Location Information for Los Arqueros and Marbella

Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club

Our apartments are situated on the exclusive Los Arqueros Golf and Country club which boasts a championship 18 hole, par 72 golf course designed by Seve Ballesteros. Not just a golfers paradise, but an excellent location for families and groups alike.

The golf club house features a restaurant and bar, members lounge, tennis/paddle courts, gym, sauna, childrens play area, squash and a bowling green. There is also a cash machine at the club house. For piece of mind Los Arqueros has 24 hour security patrol.

Just down the hill from Los Arqueros is the small commercial area of Los Halcones which holds a convenience store, restaurants, bars, hairdressers, bank and a laundrette.

Los Arqueros is a perfect location to visit and enjoy the glamorous resorts of Marbella and Puerta Banus.

The nearby towns of San Pedro and Benahavis are both a few minutes drive away. San Pedro is an unspoilt Spanish pueblo with its central plaza and local church, surrounding narrow streets and intriguing shops, sidewalk cafes and bars. A fantastic market is held on Thursdays, perfect for those bargain hunters!. The beautiful village of Benahavis is also a few minutes drive away and is a perfect location to visit and enjoy some of the many award winning restaurants.

Car hire is recommended for this location.

Malaga airport is a 40 minute drive away, Ronda 40 minutes, Cadiz 90 minutes, Gibralter 60 minutes, Sevilla and Granada around 2 hours.

 

Benahavis

To many Andalucíans, native and expatriate alike, Benahavis is synonymous with food. It has the highest concentration of high class restaurants in the region and draws visitors by the thousands who come simply to savour the cuisine.

It also has an extremely high percentage of resident expatriates who have found its situation and ambience irresistible.

In spite of this, it has remained remarkably unspoiled, with winding narrow streets ill-suited to the motor car, so picturesque it almost makes it seem like a specially-created film set.

It stands 500 metres above sea level, 7 kilometres inland from the Guadalmina Golf Course, and is reached by driving through the rio Guadalmina gorge up into the hills.

Its Moorish heritage is emphasised by the existence nearby of the ruined 11th century castle of Montemayor.

As its name implies, this Arab stronghold squats on top of the highest mountain in the locality, and anyone wishing to make the climb to visit the ruins and experience the truly sensational views of the coastline should be prepared for a strenuous but rewarding effort.

The strife and tension of the Moorish age, in which Montemayor played a prominent part, is long gone.

Today, Benahavis is seldom quiet during the tourist season, but the greatest problem is deciding which fantastic restaurant to choose!

The old stone Arab walls around the town hall have been converted into one, a truly fantastic work of art.

A notable feature of the village is La Aldea. Almost a village within a village, La Aldea was the brainchild of the British sculptor, David Marshall, whose gallery is one of its main features, however, there are other art galleries in Benahavis.

Though largely a recent creation, determined efforts have been made to make this enclave even more Andalucían than Benahavis itself, with marble fountains, antiques and old-fashioned doors and grilles.

Inevitably, Benahavis is growing quickly, but this is not affecting the charm of the old town.

If possible, a parking space should be found at the entrance to the village and the tour of its streets undertaken on foot.

Alternatively, it is a good idea to drive carefully to the Restaurante Los Faroles on Calle Málaga, beside which an enterprising villager has turned a rare spot of unused land into a welcome and cheap car park.

It should not be assumed that restaurants are the only eating places in Benahavis. For those not ready for a heavy lunch there are numerous bars serving excellent tapas and even a small pizzerias.

But its restaurants are its glory, and it celebrates the fact by describing itself on the road signs that guide you there as the gastronomic corner of Andalucía.

If you plan to go there, breakfast lightly!

 

Marbella Golf Courses and Clubs

Many excellent golf courses can be found in the Marbella area and surrounding resorts, you will have a choice of over 40 golf courses on the Costa del Sol, particularly concentrated between Marbella and Malaga. Golf courses in Marbella are known for their picturesque scenery, views of the Mediterranean Sea and challenging holes.

