Does Marbella have more to offer than sun, sea and steak and chips?
The southern Spanish holiday town of Marbella has seen a few changes over the years. There’s always been a relaxed and fun feel to the town, something the almost constant sunshine and warm weather helps create. People from all over Europe, especially in the north, have flocked here in their thousands for the summer months. At one stage they were the elite member of society who could afford such a destination but over the last twenty or so years a much wider demographic enjoyed the town’s beaches and restaurants with the help of affordable package holidays. This has tarnished the town with a reputation for being all about sun, sea, sand and steaks but is there more here to offer? There certainly is.
Marbella parks and gardens
Something you need to know is that the people in Marbella have a great deal of pride for their parks and gardens. Their green fingers are well worth enjoying the fruits of so head slightly out of town towards the Sierra Blanca mountains and then on to Nagueles Park. Often a destination for organised educational trips, this is a beautifully kept park with lots to see and do from climbing to adventure playground to simply peaceful areas to picnic and take in the view down to the sea.
Back in the town there’s even more in the way of beautiful parks in the form of Alameda Plaza, which has some expertly kept flowers and tropical plants on display and, along with the Parque de la Constitucion, is a great central place to meet people and to have a spot of packed lunch in the shade in between some sunbathing.
The prize for the most innovative and exciting area of green in the town though goes to the former river-bed but now wonderful garden called Arrollo de la Ripresa. Not only are there lots for the children to do here in the form of playgrounds etc, but there’s also something for those keen on nature with the famous Bonsai Museum; proud to boast some of the rarest and most stunning micro trees in the world.
Marbella cultural sites and museums
If parks are not your thing and you like to dip your toe into the pools of history then head across town to Orange Square, noted for its perimeter of orange trees, and rich with 15th Century buildings, many of which have a strong Moorish look and feel. The Church of St Mary is very nearby and the Baroque style that dates back to the early 17th Century is very impressive and has a unique organ too.
Keep with the history and head to Rio Verde to see some magical roman remains of baths and temples. Juxtapose this with the Moorish mosques all over the city, which really unfold the diverse history of this town.
Finally if you want to visit a rather unusual museum but one of the best of its kind in all of Spain then take a trip to the Bazan hospital where you’ll find the Spanish Contemporary Engraving Museum. There are exhibits here from the last two hundreds years with works from great artists such as Dali and Picasso here to see.
Top 3 Popular Marbella Hotels on Venere.com:
- Hotel Central - 2-star hotel – double room from €86
- Hotel Princesa Playa – 4-star hotel – double room from €129
- Hotel El Frao Inn – 3-star hotel – double room from €90
Photo of Parque de la Constitucion, Marbella, Spain, by Bulletsays