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On the elegant southern coast of Spain, vacationers flock to the sun-drenched Andalusian port of Marbella year-round, thanks to its inviting weather and well-groomed beaches. Spend an evening strolling through the Old Quarter, marked by ancient Moorish ruins, cobblestone streets, and charming plazas housing fine restaurants and boutiques. Marbella’s claim to fame is its beaches: El Fuerte and La Fontanilla are the two most popular. The sleepy town is also an excellent jumping-off point for outdoor recreation, such as canyoneering, rappelling, and ATV tours, in the Sierra Blanca foothills.
Hikers who make it to the top of this nearly 4,000-foot summit will be rewarded with panoramic views of Marbella and the Mediterranean.
This 18th-century park sits between Marbella’s Old Quarter and the sea; its main draw is the large Virgen del Rocio ceramic fountain bubbling in the park’s center.
Grab a table and linger over drinks beneath a canopy of leafy orange trees in this Old Quarter plaza, whose name translates to "Court of the Orange Trees."
Near a peaceful marina between Marbella and Benalmádena, the beach at Puerto Cabopino continues to receive upgrades. Natural, protected dunes and clear water make for a family-friendly outing.
The Costa del Sol area prides itself on its preservation of a historic legacy. Also known as Casco Antiguo, the Old Quarter spans narrow streets and small plazas that enclose authentic cafes and family-owned restaurants.
The bustling port known as Puerto Banús is located in a marina in Nueva Andalucía and known for its nightlife. Bars and restaurants line the coast and lavish beach parties and live music are commonplace.
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On the far south coast of the Iberian Coast, Gibraltar holds a place in history, believed to be one of the last places that Neanderthals lived. Later a Crown colony under British rule, the area begs to be explored and is a 43-minute drive from the hotel.
If you decide against a rental car, satisfy your wanderlust by train. The Málaga rail terminus runs 12 high-speed trains daily from Madrid. The trip ranges from two to three hours in length and trains to Seville and Barcelona are also available.
Along the water, you'll come across small restaurants called chiringuitos. Local specialties include sardines, Spanish omelets and fresh tortillas. For your convenience, some even rent beach chairs, umbrellas and paddleboards for the nearby beach.
For artisan wares, make your way to the flea market on Avenida Manolete. Situated near the bullring of Puerto Banús, more than 120 stalls are open for business every Saturday morning and great deals can be found on finer items such as leather goods and jewelry.
The weather in Costa del Sol is best described as mild, with locals sporting shorts even in the winter months. Autumn and spring have light winds but the area enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine annually. An ideal month for swimming in the sea is August, when the average temperature near the shore is a warm 73 degrees.