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Leisure in Marbella

Marbella is famous for holiday makers throughout the year so it comes as no surprise that there a hundreds of things to do and see in and around Marbella.


Primarily of course there are the renowned beaches, “El Cable” beach is a frequented beach and is considered to be a clean, environmentally friendly beach. The waters are calm and lifeguards are present in the summer months.

The “Fontanilla” is the most frequented beach due to its location close to the city centre. Bars, sunbeds and restaurants can be found all down this beach.

Mistral Beach Club is one of the most popular beach clubs in Marbella. Situated very close to Puerto Banús this club offers amazing facilities guaranteed to keep you entertained. There is a restaurant that serves great food, and a bar that will keep you hydrated throughout the day. However, if you are interested in doing something other than wining and dining on this beautiful beach, the club also offers a range of sports and activities such as jet skiing, water skiing, banana rides and much, much more. Find this fabulous club at:

Mistral Beach Club
Playa del Rodeo,
Carretera N340, km. 194
29660, Puerto Banús
Tel: 952 113 284

Nikki Beach is located in East Marbella and is actually a chain of clubs located throughout the world. This club is the best if you are a partier but there are also water-sports and fabulous cuisine on offer too. For more information visit it at:

Nikki Beach
Playa Hotel Don Carlos
Carretera de Cadiz, km. 192
29600, Marbella East
Tel: 952 836 239

Ocean Club Beach Club is situated on the 1st line beach right in the centre of Puerto Banus. This club is highly exclusive and offers, a Spa, massages, shopping centre, restaurant and a “champagne party” held on a monthly basis. For more information visit it at:

Ocean Club Beach Club
Avenida Lola Flores S/N
Playas del Duque Beach
29660, Puerto Banús
Tel: 952 908 137


Marbella Golf and Country Club

This golf club is situated just 5 minutes away from Marbella and boasts a 6 kilometre, 18 hole course that was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. It claims to provide a challenging game for players of all abilities whilst providing beautiful views of the Mediterranean. The club provides wonderful facilities such as a restaurant, tennis courts and shop. For more information visit their website or them at:

Marbella Golf and Country Club
Carretera Cadíz-Málaga, Km. 188
29600, Marbella
Tel: 952 830 500

Marbella Club Hotel

This hotel, golf resort and spa combination is situated by the sea in between Marbella and Puerto Banus. The 18 hole course was designed by Dave Thomas and also boasts riding stables. The course is exclusive to the members and guests of the hotel and you can expect five star service as the staff of the club will collect clubs and will transport them to the buggies. There is a handicap limit and for more information or to book visit their website or the club at:

Marbella Club Hotel
Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe S/N
29660, Marbella
Tel: 952 822 211

Los Naranjos Golf Club

This golf club is considered one of the best in Spain. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. the 18 hole course measures at 6.500 metres and has beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the sea. The clubhouse boasts more facilities than most in the area and contains a fabulous restaurant with a terrace and views, hairdresser and a spa with massages. There are also practice facilities such as a driving range, putting greens and practice bunker. For more information visit their website or the club at:

Los Naranjos Golf Club
Urbanizacíon Nueva Andalucía S/N
29660, Marbella
Tel: 952 815 206

La Quinta Golf and Country Club

This golf course is situated just 5 minutes away from Marbella town centre and is accessed directly from the main road. The golf course was designed in 1990 by three times world champion Manolo Piñero and has three courses each made up of nine holes. The clubhouse has a restaurant, bar and café and there is also La Quinta Golf Academy, headed by Manolo Piñero himself, where you can better yourself, or just practice the game. For more information visit their website or the club at:

La Quinta Golf and Country Club
Urb. La Quinta Golf S/N
Nueva Andalucía
29660, Marbella
Tel: 952 762 390

Guadalmina Club de Golf

This golf course is an 18 hole course situated close to the sea offering stunning views of the course and the beach. The club also houses a clubhouse with facilities such as a shop, pool, restaurant and bar, tennis court and much, much more. To find out more about this club visit their website or the club at:

Guadalmina Club de Golf
Urb. Guadalmina Alta
29670, San Pedro
Tel: 952 883 375

Rio Real

This club is part of a hotel, the course opened in 1965 and was designed by Javier Arana and contains 18 holes. The course consists of beautiful scenery such as lakes and forestry and offers its members exclusive services and deals. For more information, visit their website or the club at:

