The old town of Marbella sits within its ancient city walls where its pretty narrow lanes are filled with flower boxes adding splashes of colour. Its history is rich it was once the most important town on the coast during Moorish times, it’s also been home to the Phoenicians who controlled the sea trade in the Mediterranean for over 3000 years. The Visigoths were nomadic tribes who originated from the Germanic regions and the Romans who dominated and ruled the Mediterranean region.
Today, many rich and famous people own homes there including Arab Kings and movie stars. The historical suburbs of Barrio Alto and Barrio Nuevo are home to three important buildings, the town hall, which was built in 1568 by Catholic Monarchs in Renaissance style, the Mayor's house, combines Gothic and Renaissance styles in its façade, the roof is Mudejar style with delightful fresco murals in its interior, and the Chapel of Santiago, the oldest religious building in the city dates from the 15th century. If that is not enough for the history lovers other beautiful buildings of archaeological heritage include the Church of Santa María de la Encarnación, built in the Baroque style in 1618, Casa del Roque and the ruins of the Arabic castle and walls. The Renaissance style of the Capilla de San Juan de Dios (Chapel of St. John of God), the Hospital Real de la Misericordia (Royal Hospital of Mercy).
There are a number of museums and performance areas including opera venues and busy cultural calendar of events that run from June to October. These include the international film festival in June, the reggae festival in July and the international opera festival in August. In June is the Fair and Fiesta of San Bernabe is celebrated in honour the patron saint of Marbella. In October the fair and festivals in honour of the patron saint of San Pedro Alcantara are celebrated. The Fair and Festivals of Nueva Andalucía are celebrated in October. Further events include bullfights, musical performances, photo competitions and sporting events.
Sports enthusiasts won't be disappointed with an array of activities to partake in including golf, biking, hiking, quad bike tours, boat trips, water sports, skydiving, kiteboarding, fishing and Dolphin and Whale watching are just a few on offer. Shopping is exactly what you would expect it to be designer all the way with international brands for clothing and accessories. Exquisite jewellery shops offer the best quality diamonds and fine gemstones set in gold and platinum. There is a superb range of bars, cafes and restaurants serving fresh seafood dishes in Marbella, including fried fish, anchovies, mackerel, mullet or squid, to name just a few. Gazpacho and garlic soup is a favourite; desserts include wine doughnuts, oil cakes, borrachuelos (aniseed flavour in syrup) churros (fritters) and torrijas (French toast). These foods are local to Marbella; however, there are many excellent top-notch international restaurants.
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