The luxury, sophistication and glamour come together each summer in Marbella for decades. The new rich have been replaced to names of rancio abolengo, with more or less fortune, along with socialites and celebrities, that is to say, the famous of all life and of all colours. Next to this Marbella eclectic and ostentatious –the capital of the bling bling, our brilli brilli tacky, but more cool– lives in a city more everyday, and with less pomp, with charming corners and addresses near-secret, next to the port, at the edge of the sea or in the narrow streets of its beautiful old quarter.
The capital of luxury of the Costa del Sol is also an idyllic place for lovers of water sports or golf. About 40 fields are concentrated in a radius of 20 km and in incomparable settings, between sea and mountain, the great unknown of Marbella.
Breakfast. On a site like this, is sure that many visitors of posh levels will be served breakfast with diamonds, but neither the kings resist a good chocolate with churros. King Salman of Saudi Arabia when he was prince and before you change Marbella for Tangier as a refuge, was a devotee of the churrería Ramon, in the historic plaza de Los Naranjos. Less famous, but very frequented by locals for the quality of their batons is the churrería Marbella, at the plaza of the Victoria, also in old town.
Beaches. With almost 30 km of coastline it is easy to find a beach to suit you, many are urban or semi-urban, so if you get tired of sunbathing and get to soaking, you can take a stroll around the promenade or lose yourself in the beautiful historic centre of Marbella. What a secret? Between the beach of Los Monteros and Cabopino are beaches more wild –one-nude– and least crowded of Marbella. Natural landscapes, such as dunes of Artola and pine forests that arrive until the beach itself, make up a peculiar landscape.
Going out for tapas. In the old town not to lose the four bars of the street Strait and in the vicinity of the marina and the Yacht Club you will find numerous beach bars where you can enjoy the typical pescaíto frito or a good spit sardines like those offered by the chip shop The Venus, among the best in Malaga. In the same area is one of the most emblematic restaurants of Marbella, Santiago, a classic from the year sixty.
A corner. The wonderful andalusian patio of the restaurant, The Farm. Located in an old casona dating from 1502 in the plaza Altamirano, in the centre of the city, offers a market cuisine with fresh products, local and organic. In his letter has a good selection of wines.
Of stores. If you are looking for international brands and exclusive designs, the shops of reference are in the nearby Puerto Banus. The big chains and most popular brands are distributed along the avenida Ricardo Soriano and the shops more chic, avant-garde and original are springing up in the network of streets of the old town. The seafront is crowded of shops, but don’t expect to find chollos.
Alternative plans. Sail on a yacht or playing golf are two activities are quite common in Marbella. If you do not have a boat you can always rent a walk by the sea (from 18 euros per person hour), a romantic dinner on board (€75) or a private party (60 euros per person, a journey of four hours) in some of the companies of tourism experiential as Velerosturisticos.com.
On land, Marbella, located in the foothills of the Sierra Blanca and only a ten minute drive from the city, it offers the possibility of incredible hiking trails, canyoning and other activities for the fans of the mountain.
Of terraceo. With the sky for roof and the sea floor, the Belvue Rooftop Bar of the hotel Amàre Marbella Beach is out of fashion. From this striking terrace with glass railings will be able to contemplate beautiful sunsets over the Mediterranean while enjoying a cocktail or a drink. This sophisticated four star hotel is for adults only.
A whim. The restaurant Skina, in the calle Aduar, also in the old town and a Michelin star. This quaint and elegant restaurant, owned by the asturian Marcos Granda, only has capacity for 25 people –in room and some tables on the street– and only offers dinner. Tasting menu of the season -135 euros without wine and without VAT– made up of seven dishes –two of which are desserts– among them, blades, pods, and green gazpacho, sticky rice with cod brandada de kokotxas and, to finish, cider, strawberries, vanilla and elder. To the front of the stove, Jaume Puigdengolas. The local has an excellent wine cellar.
The rest of the warrior. An unbeatable location at the foot of the beach, a step from the historic centre, five minutes from the marina and only 7 km from Puerto Banus converted to Strong Marbella is an ideal hotel for a family vacation without sacrificing any luxury.
This four-star hotel which has just celebrated its 60-year anniversary is a classic and was the first to open its doors in the centre of Marbella. Almost all rooms have beautiful views of the Mediterranean, with a gym, several swimming pools –one of them is covered in winter– and several restaurants such as Olive trees and Soleus, the new must dining of Marbella, on the beach itself.