A visit to Marbella Old Town

A visit to Marbella old town.

Marbella’s Old Town, or Casco Antiguo, as you will see it signposted, is a must at any time of year, but during the Christmas season it offers an even more magical experience thanks to the lights and decorations that adorn the twisting lanes of this wonderful part of Marbella.

Shopping in Marbella Old Town

Marbella Old Town has the added charm of combining a range of shopping opportunities with the kind of festive ambience that makes you feel as if you’re not really shopping at all. The choice of products is distinctive here. For example, there is a boutique specialising in Panama hats and another that has Thai silk clothes that you won’t find elsewhere, as well as boutiques stocking Spanish artisanal and international products. One of the delights of shopping in the old town is that you are likely to find something you didn’t spot on your last visit – it’s always full of surprises.

Dining out in Marbella’s Old Town

The old town is a wonderfully atmospheric place to dine out, and we have selected three of our favourite places, ranging from a Michelin-starred restaurant to one of the town’s most famous and authentic tapas bars.


This tiny restaurant in the old town boasts one Michelin star. It offers a contemporary and stylish setting with a bold menu that includes a variety of amazingly inventive tapas, such as deer ham with celery, and lobster tartar with strawberry, all based around traditional recipes from the Málaga region, not to mention an interesting wine list from a stunning glass-fronted wine cellar. Outside dining is available, though this fine dining restaurant is only open for dinner and in summer offers a tasting menu.

Restaurante El Estrecho

When you are looking for an authentic Spanish tapas bar, El Estrecho is the perfect place to start. Located in the old town and tucked down a tiny alleyway, it is one of the older tapas bars, where you can be sure of both good food and great value for money.

La Polaca

Another old town tapas bar of distinction. Not only does it offer wonderful tapas and good wine by the glass, but La Polaca also contains a fascinating interior decorated with photos of old Spain and a collection of branded product containers from bygone days. It also attracts an interesting crowd of stylish people across all age ranges, which adds further to its ambience and appeal, rounding off a day of shopping in Marbella’s most charming district.