All around Europe there are pockets of luxury that are renowned across the world for their glitz and glamour. Resort towns such as Monaco, Ibiza, and the Italian Riviera are famous for drawing the rich and famous year after year to holiday in – and even relocate to –the area. Marbella is one such town, with a rich history of royal patrons and a star-studded fan base.

One of the aspects that make Marbella so special is its fabulous location. Sitting just three hours from the main cities of Europe by plane, it also offers one of the best year-round climates on the continent.

Marbella can  also boast beautiful, natural views – from seascapes to mountain vistas, as well as featuring lush, manicured golf courses. The Marbella lifestyle is equal to the Californian ideal, but with the additional richness of the European history, culture and diverse culinary offering.

For those looking for a property in or around Marbella, house hunters have the choice of beachfront villas, townhouses or apartments, or a home higher up in the valley areas, which make ideal family property locations. For those looking for a place close to Puerto Banús or downtown Marbella, there are an array of luxurious properties set right in the heart of Marbella’s nightlife.

Above all, what makes Marbella stand out is the sheer variety of lifestyle options available.  Though it’s known for it’s opulent villas, luxurious hotels, designer boutiques, sprawling golf courses and glamorous beach clubs, in reality, nature is never far away. There are plenty of hiking, biking and horse riding trails available, as well as a number of outdoor tennis clubs, squash courts and water sport outlets.

Marbella is also situated in a prime location for day trips to charming local villages, while beautiful nearby cities such as Seville, Cádiz, Jerez, Córdoba and Granada offer plenty by way of culture and history.

To complete the variety that makes Marbella so unique is that it lies within easy reach of the perfect surfing a skiing escapes. Tarifa is a surfer’s paradise set upon golden beaches just an hour’s drive away, while the Sierra Nevada offers the best ski facilities this side of the Pyrenees. It also boasts the longest winter sports season in Europe. Indeed, the fact that you could ski in the morning and enjoy lunch on the beach just about sums up the wide range of lifestyle options that Marbella has to offer.