Marbella Old Town
Marbella’s Old Townis one of the most beautiful of its kind in Andalucía. It represents an invitation to go on a trip filled with emotions. An Andalusian atmosphere breathes in these streets and when you pass places such as the town walls, it blends with traces of the Muslim era. The odour of orange blossom, jasmine and sea breeze intoxicate passers-by and create an out-of-the-ordinary journey. It is a magnificently preserved area with narrow, white streets and floral balconies where, along with a wide range of establishments, you will find Plaza de los Naranjos orOrange Square, which includes:
- the 16th Century Town Hall, in a perfect state of preservation,
- the Ermita de Santiago orSantiago Chapel, the first Christian church in the town, built in the 15th century,
- the Casa del CorregidororMayor’s House,dating back to the 16th century.
Close by is the Iglesia de la EncarnaciónorChurch of the Incarnation, work on which started in the 17th century, the 16th century Capillaor Chapelde San Juan de Dios, which will one day become part of the town’s hospital, the ErmitaorChapeldel Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz, constructed in the 16th century, and the Hospital Bazán which has, since 1992, housed the Museum of Modern Spanish Engravings, the foremost of its generation, featuring a broad range of artists such as Picasso, Miró, Tapies, Chillida and many others.
You can also visit the Remains of the Walls which surrounded the Muslim town and those of the Arabic Castle where you can even see traces of Roman capitals extracted from other buildings and used in their construction.
A magnificent collection of works, considered to be one of the best in Europe, is housed in theBonsái Museum, also very close by. The Cortijo Miraflores Museum, Ralli Museum and the Municipal Archaeology Collection similarly represent an appropriate choice on a cultural visit.