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Mar Bella beach is about 512 metres long. Located eastwards on the Barcelona seafront, it is one of the beaches that emerged from the urban redevelopment of the seafront carried out in 1992 for the Barcelona Olympics.
Mar Bella beach belongs to the Sant Martí district and it is mostly used by residents from this area, who go there regularly and in large numbers.
The beach has a designated nudist area. Near the Bac de Roda breakwater there is a children’s playground and a volleyball court.
Other recreational facilities on Mar Bella beach include a basketball hoop, a skateboard rink and a ping-pong table located on the higher part of the promenade (Passeig Marítim), near the Mar Bella sports pavilion.
There is also a nautical centre with water sports facilities at the western end of the beach.
Mar Bella beach provides easy access and enjoyment for everyone, with special attention paid to those whose mobility is limited in some way: it features parking areas from which it is easy to reach the dry beach, visual and tactile signage and information, adapted toilets, wooden walkways that reach the water as close as possible (although, under no circumstances will they ever touch the water, as its currents could detach the module) and adapted showers with chairs. The public transport has also been adapted to provide easier access.
On the beach of Mar Bella is flying the Ecoplayas flag as recognition of its quality and services.
- Adapted public toilets
- Adapted showers
- Basketball baskets
- Buoy-marked breakwaters and bathing areas
- Children’s play area
- Embarcation point
- Lifeguard towers
- Nudist beach
- Public address system
- Public fountains
- Public telephones
- Public toilets
- Rubbish bins and recycling bins
- Skateboarding area
- Table tennis tables
- Volleyball courts
- Yacht base
Tourist Help and Information Points
- Electronic information panel
- First Aid and Rescue
- Information point
- Local City Police
- Barcelona WiFi
- Deckchair hire
- Drinks and ice-cream kiosks
- Parasol hire
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Fashionable resort. It is often called the Spanish Riviera, “the second Monaco”. Here, on the cozy sunny coast of the Costa del Sol, prestigious hotels and luxury villas have been built; the most expensive yachts are in the port. The name Marbella means “beautiful sea”.
Marbella – city and municipality (photo: Ispanez 10)
Marbella is located in the south of the country, in Andalusia. Marbella stretches in a long strip from Malaga to Gibraltar. From continental winds it is closed by the ridges of the Sierra Blanca mountains. From the north side, Istan and Ojen adjoin it, from the northwest – the municipality of Benahavis, from the west side Estepona adjoins Marbella, from the east – the resort of Mijas.
The walls of the Arab fortress Murallas del Castillo (photo: Francisco Sanchez Cervan)
In ancient times, the Iberians lived on the site of modern Marbella, the Phoenicians mined iron ore here, the Romans built villas and baths, cultivated vineyards. From the time of the Visigoths, the foundation of the early Christian temple of Vega de Mar remained. Under the Muslims, Marbella was part of the Caliphate of Cordoba. The Catholic kings liberated the city in 1485. In the 19th century, iron ore mining resumed in the vicinity, but at the end of the century the city was engulfed in an economic crisis. The means to get out of poverty was the development of tourism infrastructure. After World War II, the small town turned into the most luxurious resort in Spain.
Beautiful sandy beaches stretch along Marbella and the surrounding area. The best of the 24 local beaches are the suburban San Pedro Alcántara (Playa de San Pedro Alcántara) and the beach of Carihuela (Playa de la Carihuela) near Torremolinos.
The busiest parts of the beach coast are located near the port of Banus. The most popular is the beach of Puerto Banus (Playa de Puerto Banús). In the new part of Marbella, next to the port, there is a cozy Venus (Playa de Venus) with dark sand. Artola beach (Playa de Artola) is 10 km away from the city, it is located next to the Dunas de Artola ecological reserve. Guadalmina Beach (Playa de Guadalmina) is located 4 km west of the port of Banus. The crowded Playa Del Faro stretches along the Faro lighthouse and the sports port. The infrastructure of the beaches of Marbella is equipped at a high level.
Holy Christ Square
Arollo de la Represa Park
Museum of Contemporary Spanish Prints
Church of Santa Maria Encarnacion
Avenue Avendida del Mar
Del Faro beach
Puerto Banus beach
City of Puerto Banus
San Pedro Alcantara beach
Early Christian Basilica of Vega del Mar
El Cable beach
The old city is centered around Naranjos Square – Orange Square. It consists of two historical districts: Barrio Alto in the northern part and Barrio Nuevo in the east. White houses on cozy streets are perfectly restored. In the heart of the Old City, the ruins of the Arab fortress Murallas del Castillo (Las), a monument of Muslim culture of the 15th century, have been preserved. The Moorish fortress was built on Roman ruins.