 

Old Town Marbella

4Marbella Old Town is partially surrounded by the ruins of an old Arab wall with narrow white washed streets, old churches and squares, as well as lots of fascinating shops and boutiques.

At the heart of Old Town is Orange Square, which dates back to 1485 and, according to Christian urban design, is surrounded by whitewashed houses and three historical buildings – the Town Hall, the Old Governor’s House and the Chapel (Hermitage) of Santiago. The gardens are full of brightly coloured flowers, orange trees and in the centre stands: King Juan Carlos 1. At the end of Nueva Street, where it joins Orange Square, stands a stone fountain which dates from the year 1504 when it was erected by the first Mayor of Christian Marbella.

To the left is the Old Governor’s House which dates back to 1552 and still retains the original stone facade adorned with shields and a three arched balcony. The Town Hall located on the square was built in 1568. On the front right-hand corner of the building is a sun dial, various shields and some commemorative stone inscriptions perfectly conserved and in legible condition. One of them dates back from the 11th June, 1485 when the town was re-conquered from the Moors.

Within the Town Hall are the original Council Chambers which are now divided into two floors. The upper floor has an artistic ceiling carved in Mudejar style and the walls are covered with curious murals that date from 1572. These represent the eagle from the Imperial Standard and belong to the Catholic King and Queen, a scene from Christ’s crucifixion, Marbella’s first coat of arms and some allegories of the power of God and the administration of justice. The Catholic King and Queen’s pendant, an important historical relic, is also held in this hall and publicly displayed every June 11th to commemorate the date of the re-conquest of the town.

Dominating the square is the most important building in the town, The Church of Saint Mary, whose construction began in 1618.

The main facade of the building is adorned with a beautiful red stone entrance worked in Baroque style while the interior consists of three sections which underwent restoration after the 1936 Civil War. The church organ here is the most important built in Spain in the last 125 years. The installation began in 1972 and was completed in 1975. It is made up of 5000 pewter, copper and wooden pipes, four manual keyboards of 56 notes, a 36 note pedal and various other special characteristics. In the church square there is also a tower which was part of the wall that used to surround the Moorish town. Very worthwhile spending the day!

Marbella Beaches and Promenade

In Marbella, you will find many beaches and promenades where you can relax during your vacation to the Costa del Sol.

Those with an interest in sunbathing may wish to consider the naturist beaches, like Artola Beach. The increased popularity of naturist beaches in Marbella and other parts of Costa del Sol can be attributed, in part, to the comfortable climate.

Naturist and Textile Zones on Marbella Beaches and Promenades

Many of the Marbella beaches and promenades are split between textile zones and naturist areas.

The restaurants and services at Artola Beach are located entirely in textile zones, where nudists and non-nudists comingle. If you would prefer to avoid nudist beaches during your stay in Marbella, you will certainly find no shortage of stunning options. From Guadalmina Beach to Rio Verde Beach, you can take advantage of more than 20 beaches during your trip.

Blue Flag Beaches in Marbella

Some of the beaches located throughout Marbella are designated as Blue Flag. These beaches have met a strict set of standards for cleanliness, safety, and water quality. Among the Blue Flag beaches in Marbella are Linda Vista Beach and San Pedro de Alcantara Beach, the latter of which has a selection of restaurants along the promenade. Whether you are interested in trying water sports, relaxing on the promenade, or sampling the shops, you will keep as busy as you could want in Marbella. Based on your interests .

Marbella Shopping

There are a number of options for shopping whilst you are on holiday. In addition to a large selection of handcrafts, you can also find world-class fashions, jewellery, and home-decor items. Most of the shopping areas within Marbella are accessible by foot, so you can take a stroll down the street to buy gifts for friends back home and indulgences for yourself. From Ballyand Gucci to Malaga Plaza and many more, you can find anything you may need whilst you are on vacation.

Unique Marbella Shopping Opportunities!

