Our favourite marinas of the Costa del Sol
Sunshine, beaches, seafood restaurants, jugs of sangria, long promenades, pretty marinas, fine dining, buzzing nightlife and an oh so relaxed way of life…What’s not to love about living in Marbella?
From Málaga to Gibraltar we are also spoilt with aproximately150 kilometres of fabulous coastline, scattered with pretty port towns, endless expanses of sand and modern resort developments. Here we take a look at some of our favourite marinas along this southern stretch of Andalucía:
Cabopino is one of the smallest of the Costa del Sol’s marinas, situated halfway between Marbella and Fuengirola. This often-overlooked little port is not visible from the road, and as such has a quiet and tranquil atmosphere. It is a lovely spot for a leisurely lunch at one of the family-friendly restaurants overlooking the picturesque boatyard, and a superb place for a pretty escale for those approaching by sea.
Marbella’s old port, Puerto Deportivo, not to be confused with neighbouring Puerto Banús, is a lively marina full of busy bars and bistros, with full terraces, live music, giant screens and children playing on climbing structures on the beach. On Sundays the marina is home to Marbella’s artisan market, which sells handcrafted goods and homemade produce ranging from wooden toys to scented soaps, and the walkway is lined with stalls as Sunday walkers stroll by.
We could not possibly mention marinas without of course including the most famous and glamorous of all, Puerto Banús. This playboys’ paradise, shopaholics’ dream and playground of the rich and famous is the epitome of glitz and glamour. The port harbours some of the largest and most lavish yachts in the world and the marina’s frontline is home to some of the finest luxury boutiques, fashionable restaurants and trendy bars. With Lamborghinis and Ferraris cruising past and well-heeled it-girls tottering along laden with designer bags, this is the place to splash some cash. And if you aren’t on a spending frenzy, there is nowhere better for people watching than at a frontline bar, as the world passes by.
The newest and classiest of the marinas is Sotogrande, whose world-class harbour, contemporary design and superb surrounding golf courses make it a much-loved spot for young professionals, avid sailors and golf enthusiasts alike. The port boasts a variety of fine dining eateries, cafés and boutiques, and despite its luxury appearance the atmosphere of Sotogrande is marvellously relaxed and laidback.
Whether you’re after a fun and exciting evening in Puerto Banús, a laidback lunch on a terrace in Sotogrande or a quiet coffee watching the waves lapping at the sailing boats in Cabopino, there’s a port here to suit all moods…