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Literally translated to “beautiful sea”, Marbella has certainly lived up to its name. This city is located within the heart of the province of the same name in the autonomous Spanish province of Andalusia. As it boasts a population of over 100,000 residents, it is the second-most populous city in all of the province of Malaga. Tourism is arguably the most important industry here and it is estimated that the number of residents nearly triples during the peak seasons of the year (the late spring through to the early autumn). What are some of the features that are worth pointing out if you are planning a trip here?
The most common airport to utilise is Malaga International Airport. This hub also provides access to nearby towns such as Fuengirola, Benalmadena and Torremolinos. Malaga International Airport hosts countless international carriers. A few examples which may be relevant to your journey could include:
The airport is connected to Marbella by road, by rail and by public transportation buses. Flights occur daily and are able to accommodate even the most demanding of travel plans.
The majority of the beaches here have achieved the coveted Blue-Flag status; their waters are quite clean. Although the borders between each section are not necessarily well defined, each should be experienced to determine which you prefer. Popular spots include Playa del Alicante, Playa Hermosa, Capopino Beach and Playa Fontanilla. If you are planning to arrive here with a group of young friends, it could be worthwhile checking out Bounty Beach. This location is rated as one of the most “happening” places in terms of nightlife and pubs.
The beaches are obviously popular, but there is more that meets the eye than surf and sand. Anyone new to this location should check out a four-mile stretch known as “The Golden Mile” (yes...a slightly strange name). This strip is known to display some of the richest and most luxurious properties within the region. There are also numerous high-end international shops as well as local boutiques.
If you have been hoping for a taste of home during your stay, Marbella will not disappoint. It is very interesting to note that in sections along the beach, you will actually hear English spoken much more than Spanish. Countless pubs, restaurants and fish and chip shops can be found and most will be within a walking distance of your hotel. Excursions to the interior can provide blood-pumping hiking opportunities if you are willing to brave the scorching overhead sun.
It might be best to avoid the peak tourist season of the summer months. The temperatures are lower ¡n the spring and autumn while prices for accommodations, food and drink are likewise much more agreeable. As there is little rain here, you will not normally have to worry about inclement weather. This is even true during the winter.