Marbella is one of the most famous tourist resorts in the Mediterranean and one favorite for international travelers and buyers seeking the undisputed best climate in Europe with 300 days of sunshine per year, warmer winters and cooler summers than inland. What once was a small white village for local fishermen, thanks to Prince Alfonso Hohenlohe, who founded the legendary Marbella Club Hotel and its descendants, became known as one of the most cosmopolitan seaside resorts and tourist attractions.
Marbella has magnificent scenery, protected by the beautiful Sierra Blanca mountains, and a surprisingly attractive casco antiguo (old town) filled with narrow streets with small tapas bars, bodegas, delicious gourmet restaurants and well-groomed flower arrangements, especially known in Marbella’s old town The “Orange Square” (Plaza de los Naranjos), which is very popular with locals as well as tourists – here you will find small ice cream parlors and wine bars, where you can enjoy a nice glass of local wine and olives for just 2 euros.
Marbella has a long history and has been the home of Phoenicians, artists and Romans as well as the main town on the coast during the Moorish period. Arab kings still own houses here, like lots of rich and famous people, such as native Malagueño, Antonio Banderas.