A lot of people think Marbella only offers sun, sea, sandy beaches, luxury entertainment amenities and a glamorous lifestyle – and it does – but especially those who live here year-round also enjoy the rich cultural offering available in this sunny region of Europe.
Marbella feels like a young, cosmopolitan and somewhat hedonistic place with a can-do attitude and youthful energy about it, but in addition to being a place where people can have fun, relax and recharge their batteries, it has more layers. First settled by Spain’s indigenous Iberian people thousands of years ago, this part of the country has experienced a constant flow of cultural influences, starting with the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, and continuing with the Romans, the Germanic Visigoths and Vandals, then the Moors and Berbers, and finally the latest ‘invasion’ of European tourists and residents.
Archaeology in Marbella
As a result, there is much history and culture here, as reflected in the rich culture of Andalucía itself. Archaeological sites are being found across the region, including many in Málaga city and some in Marbella itself. The peaceful beachside residential area of Vega del Mar, near San Pedro Alcántara, is home to an early Christian basilica that was built during the latter period of Roman rule, some centuries before the Muslim invasion of 711. A little further along, near Río Real between Puerto Banús and Marbella’s Golden Mile, are the remnants of a luxury Roman villa complete with under floor heating, patio, pool and fountains – proving that Marbella has been in vogue with homebuyers for over 2000 years now.
Museums in Marbella
Close by, at the beginning to the Golden Mile, you will find one of the most delightful museums in the entire region. The Ralli Museum forms part of an international group of leading art galleries and offers a fantastic collection of Spanish, European and Latin American art, including pieces by Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. In addition to these Spanish greats, it has one of the best displays of Latin American paintings and sculptures anywhere in Europe and offers a lovely escape from the summer sun or the occasional winter shower.
The historic heart of Marbella is a great place to soak up culture. Parts of the historic town walls are still in place, and amid its largely car-free cobbled streets, quaint town houses and charming little squares the ambience is deliciously medieval and the churches and chapels beautifully baroque and renaissance. One of the elegant historic palacetes within the old town houses the Museo del Grabado Contemporáneo Español, which features a prime collection of contemporary engravings set in a lovely historic building.
Art & Music in Marbella
The many excellent art galleries in Marbella range from top of the scale art at the Marbella Club to more affordable works of art to collect for your own home or office. There are charming art galleries such as Galería de Arte Alvaro Reja and the Magpie International Art Gallery, while the Teatro Ciudad de Marbella offers classical music, opera, ballet, modern dance, concerts, stand-up comedy and other forms of entertainment in the centre of town.
Traditional flamenco shows are also available in restaurants, bars and hotels across the area, but among the most famous bar-restaurants dedicated to this art form are Flamenco Ana María and La Flamenca Tablao, where you can enjoy live passionate music with a tapa and glass or wine surrounded by the old town charm. Marbella is also the centre of a lively schedule of summer concerts, with international stars performing at the Puente Romano tennis club and the dedicated Starlite Festival complex in Sierra Blanca.
Watch out also for regular cultural events, enjoy the wonderful cultural offer of museum city Málaga – just an hour away – or venture into the Andalusian countryside and explore rural villages steeped in history, elegant country towns such as Ronda and historic jewels such as Cádiz, Jerez de la Frontera, Sevilla, Córdoba and Granada. This region has it all to offer, so contact us if you would like to know more about property for sale in Marbella so that you can enjoy it any time of the year.