What to see in the Old Town of Marbella?

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Here is a list of some of the main attractions to see in the city of Marbella:

The entrance to the Old Town

It is clear that Marbella is a city known throughout the world for being a tourist destination quite striking and with great glamour and elegance, being one of the most striking destinations in Europe.

It is a town in Malaga that used to live from the sea, livestock and agriculture, but nowadays it is a very touristic place that combines the old with the modern. However, in its oldest part we can find a very maritime atmosphere and with a great Arab influence that can be seen in the narrow streets that are around the Old Town. Without a doubt, you can enjoy a very nice walk from the entrance to the old town of Marbella.

Moorish Wall

The Moorish Wall of the old town of Marbella is a fortification that has long since been declared an “Asset of Cultural Interest”. It used to have a Moorish medina inside. In reality, this castle is the oldest vestige we can find of the Muslim conquest of the city, as well as being a construction in which we have the possibility of appreciating various architectural styles in which different materials were used.

It is also a superimposition of styles from other periods that give it a very curious touch, as well as the Roman capitals. Without a doubt, we believe it is one of the destinations you have to add to your route through Marbella’s Old Town.

Church of La Encarnación

The Church of the Incarnation is quite an interesting place with quite a history, as it dates back to when the Catholic Monarchs conquered Marbella and converted it to Christianity, as it was the city’s mosque.

Throughout its history it has been remodelled, so that of the three initial entrances only two remain today. There is an ochre stone doorway at the main entrance, which was built in the 18th century in a very striking rococo style. No doubt, as soon as you arrive you will start preparing your camera to take lots of photos.

Chapel of San Juan de Dios

On your way through the streets of Marbella you will come across the chapel known as the Chapel of San Juan de Dios, which is nowadays better known as Hospitalillo. This church is quite old. It was built by the Catholic Monarchs, which is why it is also known as the Royal Hospital of Mercy.

Among the curious details that we can learn about this church, we can highlight the fact that it is a building that has kept its coffered ceiling somewhat hidden until the middle of the last century, as well as the fact that it has a single nave covered by a wooden frame with three panels, details that you will undoubtedly want to photograph. 

Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engraving

There is no doubt that you have to include in your route a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engraving, which is currently exhibiting the graphic work of many great artists ranging from the 15th century to contemporary dates, as its name mentions.

In this museum we can find works by artists such as Picasso, Goya, Dalí and Miró, so, if you are a person who enjoys art, history and lithographs, without any doubt, this museum is a place you cannot miss.

Santo Cristo Chapel

In one of the highest points of the Old Town of Marbella we find the Ermita del Santo Cristo, a temple that serves as an example of the most typical construction found in Andalusia. We can see a main façade with an exposed stone façade with a lime finish.

One of the most interesting details that we must take into account about this hermitage is that it is the oldest sanctuary that we can find in the city, serving as a local pilgrimage point that you should add to your route.

Our Lady of Sorrows

Beyond the numerous churches that we can visit in the surroundings of the Old Town of Marbella, we can say that the religious tradition of the city can be appreciated in several corners of it, as it can be the case of the Virgen de los Dolores. This image looks out from the balcony and has a bed of flowers at her feet.

It is located in a window that is made of blue-coloured wood, which is reminiscent of other Mediterranean cities. This is a well-known sign in this narrow alley, and below it is the entrance to the Restaurant El Balcón de la Virgen, which you can visit if you are hungry or want to have a drink.

Montenebro Street

On the way down on the route through the Old Town of Marbella we come across the Calle Montenebro, where you will have the possibility to enjoy the typical Andalusian aesthetics. This means that

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