PAST AND PRESENT
Prehistoric remains have been discovered from both the Palaeolithic period, at a location known in Las Chapas, and the Neolithic period in the foothills of the Sierra Blanca.
In the third century BC the Romans came and settled, giving Marbella its first name. They called it Salduba. Salduba was much more a trading post and agricultural settlement than a fishing village due to its strategic situation on the Augustus Highway.
In the Andalusi-Arabic period, the town stood on the site of the present-day centre of Marbella. During Nazari times, Marbella was part of the kingdom of Granada, a situation which persisted until its conquest by the Catholic Monarchs in 1485. Relics of this period in the old centre of Marbella are remains of the castle walls. Its present name comes from that time. The Moors called it Marbilha.
A new stimulus, which was to forever change the whole face of Marbella, San Pedro de Alcantara and the rest of the municipal area, as well as its inhabitants’ economic activities and way of life, came in the second half of the 20th century, when the progressive development of tourism, transformed the town into one of the world’s leading holiday resorts.
PLACES OF INTEREST
- Incarnation Church. 18th century. The main façade of the building is adorned with a beautiful red stone entrance in Baroque style. The church organ here is the most important built in Spain in the last 125 years. In the church square there is a tower which was part of the wall that used to surround the Moorish town.
- The Orange Square. This central plaza became the administrative centre of Marbella at that time. It has some important buildings, the most important is the Town Hall, on the front right-hand corner of the building is a sun dial, various shields and some commemorative stone inscriptions perfectly conserved and in legible condition. The Magistrate's House dates from 1552 and is easily recognisable by the arches on its top floor. And the third one is the Santiago's Chapel, 15th century and the town’s first Christian temple.
- The Castle, IX century. Within these walls, Marbella was first formed. It didn't take long before the village spread beyond the walls into a labyrinth of narrow streets.
- Saint John's Chapel, built in Mudejar Gothic style, 16th century. The entrance to the chapel is a stone arch. On the door to the church there are carvings of the town's coat of arms and a religious work of art. Inside the chapel, to the left there are fragments of frescos. These paintings were discovered during recent restoration.
- Bazán Hospital. in the XVI century it has expanded the cultural life of Marbella which was already great due to the wealth of ancient treasures found in the area. Nowadays it’s the CONTEMPORARY SPANISH ENGRAVINGS MUSEUM where there are works by Picasso, Miro, Dali and Tapies among others.
- Cortijo de Miraflores. Old olive and sugar mill. After many years of being a ruin it has been rebuilt and prepared to house a museum with an exhibition hall.
- Bonsai Museum, one of the many attractions of the Arroyo de la Represa Park is the BONSAI MUSEUM which has on of the best European collections of miniature trees.
WHAT TO DO
Marbella offers to the visitor wonderful beaches, beautiful parks and gardens and also a historical-artistic view very important and worthy.
The first thing starting the journey is to have an Andalusian breakfast, you can choose between a toast with oil or churros with chocolate and nothing better than Churrería San Ramón in the Orange Square.
If today is Monday you can visit the colourful and cheerful MERCADILLO where you can buy many different goods.
in a beautiful setting. In some of the cosy restaurants set in the Orange Square, where you, while enjoying your food, can enjoy the smell of the orange trees and the jazmines.
Lunchtime, our city has an enormous variety of restaurants where they have managed to combine international cuisine with the typical local dishes of the area
By evening we have to do a brief stroll through the Marbella's Old town, one can get an idea of its environment. While walking through its quaint streets, filled with the perfume and colour of its flowers and plants one can stop off to do some shopping. This historical part of Marbella is also an excellent shopping area. Its location, extension, and beauty offer an environment where one can buy almost anything one needs, from a typical souvenir to well-known brand names.
On the other hand Marbella has some Marinas like PUERTO DEPORTIVO DE MARBELLA or PUERTO CABOPINO, but the most important one is PUERTO BANUS.
But Marbella offers the opportunity to practise other exciting things. You can practise diving, trekking, off road route, riding horses and some other aquatic entertainments: surf, ski, sail, etc.
Also you can enjoy a very nice day with all your family and friends at FUNNY BEACH with go-karts, motorbikes, crazy boats, mini-golf, etc. For fun lovers... unlimited frenzy.
Marbella has a large list of HOTELS, from the 5 start hotels Grand Luxe (GL), to the cheaper but very nice too.
Marbella City Centre
If you wish for an urban lifestyle with more than a touch of Spanish charm, Marbella's city centre might be the place for you. Here, as in any Spanish city, you will find mostly flats available, mainly in high-rise buildings.
Be advised that Spanish towns and cities are noisy and Marbella is no exception. However, double-glazed windows can create a peaceful haven in the midst of the city's hustle and bustle. And there are numerous conveniences to "doing as the Spaniards" and living in the centre of town.
To begin with expect to find all amenities virtually on your doorstep. A school for your children should be within walking distance, and your neighbourhood should have a health centre, church and other community institutions available to residents.
Parking is a consideration though. As it is tight, you are best off purchasing a home that comes with a parking space, or purchasing parking separately if necessary.
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