#DestinationSpain: A Guide to Marbella
The town of Marbella is located on the southern stretch of Spain’s coastline known as the Costa del Sol. The region is protected by the Sierra Blanca Mountains, so it enjoys a unique microclimate with temperatures rarely dipping below 18ºC and this is key to its buoyant seasonal and residential tourist sector.
In recent years, Marbella has appealed to a growing number of professionals from the international community, who have chosen to settle in the region, attracted by its sophisticated and high quality of life, world-class sporting facilities, excellent international schools and wide range of specialist services. A third of Marbella’s population is currently registered as foreign.
Located in East Marbella, Elviria beach boasts shallow waters and wide golden sands. It is also home to the luxury beach clubs of Nikki Beach and Estrella de Mar.
An exclusive beach club on the New Golden Mile with a fantastic atmosphere, friendly service and great food and drinks. Reserve a private table and relax poolside with friends and family.
Set close to glamorous Puerto Banús, Mistral is ideal for spending the day in laid-back luxury. With a Moet & Chandon bar, an extensive cocktail menu and excellent seafood, this is one of the nicest beaches in the area.
Puerto Banus Playa del Rodeo + 34 952 113 284 http://www.mistral-beach-marbella.com
Playa de Rio Real
Playa de Rio Real, just 10 minutes from the centre of Marbella, is a 400m long sandy beach along Marbella´s lively promenade. For delicious Mediterranean cuisine, try Trocadero Arena, complete with heavenly Balinese beds under swaying palm trees.
+34 952 86 55 79 www.trocaderoarena.com
Bora Bora Beach
Located on the stunning San Pedro beach, Bora Bora is a great spot to enjoy a celebration or simply relax on the beach or by the pool. With great food from paellas to pizza´s there is something to suit everyone’s taste.
The popular La Sala restaurant in Puerto Banús offers the ultimate social and dining experience, day and night, attracting a young and vibrant crowd. You can enjoy its extensive menu in several different areas depending on your mood – there is a private dining area for the more intimate evening, a beautiful terrace where you can relax whilst enjoying the stunning views over the La Concha mountain, or stools at the bar for those who want to be in the thick of it.
29600 Nueva Andalucia
+34 952 814 145
A recent addition to the Marbella dining scene, Ambrosia is a luxury market style establishment offering a range of sociable gourmet options from traditional tapas to sushi, homemade pasta and exotic burgers. Situated opposite Puerto Banus, Ambrosia is popular with locals and visitors alike.
Urb La Alzambra Crta Nacional 340 Km 175 Puerto Banús 29660 Marbella Málaga +34 691 656 368 http://www.ambrosiamercadogourmet.es/
Suite, Hotel Puente Romano
If you’re looking for more of a nightclub atmosphere then Suite is the answer. Situated in the Hotel Puento Romano, it offers an Asian-inspired fusion cuisine served in a relaxed and exotic environment. With its live music and DJs, Suite is more than just a restaurant, and is now considered one of the hottest nightspots in Marbella.
Bulevar Príncipe Alfons von Hohenlohe s/n
+34 952 820 900
Owned and run by renowned restaurateur, Sandro Morelli, Villa Tiberio opened its doors in 1989. The villa is set in beautiful grounds and is the perfect location to enjoy the most exquisite Italian food in fabulous surroundings.
Ctra N-340 Km 178,5
+34 952 771 799
This charming, rustic restaurant is one of Marbella’s hidden gems. Located in the heart of the Old Town, Zozoï offers interior dining as well as two outdoor courtyards for the spring and summer months. The perfect place to enjoy tasty food made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients in a wonderful atmosphere.
Plaza Altamirano 1
+34 952 858 868
La Caterina is the first establishment to produce their own beer in the heart of Marbella. The factory is tucked behind the bar, with popular homemade recipes including the Golden Mile, a fine and refreshing blonde ale; Sierra Blanca, an American wheat beer; Altos Hornos, their American IPA; and coming soon the Cruz de Juanar, a dark ale with a lot of character. With 10 beers on tap and a range of other bottled beers, La Catarina is the best spot for craft beer in the area. There is a large area with comfy sofas, a pool table, two terraces and an impressive bar to enjoy good music, great food and, of course excellent beers!
