Old-Town Charm with Modern Chic Luxury
MARBELLA & PUERTO BANÚS
The different faces of Marbella
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 â€˜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 Baníºs, cuts like a palm-lined artery through what is perhaps the best address in Marbella â€“ 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.
Leaving these privileged enclaves of grand villas and mansions behind you come to Puerto Baníºs, the famous playground of Marbella. Centred around a charming marina where mega yachts look out over bistros, trendy cafés and designer stores, Puerto Baníºs 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.
An unrivalled choice of leisure pursuits, from sailing and adrenaline sports to world-class golf
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
No matter what your taste or budget, Marbella will be sure to hit the spot. 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 Caí±ada, 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, jewelry 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.