Marbella’s best-kept secrets

Marbella is located on the Costa del Sol, which stretches along Malaga province. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Spanish coast as the area has an average temperature of 25-30 degrees in summer and an annual average of 19 degrees, with over 300 days of sunshine in the year.

The town of Marbella is traditionally associated with luxury, exclusivity, jewellery, designer shops and big yachts. All of these can be found but the town also has a more intimate and historical side to it that many visitors leave without seeing.

The new district

Very close to the old quarter of Marbella, which is a must-see, lies the new district. It was originally a suburb of the village and dates back to the 18th century. When the threat from pirates diminished and the coast was protected by beacon towers, the district began to be developed with modest homes.

The new district is laid out along seven streets (Málaga, Sun, Lucero, Moon, San Román, Río and San Cristóbal) that have kept their traditional character despite the flow of people and vehicles. You’ll find simple, whitewashed houses that have tiles and wooden beams, and pots of flowers. You can wander through the streets and enjoy the neighbours chattering from window to window or the district’s chapel. You can also visit the Cruz del Humilladero where King Ferdinand the Catholic gained possession of the city from the Arabs on 11 June 1485.

La Virginia quarter

La Virginia is a typically Andalusian place, with its white walls, balconies with bougainvillea and pelargoniums, stone-paved streets, scents of flowers and the sound of water. It is not a closed community like some other areas of Marbella but a district of pretty houses with a picturesque square where you can stop and have a drink or bite to eat.

Fisherman's quarter

No more than ten minutes’ walk from the Plaza de los Naranjos in the old quarter, the old fisherman’s quarter is a total contrast. You can eat the freshest fish in town in the whitewashed houses converted into open-air restaurants. It is not a place of luxury restaurants but of plastic chairs and paper tablecloths where you can eat the best seafood: dogfish, mussels, sea bass, prawns, European hake, sardines… From the harbour, at the end of the breakwater you can take in the pretty view of Marbella.

The Castle

The Castle is the name given locally to the fortress that was built in the Middle Ages and was extended in the 14th century during the Nasrid occupation. Of the old citadel a tower and several parts of the wall are still standing.  The original city walls encircled the town. During the work carried out in 1980, an ancient mosque was discovered. In this area it is pleasant to wander through the quieter streets and discover the essence of a Marbella far removed from luxury and tourism.

Artola Dunes

Although the beaches of Marbella are not as beautiful as other beaches on the Spanish coast, there are still some unspoilt spots on the coast. The Cabopino beach is one of the best nudist beaches in Spain and one of the best preserved because it is located on a reserve of dunes. In this area you can find the Tower of Thieves, a piece of military and defensive architecture which dates back to Roman times.

Surroundings of Marbella

Beyond the tourist hubs and most-visited places you can explore the surroundings of Marbella and discover places like the Serrania de Ronda, Casares, Guadalorce Valley, Benahavis, white villages between mountains where you can enjoy the beauty of the surroundings and the local gastronomy.

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Marbella's best-kept secrets