Marbella Inside & Out

Discover the magic of Marbella from an "insider" point of view – by Liz Glazer


When I tell people I live in Marbella, I can almost see the images of luxury yachts, cars and designer shops and a champagne life-style flit across their faces – which is not really surprising given that the only Marbella that is ever promoted in the media is the one dripping in glamour, made famous by the international jet-set that inhabit the famous Golden Mile, with its mansions and five-star hotels and who frequent the luxury harbour of Puerto Banús, some 15 km west of Marbella’s town centre.

The actual town of Marbella however, apart from its enchanting Old Town district, rarely gets a mention.

This blog is therefore intended to redress the balance and provide you, the more adventurous traveller with a taste for the authentic, into life in the more “down-to-earth” Marbella, beyond the obvious and from an “insider” point of view of a long-term working resident of this lovely town by the sea and sheltered by the mountains, that I am privileged to call my home.

As such, I will be recommending places to eat and shop, taking you on a tour around the town and its different neighbourhoods and reporting on the amazing walks in nature at the foothills of Marbella’s mountains, as well as day-trips to the most breathtakingly spectacular natural beauty-spots and traditional white-villages close to Marbella and further afield in Andalucía.

For those of you lucky enough to know the authentic Marbella, I hope my blog will keep you in touch with that indefinable Marbella magic wherever you may be in the world right now and inspire you to explore Marbella further – both inside and out.

9 thoughts on “About

  1. Marbella is a beautiful place indeed! A lovely blog, we loved reading it!

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  2. Very nice journey through the old Marbella.

    Lovely blog.

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  3. Fabulous. Really makes you want to have a wander along the front. Great pics too. Will forward on to my friends. Look forward to more!

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  4. I really enjoyed reading your blog! Really interesting.

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  5. I love your blog , it’s super interesting and a great view of Marbella. Follow contributes so much to the reader. Thank you!

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  6. Really enjoyed your blog. Wish I’d found you earlier. I’m heading for Estapona this week end and in search of flea markets to visit. Would love to pick your brains.


    • Hi Jon – thank you for your lovely feedback – so glad you enjoyed – there’s a great flea market on the way to Estepona – the Sunday morning one in Benahavis – see my blog If you would like a walking tour round Marbella Town beyond the obvious, I also do personalised on request small group tours (max 4 people) if you’re not on facebook I can send you details by email. Best wishes and enjoy the market if you go – it’s a great morning out!


      • Thanks Liz. Benhavis is top of my list and the catalyst for my return visit. I’m heading there in the morning and then onto either Sabinillas or after reading your blog maybe to Coin and Alhaurin el Grande. Have you any experience of Sabinillas? Toying with a longer trip to Albayzin, Grenada on Monday. Love the fact your blog is not based on the glitz and glamour. Good food, markets. Permaculture initiatives and now vegetable growing!!!! Keep up the good work. Jo

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      • oops sorry Jo to have got your name wrong! Don’t know Sabinillas I’m afraid except that there is an established expat Scandinavian community there. Yes Coín flea market is definitely worth a visit – perhaps if you are going that far down the coast you might enjoy the surfer/hippy laid back scene in Tarifa a bit further along the Coast in the Cadiz province (well worth going to if you like beautiful sandy beaches ) There’s so much to see and do – I write whenever I can as this is a pure labour of love! I also have a Facebook page if you are on there marbellainsideandout or @Discover Marbella – which grew from just posting my blogs to sharing all sorts of alternative events that catch my eye. Like to share the good stuff to those who appreciate it! Thank you for your words of encouragement and hope you will follow my alter ego “The Allotment Apprentice”. Best wishes and enjoy the rest of your trip. Liz


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