Property for sale in Marbella, Málaga, Andalusia, Spain
The Marbella Area Guide
Things to do
Over the years, Marbella has become famous for being a popular hunting ground of the rich and famous. Glitterati members, past and present, who have been known for frequenting the resort town include everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Sean Connery and George Clooney. Today, Marbella - which is located on the beautiful Costa del Sol – is home to more than 140,000 residents and sees a huge influx of tourists each year over the hot summer months.
Those looking to call Marbella home will certainly find no shortage of sights and activities to keep themselves occupied after their move. Marbella is home to a stunning old town, fabulous beaches, a warm climate all year round, a rich culture and plenty of nightlife. This now thoroughly modern city is also home to a number of ancient sites and structures – including remains of Moorish defensive walls and Roman bridges – of which all are crying out to be explored.
Moving outside the city, an even greater number of activities are waiting to be discovered. The Sierra Nevada mountains are a mere two hours’ drive from Marbella and are the perfect place to sneak in a bit of skiing and snowboarding during the winter months.
Places to eat
Given Marbella’s coastal position, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the majority of local cuisine here is based around seafood – especially fish. New residents will soon find that the city is home to a huge number of restaurants serving up fantastic versions of both traditional regional cuisine, as well as international dishes. Marbella’s wide variety of restaurants, bars and cafés is arguably one of the biggest benefits that come from the town being so popular with overseas visitors. Establishments such as El Salón Marbella, Paco Jimenez and Restaurante La Buena Vida are all great examples of restaurants in Marbella that serve delicious food at reasonable prices and are also places you would be remiss not to pay a visit to.
For those looking to relax on the beach with a cold drink and a bite to eat, the numerous chiringuitos that line Marbella’s beaches are the place to go. Chiringuitos are temporary stalls that are normally set up during the holiday season, which usually sell a range of tapas and drinks. As we all know, tapas is a great way of sampling multiple types of food at once – so make the most of these chiringuitos when they are there!
Seeing as Marbella attracts a great number of the rich and famous types, it is only natural for the city to be home to a fairly large number of high-end fashion and designer outlet stores. That being said, there are a few shopping centres in the city where more reasonably priced fashion can be purchased. One such example is Parque Comercial La Cañada, which is the largest shopping centre on the Costa del Sol. La Cañada boasts more than 150 shops, including everything from Guess to H&M, Topshop and Marks & Spencer.
A number of great markets also run throughout the week in this idyllic seaside city. The Monday Street Market runs every Monday from 9am to 2pm. Here, shoppers can choose between 360 stalls selling everything from clothes to flowers and fresh produce. Be warned, though, parking can be notoriously tricky to find – so either get there early or go on foot!
Getting there & around
Unfortunately, Marbella is not served by its own airport. As a result, those looking to travel to Marbella by air will have to first fly to the nearby Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport in the city of Málaga and make the journey through to Marbella by road. There are a large number of intercity buses operating from the airport, although the most comfortable way of travelling to Marbella is by private car or taxi. In Marbella itself, there are a number of bus services available for transporting residents around the city.
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