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Marbella, lujo en la Costa del Sol

Marbella is considered one of the most luxury cities in the Mediterranean coast. This town atracks wealthy people from all over the world, mainly Arabs, Russians, Germans and British. The deceased Saudi Arabian King had an impressive house here, for example. In addition this is the place where popular Spanish artists and famous people in general come in summer. The former Marbella's Major, Jesus Gil, was the president of the Atletico de Madrid football club and a popular man himself. He managed increasing the quality of the city and that's why Marbella is a very well-kept city right now, in order to receive such a "glamorous" visitors. But on the other hand this atmosphere is not elegant at all sometimes and it becomes a little bit tasteless.

Se considera que Marbella es una de las ciudades más lujosas del Mediterraneo. Esta ciudad atrae a turistas acomodados de todo el mundo, principalmente árabes, rusos, alemanes y británicos. El fallecido Rey de Arabia Saudí, por ejemplo, tenía una magnifica casa aquí. Además este es el lugar a donde vienen los artistas españoles y la gente famosa en general a pasar el verano. El antiguo alcalde de Marbella, Jesús Gil, era el presidente del Atlético de Madrid club de fútbol y un personaje popular por sí mismo. Él consiguió aumentar la calidad de la ciudad y gracias a ello Marbella es ahora una ciudad muy cuidada, para recibir a estos visitantes tan "glamourosos". Pero por otro lado este ambiente no es tan elegante a veces y pasa a ser un poco "hortera" (de poco gusto).

But Marbella is a lot of more than this "vain" showcase. It's a city with lots of history, with a lovely old town, with nice parks and gardens, with a lively nightlife and beautiful beaches. I was surprised the first time I went to old town, because this beauty is not usually show when we see Marbella on TV or on the magazines of sentimental stories. Definitely, Marbella worth a visit!

Pero Marbella es mucho más que este "banal" escaparate. Es una ciudad con muchísima historia, con un casco antiguo precioso, con bonitos parques y jardines, con una animada vida nocturna y con playas encantadoras. Me sorprendió mucho la primera vez que fuí al centro histórico, porque no nos muestran esta bonita zona cuando vemos Marbella en la televisión o la prensa del corazón. ¡Definitivamente Marbella merece una visita!

Marbella has more than 100.000 inhabitants and it´s 57 kilometres far from Malaga, from which airport you can arrive here easily. It's placed in the "Costa del Sol" (Coast of the Sun) and, as any other city here, you can enjoy of a nice weather mostly year round, and to profit both beaches and mountains.

Marbella tiene más de 100.000 habitantes y está a 57 kilómetros de Málaga, desde cuyo aeropuerto se puede llegar facilmente. Se encuentra en la "Costa del Sol" y, como en cualquier otra ciudad de esta zona, puedes disfrutar de un buen clima casi todo el año y aprovechar tanto las playas como la montaña.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:You can find everything you are searching for.
  • Cons:Sometimes it's very crowded
  • In a nutshell:More than just famous people!
  • Last visit to Marbella: Jan 2006
  • Intro Updated Feb 20, 2006
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  • amapola66's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Saludos Spanish Guy - Enjoying your tips

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2006 at 5:05 AM

    Glad to know that Marbella is not only a city overfulled with scandals, Russian oligarches, bribes and dishonest local authorities, according to TV-news... Thanks, Antonio, for your very interesting presentation!

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2006 at 8:22 AM

    What beautiful buildings in the lovely streets = the little narrow streets & little altars are extremley pretty = nice colourful page!!

  • nenaviajera's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2006 at 1:06 PM

    Otra bonita página de otro lugar que me gusta!! Buen trabajo, que Marbella es mucho más de lo que nos muestran por la tele.

  • funkymama's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2006 at 6:05 AM

    very nice page about Marbella, i also loved those narrow streets all in white with alot of flowers:-)well done,

  • alucas's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2006 at 12:03 PM

    Hi, Antonio. Great page on Marbella, hope you'll be there in May at the meeting.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2006 at 12:05 PM

    Hello Antonio: Loved your home town of Sevilla. Wonderful page on Marbella, another of Spain's gems. Hans and I will be at the VT meet in Marbella. Perhaps we will see you there!!

  • claire1011's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2006 at 2:12 AM

    Hello,just to say think your pages are great,was in Marbella last December had a good time a week is not enough though to see all.You say youve not been to the canaries you must its great there.Puerto Rico especially,luv it.

  • Hosell's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2006 at 1:42 PM

    Una guia supercompleta de Marbella! me ha gustado sobre todo la foto de inicio,es genial!!! cuando yo fuí hace 20 años no estaba el arco ese.La proxima semana reservaré el hotel!!!!

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2006 at 3:43 PM

    Well done Antonio. Love the local customs there, just can't afford it ;). Are you going to the big meet there?

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