C/Gabriel Celaya 6 Pol Ind La Campana 29660 Nueva Andalucía Málaga +34 952 818 185 www.lacatarinacraft.com
Seven is one of the most exclusive and elegant bars in Puerto Banús. It boasts a stylish Indian decor, an indoor terrace for up to 100 people, and a fabulous VIP area. With its friendly bar staff, superb music and the famous Seven go-go dancers, this is a real gem of a bar.
Avenida Julio Igelsias
+34 696 566 036
The team of mixologists at Freudenhaus Marbella are known to mix some of the best cocktails in the area. With signature house drinks as well as classic and seasonal cocktails, the menu combines high quality ingredients with meticulous presentation to create cocktails which truly are works of art. The interior is elegant and chic, and the music is sublime, with a resident DJ at the weekend.
Avenida de José Banús s/n Urb Jardines del Puerto Local 6 Puerto Banús 29660 Marbella Málaga +34 633 359 934 www.freudenhausmarbella.com
Situated in the Old Town of Marbella, this cosy and comfortable bar is a typical Andalusian bar, the perfect place to enjoy a few cañas.
+34 952 774 063
The Lounge Bar is situated in Puerto Banús and boasts a fabulous outdoor terrace and an extensive cocktail and champagne menu. It even has its own specialist cocktail barman and is the ideal venue to get your night started.
Avenida de la Ribera
+34 952 929 659
Situated just 15 minutes from the centre of Marbella, this über trendy venue attracts the most glamorous, rich and famous clientele. It is the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon chilling out whilst listening to the coolest tunes and indulging in exquisite cuisine. Open 7 days a week, it is the perfect place to enjoy a great lunch or dinner with live music and the best beats of their resident DJ. On weekends the best party atmosphere is assured thanks to their wide calendar of events.
Playa Hotel Don Carlos
Ctra de Cádiz Km 192
+34 952 836 239
Situated just off Marbella’s Golden Mile, home to the rich and famous, this London-style club attracts the coast’s ‘beautiful people’. It boasts a stylish decor with an Eastern influence, a large dance floor and lots of comfortable seating areas.
Camino de la Cruz s/n
+34 672 702 085
Situated in the heart of the exclusive Puerto Banús, Pangea is one of the most luxurious nightclubs in Marbella. It boasts a fabulous open-air roof terrace offering breathtaking views of the Mediterranean where international DJs spin all the latest beats while you can enjoy to-die-for cocktails.
Edificio Club del mar
+34 952 908 336
Olivia Valere opened its doors in 1997 and has since been welcoming an exclusive clientele including Bruce Willis, Enrique Iglesias and Dolph Lundgren amongst others. The club boasts a beautiful Moorish-style decor, inspired by luxurious Arabian Palaces, and stunning outdoor courtyards as well as an exquisite restaurant.
Ctra de Istán Km 0,8
+34 952 828 861
Inspired by the celebrated designer Roberto Cavalli, Cavalli Club Puerto Banús is the epitome of all things fabluous!
Ctra Cádiz Km 175 C/Camino del Ángel 3 Puerto Banús 29660 Marbella Málaga +34 689 744 528 www.cavalliclub.com
La Canada is the largest shopping centre on the Costa del Sol. There are over 150 shops with boutiques specialising in fashion, accessories and home furnishings, a huge Al Campo supermarket and plenty of parking space. It is more than just a shopping centre, offering many indoor activities for all the family as well as a multiplex cinema.
Ctra de Ojén s/n
+34 952 860 142
Puerto Banús offers a wide range of exclusive boutiques from designers such as Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Louis Vuitton to fulfill the shopping needs of its wealthy visitors and residents. The port has grown over the years and it now includes a casino, shopping centre, marine observatory and cinema. For those with a pocket less deep there are retailers such as Zara, Massimo Dutti, Jack & Jones, and the ubiquitous department store El Corte Inglés.
