Located on the southern tip of Spain and facing North Africa, Marbella is a popular destination for both temporary residents and tourists.
With a year-round climate of over 300 days of sunshine a year, strong infrastructure, countless golf courses and a lifestyle that is difficult to match, as well as being only a couple of hours flight time from most European capitals one can understand why.
The Summertime used to be the most popular for tourism and holiday rentals however, over the years, the market has expanded into the other seasons, while catering to a large variety of renter tastes and needs .;
In fact many people now choose to pass their summers in the North of Europe when the temperatures in Spain can be too hot and spend the winters in the milder climate of Southern Europe.
Many of these are retired people who, of independent means, do not want to pass up on the opportunity to leave the cold, gray winters behind.
In fact Marbella's popularity stems from its year-round offerings. Not only does it boast excellent weather, but it also offers a lively social scene and nightlife, fine dining, spas and fantastic shopping centers.
The leisure port of Puerto Banus is well-known for its elegant shops and restaurants, as well as an array of stunning boats moored in the harbor and is probably the most famous of all ports in the south of Spain.
Marbella's great location on the tip of Southern Spain also gives visitors the opportunity to visit the inland areas with their blamed white villages of Andalucia.
Apartment rentals rather than villa rentals tend to be very popular with retirees, who prefer to look for a comfortable apartments, with a good-sized terrace that gets plenty of sun, but that be easily locked up.
During the cooler months of the year, Marbella is a hot spot for golfers with countless golf courses to choose from. Not only do the 'stay-and-players' take advantage of the many beautiful golf courses but avid golfers will often steal away for a week of relaxing with their favorite sport.
Demand for villas increases greatly during the traditional summer holiday months. Many larger families choose a villa over a typical apartment as this allows them to entertain in-house and room for the children to play outdoors.
Regardless of which type of holiday rental they choose, more and better amenities are available today than there were a few short years ago, such as satellite television and high-speed internet.
People do visit Marbella for other reasons, like visiting friends and / or family who live there, attending specific events such as trade shows or tournaments, having hen or stag parties, celebrating anniversaries, birthdays and weddings, or to attend one of the many annual cultural events held there.
Some come just to get away from work for a few days and get some rest and relaxation. No matter if the group is small or large, young or old, Marbella offers a vast choice of holiday rental properties in stunning locations and something for everyone!