Marbella, a paradise waiting to be discovered
Marbella, a coastal city, a synonym for rest, relaxation, golf and beach tourism. It's privileged location, with winter temperatures exceeding 10 degrees and a moderate summer climate, have converted the city into one of the prime destinations to spend holidays, not only during the summer months, but throughout the year.
The Historic Centre and its attractions
Marbella is not just characterised by its quality beaches, bathed by the Mediterranean, but also as the main tourist attraction for those travellers that, in addition to seeking a beach holiday, also wish to explore the architectural heritage that the city has to offer, in addition to its packed cultural agenda, with events taking place throughout the year.
Marbella offers visitors a historic centre that serves as one of the city's main attractions, not only due to the multitude of bars and recreation areas, but also due to the culture that emanates from the city's streets, with museums and monuments dating from the 9th, 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries, transporting you to the first settlements residing in Marbella. Including Roman, Visigoth, Arab and Christian civilisations. Hotel San Cristóbal is located close to these cultural offerings, and to the endless list of leisure activities that Marbella offers through its Historic Centre. Come and experience this magical city.
Excellent infrastructure and transport facilities
However, what truly makes Marbella stand out, and what defines the city as the best known destination on the Costa del Sol, are its tourist infrastructures; these facilities have converted the city into the main tourist destination for international travellers.
Additionally, it offers excellent transport facilities to adjoining cities, by road, air or sea, as the La Bajadilla Port is set up to receive large cruise ships.
A millennium-old culture
The history of Marbella traces back to the period of Arab and Christian settlements, remnants of which intertwine with the multitude of shops, bars and restaurants that adapt to the visitor's needs. Furthermore, every Friday from 11am, guided tours are available at a price of €5. The tour departs from the Tourist Information Office, located in Plaza de Los Naranjos.
Marbella offers visitors the opportunity to discover the curiosities that the city hides behind its buildings, all of which are of significant historical and architectural importance.
Amongst a wide variety of cultural activities, Marbella offers the following to its visitors:
·Spanish Contemporary Engraving Museum
·Olive Oil Museum
·Malagan Wine Museum
·Municipal Archaeological Collection
Sport, Leisure and Relaxation
The characteristic climate in Marbella, with 320 days of sun a year, allows visitors to enjoy a large range of outdoor activities, such as walking, skating and cycling along the Promenade that runs directly to Puerto Banús. All whilst enjoying an idyllic landscape.
Amongst the sea-related activities on offer, diving at the Port and hiring a boat service to do some dolphin spotting in addition to hiking excursions, mountain biking and off road routes at the nearby Sierra Blanca mountain range are all worth special mention. You can always put your adrenaline to the test at the karting circuit and the Cable Ski. Another sporting highlight in Marbella is its golf courses; visitors can practice their game at the 15 courses the city has to offer.
Nature, trekking, mountain biking, 4 x 4, horse back riding...
Marbella's characteristic climate owes itself in principal to the Sierra de las Nieves mountain range, which bestows extraordinary natural resources on the city. This natural environmental starts just 5 kilometres from the city's Historic Centre, an area that must be seen to be believed.
Visit the "Sierra de las Nieves" Natural Park, a UNESCO recognised Biosphere Reserve. Amongst the activities that can be enjoyed, crossing the Bosque Encantado (or Enchanted Forest), horseback riding, guided trips and trekking, are all worth special mention.
The Sierra de las Nieves can be visited all year round. Each season has its own range of colours and characteristics. Spring stands out due to the immense variety of flowers and plant life, whereas in summer the sound of freshwater running through the streams and over the waterfalls incites rest and relaxation.
In turn, autumn is characterised by a festival of reds and ochres, falling into winter, which offers us the opportunity to enjoy the appearance of snow, contrasting against the image of the beach in the distance.
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