What to do in Marbella
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The city of Marbella is about 57kms. In the South of Málaga and southern Mediterranean coast, next to Sierra Blanca, that is why the city has a gap between the north and south which makes you enjoy the view of the sea and mountains. The township occupies about 120kms. with 28kms.of coastline and a population of about 130,000, of which almost 20% are foreigners. There are two main nuclei Marbella and San Pedro de Alcantara, with multiple estates as Nueva Andalucia and Las Chapas.
History of Marbella
The oldest remains found in the area of Las Chapas and in the Cave del Pecho date from the Paleolithic and Neolithic. There is also evidence of small colonies of the Phoenicians, but what is clear is the settlement of the Romans, confirmed by the existing remains of the Villa Romana de Rio Verde (first century), Las Termas de Guadalmina, known as The Vaults (century II or III), and the remains of Ionic capitals and the stones of the wall, in the Old City, and the remains of the Paleo-Christian Basilica of Vega del Mar (fourth century).
In the Islamic era, the Muslims built a fortress and later a castle (tenth century), and beacon towers to protect the city, which was formed by narrow streets and small buildings. Marbella's old town still maintains its route of that time. The Arabs called the city Marbil-la, which may be the origin of the current name. The city was held by the different Taifa kingdoms to be conquered by King Ferdinand in June 1485. The main economic activities from the Muslims until the nineteenth century was based on livestock, agriculture and the products of their orchards surrounding the city, the best known were figs, mulberry trees for silkworm production, and sweet wine of Marbella, already famous in the thirteenth century.
In the nineteenth century, industrialization came to the area, with the installation of the first blast furnaces in Spain, for melting iron from the mines of Sierra Blanca, becoming the province of Malaga the second in the country, to an industrial level. Since the second decade of the century XX, it began to develop an economy based on tourism and construction of medium and high purchasing power, making it one of the most important tourist centres of the world.
What to visit in Marbella
-Plaza de Los Naranjos.- It was built by the King Fernando the Catholic in 1485, Renaissance Castilian style similar to the Castilian squares of that time. It has a fountain dating from 1704, in the square you can find the following:
- Town Council.- built-in 1568 over its façade you can see the wide door of Mudejar style, a balcony in wrought iron, a sundial, and commemorate shields and plaques.
- La Casa del Corregidor.- Built-in 1552, we have to stand out its Gothic-Mudejar and Renaissance façade.
- Santiago.- The Hermitage was built in XV century, very simple construction with a single nave, is the oldest church in the city.
-Church of Nuestra Senora de la Encarnación.- Built initially in 1510, has undergone several reconstructions and renovations, the most important in 1710. After the twentieth century other renovations took place. This baroque-style church with three naves stands the Grand Organ in G major formed with 5,000 tubes of tin, and copper on wood. It is one of the largest building in Spain. Outside we can apprecite the rococo facade carved in brownish stone, and the square tower of about 50m. high and finished in a pyramidal form, topped by a weathervane.
-Church of Santo Cristo de Vera Cruz - Its construction dates from the XVI century and expanded with the construction of a tower chamber The church has a single ship. It also includes a Tuscan column that supports the choir. The cover is of carved stone.
-Chapel of San Juan de Dios - It was ordered by the Catholic Kings, Gothic-Mudejar style, stands inside the panelling Mozarabic and Mudejar and the front facade carved in stone, its wooden door with the Royal shield and the Order of St John of God shield.
-The Wall - It was built in the tenth century by Abd al-Rahman III, it underwent through several reforms between the XIV and XVI centuries.
