For passionate nature lovers, the best part of the whole travel experience is discovering more about the natural wonders of the places they are visiting. While Marbella may be brimming with shops and glamorous restaurants frequented by the well heeled and those of celebrity status, for the more down to earth traveller, this place has greatly exciting things on offer. |
Here are 5 reasons any discerning nature lover should visit this stunning area.
!. The Climate
Because of where Marbella is located, it is subjected to a unique microclimate. In the north it is protected from the elements by the Cordillera Penibética Mountains and to the south by the famously temperate Mediterranean Sea. With average temperatures of 18°C and 300 plus days of sunshine a year, there really is no better reason to come and visit.
There is an incredible variety of plants, trees and beautiful flowers in this area, primarily due to the different terrains found here. The mountains are home to various pine, chestnut and cherry trees, while the sand dunes along the beaches offer the ideal environment for long grasses, sea holly and sand lilies.
If you have more than just a passing interest in flora, head to the Bonsai museum in town, or the Parque de la Constitución, in the town centre, which has several well looked-after tropical plants and shrubs.
Reason number 3 is for the birdwatchers among you. For any birdwatcher, Marbella is a paradise. Perfectly located between Europe and Africa, the area is right in the middle of well-known migration routes. You will see hawks, falcons, eagles and vultures, as well as smaller, more elusive species such as jays and hoopoes. It is worth keeping an eye out, even when travelling from Málaga Airport to Marbella.
If you want to explore more of the natural world of Marbella, there are several companies which offer organised group excursions, led by expert guides. Choose from dolphin-watching, eco-tours through the local national park (Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park) or sailing.
5. The Best Reason of All
It is only a 45-minute drive from Málaga Airport to Marbella, so in no time at all, you can ditch the suitcase, don the flip-flops and be out exploring!
How to Get to Marbella
There are several airlines that fly from London to Málaga Airport, and most offer some great prices. With Ryanair, you can get a return flight form Stansted for around £135, while easyJet fly from London Gatwick for under £170 return. The flight is an easy 3 hours and, as the transfer from Málaga airport to Marbella is just 45 minutes, the journey is convenient and straightforward.
On landing, if you have booked with the company I work for, Shuttle Direct, you will be met and driven to your accommodation in comfort and for a fixed price. Transfers can be booked on a shared or private basis, with our door-to-door service from Málaga Airport to Marbella in a private vehicle starting at £22 per person. All the drivers are hands on with helping with luggage and are more than happy to point out some of the sights along the way. We offer a friendly and personable, as well as professional service from start to finish.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable transfer fromMálaga airport to Marbella, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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