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article imageMarbella, destination of choice on the Costa del Sol, Spain Special

By Anne Sewell     Jul 21, 2013 in Travel
Marbella - One of the Mediterranean's most representative tourist venues and a top favorite for travelers, Marbella was once a small white fishing village. It is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain.
Digital Journal reported recently that Marbella (pronounced "mar-bay-ya") had been announced the second-most expensive beach destination in Spain. The city is also the second-largest in the area.
Expensive, yes, but thousands would tell you that the town itself is well worth the money. If you can't afford to stay in Marbella itself, any of the surrounding towns would be more affordable. With easy, luxury air-conditioned bus access available regularly to the town there is no problem getting there and enjoying all the benefits, without the high-cost overnight stay.
If you hire a car, there is excellent access on the coastal highway which connects all the beach towns from Málaga right down the Costa del Sol.
Once in Marbella itself there is plenty to see. Shopaholics can enjoy all the fashion shops in the modern town center, including Zara, Mango and all the favorites.
Avenida De Ricardo Soriano - the main shopping street in Marbella  Spain.
Avenida De Ricardo Soriano - the main shopping street in Marbella, Spain.
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Restful parks are available for a stroll and relaxation in the shade.
Park in Marbella on the Costa del Sol  Spain
Park in Marbella on the Costa del Sol, Spain
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For a more historic view, visit the "old town," with its Moorish castle and defensive walls and the famous "Plaza de los Naranjos" or "Orange Square." There is also evidence of the Roman occupation of the area around town in the form of Roman ruins.
Moorish defensive walls in the old town of Marbella  Spain.
Moorish defensive walls in the old town of Marbella, Spain.
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Throughout the old quarter, it is possible to experience the Andalucian/Moorish mix of narrow streets with flower strewn balconies, with caged birds singing and twittering.
The historic center of Marbella on the Costa del Sol in Spain.
The historic center of Marbella on the Costa del Sol in Spain.
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In the town, many of the restaurants offer flamenco shows during the summer season with lively, colorful dancing and that incredible guitar music.
For beach lovers, there is the famous "Golden Mile" which actually stretches four miles between Marbella and Puerto Banús.
The beach in Marbella  Costa del Sol  Spain
The beach in Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
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In Puerto Banús itself you can see the some of the most luxurious residences in Marbella, including the Palace of King Fahd. The Saudi King was a regular visitor to Marbella up until his death. His entourage used to reportedly spend up to five million euros a day in the city.
The port also hosts luxury internationally-famed restaurants and shops.
Puerto Banus  Marbella  Costa del Sol  Spain
Puerto Banus, Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
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Puerto Banus  destination of the rich and famous in Marbella  Costa del Sol  Spain.
Puerto Banus, destination of the rich and famous in Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain.
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As well as the luxury homes, there are some popular and luxurious hotels along the way, including the Gran Melia Don Pepe, the Hotel Marbella Club and the Puente Romano Hotel.
Cabopino Beach  Marbella  Spain
Cabopino Beach, Marbella, Spain
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Besides shopping and lounging on the beach, there are plenty of activities available in Marbella.
Golfers will love the area, as Marbella has spectacular golf courses designed by the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Peter Alliss and Clive Clark. There are more than 40 quality courses to be played throughout the Costa del Sol making it a perfect destination for the golf enthusiast. In fact, golfers often call the area the "Costa del Golf."
The beach promenade in Marbella  Costa del Sol  Spain
The beach promenade in Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
Manuel González Olaechea y Franco
For those who like a flutter on the horses, 15 minutes from the center of the city is the Hipodromo Mijas Costa. The recently-built, all-weather racetrack has meetings throughout the year including floodlit night racing on summer weekends. The horse racing course also boasts plenty of entertainment, including bars, music and restaurants.
Watersports - there are many boating activities available in Marbella, and one of the most popular sports is parasailing. It is possible to participate from the Puerto Deportivo of Marbella and enjoy a 12 minute flight over the sea, around 70 meters up in the air.
As with all Spanish cities, there are restaurants, cafés and bars galore in the city, with a large concentration along the beachfront, ready for your seafood or barbeque enjoyment.
Palms and orange trees silhouetted against the rising sun in Marbella  Spain.
Palms and orange trees silhouetted against the rising sun in Marbella, Spain.
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For resting your weary head after a day in the sun, there are many hotel options available, and while some of the Marbella hotels are expensive, there are more affordable options too in the form of hostals.
If staying outside the city, buses run up until 11 pm to take you back to your chosen town on the coast.
Below are some more scenes of lovely Marbella including various sculptures in the area:
Marbella Town Hall  Spain
Marbella Town Hall, Spain
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Venus of Marbella  Marbella  Málaga  Spain
Venus of Marbella, Marbella, Málaga, Spain
Jacobo Canady
View of Marbella  Costa del Sol  Spain
View of Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
Manuel González Olaechea y Franco
Gala Gradiva  a sculpture by Salvador Dalí in Marbella  Costa del Sol  Spain
Gala Gradiva, a sculpture by Salvador Dalí in Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
Manuel González Olaechea y Franco
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