Roman villages (Cilniana and Río Verde)
Within the so-called Roman Marbella is located the alleged city of Cilniana, located near the edge of the beach that runs from the mouth of the river called Guadalmansa to the land of Linda Vista and whose ruins are almost destroyed by the real state developments. However, there are remains still preserved in the two main fields: the vaults and the early Christian basilica of Vega del Mar.
The place named as Cilniana is also the name of an association since its inception has fought for the defense and dissemination of the cultural heritage of the Costa del Sol.
Moreover, the Roman town of is located about 5 kilometers from Marbella, on the left bank of the Green River. It is reached by road 340 towards Algeciras. The villa was discovered by a British traveler in the eighteenth century, but began to dig up the 60s of last century. At first he thought they were the remains of ancient Salduba, but soon discovered it was a large Roman villa. The remains found (pottery, marble and metal objects now on display in the Municipal Museum) placed the Roman village in the first century of our era. The site’s main point of interest is its mosaic paving made up of small, cube-shaped pieces in a variety of colours known as "tesellae".
To the right of the entrance there is a square room with a mosaic floor whose main exhibit is a reproduction of the head of the Medusa, a symbol of good luck. The rest of the decoration consists of regularly-alternating geometrical shapes, with the exception of the patio, which features a number of representations of the culinary arts, such as animals, ovens, fountains, roasting spits for fish and meat, soup tureens etc., all in black and white.