Old Town (Marbella) – for a change of scenery, visitors come to this section of Marbella to explore some of its history. Marbella’s “Old Town” section is partly surrounded by the ruins of an old Arab wall with narrow white washed streets, old churches and squares, as well as lots of fascinating shops and boutiques At the heart of the old town is Orange Square (Plaza de los Naranjos), which dates back to 1485. According to Christian urban design, it is surrounded by whitewashed houses and three historical buildings – the town hall, the old governor’s house and the Chapel (Hermitage) of Santiago. The gardens are full of brightly colored flowers and orange trees and in its center stands a bust of King Juan Carlos I.
Dominating the square is the most important building in the town, The Church of Saint Mary whose construction began in 1618. The main facade of the building is adorned with a beautiful red stone entrance worked in Baroque style while the interior consists of three sections which underwent restoration after the 1936 Civil War. There’s also the Chapel of Santiago. Built in the 15th century, it was the first Christian church in the town. Today it houses religious figures belonging to the Brotherhood of Love and Charity, including a wooden carving of Christ in Neo Baroque style.