Benalmadena

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Descripción

El municipio de Benalmádena comprende desde las estribaciones de la Sierra de Mijas hasta la Costa de la que comprende una pequeña porción. Dedicado al turismo, ofrece varias alternativas: En primer lugar el pueblo situado en la parte alta de arquitectura tradicional, desde el que se divisa una bellísima panorámica. Descendiendo nos encontramos un núcleo de población de gran importancia, Arroyo de la Miel, con centros de gran interés turístico como un parque de atracciones llamado Tívoli World. Y ya en la Costa se encuentra Benalmádena-Costa, donde se encuentra la mayor parte de la oferta turística.

Historia

Los restos de torres vigía sobre los promontorios rocosos costeros, prueban su antigua historia. Se sabe que fenicios y romanos tuvieron asentamientos en estos lugares. Todavía se pueden contemplar en Arroyo de la Miel las ruinas de un arco romano que da entrada a un gran edificio llamado La Tribuna, perteneciente también a dicha dominación como lo demuestran los sillares de piedra y otros elementos de construcción. El nombre se lo dieron los árabes, Ben Almadena, que significaría hijos de las minas. El castillo de Benalmádena hasta su destrucción fue de gran importancia defensiva. Tras la rendición de Marbella en 1485 pareció que iba a conducir a la rápida conquista del resto de la costa hasta Málaga, sin embargo la resistencia al avance castellano fue grande y el rey Fernando tuvo que acudir personalmente para dirigir las ofensivas, que se hicieron más virulentas. Ante este empuje muchos pueblos se rindieron, no así Benalmádena, cuyos habitantes parapetados en su fortaleza rechazaban sin cesar a las tropas del rey. Indignado, Fernando ordenó que se tomase por asalto el castillo, lo que ocurrió tras una inusitada resistencia. Después la fortaleza fue derribada y Benalmádena se despobló. Seis años más tarde en 1491, en la Vega de Granada, los Reyes Católicos otorgaron a Alonso Palomero, vecino de Málaga, Carta de Privilegio para que se repoblase la villa, bajo vigilancia e inspección del corregidor de Málaga. Benalmádena se convirtió en capitanía para la defensa de la costa de los sucesivos ataques de los piratas africanos que arrasaban en sus incursiones parte de la comarca. Importancia internacional tiene el Museo Arqueológico Municipal de Benalmádena, inaugurado el 5 de mayo de 1970 y que consta de dos plantas de exhibición con una numerosa colección de piezas neolíticas y precolombinas.

Gastronomía
Platos : Migas con leche Pescaito frito Cazuela cachorreña

Fiestas
Carnavales – Febrero Corpus Christi – Primavera Día del turista – 27 de septiembre Feria – 15 de agosto Feria de San Juan – 24 de junio Romería de Benalmádena – Agosto Veladilla del Carmen – 16 de julio

Benahavís

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Descripción
Destaca por su fuerte personalidad, de pueblo de profunda raigambre, que aunque subido al tren del progreso, conserva sus más puras raíces, y el visitante queda un poco sorprendido al ver como a tan poca distancia de la internacional Marbella, puede todavía encontrarse ese ambiente de la Andalucía añeja, donde un renovado pero conservador entorno, de casas de color blanco, sembradas entre el mar y la montaña ofrecen a la luz de los faroles de la noche recién nacida, un marco evocador.
Monumentos
Torre de la Reina: Es una parte del Castillo de Montemayor, cuya construcción se remonta al siglo X.. Torre de la Leonera: Se cree que constituyó la principal fortaleza que cerraba un bastión defensivo formado por una sucesión de murallas que aún se aprecian. Torre de Daidín: con forma cúbica. Iglesia parroquial de Nuestra Señora del Rosario: Edificio de una sola nave.
Historia

