One of the things I loved most about Marbella was the impossibly adorable Old Town or Old Quarter that lies at the heart of the city.

I knew there was an old part of the town, but I wasn’t quite prepared for it to be anything more than a couple of small streets. In reality it is an incredibly well preserved area of the city and the irregular layout, narrow streets, sheltered plazas and striking architecture make for a great place to explore.
OLD TOWN OF MARBELLA
OLD TOWN OF MARBELLA
OLD TOWN OF MARBELLA
At the centre of the Old Town is Los Naranjos Plaza, which translates to Plaza of the Orange Trees, known by most English speakers as Orange Square. The plaza dates back to the 16th century and houses the City Hall, House of the Magistrate and the Chapel of Saint James the Apostle.

The plaza is lined with restaurants and cafes and it’s the perfect spot to stop and have a coffee or lunch during your time exploring the Old Town and you can enjoy a good spot of people-watching. 
ORANGE SQUARE MARBELLA OLD TOWN
During our trip Thomas and I wandered the adorable winding streets for hours, often stumbling upon a new street or plaza we’d missed on our previous wanderings. The streets are filled with gorgeous little boutique style shops (plenty shoes, bags and clothes ladies!) where I could happily have spent a fortune buying cute little pieces.

OLD TOWN OF MARBELLA

There are also loads of cute cafes, bars and restaurants dotted around this area and the atmosphere in all of them is that perfect laid-back Spanish vibe that I pretty much love.
OLD TOWN OF MARBELLA

Another thing I adored was the ornate, decorative street signs all over the Old Town. So much more fun than a bland, black and white sign don’t you think?
OLD TOWN OF MARBELLA
MARBELLA OLD TOWN

The Old Town was definitely my favourite part of Marbella and I loved the historical aspect of the city where you could get a real flavour of its history and culture. It makes a stark and welcome contrast to the more modern and shiny parts of the city and gives Marbella more depth for visitors who want to explore this. 

Have you explored the Old Town of Marbella? Would you like to?