Marbella is a world-famous resort on the Costa del Sol, about 50 km southwest of Malaga airport, in the foothills of the Sierra Blanca. Due to the proximity of the mountains, the city has a large difference in height from north to south, and therefore sea and the mountain views from almost all parts of the city. The proximity of the mountains is as well responsible that the city also enjoys a microclimate that produces an average annual temperature of 18 ° C.
The main entrances to the town are the Mediterranean motorway (A-7) and the Autopista del Sol (AP-7) linking Marbella with Malaga city and Malaga airport in the east and Estepona and Algeciras in the west. Book car rental Malaga services and reach any of those places in half an hour approximately.
For many decades now, the city has the reputation of being a destination for the rich and famous. This is why one can find in Marbella and the neighboring regions, for example Puerto Banus, luxurious hotels, casinos, yachts, golf courts, noble boutiques and 5 star restaurants. In the Golden Mile, i.e. in the approximate four kilometres that separate the town centre of Marbella from Puerto Banus, are located some of the most luxurious residences and hotels in Marbella, next to great restaurants and nightclubs.
However, visitors should keep in mind that there exists a Marbella remote from all luxury, too. The old part of Marbella has kept its typical Andalusian charm with narrow streets and whitewashed houses. In the old walled city is situated the Plaza de los Naranjos, which is the heart of Old Town. Among the old town and the sea, are located the Paseo de la Alameda, a small botanical garden, and the Avenida del Mar, a garden path with fountains and a collection of ten sculptures by Salvador Dali.
Besides, the city offers accommodation and leisure possibilities for every taste and pocket, plus magnificent sandy beaches where tourists can enjoy their holidays at rest. Along the 27 km of coastline Marbella has a total of 24 urban or semi-urban beaches.
The micro-climate of Marbella differs somewhat from the other towns along the Costa del Sol and usually one can savor approximately 320 sunny days per year.
Regarding maritime transport, the ports of Marbella are primarily for recreational use, although both Puerto Banus and Puerto de la Bajadilla are able to receive cruise ships.