El Casco Antiguo, also known as Old Town, in Marbella, is filled with historic buildings and fragrant fruit trees. It’s layout is based on the ancient Arabic city that was built over a thousand years ago. It is all too easy to get caught up in the experience when walking among the balconies lined with geraniums and miss some of the best parts of the neighborhood. While you are walking along the narrow cobbled streets, don’t forget to stop at these top 5 places.
Murallas del Castillo
The walls of the castle are a good starting point for your walking tour of Old Town Marbella. Within the walls, you’ll be surrounded by a thousand years history as this is where the old Arab city was centered. Climbing vines, palm trees, and colorful flowers frame the picturesque walls. Don’t forget to head up the stairs of the walls. You will be granted with a can’t-miss view of the city in one direction and the sea in the other.
Ermita del Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz
The next stop inside Old Town Marbella is Ermita del Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz. The bell tower is a beacon that called to the cities residents. This church is considered to be one of the biggest attractions in Old Town Marbella. The beauty of the stone and lime stucco exterior is dwarfed only by alter inside the church.
Many people fall in love with the ambiance of this part of town. Luckily, around the church you’ll find many of the best boutique hotels in Marbella.
The Hospital Bazan was built-in the sixteenth century. Inside is the Museo del Grabado Español (Museum of Spanish Engraving), the best of its type in the area. You will be blown away by the plethora of prints from Picasso, Miró, Tàpies and other contemporary famous artists. The beauty of the prints is rivaled only by the restored arches the brick designed walls.
La Encarnación Church
Another church in Old Town, this holy place is filled with treasures for the travelers that have time to search for them. Ornate altars, beautiful murals, and opulent statues surround the inside walls. Not to be missed is a performance of the ornate organ, if you are lucky enough to catch one.
Around the church and all over the area are boutique shops and markets for those looking to pick up some great Spanish souvenirs.
Los Naranjos Plaza
The next stop is the Plaza of the Orange Trees. The fountain centered in this plaza is surrounded by fragrant citrus trees and makes for a beautiful backdrop for a picture or a quick bite to eat. Framed by quaint Andalusian houses, the Plaza also boasts many important historical buildings.
Those looking for more history can search for the Casa del Corregidor, which boasts classical Gothic and Renaissance elements. The Casa Consistorial De Marbella is also in the Los Naranjos Plaza and dates back to the 1500’s.
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