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Guide to Marbella

Marbella is well known as a playground for the rich and famous, however with many affordable airlines on the flight path, it is accessible to holidaymakers from all walks of life. 

To enjoy the glamour of modern Marbella, walk the Golden Mile from Old Town Marbella to the marina of Puerto Banús.  Along the way you will pass by luxurious landmark hotels and residences of some of the city’s famous residents.

The must-see on Marbella holidays is Puerto Banús, where you can get a taste of the VIP lifestyle enjoyed by the resort’s well-heeled clientele.  Stroll along the marina to check out the rows of impressive international yachts and cruising sports cars, driven to impress.  The upmarket seafront restaurants, bars and beach clubs are great for unwinding and people watching, but can be much pricier than other areas.

Here you can also indulge in some first-class retail therapy, as Puerto Banús has many high end designer shops such as Hermes and X.

For an enlightening cultural experience you might appreciate the historical charm of Marbella’s Old Town.  The ancient city walls and many landmarks here date back to the 16th-century.  The Renaissance era Plaza de los Naranjos (square) is home to the impressive Town Tall, the Mayor’s House, and Chapel of Santiago.  Close by, the city’s New Town is comprised of characteristic whitewash buildings with tiled roofs, typical of Southern Spain.  The Historical Eixample area has a small botanical garden with sculptures by Salvador Dali.

Foodies will enjoy Marbella’s native gastronomic offerings, which naturally, are largely seafood based.  Typical dishes include fried fish, gazpacho, and baked treats such as borrachuelos and churros.  The city caters well for most palates, with lots of international restaurants throughout.  The Old Town offers a more authentic Spanish experience.

Sun worshippers flock here for the city’s many excellent beaches.  Marbella’s finest beach is Artola, in the protected Dunas de Artola area.  Popular with tourists, are the centrally located and well-managed Venus and La Fontanilla beaches.

Due to its sunny position on Spain’s southern coastline in the Costa Del Sol, Marbella is also a golfer’s paradise.  18-hole Marbella Golf and Country Club is considered one of the best and is in close proximity to the city buzz.

For an adventurous city escape, take a day trip to the Sierra Bermeja Mountains and enjoy an exhilarating hike with stunning views over Marbella away from the bustle.

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Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus

Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus

C/ Edgar Neville, s/n, Marbella
4.0
of 5, from 340 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Directly on the beach, this peaceful, colonial-style property characterised by a wooden balcony façade is set amongst palm trees, 800 metres from Puerto Banus and six kilometres from Marbella.

£168
Hotel Fuerte Marbella

Hotel Fuerte Marbella

Calle el Fuerte s/n, Marbella
4.5
of 5, from 306 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Marbella City Centre, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Venus Beach, Bajadilla Beach, and Church of the Incarnation. Marbella Marina and Museo del Grabado are also within 10 minutes.

Roc Marbella Park

Roc Marbella Park

Carretera Nacional 340, km 192, Marbella
2.8
of 5, from 5 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Marbella, this property is within 6 mi (10 km) of Cabopino Beach, Calahonda Beach, and Santa Clara Golf Course. Marbella Golf and Country Club and Marbella Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£187
Don Carlos Leisure Resort and SPA

Don Carlos Leisure Resort and SPA

Avda. Zurita s/n, Marbella
4.3
of 5, from 228 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This resort and spa is located 10 km from Marbella, and sits on acres of subtropical gardens bordering the golden-sands of Nikki Beach and the sparkling sea. There is a Tennis & Sports Club as well as several golf courses, all within a 10-minute drive from the hotel.

£86
H10 Andalucia Plaza - Adults Only

H10 Andalucia Plaza - Adults Only

Urb Nueva Andalucia, Marbella
4.1
of 5, from 409 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

A short stroll from Marbella's beach and casino, H10 Andalucia Plaza is a 15-minute walk from the shops and yachts of Puerto Banús, as well as from Ocean Club, one of Europe’s top party spots. Guests can grab a taxi and reach the cobblestone streets of downtown Marbella's Old Quarter in 12 minutes.

Senator Marbella Spa Hotel

Senator Marbella Spa Hotel

Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Marbella
4.0
of 5, from 120 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Marbella, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fontanilla Beach, Marbella Marina, and Plaza de los Naranjos. Venus Beach and Orange Square are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Hotel Marbella Playa

Hotel Marbella Playa

Carretera Nacional 340, Km. 189, Marbella
3.8
of 5, from 5 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This Marbella hotel is on the beach, 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Marbella Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cabopino Beach and Calahonda Beach. Santa Clara Golf Course and Marbella Golf and Country Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£125
Amàre Marbella Beach Hotel

Amàre Marbella Beach Hotel

Avda. Severo Ochoa, 8, Marbella
4.4
of 5, from 207 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Marbella City Centre, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Bajadilla Beach, Venus Beach, and Marbella Theatre. Church of the Incarnation and Museo del Grabado are also within 10 minutes.

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