The society and culture of Marbella

Area:  114,3 square km, with a coastline of 26 kms.

Map reference: Latitude: 36º 30á N / Longitude: 4º 53á W

Median altitude: 22 metres above sea level.

Town centre: There are two centres to the municipal area of Marbella; Marbella itself and neighbouring San Pedro de Alcántara. The population is distributed in numerous ‘urbanizaciones’, suburbs or dormitory areas, most notable being Nueva Andaluc ía and Las Chapas.

Population: 116.234 inhabitants (13.63 per cent from overseas).

Nearby municipalities: Estepona, Benahavís, Istán, Ojén and Mijas.

Distance from Málaga: 57km

Communications by road: Carretera Nacional 340, Autovía del Mediterráneo and Autopista de la Costa del Sol, E-7 (toll motorway).

Nearest airport: Aeropuerto Internacional Pablo Ruiz Picasso (Málaga), 45km.

By train: nearest local train station is Fuengirola, 27km; nearest long-distance (Seville, Madrid) station is Málaga, 57 km.

Topography: Marbella municipality is a littoral zone extending below the slopes of the Sierra Blanca mountains. The coastline is low and sandy with many excellent beaches.

Climate: Marbella is protected by the Sierra Blanca mountains to the north, and consequently enjoys a year-round temperate microclimate with an average annual temperature of 18ºC.

Gastronomy: Marbella is famous for its wide range of restaurants offering local cuisine, regional specialities from across Spain, and cuisines from around the world.

Typical fare: Marbella commands the best that its sea, lush farmlands and livestock regions produce: it’s famous for mixed fried fish, spit-grilled sardines, gazpacho (the classic Andalucían chilled tomato, garlic and pepper soup), gazpachuelo (a thicker gazpacho), emblanco (fish soup), ajoblanco (white almond/garlic soup), revueltos de espárragos (scrambled eggs with asparagus) and others, salmon, cod in tomato or herb sauce, sole, hake, tuna, swordfish, solomillo (sirloin), rabo de toro (braised oxtail), chuletas (pork or lamb chops), baked specialities such as olive-oil tartlets, los roscos de vino (wine and anis flavoured cakes), los borrachuelos (fried sugar and wine sweetmeats), las torrijas (egg/cinnamon tartlets), los churros (ring doughnuts) and many others…

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