Since the 1950s Marbella has been a favourite of rich and famous. Back in the day it was all about Sean Connery and Elizabeth Taylor, whereas today you are more likely to see the likes of Nicole Sherzinger, George Clooney or Antonio Banderas.

Synonymous for luxury, Marbella continues to be a must-visit location for celebs, sports stars and royalty, who can often be seen soaking up the sunshine on one of the many beaches or glitzy establishments such as the famous Marbella Club Hotel located on the Golden Mile.

So it will come as no surprise that Marbella is currently the most frequently searched destination on the holiday comparison site Trivago and the city’s hotels are the second most expensive, only marginally less pricey than Playa d’en Bossa in Ibiza.

As a prime destination with an enduring glamourous reputation, Marbella’s economy enjoys a certain amount of insulation from the troubles affecting Spain’s wider economy, which is currently reflected in the price of hotels in the area.

If you would prefer to stay in private rental accommodation instead of hotels when visiting Marbella, you can find a wide choice of high quality properties available for long and short term bookings from