Spain Guide

 

Marbella Beaches

With 27 kilometres of coastline and 24 different beaches to choose from Marbella has something for everyone. Whether you're into jet ski ing, sailing, star spotting, balloon flights, cable ski ing or simply enjoying some of the best fresh seafood in the world you'll find it all at Marbella's seafront and watersports centres.

Stroll along the famous Golden Mile and dine at some of the most sumptuous (and expensive) restaurants that the Mediterranean has to offer. Or visit one of the many "chiringuitos" the beach bars that pepper this stretch of coastline, serving much needed cold drinks and delicious food to summer visitors. If you're a sucker for seafood try their fresh char grilled sardines. To die for!

Most of the beaches are well served with all the usual "essentials" like foot baths, lifeguards, children's play areas, sun loungers, sunshades and a variety of watersports jet skis, pedaloes, wind surfers and banana rides.

You can hire a jet ski or water bike from many of the bars and safety standards are high wearing a life jacket is obligatory and there are safe access lanes to avoid accidents with swimmers.

For the unitiated, a great way to learn the basics of water ski ing is at the Cable Ski centre based at Parque de las Medranas in San Pedro de Alcantara to the west of Marbella.

On the road from Marbella to Fuengirola, just beyond the Marbella arch, you'll find Funny Beach where you can enjoy go karting and all the usual water sports as well as some more adventurous activities such as parasailing.

 

Divers (and would be underwater adventurers) should pay a visit to the Happy Diver's Club at the Atalaya Park Hotel beach which has great views of both Gibraltar and the Moroccan coast.

The centre caters for beginners and more experienced divers of all levels. Fascinating marine life is guaranteed in these waters where the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean meet. Explore ancient wrecks, rocky underwater landscapes, walls of colourful coral and sponges. You'll see conga eels, groupers, seahorses, sunfish, sea slugs, dolphins.

If luxury yachts and Hollywood stars are more your beachside scene, then head for Marbella's Golden Mile and the port of Puerto Banus where you can enjoy the glitzier side of Mediterranean life.without ever getting your feet wet!

For a great family day out visit the Parque Acuatico at nearby Mijas near Fuengirola where you'll be able to enjoy the wave pool, kamikaze slides, water chutes, adventure river and full programme of live entertainment, water aerobics and beach volleyball contests.

Or pop along the coast to Benalmádena to the Sea Life Centre where you'll find more than 100 marine species, touch pools, a ray tank and a Mediterranean reef with anemones and starfish. Walk through the glass tunnel and surround yourself with sharks, moray eels and barracuda.

Attractions also include "Atlantis, The Sunken City", which recreates the aura of mystery and magic surrounding the legend of the sunken city.

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