Marbella Beaches and its surrounding towns, has been known for years for the sun, fun and tourist spots. So in time for you to get looking at beaches, here are just a few of them. I have no put in the famous beach clubs which are all over the coast, I am writing about the beaches, it’s your choice of course.
1.CABOPINO. The Playa de Cabopino has gained popularity over the years. It has clean water, long sandy beaches and plenty of amenities for all the family. Situated 13 kms. East of Marbella, Cabopino is a medium occupancy in classification. It is near the port of Cabopino which offers berthing facilities for boats and the port has a variety of shops, bars and restaurants of various prices.
2. ARTOLA DUNES are right next to Cabopino and this area is a protected nature reserve. The Playa Artola is actually a unique beach in Marbella. It is the only one not backed by any urbanization, making it one of the most attractive beaches in the area. Construction is prohibited on this site because it is home to the Dunas de Artola (sand dunes) which are protected as a natural monument. Those enjoying the dunes and the beach should thank a group of local residents who managed to keep the constructors at bay, even during the excesses of the last 25 years.The beach has been recognised for its cleanliness and excellent facilities. To the east end of the beach towards the Cabopino Marina, is the life-guard and first aid point..
3. PLAYA DE LOS MONTEROS next to the hotel Los Monteros and the Bahia De Marbella urbanization is long at around 2Km, but quite narrow, and it has fine sand, it is pebble free and relatively quiet as well as being quite shallow. The beaches have life guards, a number of chiringuitos and beach bars and you might be able to get a glimpse of Antonio Banderas as he has a house nearby.
4. PLAYA DEL PINILLO (FUNNY BEACH). This is a great place for children as it provides all sorts of things for them, and adults to do. There has been some controversy about the beach as it has a go-karting track as well as other entertainment and was temporarily closed because of a dispute with Marbella town hall but was given permission by a court to re-open until the dispute has been settled. I hope this beach will continue to carry on as it is quite an iconic place in Marbella.
5. PLAYA FONTANILLA is a firm favourite with Marbella residents and holiday makers alike.It is one of Marbella’s urban beaches. From most parts of Marbella’s city centre, its an easy walk.It is worth mentioning that this beach is classified as having ‘high occupancy.’ Playa Fontanilla is one of Marbella’s most popular and most beautiful inner city beaches.
6. EL FARO BEACH is one of the most crowded on the Marbella coast due to its location right in front of the city centre. The great lighthouse presiding over it, lends the beach its name: Faro (“faro” means lighthouse in Spanish). it is conveniently located in the centre of Marbella, close to a number of hotels and not far from the Old Town. The number of facilities surrounding this beach make it a very desirable location. This beach is very popular with families as it has a large children’s play area (unsupervised) and the sea is shallow and sheltered providing calm waves and a safer environment for younger children.
7. PLAYA EL FUERTE is also known as La Venus Beach as it is situated right next to the Fuerte (Castle) and later the Fuerte Hotel. It is another relatively small beach, at just 400m x 50m wide. The beach sits between the Puerto Deportivo and the Represa River where a artificial breakwater has been constructed. This is a family beach, it has become very popular with families as it has childrens play area close by (however the play area is unsupervised). It also has access to a wide variety of watersports. This beach is backed by the paseo maritimo and so is very busy, especially during the summer. This is the beach closest to the centre of Marbella and can be thought of the the Marbella tow beach.
8. LA BAJADILLA BEACH is situated to the west of Marbella´s Fishing Port. At one end it is very wide as it ocupies the triangle against the breakwaters of the port. It is 700m long and on averge 40m wide It is backed by the paseo maritimo so it is accessible from a number of front line hotels and accomodations. It is only a short walk from the Old Town. there is one main chiringuito called Restaurant Puerto Playa. This is a busy beach because of its very desirable tranquil waters and its access to multiple beach bars, restaurants, shops and other facilities. There is a Red Cross point at this beach and it is monitored by life guards in summer.
9. PLAYA DE ANDALUCIA runs from Puerto Banus for about 1 km. is dark coarse sand and offers all sorts of amenities. There are water sports, wake boarding, para-sailing and loads of places to eat. There is a difficulty parking in summer so leave plenty of time to get there.