Marbella, Obama Family's Holiday Destination

Spain is becoming one of the favorite destinations for foreigners and even for residents in Spain. They arrive attracted by it's culture, history, cuisine and beaches. We will now talk about Marbella, the destination chosen by Obama family to enjoy their holidays.

Marbella is located on the south coast of Spain and it belongs to the province of Malaga, in Andalusia. It is one of the top favorite for European travelers and what was once a village of fisherman with the genuin, Mediterranean architecture is now a cosmopolitan and luxurious place where most of the famous and popular figures like to have a break. Antonio Banderas (popular Spanish actor) was born in Malaga (Benalmadena).

The city offers a touch of the ancient and the modern and beaches, great climate, mountains, golf courses, casinos, and a lively nightlife.

Legend in Malaga

There is a very popular legend among the fisherman in Malaga, a city with a great maritime influence and where the residents are very religious. It is told that a group of fisherman where surprised by a storm while they were fishing.

Unfortunately they were swept out to sea and were not able to reach the coast in spite of their determination. In between huge waves and black storm clouds they entrusted their souls to god thinking it was the end, but suddenly a ray of light appeared in between the wild waves and floating on the water a carved, wood cross with a crucified Christ. They reached for this figure and they realized it started to blood from one of the sides, so they bought it onto the boat and after that the storm died down and they managed to survive.

This Christ was taken to the "Convento de la Merced", where it is venerated since then, as the "Christ of blood".

Gastronomy in Malaga

Malaga's cuisine is very healthy, light and Mediterranean like the most. The seafood and fish are very common in this place. One of the most popular dishes is the "Ajoblanco", this is a sophisticated, cold soup made of olive oil, garlic and almonds. You can also taste the "Gambas a la Plancha" (grilled prawns), "Almejas" (clams) and "Boquerones en vinagre" (anchovy with vinegar).

Places to visit

Marbella old town, Alameda Park, Orange square, Banus Port, Basilica Vega del Mar, Arab Castle of "Alcazaba", King Fahd's gardens and at Rio verde you will find remains of a roman village.