Marbella beaches (visited in April, i.e. not high season)
An hour’s drive to the west of Malaga, Marbella is often referred to as the Miami/Monaco of Spain, where the rich, famous and beautiful people hang out. Pah!
There may be some uber-expensive enclaves in the area, such as Puerto Banus, but central Marbella is inhabited mostly by depressed honeymoon couples, desperate housewives dragging kids along the promenade in search of cheap pizza (no problem there) and desperate husbands in search of a supercar sighting. Sorry guys, you’ll have to make do with tired Seats since King Fahd of Saudi Arabia died and stopped spending 5 million euros a day there.
Among its 24 beaches, out of town is best, such as relaxed Cabopino Beach, between Marbella (12 km away) and Fuengirola, offering expansive beige sand, dunes and shallow, clear waters, excellent for children and popular with nudists. It has a well-established beach bar with a lively atmosphere. Nearby Las Chapas and Calahonda are also natural, soft sandy beaches.
The centrally located, grey-beige sands of Playa de la Venus, del Faro and de la Bajadilla are the most convenient and busiest stretches of sand while the best beaches are well out of the town centre, where Ferarris go for a whine, Nikki Beach in Elviria east Marbella, or Puerto Banus to the west.
Cabopino beach and the Artola dunes, outside Marbella in the direction of Fuengirola. Photo by Olaf Tausch.