Marbella top luxury holiday destination of 2013

Marbella has been named the top holiday destination of 2013, according to a new poll. A study asked the public to vote for their most desired holiday location out of a list of ten celebrity hotspots and Marbella scooped the top spot with more than a third of the vote. Marbella, known for its glamour and extravagance, has rapidly become the holiday destination of choice, no doubt helped along by reality TV stars including Lucy Mecklenburgh, Joey Essex, Sam Faiers, Bobby Cole-Norris and Jessica Wright.

The TOWIE favourites were recently seen hitting the golden sand beaches, lavish villas and A-list party hotspots of southern Spain in the latest season's episodes of The Only Way is Essex. Frankie Sandford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Tulisa Contostavlos have all been taking in the glorious sea views of Marbella already this year. Other celebrities appearing in Marbella recently include Enrique Iglesias, Eva Longoria, and football's hottest property of the moment, Gareth Bale, who spent some time relaxing on the beach in Marbella while the protracted negotiations over his much talked-about transfer from Spurs to Real Madrid continued. Meanwhile in another survey, it was found that Marbella was one of the top Twitter trends when searching for tweets about Spanish beaches this summer. The findings of these and similar surveys are hardly surprising, given Marbella's long-standing reputation as one of the most glamorous resorts in Europe. With miles of beautiful beaches, a plethora of quality restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from, plus excellent shopping as well as all sorts of sporting activites and other entertainment, Marbella really is hard to beat. Butterfly Residential are specialists in the local property market, and have noted that while some other areas are still suffering from the economic downturn, Marbella is bucking the trend and is as popular as ever. With dozens of spectactular properties available, some with significant reductions in prices, there never has been a better time to snap up that dream holiday home in the  sun. View our featured listings: