With stunning Mediterranean beaches, world-class hotels and golf courses, and beautiful villas, Marbella is a luxury vacationer’s dream. This resort city is located on the famous Costa del Sol of southern Spain, and offers a scenic alternative to France’s famous Saint-Tropez. With stunning scenery, prestigious Michelin-star restaurants, and beachfront properties, Marbella is the ideal place to visit for a relaxing vacation.
The La Concha mountain range provides a gorgeous backdrop to the city, and many people visit El Mirador, which is one of its highest points that offers great views of Marbella. The town also has six parks and gardens that make for enjoyable strolls, including Nagueles Park at the foot of the Sierra Blanca Mountain, King Fahian Gardens which overlook the Golden Mile area, El Calvario designed around the rock garden theme, Parque de las Medranas which has a large lake, La Alameda in the center of town, and Parque de la Constitucion, which was formerly the garden in a private residence. Another must-see is the Paseo Maritimo, a seaside promenade where many restaurants and sidewalk cafes are located. Beaches that are popular include La Fontanilla and Playa Faro, both of which have abundant bars, restaurants, water sports and more. If you’re in the mood to walk and sightsee, Los Cuchillos is a well-known circular route that offers pleasant sites and views along its various trails.
One of the most popular day trips from Marbella is a visit to Gibraltar, which is an hour southwest by car and where the 18th century Great Siege Tunnels are located, along with the remains of a 14-century Moorish Castle. Granada is another popular day trip, and is a beautiful city with stunning medieval architecture and a hilltop fortress with gardens, palaces and more. Ronda is a mountain city in Malaga that offers stunning views of the gorge below and dates back to the Moorish rule.
Most of the neighborhoods in Marbella offer gorgeous views of La Concha mountain behind the town, and there are several well-known neighborhoods where you can find a nice property to rent during your stay. San Pedro is one of the most exclusive residential areas with numerous luxury housing complexes, golf courses and beaches, and is where many millionaires live. Puerto Banus is a marina that has beach clubs, shops and restaurants and is one of the most popular places to be at, especially during the summer. Golden Mile is an area of prime real estate with beachside properties for peace and relaxation, while the town center is close to all the action and has many apartment buildings and high-rises.
There is plenty of transportation available in Marbella, and with all of the narrow streets in town, walking is one of your best options for getting around. There are also many taxi ranks around town, making it easy to hail one whenever you wish. There are also local bus services that connect to areas surrounding town, and the Fly Blue catamaran provides daily 30-minute cruises between Marbella and Puerto Banus. Another unique and fun way to get around town is via horse and carriage, which you’ll find on various street corners in town.
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