Marbella has a glamorous, cosmopolitan image but the town is brimming with history too. The Old Town is quintessentially Spanish, with narrow streets, whitewashed old houses and colourful, flower-filled balconies and terraces. You can soak up the local atmosphere by exploring the Old Town or watch the world go by from one of the cafes in the Plaza de Los Naranjos (Orange Tree Square) which dates back to 1485. The amphitheater in the Parque de la Constitucion (Constitution Park) is the venue for all sorts of concerts and plays during the summer.
With around 26 kilometers of golden beaches, finding a spot to sun yourself won’t be a problem. Or spend the day strolling from café to café, trying the local tapas, just as the Spanish do.
And in the cool of the early evening, head to the glamorous harbour area with its designer boutiques and fabulous eateries – a perfect end to the day.
With so many things to do in Marbella and Puerto Banus, just where do you start?
We’ve been visiting Marbella for years so we have a few hidden gems up our sleeve and we’ve put together our insider’s guide to some of the best local attractions, activities and restaurants.