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Marbella City Guide by Stylish Places to Stay

With 326 days of sunshine, 27 km of beaches, 40 golf courses, fast cars, opulent yachts, glitz and glamour, sensational food and wine, an edgy club scene and colourful local festivals, Marbella is one of Europe's favourite playgrounds. For fast cars, mega yachts, designer shops visit Puerto Banus, for history, culture and cheap tapas try old town Marbella. For exclusive beach clubs you can try Nikki Beach in Elviria, Ocean Club in Puerto Banus or Buddha Beach in Nueva Andalucia (very close to Puerto Banus).

  Area information

Here is a quick overview of the most popular areas surrounding Marbella: Puerto Banús is a large and lively leisure port that houses mega yachts, upscale restaurants, designer boutiques and lots of clubs and bars.  San Pedro de Alcántara is a typically Spanish town with traditional restaurants and bars; it has a popular beach promenade for walking and cycling. Nueva Andalucía is very close to Puerto Banús, and is a residential area popular with English expats.  East of Marbella is El Rosario, a small residential area with some good beach bars (chiringuitos) and a few restaurants.  Elviria is a very nice residential area with one of the best beaches, a small selection of bars, restaurants, golf courses, shops and supermarkets.  Cabopino is a quiet residential area that has a lovely, quaint leisure port, an 18 hole golf course and a good selection of bars and restaurants.

  Stylish Places to Stay

Looking to stay somewhere stylish, hip, chic and cool, or just want to enjoy some good old fashioned international luxury? You will not be disappointed.  Although there are many 5 star hotels in Marbella, we only recommend a very small selection that we consider to be of a high enough standard.  If you are looking for somewhere other than a hotel, we can recommend some luxury villas, modern stylish apartments or, for something totally out of this world, why not try staying on a yacht in any one of the leisure ports which include Puerto Banus, Marbella port and small and quaint Cabopino port?

  About

Marbella lies at the southwestern end of the Mediterranean coastline of Andalusia, largest of Spain´s provinces and nearest to Africa. The spectacular La Concha mountain behind Marbella creates a microclimate with a special bonus: year-round sunshine.  Puerto Banús, the ultimate recreational port, is 15 mins drive from the 2,000-year-old town centre.

  Must see and do

Breakfast: churros (fritters) with hot chocolate, Plaza de los Naranjos. Explore the old town’s fascinating maze of cobbled streets and shops. Check out the world-class vessels anchored in Puerto Banús; petrolheads, feast your eyes on the lineup of expensive cars also to be found in Puerto Banús!  Laze and lunch the day away at Buddha Beach, Marbella’s latest boutique beach club.

  Highlights

Feb 6-27: Riotous Carnival celebrations; Cádiz, biggest and best. April: Bubbling creativity at Málaga Film Festival, entries from 50 countries. Last fortnight of May: Royal May Fair, Ronda. Regional food, wine, handicrafts. June: Marbella´s San Bernabé fair. Flamenco, fireworks, food stalls and fun.

  Culture

Mozarab architecture: Old town, IXc castle and barbican. The city wall enclosed an area of 90,000 m2.  Art: Spanish Print Museum, calle Hospital Bazán.  Dali sculptures, Av. del Mar. Museo Ralli, contemporary South American art.  Auctions, Arte Marbella.  Roman mosaics, Río Verde.  Museo Picasso, Málaga (coffee shop has great quick bites).
 

  Excursions

Hilltop Ronda, the white villages on the old smugglers' route in the Genal Valley.  Sotogrande for polo, sailing, shopping, market.  Sherry-tasting tour round the dusky Jerez cellars of Domecq, González Byass.  Watersports on Tarifa´s endless Atlantic beaches.  A day out at Mijas horse races.  Motorcycle racing, Jerez.  Córdoba, visit the most important Arab town in European history.  Granada, the fabulous Alhambra palace.  Seville, the heart of Andalucia.  Málaga, the Picasso Museum.

