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Whilst most of Europe shivered, relaxing on the beach next to El Presidente this February, we have been enjoying temperatures of 23C! 

Our local beach in February, just a few minutes walk away from our apartments 
The wonderful views to Gibraltar and North Africa
These photos were taken on our local beach in February 2019 and that is just a few minutes walk from our wonderful apartments in El Presidente.  
Although warm sunshine and cloudless blue skies of course cannot always be guaranteed during our winters here on the Costa del Sol, we have been enjoying weeks of tremendous weather so far this year. As you can see here, there have been many people both from our next-door Marriott Playa Andaluza resort and us locals who have been lapping up the opportunity to go to the beach, stretch out, relax and enjoy the spectacular views across the Mediterranean to Gibraltar and the coast of North Africa whilst feeling the pleasant warmth of the winter sun on our bones! 
How was the weather in the first week of December where you live? Here in Marbella, the sun was shining, the skies were a gorgeous clear blue and we could see all the way to the coast of Africa, the Spanish enclave of Ceuta and Gibraltar too. Shirtsleeves and even shorts were in evidence as many people, locals and visitors alike, enjoyed the re-energising warmth of the sun as they strolled along the beautiful promenade with their family and friends. With the temperature in the low 20s Centigrade, this was close-to-perfect outdoor living. Leisurely walking or more active skating & cycling, chatting and laughing with those who are close to them, dining and drinking, perusing the many local shops or just chilling on the beach! 

Marbella's wide promenade and its lovely sandy beach are a wonderful place to be at any time of the year. December however is particularly special as hopefully these photos will show! 

Marbella promenade - December 2018 
Marbella promenade - December 2018 
Marbella beach and its beautiful promenade in December are a wonderful place to be any day of the week, but especially at the weekends when the locals join the visitors to stroll along the seafront to enjoy the spectacular views, the normally fantastic weather (it was 24C when these photos were taken!) and the fabulous bars and restaurants. One of our favorite places to go to is the "La Red" restaurant that is just below the promenade and on the beach. 
Open throughout most of the year, with evenings in the summer too, La Red, has a wide range of tasty dishes and drinks to tempt most palates, is great for families and couples and has great service too! 

Below are some photos of the very popular La Red Restaurant on the beach, next to the Marbella promenade. It is just a over a ten minute drive from our luxury apartments in El Presidente. 

A fabulous location to dine and relax! 
Marbella Restaurants: La Red 
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The interior dining looking out to the beach tables Marbella Restaurants: La Red 
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Follow our steps to choosing your fabulous holiday location 
21 years ago we were looking to buy a holiday apartment close to Marbella on the Costa del Sol and the steps that we took in making our final choice will hopefully help you too, especially as so many of our key determinants are likely to be very similar to those that you have for your holiday rental apartment.  
These are some of the reasons why we chose El Presidente
Location - close proximity to Marbella, San Pedro, Puerto Banus and Estepona, the beach, great restaurants, bars, supermarkets, local attractions and transportation; 
Accommodation - spaciousness, modern refurbished bathrooms and kitchen, views, quality; 
Facilities - internal: satellite television and internet, well-equipped kitchen; external: swimming pools including one that is heated in the winter. tennis and panel courts, lush colourful gardens, fountains and water gardens; 
Atmosphere - tranquil, secure, select, elegant, family friendly; 
 

As well as the regular and very popular Saturday morning general market in Puerto Banus, close to the old Bull Ring, there is also the lovely Artisan Summer Market that is open every evening from the end of June through to the end of August. Located on the large Plaza Antonio Banderas, the tented village is a great place to wander round with all of the family on warm summer evenings, soaking up the relaxed atmosphere amongst the numerous craft stalls, cascading fountains, street entertainment, outdoor arcade and nearby bars and restaurants. 

Just a few minutes walk from our apartments in El Presidente, is the lovely Casa Juan: Steak “N” Rib restaurant in El Paraíso. For over 30 years its owner, Juan, has been warmly welcoming guests and inviting them to enjoy freshly prepared food in the the cosy interior or the beautiful rear garden for dining beneath the stars! 
The entrance to Casa Juan 
During the summer months, the delightful garden is also open for diners 
Just over a 10 minute drive from us here in El Presidente is Marbella’s lovely sandy beach and its adjoining elegant promenade, freshly prepared for the summer season. 
As well as looking stunning during the daytime, at night the beautiful Main Pool in El Presidente shines brightly with its gorgeous feature lighting and wonderful reflections. 
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Once again El Presidente has one of the best swimming pools in the Marbella and Estepona areas, completely refurbished to an extremely high standard and open for everyone here to enjoy. 
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Daytime festivities for the 2018 Marbella Feria are centred around the Paseo de la Alameda and the Avenida del Mar, just opposite Marbella Old Town (Casco Antiguo) where more than 20 bars are set up offering incredible freshly prepared food throughout every afternoon. 
The entrance to Alameda Park 
The bars offer wonderful freshly prepared food. 
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