FROM MALAGA AIRPORT TO MARBELLA. Travel Guide by Malaga Cabbie
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Marbella is the heart of the Costa del Sol and on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and on the slope of the mountains “Sierra Blanca”. This special location makes a very pleasant weather to enjoy at any time of the year. Its temperatures are mild in winter and summer (an average of 18 degrees). It boasts having 2900 hours of sunshine per year and raining only 50 days per year.
MARBELLA: THE CITY
It is between Fuengirola and Estepona and to the north is Ojen, in the popular Costa del Sol in Malaga. It has 140744 inhabitants therefore is the second largest city in Malaga and the eighth in Andalusia. Everyone knows Marbella for its important tourist infrastructures, its luxurious parties and its well-known visitors, but Marbella is much more than that.
The narrow white streets give the old town a typical Andalusian character. The “plaza de los Naranjos” is the neuralgic centre of the city where you can visit historical building such as the town hall (1558), the house of the Corregidor (palace of 1552) and the Santiago´s hermitage (the oldest religious building in XV century).
You can find other historical buildings while you walk through the old town, for example: Maria de la Encarnacion´s church (Baroque style), Santo de la Veracruz Hermitage (XV Century), Bazan´s Hospital, Misericordia´s Real Hospital or San Juan de Dios Chapel (Renaissance style).
The old town is not only history monuments. You will also find cheerful streets full of shops and bars as well as other services such as banks, the town hall, etc.
Between the old town and the sea there is an area with gardens its name is “Ensanche Historico”. It is made up: “Paseo de la Alameda” and “Avenida del Mar”. This pedestrian zone is a great place to take a walk where you discover a botanical garden, a playground and many sculptures of Salvador Dali.
In the 4 km between the centre and Puerto Banus there is a luxurious and exclusive area where you will admire the most amazings villas and urbanizations. This is the “milla de oro” (golden mile) where many celebrities lives such as the King Fahd´s palace from Saudi Arabia.
Definitely it is the best marina in Spain. The builder Jose Banus built the first marina with leisure area in 1968. It has 915 moorings for yachts and leisure boats which are one of the most expensive in Europe. In Puerto Banus you will find the most exclusives boutiques such as Louis Vuitton, Dior or Versace, luxury hotels, restaurants, discotheques and many services. The people, who have promoted Marbella, have in the “boulevard de la fama” a Hollywood-style recognition. At the beginning of this street there is a Dali´s sculture of a huge rhinoceros.
Marbella has 3 marinas more: Virgen del Carmen Marina, Cabopino marina and La Bajadilla Marina.
Virgen del Carmen: this marina is close to the old town so it is a busy place specially on weekends. Here you will find many restaurants and a handicraft market. It is the favourite place for people to walk and jog.
La Bajadilla: it is in the urban area. It is marina and fishing port at the same time with 268 moorings.
Cabopino: It is a few kilometres from Marbella in the middle of nature with a relaxed atmosphere. This is a modern marina with 169 moorings.
The historians do not agree on the historical origin of Marbella, on the one hand they say that there are remains from the Paleolithic and on the other hand they assure that the first inhabitants of the city were the Phoenicians.
The first remains of an urban nucleus belong to the Romans. In Mabella they built a wall that surrounds the old town and there was an Ancient Roman Villa close to Verde river as well as the Guadalmina Roman Baths.
There are also remains of a Visigothic necropolis. This is proof that all civilizations have appreciated everything that this area offers.
Later in the Middle Ages, Marbella belonged to the Muslims who reinforced the Roman wall to protect the city. There were many orchards that were famous for their excellent figs and their mulberry for silkworms breeding.
The Catholic Kings conquer the city in 1485 and it joins the Kingdom of Castilla. The Plaza de los Naranjos and its buildings belongs to this period of time. In 1644 a new crop comes from America, the sugarcane, and the “Trapiches” (sugar mills) industry appears such as the Trapiche de el Prado in Marbella close to urbanizations Sierramar and Lomas Bellas.
At the beginning of the XIX century there was a great abundance of iron in Ojen and wood in the mountains, as a result the blast furnaces appear in Marbella. It was a great richness fountain until in 1860 a decline begins. However as the same time appears San Pedro De Alcantara like an agricultural area and its founder was the Marques del Duero.
