History of Marbella

One of the most interesting things to ponder about is how things came to be – in this case, how Marbella came to be. This article will give you a summary of how it all started for this now outstanding city that’s filled with rich culture and amazing sceneries. This piece will guide you to Marbella’s past – so, buckle up and enjoy learning a thing or two.


Taking you back 50 years ago, this city was merely a small fishing and farming village – nothing extraordinary. Today, it is world-renowned as a Spanish Riviera for the wealthy. Still, it offers a wonderful culture and history that isn’t known for the common folk outside Spain.
We all appreciate its amazing wonders, from offering unscathed beautiful beaches that stretch for more than 25 kilometers to top-quality hotels and restaurants. You will enjoy the scenic views of their majestic mountain ranges, and be overwhelmed from their 11 internationally recognized golf courses. All these while being comforted by their year-round perfect weather conditions. Who would have known that it was simply once an average town and now is an amazing tourist hotspot paradise? and own a home.


Marbella can be found within Andalusia, Spain. It resides along the Mediterranean Sea. It once held a modest population of only 150,000 people. This number didn’t stay that long as it immensely expands to around two million during summer where tourists from all over the world would come and visit – some will even decide to live there for good.
The majority of people visiting this city are mostly coming from Nothern Europe, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Since 2010, reports have been showing a steady increase Marbella’s population. Just last year, 2015, over 50,000 foreigners were officially registered as a resident in this paradise. You can easily spot them by simply taking a stroll at their awe-inspiring boulevard.

Roman Times
It all started during 1600 BC, its very first name was Salduba (means salt), which was given by the Romans who’ve conquered it. Although these were the first factual record, scientists have managed to identify some remains that give us vital information that it could have been already inhabited by man since the Paleolithic and Phoenician times.
There are still ruins of the Roman era within the city. One that holds an inviting repute is the Roman Baths that will give you some incomparable sights. You can even find some early Christians’ remains at the Basilica de San Pedro to 300 AD.

Arabian Rule

During the 600 AD, Arabs conquered southern Spain and spreading the Islamic rule. Because of this, the old name Salduba was changed to Marbil-la. A defensive wall and fortress were built with only three gateways in order for them to protect themselves strategically against the Christians.

Today, this fortress still remains as this city was ruled for over nine centuries. This is why most of the architectural designs (old structures) in the city are somewhat Arabic.
Catholic Again

The city was again conquered by the Spanish Catholic Monarchs led by King Fernando. It was during this time where they’ve established today’s Plaza de Los Naranjos (Orange Square) to replace the old establishment of the Muslims. This was the last dramatic change of the city in a long while. Moving forward, everything was under the total control of Spain.
Marbella Today

We all know it now as a paradise, a real dream place that truly exists beside the solemn beach of the Mediterranean Sea. The strong timeframe of change was noted during 1954 when Prince Alfonso de Hohenlohe came to be in Marbella as a simple result of engine failure from his Rolls Royce. He was empowered by the rich amazing sceneries of the beautiful city and decided to invest in hotels and apartments, now known as the Marbella Club Hotel – still standing today. From then on, being part of a noble bloodline, he encouraged other aristocrats to enjoy and have a wonderful vacation in his hotel. From there, investments flooded the city and today’s Marbella came to be.