The jewel in the crown of the tourist resorts along the Costa del Sol, Marbellahas become internationally famous for its well-heeled, exclusive atmosphere, its beaches and shady parks, a location that between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea and the flair of a cosmopolitan city. In summer, especially, the city comes to life and you find a colourful and multicultural mix of locals and wealthy international visitors.
Marbella has been inhabited through its 3000 years of history by many civilisations – from the Romans to Moors and later on Christians – and some of the remains of these eras can still be seen in well preserved monuments of the old city.
A famous marina situated six kilometres from Marbella city, Puerto Banúsinherited its name from its promoter J. Banús, who designed the port in the 1970s. It is, without doubt, one of the major attractions of Marbella and has been awarded the Gold mercury International for having fomented economic, social and cultural growth. At the heart of the town, the sport and leisure marina hosts a total of 915 berths with some of the most luxurious yachts in the world.
One of the more interesting things to do in Marbella is to visit its castle. The city’s most prominent remains from the culturally rich Moorish era of Al-Andalus are now to be found in the historic centre, which in former times was one of the most important cities in the province of Malaga. The fortified town of Marbella of Muslim times enclosed a space of approximately 90,000 square metres.
Marbella Old town
No Marbella guide would be complete without at least touching upon the beautiful, and very well preserved old town which has remained practically the same since the 16th century. Key monuments includes its famous square Los Naranjos and narrow streets with whitewashed houses that nowadays host a great variety of establishments like shops, bars and restaurants. While essentially a thrusting, modern, cosmopolitan city, the charm of Marbella lies in its old town, with its feel of an Andalucian village.
Related Marbella links
- Marbella in the Wikipedia
Marbella offers a great number of quality beaches where we get the chance to enjoy its excellent climate and its distinguished atmosphere with the maximum comfort. Keep on reading to find out which are the most popular beaches in Marbella:
This more secluded beach with fine golden sand stretches from Punta Ladrones until Cabopino. Part of this beach, which is far less bustling than the other Marbella beaches, is reserved for nudists.
Casablanca beach is a pleasant and convenient beach with a good infrastructure, like jet ski hire, canoes etc. The sand is of fine white quality and connected to Fontanilla by a raised boardwalk that offers very good views of the beach where close to the water grow pine trees and Palm trees.
El Alicate beach
This beach lies at the foot of the Costa Mar residential development, and the river Sequillo flows into it. Here we find several facilities such as a red cross post and restaurants.
El Pinillo beach
This beach is situated on the outskirts of Marbella, beyond Cable beach and stretches for almost 3 km until the mouth of the river Real. At this sand beach you can hire jet skis, canoes etc. and the typical vegetation of pine trees and bushes that extend until the seashore.
Los Monteros beach
This semi urban sandy beach is situated close to the urbanization of Bahía de Marbella presents natural dune formations; Los Monteros beach normally has a low occupation and good services.
Nueva Andalucia beach
This semi urban beach with fine sand is about 1 kilometre long and normally has a high occupancy. The zone, close to Puerto Banús, is known as Playa del Duque and offers many facilities, such as hire of water bikes, pedals and kayaks; it also has wooden ramps facilitating the access.
Marbella is the chosen place for many big screen personalities, where most of them choose the Golden Mile as the place for their holiday residence; the Golden Mile is a small area between Marbella and Puerto Banus, with great international fame. It has impressive mansions and even a palace.
On the beaches in Marbella and Puerto Banus we’ll find all the services and amenities: sunbeds, beach bars, clubs like Nikki Beach or Ocean Club, where luxurious parties are held every year…on the Marbella beaches there’s so much we can do, come and see for yourself.
Along Marbella’s history many cultures have settled here, like the Visigoths, Vandals and Byzantines, who have left reminders of their cultures in form of archeological remains. As well we can find important roman vestiges in form of the fortified settlement in the historic centre.
These defining boundaries are known today as the Old Town centre and it´s perimeter was formed by the streets Peral and the Portada doorway to the north, Huerta Chica Street to the west, the Wall streets Fortaleza and Muro to the south and Represa to the east.
One of the city´s most important constructions was the Moorish Castle or Alcazaba (al Kasbah in Arabic). Initially, the castle had a purely military purpose but later it was modified and a perimeter wall was build around the town (Medina).
In the year 1485, after the Reconquista, the Moors handed over the keys of their city Marbiliya to the Catholic Kings. Then stared a period with a lot of fortification work on the castle and the city itself and several watchtowers were built along the coast.
You could enter or leave Marbella via three gates. The Ronda Gate (now Puente de Ronda Square) to the Northeast of the city and named after the town to which the road led. To the South, La Puerta del Mar (The Sea Gate) which also takes its name from the road which led to the capital of the province.
The 16th century was important for the town in terms of development and growth. During that time took place the construction of the Plaza de los Naranjos and the Calle Nueva, which connected the beautiful square to the Puerta del Mar.
It was during the 17th century that Marbella began to expand beyond its city walls to the North, being its main road being the Calle Ancha (Brode Street).
One century later, gradually stared building up the new district Barrio Nuevo around the old road to Málaga. Here is still to be seen the historic site of the Cruz del Humilladero, where King Fernando the Catholic worshiped God in reverence after the recapture of Marbella form the Arabs, on the Patron Day of San Bernabé on June, 11th 1485.
The wild and lively nightlife in Marbella is one of the mayor attractions for the visitors of the Costa del Sol´s most fashionable Tourist Resort. Who is looking for Clubs and Discotheques, will find this being an easy task in Marbella.
Spanish nightlife normally doesn’t start before midnight, as the Spaniards tend to go out late and then until the early morning hours; many bars – and especially in summer – have late closing hours and there are as well plenty of After Clubs, which means that the party goes on as long as you want!
C/ Ortega y Gasset
D.J. – Disco Bar
Plaza de la Comedia. Puerto Banús
Navy – Dancing
2ª Linea del Puerto Banús
Tel: 952 78 42 83
Dolmen – Disco Pub
Plaza de los Olivos
Avd Camilo José Cela
Zimbawe – Disco Pub
Plaza De los Olivos
Nightclubs in Marbella nightlife
- Marbella nightlife : Find out the nightclubs presents in the Marbella nightlife.