Marbella has a reputation for being one of the most up-market of the Costa del Sol’s resorts.
Stylish shops, wide streets, tree-lined gardens and an enviable, 17-mile each, plus chic bars and restaurants, make it a mecca, not just for the rich and famous.
We last visited 20-odd years ago. Then, our children were keen to visit the beach. No time for the town then.
Now, we enjoyed a morning stroll along the prom under a cloudless sky and a warming breeze.
We wandered along the beaches of El Fuerte and Fontanilla and visited the marina with mooring for several hundred boats.
However, we made time to explore away from the sea and we found that Marbella has a historic side.
In fact, it goes back 1,600 years. We took advice and had coffee in the bustling Plaza de los Naranjos (Square of the Orange Trees).
Our table at the busy Café Bar Central was just outside the 16-century façade of the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) and we got chatting to a British women who was applying for Spanish citizenship.
Sitting there watching the world go by with the sun beating down one can see why.
Then, we wandered through the maze of narrow streets where the whitewashed walls are decorated with colourful baskets – mostly blue – and flowers packed with geraniums.
The area surrounding houses an impressive mix of shops, galleries and tempting restaurants.
Uphill lies the crumbling walls of the Moorish Castillo and elsewhere the Museo del Grabado Espanol Contemporaneo, housed in an old hospital, contains works by Picasso and Miro.
Historical connections outside Marbella include Roman mosaics and The Cellars, the ruins of Roman Baths.
Marbella’s popularity has meant some high-rollers have moved to Puerto Banus.
Luxury yachts line the quayside and expensive restaurants and chic shops are on site to cater.
For us, it was back to our underground car park via a handily-placed supermarket and a short drive home to our holiday home in Cabopino, a pleasant resort featuring a seemingly-endless beach.