Benahavís, deriva de la voz árabe Ben, hijo en acepción original, y Avis o Havis, que fue el nombre de un árabe no que reinó en el castillo de Montemayor, cuyo hijo tuvo la idea de construir una serie de defensas que, protegiendo el río Guadalmina a la salida de Las Angosturas, defendiese al mismo tiempo el flanco izquierdo del castillo, y que fue el primer núcleo de población; es decir, que la construcción del castillo de Montemayor fue anterior a la de Benahavís. Otra opinión dice que la palabra Benahavís deriva de Ben Habix, los hijos del abisinio, por haberse escido un cadí de aquella nacionalidad en estos contornos. En cuanto al apelativo del despoblado que se encuentra en el término de Benahavís, Aidín o Daidín, se supone que fue el nombre de uno de los más destacados señores del lugar. Se sabe que las villas de Benahavís y Daidín fueron fundadas durante la dominación árabe en la costa del mar y Serranía de Ronda en el partido de Marbella, a tres leguas de esta ciudad y otras tres de Estepona, distando ellas entre sí dos leguas. El castillo de Montemayor estaba ya construido en el siglo X, por haberse librado importantes batallas por su posesión en la época de los reinos de Taifas. Al sucumbir el Califato de Córdoba a principios del siglo XI, el castillo fue punto neurálgico en las luchas mantenidas entre los Edrisitas, es decir, la dinastía que gobernaba Málaga y los Hammuditas o Hammudíes, que reinaban en Algeciras, ambos pertenecientes a la misma familia. Cuando en 1273 Mohamed rey de Granada vió su trono en peligro, pidió ayuda a los Benimerines, quienes al mando de Abu Yusuf Jacub, ocuparon en 1274 Marbella, el castillo de Montemayor y Málaga, descubriendo el inmenso valor estratégico del castillo, desde el que se isa más de l00 kilómetros de costa española y parte de la africana. Tras la toma de Ronda, el rey Fernando decidió la conquista de Marbella, ya que su ensenada podía servir de estación naval para las galeras y fustas castellanas. El 11 de junio de 1485 Marbella se rinde, firmándose las capitulaciones en el sitio llamado Cruz del Humilladero, donde Fernando recibe del alcaide de la de fortaleza marbellí, Mohammad Abuneza, las llaves de la ciudad así como la de los lugares de Benahavís, Daidín, castillo de Montemayor, fortaleza de Cortes, Oxen, Arboto, Almáchar, Tramores y fuerte de Calalvi en Sierra Bermeja. El rey confió la custodia al toda esta zona a Pedro de Villandrado, conde de Ribadeo.

Gastronomía
Platos : Guiso de conejo y perdiz Cochinillo Cordero Solomillo en adobo o a la brasa Paella Chorizos al agua

Fiestas
Feria – Del 11 al 15 de agosto Procesiones y pasos – Semana Santa y 15 de agosto Romería – 6 y 7 de octubre Romería de la Virgen del Rosario – 7 de octubre

Turismo
Uno de la paisaje smás bellos de Benahavis son las Angosturas, una especie de cañón muy estrecho y angosto por el que pasa el rio Guadalmina. Ha sido declarado recientemente Monumento de Interés

Torremolinos

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Descripción
Antiguo pueblo de pescadores, se ha convertido en uno de los destinos turísticos más emblemáticos de la costa del sol. A pesar del desarrollo urbanístico al que ha sido sometido el término municipal, el centro del pueblo aún conserva rincones típicos que merece la pena visitar. Su principal actividad productiva es el turismo.
Monumentos
Iglesia de San Miguel: Templo neoclásico. Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen: Situada en el barrio de la Carihuela. Torre Pimentel: Situada en la costa, ejercía funciones de vigilancia. Casa de los Navaja: Edificio neoárabe construido en el siglo XIX.

