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World-famous for its gardens and beaches, the jewel in the Costa del Sol's crown offers the visitor a most special panorama, a contrast of sea, mountains, village and cosmopolitan city, where fishermen rub shoulders with wealthy tourists in summer.

Marbella is unique. A sun drenched historic town, at the foot of Europe, it is blessed with a specially mild microclimate, thanks to the protection of the impressive Sierra Blanca mountain range, which rises majestically behind Marbella just one mile inland from the shore. Surrounded by luxuriant semitropical vegetation, bathed by the waters of the Mediterranean, cooled by sea and mountain breezes, Marbella has a very special feel.

A truly Andalucian town, Marbella has always succeeded in conquering its conquerors - Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Arabs. A few years ago, the first mosque to be built since the reconquest of Spain by the Catholic monarchs at the end of the 15th century, opened its doors to worshippers and visitors, a few miles from Marbella. This magnificent complex was built by H.M. King Fahd of Saudi Arabia .

Marbella is a wonderful blend of old and new, historic and modern. Its carefully conserved historic monuments include the beautiful 16th century parish church with its outstanding organ, built ten years ago by public subscription, its Moorish, whose walls border the eastern perimeter of the Old Town - itself a fascinating collection of old houses and quiet streets. Marbella's archaeological treasures and sites have been carefully catalogued, restored and protected.

The Museum of Engravings is the largest in Europe, whilst its Bonsai Museum is located nearby in the broad Represa stream bed, recently converted into a quiet and beautiful park. All Marbella's wide beaches fly the European Union blue flag there are national and international schools for students of all nations, and soon there will be a university.

The Exhibition and Conference Centre hosts dozens of events a year, there are hotels and restaurants, bars and discos for all tastes and pockets, a string of leisure ports, including the world famous Puerto Banus, and a full range of sports facilities, including numerous golf courses, water ski centres, tennis and health clubs.

Its musical life, both classical and pop, includes concerts and recitals by world famous artists. Lighter entertainment is also on offer - piano bars, karaoke bars, flamenco centres, and the like.

Tourist Oficce: Glorieta de la Fontanilla, s/n (952 771 442)
Málaga Train Station (RENFE): Information (902 240 202), Customer service (952 128 267)
Town Hall: 952 761 100 Radio-Taxi: 952
Local Police: 952 827 479/943/589; (092) Bus Station: 952 764 400
Health centre
Emergencies (24 hours): 952 826 596
Las Albarizas (952 829 129/952 820 100); Leganitos (952 829163)
Information: Las Albarizas (952 824 802); Leganitos (952 772 184); S. Pedro de Alcántara (952 787 700)
Casa de la Cultura: C/. Morena, s/n (S.P. Alcántara). Tel.: 952 786 968. In Marbella, Tel.: 952 774 638 Málaga Airport: 952 048 804/952 048 844
IBERIA: 952 136 166/952 136 167
Post Office: 952 772 898
Don Carlos: (5 star) Ctra. de Cadiz, Km. 192

Los Monteros
(5 star): Ctra. Cadiz Km.187

Melia Don Pepe
(5star): Jose Melia

Puente Romano
(5 star): Ctra. Cadiz, Km. 177,6

Andalucia Plaza
(4 star): Apdo. 21 Nueva Andalucia

Coral Beach
(4 star): Ctra. Cadiz Málaga, Km. 176

El Fuerte (4 star): Avda. el Fuerte s/n

Golf Hotel Guadalmina (4 star): Urbanización Guadalmina Baja

Marbella Club
(4 star): Boulevard Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe

Marbella Dinamar Club 24
(4 star): Ctra. Cadiz, Km.175

Rincon Andaluz
(4star): Ctra. Nacional Km. 173
Bonsai Marbella Museum: Av. Dr. Maiz Viñals, s/n (in Parque Arroyo de la Represa). Tel. 952 86 29 26. Open from Monday to Sunday from 10,00 to 13,30 hours and from 16,30 to 19,30 hours. Ticket: 400 ptas. Children: 200 ptas.

Museo del Grabado Español Contemporaneo: C/ Hospital Bazan s/n. Tel.: 952 82 50 35. Open from Tuesday to Friday (from 09,00 to 14,00 hours and from 18,00 to 21,00 hours) Ticket: 200 ptas. Pensioners and children under 14: free.

Galería municipal de arte: Plaza José Palomo, s/n. Open from 11,30 to 13,30 hours and from 18,00 a 21,00 hours.
Feria del Libro: Paseo de la Alameda. July 21st - August 20th.

Casino de Marbella.
Hotel Andalucía Plaza

Auditorio del parque de la Constitución

Cabalgata de Reyes: January 5th

Carnival: February

Colonia del Angel: End of September

Subida a la Cruz de Juanar: May 3th

Virgen del Carmen: July 6th

El Tostón: November 1th

San Juan: June

Procesiones y pasos: Semana Santa

Feria de San Bernabé (Patrón): Second or third week of

Feria de San Pedro: October

Fiestas: October
12th and August

Bull fighting: September