Marbella Old Town is one of the most beautiful of its kind in Andalucía.
It is a magnificently preserved area with narrow, white streets and floral balconies where, along with a wide range of restaurants, cafes, bars and boutique shops, you will find Plaza de los Naranjos or Orange Square, which includes the 16th Century Town Hall, in a perfect state of preservation, the Ermita de Santiago or Santiago Chapel, the first Christian church in the town, built in the 15th century, the Casa del Corregidor or Mayor’s House, dating back to the 16th century.
Close by is the Iglesia de la Encarnación or Church of the Incarnation, work on which started in the 17th century, the 16th century Capilla or Chapel de San Juan de Dios, which will one day become part of the town’s hospital, the Ermita or Chapel del Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz, constructed in the 16th century, and the Hospital Bazán which has, since 1992, housed the Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo (Museum of Modern Spanish Engravings), the foremost of its generation, featuring a broad range of artists such as Picasso, Miró, Tapies, Chillida and many others.
You can also visit the remains of the walls which surrounded the Muslim town and those of the Arabic Castle where you can even see traces of Roman capitals extracted from other buildings and used in their construction.
A magnificent collection of works, considered to be one of the best in Europe, is housed in the Bonsái Museum, also very close by. The Cortijo Miraflores Museum and the Municipal Archaeology Collection similarly represent an appropriate choice on a cultural visit.