Flights to Marbella
An upscale resort that grew out of a quiet coastal fishing village, Marbella oozes the kind of confidence a place acquires when it knows its appeal is both timeless and without limit.
Set on the Costa del Sol, Spain's southern coast along the Mediterranean Sea, Marbella enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine per year making it an ideal holiday destination.
It has long had the reputation of being a playground for the rich and famous and although the town certainly enjoys the custom of its well-to-do visitors, it would be unfair to categorise the entire resort as such.
Away from the port and beach, lies the quiet charm of the old quarter where Orange Square (Plaza de Los Naranjos) sits at the centre of several meandering alleyways and streets. Many of the area's shops can be found in these passageways and the square provides a perfectly tranquil opportunity to rest one's weary legs after a day's shopping. While you're catching your breath, take a moment to admire the Town Hall, sun dial and Santiago's Chapel.
Nevertheless it is the seafront that attracts most of Marbella's visitors and once one leaves the old quarter behind, it is the Paseo Marítimo promenade that marks the start of beach life and everything that entails including a staggering collection of beautiful people.
However, anyone interested in serious people watching should head for Puerto Banús, the world-renowned marina that is home to luxurious yachts and surrounded by bars and restaurants on the exclusive side of the tracks. It's naturally not the cheapest part of the world but one well worth a look for its overt display of wealth and celebrity culture.
Regardless of what you're after, see the flight guide to Marbella for more insider tips on the area.
Nearby resorts include San Pedro de Alcántara and Estepona, both of which offer visitors that charming combination of old-world charm of the old districts juxtaposed against the very modern amenities of the beachside. Both of these are easily accessible by road and many travellers arriving in the area will come from cheap flights to Malaga, arriving at the airport and make their way to the resort destination of their choice.
Another Marbella attraction not to be missed is the local cuisine. Many of the coastal resorts in the area started out as humble fishing villages and although time has transformed many of these, the local fishing industry remains very much an ever-present element of the local economy. This in turn keeps many of the local restaurants well-stocked with the freshest seafood imaginable. Fresh is not a flavour in itself but it may as well be when it comes to seafood and no where is this more apparent than in the simplicity of the area's local delicacy: fried fish.
Finally, a description of Marbella and the surrounding area would not be complete without a mention of the countless golf courses dotted across the area. Tourists from around the world book flights to Spain to experience its many golf courses. Indeed, golf is among the most popular pastimes in Spain for locals and visitors alike and it shows. From the long-established but straightforward La Dama de Noche Golf course near Puerto Banus to the intricate Robert Trent Jones-designed Marbella Golf and Country Club championship course, there are no fewer than 15 courses to choose from in the Marbella area.
Before setting off, be sure to check the guide to Spain to ensure that Marbella and its environs are indeed the perfect destination for you.