- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Travel to Marbella, Spain
Marbella is a city and municipality in southern Spain, belonging to the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia. It is part of the Costa del Sol and is the headquarters of the Association of Municipalities of the region; it is also the head of the judicial district that bears its name.
Marbella is known as a glamorous resort town and is a favourite location with the rich and famous, boosted by foreign residents who are seduced by the lifestyle. But there's plenty for ordinary folk to see and enjoy too in southern Spain's answer to St Tropez.
Here are several reasons to visit Marbella.
Ok, for most northern Europeans wanting to escape the cold, getting a summer holiday location that guarantees wall-to-wall sunshine is often pretty much the only criteria. I appreciate that for other nations this is perhaps less of a concern (as you actually see the sun at home) however, we can all probably agree that sunshine breaks do need to contain a healthy dose of sun by definition. With 320 days of sunshine a year and temperatures in July and August averaging around 30 degrees Celsius, it’s got to be worth a gamble… (for a five day forecast in Marbella check out http://www.mydestination.com/marbella).
Marbella has 27km of coastline and a total of 24 different beaches to take in. Many have been given Blue Flag status (an international award to signify top facilities, water quality and environmental management). To find them you should be aware that many are called by the name of the beach bar that is found there (rather than its ‘beach’ name), a great excuse to get yourself a cool drink to sip while you soak up the sun. The best beaches for doing just that are Chiringuito Red, Chiringuito Copacabana and Las Flores.
The Beach Parties
While you can happily chill out, soak up the rays or get stuck into the water sports by day, come nightfall and the opportunity to get your grove on at the beach makes this destination something special. With many beach bars continuing well into the night with music and seating opening onto the sand you can party well into the early hours with the sand between your toes. Top party beaches include Buddha Beach, Nikki Beach, Ocean Club, Suite del Mar, Plaza Beach and of course Sonora Beach in nearby Estepona.
With its bling reputation it’s no surprise that Marbella is the place to party in the south of Spain and Marbella clubs have definitely got what it takes to compete on the world arena. ‘Dreamers’ is probably the most well-known in the area and is dubbed the ‘cathedral of house music’ on the Costa del Sol. With two floors, the main dance crowd shake their thing on the ground floor while VIP booths are scattered around. Big name DJ’s have played here with Roger Sanchez, Bob Sinclair and Laurent Wolf all seen spinning the decks. ‘Seven’ is another popular place to get your groove on – though it’s worth bearing in mind it is more costly and you’ll have to be smart to get in!
Holidays are a time to unwind, relax and most of all treat yourself. If you want to indulge your love of luxury hotels and beach-front property’s Marbella has a pretty impressive selection. With villas for rent and chic apartments to hire you’ll also be able to adapt your stay to your party’s needs (as staying bed and breakfast if you’re not intending to surface until lunchtime seems fairly pointless!) Of course if you want somewhere nice but don’t want to pay luxury prices you can find more mainstream options (like Gran Melia Don Pepe or AP2-044 Playas del Duque) which are offer a great compromise between opulent and affordable.