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Marbella: A tour of its old town

Marbella is one of the star cities of national and international tourism. It has been known for being one of the Spanish benchmarks in this sector for decades and for this reason, it has become the destination of choice for thousands of travellers from our country and beyond our borders.

Although Marbella is known as the city of luxury and partying, this town on the Costa del Sol holds hidden secrets such as its old town. If you decide to travel here and get to know the culture and heritage of the city, a stroll through the historic centre of Marbella will take you back in time and show you how tradition is still present in its streets and façades. Andalucian character is one of the things you’ll see in Marbella’s old town, that, and its narrow, cosy alleyways, accompanied by white façades lined with potted plants and flowers. Strolling through its streets and squares full of life and floral aromas, with numerous bars and restaurants, as well as visiting the most emblematic buildings of the city are some of the things to do in the old town of Marbella.



A little history


Old Marbella


Marbella preserves the traces of a historical process that is both interesting and extensive in time. Its beginnings date back to the Roman period, though it can be said that the historic centre is the result of a Muslim settlement, where architectural remains, archaeological vestiges and testimonies by chronicles and travellers from the 12th century onwards converge, since it is from this century that Marbella began its development to the north with calle Ancha. One century later it spread to the east with Barrio Nuevo, around what is now calle Málaga, where Cruz del Humilladero is located.



Where to park


Malaga Parking


Parking in Marbella is complicated and more so during the summer season, which is when there is a greater number of tourists. The best way to not waste time is to use one of the car parks that exist in Marbella. As a general rule, we have to say that the car parks are expensive, but bear in mind that you are in Marbella and are going to save quite a lot of time. Here are some places to park your vehicle.


Plaza de la Victoria Car Park

The Plaza de la Victoria Car Park is the most suitable option for those who are going to visit the  centre of Marbella, since from here you can walk via the promenade and you will also see the famous Alameda and Avenida del Mar.

It has to be said that if there are no places at this car park, you only have to keep driving a little more in the direction of the Municipal Market and there you will find the Avenida del Mar Car Park, which we will talk about below.

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Avenida del Mar Car Park

This car park is located behind La Alameda Park, a few minutes from both the beach and the old town. This makes it perfect for those who decide to visit this part of Marbella. You enter via calle Macintosh and calle El Fuerte.

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El Mercado Car Park

This public car park, as its name indicates, is located at the Municipal Market, right in the heart of the old town, in the very centre. Its entrance is on Avenida del Mercado, while the pedestrian approaches are on calle Quevedo, at Plaza del Mercado and, of course, inside the market.

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Amare Car Park

The Amàre Marbella Beach Hotel car park is located next to the sea and its approach can be found on calle Francisco Pedrazuela. It is a few minutes from the historic centre and so is the perfect option if your intention is to visit Marbella‘s most attractive sites or enjoy a day of sun on the beach.

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Parking Marbell Center

Visiting the historic centre of Marbella and not finding a car park can be an odyssey. However, this car park is just a 5-minute walk from the old town.Its excellent location in Rafaela Aparicio, allows you to go to the historic centre, the promenade Avenida Duque Ahumada or some of the best-known places such as the Town Hall, the Alameda Park, or the Santiago Hermitage.

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Things to see


Plaza de los Naranjos Marbella


Plaza de los Naranjos

This square is indisputably the heart of Marbella old town. Here you can enjoy some of the city’s most beautiful monuments.

While the old town is full of squares and beautiful corners, this square has something captivating, albeit hard to explain.

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Alcazaba and walls

The Alcazaba is one of the historical elements that can still be enjoyed in Marbella. This construction shows different architectural elements that include Roman traces. As all fortifications, it was used as a defensive means until the Christian Reconquest, when it became an important coastal watch point.

Some of the towers that are preserved in the fortress walls were given names like Torre del Homenaje, Torre Blanca, Torre de la Campana, Torre de la Puerta de Hierro, etc.