In addition to the department stores you’ll find in Marbella, there are many unique neighbourhoods that offer their own shopping experiences. For example, Orange Square features many small shops and art galleries that you can browse during the day and evening. This area of Marbella has the feel of a small village rather than a large metropolitan centre, and you’ll find homes and small shops mixed in with each other. If you are seeking shopping in a more modern area, you may choose to head to Puerto Banus, just west of Marbella. Along with a shopping center and an El Corte Ingles department store, you will find a casino, cinema, and bustling nightlife.

Puerto Banus & Marina

In Puerto Banus, you can find a range of shops that cater to discerning travellers. Whether you need to find a hair salon during your vacation or are looking for lunch, you will find many services at Puerto Banus. With the selection of trendy and fashionable stores like Zara and Jack Jones, you can find clothing and other items for use during your vacation and for reminding you of your trip later. Shopping at Puerto Banus is particularly convenient because of the attached parking structure. Since the first hour of parking is free, you can stop by for a quick bite at one of the restaurants or pick up a last-minute gift at the end of your trip.

In addition to shopping at the major brand shops, the Marina offers a wide range of middle of the road retailers and a further 30 plus restaurants and bars, all to be enjoyed with stunning views of mountains and open Mediterranean Sea view with luxurious yachts are lining the waterfront. The area has developed into a popular nightlife destination, with many dance clubs as well as a multi-screen cinema and casino. Also located just a short distance from Marbella town centre.

Puerto Banus market

A popular Saturday morning destination is the Puerto Banus market that starts in Nueva Andalucia. At the market, you will find a large selection of merchandise from clothing and shoes to suitcases and furniture. You can also find fruits, vegetables and plants. Starting around 09.00 hr, vendors open their stalls, selling their products until the early afternoon, with many staying until 14/15.00 hr.

Nueva Andalucia lies just to the west of Marbella. There, you will find architecture similar to the styles evident throughout Andalusia. While the entrance to Nueva Andalucia is marked by a bullring, a venue steeped in Spanish culture, you can breathe in views of North Africa as you follow the road up towards the mountains.

In addition to the magnificent vistas and designs that characterize Nueva Andalucia, this small town is also becoming a popular destination for fine dining. From American to French cuisine, you can find many options in Nueva Andalucia.  After you finish strolling through the market on a Saturday, you can end your walk at one of the delicious pastry shops or cafes.

Day Excursions

Full Day Tour to Ronda
The historic town of Ronda, built over El Tajo gorge, is one of the highlights of Andalusia and is within easy reach of the Costa del Sol. It can be difficult to get to by public transport, so an organised tour is ideal. The tour takes ten hours and includes some free time in the town.

Full Day Tour to Seville
A full day out in Seville, the capital of the region of Andalusia. Take a guided tour of the city, including entrance to the famous cathedral. As packed a day as you could have, this tour leaves very early in the morning, guaranteeing you your money’s worth. Seville deserves more than a day visit, but if you’re pressed for time this tour is ideal.

Granada & The Alhambra
For many, the Moorish fortress of the Alhambra is the highlight of Spain, let alone Andalusia. This tour picks you up in the morning and gives you a full guided tour of the palace and gardens of the Alhambra before giving you a little free time to explore by yourself.

Morning Sightseeing Tour to Mijas
Nice, short (and therefore cheap) trip to the pretty whitewashed town of Mijas. And if you aren’t going to get another chance to see a traditional Spanish village, seize this opportunity!

Full Day Gibraltar Sightseeing Tour
Gibraltar is something of an oddity: a British enclave in Spain that feels like Britain would have done 40 years ago (albeit with better weather!). It is also the home to the only wild monkeys in Europe. Shopping is a must here as most items are well below the norm, especially electrical goods, cameras, cigarettes/cigars and alcohol. Gibraltar is an intriguing diversion if you have a day to spare.

Cordoba Day Trip
Visit Cordoba, home to one of the most impressive mosques in Europe. On this day trip, Cordoba is somewhat a distant third in ‘essential cities to visit in Spain’, but if you’ve seen the other two – Sevilla and Granada – then give this trip a try.

