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“Wonderful serenity yet exciting activity”
Review of Alameda Park

Alameda Park
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Marbella Private Half-Day Tour from Malaga
Ranked #7 of 99 things to do in Marbella
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

This is a lovely park which leads from Ricardo Sorriano (The main street) down to the beach. So it is always busy with loads of people walking through it. We take our painting students there from estudio 61 - located a few streets way. I love it!! Great tiled seats, wonderful exotic foliage, a few newspaper stands and at Christmas a Nativity scene set up. There are often 'break dancers' there at night. The 'fountain' changes colour at night and is quite lovely. It's a major place in Marbella and kept spotlessly clean. Marbella do parks well and take some time to just chill and watch the world go by. It's great!! Any time of year.

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Reviewed 10 March 2014

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Unique along the Costa del Sol (the other towns were too poverty-stricken until recently to own one, and once they became richer, this style of garden was out of fashion), the Alameda Gardens in Marbella are a MUST.

The Alameda is situated off the main street - the Calle Ricardo Soriano - and next to the Avenida del Mar piazza, which is itself just off the seafront promenade. So it is five minutes from the beach.

A traditional Spanish town garden, it was started in the 18th century; one of the oldest gardens in the province of Málaga or in the whole of Andalusia, apart from the Moorish gardens in Cordoba and Sevilla, which are 500 years older. There are no lawns here, of course - that's not the tradition on Southern Spain with its searing hot summers. Trees and shrubs and flowering plants lining walkways. You feel as though you are walking through a cave or a tunnel at some points. It is a marvellous place, full of greenery. Palm trees, bananas, loads of exotic plants. There are even some Ficus - rubber plants you'll know them as, you may even have one in your living room. These wouldn't fit in, however, as in the warmth of Marbella they have grown to 50 feet high. Look out for them - you'll recognise them easily. Their leaves are the same size as in your home, it's the rest of the tree that is enormous.

There are benches, ceramic benches. Yes, you are sitting (almost) on a china chair! They are tiled and patterned - check out my photo - and are extremely attractive. Although a little hard to sit on. :-)

The pièce de résistance, however, is the fountain. A decorated fountain. Walk around it and read the inscriptions on the ceramic plaques. You'll see that it has a name - the Fuente de la Virgen del Rocio, named in honour of one of Andalusia's most beloved Virgins. There are regular pilgrimages to her shrine, and you can see the names of the various towns where they have Brotherhoods (Hermandades) in her honour.

On summer evenings there are sometimes concerts or other cultural events here in the park. When there is music, they often make the fountains play up and down in time to the music.

A lovely cool shady spot to rest your feet and cool down after a walk around Marbella.
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