Marbella offers an array of lifestyle options that appeal to a variety of people, it is one of the reasons its population is so diverse! It is famous throughout the world for its glamour, the exclusive nightlife venues located in Puerto Banús and on the Golden Mile, but also for its history and charm, and sun seeker adventures.
The Old Town with its narrow cobbled streets and flower-filled plazas is packed with delightful shops and art galleries selling pretty clothes and accessories, as well as handmade wares and unique paintings and sculptures. Whilst the tropical gardens alongside the long marble promenade and miles of sandy beaches are the best place to feel relaxed and connected to the beauty of the world.
The beaches are run for miles and they are one of the main reasons most visitors come to Marbella - to enjoy the sun, sea and sand, which has been drawing expatriate communities since the 1950's when Prince Alfonso de Hohenlohe fell in love with the place and built a beachfront house, drawing all the A-list Hollywood celebs.
Marbella has it all: beaches for families, couples, friends and singles alike. Some of the beaches have been awarded Blue Flags (an eco-label). In 2018, Marbella council announced its new "Beach Plan" to increase lifeguard presence on the surrounding beaches, so they are also safe.
Marbella is also named the "Golfer’s Paradise" because it has 16 golf courses. Since golf first arrived in the area nearly a century ago, its popularity has grown to the extent that the Costa del Sol now ranks as a top golf destination worldwide.
Also, whatever your kids are into, you’ll find a club that will feed their ambition: gymnastics, football, basketball, chess, swimming, taekwondo… Plus all private, international and public schools offer after-school activities and clubs.
Sun and good weather
Sports & Activities
It is not surprising that with so much sun and good weather Marbella promotes a more active lifestyle. If you enjoy hiking or climbing La Concha is a commanding presence in the area which offers stunning views, whilst the hills and long coastal routes are perfect for cyclists and runners alike. There is no shortage of indoor and outdoor gyms, and racquet clubs offering tennis and the traditional sport of padle, and the Marbella Rugby Club supports a range of sports from Rugby to Irish Gaelic Football - it is a popular centre for socialising and meeting new people.
Of course, living by the sea offers unprecedent access to all water sport activities and all over Marbella you will find a wide range of opportunities to get out on the open water. For example, from the Puerto Deportivo de Marbella (one of the four ports of Marbella) you can try out scuba diving with a top PADI dive school, or train to become a full qualified dive master, experience Flyboarding where you quite literally fly on water, Jetboating at top speeds, Windsurfing, Paddle boarding and so much more, or if you prefer you can rent a jet ski or boat and go on your own adventure!
Apart from the yachting and water sports offered by the marinas, the eastern part of Marbella is known for its choice of excellent golf courses located within a 10-minute car drive. The most famous ones are the Santa Maria, Santa Clara and Rio Real 18 holes courses, rounding off a very complete active lifestyle in this part of the Costa del Sol.
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