Marbella is still one of the favourite locations for the rich and famous, outside the French Riviera. Many people don't realise that Marbella is actually a very Spanish city. This gives it a more cosmopolitan atmosphere, with a sense of coolness rather than tastelessness. The back streets of the old part of town are beautiful. Small pretty cobbled streets leading to the central "Orange Square" have old bougainvillea plants wandering off their walls, small boutiques and some excellent authentic restaurants, tapas bars, street cafes and funky late bars. The lower part of Marbella is where you'll find perhaps one of the costa's most beautiful promenades, lined with chic restaurants, as well as the small harbour that really comes alive again with an array of new places to eat and drink.