Old-Town Charm with Modern Chic Luxury


Luxury Villas in Marbella & Puerto Banus

Marbella and its neighbour Puerto Banus offer a luxury travel destination with the ideal combination of sunshine, old-town charm with a modern chic vibe that makes the perfect location for your Spanish villa holiday

Marbella Highlights

  • A glamorous resort popular for its golf courses, marinas, nightlife and high-class luxury holiday villas
  • One of Europe’s favourite holiday retreats for all year round sunshine
  • A charming cobbled old town with boutique shops and tapas bars.
  • Glitzy Puerto Banus marina with beautiful yachts and high-end gourmet restaurants
  • Designer shopping, boutique little stores and indoor malls for fashion and travel momentos
  • Activities ranging from adrenaline adventures to relaxing health spas, Marbella has something for all the family!

The different faces of Marbella

Marbella old town

Over the years Marbella has changed with the times, developing into a small but vibrant cosmopolitan city whose beautiful setting and privileged climate endow it with a relaxed, outdoor way of life that makes it one of Europe’s favoured retreats.

The distinct areas that make up Marbella add to its charm whilst offering a great choice of settings, activities and experiences.

Marbella town

Known above all for its beachside promenade, beaches, yacht harbour and broad leafy avenues lined with restaurants, boutiques and lively tapas bars, Marbella’s downtown area also includes a charming historic quarter characterised by a maze of pedestrian cobbled streets and intimate little squares.

Strolling around its pretty Andalusian houses and old churches this small but compact quarter exudes a very different atmosphere. Were it not for the elegant galleries, eateries and pretty fashion and craft shops, you might actually forget about the beaches and marinas less than a kilometre away.

Partly ensconced within impressive medieval walls, this part of Marbella is home to pretty churches set upon quiet squares, the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engraving and a great many tapas bars and sunny terraces in which to enjoy Mediterranean style café society.

 The Golden Mile

West of the parks and the marble piazza with its sculptures by Salvador Dali you come to a beachside part of town marked by luxurious modern apartment buildings of medium height that are sometimes called the ‘hanging gardens’ due to the intense greenery of their rooftop gardens. Follow the main Avenida Ricardo Soriano past the conference centre and the iconic copper Pirolí­ tower, and you’ve entered the famous Golden Mile of Marbella.

This road, which connects Marbella and the marina of Puerto Banus, cuts like a palm-lined artery through what is perhaps the best address in Marbella – and one of the best along the Mediterranean. It is here that you will find the famous Marbella Club Hotel and the Puente Romano, with its renowned tennis centre, but also fine dining restaurants, the Ralli contemporary art museum and exclusive luxury villa zones extending along the shore and inland amid intense greenery.

On the seaside are stylish beach clubs overlooking yachts moored just offshore, while the area is also home to glamorous nightclubs such as Suite and Olivia Valere, where international celebrities are regularly spotted rubbing shoulders with the locals.

Puerto Banus

Leaving these privileged enclaves of grand villas and mansions behind you come to Puerto Banus, the famous playground of Marbella. Centred around a charming marina where mega yachts look out over bistros, trendy cafés and designer stores, Puerto Banus offers an array of nightlife, beaches and shopping with the emphasis on opulent hedonism.

Besides a great many luxury shops you will find small malls and a grand El Corte Inglés department store with just about every product and service you could imagine. For those who have tired themselves out shopping there are beach clubs, spas and also a very cosmopolitan choice of restaurants to choose from as you look out over the yachts, fast cars and even famous faces.

San Pedro Alcantara

If Puerto Banus is where Marbella comes to play then the lively little town of San Pedro is where people come for a gentle stroll or to absorb the Andalusian atmosphere. The shops, restaurants and cafés may be less exclusive, but together they produce a very authentically Spanish street scene that reflects the varied nature of the greater Marbella area.

Extending outwards from Marbella and San Pedro are the green, low-density residential zones where many residents from Northern Europe have settled in private villas, charming townhouses and luxurious apartment complexes. While urbanisations of the latter are typically low-rise and set within beautiful gardens with their own swimming pools, many of the most desirable luxury villas Marbella has to offer look out over the golf courses that are such a feature of life on the Costa del Sol.

East Marbella

The final part of the wonderfully diverse elements that make up Marbella is its eastern region, which extends from Rio Real and Los Monteros near the town’s edge all along the coast, passing the leafy suburban areas of El Rosario, Elviria, Las Chapas, Cabopino and Calahonda en route.

