Marbella has long been a favourite destination for holidaymakers and expats seeking sunnier climes, and with good reason. With over 18 miles of golden beaches, the coastline of this destination is undoubtedly one of its main highlights. Whether you’re looking for tranquil beaches to relax on or the hotspots with beach clubs and refreshment stalls, Marbella has a beach for you.
Beaches here aren’t just for the summer and they’re a popular place to wander and hang out during the winter months too, since winters here are much milder. Several beaches in Marbella have prestigious Blue Flag awards, so you can be confident that the water is clean and clear, they’re well managed and there are facilities in place for a more enjoyable experience, from showers and sun loungers to lifeguards for safety.
Here are five of the very best beaches in Marbella that everyone should experience at least once.
El Faro Beach
One of the most central beaches in Marbella, El Faro Beach takes its name from the lighthouse that you can see from this sandy coastline. Faro may not be the longest beach in this area, but it does offer one of the most spectacular locations, located just minutes from designer fashion outlets, terraces and bars, and world-class restaurants, so it’s a fantastic stop off during a day exploring.
This Blue Flag beach is also close to the marina and the Parque de la Constitución which has delightful gardens and hosts cultural activities and events throughout the year.
Las Chapas Beach
One of the most glamorous beaches on the whole of Costa del Sol, you’ll find plenty of popular restaurants here as well as prestigious beach clubs, including the famous Nikki Beach where you’ll be served the finest food and the best music while enjoying the views.
Las Chapas is a cosmopolitan hub situated in the east of Marbella and is one of the most popular areas for those looking to move to the area, so it stands to reason that this is one of the most coveted and best-known beach locations in the area.
Extending over 1,900m of golden sand met with crystal clear waters, El Alicate beach can get crowded in the summer but it offers a great atmosphere and there are plenty of vendors alongside for chilled sangria and Spanish tapas.
Situated close to the Costa Bella and Pinomar beaches, it’s one of the most beautiful and charming spots on the Costa del Sol, offering 850m of breathtaking coastline coupled with pines, meadows and scrubland. It’s one of the more secluded beaches on this list and, unsurprisingly, it’s widely considered to be one of the best in the area and Marbella generally.
This beach sits on the edge of an exclusive estate which is also home to some well-known names, such as Antonio Banderas who has a home here right on the beach.
One of the nicest inner city beaches in Marbella, Playa Fontanilla is walkable distance from the heart of Marbella and if you’re looking to soak up the hot Spanish sun, few places can top this gorgeous beach. Playa Fontanilla has virtually everything you could want on your doorstep, from bars and restaurants to activities, and public amenities like showers.
There’s also the Paseo Maritimo promenade close by where you’ll find even more eateries and kiosks. A relaxed beach in the centre of the action, it offers the best of both worlds, so it’s a great option if you’re holidaying here and want to take a break from the hustle and bustle temporarily.
Los Monteros is a semi-urban white sand beach in the development of Bahia de Marbella, spanning over 2km and three distinct sections: Rio Real, Realejo and La Adelfa. The names of these sections are derived from the streams and conservation areas along this part of the coast, and while the locals are familiar with them, you won’t find signs demarcating them.
If you’re looking for a beach to simply relax, sunbathe and enjoy a spot of swimming, this beach is perfect. Close to some of the luxury developments on the Costa del Sol, it’s a characterful beach that, with its lush greenery and myriad plant species, is a change of pace from the rest of Marbella’s beaches.
Choosing the Right Marbella Beach for Your Trip
Choosing the right beach depends on the type of atmosphere you’re looking for and whether you’re travelling as a couple or group, or if you’re visiting with children and need a family-friendly beach where little ones can play safely. F
or example, beaches on the east side of Marbella are sandier rather than pebbly, while the Puerto Deportivo area in the heart of Marbella has a great selection of child-friendly places to eat as well as playgrounds and water parks.
The majority of Marbella’s beaches are a reflection of the lavish lifestyle that this area of Spain is renowned for, but it’s worth noting that each one has its own unique appeal and something different that sets it apart from the rest.
When you travel or move to Marbella, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to soft sandy beaches to relax on, so choosing where to go comes down to a matter of preference and whether you want somewhere quiet and tranquil or bustling and surrounded with amenities.