Historia
Aunque es el municipio más joven de la historia reciente de Málaga, ya lo había sido antes de unir sus tierras a las del municipio de Málaga, del que se ha segregado. Su situación costera en una zona de vieja historia le convirtieron en lugar de asentamiento de las primeras civilizaciones. Pero antes ya había estado aquí el hombre como lo demuestran los restos de hace unos 150.000 años encontrados en sus cuevas y grutas. Por sus costas pasaron fenicios, griegos, romanos y árabes que encontraron en estas tierras todo lo que se podía desear en aquellos tiempos: refugio, agua, pesca, caza y buen clima. La primera noticia que tenemos del pueblo es de 1489, en los últimos años de la conquista cristiana, cuando después de conquistar Málaga en el reparto de las tierras se habla de los Molinos de la Torre que quedaron adscritos al territorio de lo que hoy es el vecino municipio de Alhaurín de la Torre, junto con Churriana. No obstante en 1502 pasó a formar parte de la ciudad de Málaga con el nombre de las Torres de Pimentel. En 1745 aparece por primera vez este pueblo en un mapa realizado por Francisco Llobet con el nombre de Torre de los Molinos, de donde derivaría su nombre actual. Permaneció como municipio independiente hasta 1924, fecha en la que se agregó al de Málaga, hasta que los vecinos de Torremolinos solicitaron la segregación, constituyéndose nuevamente en municipio el 27 de septiembre de 1988. La historia de Torremolinos se ha escrito en las últimas décadas de la mano del turismo. A finales de la década de los 50 el pequeño núcleo de pescadores compuesto por la calle San Miguel y las barriadas de El Calvario, el Bajondillo y la Carihuela, inicia un gran despegue económico y urbano, que le convierte en la actualidad en uno de los núcleos de actividad más importantes entre los destinos turísticos. Son sobre las barriadas de El Bajondillo y la Carihuela, sobre las que ha girado el desarrollo turístico debido a sus excepcionales playas, las cuales son conocidas como punto de refencia de los destinos de sol y playa en todo el mundo.

Gastronomía
Platos : Pescaito frito

Fiestas
Baile retro – Febrero / marzo Carnavales – Febrero Verdiales – Febrero Día del turista – Primer jueves de septiembre Cruces de mayo – Mayo Feria de San Juan de Monterma – Junio Veladilla de San Juan – Junio Romería – Septiembre Feria de San Miguel – Septiembre Romería de San Miguel – Septiembre Festival flamenco – Julio / agosto Feria del Carmen – Julio Día del pescaíto – Primer jueves de octubre

Where is Marbella

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Where is Marbella?

Have you ever heard about Marbella? What I am talking about is not a woman but one of the very beautiful places on earth. Aside from being one of the beautiful, it is also one of the best summer tourist destinations in whole wide world. Where is Marbella?

The municipality of Marbella is composed mainly of San Pedro Alcantara, Las Chapas and Marbella. The municipality of Marbella is situated on the Costa del Sol, which faces the Mediterranean Sea, specifically between the larger cities of Fuengirola and Estepona where the people here enjoy a privileged micro-climate that definitely attracts all the tourists all year round. It is a place that is famous for its great weather and also with its geographic situation, where the mountains protect the place from the northern winds. It has a unique microclimate, typical in the Costa del Sol, with a very mild temperature throughout the year.

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From Marbella, you can also find neighboring emblematic places such as the Puerto de Santa Maria located in Cadiz, another is the Guaro which is also widely known for its Moorish Moon Festival and the Ronda, a mountain village of Malaga that will let you discover many things that you haven’t done before. Marbella is a place where you can discover so much, to have this once in a lifetime experience of being in Marbella is one of the things that you will never forget in your lifetime.

If this is your holiday Escape or destination, a question like where is Marbella will come into your mind or finding it might be hard for you. So we decided to help you find it by giving some directions which we hope is very useful to you.

It will take you for about a 40 minute drive from the Malaga airport to Marbella. It’s very easy to go there by just following the specific indications, especially if you hire a car at the Malaga Airport because there will be no any problem that you might encounter along the way. Reaching the municipality can also be very easy from neighboring cities like the Granada, Cadiz, Seville, Cordoba, and the city of Gibraltar.

One of the best things with Marbella is its good climate conditions, some tourists make it as their second home during summer and even on holiday vacations. No wonder why they preferred to stay there because aside from its very good climate, it is also one of the best and most beautiful places around the world.

There are also other several options to live and stay in Marbella, there are many large villas that you can find here, some are owned or belonged to some famous Hollywood celebrities at one point that are now vacant and are for sale such as the Malibú house, which belonged before to Sean Connery. It was sold in 1998 for a worth of 7.1 million euros. Marbella has also many accessible and modest houses that all of the tourist may be amazed of.