Nerja and Frigiliana Day Trip
See two beautiful Spanish villages at a great price, also squeezing in the Nerja caves. The Nerja Caves are located 60 kilometres north of Malaga, and although they date from 75 million years ago, they were only discovered in 1959. The city of Nerja is situated close to the “Sierra de Almijara” and is actually visited by thousands of tourists, being that the caves were declared a National Monument. Frigiliana is a typical Spanish white washed town nearby which still has all the essence of Andalusia.

Tanger Morocco Day Trip
Situated on the most north-westerly point of Morocco in North Africa, and only 9 miles away from Spain (just a short ferry ride away), Tangiers conjures up exotic and mysterious images such as camels and dusky maidens from Berber tribes. Don´t miss the opportunity to visit this city on the African continent and discover the Arabian culture! It will be an experience that you will never forget! 

Afterwards, you could enjoy a very typical Moroccan lunch (harira soup, Cous-Cous, brochete, Moroccan tea and patisserie) accompanied by a Moroccan musicians show. After lunch, you will have the possibility to do some shopping before arriving at the port and get the boat to return to Tarifa, Algeciras and Costa del Sol.

Other locations to visit…..

Of course there are many more locations on the Costa Del Sol worth visiting, this includes Malaga City itself. Malaga is steeped in history and has catherdrals, parks, as well as great shopping and restaurants.
Coming from Malaga down the coastline, other places to visit are Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Estepona and its surrounding areas.

Parks and Gardens

Close by Parks and Gardens
Marbella may be known for its sandy coastline and beaches, but there are plenty of green spaces, gardens and parks situated2 inland. One of the most popular parks in Marbella, the Parque Auditorio de la Constitución, is well-maintained, with secluded seating areas, attractive gardens and pathways. Other notable parks and gardens in Marbella include the Parque Arroyo de la Represa – which offers many leisure pursuits and playing fields, and the Parque de la Alameda – which is known for its traditional Mediterranean planting.

Here is some further information about Marbella’s main parks and gardens…..

Alameda Park (Parque de la Alameda)
Address: Avenida Ramón y Cajal, Marbella, 29600, Costa del Sol, Spain.
Situated in the heart of central Marbella, Alameda Park is full of mature trees and typically colourful Mediterranean plants. A particularly fragrant spot with quiet seating areas and walking trails, Marbella’s Parque de la Alameda is known for its stunning Salvador Dali sculptures and pleasant views. Open: daily – 24 hours. Admission: free.

Parque Auditorio de la Constitución
Address: Avenida de La Fontanilla, Marbella, 29600, Costa del Sol, Spain.
Close to the seafront, this park is popular with both locals and visitors to Marbella and contains many colourful and seasonal flowers, including huge bougainvillea specimens. The park also offers a playground area for children and an impressive outdoor auditorium area, where a number of notable summer festivals, fiestas and concerts are held. Open: daily – 24 hours. Admission : free.

Parque Arroyo de la Represa
Address: Avenida Arroyo de la Represa, Marbella, 29600, Costa del Sol, Spain.

A vast area of parkland which has been well landscaped over the years, the Parque Arroyo de la Represa offers an endless selection of recreational activities, including playing fields and good sports facilities. With a lake, benches, pathways and shaded areas, the park is situated in central Marbella and is home to the city’s unusual Bonsai Museum (Museo del Bonsai). Open: daily – dawn to dusk. Admission: free.

Museums & Art Galleries

Marbella may not be known for its museums and art galleries, although it has much to offer. The main museums in Marbella are diverse, ranging from the truly unique Bonsai Museum (Museo del Bonsai) in the Parque Arroyo de la Represa, to Marbella’s popular Contemporary Engraving Museum (Museo del Grabado Espanol Contemporáneo).

For art lovers visiting Marbella, the arts scene here is becoming well developed, with Marbella’s top art galleries and art museums including the popular Municipal Exposition Gallery (Galeria Municipal de Exposiciones) and the Casa Grande gallery, both of which attract a range of changing exhibitions by artists from all over the world. Here is some further information regarding Marbella’s main art galleries…..

Bonsai Museum (Museo del Bonsai)

Parque Arroyo de la Represa, Avenida Arroyo de la Represa, Marbella.

