Marbesa is a purpose-built community set between Fuengirola and Marbella. The resort is focused on the beach, with a couple of beachfront restaurants along the coast. A walk along the beach will take you to Cabopino on one side, and to Elviria on the other. Cabopino has a small marina with a great selection of restaurants and bars, as well as some good beaches either side of the port. Elviria is home to the El Casco tennis club as well as several restaurants and shops.
You’ll find a supermarket and a couple of local shops in Elviria, perfect for stocking up on those villa essentials. Serious shoppers should head to the centre of Marbella, where you will find everything from clothes and footwear to handmade ceramics and souvenirs. For designer brands look no further than Puerto Banus, with a whole host of designer labels.
There are a couple of beachfront restaurants serving traditional Spanish cuisine in Marbesa. For a greater choice head to Cabopino harbour, a 15 minute stroll along the beach or a short drive from Marbesa. Here you’ll find some excellent restaurants, from chiringitos (beach bars) on the sand to many fish and seafood restaurants around the harbour. Overlooking the boats, Cabopino harbour is a hidden gem with a relaxed atmosphere.
Marbesa Beach is a long narrow stretch of sand, dotted with beach restaurants and bars. A relatively quieter beach there are limited facilities, but some of the bars have sunbeds and parasols to hire. Cabopino Beach is a livelier affair with plenty of sunbeds and parasols to hire as well as a good selection of chiringitos. Beside is a natural park of sand dunes and pine trees, popular with walkers.
Much of the family fun with revolve around your villa or the beach in Marbesa. Spend the day splashing in the pool or building sand castles on the beach. Marbella has an open-topped tourist train to explore the old town and promenade, a fun way to get around for all the family. Or, 20 minutes’ drive in the opposite direction will take to Fuengirola, with the fascinating Bioparc which is well worth a visit.
Golf is a very big deal in these parts, with the perfect climate and lush scenery making it an attractive way to spend the day. There are four world-class courses nearby, including Tamisa Golf and La Siesta Golf Course. If you fancy a game of tennis, your nearest courts are only a 10 minute walk away in Elviria.
Nearby Marbella is famous for its glamorous nightlife. The Golden Mile (actually 4 miles, all the way to Puerto Banus) of its seafront is full of bright lights, bars and clubs. In contrast, the old quarter of Marbella retains more of an authentic Spanish atmosphere with its Moorish castle, famous Orange Square, narrow alleyways and interesting, unusual shops.