Marbella, on the Costa del Sol, is undoubtedly one of the most demanded Spanish destinations in the world. Beaches are very well-known due to the the glamour of their visitors, but we mustn’t forget that the city has many centuries of history and, before being a world tourist destination, this enchanting area was a typical Andalusian town. So, we recommend you to learn more about this aspect of the city, especially the old quarter.
Marbella currently sits on a unique natural location, although it has suffered from mass construction over the last decades. At the foot of the Sierra Blanca, and facing one of the most beautiful bays of the peninsula, rises the fascinating old quarter, a typical urban layout of Andalusia with whitewashed walls and façades decorated with barred windows. This beautiful image is combined with orange trees and geraniums planted in every corner.
Things to do in Marbella
In the heart of Marbella’s historical centre is the charming Plaza de Los Naranjos, a Renaissance square surrounded by noble buildings of the old quarter, the former ‘Casa del Corregidor’ from the seventeenth century, and the city’s town hall from the sixteenth century.
Another spot to visit is the Church Square, where the sixteenth century church of the Incarnation stands. At the same location there are several towers that were originally part of an Arab fortress that protected the city. These towers belong to the ninth century, at the very least. Over a thousand years old.
However, Marbella´s history goes back even further as we can see in the many archaeological sites found in the area, such as the early Christian Basilica ‘Vega del Mar’, the Guadalmina baths and the Roman villa of Rio Verde, Marbella’s first urban layout.
Beyond the shows and activities at the big hotels and resorts and the glittering night life of Puerto Banus, Marbella also has a very interesting cultural offer. For example, the Contemporary Spanish Engraving Museum, which is the largest in Spain in this genre. It’s located in the Bazan Hospital, a building from the sixteenth century, and hosts a large collection of prints from the last two centuries, by artists such as Miro, Picasso and Dali.
Marbella has a wide variety of offers. We highly recommend you to discover and enjoy this lovely facet of Marbella, with its ancient streets and squares; there is nothing better than enjoying a coffee under the shade of an orange tree in bloom and pleasantly watch life pass by. You don´t have to be rich in Marbella to feel privileged.
Marbella’s lovely old quarter, together with its marinas, the famous Puerto Banús and its excellent Golf courses have made of Marbella the internationally renowned Tourist Resort for wealthy and famous personalities it is today.
There are many things to do in Marbella like strolling through theMarbella Old Town, or a visit to one of the many shopping malls for those who want to kill some time doing a bit of shopping. We would like to recommend some of the places to visit in the city:
- Old Town
- Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz Church
- Ermita del Calvario
- Bonsái Museum
- Ralli Museum
- Villa romana de Río Verde
- Termas romanas de Guadalmina
- Basílica paleocristiana de Vega del Mar
- Yacimiento fenicio de Río Real
- Pecho Redondo Caves
- Nagüeles Caves
- Bajadilla Beach
- Fuerte Beach
- Fontanilla Beach
- Puerto Banús