Marbella is one of Spain's most popular destinations, visited by thousands of tourists throughout the whole year due to its moderate Mediterranean climate and beautiful sandy beaches.
Located in southern Spain, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Marbella is the major resort on Costa del Sol and is situated between Málaga and the Strait of Gibraltar.
Marbella has the reputation of a fashionable and upscale resort in Spain. Apart from its long coastline dotted with more than 20 beaches, Marbella has a lot more to offer.
The city has a rich history and cultural life, delicious cuisine and stunning Old town ( Casco Antiguo ).
Marbella’s picturesque Old Town is a kind of fairy tale place, that brings typical Andalusian style and character. Beautiful narrow, winding cobblestone streets are lined with numerous restaurants and cafes offering a large variety of food from Tapas to gourmet dining.
The enchanting and pretty atmosphere is enhanced by spectacular flower decorations presented on every street and corner.
In the heart of the Old town, your relaxing walk will pass through the Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Square) - a truly lovely place filled with cozy restaurants that at night entertain guests with passionate flamenco music and dances.
The beautiful square also hosts the City Hall (Ayuntamiento), Marbella Tourist Office, and the oldest church in town Ermita de Santiago.
Marbella well preserves the traces of its historical past. The Old town comprises two historical quarters – Barrio Alto and Barrio Nuevo, and most of it still keeps its original layout that dates back to the 16th century, when the city was under Arab rule.
Other attractions worth seeing include:
the Iglesia del Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz
the 16th-century Capilla de San Juan de Dios
the Iglesia de la Virgen de los Dolores
the Church of Santa María de la Encarnación
the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engravings (Museo del Grabado Espanol Contemporaneo)
You may also want to visit the Marbella Castle, which is a Muslim construction erected during the reign of Abdurrahman the 3rd in the 9th century and is located a short walk from Plaza de los Naranjos, and the Alcazaba fortress and its fortified walls considered the most important vestige that remains of Muslim civilization in the city.