Golf Rio Real
Carretera N-340, Km. 185
Urb. Rio Real S/N, Apdo. 82
29600, Marbella East
Tel: 952 765 732

Santa Maria Golf and Country Club

This club is another 18 hole course that has stunning forests around it. The first 9 holes were designed by Antonio Garcia Garrido leaving the second 9 holes to be designed in 1996 by the club’s designers. For more information on the services provided by this club visit their website or see them at the following address:

Santa Maria Golf Club
Carretera N-340, Km. 192
29600, Marbella East
Tel: 952 831 036

Las Brisas Golf

This beautiful course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, has 10 artificial lakes making this course great for those who love water obstacles and gorgeous views. The course consists of 18 holes and has hosted numerous competitions. For more information visit their website or find the course at:

Las Brisas Golf
Aptdo de Correos Nº 147
29660, Nueva Andalucía
Tel: 952 813 021

Aloha Golf

This 18 hole course is situated in Nueva Andalucía and also boasts a 9 hole course, 2 putting greens, a chipping area and a practice area. The facilities are endless including a restaurant, swimming pool exclusively for members, sauna and shop. For more information visit their website or the club at the following address:

Aloha Golf
Urb Aloha Golf Club
Aptdo de Correos, 141
Tel: 952 907 085

Greenlife Golf

This golf course is a 9 hole golf course designed around large greens and beautiful water features. The club also offers a gym, restaurant and sauna. For more information visit their website or the club at the following address:

Greenlife Golf
Urb. Elviria Hills
Avenida Las Cumbres
Tel: 952 839 142


Given the diversity of cultures in Marbella, there are many different cuisines to choose from, vary from traditional Spanish to delicate oriental flavours. A couple of recommended restaurants follow:

“La Meridiana” is a beautifully decorated restaurant serving traditional Spanish food. With a sophisticated menu, candlelit outdoor tables and extensive wine list, this restaurant is a must for a romantic meal.

La Meridiana
Camino De La Cruz,
Tel: 952 776 190

However, if you all you really want is exceptional, traditional Spanish fish, “La Pesquera” is a chain of restaurants that you must visit. There are several in Marbella and a couple in San Pedro as listed below but for a full list of the restaurants visit their website.

La Pesquera “Marisqueria Bar”
Plaza de la Victoria
Casco Antiguo
Tel: 952 765 170

La Pesquera “del Faro”
Avenida Duque de Ahumada
Playa del Faro
Paseo Marítimo, Marbella
Tel: 952 868 520

La Pesquera “Chiringuito”
Primera Línea de Playa
Urb. Marbellamar
Tel: 952 770 338

Da Bruno´s is a chain of wonderful Italian restaurants owned by Bruno Filippone and his wife. One of his restaurants opened in San Pedro in 2005 and offers a wonderful atmosphere and fabulous Italian foods such as pizzas, pastas, fish, salads and much, much more. For more information visit their website or find the restaurant at the following address:

Da Bruno A San Pedro
Avenida del Mar
Urb. San Pedro del Mar 1E
29670, San Pedro
Tel: 952 786 860

Thai Gallery is situated on the outskirts of Puerto Banús and offers beautiful Thai food as well as catering to parties of any kind. To try this wonderful restaurant for yourself visit them at the following address:

Thai Gallery
Carretera Cadíz, Km. 175
29660, Marbella
Tel: 952 818 392

Terra Sana lives up to its literal meaning by serving only the healthiest foods. But this doesn´t mean the cuisine is boring, far from it! The restaurant serves all kinds of foods from their famous smoothies, healthy wraps and baguettes and tender meats and fish. To experience this feel-good restaurant visit:

Terra Sana
Next to the Casino in Marbella
29660, Marbella
Tel: 952 906 205

La Taberna de Santiago serves arguably some of the best fish and shellfish as well as some traditional Andalucían food such as gazpacho.

Restaurante Santiago
Paseo Marítimo, 5
29660, Marbella
Tel: 952 770 078


Marbella and Puerto Banús are world renowned for its nightlife, whether you want a quiet night in a mood-lit bar, or a pulsing beat in a nightclub you will find whatever suits your taste in this town.


