Strolling around the old part of the city is one of the great attractions that Marbella, considered by many as the capital of the Costa del Sol, has to offer its visitors.

Its narrow streets and historic buildings, shops, boutiques and galleries mean that getting lost in its streets is a truly unique and wonderful experience.

As Christmas approaches, the streets, houses and places of interest in this part of town are beautifully decorated and the spirit of this magical time of year is felt in every corner. Gold and silver stars, Christmas trees, hand-made baubles in every colour imaginable, garlands of festive lights and the sounds of Christmas carols are guaranteed to get people in the mood for Christmas.

Those who fancy a bite to will be enticed by the smell of marzipan and nougat, together with the traditional Spanish polvorones and buñuelos.

During this festive season, bright lights form stunning arches over the narrow and winding streets and light up the trees in the typical squares, creating the perfect place to sit and enjoy a hot drink in a very special atmosphere.

All establishments in the old town do their part to make all visitors feel part of the Yuletide celebrations. For this reason, many special activities are programmed so that young and old alike can join in the fun and tradition.

This initiative led to fun events such as the best Christmas shop window decoration award, organised by the Association of Shopkeepers in the old town. In addition, there are Christmas carol competitions, a Father Christmas Parade, Christmas concerts, a Christmas cakes and sweet treats competition, plus Christmas card and Nativity Scene competitions for children. Those who enjoy traditional music will love the Zambombas and Panderetas live on the streets, and young ones can’t miss the Parade in which the Royal Postmen for the Three Kings collect children’s letters to pass on to Their Royal Highnesses. The festive season is brought to a close with events such as the spectacular New Year’s Eve party, Children’s entertainment shows and, on 6 January, all children can sample the famous Roscón de Reyes, a type of cake traditionally eaten on this day.

If you want to enjoy a traditional Marbella Christmas, and experience the wonderful customs this place has to offer, don’t miss the chance to wander round the streets and be seduced by the magic and charm of the old part of town.

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