With the latest government announcements in Spain announcing a possible easing of lockdown restrictions starting on the 2nd May, there is light at the end of the tunnel for holidaymakers who want to book a family holiday in Marbella in 2020 or 2021.
Once the airlines start flying into Malaga again and borders are open, what better way to shake off the lockdown blues than by booking a luxurious Marbella villa for a family holiday, wedding or event?
With mild year-round temperatures and plenty of sunshine, Marbella is a popular destination for holidaymakers who want to experience the beautiful beaches, award-winning nightlife and stylish restaurants along the Costa del Sol – perfect for soaking up the sun, partying or spending quality time with the family.
We take a look at some of Marbella’s claims to fame:
Marbella’s first real wealth came from iron, not fishing, when the smelting furnaces produced wine barrel bands and employed thousands of local people
Marbella sells almost just under 30% of all luxury goods in Spain, second only to Barcelona
The Moors controlled Marbella from 771AD and gave the town the name of Marbilha
The Arabic Castle, the towers and city walls were built during the 9th and 10th century
At the beginning of the 1950s, Alfonso von Hohenlohe bought extensive estates and Marbella changed from an industrial town to a holiday and tourist resort
The prestigious Marbella Club Hotel opened in 1954 and attracted wealthy guests and aristocrats from all over the world
Marbella is twinned with Miami Beach in Florida, Punta del Este in Uruguay, and Doha in Qatar
Marbella is now home to inhabitants from 137 different countries
The first Roman villa in Marbella, near Puerto Banus dates back almost 2,000 years to 200 AD and the mosaics are still visible
Marbella has 16 golf courses and the Costa del Sol boasts over 70 in total
The old castle walls in Marbella old town once enclosed 90,000m2
As one of the greenest cities in Europe, Marbella is home to several parks, including the Alameda, Parque de Constituccion and the Parque del Sol
The Avenida del Mar, leading down to the sea boasts 12 bronze statues by Salvador Dali, which include mythological creatures and shells
The Marbella region is home to four harbours including Puerto Bajadilla (more commonly known as the fisherman’s port) and Puerto Deportivo in Marbella town, Puerto Cabopino, and Puerto Banus
Marbella wedding villas are among the most popular types of accommodation for couples wanting to ‘tie the knot’ in Europe
Real estate for sale on the Golden Mile, between Marbella and Puerto Banus is among the most prestigious and sought after in Spai
The late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia had a fully-staffed compound on the Golden Mile, complete with private clinic and mosque, where he spent most summers. His house, Mar-Mar was modelled on the White House and during visits to the Costa del Sol, the Saudi leader brought an entourage of 3,000 people, 500 cars and rented 300 hotel rooms in Marbella
Why not book a luxurious Marbella villa for a family holiday, where you can soak up the sun, reconnect with the family after a difficult few months of lockdown or party with friends for a week or two in glorious sunshine?