Marbella needs little or no introduction as a world famous playground in the south of Spain.
The town has grown over fifty years from a small fishing village, that if you were driving through it and blinked, you would have missed it. But then you could compare its growth to the rest of the Costa del Sol. During the sixties, under Franco, tourism was just being discovered, and the first town to hit the headlines was in fact Torremolinos. It wasn’t until José Banus came along and built his famous port back in 1970 that Marbella started to appear also.
Today, Marbella has a population of over 200.000 people and receives 5M tourists annually. Which isn’t bad when you consider that in 2013 Spain received 60M tourists across the whole country including its islands.
Marbella and its surrounding area is made up of luxurious property developments and villas, shopping malls, casinos, expensive restaurants and night clubs, marinas and of course, many golf courses. There are over 60 courses just from Malaga to Sotogrande.
The town, in recent years, has had its ups and downs, most recently recovering from a town hall property scandal. However, it’s now bouncing back and attracting the levels of tourism that made it famous.
Marbella is serviced by the Costa del Sol motorway, two in fact, the original route passing along the coast, and the more direct toll road. Malaga is just 67 kilometres to the east along with its International airport, whilst Gibraltar is less than an hour the other way. Madrid is 780 kilometres to the north and served by the high speed AVI train to Malaga that takes just two and a half hours. Marbella is also well placed to explore the major cities of Andalucia such as Seville, Cordoba and Granada. And less than two hours drive away you can ski six months in winter at Sierra Nevada.
Marbella has always attracted a very cosmopolitan visitor, especially in the early days when the King of Saudi Arabia decided to build a palace here. Whilst popular with all Europeans, the Russians have made their mark in recent years. Film stars, politicians, heads of government have all helped to put Marbella on the map (only last year Michelle Obama spent a few days in Benahavis – a neighbouring municipality), but it still attracts holiday makers from all over the world who come to see how “the other half live”, enjoy a meal or sip a drink next to the lavish yachts or watch the numerous super cars burble around.
The most authentic part of Marbella is its centre, spreading out from Orange Square where you will find small shops and boutiques, cosy bars and restaurants, the Marbella Port in the town centre itself (currently being totally renovated), and of course the sandy coved beaches.
Marbella has just about everything to offer that a large European city can offer, but on a smaller and more manageable scale, in a delightful setting, and with an all year round climate that most northern Europeans would die for.
Town HallPlaza de los Naranjos, s/n Marbella 29601 Málaga. Tel. +34 952 76 11 00. Fax: +34 952 72 11 09. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tourist OfficesGlorieta de la Fontanilla, s/n Marbella. Tel. (+34) 952 77 14 42 / 952 77 46 93. Fax: (+34) 952 77 94 57 / 952 85 81 24. Email: email@example.com Calle Salinas, 4 29601 Marbella. Tel. (+34) 952 76 87 07. Fax: (+34) 952 82 29 87. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Plaza Antonio Banderas s/n 29660 Puerto Banús. Tel. (+34) 952 81 89 02. Fax: (+34) 952 81 89 02. Email: otbanus”@email@example.com Marqués del Duero, 69 29670 San Pedro Alcántara. Tel. (+34) 952 78 52 52 / 63 00. Fax: (+34) 952 78 90 90. Email: otsanpedro”@firstname.lastname@example.org
Property Sales in Marbella
The choice of property for sale in Marbella is immense but can also suit all budgets, whether seeking a humble apartment, a spectacular penthouse or a luxury Hacienda.
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