Marbella’s reputation may precede it, but there’s a lot more to this seaside Costa del Sol town than beach bars and Brits abroad hanging out on the Golden Mile. Look deeper, and you’ll find a surprisingly authentic casco antiguo (old town) and gorgeous beaches sheltered by the Sierra Blanca mountains.
In Marbella, white-washed houses are adorned in magenta bougainvillea, turning every little corner of the town into the perfect photo op. And the pretty Plaza de los Naranjos is the very vibrant centre of life, filled with open-air restaurants and cafes
Many people associate Marbella with the ultra glamorous Puerto Banus, but this marina is actually located outside of town, about 6km west of the centre. This area is known as a playground for the rich and famous, with flashy yachts parked up in the harbour and shiny sportscars lining the streets. It’s definitely worth heading to Puerto Banus for designer boutiques and lovely restaurants, but in our humble opinion the real heart of Marbella lies in the old town.