Marbella has become one of Europe's top holiday hot spot destinations. With over 320 days of sunshine per year and a warm climate this is no surprise. Along with its beautiful beaches, of which the majority all have the ‘blue flag’ accreditation, Marbella has so much to offer. Marbella caters for everyone offering great night-life, fantastic culinary scene, historic centres dating back to the Roman century & beautiful countryside and mountains. What more could you ask for!
The municipality of Marbella occupies a strip of land extending 27 miles between Malaga and the Gibraltar Strait on the Mediterranean Sea. This stretch of coastline boasts some of the region’s most beautiful beaches, including San Pedro de Alcántara with its popular promenade for walkers and cyclists.
The region’s proximity to the coastal mountains of the Cordillera Penibética means that almost every part of the city boasts lovely views of both the sea and mountains, which adds to the desirability of most areas of Marbella.
Although the coastline is heavily urbanised, with dozens of golf courses interspersed by small residential areas - Marbella has been spared the worst excesses of concrete construction and has preserved most of its attractive old town, which is hidden away from the main road. Centred on Plaza de los Naranjos (“Orange Square”),
Marbella’s charming historic quarter is awash with typically picturesque Andalusian houses, Renaissance period churches and buildings, and its signature orange trees. It is where a large number of the city’s cultural draws including galleries and seasonal festivals are to be found.
And it’s also where foodies visit, in search of cheap tapas and local delicacies such as Ajoblanco - a cold soup made with almonds, oil and garlic.
The simplest way to get to Marbella from multiple locations in the UK is by air, flying to Malaga airport. Plane journeys take about two hours 45 minutes from the UK, with Marbella being 30 minutes (45km) by car from the airport. Alternatively, you can also fly to Gibraltar airport – with journeys taking about three hours’ from the UK, plus an hour’s (80km) car ride.