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Originally a small village with just around 900 inhabitants, the city of Marbella grew rapidly with the development of luxurious resorts and villas along the golden coastline. Visitors will find a city where a wide range of activities, sights and tastes are available around every corner. From the narrow streets of the romantic Old Town to the long stretches of sandy beaches, lined with palm trees, running along the western part of the city, Marbella has something for everyone. Sun-lovers can relax on one of Marbella’s stunning beaches, such as Guadalmina, Nikki and El Faro. Take a dip in the azure water or have a go at some water sports activities like jet-skiing and flyboarding. Head west of Marbella for a stroll along the promenade of Puerto Banus. Among the opulent boutiques and the armada of luxury cars, you’ll find a three-tonne green rhinoceros-sculpture made by Salvador Dalí. Further paintings by the famous surrealist can be found at the nearby Ralli Museum, which also holds enough artworks by other master artists to satisfy even the strongest passion for art. On your way back to the city centre, stop by the Bonsai Museum, for a green breathing-space that will feel like you’ve been immediately transported to Japan. As the afternoon drifts seamlessly into the early hours of the evening, make your way through the labyrinthine paths of the Old Town until you reach Plaza de los Naranjos. Here you can enjoy a refreshing aperitif, before seeking out the perfect restaurant for a delicious Spanish meal amongst the locals. Seafood tops the list of things to try here. Sample a bit of salted cod, known as bacalao, or try lots of different delicacies through traditional Spanish tapas. As the evening grows more mature, stroll along the seafront and watch the darkness descend over the horizon, behind the romantic Ladrones Tower.

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