Located in Málaga Port, Muelle Uno is not your average commercial centre with numerous shops, restaurants and bars bordering one side of the central orange tree-lined promenade and exclusive yachts flanking the other. This waterfront open-air shopping centre also offers a children’s play area making it an altogether pleasurable shopping experience.
+34 952 003 942
Laguna Village, Estepona
This chic and stylish shopping centre is located in a beautiful setting. Offering ample parking, including valet parking and the pick up of clients arriving by boat, Laguna Village is home to 28 exclusive shops, and several sumptuous restaurants including the fashionable Puro Beach Restaurant.
A7 Km 159
+34 952 798 172
Puente Romano Tennis Club
Located in the heart of the Golden Mile in Marbella, the Puente Romano Tennis Club is one of the most important and professional clubs in Southern Europe. The club offers first class activities including a gym, activity room, massage room, sauna and Turkish bath as well as a children’s club.
Hotel Puente Romano
Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n
+34 952 826 103
Santa María Polo Club, Sotogrande
The Santa María Polo Club is located in Sotogrande, one of the most prestigious resorts in Europe. The club has nine polo fields and a number of exercise tracks, as well as facilities and catering services to host any type of event.
Finca Los Pinos Ctra A7
(Dirección Málaga) Salida A133
11310 Sotogrande-San Roque
+34 956 610 012
Manolo Santana Raquets Club
Established in 1997 and run by a highly qualified staff, Manolo Santana Raquets Club is a family sports club that offers a great variety of sport and leisure activities for all the family.
Ctra de Istán Km 2
+34 952 778 580
O2 Wellness Centre
Opened in 2005, this large and luxurious fitness and wellness centre boasts a state-of-the-art gym where you can enjoy breathtaking sea views while you train, a pool and spa area with a magnificent indoor swimming pool, and a calming ‘Zen’ beauty centre.
Centro Ocio y Deporte
Plaza del Mar
C/Camilo José Cela s/n
+34 952 900 420
One of the hottest sports clubs in Marbella, QI Gym offers a variety of classes from traditional step and spinning classes to the latest trends such as Zumba. Professional instructors and personal trainers guarantee to motivate and inspire you whatever your level.
Urb La Alzambra
Edificio Vasaci Center
+34 952 907 090
Club de Golf Valderrama
The Club de Golf Valderrama is one of the best known golf clubs in Europe. Located in the resort of Sotogrande in the heart of Andalucia, it opened in 1974 and was initially known as Las Aves. The course was redesigned in 1984 by the original architect, Robert Trent Jones, and renamed Valderrama.
Avda Los Cortijos s/n
+34 956 791 200
Marbella Golf Country Club
Designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones and located just 5 minutes’ drive from Marbella city centre, Marbella Golf Country Club provides one of the best and most challenging golfing experiences on the Costa del Sol. The club also offers a stylish restaurant, conference rooms, a golf academy with an excellent putting green and three tennis courts.
Ctra de Cádiz N-340 Km 188
+34 952 830 500
La Zagaleta Golf and Country Club
La Zagaleta is situated in a gated residential development, surrounded by luxury properties scattered in the hills of Benahavis. Built in the early 1990s by Californian Arquitect Brad Benz, La Zagaleta is a unique 18 hole golf course with beautiful maintained and natural surroundings.
Los Naranjos Golf Club
Los Naranjos Golf Club is a typical Robert Trent Jones design with generous fairways and strategically placed bunkers and water hazards. Since the opening in 1977, Los Naranjos has been the host of several major competitions, including the Spanish Open, and is ranked one of the best golf courses in Spain.
+34 952 812 428
Rio Real Golf Hotel
Designed by Javier Arana and opened in 1965, this magnificent 18-hole golf course is set in a beautiful sloping valley with challenging greens. Owned by the Rio Real Hotel Resort, it has its own country club and golf academy. Considered as one of the best golf courses in Marbella, it hosts prestigious tournaments and offers numerous holiday packages.
