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.
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.
The picturesque Old Town of Marbella is a sight to behold with its winding lanes and colorful houses, bursting with flowers hanging off its balconies. This charming old town is filled with tourists visiting its chic cafes, boutiques and enjoying the town’s beauty, owing to its 16th-century Arab influence. Visit the town in the evenings and you will see an array of flamenco performances that will captivate you.
In the heart of the old quarter stand the remains of the Arab castle and city walls that once spread over 90000m2. It is the only construction that still remains from the Muslim era. It was built in the 10th century in the Caliph period, later enlarged in the 14th century by the Nazaries. There are many legends associated with the old castle and walls, including rumours of secret and underground passages, connecting the ancient fortress with the sea. The castle's original layout is rectangular, measuring 90 meters by 160 squaremeters; unfortunately, the years have taken their toll on this beautiful building and it has lost all its towers. The walls and part of the castle are currently being restored. The inside is not open to the public.
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.
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.
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).
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.