The proximity of the wondrous mountains to the sea, the old and new blend of the cultures and the possibilities that it could offer make the city of Marbella one of the best tourist destinations during holidays. Where is Marbella? It is a place here in Spain that the Spanish people are so proud of, where you can find peace, serenity and a lot more than that.

Weather in Marbella

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Weather in Marbella

During summer vacation, people travel to discover other places that will satisfy their needs for relaxation and stress-relief. After a tiring week and several months of studying, exploring the world is the perfect way to forget about deadlines and wearisome work.

Fortunately, weather in Marbella does not change throughout the year. It means that tourist who wishes to visit this place for vacation will definitely enjoy the experience at any moment. The recorded average low temperature is 65 degrees while the recorded average high temperature is 80 degrees. It is better to visit on summer where the temperature is warmer. It is also more comfortable to roam around rather than the winter season.

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November to March is the duration for the rainy season. Some places in Marbella don’t really experience rain during the span of several months. One can get amazed to know that Marbella experiences more than three hundred sunny days per year.  It indicates that this place has a great potential as a tourist destination. Weather in Marbella will be a great factor on enjoying the entire place.

More tourists came to Marbella during the winter and the summer season. The main reason is the age bracket of the tourists. Most visitors are college students who want to spend their summer vacation through wandering in Europe. The other visitors include families with children who are also in vacation. During this busy season, the rates for various services are expected to be higher than ordinary days. The scenic spots are also difficult to visit because of the thick crowd and everybody is busy to entertain the tourists. However, weather in Marbella will make the people experience the heat of summer. The different parks can be visited without being annoyed with the wet atmosphere.

On the other hand, the off-season months (fall & winter) are perfect for doing a lot of outdoor activities on the wide area. The weather is very ideal for seeing the beauty of Marbella. During this season, visitors must not hesitate to explore and travel. Weather in Marbella is perfect for every activity that may be encountered by the tourists. Families can have a great time on Marbella. The place has plenty of restaurants and shopping malls where they can feed themselves. They can taste the meals prepared by well-known chefs within the country. The hot temperature will surely be ignored through the outstanding food and sweet cakes.

Aside from visiting the parks and engaging to Eco-tours, the whole family can enjoy the refreshing and relaxing touch of the water through swimming. The beaches in Marbella seem to attract everyone to experience the cool water and venture to the outdoor activities.  Weather in Marbella is one of the reasons why people must consider visiting the place. During their stay, everything will be fine and the only thing to do is—to enjoy! There are variety of scenic spots to visit and outdoor activities to do.

Things to do in Marbella

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Things to Do in Marbella

If you are planning to visit the municipality of Marbella in Spain, you must know first what are the things that you can do and the places that you can visit in Marbella. Shown below are some of the things that you can try.

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Old Town in Casco Antiguo

It is the historic center in Marbella that is situated in a small square. The details of this historic center is suggested from the origin of Muslim, but its renaissance style shows a more recent conception. You can visit it for you to know the history of Marbella.

Puerto Banus

Puerto Banus is a fantastic place to go golfing in the inland of Marbella. Puerto Banus is a place that is very exclusive and luxurious. By taking a walk on the port, you will see the most luxurious and the most impressive cars and yachts. You will also enjoy the cafes, restaurants as well as the shops that can be fund around the surroundings of the port. Puerto Banus is a good place to pamper on the yacht side and ogle with the most fabulous luxurious yacht while drinking at one of the open restaurants and bars. The setting that can be found in the Puerto Banus is very much ideal and it also have a mountain back ground and the view of the ocean can be seen in a wide view.

Beaches and Promenade

A lot of beautiful beaches can be found in the region of Marbella. Because of the fact that Marbella have a very nice climate, it is obvious that the region was blessed with a lot of beautiful beaches where a lot of famous and wealthy people are visiting every year. You can spend your day on the beaches found in Marbella by taking a sun bath while eating chiringuitos and drinking a cold drink of iced tea.

