The city of Marbella is located in the province of Malaga in southern Spain. Situated in the Mediterranean Sea between Malaga and the Strait of Gibralter, it covers an area of 117 square kilometers. It is one of the Mediterranean’s best tourist destinations and is a great favourite with many visitors. Once a fishing village it has now become a cosmopolitan beach resort. Apart from the beautiful beaches it also has significant archeological heritage, multiple museums, performance spaces and a cultural calendar with events ranging from reggae concerts to opera performances.
While it is mostly popular with tourists from Northern Europe, Marbella is a place that attracts many celebrities and aristrocrats from all around the world. It is a popular golfing and boating destination and there are multiple private estates and luxury hotels like the Marbella Club Hotel. Some of the sights that you will be able to see when you visit Marbella include the Bonsai Museum, the Arabian Wall, the Old City Center, the Puerto Banus Marina and the oldest church in the city the Encarnation’s Church. A walk through the Golden Mile will take you past luxurious residencies such as the Palace of King Fahd and landmark hotels like Melia Don Pepe and the Puente Romano Hotel.
Marbella is host to a colorful array of festivals throughout the year. Some of these include the Fair and Fiesta of San Bernabe in June which is held in honour of the patron saint of the city and lasts for a week, the fair of San Pedro Alcantara which is held in October and also lasts a week and other events that have been organized by neighborhood associations and take place all through July to October.
Most of the cuisine in Marbella is based on seafood with the most typical dish being fried fish which is made using anchovies, mackerel, mullet or squid. Garlic soup is also popular. The restaurants in Marbella serve anything from international or fusion cuisines. All of this and more make Marbella one of the classiest places to visit.
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