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Information about Marbella
- Marbella Promenade
- Population of 138,000
- Located in the southern Spanish province of Malaga (Andalusia).
- Malaga International airport is just 30 km away.
- This Mediterranean coast city enjoys hot summers and mild winters.
Marbella, situated between Malaga and the Straight of Gibraltar, is in the foothills of the Sierra Blanca. As the highlight of Costa del Sol, Marbella boasts some of Europe's most spectacular beaches, and a thriving tourism industry. Marbella also features scenic gardens, parks and golf courses along with the historic Casco Antiguo, the city's quaint old quarter. All of this, plus the city's rich archeological traditions, famous nightlife, and wide variety of cultural events and museums, help make Marbella a stimulating yet relaxing destination for studying Spanish.
Marbella's sunny climate helps make it a popular destination for holiday makers. Thanks to the city's location and surrounding mountains, the weather here remains mild over the entire year, which means there are no stifling hot summers or dreadfully chilly winters, and sunbathing season stretches from June to September! The tourism infrastructure of the city means it's well equipped for shopping, eating out and has a very vibrant nightlife. Golfing and sailing both are popular here, and Marbella hosts a tennis tournament for the WTA.
Thanks to its coastal location, Marbella boasts delicious cuisine, full of seafood and Mediterranean vegetables. The quality of life here makes it a great place to study Spanish; the gorgeous beaches, world-class leisure and sporting activities as well as the friendly locals promise to offer a memorable study experience. Furthermore, its close proximity to many other prominent Andalusian cities allows you to see more of Spain without travelling too far. As Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, the museum there is very informative on his life and works, or why not travel to Cordoba, where the stunning Mezquita (Mosque) is in the beautiful Moorish architectural style. Granada and Sevilla are also close, and are both culturally significant cities.
Despite its urbanisation, Marbella is still home to a wide range of flora and fauna. There is evidence of a Roman settlement here before the Moors made their mark on the region, and Marbella has been officially part of the Kingdom of Castille since 1485. Iglesia del Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz (Church of the Holy Christ of the True Cross) and Ermita del Calvario (Calvary Chapel) are beautiful examples of the Catholic presence in Spain, although the city has many things worth visiting. Gardens are a plenty, with fountains and even a collection of ten sculptures by Salvador Dali on the Avenida del Mar to enjoy. Marbella truly has something for everyone.