Parks and Garden

Marbella is also blessed with a lot of beautiful parks and gardens where tourist can enjoy walking by and enjoy the place which is a perfect place to have a break. You can also found a lot of huge statues and sculpture that will surely catch your attention. Aside from that gardens that they have are full of tropical plants and fountains of water. You can also find markets along the perk where you can buy jewelries, cloths, wallets, bags and a lot more where you can make use as a souvenir for your love ones when you return back home.

Day Excursion

You can also spend your day by exploring the wild nature of Marbella. You can find a lot of wild boars, birds and other wild life. You can also take a ride in order to see the beauty of Marbella along the county side.

 

So if you are planning to visit the region of Marbella, these are just some of the place and some of the things that you can do. There’s a lot more waiting for you to discover. So visit Marbella now and experience its culture and its nature.

 

Puerto Banús restaurants

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Puerto Banus Restaurants

After a long journey, tourists surely crave for a satisfying meal to ease the hunger. Marbella, Spain has a lot of restaurants around. Everybody can choose among the frequently visited restaurants which have been serving the people for several years.  Puerto Banus Restaurants must be visited for a variety of food cuisines that are not limited on the country’s specialties. For an instance, Chinese and Japanese foods are also served for tourists who miss how the food on their country tastes.

Some of Puerto Banus restaurants include:

  • La Sala By the Sea Restaurant- this offers a good dining experience for every family that desire to have heavy meals after tiring trips around the place.
  • Infuschia Restaurant- this is located at the Nightclub Tibu Banus which serves various international and Asian cuisines.
  • Balck and White Restaurant- this is distinct for its trendy urban décor. The served food is suitable even for a limited budget. With the outstanding performances, people will never feel bored and stressed.
  • La Marina Restaurant- through choosing this restaurant, a couple can have their dinner while having a view of Marina. Moreover, the luxurious yachts are also seen by everyone who visits this restaurant. As suggested by its name, the restaurant serves fresh fish and rich Spanish cuisines.
  • El Gran Gatsby Restaurant- this also a dance bar where people can watch performances. A beautiful view of the port will also feed the eyes of the tourists.
  • Aretusa- when we talk about Italian restaurants, this one is included on the well-managed restaurants. It shows a great passion for Italian cuisines.

When we talk about Nightlife in Marbella, there are different bars which can provide live music for the visitors. Here are the following bars which can be visited for an excellent entertainment and enjoyment.

  • Ana Marias- this is found at the center of Old Town, Marbella, Plaza de Santo Cristo

This is the perfect site for traditional flamenco music in Spain.

  • La Notte Piano Bar- this provides a great ambiance in the evening. People can enjoy the variety of music which can be heard in this bar. Live performances also make the atmosphere lively and enjoyable.
  • Stones Music Bar- this is an ideal place for tourists who love to sing on karaoke. There is a wide range of songs that can be chosen by visitors. Even the old songs can be favorable for the adults inside the bar.

 

Through mentioning the bars located in Marbella, it can be concluded that nightlife in Marbella, Spain will surely be unforgettable and enjoyable. Along with the bars, restaurants in Puerto Banus will also impart a very nice eating experience for all tourists. Puerto Banus Restaurants are also perfect for providing various international cuisines. Through having a visit on each restaurant, one can have an idea how the food on different nations taste. Aside from the food, the exceptional views near the restaurants add to the beauty of the entire Puerto Banus experience. There is an assurance that the visitors are served and entertained well.

Marbella

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Marbella History

Are you wondering where is Marbella? For you to know, Marbella is a city and a municipality that can be found in the Southern part of Spain and belongs to the province of Malaga in the Andalusia autonomous community. Marbella is part of the Costa del Sol and serves as the headquarters of the Association of the Municipalities of the region. Aside from that, it is also the head of the judicial district that bears the name of itself.

Brief History

Where Marbella does is found by the historians who inhabited in the early 7th century BC? On the other hand, Marbella is also found by the Roman settlers who testify the fact that there are three Ionic capitals that are embedded in the Moorish castle wall. It was called the Salduba or the salt capital in the times of Rome. There are also other ruins in the Roman times that dotted around Marbella such as the baths in Guadalmina, the Roman Bridge that can be found in Marbella as well as the ruins of Roman Villa is. The name Marbella was thought and derived from what the Arab call it—Marbal La. Today, Marbella is popularly known to be as the holiday destination and the choice of the thousands of tourist in the whole world.

