Marbella motto is "A way of life" and this luxuries resort town seems to have it all and is, once again rising to the forefront as a favorite location with the rich and famous, as well as the ordinary folk among us are willing to spend that little extra on some luxury and class in Spain''s equivalent to St Tropez. But Marbella has a down to earth side too which is best appreciated by exploring the back streets and old part of the town.
One of the prettiest places is the famous Orange Square which is located just of the main street in the old part of Marbella town this is what makes Marbella such an interesting place to visit as it has got everything, great shopping, gorgeous parks, and large open spaces and a small labyrinth of little back streets, where you will find locals homes intermingled with the restaurants and shops to create an atmosphere of a small village rather than a large town.
Back to Orange Square, or "La Plaza de los Naranjos", as it is called in Spanish, expect to meet with stately buildings, small shops, art galleries, bars and bistros and is a hub of activity day and night. And, depending on the time of year, the colours here can be vibrant, with the trees and exotic tropical plants set against a backdrop of dazzling white buildings and a deep blue sky.
Be sure to explore the honeycomb of surrounding narrow streets where homes and shops intermingle to create the atmosphere of a small village, rather than a cosmopolitan town. There are numerous excellent restaurants to choose from, ranging from those specialising in the predictably pricey exclusive cordon bleu to the gritty individuality of a backstreet Spanish bar where the Serrano ham is gently cured by tobacco smoke and the tapas are both tasty and filling.
Back towards the coast is the La Alameda Park where you can book your personal horse and carriage to travel in style or, if you prefer, stroll on towards the sea along the Avenida del Mar. This is arguably one of the most delightful promenades on the costa, flanked by classy restaurants and bars and mercifully free of concrete skyscrapers, glass bottom boat trips, imported shells and I love .... T. Shirts that are fast bringing a sameness to coastal resorts, whether they be in Pathos, Cyprus or Portimao, Portugal.
From Guadalalmina to Cabopino, the Marbella coastline stretches along some 26 kilometers of sunny beaches bathed by the Mediterranean and where you can enjoy traditional fish and seafood favorites like sardines on a spit, fried fish and the incomparable paella. There are also two large parks in Marbella which provide some welcome shade to spend some time with a book. The amphitheatre at Constitution Park (once the garden of a private residence) is frequently used for concerts and plays in the summer. Casinos, clubs and just about every sporting activity under the sun, few places can match Marbella for world class tennis, sailing and golf. There are also three pleasure craft harbors here.
Marbella Fun Beach
A day out to the fun beach which is located just a few kilometers from Dunas de Marbella and is only a short drive from Calahonda, you will find everything from go-carting to an assault course and don''t forget to try the aqua banana and the jet skies. Car parking is readily available on-site although this could get quite busy during high season and also on family day in Spain which is on a Sunday so go early!