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.