- Michelin star restaurants rub shoulders with designer boutiques in this glamorous city
- Marbella provides stunning beaches, world-class golf courses and spectacular local scenery
- Taylor Wimpey España delivers a versatile range of Marbella second homes
Famous for its beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife, Marbella is known as a playground for the rich and famous. It is also a perennially popular family holiday destination, with a recent report from Tourism and Planning Costa del Sol flagging up Marbella as the most important location in the Costa del Sol for the British market. But what lies behind the headlines?
Getting to know Marbella
Located on the coast of southern Spain, on the Costa del Sol in Andalusia, Marbella is a lively city nestled between the Sierra Blanca mountain range and a glorious stretch of golden sand. The city is packed with hotels, restaurants, bars, spas, nightclubs, shops and boutiques. It is also surrounded by some of Spain’s most well-known golf courses, while just along the coast is Puerto Banús, which is home to a marina packed with luxury yachts set against a backdrop of high-end designer stores and upscale restaurants and bars.
Marbella’s best beaches
Spain is awash with stunning beaches and proudly retains the title of the country with the most Blue Flags every year. It currently has 729 Blue Flags, in recognition of the quality, cleanliness and accessibility of its beaches, marinas and tourist boats.
Families spending their holidays in Marbella have a choice of beautiful coastal areas to enjoy. Marbella is home to seven Blue Flag locations – Casablanca, El Cable, El Faro, San Pedro Alcántara-Guadalmina, Venus-Bajadilla, Adelfas-Alicante and Puerto Banús-Levante – with families have mile upon mile of golden sand to choose from.
Eating out in style in Marbella
Dining out is a core part of any trip to Marbella. The Michelin guide recommends 16 restaurants in the city, including the one-starred El Lago, Nintai and Messina and the two-starred Skina. Marbella’s outstanding restaurants cater to a wide range of palates, offering everything from contemporary interpretations of traditional Andalusian cuisine to flavours from Mexico, Japan and Thailand.
Picking up the perfect Marbella property
For those looking for a permanent base in Marbella, one of the lovely aspects of buying a property there is the wealth of choice that is available there.
Taylor Wimpey España offers a wide range of Marbella properties, from apartments at The Crest at La Quinta Golf Resort to lakeside homes at Marbella Lake. Both properties deliver bright, open plan accommodation, with large terraces and communal pools on-site. Golfers can pick up one of the last three apartments at The Crest from €529,000 plus VAT, while the serenity of Marbella Lake is available to those with budgets starting at €430,000 plus VAT.
Buying property in Marbella isn’t just about creating magical holiday memories. It is about that, of course, but it can also be a savvy financial investment. According to data from Tinsa, the average value of housing in Spain’s coastal regions rose by 4.2% during the first quarter of 2022.