Marbella is situated at the foot of the Sierra Blanca mountain range, in the province of Malaga, in the Andalucía region of Spain. The area comprising the coastal towns and communities along the coastline of the Province of Málaga is called the Costa del Sol (Sun Coast). More recently the area has also been referred to as the Costa Del Golf due to the fact that there are over 70 golf courses to be enjoyed.
Marbella had a significant population even before the population explosion caused by the tourist boom of the 1960s. Currently the population is around 200 000. During the summer months (June to August) the population of Marbella increases by 30% with the arrival of tourists and foreigners who have their second homes in the area.
The city also has a significant archaeological heritage, several museums and performance spaces and a cultural calendar with events ranging from reggae concerts to opera performances.
It all started back to 1940s when Marbella was a village with lots of empty land attractive for investment. Spanish aristocrat Ricardo Soriano Sholtz von Hermensdorff was the first one to buy a 220,000m2 finca called El Rodeo where he later built the first bungalow hotel, where he invited his nephew Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe. The prince liked the area so much and was inviting so many friends that later on decided to build one of the first local hotels, Marbella Club Hotel.
The microclimate of Marbella, its strategic location, the relative ease to get here, and the warmth of its people made Marbella a magnet as a holiday destination. By the 1960s many regular famous visitors to the Marbella Club started purchasing land to build their homes.
Some of them were José Banús Masdeu, the property developer, Jaime de Mora, Manolo Lapique, Ignacio Coca, the founder of Los Monteros and the Río Real Golf courses, and other big names such as the von Thyssens, Princess von Bismark, the Füstenberg family, Mel Ferrer and Audrey Hepburn, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Prince Rainer of Monaco with Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant, Laurence Olivier, Guy de Rothschild, Terry von Pantz, Deborah Kerr, Jimmy Stewart, Teddy Kennedy, Jean Negelesco.
In regards of transport we highly recommend renting a car from the airport. There are lots of car rental offices on the coast but the ones at the airport are faster and offer more competitive prices.
There are also Uber and Taxi services that you can use if you don’t want to drive during your vacation or stay. You can find the Taxi phone number if you google Taxi Marbella or Taxi Estepona, just add the name of the area you are in. Make sure you have the Uber App downloaded on your phone and be connected to the internet in order to order an Uber.
If you are looking to rent a luxury car we recommend checking Puerto Banus area, companies such as Solo Marbella, Albert Cohen or Luxury Garage Banus can offer you a variety of sports cars.
The bus system is very developped as well, if you want to be enviromental friendly and take public transport, you can dowload an app called Avanza bus Marbella that will show you the bus timetable in live. There’s also a direct bus with wifi on board from Malaga airport to Marbella Bus Station.
Jet skis, boats, super yachts and other water entertainment is available at Costa del Sol for you! Jet ski price would vary from 50€ for a 30min ride to 100€ per hour. Yacht rental offices are open every day in port so you can just take a walk and choose a yacht for yourself. Make sure you discuss the weather with the capitan and it’s not too windy to go into the open sea. You can always buy special drops that will prevent you from feeling sea sick.
Apart from the ocean beaches you can find beautiful lakes and rivers! Cable Ski in San Perdo is right for you if you prefer active sports on holidays.
Another option that many people forget about after living on the coast for a while is cruises. They usually leave from Malaga port, you can book it online and travel for a week or two on a giant cruise ship. The post popular routes are to Morocco, Portugal, North of Spain and Italy.
If you are a fan of surfing you will love Tarifa!
Only 13km from Africa, this Spanish coast if incredible and unique. The views that you will see there are unforgettable. The sand dunes and the spot where the Mediterranean sea mixes with the Atlantic Ocean! It’s a must go!
There are camping sites and Glamping sites available together with Surfing & Kite Surfing Schools.