Saturday, 22 December 2018

4 Things Brits Always Get Wrong About Marbella

It’s fair to say that when it comes to tourism, the UK and Spain have something of a love / hate relationship. Yet, the oft-held negative perception of Spain among many Brits have absolutely nothing to do with Spain. The trouble with many Spanish holiday resorts lies not in the resorts themselves but in the stereotypical behaviour of many of the Brits that venture there… And the willingness of British tourists to perpetuate those stereotypes.

When we think of resort towns like Ibiza, Majorca and Benidorm what’s the first image that springs to mind? High rise hotels? Tacky nightlife? Lobster red Brits wandering around in a state of perpetual outrage at the fact that not all Spaniards speak fluent English? While there’s certainly an element of that amongst all of the aforementioned towns, each has its own idiosyncratic charm and a whole lot to discover once you scratch the surface.

The same is true of beloved holiday destination Marbella. If you can muscle your way past your preconceptions, you’ll find that there’s a lot to love about this elegant, misunderstood and gorgeous resort that ranks as one of the best holiday destinations in Europe. Let’s take a look at some of the things that Brits invariably get wrong about Marbella…

The hotels are all high rise and low quality

Brits who perpetuate this stereotype should really do their homework. While there are certainly cheaper high rise hotels for tourists who have a limited budget to work with, there are also numerous luxurious accommodations to be found. There’s the 5 Star Don Pepe Melia Hotel for those hoping for an opulent and well-catered stay while those who prefer apartments to hotels will find no shortage of luxury apartments in Marbella. Whatever you’re looking for and whatever your budget, there’s an excellent chance that you can find good quality accommodation.  

The beaches are always crowded

Sure, some of them are. If you join the throning masses headed for the city’s largest and most popular beach Playa de la Fontanilla, you may struggle to find a spacious spot to put down your beach towel. Just wander a little off the beaten track, however, and you’ll find a wide selection of quieter beaches where you can sun yourself in more peaceful and tranquil surroundings. If you’re looking for class try the exclusive Playa de Nagueles but if it’s tranquility you’re after, head on over to the Playa de la Bajadilla.

There’s nothing to do in the old town

The old town is a picturesque and quaintly beautiful part of the city that’s well worth visiting for any tourist… And indeed many do wander over to the old barrio. However, after taking in the sights of the central square they quickly lose interest and move along. This is a great shame because there are so many winding alleys to get lost in, hidden tapas ars to tempt your taste buds and stunning vistas to be enjoyed in the Plaza de los Naranjos lines with beautiful orange trees.

It’s become saturated with British tourists

That could be said of virtually any location where tourists are known to amass… But in each of them there are hidden gems and quiet spots where you can get away from the herd. It’s simply a matter of taking the time to find them! ---------------------------------------------------- Have you ever been to Marbella? Mol xo This contains collaborative content


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