Experience the down-to-earth side of the city with a visit to exquisite “Orange Square,” where historical buildings, little boutiques, art galleries, pubs and bistros dot the streets, and are full of activity from dawn to dusk. A jaunt down any of the city’s surrounding narrow streets of intermingled homes and shops will keep any visitor busy, where plenty of authentic restaurants offer a varied seafood, paella and tapas selection to cure any appetite.
Stroll towards the sea on the Avenida del Mar, an incredible coastal promenade that features upscale restaurants, magnificent landscaping, and truly captures the simplistic elegance that Marbella represents. Puerto Banus, west of the town, offers yachtside pampering and a slightly more commercial feel with renowned fashion houses and designer boutiques, a casino, marine observatory, cinema, bustling nightlife and much more.
Marbella is close by to major cities and legendary cultural centres: Malaga, Granada, Seville and via the port of Algeciras almost borders with Africa.
The town of Marbella enjoys a comprehensive communication network, not only by road (Granada, Cordoba, Cadiz y Seville are just an hour and a half distance using the highway), but also by plane (Malaga's airport is only half an hour away from Marbella) or boat, thanks to its renowned yacht clubs.
The Spanish Costa del has Europe’s most favorable climate with 320 days of sun and temperatures ranging from 16 to 30 degrees Celsius (61 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit) all year. The average temperature is 19º C (66 ºF) and there are fewer than 50 days of rain. First rains are late September or early October, lasting for a day or two of heavy showers. Daily highs about 20º C (68º F) and nightly lows rarely much below 10º C (50º F). Sunbathing is possible almost every day from June to September when there is virtually no rain, and daily highs reach about 35º C (95º F) with nightly lows 15º C (59º F).
Marbella county covers a total area of 114.3 sq km and 26 km along the coast. It comprises several important urban sites: Marbella, San Pedro de Alcántara, Puerto Banús, Nueva Andalucia and Las Chapas, as well as several suburbs. According to 2006 data, the total of Marbellla population is 125.519. Men 61.889 and Women 63.620.
Fauna and Flora
The land is rich in cork oaks, oaks, pines, fig trees, chestnuts, carob trees and, of course, olive trees. It is not that abundant in its fauna, although Hispanic goats, foxes, rabbits and Mediterranean partridges can be found. Unsimilarly, the sea offers a wide variety of species, such as sardines, hinds, porgies, saurels, red mullets, as well as mussels, clams, etc.
Water courses run mainly short distances and flow straight into the Mediterranean sea. The most important ones are the Guadalmina, Gaidaiza, Verde y Real. There are also lots of little streams that have been sometimes grounded by the town. The Concepción reservoir (able to hold approximately 56 hm3), and several other dams (Pantano Nuevo, Viejo y Medranas) complete the hydrographic scenario.
Marbella lies at 36º 30' 34'' latitude North and 1º 11' 46'' longitude West. It is approximately 22 m high above sea leve
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