The tour bus makes a stop at Marbella, the most famous resort on the Costa del Sol. Since the early 1950s, this town has become the fashionable resort of Europe, with its magnificent 5-star hotels, yacht clubs, golf courses, gourmet restaurants and lavish villas. World celebrities, Arabian sheikhs and multimillionaires not only choose Marbella for their holidays, but also for their permanent residence. The yacht port of Puerto Banus is just 7km away, containing numerous restaurants, cafés and boutiques.
In stark contrast to the pompous attributes of a luxury resort, Marbella's picturesque old town is a beautiful backdrop. Narrow, flower-drenched streets lead out into small squares filled with palm and orange trees. Small churches and chapels, cobbled streets, the walls of an ancient Arab fortress and ancient fountains convey the special atmosphere of a typical Andalusian town. Walk through a small botanical garden with tropical trees, a fountain and ceramic benches and you come to the Avenida del Mar with a gallery of sculptures by the great Spanish master Salvador Dali.