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Key Info

Pl. Jose Palomo

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.6

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Although much of Marbella is defined by its glitzy resort-town trappings, the Marbella Old Quarter – also known as Casco antiguo de Marbella – gives travelers a taste of old Spain. Here you'll find plazas spilling with flowers, punctuated by trees, narrow, cobblestone streets and historic residences and churches. The heart of this quarter is Plaza de los Naranjos – Orange Square – and around it, visitors will find a 15th-century fountain, a 16th-century town hall, a 17th-century church and a handful of unique shops. The best way to experience this area is by slowly meandering, stopping in various shops and eateries along the way.

Most recent visitors highly recommended a stroll through Marbella's pedestrian-friendly Old Quarter, but they also warned that the district is hilly. Others say that the restaurants, cafes and bars are filled with delicious treats; freshly squeezed orange juice and churros, for instance.

For more information, stop by the tourist office located on Orange Square to pick up a brochure and a map of the Old Quarter. Access to the Old Quarter is free and open 24/7, though businesses in the neighborhood operate their own hours.

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Visitors highly recommend a walk along Avenida del Mar, not only because of the sculptures, but also because it's the most convenient way to traverse the distance between the Old Quarter and the seafront. Others appreciate that it's well-lit at night.  

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