18 Marbella attractions recommended to visit
Marbella is a world-famous fashionable resort on the southern coast of the Costa del Sol. Among the numerous attractions of Marbella (Spain) there is something for everyone to enjoy – from beaches and parks to beautiful old buildings and nightlife in world-class facilities. So what to see in Marbella during your vacation in this wonderful resort?
Orange Square | Photo: wikimedia.
Plaza de los Naranjos or Orange Square is located in the center of the old part of Marbella – all the narrow paved streets of the historic district lead to it. The orange trees, one of the main symbols of Andalusia, are planted everywhere. The square is full of tapas bars and restaurants with sunny terraces where you can relax with a small glass of cold beer.
Address: Orange Square, Naranjos Square, Marbella, Spain.
Beach Fontanilla.| Photo: wikimedia.
Playa de la Fontanilla is the main beach within the city limits, which stretches along the southern part of Marbella. It has all the amenities of a popular city beach: rented lounge chairs; showers; water activities; water sports equipment rentals; and, of course, a promenade filled with bars and restaurants that offer menus for every taste, from Indian cuisine to tapas.
Address: Paseo Marítimo, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain.
Playa de la Bajadilla is located a little east of Fontanilla beach, in the old fishermen’s quarter of Marbella. This beach is smaller and occupies a curved section of sandy coast. It is wide, shallow, with no waves, so it is always crowded in the summer. Right on Bahadilla Beach are the tables of Puerto Playa, one of the city’s best seafood restaurants.
Address: Restaurante Puerto Playa, Marbella, Spain.
Old Town district.
Old Town neighborhood.| Photo: Kamyar Adl / Flickr.
The picturesque old town Casco Antiguo in Marbella is one of the most intimate places in Andalusia. The interweaving of flowery streets, romantic squares and elegant townhouses is as enchanting as the oldest neighborhoods of Granada, Cordoba and Seville. The best way to get lost in the atmosphere of the old city is to get lost in its narrow streets (this will not be too difficult).
Address: Casco Historico, Plaza de los Naranjos, 3, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain.
Divina Pastora neighborhood.
Divina Pastora neighborhood.
Divina Pastora is a lively residential neighborhood in the center of Marbella (east of Represa Park) that is definitely worth a visit. After shopping in the markets of the old town, locals love to chat by the fruit and vegetable stands, or have a coffee in the cheap bars. In the local church, you can view paintings of the different Andalusian provinces.
Address: Calzados Gutiérrez, Calle Peñuelas, 5, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain.
Santo Cristo Square
Plaza de Santo Cristo. | Photo: Maria Victoria Rodriguez / Flickr.
Plaza Santo Cristo is another attractive square in the old city. Here you will find two colorful buildings: the bright yellow bar where Ana Maria flamenco shows take place, and next to it, the burgundy building of the former café. A historic site to the left of these buildings is the 15th century Santo Cristo Chapel.
Address: Plaza Santo Cristo, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain.
Cartijo Mipaflores Museum | Photo: wikimedia.
Miraflores is a residential area of the city, located north of the historic center of Marbella. It is known for its local friendliness, which is evident in everything. There are several museums: the small but interesting Cartijo Mipaflores, which tells the history of olive oil production, and archaeology museums.
Address: Centro Cultural Cortijo De Miraflores, Calle San Pedro de Alcantara, 10, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain.
Salvador Dali Sculptures
One of the sculptures by Salvador Dali.
Many may be surprised to learn that Marbella has a world-class collection of sculptures by Salvador Dali. Ten bronze works by the famous Catalan surrealist are presented along Avenida del Mar, the city’s wide boulevard leading to the promenade.
Address: Esculturas de Dalí, Av. del Mar, Avenida, 16, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain.
Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engravings
Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engravings. | Photo: wikimedia.
The Museo del Grabado Español Contemporaneo is the only museum of its kind in Spain. It is housed in a graceful 16th-century structure that once served as a hospital. Through the exhibits in the museum’s permanent collection, the entire history of Spanish prints and graphics can be traced. The galleries also feature works by famous artists, including Dali and Miró.
