Courtesy Finca Cortesin

Costa del Sol, Spain’s “Golden Mile” is home to some truly over-the-top and overbuilt areas, but Marbella’s beach and old town remain a charming pocket. The Marbella Club Hotel, an aged property established in the 1950s sits as the stylish hub.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…in historic luxury at the Marbella Club Hotel
  • Experience…a spa treatment to the sound of crashing waves at the Puente Romano
  • Splurge…on a Michelin-starred meal at El Lago, a short drive away
  • Eat…grilled fish cooked on an open flame at MC Beach
  • Drink…Champagne under the stars on your private terrace at Finca Cortesin
  • Savor…beach afternoons followed by relaxing, homey evenings at Villa del Mar
  • Visit…Marbella’s Old Town, full of charming shops and excellent eateries
  • See…how your golf game improves with practice at Finca Cortesin‘s academy
  • Shop…for olive oils and other culinary specialties at D Oliva and La Casa del Jamon
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations, expert guides, special access and itineraries

Lay of the Land

Though technically part of Andalusia, Marbella is its own seaside entity, and for decades has been the vacation destination of glamorous sun worshippers. East of the Gibralter Strait, the beaches benefit from calmer Mediterranean Sea waters rather than those of the rougher Atlantic Ocean. The two Indagare-recommended hotels in Marbella are located on the beach, a five-minute drive south of the Old Town. Guests often drive their rental cars or take taxis into town for meals, snacks or shopping.

Getting There

The nearest airport is in Málaga, which receives flights from various European cities and multiple each day from London, Madrid and Barcelona. The drive from Málaga to Marbella takes about 30 minutes and the roads are very good.

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