  Stylish places to eat

Andalusian: La Tienda, arty La Virginia. Santiago, Puerto Banús. Informal: Marisa, Coral Beach, popular hideaway. Lunch: Bistro MC Café, spectacular Euro-Asian. Puente Romano buffet, best on the Costa. Dinner: Puente Romano for Moroccan cuisine at Spice, superb Mediterranean at Roberto. 3* Michelin chef at La Véranda, Villa Padierna. La Hacienda, romantic.
 

  Stylish places to drink

Puerto Banús: Comedia, to begin the evening.  Sinatra's, always packed. La Habana de Hemingway, naughty.  News Café great views of Puerto Banus.  Dreamer's, young crowd and house music. Golden Mile: Suite, Puente Romano, see and be seen. Olivia Valere, classy, upscale clubbing. Finca Besaya, sophisticated, glamorous Marbella crowd.  La Notte, art deco and beautiful people. Old town: Tanguito´s low key, regular hangout for locals.

  Stylish places to shop

Puerto Banús: Boutiques, every big label under the sun.  Famous department store El Corte Inglés. Antique market Sat Plaza Antonio Banderas. East Marbella: La Cañada luxury mall.  Old town:  Marbella residents shop here, potpourri of tiny shops, guitars to designer clothes. Opulent jewellers Gómez & Molina. Leather in Gucci, El Caballo. Market Mon.
 

  Traditional

Mar-Oct: Bullfights, Marbella and nearby towns.  April: Impressive Easter week processions.  23rd June: Noche de San Juan – jump through a bonfire for luck!  Fireworks, midnight dips.  Aug 7-9, 19-21: Horse race on the beach, Sanlúcar.  Lunch Bajo de Guía – the morning’s catch of shellfish, with chilled manzanilla sherry.  All year round: Flamenco dancing, Ana María, Marbella old town.

  Health and beauty

Pilates sessions, full menu of beauty treatments at a dozen hotel spas around town - Villa Padierna for a square km of different mood spas; Finca Cortesín for Spain’s only snow cave.  Physiotherapy at Bodyworks, Cancelada.  Hair, nails, skin care at all major hotels and Jacques Dessange, Reflections.

  Sports

Eco: Cycling Marbella-San Pedro prom.  Riding Spanish saddle Escuela de Arte Ecuestre, Estepona.  Jogging, Parque de Nagüeles or under La Concha mountain - fabulous views to Africa. Puerto Banús:  Watersports, shark-fishing, sailing - regattas. Quad biking. Sierra Nevada, Granada:  Skiiing and snowboarding.  Ronda: Balloon trips.  Algodonales: Skydiving.

  Safety and local customs

Security: Marbella is generally  a very safe place and family friendly.  During the summer months, watch out for pickpockets and petty thieves.  Tips: 10-15% in restaurants.  Taxi drivers don't expect tips.  Dress code: At beachside or poolside restaurants,  shirt or pareu over swimwear.  Relaxed chic in upmarket restaurants.  Cover ups in the cooler evenings from November to February.

  Getting around

Airports: Málaga (38km), Gibraltar (60km), Jerez (111km), Seville (134km).  Trains: Ave high-speed link Madrid-Málaga.  Coach: Málaga Airport-Marbella, 45-min trip. Taxis: Reliable.  Some taxis do not have meters.  See driver´s fares book for correct fares. Eco: Hire an electric scooter from Hertz.

  Local wines

Sweet dark Málaga Vírgen with cakes, puddings, drizzled over ice cream.  Apéritifs: Chilled dry fino sherry, La Ina or Tío Pepe; slightly sweeter La Quinta, Solear, San Patricio; PX/Pedro Ximénez on the rocks.  Pale yellow Barbadillo, light fruity white ideal for summer; other whites Valdepeñas, Alvear.  With seafood, chilled manzanilla La Gitana.  Reds from Ronda.

Stylish 5 star hotels in Marbella
Kempinski Hotel Bahia Estepona
luxury golf hotel, Costa del Sol
Hotel Villa Padierna, Marbella
Luxury stylish villas in Marbella
Las Casitas, Hotel Villa Padierna, Marbella
Hotel Villa Padierna, Marbella
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