One of Marbella’s most unusual museums, the Museo del Bonsai is situated in the vast Parque Arroyo de la Represa and contains a large collection of meticulously groomed miniature trees. With many surprisingly large bonsai trees, rock plantings, and landscaped areas with a real oriental feel, the city’s Bonsai Museum also features a number of naturally dwarfed trees which were collected from the nearby mountains. Open: daily – 10:00 to 13:00, 16:00 to 19:00 Admission: free.

Contemporary Engraving Museum (Museo del Grabado Espanol Contemporáneo)
Hospital Bazán, Marbella. Featuring a valuable collection of art works, the Contemporary Engraving Museum is one of Marbella’s most important museums.

Housed in an old hospital building which dates back to the 1500s, the Museo del Grabado Espanol Contemporáneo contains many historic and elaborate engravings, together with art works by famous artists, such as Picasso and Miro, amongst others.
Guided tours of the exhibitions are available.
Open: Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 14:00, 17:30 to 20:30; Sunday – 10:00 to 14:00
Admission: charge, children free.

Municipal Exposition Gallery (Galeria Municipal de Exposiciones)
Plaza de José Palomo, Marbella.
Marbella’s Municipal Exposition Gallery can be found in the city centre and offers a number of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Both Spanish and international artists exhibit their paintings, sculptures, photographs and ceramics here, in the various galleries provided. Open: Monday to Friday – 11:00 to 14:00, 18:00 to 21:00. Admission: free.

Casa Grande…
Edificio Riomar, Urbanización Rio Verde Playa, Marqués de Ivanrrey, Marbella. 

Although only a relatively new addition to the Marbella arts scene, being founded at the end of the 20th century, the Casa Grande offers a spacious gallery area, with changing exhibitions of paintings and sculptures. Works by famous international artists are often on display here. Open: Monday to Friday – 11:00 to 14:00, 19:00 to 21:00 Admission: free.

Calendar of events

Marbella also features an impressive calendar of events, with many prominent festivals taking place throughout the year. Popular3 celebrations in Marbella include the February carnival, Holy Week around Easter time, and the San Bernabé Fiesta and Summer Fair each in June. Also, every November the Fiesta del Tostón (Day of Toston) is held in Marbella, a religious festival which includes many different events and plenty of parties.

National Public Holidays
• 1st January – Ano Nuevo / New Year’s Day
• 5th January – Epifania / Epiphany
• 19th March – Dia de San José / St. Joseph’s Day
• Late March / early April – Jueves Santo / Maundy Thursday
• Late March / early April – Viernes Santo / Good Friday
• 1st May – Fiesta del Trabajo / Labour Day
• 15th August – La Asunción / Feast of the Assumption
• 12th October – Nacional de Espana / National Day
• 1st November – Todos los Santos / All Saints’ Day
• 6th December – Dia de la Constitución / Constitution Day
• 8th December – La Inmaculada Concepción / Feast of the Immaculate Conception
• 25th December – Navidad / Christmas Day

Calendar of Festivals and Events…..

January
• Cabalgata de los Reyes (Three Holy Kings / Wise Men) – January 5th, traditional Spanish celebrations around the city centre, where three locals dress in costume and ride around on horses, distributing sweets and small presents to children who line the streets.
February
• Carnaval – early February, a popular Spanish carnival celebration, with numerous processions and festivities in and around Marbella.
March
• Holy Week – mid-March, Holy Week in Marbella, with many religious festivities leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
April
• Market of the Documentary European and Latin American (MERCADOC) – mid-April, an important multi-media television event held every year in Malaga, standing 58 km / 36 miles from Marbella, attended by around 50 different countries.
May
• Romeria of the Juanar Cross – early May, historic festival dating back to the end of the 19th century, with a range of events around the Sierra Blanca Mountain.

