History buffs will find plenty to investigate in Marbella: the city’s museums focus on everything from its prehistoric roots to great works of art. Read on for the top museums to visit in Marbella.
Though named as a gallery rather than a museum, Art Wanson nevertheless deserves a place in this article, as it houses one of the best collections on 19th, 20th and 21st-century artworks to be found in Spain. In its chic, spacious exhibition rooms, you can enjoy key works by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Francis Bacon, to name but three.
The Cortijo Miraflores Centre is also the setting for Marbella’s archaeology collection, which explores the history of the city and its surrounding area from the Lower Palaeolithic period – an epoch that lasted from three million years ago to 300,000 years ago – to modern times. Notable pieces some important Roman remains and cannonballs from the last few centuries, while a number of explanatory panels enable a deeper appreciation of the artefacts.
10 Calle San Pedro Alcantara, Marbella, Spain +34 952 90 27 14
The Castillo de Marbella was built around the 9th century during the Moorish occupation of southern Spain, at which time Marbella was one of the most important cities in Al-Andaluz (as Moorish-ruled Spain was then called). Its defensive walls and ten watchtowers date from the 10th and 11th ceturies and, although battle-scarred and crumbling in places, are still formidable.