Marbella is the most important city (with Malaga) on the Costa del Sol. Once a small Andalusian fishing village - there were just 900 inhabitants in the 1940s - it is now known as Spain's answer to Saint Tropez, and it is one of the most exciting high-society holiday resorts on the Med. The city itself is attractive with its dazzling white buildings set against the deep blue Mediterranean sky. has fine boulevards, parks and gardens, as well as small narrow alleys in Moorish and Andalusian styles. City highlights include Orange Square, with historical buildings, boutiques, art galleries, pubs and bistros.
The Avenida del Mar is a sea-front promenade with fine restarants and attractive views. Olivia Valere (restaurant, bar, disco), the Arabian walls, the Bonsai museum, the Museo del Grabado Espanol Contemporáneo, the old city centre, and the Golden Mile, with the Marbella Club Hotel and its beach club, Matrix Estates directly opposite, and the late King Fayed's Palace.
There are beaches near Marbella itself, with dark sand and pebbles, and nearly all beaches have the classic Chiringuitos - beach bars - serving paella and local fish. Nikki Beach, fifteen minutes from central Marbella, is world famous, against the backdrop of the Don Carlos Beach Resort in Elviria, Marbella. This is one of the most popular nightlife locations of Marbella, and it is also famous for the Sunday soirée beginning at 2 p.m., with DJ sets, live musics, and loads of champagne. Another favourite venues are Puro Beach, and the Ocean Club near Puerto Banus.
Of course, Marbella is also famous for its yachting. Marbella has two major marinas: Puerto Banus, which is a large and exclusive marina, and the smaller Marbella Marina. The latter, owned by Empresa Pública Pueros de Andalucía, with space for 335 boats, has a berth depth of just 2 metres, which means that it can host only small boats, with a maximum length of 20 metres.
Puerto Banus, 6 km west of Marbella, is a luxury marina, with many fine restaurants and boutiques. It has a capacity for 915 boats from 8 to 50 metres length. Berth water depth varies from 3 to 6 metres at the berths. All berths at Puerto Banus are supplied with water, electricity (220/380 V) and TV. On berths for boats over 15 metres length, a telephone connection is available. Complete boat repairs are possible, with a 50 ton travel lift and a 6-ton mobile crane, and there are several yacht charter organizations that offer half daily, daily, weekly or longer charters, whether bareboat or crewed. A yacht makes it possible to stop to swim and enjoy the beaches wherever you like....
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