Marbella is the chicest resort on the Costa del Sol and has been a playground for the rich and famous ever since the 1950s, when the Rothschilds first arrived. Located between Malaga and Gibraltar, today the resort is where celebrities and Saudi emirs spend their summers and has lost none of its glitz and glam. The casco antiguo (Old Town) remains quaint and is still at the heart of the resort.
With its grand hotels, fine-dining restaurants and massive mansions, Marbella’s wealth is there for all to see. However, the spectacular backdrop, wonderful beaches and quaint Old town ensure there is more to the resort than just money. As early as 1954, the Marbella-Club Hotel opened its doors in the then village of Marbella. The late king of Saudi Arabia once spent 80 million euros on a summer holiday with 3,000 close friends in Marbella.