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Marbella Alcazaba and walls - Crédito:Leeds Fotografica /


Marbella Castle

The Arab Castle is located a short distance from Plaza de los Naranjos and from the Church of the Incarnation. It is a Muslim construction that was erected by Abderraman III, and of what is currently visible, two towers and the College of Our Lady of Carmen today stand where the arms yard was. It has also been a Site of Cultural Interest since 1949.

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Magistrate’s House

The Magistrate’s House is the most treasured monument in Marbella’s old town. Its architectural style is late Mudejar gothic. As its name suggests, the building was the residence of the Magistrate. Today, its ground floor has a restaurant specialising in Mediterranean cuisine.

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Plaza Puente Ronda

This square is a must-see in Marbella. Its particular attraction are its colours and ambience. In earlier times, it was one of the three existing approach roads the city had.

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Torre Iglesia de la Encarnacion Marbella


Plaza de la Iglesia

Plaza de la Iglesia is one of the most beautiful squares in Marbella’s town centre and a must-see for visitors. It also often hosts events such as markets and concerts.

The added value of this area is the Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation on one side of the square and the ruins of the walls of the old castle on the other.

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Plaza de la Victoria and Plaza África

These two squares are the most practical entry points for visiting Marbella’s centre. Plaza de la Victoria has special charm, full of leafy trees and is also the best place to get tapas.

Conversely, Plaza África is a must-see for visitors walking from Alameda or Avenida del Mar.

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girl on swing statue, Alameda Park Marbella


Parque de La Alameda (La Alameda’s Park)

Located in the downtown area, in front of the city’s old town, it is one of the city’s historic green areas and the most ancient pathway. It offers a small botanic garden and traditional meeting areas.

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Vigil de Quiñones Park

Vigil de Quiñones Park is a forest park that combines exuberant vegetation with amenities for children and adults. Right at the entrance, tourists will find a petanque court, a multi-use track and a football pitch, in addition to a recreational area and cafe.

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Constitution Park Marbella


Arroyo de la Represa Park

At just over a mile long and with a surface area of almost 59,000 square feet, Arroyo de la Represa Park is the ideal place to spend a fun day, since it has two artificial lakes, sports tracks and a kid’s play area. It is also home to the Bonsai Museum, one of the places you must visit when in Marbella.

This park is perfect for relaxing and strolling… a place where you can disconnect in the very heart of Marbella.

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Parque de la Constitución

Parque de la Constitución is characterised by enjoying abundant vegetation and having a very pretty, albeit small, astronomical observatory. It also has an auditorium that often hosts shows.

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Things to do


Casco Antiguo Marbella


Tapas hopping

Marbella’s historic centre is one of the best places in Marbella to have a beer or a glass of wine while you enjoy some Basque style pinchos, market and seafood cuisine, or Cordoba or Asturian dishes. They have it all here. In the capital of the Costa del Sol you will find everything from small local bars to designer bars. There are options for all tastes, so here is a small selection of places where you can stop and enjoy a snack.


Taberna de la Niña del Pisto

At the Niña del Pisto you will enjoy pleasant service, with the option to have some tapas at the bar or sit at one of its tables and eat at a slower pace. Whether you go for the bar or its restaurant area, we advise you to not leave without trying its pisto with egg, salmorejo (Andalusian style gazpacho) and bull’s tail.

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Bodegas La Venencia

La Venencia is a mythical place in Marbella because it has been offering the best products for over 30 years. This place looks like an Andalusian bar, which gives it a special charm, though what customers will love are its Iberian products. This takes nothing away from its other gastronomic offerings, such as bull’s tail and lamb chops.

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Lobito de Mar Marbella


Lobito de Mar

This list would not be complete without Dani García’s beach bar. A highly recommended option for all those who want to enjoy the best seafood and fish.

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Back is a proposal where you can try dishes and tapas that are traditional, but reinvented in a modern style. At Back, special attention is paid to the details, from the aesthetic to the service. Here you can choose from having a drink at the bar to enjoying lovely food in its amazing dining room or enjoying the view on the terrace. Be sure to visit and you will see why you will not be disappointed.

