Marbella is known all over the world as one of the classiest and most beautiful holiday destinations in Southern Europe. It has everything: beaches, mountains, old world charm, cosmopolitan atmosphere and services, countryside and city, and a wonderful climate that keeps the temperatures cooler in summer and warmer in winter than the rest of Malaga province.
From Cabopino to Guadalmina, passing through the pleasure ports of Marbella and Puerto Banús, the coastline is fine sand all the way, and the land that goes back from the beaches is a paradise of luxury housing developments, golf courses and beautiful mountain scenery. It is little wonder that Marbella has attracted the rich and famous for many decades, and that many people who come here on holidays decide to stay.
Much of its charm is centred around the Old Town district and the spacious Plaza de los Naranjos, a public square in central Marbella, surrounded by many grand buildings, including the Town Hall (ayuntamiento).
Large areas of Marbella were renovated and improved during the 1990s, including many of the streets and beaches. With a stunning coastline stretching for more than 25 km / 16 miles, the sandy beaches of Marbella are without doubt the resort’s main tourist attraction, with many being lined by the Marbella Paseo Maritimo, a scenic boardwalk.
Also in Old Marbella is one of the most interesting Visigoth remains in Spain, the basilica of Vega del Mar, which the Moors called “well lived in”.
The urban centre they built on the spot is now Marbella’s Old Town, with aristocratic buildings like the Hospital Bazán and convents that hold a permanent place in the history books of this nation: from one of them the ransom of Christian prisoners, among them Cervantes, was negotiated. In modern times, Marbella has been a mining town and an agricultural centre before becoming what it is today. It was the capital of the iron industry in this country in the 19th century, with three plants in La Finca de La Concepción and three in the El Ángel area, belonging to the Heredia and Ejiró families. A full 75 percent of all the iron produced in Spain came from the El Peñoncillo works at that time, but it closed down in 1931.
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