Blog - 26 June 2019

The old town of Marbella, essential routes from Puerto Azul (2nd part)

At the gates of the Historic Center of Marbella we find the Parque de la Alameda , which has as its central axis a large fountain where at night it presents a beautiful spectacle of water jets and lighting, surrounded by lush vegetation of palm trees , trees, beautiful Andalusian tile benches and shade everywhere.

Once here we must cross Avenida Ricardo Soriano , central axis of Marbella, to walk into the Casco Antiguo , or what is the same, in the past and in the origins of Marbella, where you can still breathe that seafood flavor and Arabic influence that is reflected in narrow alleys always dressed by flowers that flood them. A beautiful walk that is feeding our sight at every step.

To do this we go down Huerta Chica Street and continue along the busy Calle del Peral and Calle Ancha, where we walk leisurely among local craft shops, find nobiliary dwellings, something that bear witness to the coats of their facades, large balconies and a remarkable decoration, to the Hermitage of Santo Cristo , one of the oldest temples in Marbella, which was built in the second half of the 16th century as part of the former Convent of the Franciscans, consists of a single nave and inside it stands the choir and the column Tuscany that sinks in the baptismal font as well as a magnificent polychrome wooden altarpiece dating from the eighteenth century and located in the High Altar.

We return along the same street and at the beginning we turn aside for the Plaza de Puente Ronda and stroll to the Plaza de Los Naranjos (Orange Square) , the road to get to the square is quite an experience in itself. You have to go through a maze of narrow streets and winding alleys full of shops, old buildings and terraces, which lead unmistakably to her. In the Plaza de los Naranjos you can breathe a fabulous atmosphere. The terraces and bars of the square are filled with people eating, chatting and enjoying this unique corner of the city of Marbella.

This square is therefore the nerve center of the old town, where after the capture of Marbella by the Catholic Monarchs, would be located, in addition to the existing chapel of Santiago, the City Hall, Renaissance style, where on one of its facades there are commemorative plaques that recall the reconquest of the city, the mesons, the jail, the Casa del Corregidor, and several large mansions. It is also the place where the tourist office is located. Its schedule is from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This beautiful square owes its name to the numerous orange trees that surround it.