I’m a pretty lucky girl as Thomas whisked me off to Marbella in southern Spain last week to celebrate my 26th birthday! Celebrating my birthday away from home has become something of a little tradition and this was the third birthday I’ve enjoyed in a different place. So much more fun than staying home!

We were in Marbella for four nights and I have to say I was rather surprised by how much I liked Marbella. If you’re from the UK you’ll probably have heard Marbella associated with tacky reality TV programme The Only Way is Essex and assumed it was tacky, plastic and false, much like the programme itself.

I couldn’t have been more wrong and found myself in an adorable part of Spain with a gorgeous old town, amazing stretch of beach and promenade, great restaurants, friendly locals and a great atmosphere.
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The historic centre of Marbella is filled with winding, cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings that are picture perfect against bright blue skies. 

The old town was definitely my favourite part of the city and Thomas and I spent hours wandering through the small streets, taking photographs, wandering in and out of charming boutiques and stopping for drinks in sunny cafes.
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MARBELLA PHOTOS
MARBELLA PHOTOS

One day we decided to hire bikes and cycle to the next town along the coast to the west – Puerto Banús – and it turned out to be one of my favourite parts of the trip.

I adored cycling along the promenade weaving in and out of people strolling, jogging and roller skating along the coastal stretch. I can imagine in summer it would be a bit more difficult if the area was busier with people but at the end of March it was absolutely perfect.

The distance is only around 6 or 7 kilometres and the land is all absolutely flat so it was an incredibly leisurely cycle! The views along the way are also absolutely breathtaking, so sometimes it’s hard to take your eyes away from the coastline to watch where you’re going!
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During our time there the weather was glorious and on the day we came home it was 26 degrees Celsius, which is pretty darn impressive for March!

Overall it was the perfect, relaxing birthday break and I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I liked Marbella. It wasn’t at all what I expected and just goes to show you shouldn’t judge a place until you’ve visited it and seen it for myself.
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MARBELLA PHOTOS

There’ll be loads more posts about Marbella over the next few weeks as I share with you all some great places to eat and things to do there so stay tuned for all that! 

Have you visited Marbella before? Would you like to?