Marbella - Miasto Słońca I Luksusu

Marbella – The City of Sun and Luxury

Discover the charm of Marbella's Old Town, nearby attractions, the most beautiful beaches, and mountain trails.

Marbella, nestled on the sunny Costa del Sol coast in Andalusia, is one of Spain's most exclusive and charming cities. With its intriguing history, beautiful beaches, historical sites, and delicious cuisine, it attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year, including many sports stars, political figures, TV personalities, and movie celebrities.

Here, celebrities like Julio Iglesias, Antonio Banderas, George Clooney, Prince, Sean Connery, Novak Djokovic, Arab sheiks, and even Vladimir Putin, who once invested in constructing a modern villa in the hills of La Zagaleta, along with many other well-known personalities from the so-called high society, have owned or currently own properties _.

The history of Marbella

Marbella boasts a rich history dating back to the Paleolithic era, but it was the Romans who left the most significant mark on these lands, followed by the Muslims who ruled the area during the Middle Ages. Finally, the city was conquered by Christian Spain in 1485, with the symbolic handing over of the city's keys taking place under a cross, which is now preserved in the Cruz del Humilladero, a small sanctuary in Malaga.

In the 19th century, Marbella became the national capital of iron and steel smelting, thanks to the utilization of the first large furnaces in Spain. This industry boomed, with a staggering 75% of the country's iron being smelted in Marbella and its surroundings. However, the iron and steel industry eventually declined due to competition from the north of the country. This forced the region to pivot towards agriculture, and over time, it successfully cultivated and exported crops such as sugar cane and sugar beets on a large scale.

Just before and after the Spanish Civil War, Marbella experienced an economic downturn, which was salvaged by the implementation of a risky, even visionary idea to transform it into a resort town.

Intensive work began in the 1940s when the Salamancan aristocrat Ricardo Soriano, the 2nd Marquis of Ivanrey, founded the Venta y Albergues del Rodeo—the first hotel complex that would set the style and direction for the city's tourism development. Soriano copied the American bungalow and then adapted it to the Spanish landscape, giving the property a more rustic appearance. He was the first advocate of the Costa del Sol as an excellent destination for luxury leisure.

The charm of Marbella attracted artists of the time, such as Edgar Neville, Conchita Montes, and Antonio "El Bailarín", who chose this idyllic place with its sandy beaches and panoramic views of La Conchy as the perfect spot for relaxation and mingling with other significant artists of the era. Today, Marbella's main street is named after Ricardo Soriano.

The development of the tourism hotspot gained momentum, with investments aimed at attracting more affluent visitors. In the 1960s, Don José Banús invested in expanding the waterfront, leading to the creation of Puerto Banús in 1970—a yacht marina that was one of the largest and most luxurious in Europe at the time.

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In the 1980s, Arabs began investing heavily in the city and its surroundings. Saudi King Fahd, for instance, built a grand palace in the city, serviced by a staff of 300. Subsequently, the first mosque in Spain since the Reconquista and Arab banks were established. Marbella, as a luxury brand, continues to be regarded as a haven for billionaires, businessmen, and world-renowned artists, lending it a party atmosphere and international character.

Marbella's monuments

In Marbella, you'll find numerous monuments and structures reflecting the cultural diversity of Andalusia. Excellent examples of historical landmarks include the ruins of the Las Bóvedas baths in San Pedro Alcantara and the nearby early Christian basilica, Vega del Mar.

And if you're in the area, it's worth seeing:

  • Old Town (Casco Antiguo) - The narrow, white streets, charming squares, and ever-blooming flowers make the Old Town of Marbella the perfect place for a leisurely stroll. Be sure to visit Plaza de los Naranjos, where you'll find the 16th-century town hall and the 16th-century Church of St. Mary.
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  • Alameda Park - This picturesque park full of exotic plants and fountains is the perfect place to relax in the shade of the trees.
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  • Castillo de Marbella – The castle was built by the Moors in the 9th century and is an important historical element of the town.
  • Avenida del Mar - Promenade with numerous sculptures by Salvador Dalí, connecting the Old Town to the beach.
  • Puerto Banus - a luxury marina with shops of many well-known and luxury brands, cafés and restaurants.
  • Other popular attractions are Park Nagüeleswhere you can hide from the heat in the shade of trees, and Bonsai Museumif anyone enjoys the sight of carefully pruned trees.

Beaches and nature Marbella

We can't talk about Marbella without mentioning its beautiful 27km coastline, which is home to many beautiful beaches.

Marbella's top 10 beaches are:

  • Playa Cabopino
  • Playa del Alicate
  • Bounty Beach
  • Playa Nagüeles
  • Playa de Puerto Banus
  • Playa de la Vibora
  • Playa Real de Zaragoza
  • Playa de la Fontanilla
  • Playa Hermosa
  • Playa de Artola

O plaży Cabopino więcej przeczytacie tutaj Click Here, bo to wyjątkowe miejsce i zasługuje na osobny opis.

The mountains

The panorama of Marbella is particularly characteristic. Overlooking the city is La Concha, a mountain that's not easy to conquer due to its long and steep trails. I managed to sit on the famous "bench" among Andalusian mountaineers once, and you can find the description and video here. Additionally, Marbella is a great place for snorkeling and serves as a base for trips to other charming spots in Andalusia, such as Istan (click here for the description) or one of my favorite white towns, Ojen (click here for the description).

How to get there?

Feel free to utilize the options suggested below. In the form, you can search for connections, and the transportation options around Andalusia mentioned in the article will be helpful Click here.


For those who love to flaunt it 🙂 – parties at trendy clubs with world-famous DJs, expensive cars, yachts, exclusive and very pricey restaurants, and strolling past the luxury shops in Puerto Banus, you'll definitely find something for yourself here. However, I prefer more "local" atmospheres. Sure, the old town is charming, and the surrounding nature is stunning, but in my opinion, Puerto Banus doesn't quite match up to some European marinas. The beaches are indeed beautiful because the farther south from Malaga you go, the better they get.

It's definitely worth visiting and seeing for yourself whether Marbella is a place steeped in snobbery or a rather pleasant destination. For me, it falls somewhere in between - it all depends on where you are and what you're looking for...


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