The “Comercial Hotel” was the first hotel in Marbella that appeared in 1918. But the touristic boom begins in 1950 when many celebrities choose Marbella as their favourite destination on vacation.
ACCOMODATION IN MARBELLA
It is obvious that a city as tourist as Marbella must have a wide variety of tourist accommodation. These are the best rated:
HOTELS IN MARBELLA
Marbella Club Hotel Golf Resort & Spa***** It is a very luxurious and exclusive resort that imitates an Andalusian village with white houses and yards full of plants. It has several types of rooms, siute or villas. It has all types of services such as golf course, tennis club, wellness center, horse riding, miniclub for kids, etc.
Gran Meliá Don Pepe*****: a luxurious hotel on the beachfront with direct access and close to the city center. It has a spectacular pool with Balinese bed and its restaurant is the best steakhouse in the country where Dani Garcia begins his career as a chef.
Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa***** is a glamorous beach resort with exclusive services such as fitness and wellness, tennis club, its own golf course and several accommodation options.
Amare Marbella Beach Hotel**** is the best hotel only for adults in Marbella. It has an exclusive beach club where you can taste the Mediterranean gastronomy as well as drink a cocktail. It also has a spa wellness center where pamper our body that is a paradise to have a relax time
Hotel Doña Catalina*** It is in San Pedro de Alcantara which is surrounded by golf courses, the nearest is the Guadalmina (only 5 minutes by car).
If your budget is more adjusted or you prefer a quieter accommodation in airbnb you will find everything you need. They have wide offer accommodations in Marbella
ACTIVITIES IN MARBELLA
NIGHTLIFE IN MARBELLA
It is really lively that offer different possibilities. In Marbella you can choose between a quieter atmosphere and something more lively and glamorous where to have fun until dawn.
If you prefer the first option, you have to look for it in the centre. There are many bars where drink something and taste good tapas. There are also any pubs where you can drink a cocktail, such as David´s places. It is the ideal pub where you can drink a good mojito after eat some tapas. It has a cosy and fun atmosphere. There is something similar in Puerto Banus “Astral Cocktail Bar” it is famous because its cocktail are the best in Marbella where you can talk with your friends and enjoy the wonderful marina views.
If look for a place where dance and drink cocktails until sunrise, we recommend you some of the best Discotheques in Marbella.
Funky Buddha: there are 2 discos, one of them in Marbella and the other in Puerto Banus, both have an amazing oriental decoration. Here it is usual to meet some celebrities enjoying the night like you.
Pangea: It is an open air disco with a glamorous atmosphere where to enjoy a good cocktail.
La Suite club: its decoration is of the same style as studio 54 in New York. It has an incredible terrace to enjoy the summer nights that is the meeting point of the jet set.
Olivia Valere is the most popular disco in Marbella. you will dance with the music of the best Djs.
Marbella is the paradise for the golf players because there are 19 golf courses of excellent quality in addiction the perfect weather of La Costa del Sol. We introduce you the best golf courses in Marbella:
Marbella Club de Golf Resort belongs to Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa which has excellent views of the Mediterranean Sea. It is a perfect place to play golf or have your first experience.
Club de Golf El Higueral: it an amazing course with an innovative design that you will love. It is between Marbella and Benahavis.
Magna Golf Marbella: It is luxury urbanization “Nueva Andalucia” and close to other golf courses. Its golf school offers a great oportunty to learn.
Cabopino Golf Marbella: it is close to the marina Cabopino. Its golf school also has groups for children.
Marbella has 27 km of coastline and its 24 beaches are very that are very different from each other. All of them are busy (specially in summer) and they are located in urban or semi-urban areas because of its urban boom however there may be beaches with fine sand and others with little stones. The most popular beaches are:
Artola or Cabopino
It is close to Marina Cabo Pino. It is in a natural environment surrounded by pine trees and the only nudist beach in the city . There are the dunes “Artola” which is a protected natural area.
It is between the 2 marinas la Bajadilla and Virgen del Carmen. It is very busy because it is close to the centre. Her you will find all the services that you need. Its sand is fine and golden and it is ideal for families.
