Holidays to Marbella
Filled with glittering parties and fantastic events, holidays to Marbella definitely mean glitz and glamour and it is easy to see why the rich and famous frequent this area. The grand hotels and restaurants that line the waterfront are for those that really want to ‘live it up’, and so could you. The riches of Marbella lie along the coast, so do not remain in just the main parts of the city, if you do you will definitely miss this treasure on the Costa del Sol.
Holidays to Marbella are incomplete without a visit to the old town. Though it is a thoroughly modern town now, Marbella was once a traditional fishing village, like so many towns in the region. Marbella actually dates back to 1600 BC, so it is rich in history, especially in the old town area. There is a Moorish castle near the infamous Orange Square. Charming flower-filled balconies and narrow streets just add to the charm.
When you have finished sightseeing in the old town area, why not spend the rest of the day playing some golf. Marbella has some spectacular golf courses, some of which were designed by the greats: Peter Alliss, Clive Clark, and Seve Ballesteros. With more than 40 different courses to choose from, the hardest part will be deciding which course to try first.
Because Marbella is such an old region, there are plenty of historical sites throughout the area. One such archaeological site is the dolmens, just off Malaga’s exit road, in Anteguera. The dolmens carry much mystery, as they are prehistoric megalithic burial chambers built more than 4,000 years ago. They consist of massive stones that weigh more than 100 tons each. The best preserved is La Menga. The dolmens are open to the public and are free to visit. If you have never seen ancient ruins, this is a must-do on Marbella holidays.
For another taste of history, do not miss a visit to the Moorish castles. There are several in the region though the most notable is in Gibraltar. Gibraltar’s castle was actually built by Tariq’s descendants in about 1333. You can see the scars of medieval wars, and later events as well, all along the walls. The castle is found on Willis Road, but visitors are not allowed inside.
Another historic site you may be interested in is the Banos Arabes, or Arab Baths. The baths consist of the excavated remains of ancient spas, which were quite popular in Ronda centuries ago. See the star-shaped roof vents that are reminiscent of much grander bathhouses throughout ancient Europe. The baths are situated below the Arab Bridge in a ravine near the Palacio del Marques de Salvatierra.