Essential: mid-June celebrations in honour of San Bernabé patron of the city
Famous for: Golden beaches and golf courses
In three words: Luxurious, bright, trendy
Under the same Town Hall you find Marbella and the little village of San Pedro de Alcántara. The rest of the 114 sqm offers luxury residential areas Nueva Andalucia & Las Chapas and 26 miles of beautiful golden coast.
HISTORY: Marbella began its development since the '70s. In recent years it has become a major tourist destination in Andalusia: famous for many facilities in the area in fact, offers its visitors an extensive network of restaurants, shops, clubs, as well as luxury residential areas. Also brings together the largest number of golf courses throughout Spain and hosts major championships worldwide like the World Golf Cup and Canada Cup.
ATMOSPHERE: Located between the Strait of Gibraltar, visible from the city, and Malaga, closed between the Mediterranean sea and the mountains of the Sierra Blanca, with aa average annual temperature of 18 degrees, Marbella is the jewel of the Costa del Sol. A corner of paradise where you can still breathe Andalusian flavours in an environment that increasingly picked up the pace of modernity: the splendid apartments in Marbella are an ideal choice for a holiday full of fun and relax. The co-existence of more intrinsically Spanish charm and the offer of a very fashionable destination make an explosive mix.
PLACES: In addition to beautiful beaches, Marbella offers a considerable list of places of historical interest. Certainly the Old Town, with its beautiful Plaza de los Naranjos where the City, the Ermita de Santiago (15th century church) and the Casa del Corregidor (16th century). You can still see the remains of the ancient city walls and the Muslim Arab castle.
Near San Pedro de Alcantara is the Villa Romana de Rio Verde, a Spanish-Roman villa of the 1st-2nd century AD in a good state of preservation. Famous the magnificent floor mosaics where the head of Medusa is represented. Another obligatory stop are the ruins of "Las Bóvedas" near the beach in San Pedro, the only remains of Roman baths, and the early Christian basilica of Vega del Mar (IV century), discovered in 1900.
There are also many museums: Museum of Bonsai, the Cortijo Miraflores Museum, Museum of Ralli and Municipal Archaeological Collection.
Among the cultural events of interest there are the Festival Internacional de Opera de Marbella, Marbella Reggae Festival, the International Fair of Contem`porary Art and Marbella International Film festival.
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