Once the monopoly of the rich and famous, you now don’t have to be Johnny Depp or Angela Jolie to afford holidays to Marbella. Blessed with over 20km of film-set-perfect beaches and an Old Town that’s full of old-school charm, there’s plenty to see and do. It has also become something of a hotspot for food lovers, with some outstanding, world-class restaurants lining its beachfront and streets. Shoppers can flex their bargain-hunting muscles in the shops in Puerto Banus, which also happens to be where you’re likely to spot the odd celebrity or two. With gleaming, white villas cascading down the hills to meet the yacht-filled marina, Marbella looks straight out of a James Bond film and makes the ideal escape for couples or families looking to enjoy a slice of the high life.

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With over 20km of coastline, divided into white-sand beaches, holidays to Marbella are perfect for sun-seekers. Lined with classy, buzzing bars and a beautiful seafront promenade, you can stroll along the Pasea Maritimo or head deep into the cobbled streets of the old town, filled with cosmopolitan pavement cafés, upmarket shops and Mediterranean restaurants. Fans of the five-iron are minutes away from spending days on the green, with the outskirts boasting some of the best golf courses in the world. Many visitors come simply for the nightlife, which bursts into life after dark in the stylish marina and legendary Golden Mile.

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11°C - 29°C

If you’re looking to make the most of the Spanish sunshine, book your holiday between June and August, when the mercury creeps from the high twenties and into the early thirties.

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Approximately two and a half hours.

Flights land at Malaga Airport, which is around 40 minutes’ drive from the resort.