Marbella is a city in southern Spain on the Costa del Sol in the province of Malaga. The province is part of the autonomous community of Andalusia. Marbella has 130 549 officially registered residents (2008), 38,195 of them foreigners. Among these are 5824 and 4587 British Moroccans as the largest groups of foreigners. Besides living in Marbella in 2477 and German, 1196 Dutch, 158 Austrians, Swiss, and 130 as residents.
The municipality of Marbella is 57 kilometers southwest of the provincial capital of Malaga on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is part of the Comarca Costa del Sol Occidental. The 114.3 km² municipality borders the municipalities of Estepona, Benahavis, Istan, Ojen and Mijas. The community is partitioned into districts Nueva Andalucía, Puerto Banus, San Pedro de Alcántara and Las Chapas. In the municipality of Marbella, there are numerous settlements that are partly owned by private owners’ associations, such as Bosquemar or Marbesa.
The area of Marbella was already in the Neolithic period settled. Of these prehistoric finds evidence in the cave Pecho Redondo in the Sierra Blanca. In the district of Marbella, in Coro de Correa, traces of early human occupation have been discovered. The town Marbella was the Phoenicians founded a trading post. In the third Century BC the area came under the dominion of the Roman Empire. At the mouth of the Rio Verde are the remains of a Roman villa from the 1st Century AD preserved. Parts of the Roman settlement Cilniana, historians of the city Salduba assigned, were discovered in the district of San Pedro de Alcántara.