A trip to Costa del Sol is one filled with sun, fun, and relaxation. Home to some of the best beaches in Spain, Marbella is a top destination for those wanting a vacation. While soaking up some rays is always a good time, some travelers will want to explore the historical side of this city with ties to the ancient world. We have gathered a list of the best historical sites you shouldn’t miss during your time in Marbella. Between the beautiful beaches, the shopping and the history, you may reconsider where you call home.
Murallas del Castillo
One of the most well-known historical sites in Marbella is the old Moorish castle walls. Built In the 10th century, the walls encase most of the oldest part of the city, with many homes and gardens still viewable for those who wander the streets.
There is the Represa stream which is also the perfect backdrop for a clever photographer’s photo shoot. As you walk along the old streets, which follow the footpaths of the ancient medina that once stood here, you’ll be whisked back in time.
The old part of the city is the perfect place to find a good hotel in Marbella, if you want something with a bit more character.
Also known as the Las Bovedas, these are the remains of Roman baths which were once very important to local life in Marbella. You’ll be able to to see what it was like thousands of years ago when this site was central for bathing and socializing. These formerly opulent buildings are a great place to pair with the nearby Villa Romana if you really want to feel what it was like so many centuries ago in Marbella.
Basilica Vega del mar
This once-beautiful building dates back to the 4th century. All that remain now are the historic ruins, but much of the structure and layout is still visible. You’ll be able to imagine how living in the golden age of the Basilica Vega del Mar felt by visiting the National Archeological Museum, which houses many of the artifacts and treasures found during the excavation of the site. With so much history to see in the city, you may fancy a tour which gives you a broader look at the area around Marbella.
Iglesia Mayor de La Encarnacion
Also known as the Church of the Incarnation, this free-to-visit church cannot be missed. Built at the beginning of the 16th century, it has been restructured and remodeled over the years but it is still an important historical landmark in the city. Of special note are the impressive period architecture, the three naves and the elaborately decorated interior. If you’re smart, you’ll try to visit during an organ performance as it is an experience to cherish.
If you enjoy visiting churches, Ermita del Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz was originally built in the 15th century and is absolutely beautiful to explore too.