-Cultural Center El Ingenio - Barriada El Ingenio S. Pedro de Alcántara, Tel. 952 825 035
-Museum Cortijo Miraflores - Avd. José Luis Morales Marin s/n Marbella, Tel. 952 902 714
-Bonsai Museum - Parque Arroyo Represa, Marbella, Tel. 952 862 926
-Museum of the Contemporary Spanish Engraving - Hospital Bazán s/n, Casco Antiguo -Marbella, Tel. 952 765 741
-Museum Ralli - Urb. Coral Beach CN-340 km 176, Puerto Banús, Tel. 952 857 923
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-Theatre Ciudad de Marbella - Olaza Ramón Martínez 3, Marbella. Tel. 952 903 159
-Cinema Cinesur Plaza del Mar - 8 Salas, Avda. Camilo José Cela s/n, Marbella. Tel. 952 766 941
-Complejo Gran Marbella - 7 Salas, Paseo Rivera, Pto. Banus, Marbella. Tel. 952 816 421
-Cinema Cinesa La Cañada - 8 Salas, Carr. Ojen s/n, Marbella. Tel. 902 333 231
-Casino Marbella - Casino, Restaurants and shows, CN340 km173, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella. Tel. 952 814 000
-Active Scuba Divers - Scuba diving, Pto. Deportivo Marbella Centro. Tel. 952 793 095
-Aquatime - Catamarán, watercraft, Kayak, water skiing etc. Beaches of Cabopino and Puente Romano. Tel. 686 488 068
-Buggy Safari Marbella - Buggy, mountain bikes, CN340 km192. Tel. 952 833 664
-Megabowl La Cañada - Bowling and billiards, Centro La Cañada. Tel. 952 903 370
-Aloha Super Bowls - Bowling (on lawn) and billiards, Aloha Golf Club, Tel. 952 817 713
-La Comedia - Muelle Ribera 12, Puerto Banús
-Olivia Valére - Crta. Istán km0,8 Marbella, Tel. 952 828 861
-Scream - Muelle Ribera casa OPQ 6, Puerto Banús Tel. 619 164 343
-Vanity - Camino de la Cruz s/n Las Lomas de Marbella, Tel. 952 866 996
-Nikki Beach - Beach H. Don Carlos, Crta. Cádiz km192, Tel. 952 836 239
-Atrium Beach Club - Beach El Cable Marbella, Tel. 687 908 053
-Mambo - Puerto Banús, Tel. 952 815 195
Flamenco Shows in Marbella
-Donde María - Vicente Blasco Ibáñez s/n, Marbella, Tel. 952 864 298
-Ana María - Santo Cristo Square, Marbella, Tel. 952 775 646
Pubs in Marbella
-Colonial Café - Pto. Deportivo Marbella, Tel. 676 585 829
-Azabache - Camino José Cela 6 Marbella, Tel. 952 823 723
-Kellys Bar - Avda. Arias Maldonado (apartamentos Skoll) Marbella, Tel. 952 779 537
-O´Willies Irish Whiskey Bar - Avda. Arias Maldonado 7 Marbella, Tel. 952 866 057
-Rubi Bar - Puerto Deportivo Marbella, Tel. 652 574 483
-The Tavern - C/ Peral 7 Marbella, Tel. 952 772 814
On the coast of the municipality there are four ports:
-Puerto Deportivo de Marbella - It has 377 berths, with services to 5tn crane, two dry docks to repair and fuel services.
-Port Banús - It has 915 berths, with elevator service to 50tn, mobile crane to 6tn, with workshops of all kinds of repairs and fuel. He is considered one of the best marinas of southern Europe.
-Cabopino Marina - It has 169 berths, has a small dock and fuel service.
-Puerto Pesquero de Marbella Marina La Bajadilla - It has 266 berths, slipway available, elevator, fuel and repair shop.
Beaches in Marbella
-Gualdalmina. San Pedro de Alcantara, semi.urban, 1600 mts lenght of goleen and thick sand.
-Linda Vista. San Pedro de Alcantara, semi-urban, 550 mts. of goleen and thick sand.
-San Pedro de Alcantara. Urban, with promenade, 1000m. of dark sand.
-El Duque. Puerto Banus, semi-urban, 1100mts long, fine golden sand.
-Puerto Banús. Urban promenade, 1000m long fine golden sand.
-Nagüeles. Urban promenade, located in Golden Mile ¨ ¨, 800mts length of fine golden sand.
-Casablanca. Semi-urban promenade 2000mts of golden sand from generation.
-El Alicate, along with that of Pinomar and Costa Bella.
-Las Chapas, form a length of about 2000mts fine golden sand.
-Real Zaragoza. Las Chapas, semi-urban 1800mts fine golden sand dunes.
