Marbella is a multi cultural, cosmopolitan city that ticks all the boxes. The mountain of La Concha stands high above the city to the north and some of the best beaches in Spain occupy the coast line. A visit to the Old Town is a lovely romantic day out, sampling some fantastic local foods and drinks, and gently strolling through the winding streets up to the cathedral. Family is the main emphasis of the Costa del Sol with lots to do for all ages and Marbella is no different. For the outdoor lovers – you can quite easily lose days exploring Marbella whether walking, climbing or mountain biking or may paintball, horse riding and go karts are your thing, well Marbella has is all.
The sheer number of beach restaurants, chiringuitos and bars in Marbella will keep you wanting more and although like anywhere you may not enjoy some, the good by far outweigh the bad. Click here for Trip advisors top restaurants in Marbella.
Finding the right school is a critical part of relocating to the coast and there are several international schools within easy reach of Marbella. Aloha College in Nueva Andalucia and Swans Internatinal in Nagueles, Marbella take children from infant school up to sixth form, and if you are willing to travel 20 minutes or so you have The Bilingual Colegio Atalaya near Benahavis.
The security of access to medical care is priority for everyone moving to the coast and whilst the public health system in Spain may differ from what you are used to in your home country, the private healthcare infrastructure along the coast is well developed and most new residents will find that they are well provided for.
Membership of Sanitas for example gives you access to every kind of healthcare from general practitioners and dentists to hospitals and specialist consultants. The Estepona area has the excellent Hospiten on the New Golden Mile and the Clinica del Rio in Estepona town.
The Costa del Sol hospital in Marbella is the nearest public general hospital where you will find translation services are available on request. Access to public healthcare is usually provided at ‘ambulatorios’ and non-Spanish residents can use these for medical emergencies on production of your passport and a European health Insurance card from your country of origin.
Marbella main attractions
The old town of Marbella is a must see. To say its like travelling back in time is an understatement, with its white washed buildings and cobbled streets winding through the many shops, bars and restaurants. The old town is based around orange square, which as its name suggests has a beautiful square with many orange trees which fill the area with the aroma of citrus.
Much of Costa del Sol life revolves around the beach and Marbella is blessed with at least 40kms of excellent ones including Bounty beach, Playa de Rio Real, Playa Hermosa, Playa de Alicate, Nikki Beach, Playa Real de Zaragoza, Cabopino Beach, Playa Fontanilla, Playa Nagüeles and Playa de Nueva Andalucia. Stroll along the beautiful promenade and pathways and you’ll understand why these places are local favourites.
You will be spoilt for choice in Marbella with hundreds of great restaurants and eateries scattered throughout the city. Our recommendation for visitors to Marbella seeking an authentic meal would be dinner at Paco Jimenez. Paco Jimenez is an excellent choice for good food, great atmosphere and fantastic wine and is located in the corner of orange square.
The splendid golf courses in the Marbella area are a big attraction. Golfers can choose from Atalaya Golf, El Paraiso and Villa Padierna in the east to Finca Cortesin in the west. Finca Coresin also boast a hotel, restaurant and spa as well as being a course that hosts major competitions.
Horses are at the heart of Andalucia so it is not surprising that the area offers an above average number of riding schools plus livery facilities for residents with their own mount. Marbella boasts the Marbella Horse Riding, one of the top places to ride on the coast and Riding Fun in the Sun is an excellent choice for keen trekkers.
Marbella town offers some excellent boutique shopping for fashion, shoes and interior decoration. It has a weekly market on Mondays that is one of the largest on the coast and the port has a small Sunday market packed with jewellery and everything under the sun. It’s a great place to spend a Sunday morning.
The area also has numerous supermarkets, including the international chains Lidl and Aldi, plus the local supermarkets Mercadona and Supersol. Locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables are available at markets and in small corner shops in the town, and you’ll find locally-sourced fish in both the supermarkets and the fish shops. Meat is available in the supermarkets and at butchers.
The Marbella bus station is situated 1 km north/inland from the centre of the old town of Marbella crossing over the A-7 coast road. The local buses pass through the town centre before terminating at the bus station. Coaches from Malaga or Gibraltar only stop at the main bus terminals and you can board any connection to the routes below.
Routes that operate from Marbella bus station to the following destinations:
Malaga Airport (AGP), – Algeciras – Almería – Benahavís – Benalmádena Costa – Cádiz – Coín – Córdoba – Estepona – Fuengirola – Granada – Costa del Sol Hospital (from center) – Jaén – La Línea – Málaga – Nueva Andalucía – Ojén – Ronda – San Pedro (from bus station and center) – Sevilla – Torremolinos – Madrid