One of the main reasons people visit the Costa del Sol (and stay at Hotel PYR) is to sample the sun, sea and sand. With an extensive coastline Marbella offers great facilities, from restaurants on the beach to massages and water sports. It is often documented that the beaches in Marbella are divided into two, the ones east of the town and the ones to the west. Arguably, the best beaches are to the east of Marbella. Here, then, are seven of the best Marbella beaches in or around the centre of town.
To the east of Marbella this is as close as you'll get to a 'natural' beach, with fine sand, small sand dunes and it's 1300 m long.
This is a long strip of beach in Marbella approximately 2000m in length, it includes La Adelfa, Realejos and Rio Real beaches.
Las Chapas beach is to the east of Marbella and is in the Las Chapas urbanisation. It’s approximately 750 metres long with clean sand but it can get a little busy, with space in the summer at something of a premium.
A small beach further east than Las Chapas, Pimomar is next to Costa Bella Beach. It's about 10 minutes' drive from the centre of Marbella, but with golden sand and moderate waves it's well worth the trip.
Cabopino is about half-way between Marbella and Fuengirola and the furthest east beach on this list. At 1200 metres long it’s huge, and is probably the most famous and popular of all the beaches in Marbella. It’s relatively less developed than the rest of the Marbella coastline and has pine trees lining the beach in areas. It has some great restaurants for lunch or dinner and a small fishing port which makes for a scenic setting.
Estrella del Mar
Over in East Marbella in Las Chapas (as mentioned above) is another favourite beach in the area. It has good clean water and sand typical of Marbella beaches, it also offers a beach club with a pool, restaurant, bar and spa. It is, however, for adults only, so families have to head elsewhere.
Nueva Andalucia Beach
Out to the west of Puerto Banus, Nueva Andalucia Beach is approximately 11km from Marbella centre. It’s a pretty glamorous stretch of a kilometre or so of fine sandy beach. The whole beach is sheltered by breakers, so the sea is calm for bathers, while there’s a great spot for children where there’s a little cover with shallow water. The beach club Sala Beach is also along this stretch.
Like our pick of Marbella beaches, but looking for something to do after dark? Check out a few of our favourite beach clubs in Puerto Banus.