11
May-2022

Marbella :: Under the Spanish Sun

Over the last few decades Marbella has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a small fishing village and now a popular holiday destination for the rich and famous. Located in the Costa del Sol, Marbella became home base for 5 days during our stay in the Andalucia area. Here are a few highlights from our visit to Marbella. 

WALK :: MARBELLA OLD TOWN

Marbella Old Town is one of the most beautiful old towns in Costa del Sol – whitewashed buildings, cobblestone streets, orange trees, bougainvillea flowers hanging down from houses and blue plant pots with bright flowers. One of the most memorable ways to experience Marbella is to take an early morning or late evening stroll in old town. It’s a very picturesque place no matter which path you take; many of these little streets are connected to Plaza de Los Naranjos, a lively square with restaurants and bars. 

EXPERIENCE :: DAY AT THE BEACH

Marbella’s beaches are the reason most people come to the Costa del Sol (literally means”coast of the sun”)! With around 320 days of sunshine a year,a day at the beach under the Spanish sun should definitely be on your itinerary. Before you head to the beach, stroll along Marbella’s promenade (Paseo Maritimo) while enjoying the coastal views, shops, seafront hotels and popular sand castle competitions. 

EAT :: CHURROS + CHOCOLATE 

Spaniards are not nearly as into desserts like their neighbors to the north, the French. But one thing they have done well is their Churros Con Chocolate. Spain’s obsession with chocolate all started back in the 16th century when it was brought back from Mesoamerica. Chocolate then became a very popular drink in Spain and was served to the Spanish monarchy. Intensely chocolate in flavor and so thick it became perfect for dunking churros. These greasy, deep-fried elongated donuts remain a popular breakfast, snack and dessert fare throughout Spain.

DAY TRIP :: ARCHAEOLOGICAL DOLMENS OF ANTEQUERA

Located in the heart of Andalusia (between Seville and Granada), the The Antequera Dolmens is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The complex contains three megalithic monuments: the Menga and Viera dolmens and the Tholos of the Romeral. We stopped at the Antequera Dolmens Site on our way to Granada and worth a visit. It transports you back thousands of years and represents one of the most valuable prehistoric places in Andalusia. See full post here. 

Antequera Dolmens Archaeological Site | Antequera, Spain
Antequera Dolmens Archaeological Site | Antequera, Spain
Antequera Dolmens Archaeological Site | Antequera, Spain

DAY TRIP :: ALHAMBRA, GRANADA 

The Alhambra, a 14th-century palace, fortress, and citadel in the hills of Granada, is a must-see during any visit to the Andalusia region in Southern Spain. The Palace premises comprise beautiful rectangular courtyards and numerous fountains, as well as the Nasrid buildings that served as living quarters for the monarchs and their servants. The oldest building is the Alcazaba citadel. One of the most important structures is the La Vela tower, which offers one of the loveliest views of the Alhambra. The courtyard of the Lions with its fountains is one of the most beautiful in the compound. See full post here

Alhambra | Granada, Spain
Alhambra | Granada, Spain
Alhambra | Granada, Spain

DAY TRIP :: GIBRALTAR

Gibraltar is an extremely unique place. With a quirky melting pot of Spanish, English, and North African cultures, it’s hard not to resist popping on over into Britain’s overseas territory of Gibraltar, when in Southern Spain. And there are likely few places in the world that you enter by walking across an airport runway to meet ‘The Rock’s’ most famous residents…the Barbary macaques!null

Gibraltar | United Kingdom Overseas Territory
Gibraltar | United Kingdom Overseas Territory
Gibraltar | United Kingdom Overseas Territory

Hope you get a chance to see much more of this beautiful Andalusian city! 

View from our Airbnb in Marbella


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