Marbella in Southern Spain on the Costa del Sol has that very famous and so apt motto "A Way of Life" and, undoubtedly that does convey in many ways the effervescent spirit of this outstanding luxurious coastal resort.
Here in one can find entertainment and the arts for all varied tastes.
There are many art and fashion shows held for leading and exclusive brands.
Southern Spain still remains a favorite destination for many and has much going for it.
Yet again this select part of the Costa del Sol and its environs are becoming a desired location with the famous and those who enjoy the best in life.
In the old town there is the famous Orange Square, or "La Plaza de los Naranjos" it is a lovely old square and really worth a visit. Here one can see man interesting buildings, bars, restaurants, shops of all kinds including outstanding art galleries. Many outstanding fashion shops and fashion houses can also be found in here. New Restaurants are opening and in the Orange Square are many famous ones. One new Restaurant which has a south american them is La Musa. Well worth a visit it opened on the 4th September 2009 and is a great place to go.
One should have a very good look round and make the time to visit all the surrounding narrow streets where peoples homes and shops just seem to merge to create a small village atmosphere reminiscent of the famous Brighton Lanes in England instead of a very busy town.
From this square it is a very short stroll to the sea front where there are also many pleasant restaurants.
The Marina and Port is now often a host to many top line cruise ships.
The views that one can find in here are outstanding in that you can have mountain views (of the La Concha Mountain) and able to see the Atlas Mountains in Morroco and of course Gibraltar.
La Concha is that very striking mountain that sits behind the town and its image changes quite strikingly depending on where you are viewing it from. It rises in height over 1,200 meters so is quite a height by any standards.
La Concha in Spanish translates as the "The Shell" La Concha sits firmly and squarely at the end of the Sierra Blanca range.
Not far away is the equally famous resort and Marina of Puerto Banus or give it its original name Puerto Jose Banus. Another stunning location packed full of interesting bars and restaurants.
As always there are new restaurants opening and now we have Novellis at the Lorcimar Hotel (soon to change its name to Sisu Boutique Hotel) in Banus.
I have met Jean Christope Novelli and have had the fantastic pleasure of attending one of his workshops in Spain.
He is an outstanding chef and a real master of his art.
Not far away in Benahavis La Cocina has recently opened and it is well worth a visit.
So this is an ever changing and growing area as I said "It is A Way of Life".