From Rio Real, centred upon one of the prettiest golf courses in the area, to the trendy beach clubs of the Hotel Los Monteros and Nikki Beach at the Hotel Don Carlos, this eastern area is marked by open undulating land that follows the seaward flow of golf courses to what are the best beaches in this part of the Costa del Sol.

Chiringuito beach bars and fish restaurants enjoy wonderful views from amid sandy dunes back across the bay to Marbella. A little further along the coast is the pretty little marina of Cabopino, a rather intimate and picturesque version of Puerto Banus, where the atmosphere is above all summery and languid.

Well-serviced with shops, restaurants and racket clubs, this area is just five minutes removed from Marbella’s town centre yet has an ambience of its own.

An unrivalled choice of leisure pursuits, from sailing and adrenaline sports to world-class golf

Costa del Sol watersports

Besides the sailing, water sports and boat excursions on offer at the marinas of Marbella, Puerto Banus and Cabopino, this region’s other great sporting asset is its many first-class golf courses. From the championship courses of the Golf Valley, a luxurious residential area just north of Puerto Banus, the green arteries of fairways extend in all directions.

The beaches on the New Golden Mile, between San Pedro and Estepona, draw crowds watching surfers and kite-surfers from the comfort of beach bars, while others opt for pampering in the luxury spas of resort hotels.

Just a short drive down the coast is Selwo Park, a large safari park that covers several valleys and makes the most of the best climate in Europe as it recreates the eco systems of Africa, the Americas and Asia in an open natural setting. Venture a little further inland and you come to the foothills of the mighty coastal mountain ranges, where soaring peaks, forested hills and green valleys with waterfalls and rock pools attract hikers, mountain bikers, nature lovers and riders from equestrian centres such as the Escuela de Arte Ecuestre Costa del Sol.

While some come to admire the natural scenery or to spot deer or birds of prey hovering overhead, others like the canyoning, mountain climbing or forest trails available in the countryside or at Aventura Amazonia, a popular adventure park in Elviria.

Whatever activity you choose, be it active, cultural, sport, nightlife, shopping, fine dining or sheer relaxation and pampering, Marbella has the perfect spot in which to indulge your interests in the finest climate in Europe

From beachside tapas to haute cuisine, Marbella is a foodie heaven

The gourmet scene in Marbella is truly international; here you can enjoy almost any cuisine your heart desires within a 20 minute radius, from family owned “Chiringuitos” serving the day’s fresh catch on the beach to Michelin-starred establishments offering modern creative menus with carefully selected wines.

For an authentic Spanish feast you can head to the beaches East of Marbella where you will find charming seafront restaurants reached by dirt tracks. Here you can eat like a King, with plates piled high with “Pescaito Frito” washed down with a cool Tinto del Verano.  Alongside these you can also find more chic and upmarket sea front restaurants and beach clubs with an International-Mediterranan selection to tempt you on a hot summers day.

In the Marbella old town you will find tiny tapas bars and boutique restaurants tucked down narrow cobbled streets. These range from traditional tapas to the Michelin-star gem Skina where you can enjoy an Andalucian tasting menu complete with wines to enhance each course.

Puerto Banus is home to a flamboyant choice of restaurants, from pizza and pasta, to Greek, Asian and mouthwatering seafood. The price tag may sometimes be written on account of the destination, but with such a stunning backdrop as the most luxurious marina in Spain we think it’s more than worth it!

Chic boutiques to designer labels

Designer shopping in Puerto Banus, Marbella

No matter what your taste or budget, Marbella will be sure to hit the spot when it comes to shopping. Here you can find the best of the Spanish high street fashion alongside labels like Versace, Gucci, Escada and Cartier.

The main high street through the centre of Marbella is home to the likes of Zara, Cortefiel and Mango, as good a high street fashion selection as you will find anywhere in the world. You can also find many familiar brands all under one roof in the fantastic indoor shopping mall, La Cañada, located on the A7 just on the outskirts of Marbella to the East of the town.

Then if you take just a tiny detour off into the back streets of the old town, or between the main street and the beach, you will come across unique little boutiques, art galleries, jewellery stores and interior design inspiration where you can pick up a souvenir or two to take back home.

For designer labels then Puerto Banus is home to names like Chloe, Missoni, Versace, Tom Ford, Hermes, Dior, Jimmy Choo, Burberry and many more, and you can also find a couple of high-street labels here too.

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