Places to Visit

The Farm – a hidden gem in Marbella’s old town

The Farm (also known as El Pozo Viejo) is located in a very special house in Marbella’s old town. It was originally built in the 16th century and it was the home of Marbella’s first Mayor. Owners Maria and Elio have established a restaurant in this historic building, enabling visitors to experience their passion for gastronomy.

But, this house is much more than just a restaurant. Inside, you can still see the splendour of the original building with its sturdy wooden beams and the original hand painted ceramics along the staircase leading to the upper floor – which still houses a small chapel.

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Marbella – the Costa del Sol’s jewel in the crown

Marbella is widely regarded as the Costa del Sol´s jewel in the crown. It has been the pre-eminent holiday destination in southern Spain since the 1960s, offering a unique combination of modern style and old world Spanish charm.

Marbella’s climate is legendary, with approximately 320 days of sunshine each year. Some of the best beaches on the Costa del Sol can be found in the Marbella area, so all you have to do is find a suitable spot, rent a sunbed and soak up the sun. On most of the beaches, you will find friendly chiringuitos (beach restaurants) offering a wide range of refreshments and tasty snacks.

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Capilla de San Juan de Dios

You will find the Capilla de San Juan de Dios in Calle de San Juan de Dios in Marbella’s old town. There is a board outside the chapel which provides details as follows:

“The chapel belongs to the Hospital of the Misericordia or San Juan de Dios and was constructed at the request of the Catholic Monarchs in the first half of the 16th century. The facade of the building is simple yet interesting, with a stone entrance containing a semicircular opening enclosed by a large wooden door with carvings of the coat of arms of Carlos III and the order of San Juan de Dios. The cornice is decorated with a row of spheres. The interior contains a magnificent mudéjar coffered ceiling.”

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Zoo de Castellar

Zoo de Castellar is an animal rescue centre located a few miles north of Sotogrande in Andalucia. It is a private initiative set up in 1998 to rescue animals seized by the authorities that have been involved in the black market.

Zoo de Castellar was officially opened in 2002 to provide these animals with better living conditions and it later opened to the public to increase awareness of this cruel business. Thanks to public support, the Zoo is constantly improving its facilities and visitors are now able to feed and interact with the animals. You may well find animals here that you have never seen before.

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Marbella Beach Guide

The Marbella coastline covers a distance of approximately 27 kilometres from Guadalmina in the west to Cabopino in the east.

Marbella´s beaches are very popular during the summer months and there are many beach bars (chiringuitos) and restaurants and the usual amenities including showers and rest rooms. There are usually lifeguards on duty during the summer months and most of the beaches have non-emergency medical facilities. Most have parasols and sun loungers to rent, along with watersports. There are always areas where you can take your own chairs and parasols if you want to.

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