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Good but overtaken by town development

11th century Arabic castle walls blends in with the new architecture of the town giving the area an... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2016
Nomadman411978
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London, United Kingdom
Historic Castle

Good to see some of the historic ruins if the castle still in place. Shame there isn't a little... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2016
Paulos_C_23
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Liverpool
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Reviewed 4 February 2015

It is the presence of the remains of this beautiful fortification that makes the Casco Antiguo, or Old Town much more beautiful and picturesque. There is not much to see except a wall ruins, however, the context is a must, this is the place for great photos and panoramic views but just for a little 'relaxation in one of the benches in the square outside.
Walking through the historic center is almost impossible to miss it.
 

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Not much to see but while walking through the Marbella Old Town, you will come across the remains of the city walls from the Arab Castle which was built in the 10th Century

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

In the center of Marbella one can see the remains of the Arab walls that defended the city during the Middle Ages. These were probably built over Roman walls. This gives the center something of historic interest.

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Reviewed 9 March 2013

This is really more of some old wals of the castle that have been incorporated into the old town of Marbella. Interesting and beatiful but not much to see. They give character to the village and give some surprises when you turn an alley and see some section of wall. Nice backdrop for the village

2  Thank Caldwem
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

Marbella was a fortified city during the Middle Ages and the walls were probably built in the 10th century during the reign of Abderraman III. They were later enlarged during the 14th century during the Nazari era and had a great strategic value. The walls were built after the rebellion of Omar ben Hafsun was repressed. They were also built to prevent attacks from North Africa. The walls are located in the old town of Marbella. There are two defensive towers at the castle, known as El Castilo. The walls were built over the remains of a Roman wall and enclosed 90,000 square meters of city. It is thought that there was a Roman town here between the second and first centuries B.C. One can still see in the walls the remains of Ionic capitals. Changes were made to the walls after the Christian conquest in 1485, to make them resistant to artillery fire. In 1786 King Carlos III ordered the destruction of all city walls in Spain.
A visit to the walls can start at Calle Carmen. Then one goes up stairs to Plaza de San Bernabe. One continues at Calle Castillo and then Calle Barbacana, ending at Calle Portada.

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