Living in Marbella
Despite this varied community, it has managed to retain its own distinctive (and colourful) identity. It is peaceful yet vibrant in the summer high season and offers year-round access to superb sporting facilities.
Home to numerous outstanding schools it is a superb place to bring up children. A naturally lively outlook combined with an outstanding healthcare system, both public and private, makes it very attractive to those looking for a suitable place to retire. Adding yet another feather to its already richly plumed cap, Marbella is easily accessible from nearly every major city in Europe.
Marbella in a nutshell
Art and Culture
Marbella is a great place to broaden your cultural horizons – with numerous museums, theatres, archaeological sites, art galleries and cinemas to choose from.
The city was created by successive Roman, Arabic and Christian occupiers and evidence of their influences is unmistakable in the architecture of the churches, squares and buildings.
Marbella offers a superb variety of excellent education to serve its well-established international community – six of the best schools in Spain are found here.
Some of the best known of these are: Swans School International, Aloha College, The English International College, The British School of Marbella, San José, Swedish School Marbella, German School Juan Hoffmann, Laude San Pedro, Atalaya Bilingual School, Calpe, The American College and Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Marbella International Studies Centre amongst many others.
Activities and Entertainment
Marbella is a dynamic city with a rich and diverse events program, playing host to high-profile philanthropic events - festivals celebrating culture, arts and music - which take place throughout the year. It is frequently chosen by major internationally recognised brands, such as Rolls Royce or Audi, for their new product presentations.
At the end of the day it is a pleasure to choose from the relaxed bars and restaurants, exciting nightclubs or flamenco clubs.
Marbella has several excellent medical centers and clinics, both public and private, with highly qualified, multilingual medical staff.
Lying to the east of Marbella is the Costa del Sol Hospital, which is a public hospital and runs as an NHS centre. Notable private clinics are: Hospital Quirón Marbella, Hospital Ceram, Clínica Ochoa Marbella, Hospiten Estepona or Clínica del Río.
Andalusia is a land of colour and folklore and Marbella is one of its most historic towns. Throughout the year romantic, religious and vibrant traditional festivals take place in and around Marbella.
Furthermore, Marbella is home to the annual summer event of the Starlite Festival that gathers all kinds of celebrities, from actors to singers or to the known faces of international and Spanish jet-set. Music, fashion, art, films and gastronomy take centre stage for a whole month within a unique setting inside a quarry. The festival also includes the Starlite Gala, hosted by Antonio Banderas, which has become Spain’s largest charity event.
Sport and Leisure
Sport is a vital part of life in Marbella so there are ample opportunities to practice the sports you love from horse-riding to basketball, beach volleyball to football. But it is in the areas of tennis, golf and water sports that Marbella excels. There are over 70 golf courses in the region. The Manolo Santana Racquets Club or the Puente Romano Tennis Club offer great facilities and, in terms of water sports, the choices are legion – from surfing, kite surfing and windsurfing, to fishing, swimming and sailing.
Nature lovers can enjoy the great outdoors in the mountainous regions of the Sierra Blanca. Thrill seekers can challenge themselves kite boarding or skiing (in the winter). Speed lovers should take a look at The Ascari Race Resort, which is situated about 68km from Marbella and is known to be Spain’s longest race track, which offers first-class facilities for those wanting to either race their own vehicle or to rent one.
Sitting neatly between the two main airports of southern Spain (Malaga international airport and Gibraltar), Marbella is well connected to every major city in Europe.
There is a heliport next to the Manolo Santana Tennis Club.
Marbella has well-maintained roads and the A7 motorway and the AP-7 toll road provide easy access along the coast and inland.
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