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« on: April 18, 2004, 13:29:03 »

Marbella - Costa del sol

 Population 116.234  
 Surface 114,3 Kms 2  
 Location 36º 30´  N 4º 53´ W
 Málaga - Spain
 Average Temperature 18ºC

Progress and time--two factors that change everything--have transformed this small maritime village of humble homes into a splendid tourist city that every year opens its doors to hundreds of thousands of visitors attracted by the wonderful climate (the average Information temperature is 19º Celsius), the warmth of the people, and the renowned parties and nightlife.  

::: Historical District and Downtown Marbella

Marbella was called Salduba in the time of the Romans and re-named Marbil-la under the Muslim rule, and walking through the Historical District is like taking a small trip through the past, where the Arab roots and traces of Christianity come together. For example, the Iglesia de la Encarnación (Church of the Incarnation) was raised just a few metres from the Murallas (walls) of the Caliphs castle.

The streets wind through cobblestones, immaculate façades, and balconies decorated with flowerboxes full of geraniums and carnations. There are priceless tiny, typically-Andalusian squares and nooks and crannies, such as the Balcón de la Virgen (Balcony of the Virgin Mary), set in the window of an old white-washed house that today houses a restaurant.

The hub-bub of daily life--work, business, shopping, and the coming and goings of people--begins in the Avenida Ricardo Soriano and extends throughout the entire downtown area. But calm reigns again once you reach the Paseo Marítimo (promenade), where tranquility, the ocean breeze, hammocks, and tanned bodies are the star of the show.

::: Puerto Banús

José Banús was the promoter of all of New Andalusia and of course of the Marina that carries his name, which is one of the most important ports on the Mediterranean coast. There are 915 tying-in points on the two piers, Ribera and Benabolá. In the clear blue waters the most luxurious yachts in the world have anchored and slept: the Nabila of the magnate Adnan Kashoggi, the Príncipe Abdulazis, the Tritona, and the Shaf. The port has been declared a Center of International Tourist Interest and among its many honours has the Gold Medal for Merit in Tourism.

Shopping, having a coffee on one of the terraces, walking along the piers, and, of course, enjoying the nighttime atmosphere by dancing until dawn or drinking a cocktail while gazing at the star-covered bay are just some of the activities you have to choose from. And every year more visitors come, making it a must-see in the summer months for celebrities and people from the tabloid world, including photographers who snap their celebrity shots.

::: San Pedro de Alcántara

Originally it was named Cilniana or Silniana, and above the ruins of the ancient Roman settlement you'll find one of the most beautiful areas of the Costa del Sol that, at the turn of the century, had a population of 95 and today is home to more than 35,000. From its past, the area has conserved the most important archeological monuments in Marbella: the Bóvedas, the Basílica Vega del Mar and the Villa Romana de Río Verde.

According to legend the remains of San Pedro Alcántara were brought by sea to the shore of the beach here; hence the name. But the current city is a product--and a work of art--of the dream of the Marquis del Duero, who during the mid-19th century pledged his fortune--and his life--to building the most modern private agricultural colony in the country. The colony officially disappeared in 1944, but the original plan and configuration of its streets remains unchanged today, granting the urban landscape a touch of traditional flavour.

This area has wonderful beaches, like the Gualdamina, and an important hostelry infrastructure that has seen the biggest growth in its history in just the last three decades. However, the people here still haven't lost one bit of their warmth and genuine friendliness.
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My favourite Restaurant:

Restaurant Pravda
Puerto Banus
29600 Marbella (Malaga)
Tel.: +(34) 952 81 14 43 - Fax:+(34) 952 90 87 39

The a la carte menu will take you on a true voyage of discovery around the gastronomic world, wether it be of the finest caviar, the aromatic spices of indian and asian food, the delicate seafood of the pacific Rim or the finest American steaks, before coming home to the very best of innovative European cooking, all prepared in front of your eyes by our chefs in their open kitchen.

My recommanded timeshare resort

Marriott's Marbella Beach Resort

Marriott's Marbella Beach Resort is located in Marbella, set on Spain's storied Costa del Sol. Appropriately named the "Coast of the Sun", this idyllic location offers 320 days of sunshine a year, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the multitude of leisure activities available in Marbella. Here, the romance and the history of Europe meet with the cosmopolitan life of today and the breathtaking drama of the snow-clad mountains contrasts with the golden beauty of the beaches fringing the Mediterranean.

Reflecting the Moorish architecture of five centuries ago, Marriott's Marbella Beach Resort is a destination with a wealth of old-world charm. Centrally located in Spain's fabled Costa del Sol and a short drive to the exclusive beach at Puerto Banus, the resort puts you in the middle of the excitement, steps away from the beach and a million miles from the cares of everyday life. Marriott Vacation Club's first European resort ... is just half an hour from Malaga airport and three hours from London or Frankfurt, situated close to local shops, elegant restaurants, and sidewalk cafes.


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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2004, 13:45:48 »

Some more web resources about the Costa del Sol: --All of Malaga --Decent general info about Malaga --Photos of Malaga --About Picasso --Marbella --Photo gallery of Marbella --Snazzy magazine for Marbella --Local news, in English, for Southern Spain --Lots of good info and photos --A complete guide to law in Spain --About Puerto Banus