History of Marbella


Marbella’s Early History

Archaeological excavations carried out in the mountains around Marbella indicate human habitation in the Paleolithic and Neolithic eras. Some historians believe that the first settlement on the present site of Marbella was by the Phoenicians in the 7th Century BC. They are known to have established several colonies along the coast of the Malaga province.

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Marbella in the 20th Century

The first hotels were built in Marbella in the early 20th Century between 1918 and 1926. During this period, Marbella experienced major social changes driven by contentious political parties.

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