Best Beaches In & Near Marbella

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  • 1. Playa de Artola

    Playa de Artola
    Olaf Tausch

    Travel time from Marbella: approx 0.5 hrs

    Playa de Artola lies at the eastern end of Marbella, running west away from the elegant Cabopino Marina on an area of coast known as the Punta Ladrones (Thieves' Point). However, unlike most beaches in Marbella, Playa de Artola is not surrounded by large hotel complexes. Instead, it sits among rolling dunes that have been a protected Spanish national space since 2001.

    Though quite narrow, the gently-curving sands of Playa… read more »

  • 2. Playa La Rada

    Playa La Rada
    Turista Inglesa

    Travel time from Marbella: approx 0.5 hrs

    Situated on the eastern side of Estepona, Playa de la Rada runs for over two kilometres. Although not the calmest of beaches on the Costa del Sol, with moderate waves, its deep grey sands and long beachside promenade makes Playa de la Rada an excellent all-round option favoured by locals and visitors alike.

    Accessible for those with disabilities, and in close proximity to the heart of Estepona, Playa de la Rada… read more »

  • 3. Playa del Cristo

    Playa del Cristo
    Turista Inglesa

    Travel time from Marbella: approx 0.5 hrs

    Stretching around a small bay immediately to the west of Punta de la Doncella and the attractive marina of Puerto Pesquero de Estepona, Playa del Cristo is approximately 700 metres long. Combining stone-free dark sands with calm shallow waters, protected on one side by a sea wall, amenities include several play areas. As a result, it's a beach that has become popular with families with young children.

    Accessible on foot and… read more »

  • 4. Malagueta Beach

    Malagueta Beach

    Travel time from Marbella: approx 1 hr

    One of the closest beaches to Malaga, Malagueta Beach sits comfortably within the city limits, just five minutes by car, or a 20-minute walk from the centre of the city. Buses also regularly ply the route, although there's a good amount of parking nearby.

    Running parallel to the promenade named after Malaga native Pablo Picasso, Malagueta lies east of the port, and boasts an area where visitors are able to… read more »

  • 5. La Caleta

    La Caleta

    Travel time from Marbella: approx 1 hr

    Facing roughly south into the bright waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Malaga's La Caleta beach is located in the upmarket area of the city that goes by the same name.

    Situated between Baños del Carmen and La Malagueta, its darker sands have a width averaging 25 metres, and a length stretching to a kilometre.

    Among the sands, visitors will find areas with palms and grasses offering natural… read more »

  • 6. Playa de Pedregalejo

    Playa de Pedregalejo
    Erik Starck

    Travel time from Marbella: approx 1 hr

    Located a few minutes' walk from Malaga's port, Playa de Pedregalejo is an urban beach that sits between Baños del Carmen and El Palo Beach. Though relatively narrow, with an average width of around 20 metres, it's dark - almost brown - sands stretch on for more than a kilometre, ensuring space for all its visitors. Awarded a Q Quality Seal in 2018 by the Spanish authorities as… read more »

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