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only reason to visit. "There is so much
to do and yet you can relax on one of the
most beautiful coasts in the world," says
Coronado, California-based travel agency
executive Tania Swasbrook. It's ideal for
families and couples alike.
"Marbella is perfect for travelers who may
have been to Spain, but never knew how different the Mediterranean coast, culture,
and food are there," says Grace DeVita, an
agency executive in Hollywood, Florida.
Andalusia's intertwined history of Roman and Moorish rule is evident in grand
mosques, cathedrals, and palaces everywhere. Marbella makes an ideal base for
day trips to cities such as Ronda (perched
atop a mountain above a dramatic gorge,
it's also the birthplace of bullfighting), Seville (where the cathedral houses Christopher Columbus' tomb), Granada (don't miss
Clockwise from top left: Puerto Banús marina, Old Town charm, Puente Romano's Central Court, agency executives Tania Swasbrook
and Fabian Lebrija ready to race the Ascari track, and agency executive Nancy Yale on a more leisurely set of wheels.
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(MARINA) ARTUR BOGACKI/GETTY IMAGES, (OLD TOWN) PIERRE BRUMDER/ALAMY
A packing tip: Don't trust the weather
app on your phone - plan for nicer weather
than the predicted temperatures. Marbella's "Golden Mile" owes its microclimate
to La Concha mountain, which protects
it from winter's cold winds or summer's
heat waves. During our November visit,
the jackets and light sweaters we brought
stayed in our suitcases.
Glorious weather year-round isn't the