43683059 Marbella with its benevolent climate, superb beaches, stunning properties, vast selection of fashionable restaurants and bars, chic nightclubs, charming Andalusian architecture, pretty ports and attractive landscape; it’s hard to decide where to go or what to see first. From sunset boat tours and off-road jeep adventures to glitzy nightlife and glamorous pool lounging, the variety of activities and sights on offer in Marbella is endless. We take a look at our favourite spots in and around the town: La Concha La Concha, the emblematic mountain that forms Marbella’s stunning backdrop, is the town’s most famous landmark. Standing 1,215m (3986 ft) high, the striking shell-shaped mountain can be seen from almost every spot in Marbella and is most often photographed from the seaside Paseo Marítimo taking in the beach and promenade. Another favourite shot is from the marina of Puerto Banús, featuring the boats and boutiques of the port in the forefront. Whilst La Concha is a beautiful sight to enjoy from all angles of Marbella it also makes a fabulous excursion, and climbing to its peak is a great day out (not to mention a fantastic work-out). The views from the top offer the most spectacular panoramas of Marbella, the whole coast as far as the eye can see, the Istán lake, Gibraltar and on a clear day…Africa. The old town or casco antiguo The pretty old town of Marbella is made up of quaint cobbled streets, old churches, charming little houses and traditional Andalusian buildings full of character, with original tiles, delightful courtyards, shuttered windows and blossoming bougainvilleas hanging from wrought iron balconies. The most visited spot in the old town is the lovely Plaza de los Naranjos or Orange Square, named so because of its abundance of orange trees. The square is situated in the heart of Marbella and is widely considered one of the most beautiful plazas on the Costa del Sol, featuring a plethora of tapas bars, cafés and restaurants with tables, chairs and parasols set out in the sunshine. Ideal to enjoy an authentic gambas pil-pil or a cup of hot chocolate with churros. The Paseo Marítimo Marbella paseo maritimoThe Paseo Marítimo is Marbella’s beautiful promenade, which runs from the old fishing port to the glitzy and glamorous marina of Puerto Banús along a stunning stretch of Marbella’s beaches. Home to some of the most exclusive and chic hotels, restaurants and beach clubs in the area, the world-famous Marbella Club Hotel as well as the renowned Puente Romano both line the paseo, with their pools, gardens and beach clubs offering some of the most stunning settings and most luxurious amenities in Marbella. Puerto Banús Marbella’s neighbouring marina, the glamorous Puerto Banús, is definitely a sight to behold. This fascinating port is home to some of the largest and most lavish yachts in the world, as well as the most luxurious boutiques. The bustling frontline area boasts outlets of Gucci, Chloe, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and Dolce & Gabbana amongst others, and offers trendy bars and cafés for morning coffee overlooking the harbour or evening cocktails in the thick of the party scene. Of course there are so many more sights to see, including Marbella’s sandy beaches and pretty coastland, the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, the Avenida del Mar, the surrounding countryside and the many picturesque mountain villages and pueblos blancos in the vicinity…but more on those next time!