The historic centre of Marbella

The historic centre of Marbella
The central historical and cultural center of Marbella is the area of the “Plaza de los Naranjos” (The orange tree square) where several antique buildings and monuments can be found dating from 1568.

The Town Hall of today houses archeological artifacts. Once the home of the Royal  Governor it boasts a beautiful gallery and magnificently carved balconies with iron-made ornaments in a Gothic / Mudejar style.  The Tower Chapel “Hermita de Santiago”, the beautiful renaissance fountain and the majestic church of “Santa María de la Encarnacion” dating from the XVII century which is still today the principal church of the city

The trade area of the Old Quarters is a labyrinth of winding streets, Huerta Chica, Solano, the street of El Peral, Portada, Avenida Ramon y Cajal and Avenida Nabeul.  Here you can walk forever, immersed in the wonderful atmosphere of the Old Marbella

The first settlement on the site of the present Marbella dates from the Romans some two and a half thousand years ago. This hypothesis is not yet completely backed by scientific evidence as archeologists are still working on this subject, however, the Romans have left their imprint around the city with its III century preserved baths and lovely stained mosaics in the remains of the lovely “Villa de Rio Verde”.   History tells us that once the Governor of the then Roman “Hispania Ulterior” was no less than Caius Julius Cesar who legend says cured his psoriasis in the sulphur-rich water of the “Smelly baths” built under his patronage obviously in the 1BC, in Manilva, Malaga

A most beautiful place for a stroll is the “Avenida del Mar”, decorated by exquisite sculptures by Salvador Dali.  

A most beautiful place for a stroll is the “Avenida del Mar”, decorated by exquisite sculptures by Salvador Dali.

Also the town offers such unusual attractions as the Museum of Bonsai, which, as you surely guess,   maintains a collection of Bonsai which is the largest and most beautiful in Europe. A short stroll away from the historic center, just in the Parque de la Represa”, is the “Dyke park”.


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