“Olivia Valére” is a beautifully lit nightclub with an Arabian theme that is situated in Marbella. The bar is for someone more inclined to enjoy atmosphere and drinks with friends than clubbing, however, there is also a disco attached to the bar as well as the “Babilonia Restaurant”. This is an extremely exclusive club and will leave you feeling like a celebrity. Find this fabulous club at:

Olivia Valére
Carretera de Istan, km. 0.8
29600, Marbella
Tel: 952 828 861

“The Loft Lounge” is a popular dance club that plays mostly R&B, this is one of the most popular places to go if you like to dance the night away single or with friends.

Loft Lounge
Club the Golden Mile
29660, Marbella
Tel: 952 778 925

Plaza los Naranjos is a square in the centre of old town Marbella. During the day this is a wonderful place to have a quiet drink with friends and people watch. At night, all the bars ar still open around there and you can enjoy drinks whilst experiencing the fantastic local atmosphere.

Puerto Banus

“Dreamers” is one of the most famous bars in Puerto Banús and often has many big DJs coming to play music. They are open until very late so you shouldn´t arrive too early, after midnight is preferable. There is also a V.I.P. area, enormous dance floor and girls dancing on podiums! To visit this fabulous, atmospheric club find it at:

Carretera de Cadíz, Km. 175
Rio Verde
29660, Puerto Banús
Tel: 952 812 080

Despite the name, “News Café” is a busy, fashionable and popular bar with a dancefloor and lounge area where you can sit with a reserved table and chilled bottle of champagne whilst admiring the beautiful views of the port. You can find this club on the frontline of the port in Puerto Banús.

“Seven” is a popular nightclub despite the fact that it is unlike most of the other clubs in the area. The interior is amazingly decorated and the dress code is formal. Despite this, the atmosphere is incredible with coves set into the walls for privacy however you do not want to miss the scantly clad dancers! You can find this club at:

Avenida Julio Iglesias
29660, Puerto Banús
Tel: 662 383 030


Marbella is infamous for its shopping, many celebrities make the trip to Marbella and Puerto Banus to indulge themselves on the finest designer labels, quirky second hand stores and both English and Spanish highstreet labels. Principally of course is the mall “La Cañada” which contains a supermarket, highstreet stores, electronic stores and designer labels. This mall also contains a bowling alley and cinema showing some of the latest films, however for a better cinema that shows all the latest films in English, visit the “Cinema Gran Marbella” in Puerto Banús. There are also food places such as a good sushi place that also does delicious tortilla wraps (from experience!) and other basic food such as Italian, Spanish and more.

La Cañada
Carretera Ojén
Centro Comercial de La Cañada
29600, Marbella
Tel: 952 860 142

Cinema Gran Marbella
Paseo Riviera S/N
Opposite Corte Ingles
29660, Puerto Banús
Tel: 952 810 077

“El Corte Inglés” is a chain of shopping malls similar to La Cañada but larger and situated all over Spain and now opening in other countries. Similar to John Lewis, El Corte Inglés contains perfumeries, clothes stores, a food market, hairdressers and a supermarket. You can literally find everything here at:

El Corte Inglés
Costa Marbella Shopping Centre,
29660, Puerto Banús
Tel: 952 909 990

Everything that you can think of you find on the streets of Marbella and Puerto Banús, for the main designer and high street stores stick to the main street, if you are more interested in thrift stores try and venture into the back streets. It is also worth checking out the old town of Marbella.

Sports and Activities

Because Marbella is such a popular area to visit on holiday, there are many, many sports and activities to take part in aside from golf.

“Cable Ski Marbella” is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to waterski, or if you already know how, just to have some fun! It is a large, natural lake set in Guadalmina with a restaurant and swimming pool. This place is very popular so you would be wise to call them to make a reservation before visiting them at:

Cable Ski Marbella
Guadalmina Alta
Parque de las Mendranas
29670, San Pedro
Tel: 952 785 579

“Puente Romano Tennis Club” is set within the Puente Romano Hotel and is one of the best clubs in the area. The club contains 8 floodlit clay courts, 2 hard courts, some paddle tennis courts, gym, fitness studio, Turkish bath, sauna, steam room, restaurant and bar.

Puente Romano Tennis Club
Carretera de Cadíz, Km. 177
29602, Marbella
Tel:952 820 900

Nueva Alcántara Tennis Club not only offers 4 professional grade tennis courts but also has 9 paddle tennis courts, a gym and general fitness centre with classes including ballet, dance and aerobics.

Nueva Alcántara Paddle and Tennis Club
CN-340 Km, 171.5
San Pedro
Tel: 952 788 315


By Eloise Horsfield | Property News | April 29th, 2009

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