Orange Square (photo: Peter Cook)
The picturesque Plaza de los Naranjos is lined with citrus trees. The architectural ensemble of Naranjos Square was formed in the 15th century. Here are the buildings of the chapel of Ermita de Santiago (Ermita de Santiago) and the Municipality, the House of Corregidor, a fountain of the 16th century.
City Hall (photo: Mircea Turcan)
The City Council building (Ayuntamiento de Marbella) houses the Municipal Museum (Colección Municipal de Arqueología de Marbella) with a rich exposition of finds from the Paleolithic, Neolithic, Eneolithic, and Bronze Ages. This house has retained a significant part of the late medieval appearance.
Parque Arroyo de la Represa
Parque Arroyo de la Represa is a beautiful park, botanical garden, open-air museum of flora, descending to the magnificent city promenade. There is an exhibition of bonsai trees (Museo del Bonsai) with a unique private collection of mini-trees owned by Miguel Angel Garcia.
Museum of Modern Spanish Engraving
Museum of Modern Spanish Engraving (photo: Marbéllate)
In the Gothic building of the Bazán Hospital (16th century) from 19For 92 years, the Grabado Español Contemporáneo (Modern Spanish Engraving) Museum has been open – unique, the largest in the country. Works by Picasso, Antonio Lopez, Miro, Chillida, Dali, Tapies are exhibited here.
Avendida del Mar
Avendida del Mar (photo: Martti Kuusanmäki)
Dalí’s outstanding collection of sculptures is on display at Avenida del Mar. These are originals, and on the city street they are exhibited without fences. The collection of sculptures by Salvador Dali was purchased with municipal funds. The walking area is paved with white marble.
Church of St. Mary of Encarnacion
Church of St. Mary of Encarnacion (photo: Arnstein Rønning)
The Catholic Church of St. Mary of Encarnacion (Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación) was built in the 15th century. Outside, the temple looks modest, it is decorated only with a relief main portal and a mosaic over the gate. The interior decoration impresses with an abundance of gilding and luxurious carvings. The organ of the church, with its own name Sol Major, is considered the largest on the coast.
Alameda Park (photo: Harvey Barrison)
Alameda Park (Parque de la Alameda) overlooks the seaside streets and Marbella seafront. Sculptors, artists, masters of carving and chasing sell their works here. Exotic shrubs and trees grow in the park; it hosts live concerts and cultural events.
Piazza San Christos
Piazza Santo Christos (photo: Maria Victoria Rodriguez)
Piazza Santo Cristo (Plaza del Santo Cristo) in the historic district of Bario Alto is famous for the picturesque Chapel of the Holy Cross Vera Cruz (Ermita del Santo Cristo de Marbella) with bright ceramic dome on the bell tower. Here is the most famous flamenco school in Andalusia (Flamenco Ana María).
Events, holidays, events
St. Barnabe, the patron saint of Marbella (photo: Stacy Bamon)
In May, Marbella hosts a mass pilgrimage to the holy place in the mountains – Cruz de Juanar. In early June, the city celebrates the day of the heavenly patron – St. Barnabe. The fun lasts a week: street concerts thunder, shopping districts are decorated with flags, beer, wine and traditional tapas are sold all around. Semana Santa (Holy Week) is marked by solemn processions of religious brotherhoods. In October, the city noisily celebrates the feria of San Pedro Alcantara.
Marbella’s Starlight Summer Festival is one of the largest music and entertainment events in Europe, with huge outdoor concerts and discos, taking place in July. It lasts for a whole month. tony smith The monument is located a quarter of an hour from the center of Marbella.
The Golden Mile
Walkways between Puerto Banus and Marbella (photo: Ole Byskov)
The four-kilometer stretch of waterfront between the Gran Meliá Don Pepe hotel and the port of Puerto Jose Banus is called the “Golden Mile” ( Milla de Oro). The best hotels and exclusive villas in Marbella are built on these slopes.
Ralli Museum (photo: Museo Ralli)
Marbella’s Golden Mile is home to the unique Museo Ralli Museum with collections of Latin American art. Here are the works of Chagall, Dali, Miro and Moore, Andre Masson, Max Ernst.
Port City of Puerto Banus
Port City of Puerto Banus (photo: Marc)
Puerto Jose Banus is a small port city, home to the world’s most luxurious yachts, and an exclusive sports entertainment area. Not far from the pier, you can see the majestic La Torre Moorish tower – a restaurant is now open in it.
