For decades Marbella has been the place that the rich and famous have wanted to be seen, from royalty to film stars and the odd multi millionaire tycoon this was the place to be. Over more recent years Marbella has opened itself up to appeal to the wider market and this no longer is a place where only the rich hang out. With the growth in tourism and the construction of many reasonably priced hotels and apartments this has now become a place to be enjoyed by all.
Marbella was a favourite of Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe, who was born in Madrid in 1924, the first son of Prince Maximiliano von Hohenlohe and Princess Piedad de Iturbe. In 1947 he acquired finca Santa Margarita, after much redevelopment and in 1954 the world famous Marbella club hotel was opened. This was the stepping stone to the Marbella we know today.
Many of the smart restaurants and bars have now realised that slightly lower pricing brings many rewards so it is very easy to eat and drink here and not break the bank. For those who love to shop then this is probably heaven as many designer department stores are based here. Larger commercial centres are also close by, so again there is something for everyone.
For something more traditional, a day in the old town of Marbella is a must with its quirky streets and buildings, this really will take you to traditional Spain (highly recommended).
Living in Marbella has also become far more reasonable over the years with the correction in the property market. The main areas still have that cosmopolitan feeling but venture further afield and you will find some of the most beautiful urbanisations around.
For those of us who like the outside life, then beaches and golf courses are abundant. Tree lined promenades and parks are everywhere and you only have to venture out a little way to find peace and tranquillity.
Marbella is a place you need to visit to really appreciate its charm and style. Set your budget to your lifestyle and this will fulfil all your hopes and more.
For more information Visit the Marbella town hall website
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