10 Reasons to Live in Marbella


Living in Marbella, a jewel nestled on Spain’s sun-drenched Costa del Sol, means basking in a lifestyle drenched in luxury, rich history and natural beauty. With its picturesque surroundings and high-quality lifestyle, Marbella has long been a favoured destination for expats from around the world. In this blog post, we explore 10 compelling reasons to make Marbella your home.

Girl hat and swimming pool

Article by Anastasia Sukhanov

1-Enviable Climate

Marbella boasts over 320 days of sunshine each year, with an average temperature hovering around 19°C (66°F). Not only does this perfect climate allow for year-round outdoor activities but it allows you to live outdoors – in the garden, on the terrace – all year. This kind of lifestyle is good for your health – see “Life in Marbella is good for your health”

Marbella’s blue skies and the Statue of Victory (by Zurab Tsereteli), Av. de las Naciones Unidas, Puerto Banús
Marbella’s blue skies and the Statue of Victory (by Zurab Tsereteli), Av. de las Naciones Unidas, Puerto Banús

2-Beautiful Beaches

Marbella is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Spain. The coast stretches over 27 km, offering golden sands and crystal-clear waters, with the enchanting backdrop of the Sierra Blanca mountains. These beaches provide a picturesque setting for a leisurely day under the sun. See Marbella’s Top 5 beaches” to see where the sun-kissed, beautiful bodies hang out.

Old wooden boat on beach in Marbella

3-Luxurious Lifestyle

Marbella is synonymous with luxury. From high-end shopping destinations such as Puerto Banús to the opulent villas and apartments, the city offers a glamorous lifestyle like no other. Exclusive clubs, bars and Michelin-star restaurants are scattered across the city, providing ample opportunities for indulgence. In fact, Marbella has more Ferraris & Lamborghinis per square kilometre than anywhere else in the world. To find out what designer labels line the streets of Puerto Banús and Marbella see Living the Luxe Life in Marbella”

Puerto Banus

4-Rich Cultural Heritage

Despite its modern, luxurious appeal, Marbella has a rich cultural heritage that can be seen in its well-preserved old town, with its narrow cobblestone streets and historic buildings. The Plaza de los Naranjos, with its vibrant orange trees and Renaissance architecture, is a testament to the city’s deep-rooted history.

Ana Maria Tablao Flamenco in Marbella's historic old town
Ana Maria Tablao Flamenco in Marbella's historic old town — where tradition meets modernity

5-World-Class Golf Courses

For golf enthusiasts, Marbella is a paradise with over 70 golf courses in the region. The city hosts prestigious golf tournaments, offering world-class facilities that cater to all skill levels, surrounded by stunning vistas that make for a delightful golfing experience. Where to swing your clubs? See “7 Exclusive Golf Courses around Marbella”

Golf green by the sea in Guadalmina Marbella
Costa del Sol – Costa del Golf! Enough said, really

6-High Quality of Life

The city offers a high standard of living with excellent healthcare facilities, international schools, and a robust infrastructure. Marbella takes pride in its clean and safe environment; in fact, according to a 2021 report by the local government, the crime rate in the city was one of the lowest in the region, marking it as a safe haven for residents and tourists alike. Moreover, the city’s continuous efforts in urban development and cleanliness initiatives have fostered a pristine and vibrant living space, making it a wonderful place to raise a family. For more on Marbella’s excellent healthcare options see “Healthcare on the Costa del Sol: The Best in the World on Your Doorstep

Families on the beach in Marbella
Experience unparalleled peace of mind in Marbella

7-Spectacular Natural Beauty

The geographical diversity of Marbella offers a feast for the eyes. From the Sierra Blanca mountains to the lush green forests and the mesmerizing Mediterranean Sea, the city presents an incredible array of natural beauty. Nature lovers can find plenty of trails and parks for hiking, cycling, and simply soaking in the breathtaking surroundings.

Stunning view of mountain and lake
Marbella, where every view is a masterpiece

8-Thriving Expat Community

Marbella has a flourishing expat community, which has created a diverse and cosmopolitan atmosphere in the city. This community offers a sense of belonging and a ready-made network of friends from all over the world.

Dining alfresco with friends
Find your tribe in Marbella's vibrant expat community, where friendships span continents

9-Fantastic Dining Scene

Marbella is a culinary paradise! Food enthusiasts will fall in love with Marbella’s dining scene, which offers a delightful mix of traditional Spanish cuisine and international dishes. From tapas bars to Michellin Star restaurants, the city caters to every palate, offering an extensive range of culinary delights to explore. To read more on Marbella’s best restaurants see “Marbella’s Michelin stars”

Lunch on the beach
Lunch on the beach is always a good choice in Marbella

10-Proximity to other Andalusian Gems

Living in Marbella also gives you the strategic advantage of proximity to other enchanting cities in Andalusia. Historic cities like Granada, Seville, Málaga and the so-called “pueblos blancos” are just a short drive away, offering endless opportunities for weekend getaways and day trips to explore the rich culture and history of the region. For ideas of where to visit close by see: “Paradise destinations on our doorstep”

Explore the stunning vistas of Ronda
Explore the stunning vistas of nearby Ronda, just a short (but spectacular!) drive from Marbella

Marbella offers more than just a beautiful location; it offers a lifestyle that is rich in cultural experiences, recreational opportunities, and natural beauty. Whether you’re a fan of historic architecture, a nature enthusiast, a gourmet food lover, or someone who simply enjoys basking in the sun on a beautiful beach, Marbella has something for everyone. It’s a place where the finer things in life aren’t just within reach, but all around you. Marbella is a place where happiness is not just a state of being, but a way of life.

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