The Old Town: El Casco Antiguo, or the Old Town, is a must if you want to see a little of the true character of Marbella. It’s a maze of cobbled streets and ancient buildings, dominated by the remains of the town’s original Moorish walls. Packed with the charm of old Andalucia, at its heart lies La Plaza de Los Naranjos – Orange Tree Square – where you can enjoy a cool drink in one of the traditional cafes. As well as lovely little bars and restaurants, you’ll also find trendy art galleries and boutiques.
La Parque de la Constitucion: a peaceful haven in the centre of town, this stunning park boasts an array of colourful flowers and trees – a true oasis providing shade and calm in the heat of the day. As well as an observatory, children’s park and café, there’s an open-air auditorium which regularly hosts plays, concerts and other events.
Avenida del Mar: lovers of modern, surrealist art shouldn’t miss the Avenida del Mar in the centre of Marbella, a pedestrianised boulevard where you’ll find a series of original sculptures by world-famous Spanish artist Salvador Dali.
Paseo Maritimo: this beachside promenade stretches from Marbella to Puerto Banus and towards San Pedro. With its spectacular sea views and glorious sunsets, taking a stroll along this beautiful stretch of coastline is an unmissable way to pass the afternoon or early evening.
Museo del Grabado Espanol Contemporaneo de Marbella: located in the old Hospital Bazan in Marbella, this stunning gallery houses art and engravings by some of Spain’s most well known contemporary artists including Picasso and Miro. There is a permanent collection of artworks as well as regular visiting exhibitions.