Marbella

Marbella’s motto is ‘A Way of Life’ and, certainly, this luxurious resort town seems to have it all. You can explore the honeycomb of surrounding narrow streets where homes and shops intermingle to create the atmosphere of a small village, rather than a cosmopolitan town. From Guadalalmina to Cabopino, the Marbella coastline stretches along some 26 kilometres of sunny beaches bathed by the Mediterranean. Casinos, clubs and just about every sporting activity under the sun, few places can match Marbella for world class tennis, sailing and golf.

History
Marbella has witnessed the arrival of the Phoenicians, Romans and Moors and over the centuries has seen its name changed many times. Named Barbesula by the Romans, then Barbella, it was finally given the name Marbella by the Catholic Monarchs, Isabella and Ferdinand, which means beautiful sea. There are ruins of an old Arab wall as well as a labyrinth of narrow white washed streets, old churches and squares, and lots of fascinating shops and boutiques.

Location
Protected by the mountains on the north side and cooled by the Mediterranean on the south, Marbella has a unique microclimate that has been a major reason for permanent immigration here. Only a couple of hours distance from major cities like Sevilla and ski-resorts like Granada, its location is unparalleled for using as a seaside travel base.

Puerto Banùs
However for the ultimate in coastal charisma it would be hard to beat Puerto Banus, just west of the town. This is the place to be pampered yachtside and watch the world go by or window shop at one of several of the world renowned fashion houses and boutiques. The port has grown considerably over the years and now includes a casino, commercial shopping centre, El Corte Ingles department store, marine observatory and a multi cinema with films shown in their original soundtrack. The nightlife is buzzing here with alfresco bars, piano clubs and discos which are open dusk until dawn.

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