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Marbella

Marbella

If you’re lucky enough to own property in Marbella, people are generally intrigued and impressed. Marbella is a world-class destination with a certain cachet, offering amazing Spanish and international Michelin-starred cuisine, fabulous beaches and an enviable climate. You can choose the jetsetting glamorous lifestyle with a property to match - a spacious, well-located apartment in the centre of this exclusive resort town, a deluxe serviced villa just outside, or a more rural dwelling tucked away in the mountains, offering greater privacy.

We list some of the four star hotels in Marbella plus a link to a detailed explanation of the hotel star rating system in Andalucia.

Reviews of ten of the prestigious hotels of Marbella. Many of these are right on the beach, but some are just inland, offering more privacy and spacious surroundings. The most exclusive and sought-after stretch is the so-called "Golden Mile", between Puerto Banus and Marbella.

If you’re lucky enough to own property in San Pedro, Marbella, people are generally intrigued and impressed. Marbella is a world-class destination with a certain cachet, offering amazing Spanish and international Michelin-starred cuisine, fabulous beaches and an enviable climate.

If you’re lucky enough to own property in Puerto Banus, people are generally intrigued and impressed. Puerto Banus is a leisure destination with a certain cachet. It offers nightlife, shopping and fabulous beaches and an enviable climate. You can choose the jetsetting glamorous lifestyle with a property to match - a spacious, well-located apartment in or within walking distance for the Marina is sought after.

There are several thousand villas for sale in Marbella. The listing below are detached villas (houses) with or without a pool. They are available in most districts of Marbella except for the town centre. Many villas in Marbella and particularly those on the lower slopes of the Sierra Blanca have views over the Mediterranean to north Africa. Most villas have lush Mediterranean gardens and many have private swimming pools.

Guided tours and activities in and around Marbella include dolphins trips, walking tours, hiking tours, olive oil tasting and more.

'Stand up Paddleboarding' or SUP for short or Surf de remo in Spanish. This sport is usually performed in the calm sea or a lake as larger waves or strong winds make it challenging. It was practiced in Tarifa in 2011 and became popular in other parts of Andalucía by 2015.

The origins of the sport are in Africa where it was common to stand on a kayak for better visibility when fishing. Lifeguards in Israel, Australia and California have practiced the same to watch over the swimmers. 

More visitors rent cars in Spain than any other European country. Car rental in Spain is the least expensive in Europe due to the strong competition and on the Costa del Sol car rental is no exception where it is relatively easy to hire a car. If you are flying to Málaga Airport or Gibraltar Airport, these are the usual places to hire a car. Find the offers by checking on our car hire pages of these airports.

We list the 5 Star GL and 5 Star hotels in Marbella. In marketing speak 'luxury' has lost its value - it is over used. Luxury is not an adjective that can be added to an object. Luxury is best defined as "a state of mind" when being able to do something that one usually can not do, perhaps due to financial or time constraints.

Marbella Wakeboard center ( was called Cable Ski Marbella) offers a unique water sport experience to young and old. Beginner to Advanced can have fun and a sense of achievement through a well designed and safe activity. Various equipment is provided, ranging from beginner’s kneeboards to the more advanced wakeboards and water skis for the extreme wake boarder and water-skier.

The local football team is Marbella Fútbol Club. It was founded in 1997 following the collapse of Club Athletico Marbella which was owned by Jesus Gil. The new club was initially called Unión Deportiva Marbella and renamed in 2013 to appeal to a wider international fan base. The club currently plays in Segunda Division B - Group 4.

As one of Spain's most exclusive holiday destinations, beloved of the titled, rich and famous, Marbella has a number of luxurious hotels. Many of these are right on the beach, but some are just inland, offering more privacy and spacious surroundings. The most exclusive and sought-after stretch is the so-called "Golden Mile", between Puerto Banus and Marbella.

Andalucia is one of Europe’s foremost golfing destinations, with over 100 courses. Guaranteed warm temperatures all year round, endless hours of sunshine, and a spectacular variety of courses with both mountain and sea views, make this region a hugely popular choice for golfers from all over the world, and Marbella is no exception.

As a popular holiday destination it is no surpirse that Marbella is teeming with restaurants, in Marbella you can find anything from Latin American to Morrocan to Oriental cuisine as well as the traditional Spanish and Andalucian, there is something for every palette.

Puerto Banus is located in the Nueva Andalucia suburb of Marbella, 6km to the west of the town centre, just before you reach the small town of San Pedro de Alcantara. Although it may at first appear as a developed old Spanish fishing village with an impressive mountain backdrop, Puerto Banus was in fact designed and built in 1970 by local property developer José Banús as a luxury marina and shopping complex.

Shopping in Marbella. Info about Fashion, Jewelry, Markets, Department Stores and Shopping Centres.

Marbella is known as a glamorous resort town and is a favourite location with the rich and famous, boosted by foreign residents who are seduced by the lifestyle. But there's plenty for ordinary folk to see and enjoy too in southern Spain's answer to St Tropez.

See below a selection of excellent group excursions from Costa del Sol with Viator, perfect opportunities to see the major attractions in Andalucia without the hassle of having to organise it yourself.