Located just 50km from Malaga airport is Marbella, known as the Beverly Hills of Europe. Marbella is where old meets new. Centre stage is the ‘Golden Mile’ with its extravagant collection of star-studded clubs, shiny restaurants and hotels which stretches down to Puerto Banús, the flashiest marina on the coast. Here, you´ll find black-tinted Mercs sliding along the quay populated by luxury yachts and high-end boutique shops.

For more of a traditional taste, the old town with its narrow-cobbled streets and flower-filled plazas is packed with delightful shops and art galleries selling pretty clothes and accessories, and handmade wares. One of the must visit spots is the fabled orange tree-filled Plaza de los Naranjos, which is located just off the main street and is home to the 16th-century town hall.

With miles of sandy beaches and set against the backdrop of the Sierra Blanca mountains, Marbella has cemented itself has one of the most popular and sought-after places to live in Europe.