In the summer of 2010, the United States' first lady, Michelle Obama, was photographed while on vacation with her daughter on the southern coast of Spain. As Mrs. Obama strolled the bustling streets of Marbella, her presence shined a spotlight on an elegant seaside escape beloved by Europeans for generations. With 17 miles of Mediterranean coastline, nearly 320 days of sunshine each year, and a rich history of Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences, Marbella has become a place for luxury, world-class golf, and endless relaxation on the beach. You'll find all of these things and more when you book a stay at our lovely Marbella vacation rentals.
Scenically situated at the foot of La Concha and the Sierra Blanca, Marbella is located on the Costa del Sol in Spain's beautiful southern region of Andalusia. This city of nearly 140,000 residents is just 38 miles west of Málaga, the hometown of Pablo Picasso, and 48 miles northeast of Gibraltar. Thanks to its sheltered position on an inlet of the Alboran Sea, Marbella enjoys a temperate microclimate with average year-round temperatures of 65 degrees - creating a wonderful escape for beach-goers, golfers, and glamorous vacationers.
The heart of Marbella is its white-washed old town, where narrow lanes are lined with boutiques and fragrant orange trees fill the central Plaza de los Naranjos. Once you've had your fill of shopping and dining in open-air cafes, you'll also find a beach for every occasion along the 17-mile shoreline.
The vast beach, Playa San Pedro de Alcántara, is popular among visitors, while El Faro Beach offers an outdoor play area that is ideal for families. Nagüeles Beach sits on the "Golden Mile" next to the Marbella Beach Club, while Fontanilla Beach is known for its prime water sports location adjacent to the port. History lovers should also spend a day on Linda Vista Beach, where the sand and surf are highlighted by a fascinating collection of Roman ruins.
The countryside that surrounds our Marbella vacation rentals is also a golfer's paradise, boasting the largest number of courses in continental Europe. Take a short drive to reach Los Naranjos Golf Club, the Marbella Golf and Country Club, and more than a dozen other top-notch courses that are open to the public.
Whether you're an art enthusiast, a climber, or a lover of the Costa del Sol, you'll find an abundance of culture, history, and beauty within a short drive of Marbella.
Head east for the day to Málaga to explore the Renaissance cathedral and the beautifully preserved 11th-century Alcazaba. To the north of Marbella, a 36-mile drive will lead you to Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, which offers a wonderfully different landscape than the one you'll find on the coast. This secluded piece of wilderness is known for its snow-covered winters; its indigenous pines, oaks, and mountain goats; and trails that are popular among climbers and horseback riders. To the west of Marbella, you can even catch a glimpse of the Rock of Gibraltar, the 1,398-foot monolith that sits at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula.
Come and experience the elegance of Marbella with a stay in one of our comfortable vacation rentals - book your unforgettable escape to the Costa del Sol today!
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