The town's prettiest square retains its original Renaissance-style fountain, 15th-century chapel, stately mansions and, of course, the orange trees that give it its name. Plaza de los Naranjos which is also referred to as Orange Square was the center of commercial and political life in Marbella for centuries. What's now the Town Hall was a prison during the 19th century. Fortunately, it has been carefully preserved and restored and offers a wonderful environment in which to relax.
If you take into account that the town of Marbella covers over 25 kilometers of coast and beaches, you shouldn't be surprised that the city's Paseo Maritimo, or boardwalk, stretches over 6 kilometers (3 miles). The white balustrade runs all along the promenade, full of palm trees, buildings and outdoor cafés. Some of the showers on the beaches are elephant-shaped, with bathers showering under their trunks. A walk along the promenade is very pleasant at any time of year. You can go on a bicycle, skates or foot and stop at one of the restaurants or cafés to take in the sun or watch people go by.
Originally built in 1505 with a surprising architectural design and size for the period, this church stands in Plaza de la Iglesia and is one of the city's most important landmarks. Most of the current building, however, was raised in 1712. The main façade dates from 1756 and is the work of the artists Pedro del Castillo and Salvador Galvez. The three naves lead to the main altar inside, where the magnificent organ of the Sol Mayor (C Major) stands, one of the most beautiful in Andalusia. In the beautiful interior, some of the statues that are paraded through the street during Holy Week are housed, including the Virgen de la Soledad (Our Lady of Solitude).
Rey Abdul Aziz Al Saud Mosque is a city location for Muslim worship and other services. It is a newly built mosque which is modern in design and stark white in color. The mosque's imposing facade, coupled with its eye-catching designs and Andalusian-inspired architecture makes it stand out amongst the other structures of the city. Surrounding the mosque are lush green gardens with pretty pink flowers, which make it a pleasure to walk through.
Museo Ralli is a contemporary art gallery, which is a must-visit for those interested in art. The collections here are mainly Latin American in origin and some European pieces as well. Artists such as Wilfredo Lam from Cuba, César López Clarofrom Argentina, Roberto Matta from Chile, have been featured here along with those of Marc Chagall from Russia, Salvador Dalí from Spain and Giorgio de Chirico from Italy.
Avenida del Mar is a popular square and tourist attraction in Marbella, that houses several open-air sculptures from artists such as Salvador Dali, one of the most influential artists of Spain and Eduardo Soriano among others. The statues include those of a girl on a swing, among the plants and another one of Greek mythological hero Perseus beheading Medusa. Pay a short visit to this place to gain a deeper understanding of the local culture.
Casa del Corregidor was built in 1552. This building, is known as the magistrates court or the chief magistrate's house. It has a stone facade and mixed elements of Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles. This is one of the oldest buildings in the city, with arches on the second floor. The inside is not open to public viewing, but you can study the architecture from the outside.
Despite the fact that this gallery is not very large, there are temporary shows of novel and well-established Spanish and international painters, sculptors, and ceramic artists all year long. In the center, you'll find a typically Andalusian earthenware fountain surrounded by flowerboxes full of geraniums. This fountain gives way to the different halls. Admission is free and a small cocktail party is held to celebrate every new exposition.
Ermita de Santiago was built around the 15th century and is a very simple building. It is also considered to be very old for it remains unconnected architecturally. This building is the center of the local religious groups like Cofradías del Stimo, Cristo del Amor, María Stima, la Caridad and San Juan Evangelista. The building consists of just a nave and a cajon (box).
Ayuntamiento de Marbella was established under the rule of Catholic king Fernando V, in 1485. The architectural style of the place, is seen in the Castilian cities around Spain but without arcades. The Ayuntamiento was used as a government office including those of council, jail, chapel, magistrates court, granary and the market. A new road was specially developed to connect the building with plaza Puerta del Mar.
Capilla de San Juan de Dios or the Chapel of Saint John, dates back to the 16th century. The interior is simple and small with the exterior wall covered in a stone facade. The bell tower is small and white washed and can be seen from the street end. The wooden door is carved and has the Coat of the Order of St. John of God, above it. This chapel also has an interesting piece of history well preserved inside a Mujedar Armor. Beautiful and colorful frescoes line the walls of the chapel, making it an interesting and different chapel indeed.