Known as one of Costa del Sol’s prime destinations, Marbella is a paradise for all who visit. The beautiful parks and pristine beaches are the perfect welcome for any type of traveler. While there is a lot to see in the city, Old Town is arguably one part you shouldn’t miss. From the Plaza de los Naranjos, to the old Arab wall, to the many religious buildings and statues, you’ll have a lot to see while you’re walking about.
To help plan your trip, we’ve gathered a list of the sights you can’t miss while you’re in Old Town.
Plaza de Los Naranjos
This plaza is Marbella’s most famous and characteristic corner, with its orange trees and beautiful architecture which date back to the time of the Catholic Monarchs. As you walk through this fragrant square, your senses will be pleasantly tickled by the sweet aroma of the orange blossoms. The trees are practical as well as beautiful, if you choose to sit under them to take a break from the strong Spanish sun. This area is the perfect place to start your search for a hotel in Marbella. It’s central and has everything you could ask for.
The Arab Walls
The walls of Marbella contain an old fortress which is declared a cultural interest asset, perfect for history and culture buffs to explore. The old Arab medina used to be housed within these walls, and the Arab/Muslim roots of this area are well preserved, along with the different eras which you can see built on top of the ancient walls. Whether you’re interested in history or not, this part of town should not be missed, it’s also a perfect backdrop for some spectacular photography.
Santo Cristo Hermitage
One of the highest points in town, this temple is the perfect example of typical Andalusian architecture. The sanctuary holds the distinction of being the oldest in the city. Many locals make a pilgrimage here, which should not be missed during your visit to Marbella.
The Church of the Incarnation
This former mosque turned Catholic Church is a photographer’s dream. While only one of three original entry ways is still in service, the 18th century Rococo style carvings are exquisite and show you the love and dedication that is put into this church. Inside and out, you will be awed as you explore the level of detail the architects of this Marbella church designed. There are many tours of Marbella which will show you, and many other famous attractions, should you be interested in more of an organized event.
A smaller version of the Plaza de Los Naranjos, this square has one important feature. Shade. The strong sun is a drawing point for many travelers to Marbella, however it is nice to take a break in the afternoon, when the sun is at its zenith. The fountain in the center of the square is surrounded by trees and plants which offer a tranquil atmosphere to spend an hour or two just relaxing.