Marbella, Costa del Sol

Marbella is one of the Mediterranean's most representative tourist venues and a top favorite for property investors. What was once a small white village of fishermen is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts of Europe, nestled on the Costa del Sol in Spain. Marbella's motto is "A Way of Life" and, certainly, this luxurious resort town seems to have it all and is, once again, rising as a favourite location with the rich and famous, as well as more ordinary people who are willing to pay just a little bit extra for southern Spain's answer to St Tropez.  But Marbella has a down to earth side as well, an air of individuality which can be best appreciated by exploring back streets in the old part of town. One of the prettiest places in the old town is the fabled 'Orange Square' which is located just off the main street in the older district and is also home to the 16th century town hall and tourist office where you can pick up a detailed map and visitor information. Back to Orange Square, or "La Plaza de los Naranjos", as it is called in Spanish, expect to meet with stately buildings, small shops, art galleries, bars and bistros and is a hub of activity day and night. And, depending on the time of year, the colours here can be vibrant, with the trees and exotic tropical plants set against a backdrop of dazzling white buildings and a deep blue sky. However for the ultimate in coastal charisma it would be hard to beat Puerto Banus, just west of the town. This is the place to be pampered yachtside and watch the world go by or window shop at one of several of the world renowned fashion houses and boutiques. The port has grown considerably over the years and now includes a commercial shopping centre: El Corte Ingles , casino, marine observatory and a multi cinema with films shown in their original language. The nightlife is buzzing here with alfresco bars, piano clubs and discos which are open dusk until dawn

The beaches in the Mediterranean sea with its clean water and fine sand are the main attractions of Marbella. A variety of activities, both on land and sea are available, as is shopping, eating and nightlife. As a major vacation destination, Marbella has facilities for a range of sports, especially golf. The Costa del Sol is also known as the Costa del Golf.

The city itself has a long history, being settled by the Phoenicians first. Later on came the Romans and Moors, who have left traces in the city. The Moors called the city Marbil-la, probably derived from an earlier Iberian name. Much of the current old town dates from the 15th century, when Marbella had once again become part of Spain. Later on the city was a center of iron mining industry.

Some of the first hotels were built in the 1920's, but the Spanish Civil War brought the development to a stop. After WW2, Marbella emerged as a wold wide famous destination for Europe's rich and wealthy. Soon the affluent beach suburb of Puerto Banús about 7 km west of Marbella, sprung up as a world wide known harbour for richest people on earth. Eventually, the city also became a getaway for "royals" of organized crime and in their footsteps petty criminals and drug users, which in the early 1990s gave Marbella a bad reputation as a place where criminal came to invest in properties,... Marbella sharpened its image still more thanks to a considerable investment initiated by the town's colourful and controversial late mayor, Jesus Gil which resulted in a massive landscaping drive. Nowadays, however, the city is clean and safe and according to a recent study boasts the highest life quality in all of Andalusia. The city is also full of both national and international tourist and investors from all over the world. Looking for the best priced Properties For Sale in Marbella .

Property for Sale in the worldwide Marbella really does represent the top end of the Spanish Property Market. Marbella Property ranges in price from 200.000 euros to 40 million euros with some of the most luxurious properties in the world. Property in Marbella is so diverse and offers choice probably not seen in any other place in Spain.

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