Marbella – Area Guide
The central location of Marbella is located 51km from Malaga International Airport and the population of Marbella is 140,473. There is 26km of coastline stretching from Marbella’s border with Mijas Costa at Cabopino to Guardalmina at its border with Estepona.
Along this stretch of coastline there are 24 beaches of which 8 have been awarded the blue flag. The average temperature for the year in this area is 19 degrees with an average yearly rainfall of 646mm. There are 21 golf courses in the municipality of Marbella. The municipality of Marbella is made up of numerous individual areas situated inland around the many golf courses or traditional Spanish villages such as Istan and Tolox to the more popular known coastal destination of Puerto Banus.
Each area within the Marbella municipality has its own identity and historical custom ensuring a degree of diversity along this famous stretch of coast. Marbella is Spain’s most exclusive resort and is not just popular with the rich and famous, with many A listers taking up residency such as Malaga born actor Antonio Banderas who has property in Las Chapas/Los Monteros and George Clooney who has a holiday mansion in the prestigious urbanisation of Sierra Blanca, but with foreign tourists of all backgrounds.
The diverse natures of the resorts that make up Marbella ensure this. MarbellaMunicipality There are many hotels, villas and apartment developments that make up many of the urbanisations in Marbella and can be mostly found on the coast. The most notable is the area known as the Golden Mile, which is in fact 4.6km long.
This runs from the western part of Marbella Centro right up to Puerto Banus. There is much to do in Marbella from yachting from one of its 3 marinas (Cabopino, Bajadilla or Marbella, Puerto Banus), seasonal water sports that are offered on nearly every beach, golf and many other activities to shopping in the 200 plus store commercial centre at La Canada or just sitting in the many traditional and local bars and restaurants that sit in many of the streets, squares and along the Passeo Maritimo (promenade).
All nationalities, budgets and tastes are catered for in what is the ultimate in coastal destinations. The diversity and individuality of the municipality of Marbella brings many a festival or Feria (fair) throughout the year with each area celebrating its own tradition and custom. The major fair of St Bernebe, the founder of Marbella lasts for 1 week and brings colour to the streets of Marbella and is a realistic Spanish celebration of identity. MarbellaMunic.