16 Jul Andalusian Alleys
I’m home! That is what I feel as soon as I set foot on the grounds of Malaga Airport and smell the Andalusian air. The Spanish blood starts running through my veins as I form part of the third generation in my family who grew up near Marbella…
When my grand grand parents bought a Spanish casita in the 1950s, Andalusia was an economically poor region compared to the rest of Spain. Andalusia was a sunny quiet rural place without many tourists, except for elder people who escaped the cold winters in the Northern of Europe like mi abuelos. People simply enjoyed the small romantic white houses located in narrow alleys which all derived on the romantic little squares with small benches under the orange groves, like Plaza de los Naranjos in Marbella.
As from the 1950s, Marbella with its harbor Puerto Banús slowly changed into the meeting place for the international jet-set: upper class, pop-stars and celebs, business leaders and other famous figures from all over the world came to stay in the most beautiful hotels located on the coastline as well as the famous luxury beach clubs such as The Ocean Club and Nikki Beach. Champagne and cocktails are abundantly flowing in these establishments and the guests are showing haute couture while the world’s prominent djs are playing their songs accompanied with life music! Make sure you wear the right dress, shoes and bag, and you can party all night long in the most exclusive night clubs, such as Olivia Valére and Finca Besaya.
What I love about this place, is that one can get crazy in the luxurious party scene but can also experience the atmosphere of the old days in the South of Spain and enjoy the mixture of influences of the Roman empire and the Moorish period through out the modern day.
In relation to shopping: Marbella has it all! Most of the top-end brands can be found in Puerto Banús. If you are looking for exclusive brands and small shops you should head to the alleys of Marbella’s Old Town, where you can find many shoes, bags and other accessories.
As I got lost in the small Andalusian Alleys I found this bag (bolso) and hat (sombrero) in a little shop located in a small alley called Sara Comin Style. Already feel like going?