Marbella is a luxury resort town located in southern Spain, popular with foreign tourists and expat residents. It has a Mediterranean climate, allowing for an array of luxury outdoor activities year-round.
Marbella was founded by the Phoenicians as Malaka sometime around 800 BC, though one source believes it may have been as early as 1100 BC. In modern times, Marbella’s natural harbor has been enhanced by manmade jetties to accommodate luxury yachts and other boats (many of them German).
Marbella experienced a luxury boom in the 1920s, when wealthy Europeans began retiring to luxury villas on its sandy beaches. Marbella became a famous resort town after the Spanish royal family vacationed there in 1957, and English billionaire Sir James Goldsmith purchased many large luxury properties as vacation homes for his rich friends. In recent decades it has been popular with Middle Eastern royals as well as international jet setters. Nowadays, luxury yachts from around the world drop anchor to allow their passengers to indulge in luxury shopping and fine dining.
Today Marbella is part of the Costa del Sol luxury resort area. The city is known for luxury shopping and a luxury lifestyle, with many luxury villas and luxury hotels lining its streets. It is also popular with luxury car enthusiasts who wish to participate in the annual Marbella classic car week. With a population of about 74,000 inhabitants, it is the third largest city on the Costa del Sol after Malaga and Marbella’s neighbor -Benalmadena.
Marbella has over 200 luxury boutiques, most notably Chanel, Gucci , Louis Vuitton , Emilio Pucci, Yves Saint Laurent , Ralph Lauren and Prada . There are also stores from Burberry, Dior , Cartier and Dom Pérignon.
Palacio de la Aduana luxury museum and show room is the luxury center in Marbella, not far from Puerto Banus marina.
The city has over 110 luxury restaurants. Some of the luxury restaurants include Arzak (by Juan Mari Arzak), El Lago (Restaurant by Francisco Roncero), Ciprianis, La Fonda del Pescador, Casita chrika, Ruta del Sol, Gin-Tonics , Las Flores & El Chiringuito Beach . The three top luxury hotels are Marbella Club Hotel, Melia Don Pepe . Other’s luxury 5 stars Hotels are Gran casa Hotel Puente Romano 5 stars, Hotel Villa Padierna luxury 5 stars, Jardin de la Aduana luxury 5 stars.
Marbella luxury beach is known as El Faro (meaning lighthouse). The luxury resort of Puerto Banús and the exclusive yacht club and marina are also located here. Marbella Club hotel has a luxury golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Nearby luxury villa resorts include La Zagaleta luxury villas and Valle Romano luxury holiday homes & Villas . Travelers who want to get more active can play tennis at the luxury Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy.
During the winter months, Marbella luxury life revolves around its many outdoor bars and restaurants. Puerto Banus home to luxury shopping and luxury bars, is particularly popular. In the summer months, luxury Yachts from around the world drop anchor to allow their passengers to indulge in luxury shopping and fine dining at restaurants such as the restaurants from GRUPO DANI GARCÍA
In recent decades it has been popular with Middle Eastern royals as well as international jet setters.
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