One of the best known resort towns on the Costa del Sol, there's more to Marbella than sunshine glinting off bling, and the Mediterranean, and a host of glamourous bars, clubs and restaurants ripe for a good time. Once a whitewashed fishing village, the Old Town is a fascinating blend of Andalusian and Moorish cultures - you can see this in the colourful floral displays, narrow streets and unique mansions - now converted into some of the best places to stay in Marbella if you're looking for local charm. In front of the town is the beautiful natural harbour and behind it are the mountains of the Sierra Blanca. And when it comes to history, Marbella sure can tell some colourful tales.
Marketed as Spain's St. Tropez, Marbella has long been a favourite of the rich and famous. And the glitz of the marina and variety of boutiques proves it's still got it.
If you're here for the nightlife, Marbella has plenty of good restaurants, and the famous strip of bars and clubs of Puerto Banus - the bling capital of the Costa del Sol. Marbella also has some of Spain's best golf courses - and that's saying something seeing there are forty golf courses on the Costa del Sol alone!
There's also parasailing, normal sailing, and a number of water sports requiring less practice.
Marbella might not seem like the perfect family holiday destination, but as well as the charm of the Old Town and the excellent beaches, Marbella is a short drive from the monkeys of the Rock of Gibraltar, the old 'white village' of Mijas and the markets of Benahavis.
A chic boutique hotel in the old town. Beautiful rooms and apartments styled on Asian cities have lots of natural light and attractive furnishings. Stunning views from roof terrace. Set in a quiet location and minutes from the sights and beaches. Ideal for a romantic holiday or group of friends.
A chic boutique B&B with individual cottages sprawling through beautiful flora and fauna gardens. Set on a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean and Marbella. An ideal location for a weekend wedding or a group/family holiday.
If you're looking for a chic and simple base from which to explore Marbella then this boutique B&B is perfect. White washed walls and wooden beams with a flash of antique decoration. A private and intimate destination.
Grand Andalucian luxury on the sea front. Beautiful sunny rooms and suites have white washed walls, parquet floors, creamy furnishings and private balconies. Many restaurants, tennis courts, spa, private beach and kids club. Perfect for beach life.
Marbella (Calle Ancha)
Sophisticated and elegantly restored 17th century townhouse, in Marbellas old town. The seven chic and individual rooms feature Moorish-style arched doorways, peaked timbered ceilings and understated contemporary touches. Sunlit interior patio, gourmet dining and rooftop terrace. Totally unique.
A golf, spa and beach resort that offers a unique experience. Elegant in its classic style and luxurious with its outstanding facilities. Located in a natural paradise on the shores of the Mediterranean. An oasis of relaxation for families or those seeking something princely.