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Life in Marbella

Culture and Leisure

While its climate is what attracts most people to the area, Marbella is a place steeped in history. According to some historians, people have been settled in the region since the Phoenician era around 7th century BC. While little from that period has survived, there is evidence of Roman occupancy and many stunning buildings stemming from Islamic rule between the 8th and 11th centuries can still be seen.

Key historical attractions include the Moorish walls surrounding the Old Town, the 16th century Capilla de San Juan de Dios Church, and the Ermita del Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz chapel, which is more than 500 years old.

The so-called Golden Mile is perhaps Marbella’s most famous region. Running for four miles in the east of the city, the stretch is very upmarket and features luxurious hotels, designer boutiques and large residences, including a palace belonging to King Fahd of Saudi Arabia.

Festivals are big in the city, with the Marbella International Film Festival being held each June. A month later there is the annual Marbella Reggae Festival and in October there is a week-long celebration for the patron saint of San Pedro Alcantara.

Transportation in Marbella

Marbella is situated close to the Autovia A7 highway, giving it access to other towns and cities along Spain’s eastern coast. Bus services use the route to carry commuters between Marbella and neighboring destinations such as Malaga, Gibraltar and Torremolinos. Local buses are also available for those needing to travel from one part of Marbella to another.

The city does not have its own train station and those living in Marbella and looking to use the rail network to reach cities such as Barcelona and Madrid are currently required to first travel around 17 miles to Fuengirola. The airport serving the region is Malaga-Costa Del Sol, which is around 35 minutes away and can be reached by bus and taxi.

Marbella is also a major port and cruise liners regularly dock at both Puerto de la Bajadilla and Puerto Banús.

Safety and Security

While the region has often been d믭 ‘The Costa Del Crime’, Marbella is actually a very safe city. Much has been done to clean up its reputation since the 1980s with operations initiated to extradite criminals who had taken up residence locally after fleeing their home country.

Initiatives have also helped to lower the number of break-ins and thefts by around 18% since 2009. That being said, anywhere that boasts the wealth of Marbella is always going to attract those looking to make quick money through illicit means so expats living in Marbella are advised to think carefully about their personal safety as well as that of their residence. Local police can be called by dialing 092 and the Civil Guard can be contacted on 062.

Jun 15, 2024, 12:45 PM
8 attendees
A new way of looking at and practising golf. Have never played golf or it has been a very long time?No worries. During this event you will be guided in two ways. Please be on time, so we can start
Jun 16, 2024, 9:50 AM
14 attendees
This is a circular hike of 10.4km with 320m of climb starting in Benahavis. It follows the Guadalmina river, past the lake and then a steepish climb to the halfway point at a ruined farm with views ov
Jun 22, 2024, 1:30 PM
7 attendees
Golf ⛳ Tournament in June I invite avid golfers to test their skills at Santa Maria Golf ⛳. It's an ideal spot for gathering and enjoying some leisure time. Tee times are available from 14:00 to
Jun 28, 2024, 7:00 PM
29 attendees
Once again this year I am pleased to organize the event which according to many Internations members, is the most spectacular event in terms of food and venue at Lake Cancelada. Our member Bernard has

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