In times past Marbella was a small fishing village but now it is the most cosmopolitan place on the Costa del Sol, with one of the most famous sports marinas in Europe – Puerto Banús, where some of the most luxurious and legendary yachts are moored.
Perhaps the most characteristic image of the old part of Marbella is that of the narrow Arabian Andalusian style streets with their white-washed houses and their pots of flowers filling the balconies. However the real hub of the town, Orange Square, opens its doors at night to its elegant and distinguished clientele who dine beneath the stars with the aroma of orange blossom and jasmine on its terraces.
Leaving Orange Square you will come across the Castle and Church of the Incarnation (1618), the Bonsai Museum, the theatre, the Museum of Engravings, the Avenida del Mar with its Dalí sculptures and Alameda Park all of which make Marbella an idyllic destination.
Guests who wish to get to know the areas surrounding the hotel will find a wide range of sporting, cultural and commercial facilities as well as the idyllic beaches, a must for all sun worshippers, which are sufficiently tranquil to be ideal for all kinds of water sports such as wind surfing, sailing, scuba-diving, water skiing and other activities which combine nature, sport and marine waters.
Guests can also visit the famous theme and attraction parks in the area, such as Tivoli World in Benalmádena, Selwo Marina, Teleférico Cablecar, and Selwo Aventura in Estepona.
And of course only 60 km away is the city of Málaga, with its magnificent cathedral, the Alcazaba and the famous Picasso Museum devoted to the most influential artist of the twentieth century Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), who was born in this area of varied cultural heritage. Picasso continued this legacy and became the innovator of styles and techniques which changed the course of modern art.
There are guided trips to all parts of Andalusia, especially to the cities of Ronda, Seville, Cordoba and Granada and also trips into the country with specialist environmental guides: with choices of four-wheel drive vehicles, rambling and mountain biking. On these trips you can get to know the rich variety of cultures and gastronomy which exist in different areas of Andalusia. If you prefer longer trips we are only 60 kms from Gilbraltar and the African coast which means that it is easy to visit places such as Tangiers and Ceuta in one day.
Finally, there is a wide range of:
- Commercial centres in the area including El Corte Inglés
- Medical surgeries
- Bus stops
- Party rooms
- Flamenco shows
- Numerous cinemas with films in various languages
- Other establishments offering a wide range of entertainments along with a meal or a drink.
- Special mention should be given to the Casinos of Marbella and Torrequebrada in Benalmádena.