How to get to Marbella?
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How to get from Malaga airport to Marbella without any changes?
The most convenient and inexpensive way is to take the shuttle bus directly from Malaga airport to your hotel in Marbella for only €15 per person.
If you are 3-4 people, you can order a private transfer from Malaga Airport to your hotel in Marbella. Transfer prices start at €47, which is a little more expensive than on a shuttle bus, but it is comfortable and convenient. You will be met with a sign at the airport even at night and taken to the door of the hotel. Child seat is provided free of charge. Check transfer prices here.
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Marbella, Spain – interesting places, beaches, and other useful information about Marbella
The historical center of Marbella is located inside ruins of the Arab fortress wall (Murallas del Castillo) of the 15th century. Two historical districts form Old Town – Barrio Alto (Barrio Alto) and Barrio Nuevo (Barrio Nuevo) .
The narrow streets of the old town lead to picturesque squares, the most beautiful and central of which is Plaza de los Naranjos with real citrus trees. On the square there is a fountain built in the 16th century, the chapel of Hermit de Santiago (15th century), as well as the building of the City Hall, or Town Hall (16th century). Nearby, in the city center are located: Catholic Church of St. Mary de la Encarnacion in the Baroque style (15-18 centuries), Chapel of San Juan de Dios (beginning of the 16th century), Basan Hospital (16th century), magnificent House of Corregidor (viceroy of the king), harmoniously combining in its architecture and decoration a variety of styles – from Gothic-Mudéjar (medieval Spanish Gothic) to the Renaissance.
Interior decoration of the Church of St. Mary de la Encarnacion impresses with its luxury – a large amount of gilding and intricate carvings are not typical for most Catholic cathedrals. The church has the largest organ on the coast.
The City Hall houses the Museo Municipal Marbella, which exhibits numerous archaeological finds from the earliest times, from the Paleolithic to the Bronze Age. Another part of the exposition is exhibited in the Archaeological Museum located in the building of the Hospital Bazán . There is also Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engraving (Grabado Español Contemporáneo), exposition of which includes works by Picasso, Dali, Miro, Lopez.
On the Golden Mile of Marbella there is an interesting Museo Ralli, which exhibits collections of Latin American art. Of the world-famous artists, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Andre Masson, Joan Miro, Max Ernst are represented here.
Authentic sculptures by Salvador Dalí are exhibited in Marbella right on street – on Avenida del Mar leading to the coast. Ten sculptures of the great Spaniard were purchased with municipal funds.
Marbella has not much left of the heritage of antiquity. In addition to the already mentioned Roman estate de Verde, it is worth noting especially the two impressive towers of the Alcazaba fortress (Thieves’ and Royal) , built in the 10th century on the basis of Roman fortifications, as well as the foundation of the early Christian basilica Vega del Mar (3- 4th century).
In the Bario Alto area, in the Plaza del Santo Cristo, there is a beautiful chapel of the same name, the bell tower of which is crowned with a bright ceramic dome. It houses the most famous Andalusian school of flamenco – Flamenco Ana María.
In addition to a beach holiday, in Marbella there is where to walk in the shade of trees. In the city center, at the beginning of Avenida del Mar, there is a beautiful Alameda Park (Parque de la Alameda) with a wide variety of trees and shrubs, including many magnificent ficuses and pines. Alameda Park is one of the oldest in Marbella; concerts and other cultural events are often held here. In addition to the exotic flora, very beautiful benches lined with ceramic mosaics and an elegant frescoed fountain in the center of the park attract attention.
Slightly north of the center of Marbella is the Parque de la Represa Arola botanical garden , which houses the Museo del Bonsai with one of the finest collections of miniature trees in Europe.
Fans of mountain tourism will appreciate the fascinating route-climbing La Concha (La Concha) – one of the peaks of the Sierra Blanca mountain range, towering over 1200 m above sea level. Despite its seemingly low altitude, rocky La Concha offers many interesting routes for demanding climbers.
The popular route of 12 km takes more than 2 hours one way and is designed for adults and hardy enough people. The most comfortable appropriate footwear, sunscreen and plenty of drinking water are the essentials for this hike. And those who submit to the top of La Concha, are waiting for truly breathtaking views, stunning in their scope and magnificence.
46 km from Marbella in the city of Torremolinos there is a unique Crocodile Park (Cocodrilo Park) , numbering about 300 crocodiles, including the largest in Europe – Gran Paco (Big Daddy in English), weighing more than 600 kg and up to 5 m long. Crocodile cubs can be touched and even picked up.