Marbella is one of the top destinations on Spain's Costa del Sol and is well visited by foreign visitors throughout the year. Once you've taken a trip yourself, it won't be hard to see why...
Slightly further afield from the airport in Malaga than the likes of Benalmadena and Fuengirola, Marbella benefits from the same impressive weather throughout the peak holiday season - with high temperatures and plenty of sun being pretty much assured during the summer months.
Even during the winter, the conditions will certainly be an improvement over those you are likely to encounter back home, with temperatures running comfortably into the teens.
As with the many resorts along the Costa del Sol, Marbella caters for all manner of travellers, and you can expect to find plenty of accommodation options regardless of budget.
Certainly you'll find no shortage of high end hotels, with Marbella known to be something of a playground for the rich and famous - so you never know who you might bump into...
When it comes to the beaches, it's hard to find somewhere to match the offerings that are available in Marbella. In fact, there are more than 20 top class beaches that are spread along a 25km stretch of coast, made up of a mixture of darker sands and pebbles.
It means you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to where to lie back and embrace the sun, whilst a long promenade runs behind the main beaches and is home to a selection of bars and restaurants.
The Golden Mile in the heart of the resort is also home to a number of clubs, and is the go to place for a packed evening of entertainment on the side of the ocean.
Whilst the bustling nightlife is another key selling point of Marbella as a holiday destination, there is also a softer side to the resort.
Families can head for one of the many restaurants that cater for children for a relaxing evening meal before setting down with a drink away from the busy crowds.
Away from the beaches, one of the top activities around Marbella is to take in a round of golf, with a selection of top quality course being located in and around the resort.
Anyone with a nose for exploration might also enjoy the chance to head for the nearby Sierra Bermeja Mountains, where there is plenty of opportunity to embrace the stunning views across Marbella and the surrounding area.
There is also a range of wineries located within easy reach of Marbella, which will allow you to sample some of the best produce to come from the Costa del Sol.
The Golden Mile actually runs for more than a mile and is the place to go within Marbella if you want to embrace the buzzing nightlife and entertainment for which the resort is so well known. Alongside some of the best nightclubs on the Costa del Sol, you'll also find a selection of fine restaurants that are suitable for family dining.
If you want to take souvenirs back home then Marbella is the ideal destination for your summer break. Head into the heart of Marbella Town and you can visit a range of authentic Spanish stores selling locally produced goods, or head for the some of the local boutiques for the best in designer gear.
The historic side to Marbella can be found with a stroll through the Old Quarter. Surrounded by the old city walls, the network of whitewashed streets are home to a range of quaint little shops as well as traditional tapas bars where you can sample the best in Spanish cuisine.
Marbella Fair takes place every June and is something not to be missed if you are in the resort during the summer months. Not that you could really miss it if you schedule your break when it’s taking place. Expect plenty of food and drink, loads of fireworks and a true festival atmosphere.
Parque Comercial La Canada
If you want to do some shopping whilst you are in Marbella then La Canada is the place to go. Here, you’ll find plenty of top class stores – including some you’ll be familiar with from back home – as well as a variety of dining options.
Marbella can get busy, so if you want some peace and quiet then Alameda Park is the place to go. There is a selection of bars and restaurant nearby if you want something to eat or drink whilst relaxing in the shade.
It might not be to everyone’s taste, but the Bonsai Museum in Marbella is worth a visit if you want to pay a visit to a more peaceful attraction. The museum is home to a range of trees that date back up to 300 years and a central water feature where you can simply enjoy some quiet contemplation.
Puerto Banus Marina
Located in a suburb on the edge of the resort, Puerto Banus is the place to go if you want to try and spot the rich and famous relaxing on their luxury yachts in the harbour. You’ll also find some of the best shopping in the resort and plenty of fine dining.
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