Home to over 160 kilometres of southern Spanish coastline and more golf courses per capita than anywhere else in Europe, Marbella was “discovered” by holidaymakers when commercial flights first took off in the fifties.
Much of the appeal of the little fishing village that grew into a star-spangled tourist town is its diversity. From chic marinas to its charming old town, from white-washed sugar cube villages in the hills to celebrity-spotting Puerto Banus, it’s still one of Britain’s top short flight timeshare favourites.
Most of Marbella’s timeshare resorts are located within an easy hour or so drive from Malaga airport, so it’s a convenient getaway for families.
Here are 10 ways to get the most out of Marbella this summer…
- Soak up the sights and sounds of the casco antiguo, Marbella’s chic and charming old town, full of Moorish design influences and authentic Andalucian flavour. After a late night stroll, stop off for a café con leche with a churro, Spain’s version of a deep fried, sugar-light doughnut.
- People watch in Puerto Banus. Watch the boat crews polishing the yachts over a light lunch with a glass of local wine.
- Escape to the hills! Did you La Mairena, up in the mountains above Elviria, is a protected eco reserve? Five minutes drive up the winding road you’ll discover a whole new world of olive trees, eucalyptus and panoramic views.
- Head west to Estepona. If you’re in Marbella for more than a few days and fancy a detour, explore the shores further west. Generally, it’s quieter here even in peak summer and a lot of cool little beach cafes have been opening up.
- Go wine tasting in the Sierra de Nieves mountains. Savour some local wines and tapas on the terrace at Vina and Bodega Remsamen as you take in the views – and the price is nice at just 7.50 euros.
- Marvel at mini trees in the Bonsai Museum. Set in a park near the Old Town, the Museo de Bonsai has a pretty impressive collection, many of them hundreds of years old – it’s a good place to take the kids and there’s even a pond full of terrapins, too.
- Head out for a two hour fishing trip with one of the specialist companies like Luna Bay and see Marbella bay from a totally fresh (fish!) perspective.
- Shop for summer clothes at La Canada Commercial Centre where your pound will stretch your euros further. There’s a huge choice of fashion, food, accessories, music and more – allow a good couple of hours or more to get round most of the stores.
- Celebrate the sunset with cocktails in Cabopino. If Marbella’s home to the super yachts – Puerto Banus – is too flash and you prefer the feel of a smaller marina, Cabopino is a lovely little base for the day. Stroll around the yachts, walk out to the end of the quay where you’ll find the fishermen casting their lines, then find a spot for cocktails while another blue sky day melts away…
- T is for tapas. Walk and eat your way along the Avenida de Mar, Marbella’s popular “urban” seafront. It’s one of the best places to soak up this town’s true authentic flavour and you’ll be totally spoilt for choice on the fresh fish and tapas front. A great people-watching spot.