Just a short 4 km from the hotel, Marbella’s Old Town (Casco Antiguo), with its ancient architecture, maze of narrow streets and whitewashed buildings, is a cultural gem.
Let’s begin our tour with a few historical snippets….
Evidence suggests that life in Marbella dates back to the Neolithic and Paleolithic era and later the phoenicians.
The Romans settled in the area and named the city Salduba (salt city). According to the ancient historian Pliny, wealthy romans vacationed along the coastline. You can still visit the ruins of Villa Verde today.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, the visigoths ruled the area until 712 A.D. An ancient burial ground can be found just outside the city.
After the visigoths, the moors inhabited Marbella until 1485. Under Islamic rule Marbella was recognised as a garden paradise with beautiful fortifications and architecture.
After the city passed into the hands of the Crown of Castile, the Spanish Monarchy set about building the Plaza de los Naranjos, cathedrals and Marbella’s many great squares.
Today Marbella’s Old Town is bursting with chic shops, beautiful cafes, authentic tapas bars and restaurants.
Narrow alleys, whitewashed houses & floral balconies.
Paper lanterns adorn the streets.
Squares with hidden statues, fountains and monuments appear out of nowhere.
Orange Square (Plaza de los Naranjos) is one of the most emblematic places to visit.
The remains of the castle and the stone walls that once surrounded the Islamic town.
The Church of the Incarnation (Iglesia de la Encarnación) is a site of great historical significance.
Our Lady of Sorrows (Virgen de los Dolores) offers one of the most beautiful images in the old quarter.
Whitewashed walls and blue flower pots are so typically Andalusian.
The best way to enjoy the old town is just to let go and allow yourself to discover all the secret passageways and hidden corners.
Simply enjoy the city’s magic, spell and its smells…
Its bars and restaurants will welcome with open arms to enjoy a tinto de verano and a tapa of ham.
And to be seduced by the flamenco art nothing like El Tablao de Ana Maria Los Chatos where you will be captivated by its music and dancers.
…….And best of all. During your way for these places full of history and magic you will always be followed by the warm, friendly and charismatic people of the city of Marbella.