What have the Romans ever done for us? Marbella celebrates its history with free tours!

Marbella will celebrate European Heritage Week, from October 22 – 30, with free guided tours of historic sites including the beacon towers, the Roman ruins, the Old Town and even a children’s archeology workshop.

The Marbella Delegate of Culture, Carmen Díaz, commented that the week was ” about bringing the wealth of heritage that the municipality has to the citizens” and that reservations can already be made to participate in these activities, which will take place over two consecutive weekends.

They begin this Saturday, October 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a tour of Torres Ladrones, Lance de las Cañas and Las Bóvedas, “where the defensive system that existed during the Middle Ages and the Modern Age throughout the Malaga coast and, specifically, in our city, will explained” A special bus will leave La Canasta cafeteria (the old Cafeteria Marbella) to take people to the towers.

Roman Villa of Río Verde.

The following Sunday, October 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., a guided visit to the sites included in the ‘Route of the Roman Footprint’, which will include the Roman Baths of Las Bóvedas, the Paleochristian Basilica of Vega del Mar and the Roman Villa of Río Verde.

“The first reveal the sophisticated construction system of the Roman world and the great importance of Marbella, since the baths would correspond to a family of a very high economic level”.

Paleochristian Basilica

“The Paleochristian Basilica is an example of the Christianisation that took place during the later days of the Roman empire. The existence of a temple and a necropolis highlights the beliefs and ways of life of society in the transition to the Middle Ages”.

Díaz commented that the Roman Villa of Río Verde, is an example of the existing aristocracy in the area, with the remains of a villa with unique mosaics due to its typology and the theme they have”.


A special bus will leave from the Berdaguer Pharmacy to transfer the attendees.

On Saturday, October 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., children between the ages of 6 and 12 will be able to enjoy a children’s archeology workshop, with the reproduction of a four-leaf clover, one of the images represented in the mosaics of the Villa, with polychrome tesserae, while on Sunday, October 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the culmination of the activities will be the guided tour of the Old Town of Marbella, with a meeting point at the Plaza de la Victoria.

“Visitors will be told about all the origins of the city, its journey and evolution from the Roman to the Medieval world, passing through the modern, and that they can see the remains of the different cultures in our town”, said Díaz.

For more information patrimoniohistorico@marbella.es or telephone 952 768 710.


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