Marbella is famous for many reasons; some of which we’ve told you about before, and others that we’ve yet to tell you about. Marbella isn’t short of attractive features, that’s for sure, but this beautiful city is not only about beaches, night life, glamour and entertainment; it has a rich history and it’s multifaceted, which is why it appeals to all demographics and why it’s one of the most popular cities in Spain.Staff at Paradise Marbella are particularly fond of the city’s stunning architecture and landmarks; these are some of its major draws and they certainly contribute to its overall beauty. Aspiring expats looking for properties for sale in Marbella will undoubtedly be influenced by landmarks such as the five below; if you haven’t already, we highly recommend taking a day or two to explore them:
Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion
As one of Marbella’s main historic landmarks, this wonderful renaissance and baroque church was finished around the middle of the 18th century. Marbella had not been ‘re-conquered’ by the Moors until the 15th century was drawing to a close, yet this was a long time after they conquered the rest of Spain.
Once a mosque, the Inglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion was immediately sanctified; the Christians took over, but centuries passed before the work was finished. The architecture you can see here today contains adaptations done by the Christians; for example, a minaret once stood where the church tower now stands. Inside, the layout was adapted to that of a basilica, so it now consists of three naves and plenty of extravagant décor from the Rococo era.
Salvador Dali Sculptures – Avenida del Mar/Puerto Banus
World famous 20th-century surrealist Salvador Dali was not only famous; he was infamous – for his often bizarre and controversial pieces of art, but also for his controversial behaviour and commentary. Dali attracted admiration from all around. He created stupendous works of art, including some amazing sculptures, many of which are currently on display in Marbella.
If you were to take a walk down the picturesque Avenida del Mar, you would see some of these bronze sculptures; starting off in the pretty Alameda Park, you’ll end up on Playa de la Venus by the marina. Dali’s sculptures can be found in several places along this wide, palm lined avenue.
If you find his works interesting, you should also make a point of popping down to Puerto Banus; there you can find a huge Rhinoceros weighing in at a hefty 3.6 tons. It’s a sight to behold – one you probably won’t forget in a hurry.
Vega del mar Basilica
Just down the road from Guayaba Beach you can visit Vega del mar Basilica, an archaeological site with a great deal of history. It has long been of great interest to visitors, and you can even find artifacts discovered here in Madrid’s National Museum of Archaeology. Originally a Roman necropolis, this Paleochristian site was later extended by the Visigoths.
There is a church on the site, thought to have been constructed around the 6th century, and there are also two hundred graves here, making it one of the largest of Spain’s Roman burial sites. There were three main halls, which can still be seen, and a vestibule with a baptismal font. The Vega del mar Basilica is popular with visitors wishing to experience some of Marbella’s heritage; it’s well worth adding to your Marbella bucket list.
La Concha is quite understandably one of Marbella’s most famous landmarks; although you can’t miss it (it’s highly visible from wherever you are in the city), you can certainly miss out on what it has to offer if you don’t make the journey up this beautiful mountain at some point.
Part of the Sierra Blanca coastal range, 1200m high La Concha inspires hikers to make the climb all year round, but it is easiest to do during the milder months. It’s not a particularly taxing climb and should take no longer than four hours; once you’re at the top, you’ll be able to look down and behold stunning valleys, pines and oaks, and you’ll be rewarded with unforgettable views of the city and beyond. You can see all the way across to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, in fact.
Fuente de la Virgen del Rocio
If you’ve made the walk down Avenida del Mar, you’re likely to have made it to the lovely Alameda Park too. Fuente de la Virgen is a picturesque fountain from the 1800s dedicated to the Virgen del Roco. Nestled within the botanical gardens, by night it is illuminated, spilling out a prism of colours into the evening sky.
Don’t forget to check out plaque, which (in Spanish and English) tells the story of both the plaza and fountain. The fountain displays ornate Spanish ceramics and is surrounded by tiles; because it’s opposite the Old Town, a walk through the park via the fountain makes a great precursor to your evening’s entertainment.
Now that you’ve had a glimpse into some of Marbella’s inviting heritage, it might be time to check out some of the city’s other architectural masterpieces – the properties on our books! Paradise Marbella are proud to be one of Marbella’s most reputable estate agents; those who task us with finding their ideal Costa del Sol property never go away disappointed, so give us a call to find out what we can do for you.