In Old Town Marbella, explore the honeycomb of narrow streets where homes, shops and art galleries intermingle to create the atmosphere of a small village. This is an excellent shopping area offering typical local products as well as the famous designer labels. There are numerous excellent restaurants to choose from, ranging from those specialising in the predictably pricey exclusive cordon bleu to the individuality of a backstreet Spanish bar where the Serrano ham is gently cured by tobacco smoke and the Tapas cost just a few euros each.
Just behind Marbella there is a large shopping centre called ‘La Cañada’. Here you will find many individual shops as well as the hypermarket 'Alcampo' and familiar high street chain stores. There are also the favourite weekly open air street markets where you can pick up some fabulous jewellery and leather goods. The Municipal Market is also worth a visit for the freshest fish, meat and vegetables as well as herbs and spices. The fish market is an experience in itself!
Puerto Banús with its many restaurants and designer boutiques also has a shopping centre, 'Costa Marbella' where there is the department store 'El Corte Inglés' and another hypermarket 'Hipercor'. Between Marbella and Puerto Banús on the 'Golden Mile' there are many high class restaurants including those within the exclusive Marbella Club and Puente Romano hotels. The Garden Bar at the Marbella Club is a wonderful way to start the evening with a few cocktails.
All the beaches are public in Marbella, even the hotel beaches, and a day on the beach combined with a long lunch is for some us the perfect day! On the beaches you will find many ‘chiringuitos’ where you can enjoy traditional fish and seafood favourites like sardines barbecued on a spit, fried fish and the incomparable paella.
For a truly glamourous location try the Ocean Club in Puerto Banús or Marbella Nikki Beach, both upmarket Beach Clubs. Exclusive, expensive and set against the beautiful backdrop of the Don Carlos Beach Resort, Nikki Beach plays host to some of the world’s rich and famous, from celebrities to local socialites as well as visitors looking for an unparalleled good time. You can hire huge white beach beds for the day whilst being served champagne, shellfish and fresh sushi. This is the ultimate destination on the Costa del Sol for relaxation, celebration and revelry!
As the sun sets, Nikki Beach is the best party scene in Marbella, with champagne spraying & cocktails flowing.
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Marbella and Puerto Banús both have a vibrant and glittering nightlife scene. It is amazing just how many bars and nightclubs there are and in the summer months you may even find yourself rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous ... 'The JetSet', especially at Olivia Valére or Puente Romano’s Suite. You have to have plenty of energy though as it goes on until dawn and you may well find yourself coming home in the daylight!
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