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Holiday in style in Marbella, Spain

Entrance to Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain

When looking for a quality destination, Marbella is an excellent choice. Well known by royals, celebrities and the ultra-rich, the city has plenty of charm. Explore the Old Town of Marbella, with its winding, narrow streets of whitewashed houses, draped with geraniums and bougainvillea. Head to the shopping streets and stock up on the latest fashions or dine in style in the many restaurants and tapas bars. Sunbathe on the Golden Mile of beaches or have a dip in the Mediterranean Sea.

When visiting Marbella for a luxury holiday, stay in one of the best villas available in the Firefly Collection. Once unpacked and comfortably settled in, explore some of Marbella’s many attractions, including those featured below.

Explore Old Town Marbella

Marbella Old Town
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Strolling through the streets of the Old Town, you get a feeling for its past, its traditions and the people of Marbella. While in the area, make sure to visit the Plaza de los Naranjos. This lovely city square is located right across from Marbella’s Town Hall and dates back to 1485. It was created following the Christian conquest of historic Marbella from the Moors and was made to be the urban hub of the town.

Plaza de los Naranjos, Marbella
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The plaza is surrounded by the typical whitewashed Andalusian homes, but also houses three historic buildings, including the Casa del Corregidor, the Casa Consistorial and the Ermita de Santiago. Right in the heart of the square is a Renaissance fountain, which is hemmed in by the orange trees that give the square its name and which were planted in 1941. Relax and enjoy a cooling drink or coffee, while breathing in the past of the city. 

Retail therapy in Marbella

The Old Town is also the ideal place to seek out typical Spanish souvenirs to take home. If looking for the best in fashion and high end accessories, head to Avenida Ricardo Soriano in the centre of Marbella, or the boutiques of Puerto Banus. The port also houses a branch of the El Corte Ingles department store, selling everything from clothing and jewellery, cosmetics and house wares and everything in between. 

Puerto Banus, Marbella
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For a general shopping experience, La Cañada is an excellent shopping centre just outside of Marbella, offering everything from clothing and accessories to sports goods. A good selection of restaurants is also available in the centre, as well as cinemas screening the latest releases. For those who enjoy a good market, Marbella’s Saturday market is held in the Plaza de Toros, with all kinds of bargains on offer.

More about Puerto Banus

Puerto Banus isn’t just about shopping. It is also known as the hangout for the rich and famous and celebrities are often spotted in the port. Located 6km from the centre of Marbella in the suburb of Nueva Andalucia, this marina is well known for its luxurious yachts and the many sports cars and Ferraris parked within its limits. Besides the luxurious shops, there are many excellent restaurants and cafes, perfect for celebrity spotting and people watching, while the nightlife is guaranteed to make you party the night away.


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