Indulge in sun, shopping and culture in Marbella on the Costa Del Sol

There are few views that can beat looking out of your hotel room at the sandy, palm-tree’d beaches and bright blue seas of the Costa Del Sol. The translation being ‘Coast of the Sun’ makes clear the beautiful climate and surroundings that have led to the area becoming such a fashionable tourist destination. With a large supply of modern beach facilities and luxury hotels such as the Iberostar Marbella Coral Beach offered by Jet2 Holidays this is the perfect place for that relaxing and lavish break from all the stresses of home, whether it’s a romantic break or a fun, family holiday you’re after.


If a combination of culture and glamour is what excites you then Puerto Banús is the place to spend your days. With luxury yachts floating in the marina it’s easy to see how popular the area is with the rich and famous from across the world. Some of the biggest designer names, including Dior, Gucci and Versace can be found in the streets of the marina that was built in a traditional Mediterranean style. If you run out of the designer stores to visit there is, in the Antonio Banderas Square one of the biggest department stores in Spain. When you are tired from the shopping there are also numerous restaurants and bars overlooking the Mediterranean. The beaches at either end of the marina and many cultural corners such as that holding the Rinoceronte vestido con puntillas, an impressive three-ton rhino sculpture by Salvador Dali, are also well worth a visit.


The lures of Puerto Banús must be given in to, to add shopping and glamour to your holiday but if you have time going further through the rest of Marbella is where you will find the real charm of the Costa del Sol. Marbella has a rich history with varied occupants since the 7th Century BC depending on which historian you speak to. In the old quarter you can wander between traditionally whitewashed buildings shaded by orange trees. There are plenty of museums in the town to educate you on the area’s past, as well as opportunities to buy hand-made products made in the traditional styles. The food that can be found in Marbella adds to the town’s popularity. Well-known for it’s sweet dessert wines Marbella offers an intensely relaxing and refreshing dining experience. The traditional dishes offered will include cold almond soup and fresh fish which can be enjoyed in beautiful restaurants under the sun.


With twelve golf-courses many of which offer impressive views over the coastline, water sports and tennis and riding lessons available, if sports is what you prefer you will be as happy as those there for the shopping. After a day at the shops or the golf course you can relax in one of Marbella’s many stylish bars as you watch the sun-set over the yacht-filled sea.