Marbella has always been seen as the playground for the rich and the famous. Puerto Banús homes some of the most luxurious yachts in Europe in its stunning marina. The marina itself is surrounded by designer shops and restaurants and it is not unusual to spot a celebrity perusing the promenade during the summer months.

Marbella is fortunate enough to be graced with beautiful towering mountains as well as long sandy beaches with an unprecedented number of manicured golf courses. Marbella is situated on the Mediteranean Sea and on a clear day, Morocco can be seen across the waters. With Marbella’s micro-climate averaging a yearly temperature of around 18ºC, it is no wonder that there was a record number of foreign tourists entering Spain in 2013. An amazing 60.4 million foreign tourists visited Spain last year, and according to Exceltur, they spent around 45.1 billion Euros. The visitors came primarily from the UK, France and Germany with an increased number of Russian tourists.

Marbella Old Town is a beautiful white-washed Andalucían town surrounded by ancient city walls. There are quaint little shops, bars and restaurants with the main square, Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Square – aptly named due to the large number of orange trees planted there), being a popular visitor area. Out of the old town there is a charming promenade running above the sandy beach of Marbella lined with buzzy restaurants, bars and shops.

Image: San Pedro de Alcántara beach (just 5 minutes from Puerto Banús)