The Costa del Sol is the most amazing 150 kilometers of beautiful beaches, sparkling azure seas and sun drenched sand. It is the perfect destination for those in search of the perfect climate and beach vacation.
Located in the Andalucia region of Spain, it combines white-washed towns with Moorish architecture. Although I know few people who have experienced the charms of the Costa del Sol, over 23 million people visited the region last year, so it’s hardly a secret. During my stay, I visited three distinct Andalucian towns, all with their own attraction and charm, each will be discussed as a separate article.
Marbella is the favored destination of the beautiful people, jet-setters and celebrities the world over. Marbella’s beautiful 26 mile beach, bayside resorts and nightclubs have it all.
Stay at Puente Romano for ultimate pampering, located in a lush garden setting in Moorish style villas. The resort cuts a swath to the beach as it winds through tropical gardens and landscaping. The resort’s private beach, restaurants, and nightclubs are some of the finest with guaranteed access for guests.
If you choose a relaxing vacation, there is a spa and workout facility with your choice of three distinct lushly landscaped outdoor pools. The beach promenade stretches for miles along a gorgeous coastline and makes for wonderful strolls at dusk. The inviting private beach offers beach chairs, umbrellas and round platforms. It will be a tough choice as to where to enjoy sunbathing as the three pools are amidst tropical foliage and each are idyllic. You could easily mistake Marbella for Santa Barbara; both have mountains framing a beautiful palm-lined, sun-drenched coast and a near-perfect climate.
The beach vendors have tents in which they sell their wares catering to beach-goers, selling cover-ups, shisha pipes (which they also rent) and various crafts and art pieces, all to make your stay more comfortable. You can also rent kayaks or jet skis.
While in Marbella, visit Puerto Banus, home to some of the world’s largest yachts, shopping, the famed Nikki Beach Club and stylish restaurants and clubs, and only a quick ten minute taxi ride from Puente Romano.
From Marbella a day trip or overnight to Morocco is just a ferry ride away to the port city of Tangiers. If you like the idea of going to Morocco but would like a more authentic experience, visit Larache, which offers that and more.
Getting there: Marbella is nearly an hour’s drive from the Malaga Airport. There are numerous taxi’s available for hire.
Stay tuned for the next installment of the Costa del Sol trip to Mijas, a charming hill-side town.
Don’t miss the slideshow for more photos of Marbella. Click on “View Slideshow” at the conclusion of the article to see the images.
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