World famous as a holiday destination since the 1960’s, Marbella is regarded as the Costa del Sol’s jewel in the crown. Its unique allure has produced a style and character quite distinct from other coastal towns. Marbella offers both the quintessentially Spanish qualities of its “Old Town” alongside the modern landmarks of designer labels and contemporary infrastructure.
Marbella is situated 50km to the west of Malaga and is well served by the local highway (the A-7) or the toll motorway (the AP7-E15). The town has a permanent residential population of around 85,000 people but this figure increases dramatically during the summer months to around 200,000. The protection of La Concha Mountain in the Sierra Blanca right behind the town affords Marbella its own micro-climate, which guarantees sunny weather most of the year (325 days to be precise!) Even the winter months are warm enough to sunbath or take lunch at the beach. This is quite a contrast to other locations on the southern coast where daily temperatures can vary as much as 6 degrees!
There are many types of properties for sale in Marbella, but many in the actual town centre are small townhouses or apartments; large luxury villas can be found just outside of the main town centre.
Marbella’s Old Town centres on the Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Square), which features a wide variety of traditional and modern restaurants. The narrow streets which meander around the Square are full of eclectic shops selling everything from Moroccan rugs to summer sandals to designer clothing. Venture out onto Marbella’s main street, Avenida Ricardo Soriano, and many high street names such as Mango and Zara are to be found.
The Marbella coastline enjoys some of the best beaches on the Costa del Sol. Many local residents enjoy a morning walk, or even jog, along Marbella’s Paseo Maritimo (promenade), where many traditional Spanish restaurants are also located. The nightlife in Marbella is equally vibrant, ensuring those who visit have much to enjoy in the evenings, in addition to the alluring sun during the day.
If you are looking for a restaurant in the area there are many to choose from, but check out a few of our favourites – The Orange Tree (in Orange Square), Stuzzikini (great Italian Pizza bar) and Da Bruno’s (located on the Paseo).