Marbella, Coastal stays at the Costa del Sol
Marbella, 55 km south of Málaga in Andalusia, is the chic resort for tourists with significant purchasing power and also one of the most important in the Costa del Sol, thanks to the infrastructures and services it has acquired.
A paradise for golfers between sea and mountain, Marbella is also home to a rich marina at the bottom of a small bay guarded by typical Andalusian houses whitewashed with lime from the old town, with little streets and squares lined with orange trees.
The city centre is centred around Los Naranjos and Fernando Alcala squares with Renaissance-style buildings dating from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Attractive destination to the Mediterranean climate, Marbella with 26 km of coastline is endowed with long beaches bordered by sports, tourist or residential complexes of high standing, shops, restaurants and discotheques.
Among the resort’s sports and nautical facilities, Puerto Banús stands out for the quality of its facilities.
Marbella, synonymous with festivities and relaxation, it is also a gastronomy made of seafood and local products flavoured with garlic and olive oil.
The Holy Week, the feasts of San Pedro de Alcantara and the feria de San Bernabé are the main traditional festivals of the city, which is also the ideal starting point for excursions to the neighbouring mountains of the Sierra Blanca.
Monuments and squares of Marbella
Plaza de los Naranjos
Orange tree square
In Renaissance style, it is the central square of the historic city. There are various historical buildings such as Ayutamiento, the Town Hall, or the old Casa del Corregidor, both from the 16th century.
Casa del Corregidor
Plaza de los Naranjos, 6
Named by the king, the Corregidor was formerly the administrative representative of the Crown and also the judge, its former residence is considered to be one of the noblest buildings in the historic old quarter of Marbella, originally built on two levels, its style shows Spanish-Arab reminiscences.
Its Mudejar Gothic hollow alfiz on the first floor, its Gothic arch mixed with vegetal decorations characteristic of Mudejar art, its Renaissance stone doorway make Casa del Corregidor a typical example of 16th century Andalusian architecture.
Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Church
Plaza de la Iglesia
After the Catholic reconquest of Marbella in 1485, its large mosque was sacred as a Catholic church. Several times transformed, it has retained two of its three entrances. The ochre stone portal of the main entrance was built in the 18th century in a rococo style.
Visits: daily from 8 am to 10 pm.
Museo del Gravado
Museum of contemporary Spanish engraving
Calla Hospital Bazán.
The museum, housed in an old Renaissance palace, presents works by artists from the 15th century to the present day. You can discover engravings, lithographs or stencils as well as works by Dali, Miro, Goya or Picasso.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 7 pm on Saturdays and Mondays from 9 am to 2 pm. Closed on Sunday.
These are the ancient walls of the castle protecting the city in Muslim times. Declared A property of cultural interest, it is possible to have different methods of construction and overlapping styles. Free admission.
Puerto Bañus is a luxury marina located six kilometres west of the city centre, close to the residential area of Nueva Andalucía, Puerto Bañus is Marbella’s flagship complex. Famous marina, it welcomes every year an impressive number of luxury yachts. Inside the complex there is a leisure area with restaurants, bars and shops, hotels and discos.
Paleo-Christian Basilica of Vega Del Mar
Calle Eucaliptos. San Pedro Alcántara.
The Vega del Mar Basilica is one of the rare examples of Visigothic churches of the North African type built in Andalusia in the 6th century. It is located near the mouth of the Guadalmina River and the Mediterranean Sea on the ancient Roman road that linked Cadiz to Cartagena.
The remains of this old place of worship were discovered in the early 20th century during a campaign of eucalyptus reforestation in this coastal area.
Opening hours: Friday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Sohail Castle – Castillo Sohail
Located in Fuengirola, a seaside resort between Marbella and Torremolinos, the Château Sohail was built in 956 by the Umayyad Caliph Abd el Rahman III on a rocky outcrop on the seaside to defend the coast. The ashlars of the western foundations date back to Roman times.
He experienced a major battle in 1810 between the defending Polish garrison and an Anglo-Spanish expeditionary force. It was renovated in 2000 to make it a tourist attraction and cultural events area.
Oficina de Turismo del Ayutamiento de Marbella.
Glorieta la Fontanilla. Paseo Maritimo.
Provided a very useful guide for activities and outings: the “Guía de Marbella, día y noche”.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.
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