Marbella is a city and municipality in southern Spain, belonging to the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia. It is part of the Costa del Sol and is situated on the Mediterranean Sea, between Málaga and Gibraltar, in the foothills of the Sierra Blanca.
In 2012 the population of the city was 140,473 inhabitants, making it the second most populous municipality in the province of Málaga and the eighth in Andalusia. It is one of the most important tourist cities of the Costa del Sol and throughout most of the year is an international tourist attraction, due mainly to its climate and tourist infrastructure.
The city also has a significant archaeological heritage, several museums and performance spaces, and a busy cultural calendar with events ranging from reggae concerts to opera performances.
Marbella is protected on its northern side by the coastal mountains of the Cordillera Penibética and so enjoys a microclimate with an average annual temperature of 18 °C (64 °F). Average rainfall is 628 l/m², while hours of sunshine average 2,900 annually.
|Languages spoken||Spanish, English|
|Area (km2)||The Marbella municipality occupies a strip of land that extends along forty-four kilometres (27 miles)|