Marbella is famous for being a playground for the rich and Famous, but there is another side to the Marbella everyone has heard about … in the heart of the old town you can experience Orange Square, which dates back to 1485 when the town was re-conquered from the Moors.
In the 1940’s Marbella was a small jasmine lined village with about 900 inhabitants. During that time Alfonso de Hohenloe was so impressed by Marbella that he bought land commercially, and marketed the area as a tourist destination. In 1954 he opened the Marbella Club Hotel. This hotel is now considered one of the most luxurious hotels in the area. In the past Ava Gardner, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and Laurence Olivier have all dined at the club.
Now there are many narrow white washed streets to explore with their hanging gardens full of brightly coloured flowers and the perfume from orange trees .
Visit the old church square where you will find the Church of Saint Mary with its stunningly beautiful red stone entrance, and the tower which was part of the wall that used to surround the Moorish town.
You can find many fascinating shops, tapas bars, boutiques and restaurants.