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Historic Places in Marbella

Parque de la Alameda
Avenida Ramón y Cajal, s/nMarbella, 29600
Te: +34 95 246 04 04 / 95 246 04 08 / 95 246 04 09
Fax: 95 246 94 42
www.aquamijas.com


This lovely park full of greenery, with shade trees for passers-by, jasmines and bougeanvilleas, is half-way between the Paseo Martimo boardwalk and the old part of the city. In the middle of the 18th century they stopped planting botanical species. At that time, it took up around 20000 square metres and stretched as far as the old castle walls. Land was gradually lost as it was needed for new buildings. The park has been revamped several times becoming what is now known as Avenida del Mar, with half a dozen sculptures by Salvador Dal. In the centre, there's a large ceramic fountain, surrounded by ceramic benches. This is where the very old get together and retell their old love stories between the branches of the trees.
Basílica Vega del Mar
Urbanización Linda Vista BajaSan Pedro de AlcántaraMarbella, 29600
Tel: +34 95 2781360


Here you'll find a paleo-Christian construction built by the Visigoths in the 4th century and unlike anything else in Spain. It is set inside the center of a religious junction of two absides - the western and eastern ones. Nearby, is a necropolis that was discovered at the beginning of the past century (1915) almost by accident, given that the "discoverers" were actually planting eucaliptus trees in the surrounding area.

After various excavations, there have been many archeological pieces found that prove the presence of ancient cultures in the region. Tourist visits are guided at midday, three days a week.

Open Hours: Midday Tue, Thu & Sat

Bóvedas (Las)
San Pedro de AlcántaraMarbella, 29678
Tel: +34 95 2781360


The remains of these Roman baths, known locally as las Bóvedas (the domes), are found close to the Paleo-Christian Basilica, Vega del Mar. Historians are still unsure of the baths' true origins, though most believe that they are all that remain of the Roman settlement known as Cilniana (or Silniana) destroyed by an earthquake in 365 A.D. You can visit these baths along with the better conserved Villa Romana (Roman villa).

Guided tours are available on Tue, Thu and Sat at midday, though only by prior arrangement. These tours are free, but a car is needed to get here from the meeting point (the tourist office).

Murallas del Castillo (Las)
Salinas, s/nMarbella, 29600

In the heart of the old quarter stand the remains of the Arab castle and city walls that once spread over 90000m2. It is the only construction that still remains from the Muslim era. It was built in the 10th century in the Caliph period, later enlarged in the 14th century by the Nazaries.

There are many legends associated with the old castle and walls, including rumours of secret and underground passages, connecting the ancient fortress with the sea. The castle's original layout is rectangular, measuring 90m x 160m2; unfortunately, the years have taken their toll on this beautiful building and it has lost all its towers. The walls and part of the castle are currently being restored.

The inside is not open to the public.
Paseo Marítimo
Promenade de MarbelliMarbella, 29600

If you take into account that the town of Marbella covers over 25 kilometres of coast and beaches, you shouldn't be surprised that the city's Paseo Maritimo, or boardwalk, stretches over 6 kilometres. The white balustrade runs all along the promenade, full of palm trees, buildings and outdoor cafés.

Some of the showers on the beaches are elephant-shaped, with bathers showering under their trunks. A walk along the promenade is very pleasant at any time of year. You can go on a bicycle, skates or on foot, and stop at one of the restaurants or cafés to take in the sun or watch people go by.
Villa Romana de río Verde
San Pedro de AlcántaraMarbella, 26678
Tel: +34 95 2781360


The ruins of this ancient villa are located at the mouth of the Verde River, on the outskirts of Marbella. It dates back to the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, and it has been known about since the mid-18th century, although the excavations didn't began until the 1960s, when the archeologist and historian, Carlos Posac and Fernando Alcalá, discovered part of the villa.

There is an internal courtyard with lots of columns and a dozen rooms. The mosaics on the floors of the old villa, featuring sea and culinary motifs and faces, are truly magnificent. You can take a free guided tour on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at midday.

Open Hours: Midday Tue, Thu & Sat
 
 
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