-Las Chapas Artola. Naturist beach of fine sand 1500mts from the surrounding dunes.
Besides the above, the beaches of Cortijo Blanco, Rio Verde, of Ancon, de la Fontanilla, Lighthouse, Venus, the Bajadilla, Cable, Pinillo, the Viper, Calahonda Reeds and make up the coast in the municipality of Marbella.
Restaurants in Marbella
Some of the typical dishes of the area are: Grilled sardines, fried fish gazpachuelo, garlic soup, scrambled with asparagus, oil cakes, borrachuelos etc... There are about 500 restaurants in Marbella, with all kinds of prices and kitchen and some of them are:
More than 40€
-El Lago - andalusian cuisine, Urb Elviria Hills Avda. Las Cumbres, Tel. 952 832 371
-Buenaventura - international and Malaga's cuisine, Pla. Iglesia 5, Tel. 952 858 069
-La Meridiana del Alabardero - mediterranean cuisine, cno. de la Cruz, Tel. 952 776 190
-Usategui - basque cuisine, Urb. El Mirador, Tel. 952 827 317
-Villa Tiberio - italian cuisine, Crta. Cádiz km185, Tel. 952 771 799
-Calima - personal cuisine, José Meliá Tel. 952 764 252
-Antonio - seafood, Puerto Banús, Tel. 952 811 091
-Beckitts - french cuisine, Camilo José cela 4, Tel. 952 868 898
-La Suite del Mar - international cuisine ,Crta. Cádiz km177, Tel. 952 820 900
More than 20€
-Marisquería Pepe - seafood, Puerto Banús, Tel. 952 811 794
-La Parrilla de Viviana - grilled cuisine, San Pedro de Alcántara, Tel. 952 783 121
-La Taberna del Puerto - seafood, Pto. Pesquero Marbella, Tel. 952 828 325
-Santiago - mediterranean and seafood, Paseo Marítimo Marbella, Tel. 952 770 078
-Azafran - indian cuisine, Parq. Elviria 1 Marbella, Tel. 952 830 146
-León de Oro - chinese cuisine.- Puerto Banús, Tel. 952 817 177
-La Virginia - french and belgian cuisine, Jaime de Mora y Aragón s/n. Tel. 952 771 519
-Jacks American Brasserie - american suisine, Riviera s/n Marbella, Tel. 952 813 625
-Carusso - italian cuisine, Andalucia s/n San Pedro de Alcántara, Tel. 952 782 293
-La Pappardella - italian cuisine, Puerto Banús, Tel. 952 815 089
-Los Naranjos - international cuisine, Plaza los Naranjos Marbella, Tel. 952 771 819
-Azul Marino - international and Malaga's cuisine, Puerto Banús, Tel. 952 811 044
More than 10€
-Dragón del Mar - chinese cuisine, Puerto Banus, Tel. 952 817 969
-El Abrevadero - mediterranean cuisine, Av Mediterráneo, San Pedro Tel. 952 785 332
-Gambrinus - tapas , Ramón Areces Puerto Banús, Tel. 952 929 722
-El Pollo Andaluz - andalusian cuisine, AV. Los Girasoles Marbella, Tel. 952 811 722
-Roma - italian cuisine.- Los Naranjos 17 San Pedro de Alcántara, Tel. 952 860 784
-Antigua Marbella - tapas, Virgen de los Dolores 3 Marbella, Tel. 952 867 701
5* GL Hotels in Marbella
-Gran Meliá Don Pepe - C/ José Meliá s/n Marbella, Tel. 952 770 300
-Puente Romano - Bulevar Alfonso Von Hohenlohe s/n Marbella, Tel. 952 820 900
-Río Real Golf & Wellness Resort - Urb. Río Real, Marbella, Tel. 952 765 732
-The Westin La Quinta Golf Resort - Urb. La Quinta, Marbella, Tel. 952 762 000
5* Hotels in Marbella
-Don Carlos Leisure Resort 6 Spa - Crta. Cádiz km192 Marbella, Tel. 952 768 800
-Incosol Hotel Medical Spa - Urb. Golf Río Real s/n Marbella, Tel. 952 860 909
