Marbella Villa Holiday Guide

The famous Andalusian city of Marbella became a playground for the rich and famous from the 1940s much due to its reliably sunny weather as it receives an astonishing 320 sunny days annually.

Although no longer exclusively for the jet set, modern-day Marbella is still an international hot spot, popular with golfers, families and the 'sun, sand and party brigade'.

Marbella's old town retains a traditional Spanish feel and atmosphere with small plazas lined with citrus trees, and stately buildings interspersed with traditional shops, cafes and galleries - a complete contrast from the large scale modern development just a stone's throw away.

Marbella has 27km of coastline with around 24 different beaches to choose from. Most beaches are golden sand and offer all facilities including beach bars and watersports ranging from sailing to cable skiing.

There are plenty of activities for children in and around Marbella with water parks, theme parks and aquariums all on Marbella's doorstep as well as the infamous golden mile.

Golf is undoubtedly one of Marbella's key draws as this part of the Costa del Sol is amongst the most popular in Europe for golfing holidays. Golf courses in this area include Marbella East, Nueva Andalucia, San Pedro Alcantara, Benahavis, Estepona, Malaga and Manilva. Besides golf, tennis, horse riding, bike hire, and paragliding are all widely available.

The Sierra Bermeja Mountains that rise up behind the resort provide an excellent playground for some outdoor activity or exploring by 4x4. Designated viewpoints provide fantastic panoramas of the 2.5mile coastal spread below that is Marbella.

Puerto Banus is found at Marbella's western end, and is known for being a playground for the rich and famous, with its modern marina packed with multi-million pound boats. Puerto Banus offers top-flight shopping, dining and entertainment facilities.

Marbella is just 30 minutes drive from Malaga airport.

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