Marbella boasts plenty of long, sandy beaches where you can chill out solo style or rub shoulders with the jet set at one of the lively beach clubs. Join in the fun at the Ocean Club, Nikki Beach or La Sala Beach if you want to meet some celebs, or take a trip to Golden Beach, Elviria if you want to chillax on a sun bed. Most beaches have parasols and sun beds for hire, and water sports include water skiing, kite surfing, wind surfing and jet skiing.
No visit to Marbella is complete without a trip to Puerto Banus. Whether you want to be seen or you want to relax at the port side and people watch, this is the place to come. Top night clubs include Tibu Banus and Dreamers, and the marina is lined with high quality restaurants, designer shops and jewellery stores. Enjoy views over the boats from café terraces, or push the boat out and enjoy dinner in the port. Puerto Banus must be seen, if only for a couple of hours.
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Cabopino is a much smaller port than Banus, but is preferred by many visitors to Marbella. Situated just 7km east of Marbella Centre, Cabopino has a long, sandy beach, three reputable beach bars serving snacks, full meals and a wide choice of cocktails and wines, and some great water-side restaurants in the port. Lots of great bars too just above the Port in the Square including Bar La Plaza and Irish Bar Shebeen. You can enjoy a full day in Cabopino, and water sports are available to book from Splash Watersports in the Port. Highly recommended day out.
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The Old Town, Marbella
The Old Town of Marbella is home to some of the best pavement cafés, restaurants and bars in town, and the ornate square with over 40 orange trees is a great place to sit and watch the world go by. Walk up the cobbled streets from the town centre and you will find yourself being transported back to the Spain of yesteryear with whitewashed buildings and decorative fountains. If you are looking for something traditional and unique, book to go to the Ana Maria Flamenco Show.
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Marbella is home to some of the best tapas bars in Andalucia, and you can sample a vast range of fried squid, home made tortilla, gazpacho, seafood skewers, paella, serrano ham, Manchego cheese, octopus salad, prawns pil-pil and much more in these lively bars. Enjoy a cold beer or a glass of fino, chilled sherry with your olives, and you will start to feel right at home.
Marbella´s beach bars, or ´chiringuitos´ are legendary, and if you can drag yourself away from your sunbed, grab some lunch at one of these lively restaurants come beach bars. Whether you want a full meal or you fancy a snack, all tastes are catered for. If you are a seafood fan, order the boquerones, the Malaga fried fish, the squid, fish skewers or plump for a fish and meat paella between two – you won´t be disappointed. Order a jug of sangria or 2 to help it all down with, and don´t forget your sun cream!