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Marbella Design Academy - Marbella arch
Marbella Design Academy - Marbella
Marbella Design Academy - Marbella

Marbella - Costa del Sol

Only 15km away from the Marbella Design Academy and the village of Monda.

Marbella is a city that is more popularly known as the Spanish Riviera, reserved for the jet set and famous, such as Antonio Banderas, Julio Iglesias, Bruce Willis, Huge Grant, Rod Stewart, Dolph Lundgren, Tom Jones, Joan Collins, Melanie Griffith, Tom Cruise, Kate Moss, Shakira, Putin and many more included the Obama family. However, Marbella is richer in culture and history than is commonly known to the average tourist.

In a short span of only 50 years, Marbella has been transformed from a small fishing and farming village into an international tourist destination boasting a uniquely mild climate, 11 golf courses, 26 kilometres of beautiful beaches, breath-taking mountain ranges, a large network of quality hotels, a fishing port, three marinas and top class eateries. What was once an ancient Moorish town is now an important commercial and tourist centre.

This luxurious resort town seems to have it all and is, once again, rising to the fore as a favourite location with the rich and famous, as well as more ordinary folk who are willing to pay just a little bit extra for southern Spain’s answer to St Tropez.

Back to Orange Square, or “La Plaza de los Naranjos”, as it is called in Spanish, expect to meet with stately buildings, small shops, art galleries, bars and bistros and is a hub of activity day and night. And, depending on the time of year, the colours here can be vibrant, with the trees and exotic tropical plants set against a backdrop of dazzling white buildings and a deep blue sky.

Be sure to explore the honeycomb of surrounding narrow streets where homes and shops intermingle to create the atmosphere of a small village, rather than a cosmopolitan town. There are numerous excellent restaurants to choose from, ranging from those specialising in the predictably pricey exclusive cordon bleu to the gritty individuality of a backstreet Spanish bar where the Serrano ham is gently cured by tobacco smoke and the tapas are both tasty and filling.

Back towards the coast is the La Alameda park where you can book your personal horse and carriage to travel in style or, if you prefer, stroll on towards the sea along the Avenida del Mar. This is arguably one of the most delightful promenades on the costa, flanked by classy restaurants and bars and mercifully free of concrete skyscrapers, glass bottom boat trips, imported shells and ‘I love You’ t-shirts that are fast becoming a stereotype for coastal resorts, whether they be in Pathos, Cyprus or Portimao, Portugal.

From Guadalmina to Cabopino, the Marbella coastline stretches along some 26 kilometres of sunny beaches bathed by the Mediterranean and where you can enjoy traditional fish and seafood favourites like sardines on a spit, fried fish and the incomparable paella. There are also two large parks in Marbella which provide some welcome shade to spend some time with a book. The amphitheatre at Constitution Park (once the garden of a private residence) is frequently used for concerts and plays in the summer.

Casinos, clubs and just about every sporting activity under the sun, few places can match Marbella for world class tennis, sailing and golf. There are also three pleasure craft harbours here.

The pricelevel is relatively higher in Marbella than in Monda.

We recommend all students to live in Monda and only have a short walk to the Academy. 80 % of our students live in Monda within easy reach of each other.