Conde Nast Traveller discovers a different Marbella, beyond glamour and luxury

Malaga and Marbella among the 10 most beautiful coastal cities in Spain.

On the Costa del Sol, Marbella is known for mega yachts, super sports and for being a summer gathering place for the European aristocracy.

25 km of coastline, sixteen golf courses and four marinas, together with an incomparable climate, make it a unique destination.

So far we would be left with what seems most dazzling and glamorous. The luxury of its boutiques or restaurants Michelin star..., but venture a little outside the main tourist area and the city becomes a whole new place.

World No Car Day to coincide with manifestations against the wrong regulation of the DGT
World No Car Day to coincide with manifestations against the wrong regulation of the DGT

The labyrinth Old Town revolves around the central Plaza de los Naranjos, a square designed after the Christian conquest of Marbella, which is named after the orange trees that outline it.

In Historic Centre you can see remnants of the Wall surrounding the city in the Muslim era and the Arab castle. In a tower Roman capitals are preserved, indicating how even older building materials were used, as happened at the Roman Theatre in Malaga, to build the defensive enclosure.

In the Avenida del Mar, walk through a collection of bronze sculptures from Salvador Dalí, randomly exposed to the public, and follow the promenade to the neighbouring village of San Pedro de Alcántara.

That's the real Marbella, not the brilliance and glamour that make headlines.