Marbella's motto is 'A Way of Life' and certainly, this luxurious resort town seems to have it all and is, once again rising to the fore as a favourite location with the rich and famous, as well as more ordinary folk who are willing to pay just a little bit extra for Europe's best known resort.
But Marbella has a down to earth side as well, an air of individuality which can be best appreciated by exploring back streets in the old part of town. One of the prettiest places is the fabled 'Orange Square' which is located just off the main street in the older district and is also home to the 16th century town hall and tourist office where you can pick up a detailed map and visitor information.
In Orange Square, or La Plaza de los Naranjos', as it is called in Spanish, expect to meet with stately buildings, small shops, art galleries, bars and bistros and is a hub of activity day and night. Depending on the time of year the colours here can be vibrant, with the trees and exotic tropical plants set against a backdrop of dazzling white buildings and a deep blue sky. Be sure to explore the honeycomb of surrounding narrow streets where homes and shops intermingle to create the atmosphere of a small village, rather than a cosmopolitan town.
There are numerous excellent restaurants to choose from, ranging from those specialising in the predictably pricey exclusive cordon bleu to the gritty individuality of a backstreet Spanish bar where the Serrano ham is gently cured by tobacco smoke and the tapas cost 50 cents each and are both tasty and filling.
Back towards the coast is the La Alameda park where you can book your personal horse and carriage to travel in style or, if you prefer, stroll on towards the sea along Avenida del Mar.
This is arguably one of the most delightful promenades on the costa, flanked by classy restaurants and bars and mercifully free of concrete skyscrapers, glass bottomed boat trips, imported shells and I Love......... T-Shirts that are fast bringing a sameness to coastal resorts, whether they be Pathos, Cyprus or Portugal. I know - I am a snob.
From Guadalmina to Capopino, the Marbella coastline stretches along some 26 kilometres of sunny beaches bathed by the Mediterranean and where you can enjoy traditional fish and seafood favourites like sardines on a spit, fried fish and the incomparable paella.
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It is very important upon arrival at the airport (increasingly busier and stressful) that once through the arrival lounge, your car hire representative is there to meet and greet you and hand over your car in the least amount of time.
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'Golf valley' forms part of Neuva Andalucia and offers arguably the biggest and best choice of golf courses and facilities in Europe. Within easy reach from Puerto Banus, you will find five exceptional quality course and club houses: Golf los Naranjos, Golf Las Brisas, Aloha Golf, and Golf la Dame de Noche.
Travel a little further, and running along the coast from Gibraltar to Malaga you can choose from over thirty more world-renowned courses.
To help golf enthusiasts find their next 18 hole challenge, we have put together a list of some of the most outstanding golf courses on the Costa del Sol.