Urb Golf Rio Real
+34 952 765 732
Built in 1970 by Jose Banús, a local property developer, Puerto Banús is a luxury marina located 6km southwest of Marbella. Since then it has become one of the Mediterranean’s premier resorts attracting the rich and famous including numerous international celebrities. In the day-time it is popular with chic shoppers and high end tourists and at night it becomes a younger scene with pub crawls and partying.
Marbella Old Town
The Old Town of Marbella includes the ancient city walls and is composed of two historical areas, the Barrio Alto in the north and the Barrio Nuevo in the east. Its network of cobbled streets, simple whitewashed houses and plethora of cafés, restaurants and bars make it a pleasure to explore. At the heart of the Old Town is the Plaza de los Naranjos which is home to the Ermita de Santiago (Chapel of Santiago), the oldest religious building in the city, which dates back to the 15th Century.
Museo del Bonsai
Created by Miguel Angel García, the Museo del Bonsai houses a magnificent collection of over 300 beautiful miniature trees, considered one of the best in Europe.
Avenida Doctor Maíz Viñals s/n
+34 952 862 926
Selwo Aventura is an animal, nature and adventure park, located in Estepona. This enormous park measures 1,000 hectares and is home to more than 2,000 animals including elephants, tigers, giraffes, white rhinoceros and lions who are free to roam in conditions similar to those of their natural habitat. The park also offers a variety of adventure activities such as the longest zipwire in Europe, camel rides or the Path of the Hanging Bridges and there is even a lodge if you fancy an overnight stay.
Autovía A7 Km 162,5
+34 902 190 482
Rio Verde Roman Villa
Located a stone’s throw from Puerto Banús, the ruins of the Rio Verde Roman Villa were discovered in 1960 when a Carthaginian bronze coin was found. They have been dated back to the 1st Century and boast impressive, perfectly preserved Roman mosaic floors depicting culinary and religious imagery.
+34 952 781 360
Learn some key Spanish phrases, such as “Hola” , “Gracias” , “La cuenta, por favor”, “una cerveza por favor”…
Hike up La Concha mountain for breathtaking views of the coastline and south to Morocco.
Must not do
Go out after 2.00pm without some sun protection and a hat!
Leave without trying the typical Spanish Sardines from Espetos, with a refreshing “tinto de verano” (red wine & sprite)
Lucas Fox favourite haunts
“Trocadero Beach is a great spot to relax and enjoy a family meal, where your kids can play on the beach in your sight while you enjoy fabulous Mediterranean cuisine.”
— Sophie Mazure, Office Manager Lucas Fox Marbella
Playa de Santa Petronila s/n
+34 610 704 144
“Beach House on the beautiful Elviria beach is a fantastic, relaxing spot for an informal lunch, or pre-dinner drinks with views of the sunset over Gibraltar from the beach bar (or chiringuito). The beach itself is 7km long, wide and sandy with shallow waters. As well as being naturally beautiful, Elviria is also home to the iconic Nikki Beach, for some post-dinner dancing.”
— Stephen Lahiri, Partner Lucas Fox Marbella
C/Carril del Relojero s/n
+34 952 839 458
“Slightly off the beaten track, Soliluna is up in the hills above Marbella/Puerto Banús. Perfect for some fresh air, but still handy from “The Golden Mile”. This is Marbella’s best kept secret, and the meat dishes are sensational – I love the mouthwatering carpaccio of Argentinian Beef – yum! So friendly, and great in both summer (sitting by the pool on the terrace) and winter (cosy roaring fireplace).”
— Stephen Lahiri, Partner Lucas Fox Marbella
+34 952 866 627
What you will hear in Marbella
“Wow! I never thought I would see a house that size!”
What you will never hear in Marbella
“You can´t rely on the weather, or find a good place to eat!”