“Why study hospitality management in Marbella?” This is a question that opens up a plethora of possibilities and invites us to discover the treasure that is this beautiful Mediterranean resort city on Spain’s Costa del Sol. Here, we have compiled the top six reasons why Marbella is a great place to study hospitality management.
1. Marbella is a safe, world-class luxury destination
The safety of visitors and residents of Marbella is always a priority and the city is equipped with modern healthcare facilities, sanitation services, and security forces. The affluent tourists who visit Marbella demand services that cater to the individual and this standard sets the tone for ensuring Marbella is well prepared to mee new safety demands. Following the Covid-19 pandemic, Marbella is pursuing the “Safe Tourism Certified” stamp from the Institute for Spanish Tourism. It is well suited for this safety designation given the fact that through the entire period of the pandemic the city has accumulated only 418 positive cases of Coronavirus or less than one-third of one percent of the population (0.0029%). There are five fully-equipped modern private hospitals, one regional public hospital, and numerous specialty health clinics that combine to ensure Marbella is one of the safest luxury destinations in the world. Additionally, the city’s municipal sanitation department always works to ensure our streets and public installations are well-maintained and always clean. This is true throughout the year – Marbella is a very clean and safe city.
2. Marbella’s 24 beaches are amongst the cleanest and best equipped in Spain
The city’s beaches have been awarded six blue flag certifications, making it the leader in the province of Malaga for clean and safe beaches. Spread over 27 km of pristine natural coastline, Marbella’s 24 unique beaches are always within reach. They range from the natural sand dunes at Cabopino beach, located in the protected area of the Artola Dunes, next to the Cabopino port, to the luxurious and expansive beaches of Puerto Banús and San Pedro Alcántara. Perhaps the most famous beaches in Marbella are those in the vicinity of the five-star Puente Romano Beach Resort and the wooden pier off the beach of the landmark Marbella Club Hotel where celebrities and royalty frequently spend their holidays. Throughout the entire coast, lifeguards and civil patrols work to ensure the safety of beachgoers.
3. Marbella is a spacious city with an abundance of amenities
Spread out over an expansive 117 square kilometers and with an affluent cosmopolitan population of 140,000 means there is ample room for everyone in Marbella. Within the city limits, you can find city parks, running and biking trails, plenty of natural green areas, open-air dining and nightlife, outdoor festivals, and luxury shopping centers with the world’s top brands on offer. The beachfront promenade, called the Paseo Maritimo, runs seamlessly along the coast for more than 10 kilometers. Meanwhile, turning inland you can find natural parks, and endless hiking trails in the mountains of the Sierra de Las Nieves, named by UNESCO as a BioSphere Reserve.
4. A friendly family-oriented Mediterranean culture
Spanish hospitality provides the perfect setting for both residents and tourists to recover from the stress of months-long lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic. Marbella’s residents are keen to the tastes and likes of their guests and always strive to make visitors feel safe and welcome. The Spanish enjoy being outside and there are always plenty of activities in which the entire family can participate together. Visitors to Marbella quickly grow attached to our unique brand of hospitality and many never want to leave!
5. Mild year-round climate
With an average of 320 days of sunshine per year, Marbella is known for its unique microclimate caused in part by the La Concha mountain that forms the city’s northern backdrop. Marbella boasts an average annual temperature above 18 °C (64 °F) which means residents can enjoy the outdoors year round.
6. Outdoor sports and leisure activities
Of Marbella’s main defining characteristics are its outdoor sports and leisure activities. Golf, sailing, swimming, running, cycling, kitesurfing, mountain climbing, hiking, tennis, football, rugby, baseball, are some of the outdoor sports that take place all year long in Marbella. Ironman has made Marbella one of its annual stops on the triathlon circuit, the Davis Cup has hosted the finals of the international tennis tournament here, and the Tour de España cycling race has kicked off here and or passes through each year. Professional athletes like world number one in tennis, Novak Djokovic, choose Marbella as their winter training location.