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Bodega San Bernabé

Bodega de San Bernabé is one of the few typical Marbella bars still remaining today. It is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of vermouth with a tapa made from its delicious preserved foods, Iberian cold cuts or sausages. If you are wondering what we recommend, we will say that you can’t leave without trying the salmorejo or the combination of salted and picked anchovies

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Arco tapas bar

One of the most popular tapas bars in the historic centre of Marbella is Arco Tapas Bar. Sipping a sangria in the sun on this terrace while deciding which tapas to eat is a real pleasure and a luxury for visitors and locals alike.  The variety and quality of the tapas at this Mediterranean food bar is what makes it one of the most popular, as well as the friendliness of the staff. The patatas bravas, risotto, ceviche and tacos are some of the most popular tapas at Arco Tapas, but we warn you that any of them will be a hit because the presentation of the dishes is simply ideal.

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Bar el Estrecho

After a stroll through the old town of Marbella, having some tapas is the best option for our day without leaving this area of the city and recharging our batteries. In one of the narrow alleys, which could be where its name comes from, we find this small tapas bar in Marbella that is more than 70 years old. Spanish cuisine at its best is what El Estrecho offers us and what is more traditional than croquettes. This tapas bar won the award for the best croquettes in 2023. But this is not the only recognition that this special corner of Marbella has, as the service is second to none and for this reason, it also received the award for the best service. The secret of El Estrecho is the homemade food they have been making since 1954. As well as being the best place to eat the best croquettes in Marbella, you can’t leave without trying the meatballs, anchovies, salpicón and Russian salad. And of course, accompanied by a good vermouth. It is, without a doubt, one of the must-visit places on your list of tapas bars in Marbella in the heart of the historic centre.

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Taberna la Niña de el Pisto Marbella


La taberna del Pintxo

If there is a special place to eat tapas, it is this tavern. La Taberna del Pintxo is one of the most unique places in the historic centre of Marbella and it recreates the typical pintxos of the north of our country but fused with the gastronomy of the south. The preparation and quality of the products is incredible. As is the case in the bars of northern Spain, the windows of this tavern are filled with a multitude of tapas featuring a selection of hot and cold pintxos.  The variety and uniqueness of some tapas, such as the green or orange hamburger bread, gives it a very special touch where you can enjoy different flavours and recipes that will leave you open-mouthed.

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Gastrobar Marbella la Santa

Gastrobar de La Santa in Marbella is a picturesque place in the old town. This is one of the bars where you can eat delicious and different tapas and pinchos in a privileged environment both inside and outside on its magnificent terrace. The variety of tapas and wine cellar offered by this gastrobar is one of the main attractions of this restaurant. Although the range of gastronomic possibilities for our palates is very wide, the ones we recommend are the avocado flamenquín, the vegetable timbale, the foie lollipop or some of the delicious salads. The homemade, traditional, and modern cuisine, as well as the cosy setting of this gastrobar, create an authentic, beautiful, and welcoming atmosphere in which to enjoy good wine and good tapa in Marbella.

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Bar Altamirano

Marbella is a coastal town and as such seafood is one of the specialities of many of the bars and restaurants in the area. Bar Altamirano is characterised by its fish and seafood dishes in the old part of town. A fried fish and crayfish accompanied by a verdejo or any of their white wines is one of the best recommendations that this legendary bar in Marbella has to offer. In addition, the atmosphere of the area where it is located and the quality of its fresh produce make it one of the most popular, so we recommend that you go in advance as they do not accept reservations.

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Casco Antiguo Marbella, Food



Where to eat

Looking for somewhere to eat in Marbella old town is a pleasure because there is a wide range of restaurants.

You will find places to eat on any alleyway, though there are three ideal zones to use as a reference: Plaza de Los Naranjos, Calle Ancha and Calle Tetuán, and Calle Virgen de los Dolores and Ortiz de Molinillo.


Témpora Restaurant

Témpora Restaurant offers international cuisine in an intimate, quiet setting. One of its strong points is its friendly and very efficient service

At Témpora you will enjoy a romantic, charming ambience. We recommend it if you want to enjoy a great dinner in the most pleasant of settings.

