Marbella Culture is made of several museums, significant archaeological heritages and a cultural calendar with all year round events. There are many secret’s to Marbella that many don’t know about, like the man and the mermaid carved in the tree in front of the Marbella Club Hotel.
Even some of Marbella’s top hotels are becoming pin pointed for popular recurring yearly events, expositions, product launches, fashion shows and culinary events like the ones held by Michelin star chef Dani Garcia at his restaurants in Puente Romano Hotel.
The towns "Palacio de Congresos" is also a very popular venue for all sort of different Marbella Cultural events, from Opera Concerts to Political ceremonies.
Municipal Art Gallery: This is one of the eldest galleries that expositions paintings, sculptures and ceramics. They tend to host an event every time the present a new exhibition. The town welcomes new inspiring artists to show their work to Marbella. For more information you must contact +952 825 035.
Marbella Bonsai Museum: This bonsai garden is said to be the best collection of Bonsai trees in Europe and the best Olive tree collection in the world. This museum also holds the "Pinsapo" pine tree which is in danger of extinction. For more information on this park you can call +34 952 862 926.
Rio Verde Villa: This archaeological ruin is situated just next to Playa Rio Verde close to Puerto Banus. The are on of the most important remains from the first century, unfortunately not much is left other that the floor. They are visible through the gates that surround it, but you can arrange a visit by calling +34 952 825 035. Unfortunately, somebody entered the site January 9th 2016 and smashed and stole large part of the Medusa face made of mosaic.
Guadalmina Termal Baths: Also know as “Las Bovedas” are situated on San Pedro de Alcantara date back to the third century. Some people believe that these solid stone structures were deposits for the water carried by the nearby aqueducts. These termal baths are actually closed to the public but you can call +34 952 785 252 if want to learn more about them.
King Abdul Aziz Mosque: It was the first Mosque constructed after the Christian re-conquest and subsequent expulsion of the Moors from Spain in the fifteenth century. Built by Córdoban architect Juan Mora, it holds over 800 people and consists of housing for the imam, library and gardens.
Synagogue: First Synagogue built in Andalucia since 1492 and consecrated in 1978. It has Kosher food available. Catering for Weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs Orthodox with adjacent Mikveh. For more information contact +34 952 824 983.
Feria San Bernabé: Every year at the beginning of June, Marbella pays homage to its patron “San Bernabe” with a weeklong fair. The Marbella fair includes traditional Andalusian; food, drink, entertainment and the trademark “casetas” that are set up just for the fair. These are the carpe’s where they put on flamenco shows and people dance until the some comes out. Everybody dresses up in traditional Spanish Flamenco attire.
Semana Santa: Is the Spanish name for Holy Week or Easter and is celebrated in every village and city in Spain when residents celebrate the most important feast: The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The town procession 100 year old floats or thrones depicting biblical scenes, are carried from their church, outdoors through the streets to a cathedral and back to church again.
Traditional Food: Have you ever heard of the term surf & turf? Well that’s exactly what Marbella has to offer. You can find the the best sea food at all the traditional “Chiringuitos” beach clubs and as well as the best fresh vegetables, fruits and local olive oil. During summer there are a lot of cold soups like “Salmorejo” “Gazpacho” & “Ajoblanco” made of fresh vegetables and garlic. Marbella’s chefs use garlic a lot, sometimes even a lot of garlic. It keeps the mosquitos away!
Gastro Sailing Tours are a unique way for you to experience the culinary delights offered by the Mediterranean Sea while enjoying views of the Costa del Sol coastline.
Your Personal Chef Spain is brought to Marbella by Scott Taylor who is a professional chef and has been working in catering and events for over 15 years.
The restaurant of the Culinary Arts School of Benahavis is run by students that represent the "Sabor a Málaga" with special menu's and events through out the year.
Palacio De Congresos: This is where a lot of the cities events, fairs, festivals and expositions are held. Here you can find meeting rooms and conference areas that can seat up to 200 people with all the necessary equipment. There are various different halls and a great auditorium seating 1.520 people that can be divided into 3 separate auditoriums for smaller productions or more than one event on the same day.
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