It is similar to Venus Beach because it is also a busy beach which is close to the centre with fine sand. It is close to the popular Hotel Don Pepe and the Palace of Congresses “Adolfo Suarez”
Puerto Banus beach
It is close to marina Puerto Banus where you will find all the services that you need. But at the beach you have active tourism companies that offer aquatic activities and in the mountains, for example hiking. It has the blue flag, which is a European recognition of the quality of the beach and its services.
San Pedro de Alcantara Beach
It is between Marbella and Estepona which also has the blue flag. It is the quieter beach in Marbella. Its sand is fine and dark and it is surrounded by eucalyptus trees. You can arrive here by its promenade where you will see an elephant sculpture trading the sand.
Puente Romano beach
It is close to the luxury hotel “Resort Puente Romano & spa” in the golden mill between Marbella and Puerto Banus. The Romans built a bridge but nowadays there isn´t any remain. This beach has little stones.
Las Chapas Beach
It is further from the centre so it is quieter. This beach has a glamour atmosphere because of the luxury beach club such as the famous Nikki Beach Club. There are many good quality restaurants.
It is close to the marina Virgen del Carmen and the Constitucion park. Here there is an old lighthouse and also all the services that you need at the beach, therefore it has the blue flag. It sand is fine and it is very busy and cheerful.
This well-known beach is at the entrance of the city. It is very popular for its fine sand, its blue flag and above all because there are many activities organized here such as beach volleyball championship or sandcastle competitions.
On this beach there is an amazing amusement park with activities for the whole family ranging from karting, inflatable mattresses and all kinds of water activities.
Museum Grabado español contemporaneo that has an engraving collection of twentieth century painters such as Pablo Picasso.
Cortijo de Miraflores that has an exhibition hall and an old oil mill-
Bonsai museum that has a large collection of bonsai, especially olive trees.
Rali Museum where you will find a great collection of South American art as well as some Salvador Dali´s sculptures.
Archaeological museum is where visit the remains of ancient civilizations found in Marbella.
Marbella has many theatres and auditoriums where you can assist to many cultural acts as well as the annual music festivals:
Starlite festival is a benefit festival in which well-known artists participate. Others examples are the Marbella opera international festival, the Marbella reggae festival, the International Jazz festival, etc.
Monthly there is a cultural agenda with lots of interesting activities and you can choose what interests you.
EXCURSIONS FROM MARBELLA
Marbella has very good connexions by motorway therefore you can also visit the nearby towns. We recommend you some cities to explore:
This city is very international and lively. You just have to walk through the centre to check. The street “Larios” always so animated. You can also visit the fort from where you can admire the nice views of the Mediterranean Sea and it is less than one hour by car.
Ronda is further, it takes 1 hour and 10 minutes but it is worth visiting. From Ronda come great bullfighters, you can feel the great tradition of bullfighting that lives here, in fact its bullring is the oldest in Spain. Ronda is also a beautiful Andalusian town with its white houses and its narrow streets. The “Tajo” is a deep gully that is the most representative of Ronda.
There is good connexion to travel to Granada but it takes 2 hour by car. You “must see” La Alhambra how to describe it in one word AMAZING. But Granada offers much more to its visitors for example tour the ancient neighbourhood of Albaicin, walk through the Paseo de los Tristes, etc.
It takes only 1 hour by car and you can travel to Britain. It is a tax haven where you can also visit the monkeys that live in the rock.
It is the European town nearest to Africa. It is the windy paradise of surfing and kitesurfing. Its beaches are long and its sand is fine and golden. From Tarifa you can see the Morocco´s Mountains and in clear days you will see the white houses.
This town is nearer; it takes only 30 minutes by car. If you travel with children you can visit the zoo “Bioparc” that always surprise the visitors because of its differents facilities for the animals. A recommended visit is the castle to admire its magnificent views of the sea.
Estepona is 32 km far from Marbella. A good idea is walk through fishing port because there are many restaurants to taste to fresh fish. Selwo Aventura is other option especial recommended if you go with children. This is a zoo where the animals are in semi-freedom.
Everyone knows Marbella for being a luxury city where the jet set lives but Marbella will surprise you because it has much more to offer such as history, cultural events, great beaches… Come and discover Marbella with Malaga cabbie and our cheap transfers to Malaga airport.