Marbella, however, is a bit like a two-sided coin as once you get past the ostentatious veneer you notice a traditional Spanish town complete with whitewashed houses and well-tended flower boxes.
Located in a magnificent natural setting with the Sierra Blanca Mountains as a backdrop it’s easy to see why this part of the Mediterranean has been home to the Phoenicians, Visigoths, Romans and Moors.
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It is here you will experience a vibe similar to that of St Tropez, where people watching almost becomes akin a sport. A walk around the harbour will give you a glimpse of how the wealthy live surrounded by designer boutiques and upscale restaurants that cater to their every desire.
For culture vultures, the city of Malaga is just up the road and is a living monument to the many civilizations that settled in the area. First established by the Phoenicians in 770 BC and then later by the Greeks and Romans. Malaga flourished under the Moors who left behind the Alcazaba Citadel, a fortress built above the remnants of a Roman theatre that dates back to the 1st century BC. Malaga is also the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and has a museum that celebrates the famous artists work. Named the European City of Culture in 2016, Malaga is home to the ultra-modern Pompidou Centre, the only museum of its kind outside of …show more content…
The Mall also has tons of activities to keep the kids busy, a movie complex and restaurants that serve more than your typical Spanish fare of tapas and paella.
With its fantastic rain and wind free weather, Marbella is a golfers dream, laden with palm trees, water hazards and greens that are as smooth as silk. Per head of population, Marbella has the largest number of golf courses than anywhere else on the planet making the city a top golfing destination.
If you fancy a day trip from Marbella you have plenty of options available with Granada, Rhonda and Seville all a short drive away. For the more adventurous holidaymaker, how about taking a day trip to North Africa? High-speed ferries can whisk you from Tarifa to Tangiers in just 45