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Pocket Guide: Marbella

Spain’s Costa del Sol is rightly celebrated around the world as a fantastic holiday destination. With its warm climate, beautiful beaches and excellent attractions it’s a region that attracts travellers of all kinds. Particularly popular is Marbella, a resort city that embodies glamour and sophistication with an old world charm.

Boasting an excellent selection of hotels and resorts, several stretches of gorgeous beach, a glitzy marina and a historic old town, it’s no wonder Marbella is ever-popular with holidaymakers.

Popular Areas in Marbella

Marbella isn’t a large city, but you do have a few options when it comes to choosing where to stay. If you would like to be within walking distance of major attractions, look into finding accommodation in the old town near to the Orange Square, a historic plaza. This will situate you close to sightseeing spots like the Museo del Grabado, Arroyo de la Represa Park and the Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation. You’ll also only be a short walk to the beach.

If you’re a sun-seeker looking to stay close to the best stretch of sea and sand, try booking a hotel along Alicate Beach or Nikki Beach. Both are conveniently located to the east of Marbella’s city centre.

Marbella’s Adventure Sport Hotels

Marbella might be the perfect place to sit sipping cocktails on the beach, but it’s also a fantastic destination for adventure sports and outdoor leisure activities. The warm waters in the area mean that surfing, sailing, water skiing, snorkelling and diving are all immensely popular. And for the serious adrenaline junkies, there’s skydiving and parasailing.

Marbella is also a popular golfing destination. Head east out of the centre and you can hit the links at the Marbella Golf and Country Club or Santa Clara Golf. West, you have Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club and Real Club de Gold Guadalmina, amongst others.

When booking your hotel, remember that the more luxury resorts also offer facilities. These can include anything from tennis courts, fitness centres, to indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

Relax at a Spa Hotel

Travellers looking for ultimate relaxation should check out the spa resorts and hotels that Marbella has to offer. You’ll find several excellent establishments offering spa facilities in the region. These range from affordable 3-star hotels to luxurious 5-star resorts. Enjoy a hot stone massage, relax in the hot tub, take a post-swim sauna or simply lounge by the pool. When you’re booked into this kind of hotel, the choice is entirely up to you.

Excellent Day Trips from Marbella

Those visitors planning on hiring a car in Marbella will be able to enjoy some excellent day trips outside of the city. To the north there’s the Sierra de la Nieves Natural Park, perfect for secluded hikes, and to the east is the family-friendly resort town of Fuengirola, home to a zoo and a water park.

If you do rent a vehicle, it can be helpful to narrow down your booking search to hotels which provide free parking, as parking in the city can be tricky.

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