-Vincci Selección Estrella del Mar - Crta. Cádiz km191 Elviria, Tel. 951 053 970
-Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banús - Con. Edgar Neville s/n Banús, Tel. 952 899 700
-Marbella Club Golf Resort & Spa - Blv. Alfonso Hohenlohen s/n. Tel. 952 822 211
4* Hotels in Marbella
-Occidental Coral Beach - Crta. Cádiz km176 Banús, Tel. 952 824 500
-Golf Hotel Guadalmina - Urb. Guadalmina Baja, San Pedro de Alcántara Tel. 952 882 211
-NH Marbella - Crta. Cádiz km178 Pto. Banús, Tel. 952 763 200
-Barceló Marbella Golf - Granadilla s/n. Marbella, Tel. 952 889 099
-Fuerte Miramar - Plaza José Luque Manzano s/n Marbella, Tel. 952 768 400
-Las Chapas Palacio del Sol - Crta. Cádiz km192 Marbella, Tel. 951 055 300
-Golden Mile Beach Resort - Urb. Coral Beach Crta. Cádiz km176, Tel. 952 867 965
3* Hotels in Marbella
-Pinomar Playa - Crta. Cádiz km189 Marbella, Tel. 952 850 140
-El Rodeo - C/ Victor de la Serna 1 Marbella, Tel. 952 775 100
-Pueblo Andaluz - José Luis Carrillo Benítez, San Pedro de Alcántara, Tel. 952 780 597
Shopping in Marbella
-Costa Marbella. Ramón Areces s/n Puerto Banús, Tel. 952 909 990
-La Cañada. Crta. Cádiz a Ojen, Marbella, Tel. 952 866 804
-Azalea Beach. Crta. Cádiz km 173 Nueva Andalucía.
-Ricardo Soriano 20. C/ Ricardo Soriano 20 Marbella, Tel. 952 780 376
-Marina Banús. Ramón Areces s/n Puerto Banús, Tel. 952 906 544
-Guadalmina. Urb. Guadalmina San Pedro de Alcántara.
-El Capricho. Crta. Cádiz km179 Marbella, Tel. 952 902 390
-Nueva Andalucía. Around the Plaza de toros. Saturday mornings.
-Marbella. Fairground, Monday mornings.
-Puerto Banús. Boulevard de la fama, Saturday mornings.
-San Pedro de Alcántara. Jorge Guillén, Thursday mornings.
-Guadalmina. Guadalmina's shopping center, Sunday mornings.
The weather in Marbella is the so-called "Mediterranean subtropical", with mild winters and warm and prolonged summers. Due to its localization with Sierra Blanca protecting it from northerly winds, of warm waters sea and their inlet form shores, it makes the enjoyment of a "microclimate", with average annual temperatures of 18 º C and heat stroke about 320 days a year. Rainfall is concentrated in autumn-winter with an annual average of 600 litres/m2. All this makes it a tourist attraction even in the winter months.
Useful Telephone Numbers in Marbella
Nacional Police - Emergencies: 091
---- Avda. Arias de Velasco 25, Tel. 952 762 600
Civil Guard - Emergencies: 062
----Marbella, Plaza Leganitos 3, Tel. 952 770 344
----San Pedro, El Ancón km177, Tel.952 771 944
Local Police - Emergencies: 092
----Marbella, Juan de la Cierva, Tel. 952 899 900
----San Pedro, Marqués de Estella, Tel. 952 783 099
----Benahavís, Av Andalucía, Tel. 952 855 544
Firefighters - Emergencies: Tel. 952 774 349
----Call center, Tel. 952 772 112
----Marbella, Juan de la Cierva, Tel. 952 775 195
----San Pedro, Av de la Constitución, Tel. 952 783 000
Health Emergencies - Emergencies: 061
----Red Cross: Tel. 952 774 534
----Airport: Tel. 952 048 484
----Port: Tel. 952 210 595
----Bus station: Tel. 952 350 061
----Radio-Taxi: Tel. 952 823 535 / 952 774 488
----Plaza de los Naranjos Marbella, Tel. 952 823 550
----Marqués del Duero 69 San Pedro, Tel. 952 785 252
----Puerto Banús, Tel. 952 818 570