Marbella - Five Fascinating Facts
Marbella is known as the playground of Europe's rich and famous. If the Costa del Sol was conceived as Europe's Florida, then Marbella is its Miami. Situated between Malaga and Gibraltar, this exclusive resort is where numerous international celebrities and royalty relocate for the summer, hiding out in private villas and exclusive five-star hotels, or on their luxury yachts. Hordes of British tabloid stars head down there for their holidays and can be spotted sporting their Melissa Odabash kaftans and gladiator sandals as they stroll through the town. You can find all the top designer emporiums here - Gucci, Versace, D&G, Dior - but it also has a pretty, well-preserved casco antiguo (old town) with Plaza de los Naranjos at its heart, and historic buildings, including a Moorish fort, and Roman remains (columns and a bridge).
The late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia had a fully-staffed compound, complete with private clinic and mosque, in Marbella, where he spent most summers.
One reason for Marbella´s popularity is its famously pleasant climate. Sheltered by the peaks of the Sierra Blanca mountain range (highest point,1.215m), which back onto the town, it has a… More →