Explore and enjoy Marbella and Puerto Banus
El Presidente is extremely fortunate to offer a tranquil and beautiful beach-side environment for its visitors with many excellent restaurants and an ALDI within walking distance, yet the vibrant lifestyle of Puerto Banus and San Pedro de Alcántára are only a short 5 minute drive away. Just over 5 minutes further away is Marbella with its lovely promenade and beach (Estepona is also about 10 minutes from El Presidente).
Once it was just a fishing village but now Marbella is known as “the Pearl of the Costa del Sol” with its cosmopolitan population, international visitors and reputation for being one of the Coast's most aristocratic resorts.
Here you have the beautiful Casco Antiguo (old town) of Marbella with the Plaza de Naranjos (Orange Square, shown below) at its centre. Narrow white-washed pedestrianized streets feed off from it, bedecked with colourful and fragrant flowers, offering a wonderful chance to explore the hidden delights of Marbella as you come upon attractive courtyards, the walls of the old Moorish castle and beautiful churches set in picturesque squares. Also along these narrow lanes in Marbella's “Casco Antiguo” are numerous shops offering artisan gifts, designer clothes and so much more for both
tourists and the local people of Marbella. Then, when you feel the need to relax, you can choose from one of the old town's many outdoor restaurants, shady cafés or tapas bars for a reviving drink, tasty snack or freshly prepared meal.
Adjacent to Marbella's old town is the newer commercial area with the main thoroughfare of the Avda. Ricardo Soriano containing many internationally known shops, as well as branches of all the major banks. Larger shopping centres, such as La Cañada, with even more retail shops, are to be found just outside of Marbella and in Puerto Banus.
There are also a number of beautiful and tree lined parks, such as the Parque de Constitución, where outdoor summer concerts and children's theatrical productions are put on.
Indeed because of the nearby mountains that protect Marbella from the cold winds of the north, we are able to benefit from a a very special micro-climate that gives us milder winters and slightly cooler summer nights than Malaga and the rest of the Costa del Sol receive. Consequently we are able to enjoy the out-door life of Marbella throughout the year without suffering from either the freezing cold or sweltering and unbearable heat experienced elsewhere in Europe! This is definitely a major advantage!!
The beaches of Marbella and Estepona are great places to relax and the sea is safe to swim in. There is also a palm fringed, marble promenade that stretches from Marbella to Puerto Banus and along which there are numerous restaurants, bars and pavement cafes, many which offer very good food at reasonable prices and from where you can soak up the local atmosphere of Marbella.
Puerto Banus itself has enjoyed the reputation as the playground of the rich and there are certainly many sleek, beautiful and extremely expensive yachts moored along the quay side. There are also numerous restaurants and designer shops around the marina along with bars and night clubs, most of which do not really get busy until the early hours of the morning then continuing through to dawn, especially during the summer months. Two bars, Salduba and Sinatras, are particularly popular meeting points!
For those who would like to have a more active holiday, there are numerous options including hill walking and even skiing three hours away in the Sierra Nevada. There are of course also the large number of golf courses that offer a very high standard of greens for golfers.
Close by there are also the lovely towns of San Pedro and Estepona which benefit from still maintaining their special Spanish identity so that you can wander their lovely streets, many of which are pedestrianized and full of locals going about their normal lives and help you to feel as though you really are experiencing the wonderful Spanish culture and lifestyle.
TEN THINGS TO SEE AND DO WHEN YOU VISIT MARBELLA!
Explore the beautiful old town of Marbella and visit Puerto Banus market on a Saturday morning.
Visit at least one of the nearby white-walled towns such as Casares, or the lovely towns of Ronda and Mijas, or the fascinating and historic cities of Seville, Granada, Cordoba and Malaga.
Visit local attractions like Selwo Adventure Park, Selwo Marina, Fuengirola Zoo, Tivoli World or Mijas Aqua Park.
If you go to the beach, have lunch or dinner in a chiringuito (beach/bar restaurant) and choose from a vast selection of fresh seafood or a home-made paella to tuck in to.
Enjoy Puerto Banus's designer lifestyle, shopping and night life!
Join with the Marbella and Estepona locals when they come out for their morning churros and chocolate or for their early evening stroll along the promenade and watch the world go by from a nearby cafe or bar.
Visit different tapas bars to savour the wonderful tastes & flavours or go to a Churreria for churros and chocolate!
Take the small ferry boat that goes to and from the marinas in Marbella and Puerto Banus for spectacular views of the Coast.
Go on a Dolphin Safari and experience the dolphins at close hand.
Go for a walk or a drive in the beautiful surrounding countryside and have an incredibly good and cheap lunch in a local "Venta" (country restaurant), especially during the winter months.