Marbella It is one of the destinations of Spain most visited by international tourists. Of the 111,485 overnight stays recorded in November 2023, almost 85% were foreigners (94,479). What resonates most about Marbella is leisure and luxury, and this can overshadow its most authentic and ancient side. The following plans and monuments are some proposals for discover the most historical and traditional side of the city of Malaga.


Marbella.


The only city in Spain that is among the 10 most relaxing in the world

Arab Castle of Marbella

Arab Castle of Marbella.
Arab Castle of Marbella.

He Arab Castle of Marbella It is the most important Muslim footprint in the city. It is made up of various materials and reflects different construction methods, but most of the finds indicate that it is a Muslim fortress whose walls date from the 12th and 13th centuries. It is located in the historic center of the city, near the famous Plaza de los Naranjos, and was declared Asset of National Interest in 1949.

Ralli Museum

Facade of the Ralli Museum in Marbella, the only one of the five museums located in Europe.
Facade of the Ralli Museum in Marbella, the only one of the five museums located in Europe.

In one of the simple White, low-rise houses that make up the Costa del Sol camouflage the Ralli Museum. There are only five of these select museums in the world and one of them is located very close to Puerto Banús. latin american contemporary art which is also he unique in Europe. Collections by Wilfredo Lam, Víctor Quiroga and Dalí are exhibited in this art gallery and can be visited free.

Old Town

Plaza de los Naranjos, center of the old town of Marbella.
Plaza de los Naranjos, center of the old town of Marbella.

It is difficult to highlight just one street in the charming old town of Marbella. Its winding cobblestone streets surrounded by white houses with balconies adorned with colorful flowers and pots make it perfect for exploring on foot. It is essential to go through the Orange Square (15th century) and see the Town Hall and the Alderman’s House.

Christian devotion

View from below of the bell tower of the Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation in the old town of Marbella.
View of the bell tower of the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, in the old town of Marbella.

In the historic center there are also several religious temples that are worth a visit. One of them is the San Juan de Dios Chapel, built by order of the Catholic Monarchs to celebrate the Reconquista. The Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation It is an 18th century building whose main altarpiece houses the image of Saint Barnabas, the patron saint of the city. For its part, the hermitage of Santiago It is the oldest Christian parish in Marbella and was a mosque consecrated after the Reconquista.

Archeological sites

Villa Romana del Río Verde, archaeological site in Marbella.
Villa Romana del Río Verde, archaeological site in Marbella.

Perhaps it is its most unknown attraction, but the municipality of Marbella has several locations with ancient finds such as the Basilica of Vega del Mar (3rd century-7th century AD), from the early Christian period, and from the Roman era are the Guadalmina baths and the Roman Villa of Río Verde (both from the 2nd century AD).


Álora town and its castle.


One of the most impressive castles in Malaga: an Arab fortress of Phoenician and Roman origin on top of a hill

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