Culture

Aside from the typical and annual Andalusian cultural events, there are a lot of variety of festivals that are being held in the region of Marbella every year. The festivals that they celebrate are dedicated to music which includes the Marbella International Opera Festival which is started in August 2001. Aside from that, they also have the Marbella reggae festival that happens every July. They also celebrate it in different locations such as beach, in an old town or aboard a boat. They also have Spanish film Festival as well as the Festival of the Independent Theatre.

Aside from the festivals that can be found where Marbella is, they also have contemporary museums that are created in the year 1992. Wherein it contains a lot collections of prints by the famous 20th century artist such as Miro, el Paso Group, Picasso, Tapies, Chillida, and a lot more. Aside from that, they also have an exhibition hall which is dedicated to those people who wants to learn the engraving techniques.

Marbella also exhibit their traditional cuisines that are based on seafood. The most typical cusines that they serve includes fried fish, mackerel, anchovies, mullet, squid and a lot more. They also serve garlic soups that are very much typical. They also sell oils, wine doughnuts, cakes a lot of typical foods that we eat today.

With regards to its tourism, people who want to know where is Marbella and what can be found in Marbella are often visited by a lot of famous international celebrities and wealthy people. So if you are planning to visit to Marbella, you will surely see a lot of famous people because they are attracted with its beauty.

Malaga to Marbella

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Marbella is one of the most beautiful places and summer destinations in the world for its very good climate conditions and God-given beauty. Malaga is the neighboring city of Marbella and if you are planning to stay in Marbella during your summer or even holiday vacations, traveling from Malaga to Marbella is the fastest and easiest way.

You can go from Malaga to Marbella by bus, or by car. One of the best ways to travel along the roads of Costa del Sol in general, if you don’t have a car, is by bus. Many buses that travels from Malaga to Marbella are run by Portillo/Avanzabus .  Avanzabus has bought out the former one but nowadays, the two names are being used. The journey or travel time from Malaga to Marbella takes more than 45 minutes and costs about 7-8 euros.  The Departure place from Malaga is from Malaga bus station on Paseo de los Tilos, which is around the corner from the AVE train station, and arrives at Marbella bus station on the Avenida del Trapiche.  Portillo/Avanzabus also runs direct services from the Marbella bus station to the Malaga airport.

There is also an easier option to get there in Marbella fast and that is by taking a shared transfer. This shared transfer will pick you up directly from the hotel where you are checked in and then will take you right to the airport. Shared transfer will not cost you that much because it is much cheaper than in other most transfers. If you prefer traveling by train to go in Marbella and your departure place is Malaga then you might as well have second thoughts. Yes, a train can run very fast but the only problem is there is no train station in Marbella. The local train network in Malaga which is the Cercanias only goes to the cities of Fuengirola and crossing across on the Benelmadena and Torremolinos, which is still a bit far to Marbella.

You can also travel  by a private car or a rental car from Malaga to Marbella is a 40-mile journey which can take around 45-50 minutes, depending on the performance of the car and if there is no heavy traffic on the road. The car can travel mainly on the AP-7, and take note, this is a toll road. If you will try traveling by bus, then you will still have to ride a car or a bus in order to get there in the city of Marbella. So if you don’t want to experience double stress and expenses, then you should rather travel by car or by bus. You can get there in Marbella within 45 minutes and then you can still have the energy and guts to roam around the place because you are not yet tired and exhausted.

To some people, mostly those that are very adventurous and want something new, then traveling by train can be one of the unforgettable experiences when you travel or go to Marbella where the starting point is the Malaga because you will have the chance to discover the cities Fuengirola, Torremolinos and Benelmadena.

Discover the best places in Spain, specifically in Marbella and share this fun to the world. Have a safe trip from Malaga to Marbella, enjoy like you are just born yesterday and live your life like it’s your last.