June
• Dia del Pescaito (Fried Fish Day) – early June, a summer seafood festival in neighbouring Torremolinos, just 58 km / 36 miles from Marbella, attracting both locals and tourists, together with beach events on the Playa de La Carihuela.
• San Bernabé Fiesta and Summer Fair – mid-June, held on the week nearest to June 11th, honouring Marbella’s Patron Saint, this week-long event features bullfights in the city centre, horse and carriage rides, food and wine, and a fair ground, with many festivities based around Old Town Marbella, the Plaza San Bernabé and Alameda Park.
• Fiesta de San Juan (Feast of St. John) – mid-June, an enormous religious festival throughout Malaga, 58 km / 36 miles from Marbella, with a variety of street entertainers, large bonfires where people jump over the flames, fireworks and midnight swimming in the sea, with similar festivities held throughout Spain, including Marbella, although the festivities are on a much smaller scale.
• The Movies of Summer in your Neighbourhood – late June, the ‘Nights of the Movies’ festival in nearby Malaga, including many screenings of new summer films, at various cinemas and theatres around the Malaga area.

July
• La Virgen del Carmen – mid-July, a number of towns and villages along the Costa del Sol celebrate this religious festival, including processions of fishermen, chapel masses, a fleet of fishing boats travelling to the Puerto Banus area of Marbella, and religious statues being stored in underwater caves, ending with a stunning fireworks display.

August
• Feria de Malaga – mid-August, one of Malaga’s biggest annual events, just 58 km / 36 miles from Marbella, when the whole city parties, with fancy dress costumes, authentic Spanish music and Flamenco dancing, general street entertainment, outdoor concerts and plenty of night-long parties.
• Nuestra Senora de la Victoria Pilgrimage – mid-August, pilgrims travel to Malaga each year on horseback, and horse and carriages, to celebrate Nuestra Senora de la Victoria, their patron saint.
• Ascension of the Virgin Fair- mid-August, based in nearby Malaga, including dance tents (casetas) and a lively wine festival.

September
• Semana Internacional de Cine (International Movie Week) – early September, based around the Puerto Banus area at the Gran Marbella complex, attracting many famous celebrities and directors promoting their films, with various screenings and awards.

October
• Fiestas of San Pedro de Alcántara – mid-October, held on the week around October 19th (the Patron Saint’s day), when the central streets of San Pedro are decorated, with festivities and partying throughout the day and night.
• Dia de la Hispanidad / National Day Festival – October 12th, a festival celebrating the history of Spain, held at various venues around Marbella.

November
• Fiesta del Tostón (Day of Toston) – early November, a notable religious festival which has become a major part of Marbella life each year in November, with All Saints’ Day celebrations on November 1st, together with chestnut roasting and other local specialities, drinks, overnight camping and partying until the early hours of the morning.

December
• New Year’s Eve – December 31st, a range of parties and celebrations held throughout Marbella and along the Costa del Sol, culminating in midnight fireworks.

Family attractions, mostly in the Marbella region.

Cable ski in Marbella
Canyoning in Marbella
Dolphin & Whale watching in Marbella
Dolphin Safari in Gibraltar
Funny beach, Marbella
Ice skating in Marbella
Jet Ski Marbella Watersports
Kayaking in Marbella
Sailing in Marbella
Marbella Sailing School
Scuba Diving in Marbella
Surfing in Marbella
Wakeboarding in Marbella
Waterskiing in Marbella
Watersports in Marbella
Windsurfing in Marbella
Caving in Marbella
Dog sledging in Marbella
Ice climbing in Marbella
Laser combat in Marbella
Mountain biking in Marbella
Rock climbing in Marbella
Skiing in Sierra Nevada, Marbella
Snowboarding in Marbella
Adventure in Marbella
Go-karting in Marbella, Funny Beach
Go-karting in Ronda
Kiteboarding in Marbella
Laser combat in Marbella
Paintball Estepona
Parasailing in Marbella
Quad biking in Marbella
Quad Tour – Fuengirola
Sphereing – Marbella & Benalmadena
Racquet / Golf in Marbella
Fuengirola Adventure Golf
The Multisports Club in Marbella
Nueva Alcantara Padel & Tennis
Club Bel Air Tennis Club in Marbella
Horse riding in Marbella
Horse racing in Marbella
Polo Club in Marbella

 

 

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