The appeal of marvellous Marbella in Andalucía is easy to see. The most southerly part of mainland Europe offers arguably the best climate in mainland Spain and continental Europe, with over 320 days of sunshine and a solid and well-established infrastructure that provides an excellent standard of living.
International aristocrats and celebrities first discovered the area through the classy Marbella Club back in the 1950s and this glamorous global fame has endured. Today Marbella remains one of Europe’s best known beach resorts, popular with many nationalities for the reliable and desirable holiday experience it provides.
A recently expanded international airport, only a half an hour’s drive from Marbella, has regular direct flights weekly and sometimes daily, to over 120 different international destinations. With a winter population (counting the official and floating populations) exceeding 300,000 inhabitants, growing to over 800,000 in August, Marbella is probably the only resort city on the Mediterranean which can truly boast a full 12 month season.
With international schools, elegant marinas, good shopping, a rich nightlife, 65 golf courses and winter skiing nearby, Marbella offers varied lifestyle choices to all ages.
Prime areas to the west of Marbella Town include the ever-popular Golden Mile, the palm tree-lined coastal strip linking to neighbouring Puerto Banus. Nueva Andalucía is a quieter alternative, located just behind the port and offering swift access to the Sierra de Ronda Mountains as well as an excellent selection of restaurants, two golf courses and sports facilities.
A little further west and inland, adjacent to the municipality of Marbella, the mountain village of Benahavis combines beautiful narrow streets, Moorish white-washed architecture, several golf courses and one of the finest foodie reputations in Spain, all of which help explain its popularity with a discerning international audience.