The city of Marbella is situated in the South of Spain along the famous Costa del Sol. While the beautiful beaches are Marbella’s principal draw, Marbella is more than your average beach holiday resort. Indeed, this sophisticated destination is home to a number of top clubs and bars as well as a wealth of luxury hotels and restaurants. Marbella also has a fascinating Old Town and a number of interesting sights to explore. This diverse range of attractions makes Marbella a very versatile holiday destination which caters to a range of clientele.
As Marbella is one of the Costa del Sol’s major tourist resorts, there is plenty of accommodation available. Some of the best hotels in Marbella are situated on the seafront with rooms overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. In addition, luxury hotels in Marbella have a comprehensive range of facilities and often have a private beach. If you are on a budget, you will find some cheap but decent hotels in the heart of Marbella’s Old Town.
There are a number of great neighbourhoods and areas to stay in. the San Pedro de Alcántara area is great for those who want to be located near coast but no too far away from the excitement of the city centre. Banús is another great area to stay. Famous with holidaymakers and celebrities, Puerto Banús is near the beach and the best part of the nightlife.
The best packages for Marbella accommodation are usually booked in advance. However, if you are brave enough to take the risk, you may be able to get a last minute bargain.
Marbella’s nightlife is famous throughout the world. The city has a number of classy bars and nightclubs which often feature performances from acclaimed DJs and artists. Puerto Banús and Marbella Centre are the two best parts of the city for night as this is where most of the top bars and clubs are.
For something more low-key, head to Marbella’s historic centre where you will find numerous tavernas to spend the evening chatting with friends over a glass of wine.
If you can draw yourself away from the beautiful beaches, Marbella’s Old Town is a great area for exploring. The Old Town’s cobbled streets are lined with charming Moorish houses, making it stand apart from the rest of Marbella. At the centre of the Old Town you will find the beautiful Plaza de los Naranjos. In the centre of the plaza there is a 17th century stone fountain and around the perimeter of the square there are a number of historic buildings including a 16th century town hall and Marbella’s oldest church.
While Marbella is not particularly famous for its museum and gallery offerings, there is a handful to be found throughout the town. Notable museums include the unique Bonsai Museum and Museo Ralli. The former, as its name suggests, has an impressive collection of well-groomed bonsai trees in a range of sizes and the latter is a private art museum with a focus on Latin American and European art.