Situated on the glorious Costa del Sol, Marbella has come an awful long way since its humble beginnings as a tiny fishing village. Today it is one of the hottest tourists spots in Europe, attracting hundreds of thousands of jet setters looking for the ultimate adventure in the sunshine. Marbella has to be amongst the liveliest coastal stretches anywhere in the world with its two major marinas, Puerto Banus and Puerto Marbella catering for everyone from the nautical novice to super rich and famous. We are talking mega yachts and state of the art water sports here. With berths for in excess of 1200 vessels and a plethora of world-class marine services there are at any one time more luxury yachts anchored off Marbella than the rest of the coast put together.
It may be the epitome of Spanish 21st century holiday resorts but Marbella’s history dates back to 1600BC and is most evident throughout the ‘Old Town’ with its Moorish Castle and wonderful ‘Orange Square’. Tall buildings and balconies, overflowing with every colour of flower imaginable, flank the narrow streets. Picturesque boulevards lead to tropical parks and lush gardens. Restaurants and cafes spill onto the pavements separated by confectioners, small boutiques and galleries. Along La Milla de Oro you’ll find high end shopping, flash cars and beautiful, wealthy visitors and residents strolling to or from the seafront.
With an average 320 days of sunshine per year and temperatures ranging from 16 to 30 degrees Celsius all year round, is it any wonder so many well off folk decide to make Marbella there home? Sophisticated, stylish and spectacular the town absolutely epitomises luxury holiday destinations and looks like it’s going to stay that way for a long time to come.