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General Information

The brilliant Costa del Sol is one of the most popular seaside playgrounds in all of Europe - and for good reason. Idyllic weather, phenomenal attractions and some of the best coastal scenery on the continent, let alone Spain, sets the entire area apart. A reputation as a first-class resort destination, with good nightlife, restaurants and entertainment, and the promise of a blissful stay in the sun draws millions every year to the south of Spain.

No town on the Costa del Sol has benefited more from the area's tranformation in the 20th century from a sleepy collection of villages to premier vacation spot than Marbella. The ritzy resort town of 100,000 is the Costa del Sol destination of choice for a more affluent brand of tourist, preferably one who enjoys world class golf. Though not as trendy with the rich and famous as it once was, Marbella is still the place don designer shades and park your yacht.

Marbella-Costa del Sol History

  • Villa Romana de Rio Verde – One of the most significant sites where many treasures have been found.
  • Marbella Vaults – What remains of the Roman baths, used for bathing and socialising many years ago.
  • Castle Walls – Part of a Moorish castle dating back to the 900s.
  • Basilica Vega del Mar – Key historical landmark was once a beautiful building that dates back to the 4th century.
  • Church of the Incarnation – This lovely church stands in the centre of Marbella, built in the early 1500s, and has been reconstructed over the years.

Marbella-Costa del Sol Art & Culture

  • Contemporary Engraving Museum – Features a fine collection of art.
  • Bonsai Museum – This unusual museum is home to a big collection of well-kept bonsai trees, landscaped areas and rock plantings.
  • Municipal Exposition Gallery – Features many rotating exhibits from Spanish and international artists.
  • Casa Grande – A new addition to Marbella’s galleries offering rotating exhibits and works by famous artists.
  • Museo Cortijo de Miraflores – Home to a collection of oil paintings from the 17th through 19th centuries.

Marbella-Costa del Sol Shopping

  • Bally – A wonderful place in Marbella with wonderful bags, shoes, and accessories.
  • Berdaguer –Specializes in contemporary fashions for men.
  • Cortefiel – A wonderful upscale fashion outlet that offers unique styles for men and women.
  • Springfield – This local company specializes in fashions for men with great quality.
  • Zara – Offers great fashions and designs for all at affordable prices.

Gay & Lesbian Marbella-Costa del Sol

  • Oscars – Found in the picturesque old town area of Marbella.
  • Platano Bar – Just one block away from the beach is one of the main nightlife clubs.
  • Boccacio Inn – A small place with a variety of music.
  • Ojo – A friendly little place that attracts locals and international visitors.
  • Soy Tu – A small, stylish joint with a friendly atmosphere, video screens and a small dance floor

Marbella-Costa del Sol Outdoor

  • Sierra de las Nieves – Offers ecotours that includes outdoor training and fun for all.
  • Cabopino Artola – One of the many lovely Marbella beaches found along the 27km coastline in the area.
  • Lagoland Mountain Lake Centre – Great outdoor events and activities, including lake tours, canoeing and more.
  • Marbella Port – Day cruises that take you to Gilbralter and set anchor on a quiet beach for swimming and other water sports.
  • San Pedro – The place to go for scuba diving off the coast.

Marbella-Costa del Sol Sport

  • Marbella is home to over 40 spectacular courses for golfers.
  • The Hipodromo Mijas Costa offers horse races, bars, restaurants, music and entertainment.
  • Marbella is also home to the famous ski resort of Sierra Nevada.
  • The Ascari Race Resort features a hypermodern circuit that weaves its way through the local area.
  • Marbella offers samples of the Andalucian culture, including bullfighting.

Attractions

  • Puerto Ban&uacute
  • Orange Square
  • Tivoli World
  • Aqualand Torremolinos
  • Beaches

Activities

  • Carnaval
  • Summer Fair
  • San Bernab&eacute Fiesta
  • Holy Week
  • International Movie Week

Restaurants

  • Messina
  • Sollun
  • La Escalera
  • Il Girasole
  • Zozoi

Nightlife

  • Suite
  • The Loft
  • Icon
  • Nikki Beach
  • Pangea

Climate

With enviable weather and a mean annual temperature that hovers around 20°C, the Costa del Sol is wildly popular as a vacation destination.

  • Winter (December to February) 7-17°
  • Spring (March to May) 9-24°
  • Summer (June to September) 17-30°
  • Fall (October to November) 11-24°

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Hotels in Costa del Sol

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1 Barcelo Malaga

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2 Room Mate Lola Hotel Malaga

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3 Aparthotel Monarque Sultan Lujo Marbella

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4 THB Torrequebrada Hotel & Casino - Benalmadena

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5 Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa 5* Marbella

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6 BlueBay Banus Hotel Marbella

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7 Monarque El Rodeo Hotel Marbella

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8 Room Mate Larios Hotel Malaga

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9 Plaza del Castillo Hotel Malaga

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