One of the main attractions of Costa del Sol is Marbella, with a 26 km long coastline provided and sandy beaches next to Sierra Blanca. A landmark in itself, famous for its sunny weather, beaches and luxury, it also adds another attraction: cultural tourism. We will begin a tour through an archaeological Marbella showing a part of its history.
Before starting, it is important to know and appreciate that culture shock plays a major role in a region inhabited for millennia, with important Phoenician, Punic and Roman settlements and with subsequent Visigoth, Byzantine, and Muslim presence, turning it into a key point in Mediterranean history.
The twenty-first century Marbella is a place of relaxation, where you can enjoy outdoor dinners, go shopping during the day and sunbathe or play sports in open spaces because along its 26 kilometres of coastline you can find bars, luxury hotels and beach clubs as well as hundreds of international restaurants and a dozen spectacular golf clubs and sports centres, many with their own restaurants and spas.
Marbella is connected to the famous Puerto Banus by the so-called Milla de Oro, an avenue that runs through wonderful green areas and properties, considered as the most luxurious in Europe. The list of international celebrities who have properties in Marbella or visit it regularly is very long, including personalities ranging from Prince Albert of Monaco to artists such as Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, David and Victoria Beckham, Bruce Willis, Dolf Lundgren and Dustin Hoffman. Puerto Banus is well known for hosting big brand boutiques, nightclubs and restaurants overlooking the spectacular harbour full of yachts and luxury cars.
The coastal strip between Marbella and Estepona has been named “The New Milla de Oro” due to its golf courses and the presence of luxury urban areas. Benahavis is a small white village about 8 kilometres inland from San Pedro de Alcantara. Located along a peaceful green valley, you can find a number of luxury villas that reach Marbella. This is the area where the most exclusive golf and country club in Europe is located.
Marbella as a whole offers a unique way of life. Its wonderful setting, its unique climate and lifestyle in general have turn it into the favourite destination in Europe.