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Marbella: Sightseeing

The Sea Photo
Between Guadalmina and Cabopino there are beautiful beaches on a length of 26 kilometers Photo. The many small bars, Chiringuitos, located at the seaside offer the possibility to alternate a bath with enjoying of the delicious regional kitchen and fish-specialities that could not be fresher.

Fans of any kind of water-sports will find great possibilities here, and if watching the many beautiful yachts that anchor in Marbella has put you in the mood to have some cruise you may rent a yacht yourself. Its size and characteristics will be limited only by your economic possibilities.
Puerto Banus Photo
The meeting-point of the jet-set in Marbella, here you'll find the most beautiful yachts, the most elegant shops and the best restaurants. The shiningly white buildings make a fine contrast with the dark blue sea - a pleasure for the eyes.
Center of Town
Plaza de los Naranjos is not only geographically the central point of Marbella, but as well the center of life at day- and nighttime. It is a nice square in typical Andalusian style with some Moorish influences, and its name comes from the many orange-trees growing there. Have a look at its 15th century Renaissance fountain, the 16th century town-hall and the 17th century Casa del Corregidor.

Starting from here you may have a walk through the romantic narrow streets inbetween white houses with balconies decorated with amounts of flowers Photo.

Below Avenida del Mar, a beautiful promenade along the sea, there are ample parking garages, located just a few minutes by foot from the center of town.
Museums and Monuments
The oldest historical remains to be found in Marbella are of the times of ancient Romans. The settlement of Villa Romana in Rio Verde is from 2nd, the Roman Thermal Spas are from 3rd century.

In Vega del Mar there is a 4th century Basilica from the earliest epoch of Christinism.

More attractions are the ruins of a 9th century Moorish fortress Photo, the 16th century church Iglesia de la Encarnación and the Bazán Palace from the same epoch. In its interior you may visit the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engravings Photo, the most important in all Spain, with works of Picasso, Dalí, Miró and Tapies.

At Plaza de los Naranjos there is the Archaeological Museum, with interesting objects from Roman, Visigothic and Paleochristian epochs.
The Parks
Most interesting among the many beautiful parks of Marbella is perhaps the one of "Arrollo de la Ripresa" with its Bonsai-Museum, one of the most important collections of those "micro-trees" in all Europe.

The Park of Alameda Photo is a botanical garden with many very rare plants.

In Parque de la Constitución Photo you find the typical Mediterranean flora, alternating with buildings of Moorish style. During summer-season take place here concerts and ballett-performances.

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