Imagine sandy beaches, bright turquoise sea, perennially warm weather, amazing restaurants and shops, and spectacular 360-degree views. Well, Marbella has it all. This small town in Spain bordering the beautiful Mediterranean Sea is one of the best places for a vacation. Don’t believe me? Just ask the rich and famous. The beaches of Marbella are their playground.
Marbella, the trendiest place in Andalusia
1. Swim in some of the best beaches in the world
The name Marbella means ‘Beautiful Seas’ so it’s no surprise that the city is surrounded by 27 km of beautiful coastline divided into 24 beaches. Out of the 24 beaches, 9 beaches have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award for the best beaches in the world. The city is also known for its various prestigious beach clubs like Nikki Beach Club where you can mingle with the crème de la crème of society.
Beachholics can take a look at some of the most colorful beaches in the world.
2. Indulge in a shopping spree
For luxury lovers, Puerto Banús is the perfect place for you. One of the most expensive and fashionable marinas in Marbella. The streets of this marina are lined with chic boutiques and designer stores. If you want to do a bit of budget shopping, the narrow streets of Old Town have plenty of charming stores that sell locally made products.
3. Go art gazing
Art lovers can stroll down Avenida del Mar, a square that proudly displays sculptures by one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Dali. The city is also home to a fascinating Bonsai Museum, the Art Wanson Gallery showcasing the works of Picasso and Bacon, and the Ralli Museum which houses the world’s best collection of Latin American art.
4. Step into a gastronomic wonderland
Marbella’s specialty is, you guessed it, seafood. It’s a gastronomic heaven for those who love seafood. From simple skewered sardines to fried fish and shellfish paellas, seafood is king in Marbella. Besides traditional dishes, the town has seen an influx of international flavors with Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Argentine, Thai, French and Swedish cuisine infusing themselves with traditional Andalusian Fare.
5. Take yourself down the Old Town road
The charming Old Town or Casco Antiguo will sweep you off your feet with its narrow cobblestoned streets, colorful flowers and whitewashed houses. The Orange square or Plaza de Los Naranjos is the liveliest and most popular area in the entire town. You’ll find yourself looking around and taking Instagram-worthy photos in the picturesque corners of Old Town.
Spain’s official tourism website has given a list of the best Instagram photo spots in Spain.
There is no better place to holiday in then Marbella. This coastal city captures the fancy of everyone who lands in its cobblestoned paths and sandy walkways. So start packing your bags and get ready to have the time of your life.
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