Welcome to a piece of jungle in the middle of Marbella – Parque de la Alameda.
This gorgeous green space is a short walk away from the coastline and a great place to relax, watch the world go by or hide from the sun in the summer.
Alameda Park is a popular meeting spot for locals and visitors alike and features some beautiful botanical species. On Sundays, you would see families with kids strolling by before they head over for family lunch to the nearby restaurants, locals discussing the latest gossip or excited visitors taking pictures of the lush surroundings.
The park dates back to the 18th century and in the current state, it’s only a fraction of its original size (20.000 square meters). The park’s crowning glory is the large fountain (Fuente Virgen de Rocio) which offers a spectacular light show in the evenings.
The park splits into two large promenades that meet in the middle where you find the fountains, along with lined pathways on each side.
Another gorgeous feature of the park is the stone benches with beautifully decorated tiles (last photo here).
There are no refreshment establishments in the park itself, but at the corner of it you will find La Canasta bakery just behind the bus stop and there are a few restaurants across the street from the park (including my favourite – Casa Blanca Taverna).
Alameda Park is a place where I always stop when I’m visiting Marbella, and if you’re coming for the first time, it’s definitely a must see.
If you want to explore further, you can stroll down to Avenida del Mar promenade which features casually placed (probably priceless) sculptures by Salvador Dali.
For now I will leave you with a virtual tour of the park and at the end of the article you will find more options for exploring more of what Marbella has to offer.