Marbella

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Está situada en la Costa del Sol, en un lugar privilegiado por su clima suave y templado. Promocionada por magnates y políticos mantiene un importante turismo de calidad durante todo el año. Sus habitantes se denominan Marbellíes o Marbellenses. Su economía se basa en cultivos tropicales y el turismo.

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Monumentos

Entre sus monumentos podemos destacar: El Ayuntamiento, edificio construido en el siglo XVI. La Casa del Corregidor, con balcón central enmarcado por un doble alfiz. Ermita del Calvario, destaca su portada formada por un arco de medio punto y el Castillo, fortaleza mozárabe de la que sólo se conservan sus torres defensivas y las murallas que rodeaban la ciudad.

Historia

Los restos más antiguos encontrados en Marbella corresponden al Paleolítico y dan testimonio de la existencia de un grupo humano primitivo que fabricaba toscas armas y herramientas. Entre los materiales recogidos en el Coto Correa, en Las Chapas, cabe destacar unas lascas talladas marginalmente, varias hachas amigdaloides de bastante espesor y un hendidor poligonal. Pertenecían a bandas errantes de cazadores y recolectores de frutas silvestres. Los clanes neolíticos que se escieron en tierras de Marbella nos han dejado las huellas de su existencia en una serie de cuevas de las estribaciones meridionales de la Sierra Blanca. A pesar de la expoliación sufrida en estas cuevas, se cuenta con un buen lote de materiales encontrados en la de Pecho Redondo. No han quedado vestigios de los pueblos colonizadores del Oriente mediterráneo, con la excepción de algunos indicios del final de la dominación cartaginesa, en las inmediaciones de la desembocadura de Río Verde, unos 5 Km, al Oeste del casco urbano, que nos hablan de la existencia de una factoría púnica en aquel lugar. Hay quien asegura que Marbella fue población importante en tiempos de Cartago y que su nombre deriva de Maharbal, famoso general cartaginés que intervino en la segunda guerra púnica a las órdenes de Aníbal. Antes de la conquista de Cádiz por los romanos en el siglo III a. de J.C. ya estarían sometidas las ciudades marítimas de la Bética, entre ellas la factoría de Río Verde. En el casco urbano se han registrado algunos hallazgos, como fragmentos cerámicos encontrados junto a la Alameda y una moneda de la emperatriz Faustina. El testimonio más fehaciente lo dan los vestigios que se conservan en la estructura del castillo. Desde hace años los investigadores se han preguntado si la actual Marbella corresponde a la antigua Salduba, topónimo referido a una ciudad localizada de manera imprecisa en la costa malagueña. A mediados del siglo VI la guerra civil provocada entre los partidarios de Agila y los de Atanagildo, trajo como consecuencia la intervención de Bizancio. Para compensar el apoyo recibido, Atanagildo cedió a los bizantinos una amplia faja de terrenos en el Sur de la Península. Hasta muy avanzado el siglo VII, no consiguieron los visigodos rescer la unidad territorial. Durante la época de los reinos de Taifas, estuvo Marbella bajo el mando de los idrisies y sostuvo luchas intestinas contra los hammudies de Algeciras, hasta la llegada de los benimerines en 1274, los cuales tomaron como ciudades más importantes Marbella y Málaga. Posteriormente pasó a depender del reino de Granada hasta la conquista de los Reyes Católicos en 1485, quienes otorgaron a la ciudad el mandato sobre una inmensa jurisdicción, que llegaba hasta las márgenes del río Guadiaro.

Gastronomía

Pescaito frito Ajoblanco Gazpacho Paella

Fiestas

Cabalgata de Reyes – 5 de enero Carnaval – Febrero Colonia del Angel – Final de septiembre Subida a la Cruz de Juanar – 3 de mayo Virgen del Carmen – 16 de julio El Tostón – 1 de noviembre San Juan – 23 y 24 de junio Procesiones y pasos – Semana Santa Feria de San Bernabé (Patrón) – Mediados de junio (1 semana) Feria de San Pedro – 19 de octubre Fiestas – 12 de octubre Fiestas – Agosto Corridas de toros – Septiembre