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Marbella

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Considered unofficially as the capital of the western Costa del Sol, there is no doubting the fact that Marbella has all of the qualities required to merit its position as one of Europe's premier tourist resorts.

Its privileged location, at the foot of the Sierra Blanca and on the coast, create an excellent climate and a landscape of immense beauty

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Marbella's motto is "A Way of Life" and, certainly, this luxurious resort town seems to have it all and is, once again, a favourite location with the rich and famous, as well as more ordinary folk who are willing to pay just a little bit extra for southern Spain's answer to St Tropez.

Not too long ago, 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.

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 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.

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.

Be sure to explore the honeycomb of surrounding narrow streets where homes and shops intermingle to create the atmosphere of a small village, rather than a cosmopolitan town. There are numerous excellent restaurants to choose from, ranging from those specialising in the predictably pricey exclusive cordon bleu to the gritty individuality of a backstreet Spanish tapas bar.

 

Puerto Banus

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Puerto Banus is located 6km west of Marbella. 'Banus' is now infamous globally as a playground for the rich and famous. The name Puerto Banus has become synonymous with the glitz and glam lifestyle of designer shops and high class bars, clubs and restaurants.

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The port plays host to the majority of these establishments along with a vast array of boats and yachts and luxurious cars. Puerto Banus is the place to be seen and the motto 'If you've got it flaunt it' really does ring true.

The setting is close to perfect, with its impressive mountain backdrop and ocean views
Nightlife buzzes in Puerto Banus with your choice of alfresco bars, piano clubs and nightclubs while during the day its a shopper´s dream with several of the worlds renowned fashion houses featured here, in addition to small, interesting shops and boutiques.

The setting is close to perfect, with its impressive mountain backdrop and ocean views.
If you really want to see the port´s magnificent position, then regular boat trips are the ideal solution and available on a regular basis from the central promenade. The beach adjacent to Puerto Banus holds a European blue flag.

 

Benahavis

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Benahavis is a Spanish mountain village situated between Marbella, Estepona, and Ronda, where it is located seven kilometres from the coast. Renowned for its restaurants, it is often called the dining room of the Costa del Sol. Benahavis holds nine of the 60 golf courses in the Costa del Sol.

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Located on the southern face of La Serrania de Ronda mountain range, Benahavis is one of the most mountainous village on the western Costa del Sol. Benahavis is situated near the beaches of the Costa del Sol and spectacular mountains of the Serrania de Ronda.

The town itself is surrounded by natural parkland, and, as such, retains its secluded, cosy feel. La Zagaleta, a highly exclusive mansion estate which contributes to Benahavis' status as the richest municipality per capita in Spain, lies within its boundaries, and overlooks the village.

Benahavís has made its name not just for its rich historic value, but also for the village restaurants which have made Benahavís famous as ‘El Rincon de Gastronomía’ (Gastronomic Corner).

For nature watchers, the bird life in the mountains of Benahavís is exotic and plentiful – eagles, hawks, kingfishers, bee-catchers and a vast variety of African birds which need only cover a distance of some 20 miles from the African coast to arrive on the shorelines and mountains of Andalucia.

The village of Benahavís, as its name suggests, is an original Moorish stronghold set in the mountains of the Sierra Bermeja, blessed with a plentiful supply of fresh water springs.


San Pedro De Alcantara

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Probably the most typical Spanish town left on the Costa del Sol, kept very clean with a central shopping area, quiet parks and squares and beautiful gardens.

San Pedro de Alcántara is situated in an ideal location, just 4 kilometres west from all the glitz and glamour of Puerto Banus, yet just a few minutes drive away from the natural beauty of the Sierra de Ronda mountain range and 10 km from the town of Estepona.

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An ancient farming community, once famous for sugar cane, today San Pedro is a refreshingly unspoilt pueblo with an appeal all of its own.

Be sure to head for the central plaza here with its gracious parish church and surrounding narrow streets which are packed with intriguing small shops, sidewalk cafes and bars. Thursday is street market day with all the associated hustle and bustle; a veritable bargain shopper's paradise.

A pleasant walk is from the centre of town to the beachfront along the Avenida del Marques del Duero which is a particularly attractive wide avenue flanked by palm trees.

The modern wide promenade and the long, beaches are ideal for continuing your stroll with several excellent chiringuitos (beachside restaurants) specialising in seafood and all the usual beach facilities


Malaga Airport

Malaga Airport is 8 kilometres west of the city of Malaga and is main flight path for people arriving on the Costa del Sol each year. The airport is next to the main A7 coast road that links to the AP7 Autopista del Sol motorway for Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Marbella and Gibraltar to the west and Malaga, Nerja, Granada to the East.

With flight connections to more than 60 worldwide destinations, around 12 million passengers pass through the airport each year. In keeping with the affluent profile of this important international airport, the commercial area inside the airport building has recently been improved.

 

Gibraltar Airport

Gibraltar airport is located about 2 Kilometres from the town centre adjacent to the frontier with Spain. The recently opened terminal has a dedicated Spanish exit that encourages demand on the Spanish routes. The new terminal has four aeroplane gates and a capacity for 1m passengers a year. The famous road across the runway will remain in place for pedestrians and vehicles will enter Gibraltar via a new tunnel under the runway at eastern Beach.

 

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