Marbella City Guide

Marbella, Spain

Marbella has been Costa del Sol’s glossiest resort since the 1950s. The pretty Plaza de los Naranjos, with its 16th century town hall, is at the heart of the largely pedestrianized old town. Nearby are the Iglesia de la Encarnacion and the Museo del Grabado Espanol Contemporaneo, where you can see work by Picasso, Dali, and Miro, among others. The charming Museo Bonsai is devoted to the art of Japanese miniature trees. The gallery itself is beautiful and open-air, worth a leisurely stroll. Avenida del Mar is the street leading down to the central beach, Playa del Venus, which is littered with unusual sculptures by Salvador Dali. Nearby beaches within walking distance are Playa de la Fontanilla and Playa de Casablanca. All of the waterfront boardwalks are full of life and color, especially during the hot summer nights. The Costa del Sol’s flashiest marina is Puerto Banus, and there are some enormous yachts floating there to admire. It is the perfect site for glamorous people watching, but there are also nice walks and drives in this area.