Properties for sale in Marbella, Málaga, Andalusia, Spain
The Marbella Area Guide
Sights and attractions
It would be fair to say that the Costa del Sol city of Marbella has seen more than its fair share of celebrities come and go over the years. Everyone from Eva Longoria to Ronnie Wood and even the legend that is Prince have hung out in this trendy resort town. So if the chance to be in the presence of the rich and famous is something you’re after, Marbella could just be your perfect relocation destination.
That being said, there is so much more to Marbella than celebrity spotting. Residents will find beautiful beaches, a fascinating old town, friendly locals and an inviting Mediterranean climate. Nestled in amongst the numerous modern sites and attractions, a number of intriguing historical structures, such as remains of Moorish defensive walls and Roman bridges, can also be found and explored.
Those with a taste for extreme sports will also feel right at home in Marbella. Two hours’ drive from the city lie the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, which provide world class skiing and snowboarding over the winter months. Kiteboarding is another popular pastime here and kite-boarders can be spotted along most of the beaches that make up the Costa del Sol.
Restaurants and cafes
You will no doubt be pleased that food is another thing that Marbellans do exceptionally well and there are dozens of fantastic restaurants in Marbella that you can call into for a well-deserved meal after a day’s activities. Seeing as Marbella is located on the coast, you will understandably find that the majority of regional cuisine is based around seafood and mouth-watering interpretations can be sampled at any of the Spanish restaurants that operate in the city and further along the coast.
While there are plenty of family (and bank account) friendly options to choose from when it comes to dining out, Marbella is also home to a couple of Michelin-starred restaurants for those more special occasions. One such restaurant is Skina, which specialises in Andalusian-style cuisine. This small, but comfortable restaurant constantly receives rave reviews and is well worth a visit!
For those days spent lounging on the beach, a cold drink and tapas can be picked up from any of the numerous ‘chiringuitos’ that line the shorelines of the Costa del Sol. These temporary structures are usually set up over the warmer months and are a great place to go to pick up a delicious lunch and a refreshing drink on those hot summer days.
Lovers of high fashion will feel right at home in Marbella, as the seaside city boasts a number of designer outlet stores. Everything from Hugo Boss to Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Lacoste can all be found in this upmarket town – so you will never need to worry about keeping up with the latest trends in European fashion.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that Marbella concerns itself exclusively with high fashion, though. There are plenty of stores at the more reasonably priced end of the scale as well. The largest mall on the Costa del Sol can be found in Marbella. Known as Parque Comercial La Cañada, this vast shopping mall to the north of the city is home to more than 150 shops, with brands such as Marks & Spencer, Topshop and H&M all present.
Marbella does not have its own international airport, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that the city is tricky to get to. The closest airport to Marbella is a mere 40-minute drive away in nearby Málaga. Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport is Spain’s fourth busiest airport – having served 13.7 million people in 2014. The majority of people will find themselves travelling from the airport to Marbella either by private car, taxi or bus - as there is currently no railway serving the city of Marbella. For getting around the city itself, there are a number of reliable bus services available that a large number of locals rely on. That being said, those looking to relocate to Marbella will benefit from purchasing their own car, as this offers unrestrained travel.
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