Leave your car at the bottom of the hill and Ton or Helga, the Dutch owners, will collect you by buggy and give you a guided tour of the town at the same time – you’re slap bang in the middle of all the action with townsfolk gossiping and children playing so you’ll feel very Spanish.
A sprinkling of squat white houses cling to the hillside and at its centre is the relaxed Angels Inn. The vibe is part Spanish, part Moroccan and bedrooms radiate out from a central patio where you breakfast at separate tables. There’s a cool-off pool here too and inside you’ll find a library with books and games.
Have an evening drink from the honesty bar and consult the ‘fun map’ provided, then head into the lively town square for plenty of bars and people-watching or drive back down winding roads to Marbella. The curious will enjoy exploring the old town but there’s plenty of glitz too.