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Marbella Spain Cruise Port Guide

Location:

It is easy to walk from the (tender) dock to Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Tree Square) in the center of this pleasant town.

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Sightseeing:

People watching and shopping are the main activities here.

The Old Town & Orange Square in Marbella: partially surrounded by the ruins of an old Arab wall with narrow white washed streets, old churches and squares, as well as lots of fascinating shops and boutiques At the heart of old town is Orange Square which dates back to 1485 and, according to Christian urban design, is surrounded by whitewashed houses and three historical buildings - the town hall, the old governor's house and the Chapel (Hermitage) of Santiago. The gardens are full of brightly colored flowers and orange trees and in the center stands a bust of King Juan Carlos 1.

Seafront promenade & beaches The extensive promenade is ideal to experience and join the Spanish in the traditional "paseo". Flanked by pavement cafes, restaurants, this promenade is one of the most attractive on the Costa del Sol and has the added advantage of being within minutes of the center of town.

Tours Excursions Transportation:

There are excursions to the pueblos blancos (white villages) and to Granada and Sevilla.

Nearby Places:

Puerto Banus

Shopping and Food

street markets: Location: Las Albarizas. Day(s): Monday

Location: Capitan Cortez. Day(s): Saturday

Currency:

The euro

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Communication:

Spanish is the official language in the entire national territory. However, other languages coexist with Spanish in certain regions of Spain. These are: Catalan in Catalonia, Galician in Galicia, Euskera/Basque in the Basque Country, Valencian in the Valencia Region and a particular variety of Catalan spoken on the Balearic Islands.

Emergency number: Dial 112 free of charge (valid throughout Spain). Service is given in Spanish, and also in English, French and German in some tourist areas.

Opening Hours and Holidays:

The most common business for shops and businesses hours are Monday through Saturday, from 9.30 h to 13.30 h, and from 16.30 to 20.00 h.

Big shopping centers and department stores open from 10.00 h to 21.00 or 22.00 h uninterruptedly. These big stores open sometimes on Sunday.

In coastal cities, in high season, shops are usually open passed 22.00 h.

Pharmacies open from 9.30 to 13.30 h, and from 16.30 to 20.00 h. In all major cities you can find pharmacies that open 24 hours. Pharmacies follow a rolling late-hour schedule, which is published in the newspapers, and is posted at all pharmacies.

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The following are the national public holidays:

• 1 January, New Year's Day.

• 6 January, the Epiphany.

• Good Friday.

• 1 May, Workers' Day.

• 15 August, the Assumption.

• 12 October, Feast of El Pilar.

• 1 November, All Saints.

• 6 December, Constitution Day.

• 8 December, the Immaculate Conception.

• 25 December, Christmas Day.

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