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Information about Marbella

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(115.871 inhabitants) Màlaga province


Plinio and Pomponio Mela quote Salduba or “ciudad de la sal” (city of the salt), origin of Marbella today, as city founded by the thirians in 1600 a.C. It must had been a rest area for a large number of roman patricians settled in Hispania.
During Arab domination it was fortress ad port of some importance. In the castle lived during some time the king of Granada Alhamar II. In 1485 Mohamed Abuneza, his governor, gave the city to the Catholic Kings with the promise of lives and properties of their inhabitants would be respected.
In the XVIII century it knew an important economic development which favoured the birth of the San Francisco neighbourhood and that, thanks to the boom of the iron mines, it lasted during XIX century. At the beginning of the XX century disappeared the iron foundries and the city limits its activity to fishing and agriculture, which provokes a strong damage of the economy, this situation changed at the end of the 50’s with the tourism phenomenon.


The pescaito frito (fried fish) and the ajo blanco con uvas (cold soup with grapes), main courses of the cooking of Màlaga, are equally dishes in traditional cooking of Marbella, as well as the  espeto de sardinas, sardines roasted at the fire, it is the tasty dish of the beach. But in Marbella are a large number of restaurants, many of the maximum quality, where it is possible to taste a large variety of regional, national and international cooking.


In Semana Santa, a week of strong contrasts, there are processions every day. From 7th until 14th June are the festivities of San Bernabè. On the 16th July is the festivity of the Virgen del Carmen, which celebrates a colourful sea procession.

Urban life

Adopted by the jet-society of Spain and of the rest of the world as holiday centre, Marbella is a cosmopolitan city. Famous men and women, main characters in the yellow press, moor their yachts in Puerto Banùs, run the streets or organize their parties in restaurants and discos.
Along the promenade and in the old town are the business located, with shops and small zocos which sell all kind of objects. Here we can find too the most gathered fun places, bars and pubs with very young customers. The night places are in the sport port of Marbella, the old town, the street Camilo Josè Cela and Puerto Banùs.


Marbella counts with a very interesting historic area which consists of the old Arab city, fortified, of narrow, irregular, white and full of flowers streets, and the neighbourhoods which came up after the Christian conquer.
The plaza de los Naranjos with its Renaissance style fountain, its flowered flowerbeds and small tree forests which give its name, it is the heart of this primitive city still not disappeared. In this square are placed the ermita de Nuestro Señor Santiago, first Christian church of the city, from end of XV century; the Casa del Corregidor, from XVII century with a nice façade in Gothic-mudèjar stone and a nice balcony with alfiz, and the Ayuntamiento, noble building which construction id from 1572 and where are remarkable the wrought iron balconies and the mudèjar doorway.
Coming out the square by the populous street Nueva and turning by the Àlamo, we get to the plaza de la Iglesia, where is situated the iglesia de Santa Marìa de la Encarnaciòn, large baroque temple from XVII century, with a nice tower with bells under semicircular arcs and beautiful stone doorway. In this church is kept the òrgano del Sol Mayor and the figure of San Bernabè, patron saint of the city.
Through narrow streets Carmen and Ortiz de Molinillo we get to the bridge of Ronda, old access to the walled city, from one of which corners comes out the Calle Ancha, at the end of it, in the small square of the same name it raises the ermita del Santo Cristo, and the casas of the landowners Enrique Grivegnèe and Fernando Lesseps, the engineer who built Suez channel. Leaving the square of la Iglesia by street Trinidad, it is located the bridge of Màlaga. From here the street Mendoza which gets to the square of Altamirano, one of the many beautiful places in the city. Here is the Casa de los Cano Saldaña, of 1519. In the street Misericordia raises the hospital de San Juan de Dios, founded by the Catholic Kings, with a precious cloister and the mudèjar chapel.
In the centre of the city, between the park of the Alameda and the promenade, we find the avenida del Mar, an area of walks and relax to admire the complete sculpture works of Salvador Dalì.
In the parquet Arroyo de la Represa, at the entrance of the city, we can visit an original museum Museo del Bonsai, with one of the best collections of the world.