Calle Tetuán, 9, 29601 Marbella
Tel:: +34 952 85 79 33
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Skina Restaurant

Skina is a restaurant with 1 Michelin star that offers Mediterranean and traditional cuisine. It has to be said that, while the restaurant is small, its decor and the waiters’ manner will make you feel at home.

Calle Aduar, 12, 29601 Marbella
Tel:: +34 952 76 52 77
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Zozoi Marbella


Zozoi Marbella

Zozoi de Marbella offers international dishes with a menu primarily focusing on tourists, so you can enjoy a variety of cuisines from Italian to Thai and Asian.

At this restaurant, much care has been taken with both the decor and the service, which is why the establishment is particularly cosy.
Plaza Altamirano, 1, 29601 Marbella
Tel:: +34 952 85 88 68
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The Farm

This restaurant is proud to offer slow food, a concept of cuisine based on fresh, organic produce. It is located in one of the oldest houses in Marbella that dates back to 1502.

At weekends, flamenco shows are put on in its charming Andalusian courtyard, which with its geraniums and wooden chairs becomes an outdoor jewel for lovers of what is “typical Spanish.”

Plaza Altamirano, 3, 29601 Marbella
Tel:: +34 952 82 25 57
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Los Naranjos 

The old town of Marbella has an Andalucian character with geraniums and flowerpots adorning the white facades of the houses and buildings in the alleyways of the centre. Los Naranjos restaurant is one of those that preserves the local roots and tradition, and this can be seen in its variety of dishes. A restaurant with more than 50 years of history in the Plaza de los Naranjos where you can enjoy homemade, Mediterranean, and international food. But if there is one thing this restaurant is famous for, it is its paella and fish. The quality of the fresh produce and the preparations are superb and for this reason, it is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the area. Enjoying the spectacular food of this iconic restaurant in the old town surrounded by trees and flowers on the terrace of Los Naranjos is a real luxury.

Plaza Los Naranjos 13
Tel:: +34 952 18 54 47
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Casanis Bistrot Marbella

It is one of the most welcoming and special places par excellence in the historic centre of Marbella where you can enjoy delicious tapas and dishes after dark. The atmosphere of the place is magical, both inside and outside, enveloping everyone who comes to the Bistrot. This town is privileged to have a restaurant serving traditional Mediterranean cuisine with French and Belgian influences where you can enjoy the gastronomy. The dish par excellence is the sirloin wellington, although the beef tartare and the Casanis prawns are a real treat for the palate. Having a special and pleasant evening in a place like this and enjoying the chef’s tapas and dishes is a gastronomic luxury of French cuisine. We recommend you make a reservation as it is one of the most popular tapas restaurants in Marbella’s old town.

Calle Ancha, 8, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain
Tel:: +34 952 90 04 50
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Patio de Mariscal restaurant Marbella


El Patio del Mariscal

This restaurant is one of the must-visit places in Marbella for a special evening out. The food at this restaurant focuses on different concepts with dreamy flavours. Mediterranean and international cuisine with special preparations that will make your experience memorable. The atmosphere at Patio del Mariscal is Moorish in style, with dim lighting in the courtyard and a surprise factor: music. Dining by candlelight in a cosy, romantic atmosphere, with music and tasty dishes is unbeatable.

Calle Virgen de los Dolores, 3 BAJO, Marbella
Tel:: +34 952 86 77 01
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Buenos Aires Steak House

The old town of Marbella has a multitude of different styles of food and therefore there are options for all palates. The Buenos Aires Steak House is an Argentinean restaurant where you can eat a good steak in the centre of Marbella. For lovers of juicy and tasty meats, Buenos Aires Steak House is the ideal place to taste its Argentinean grill specialities in a beautiful atmosphere, with attention to detail and full of friendliness and quality.

Calle Tetuán 1
Tel:: +34 952 77 31 24
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Casa Eladio

The most renewed tradition is the main focus of Casa Eladio. A restaurant in the old town is recommended by the Michelin Guide. The Andalusian roots are palpable in their dishes but with an updated and modern touch of a restaurant that is now in its third generation. The evolution of Casa Eladio has not wanted to forget its traditional and Mediterranean cuisine in its tasting dishes. The elaborations, the exquisite flavours and the careful presentation give a plus of quality to this restaurant that will not leave anyone indifferent and where we advise you to book in advance to witness one of the best gastronomic experiences in the historic centre of Marbella.

