«Synonymous with luxury on Costa del Sol, it features elegant housing developments and golf courses»

Marbella is a precious garden with a beach, a city that epitomises luxury on Costa del Sol and the Mediterranean. It offers visitors charming contrasts between the sea, the sierras and a cosmopolitan city, home to fishermen and golfers alike. From Cabopino to Guadalmina, the coastline is a fine succession of fine-sand beaches, only broken by three marinas: Cabopino, Marbella and Puerto Banús.


The area, which underwent dramatic transformation in the last few decades, attracted men very early in history. Evidence found next to the mouth of the river Verde seems to suggest that the Carthaginians were here. But it was the Romans that left the first strong marks, like an old village in the same area, probably dating back to the first century AD, with interesting mosaics.

Near San Pedro de Alcántara there is one of the largest Roman sites on Costa del Sol: the colony of Cilniana, which seems to have been destroyed by an earthquake in the fourth century. In the times of the Arabs, the eastern part, known by the Romans as ‘Marbesula’, came to be called ‘Marbella’. The land was under the rule of the Marinid dynasty in the thirteenth century, to become part of the Kingdom of Granada until it was taken over by Christian troops in 1485. Symbols of this age are the two defence towers and the walls of the Mozarabic castle.

On Costa del Sol, Marbella is synonymous with glitz and glamour. Many celebrities have a second home or come for a holiday here, filling the pages of celebrity and human-interest magazines. Actors and artists, tycoons and celebrities come to Marbella in the summer, turning it into the nerve centre of party-going, gossip and social extravagance.

Interesting facts about Marbella

  • Plaza de los Naranjos, 1. 29600 Marbella Málaga
  • Teléfono: 952 76 11 00
  • Fax: 952 82 72 26
  • Email:
  • Alcalde: Excmo. Sr. Dª. Ángeles Muñoz Uriol
  • Superficie: 114.3 Km²
  • Altura: 15 m
  • Temperatura media: 17.8 °C
  • Horas de sol: 2800 horas / año
  • Precipitaciones: 628 l/m²
  • Fritura malagueña
  • Pescaíto frito
  • Arroz con ajoblanco
  • Gazpacho
  • Glorieta de la Fontanilla, s/n 29600. Marbella. Málaga.
  • Teléfono: 952 76 87 60 – 952 76 87 07 – 952 76 87 49 – 952 76 87 50
  • Web:
  • Fiesta de San Bernabé: 11 junio
  • 19 de octubre (San Pedro de Alcántara) y Romería a los pinares de Guadalpín
  • Basílica paleocristiana de Vega del Mar (siglo IV)
  • Casa del Corregidor
  • Casco urbano
  • Iglesia de la Encarnación (s. XVI)
  • Mosaicos de Guadalmina (siglo III)
  • Mosaicos de rio Verde (siglo I)
  • Muralla del Castillo
  • Museo del bonsai
  • Museo del grabado contemporáneo
  • Museo del grabado contemporáneo
  • Parque de la Alameda
  • Parque de la Constitución
  • Paseo marítimo y puertos deportivos: Cabopino, Marbella y José Banús
  • Termas romanas de Guadalmina
  • Yacimiento romano de Cilniana
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