Attractions in Marbella, Costa del Sol
Orange Square or La Plaza de los Naranjos provides a fascinating glimpse into the history of old Marbella. Named for the orange trees that grow nearby, the square is filled with stately 15th century architecture, art galleries, traditional bars and bistros, and it’s a great first port-of-call to the city because the tourism office and town hall are situated here as well.
The Paseo Maritimo, or main promenade, is a feature that stretches nearly five miles from the centre of town to Puerto Banús marina in south west Marbella. Lined with palm trees and sandy beaches, it’s well worth the walk, and there are many cafes and bars in which to enjoy a drink or snack along the way.
Plant lovers will enjoy the Bonsai Museum in Arroyo de la Repressa Park, which has hundreds of charming miniature trees from a wide variety of species. Considered one of the best collections of bonsai trees in Europe, the museum has specimens that are very old, including the Acebuche Olive, which found a home with the same Chinese family for five generations.
Visit Marbella’s Golden Mile, situated at the western edge of the city stretching to Puerto Banús. This area is the most exclusive in the city, and is filled with expensive villas and estates, business centres and five-star hotels. Split in two by the motorway, the area is still under development, although the beach side is fully urbanised.