Calle Virgen de los Dolores, 6, Marbella
Tel:: +34 952 77 00 83
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Restaurant in Marbella’s old town

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Marbella old town - nightlife


Marbella’s old town is perfect for those looking for bars with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. This place is ideal to start the night, since many decide to start here and then move onto the Marina and stay out until dawn.


Azabache Karaoke

This place is perfect for spending a pleasant and fun night. It’s easy to understand why it has been open since 2005. It is located on Camilo José Cela and is the place for karaoke lovers, since it has over 50,000 songs to choose from, both old and new, and last generation sound equipment. They also usually put on competitions so you can pass the mic and have a laugh, and, who knows, maybe you will be discovered by a promotor and end up a famous singer.

Calle Camilo José Cela, 2, 29602 Marbella, Málaga
Tel:: +34 952 77 92 08
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Indian Kopas

This small bar, situated in a quiet part of the historic centre, has a terrace and a young clientele that seeks a complete offering at very competitive prices.

Calle Jacinto Benavente, 5, 29601 Marbella
Tel: +34 722 77 55 75
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The tavern Marbella

An English-style place in the heart of Marbella that opens its doors in the afternoon-evening to start the first beer. The wooden and rustic style and decoration makes it the place to meet up with friends. It is a sports bar where you can watch football or have a few beers from their wide range of beers or any of their many drinks. The friendliness of the owners and the good atmosphere makes it a cosy place to relax and have a quiet drink.

Calle del Peral, 7
Tel: +34 952 77 28 14
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Barrocco café cocktail bar


Frank’s Corner

A few minutes away from the old town you will find this corner with a spectacular terrace. Cocktails are their speciality, although you can enjoy any of their wide range of drinks. From gin and tonics to more elaborate milkshakes. To go out for a drink and enjoy music in a unique atmosphere on a beautiful terrace, Frank’s Corner is one of the most acclaimed options and also with very competitive prices.

Calle de Camilo José Cela, 12
Tel: +34 656 18 61 82
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Barrocco café cocktail bar

The location of this place for drinks is perfect. Between the centre of Marbella and the promenade, you will find the Barocco Café Cocktail Bar.

This bar is one of the best places to have a good coffee or one of their delicious smoothies. But it is undoubtedly the ideal place for a gin and tonic or one of their cocktails. The menu is very long, and the atmosphere is unbeatable. What’s more, the terrace offers spectacular views.

Avenida Duque de Ahumada, 8.
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Shops in Marbella old town


Tiendas Casco Antiguo Marbella


In Marbella’s town centre, you can enjoy exploring the unusual, small family shops; a mix of traditional and new shops, whose hand-made jewellery and clothing you will love.

Each corner has a surprise. There are specialist shops offering souvenirs, olive oil, local pottery and lace, all mixed with historic architecture. A delight for the senses.


D. Oliva

A beautiful shop specialising in Spanish olive oils and other products such as vinegars, salts and spices. It also has a line of organic cosmetic products made with extra virgin olive oil.

Calle Nueva, 9, 29601 Marbella
Tel: +34 952 76 67 44
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Vinacoteca Castillejos

If you are a lover of Bacchus’ liquor, this specialist premises offering a wide range of wines makes an ideal stop to get some recommendations and a gift to take home. With a strong commitment to wines from Málaga, Andalusia and Spain, and a gourmet food section.

Calle Castillejos, 4, 29601 Marbella
Tel: +34 952 77 36 25
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Vintage Deja Vu

A shop with countless vintage treasures that will take you back to the most iconic times of the 20th century. At Vintage Déjà Vu, which has been around for over two decades, you can choose from a variety of fashion items such as bags, dresses, accessories and shoes.

