costa del Sol, especially during the summer months, and these are elements that the residents of Marbella are pleased to avoid.
With an average of over 300 days of sunshine per year, the Costa del Sol is aptly named. Hot dry summers, and usually mild winters make this coastal region of Malaga province a year round destination. But occasionally the rain has to fall, and if you’re unlucky enough to be caught in a downpour when you should be on the beach, what can you do when sun, sea and sand are out of the question? (more…)