Because of the good weather, people come from all over the world to reside in Marbella’s luxury housing developments and the famous Puerto Banús. San Pedro de Alcántara is located to the west, and is also surrounded by luxury buildings. Puerto Banús is situated in the east, and is particularly known for the luxurious lifestyle of its habitants. There, you will see spectacular cars, luxury stores, famous people and yachts.
Right in the center of Marbella, you won’t miss Naranjos Plaza (1504). In this iconic square, you will find a fountain built upon a Roman site in 1604. There you will also find the Tourist Office and Town hall, which used to be the prison of the town in the past. It was built in 1552 and enlarged in the 18th century, keeping its Mudejar façade with inscriptions. We also recommend visiting the first temple built by Castilians, the Santiago Chapel. Although its current aesthetic has little to do with the original devise from the 15th century, it still remains an impressive and important attraction in Marbella. Along with the previously mentioned attractions, we must also highlight the importance of the Chief Magistrate House (16th century), which includes a Gothic style arch in its rocky façade.
The remains of the old castle and walls from the Muslim period can be found in the San Bernabé Plaza. You can also find Arab influence on Trinidad street, where there is a canvas containing some Roman capitals employed by the Arabs when building in the past. One of the main buildings in the town is La Encarnación Parish-Chapel (16th-18th centuries), built on the site of an old mosque. It is a big temple with three big naves and reddish rocky façade, whose rococo door cannot be ignored. Its relatively modern organ is considered one of the most important organs in Spain.
Some other temples you shouldn’t miss are the Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz Chapel (16th century) and the Santiago Chapel. They were formerly part of the Franscican convent, which, in spite of its harsh history, has a monumental door. While both of the previously mentioned chapels are beautiful, the San Juan de Dios Chapel stands out by its interior coffered ceiling.
One of the most beautiful buildings in Marbella is the Old Bazán Hospital, which opened in the 16th century. Its structure highlights the Mudejar coffered ceilings in the courtyard. On the outside, the tower displays the main symbol of the town, . This building now houses the Contemporary Spanish Engraving Museum.
In the Altamirano plaza you can find the Municipal Archeological Collection, where you can see some pieces from the sites of Villa Romana del Río Verde, Las Bóvedas hot springs and the Vega del Mar Basilica from the Paleo-christian period.