Calle Pedraza, 8, 29601 Marbella
Tel: +34 635 87 54 11
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Tatin Children’s Boutique

This shop is the meeting point for parents interested in finding sophistication, trends and own designs, all within the children’s universe, which is hard to do, but something that this shop has been able to achieve perfectly. So if you are a parent or just want to buy a children’s gift, this shop is the right option for you.

Calle Pedraza, 2, 29601 Marbella, Málaga
Tel. +34 952 77 43 91
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Marbella Old Town Open Shopping Centre


Marbella Old Town Shops


We could not talk about shopping in Marbella’s centre and not mention its open shopping centre, a space made up of over 400 businesses, including shops, bars and restaurants.

Here you can do your shopping and enjoy some down time as you walk through the narrow streets and pedestrian squares, all surrounded by a 9th century wall and numerous 16th century churches and chapels, among many other things.

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Shopping in Marbella

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Casco Antiguo Marbella


The treasure of Mustapha

Legend has it that in a chamber of the Barbican of Marbella Castle, there was a treasure enclosed in clay vessels, whose whereabouts were known only by Mustapha, the “charmed Moor.” Whoever was brave enough to try to get it would have to go three nights in a row to the place where a huge bull would be waiting, a large snake and finally on the third night, they would receive the precious treasure from the hands of Mustapha.


The hidden panelling of El Hospitalillo

The Chapel of San Juan de Dios, popularly known as “El Hospitalillo” and built in the 16th century by order of the Catholic Monarchs, hid Mozarable panelling for centuries, which only came to light in the mid-20th century.


The cross of Calle Málaga

A cross located on Calle Málaga shows the exact spot where, according to tradition, the Muslim governor of Marbella, Aguneza, handed over the keys to Ferdinand the Catholic on the day of the city’s reconquest on 11th June 1485. Each year on this date, which is a festival in Marbella, the day of its patron saint, San Bernabé, is celebrated.


San Juan de Dios


Arab wall

Next to the castle of Marbella is the Arab wall in the historic centre of the city. It is of such importance that it was recently declared an Asset of Cultural Tourist Interest. It is a jewel of our Arab ancestors, in particular, it was an ancient medina and nowadays this wall is the remains of a walled enclosure that today still preserves some of the Muslim vestiges and different architectural styles.


Museum of Contemporary Engraving

Enjoying culture and history in the heart of the old town of Marbella is one of the things you have to do on your route through this area of the city. Here we find the Museum of Contemporary Engraving which is nothing more and nothing less than a Renaissance palace in which more than 1300 works are exhibited and where we can find jewels of authors such as Dalí, Goya, Picasso and Miró. It is undoubtedly an obligatory stop for art lovers.


Santo Cristo hermitage

 Did you know that Marbella has a pilgrimage site? The Santo Cristo hermitage located in the area of the arrabal, one of the upper parts of the old town is a sanctuary, the oldest in the whole city. Its style is in the purest Andalusian style, with a facade of exposed stone and lime and serves as a point of pilgrimage.

So do you know of any other?


And the rest is for discovering…


Casco Antiguo Marbella


If you really want to enjoy Marbella’s old town, we recommend you throw your map into the first bin you find and stop for a second, since the best way to enjoy this marvellous enclave is to just wonder around its streets without worrying about where you are going or how long it will take you. Walk and take in its relaxed atmosphere.

In summary, deciding what to do and see in Marbella’s old town beforehand can help you and give you a general idea of what you will find, but the best advice we can give you is to just come.



Recharge your batteries at Amàre Beach Hotel Marbella


Amàre Beach Hotel Marbella


To visit the old town of Marbella and make all the plans and enjoy the richness, culture and history of this city, Amàre Beach Hotel Marbella  is located just 5 minutes from the historic centre. So, its location is ideal for you to go for tapas, dine in a restaurant and get to know the narrow streets and the ins and outs of the city.

It is a hotel recommended for adults, where you can enjoy an incomparable stay, private, quiet and with a perfect location, between the historic centre and the promenade, hence its name, which pays homage to the sea and which you can enjoy from this wonderful paradise

Do you have a reservation with us through Thomas Cook tour operator? We will be happy to help you on +34 917 941 285.