If your taste runs to perfect weather, cosmopolitan ambiance, exquisite beaches, golf and luxury, Marbella may be the ideal travel destination. Located on the fabled Costa Del Sol, Marbella is ideally situated on 27 miles of coastline that include 24 beaches and is sheltered by foothills and mountain ranges which account for its warm but temperate climate.
Marbella is one of the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean and no wonder. The area is rife with dozens of golf courses that can be played year round. The city and nearby Puerto Banos offer spectacular local and international cuisine and the nightlife in the bars and clubs is legendary. And then there are the beaches… miles of them with golden-brown sand and all the services and amenities.
One of the many attractions of Marbella is its golf courses. The weather here is perfect for golf with year round average temperature hovering around 18 degrees Centigrade. Even in the hottest months of July and August the temperature rarely exceeds 30 degrees. Moreover, the scenery is stunning and there are a variety of 9 and 18 hole courses with varying degrees of difficulty that support all levels of play from beginner to pro. Beautiful views of the Mediterranean are offered at Golf Rio Real, Santa Clara Golf, Cabopino Golf, Santa MarÃa Golf; Country Club, Monte ParaÃso Golf, Quinta Golf; Country Club, Marbella Golf; Country and Guadalmina Golf Club. Some of the top courses in the area with an international reputation for excellence include Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa which has a green right inside the hotel; the challenging but spectacular Las Brisas Royal Golf Club; and Los Naranjos Golf Club near Puerto Banus which is known for the diversity of its holes… each one is unique. This list is by no means exhaustive, which gives a sense of the variety and depth of golf experiences presented in Marbella.
Of course, the beaches are what many visitors come for. The eastern most is in Guadalmina, a pebble and dark sand beach surrounded by the Guadalmina golf course. El Ancon beach is in Marbella but has a natural feel to it. The food is good here and palm trees supply shade. Another great beach is Nagueles between the Hotel Marbella Club and the Puente Romano. You’ll find jet ski and kayak rentals here. Fontanilla is in the centre of Marbella and, as you’d expect, has all the services. Venus beach has a family focus where you’ll find a children’s playground. Possibly the most famous beach in Marbella is Cable beach where there are concerts many nights and beach entertainment almost every night. Next-door Puerto Banus has great beaches for water sports and partying.
Puerto Banus, is on the west end of Marbella and is a must-visit. The marina here hosts some of the largest and most extravagant yachts on the Mediterranean and it’s well worth a stroll through just to see who or what is in port. Puerto Banus is a renowned party center at night with dozens of clubs that go until dawn. It’s also a haunt of the wealthy and celebrated and the shops and restaurants here are chic and high-end. Most of the designer brands have boutiques near the harbour including Christian Dior, Gucci, Bvlgari, Versace and Dolce and Gabbana.
Shopping in Marbella proper is just as dazzling with all the designer names well represented. A stroll through historic Marbella Town with its narrow, cobbled streets will introduce you to small local shops that sell exquisite jewellery, toys, soaps, olive oil, bags, scarves and artisanal glass… a charming walk and some great finds.
But there is much more to do in Marbella. A walking tour of old Marbella Town reveals the ruins of an old Arab wall and narrow streets full of cute white houses, tiny churches, fountains, statues and quaint squares. The Ermita del Santo Cristo, the oldest building in Marbella, dates back to the 14th century and can be found here in la Plaza del Santo Cristo. At Guadalmina explore the old Roman Villa of RÃo Verde and the Roman thermal baths. Venture into the countryside and you’ll find Wild Andalusia Nature Park: high mountains, deep ravines and the native flora and fauna of the area. Take a drive delectable along the “Golden Mile” between Marbella and Puerto Banus and glimpse some of the most opulent villas in the area. And if sightseeing tires, there is a cool drink and delectable food on the beaches or in the dozens of excellent restaurants nearby.
Marbella is nothing if not accommodating. It can be sophisticated or down-to-earth; relaxing or a non-stop party; a family vacation or a romantic couples get away; a cheap and cheerful snack on the beach or the finest wines and cuisine in a trendy bistro… the beach, the mountains, the clubs, the golf courses, the shops, the beautiful people… it’s all there. And whatever you do and wherever you go, the weather will be perfect.