HISTORY OF MARBELLA
Though it has been the site of a settled community since Phoenician traders first arrived from the eastern Mediterranean, Marbella was little more than a little fishing village surrounded by wild beaches and sugarcane fields when it became a favoured destination for the international jet-set of the 1950s. Since then Marbella has grown rapidly, becoming a Mediterranean resort town associated with glamour, opulence, celebrity and perhaps the finest climate in Europe.
Modern communications have brought it within easy range of most European capitals, which has enticed many not just to visit and retire here, but to use it as a permanent base in which to live and work. Today Marbella is a bustling, cosmopolitan town with a modern infrastructure and luxury services aimed at a high-end clientele, yet the authentic charm of Andalucía is never far away, either in the town itself or in the surrounding country villages.
Known above all for its beaches, luxury resort hotels, championship golf courses, racquets clubs, spa and wellness centres, and marinas such as Puerto Banús, this is a region that also supports an active professional population, private colleges, luxury shopping, a wide variety of sports and an active social and cultural life. The setting, surrounded by sea, green valleys and mountains, adds to the quality of Marbella’s real estate, but it is above all the freedom and quality of life that is valued so highly.
Much is made of the Marbella climate, but what is so sought after is above all the free and outdoor lifestyle that this sunny environment makes possible.
More than this, Marbella offers not just a single desirable lifestyle; it puts a wide choice of activities and environments at your disposal and makes many different ways of life possible.Where some choose the glamour of cocktail parties, trendy beach clubs and heady nightclubs, others focus on sports activities or languid relaxation.
With such a focus on the coast it is often overlooked, but right on Marbella’s doorstep is a world of nature and culture waiting to be discovered – from the natural parks of the Serranía de Ronda and cities such as Granada and Seville to the ski slopes of the Sierra Nevada, the big city excitement of Málaga and the surfers’ paradise of Tarifa.