The coastline of Marbella stretches from the protected wild sand dunes of Cabopino in the east, past the glamorous resort of Puerto Banus to scenic San Pedro in the west, with the shell-shaped La Concha mountain an iconic backdrop to the town.
Some of the most stunning, golden sand beaches on the Costa del Sol, served by trendy beach clubs and restaurants of every calibre, can be found in Marbella. From lively fish and seafood bars to fine dining restaurants, and iconic beach clubs, including the world-famous Nikki Beach, just a 15-minute drive east of Marbella town centre, you will find everything you need in this vibrant resort.
You know you have arrived at the internationally recognised holiday playground once you pass under the ‘MARBELLA’ arch spanning the highway; not quite as iconic as the famous Hollywood sign maybe, but enough to raise the expectations of summer’s many visitors.
History of Marbella
Across from the avenue through Marbella, you enter the charming maze of lanes and whitewashed buildings of the old town. Here you’ll find more unusual boutiques, jewellery, gifts and shoe shops – all leading to the beautiful Orange Square (Plaza de los Naranjos); a lovely place to eat and drink. It’s easy to lose your way as you turn one corner after another, up one blind alley then another, but that’s just part of the fun.
Take your time to explore and make discoveries en-route – such as the Spanish Contemporary Engraving Museum, housed in a former 16th century hospital and the Casa del Corregidor (House of the Magistrate) adjoining the Santiago Chapel.
The world-famous and luxurious Marbella Club Hotel is also worth a visit. This iconic hotel was opened in 1954 by Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg is situated on the ‘Golden Mile’ between Marbella and Puerto Banus and is an important landmark in the development of early tourism in the town.