Address: Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo, Calle Hospital Bazán, s/n, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain.
Puerto Banús Marina
Puerto Banús marina.
Puerto Banús is a fashionable marina located eight kilometers west of Marbella. Today it is one of the most famous places on the Costa del Sol, which can be briefly described in three words: yachts, Ferraris and boutiques. Visit it to find out if the marina really deserves its fame.
Address: Puerto banús muelle de honor – torre de control, marbella, málaga es 29660 29660 Marbella, Málaga, Spain.
Parque Alameda.| Photo: wikimedia.
Parque de Alameda is a romantic, tropical-like park located in the center of the modern part of the city, just behind the Paseo Maritimo (Paseo Maritimo) promenade.
Its main avenue is adorned with benches lined with wonderful ceramic tiles, and the centerpiece of the park is a large beautiful 17th century fountain. There is an organic produce market on the first Saturday of every month.
Address: Parque de la Alameda, Avda. Ramón y Cajal, s/n, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain.
National Park of Nagueles.
Nagüeles National Park.
Nagüeles is a national country park located in the foothills of the Sierra Blanca, just five kilometers north of Marbella. Guests are provided with a spacious recreation area equipped with several barbecue grills and picnic tables; as well as a play and exercise area for dogs.
Address: Parque Nagüeles, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain.
Parque de la Constitución
The Parque de la Constitución is the largest public park in the center of Marbella. It is a nice place to relax on its shady paths, sheltering from the hot sun in spring and summer. It is during these seasons that concerts take place in the park’s auditorium. The outdoor terrace of the cafe is an ideal place to sit quietly and order an ice cream or a cold drink.
Address: Constitution Park, Av. Arias Maldonado 14, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain.
In the center of the city the only monuments of the centuries-old history of Marbella are the dilapidated walls and watchtowers of the fortress. These ruins, near the west side of the Represa Park, once protected a 9th century fort. The fortress walls and towers were built in the 10th and 11th centuries, during Moorish rule.
Address: Castle Walls, Calle Portada, 7, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain.
Do you want to feel the atmosphere of the local street life? Then go to the central food market of the city – Mercado de Marbella. Here you can find everything: cheese and wine; fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat; smoked ham; and bundles of dried peppers. And, of course, there are groups of locals everywhere, talking loudly and gesticulating vigorously as they shop.
Address: Hnos Haro, Av. Mercado, 1D, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain.
Marbella is the only major city in Andalusia that has a museum dedicated to miniature trees. In the halls of the Museo del Bonsai, located in the central part of the Represa Park, you can admire amazing examples of bonsai trees. It is also the oldest collection of wild olive trees in Europe.
Address: Bonsai Museum, Parque Arroyo de la Represa, Avda. del Doctor Maiz Viñal, 29600 Marbella, Málaga, Spain.
Church of Santa Maria Encarnación
Church of St. Mary Encarnacion. | Photo: elCandidato Comunicación / Flickr.
One of the most striking historical landmarks of Marbella is this majestic church with Renaissance and Baroque architectural elements. It was built in the middle of the 18th century. The city was only liberated from the Moorish rule at the end of the fifteenth century, which is much later than almost all of Spain.
The former mosque was immediately consecrated and became a Christian place of worship several centuries before the structure was completed. Some of the architecture of the building was remodeled for Christian use. For example, the church tower was once a minaret. The plan of the interior space was changed to a basilica layout with three aisles and added a luxurious 18th century rococo decoration.
Address: Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, Plaza de la Iglesia, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain.
La Concha mountain
The top of the mountain La Concha.
A great idea for travelers is to climb the mountain outside the city in the season with milder weather conditions. Mount La Concha is part of the Sierra Blanca coastal range and is over 1,200 meters above sea level. The mountain peak, devoid of vegetation, can be seen from anywhere in Marbella.
As you get closer to the summit, you will see a very different picture – steep valley slopes covered with tall pines and oaks. Following the signs, you will soon find yourself in the middle of a landscape of scrubby vegetation. From the top of the mountain, you will have an unforgettable panoramic view that stretches far beyond Marbella and into the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. The hike to La Concha Peak takes about four hours.