Costa del Sol
Marbesa is a popular holiday resort along the stretch of coast known as Mijas Costa, set between Fuengirola and Marbella. The resort centres around the beach, with a couple of beachfront restaurants along the coast. A walk along the seafront 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 few supermarkets and shops in the area as well as some local shops in nearby Elviria and Calahonda, perfect for stocking up on those villa essentials. The popular street markets in the area can be found on a Monday in Marbella, and Tuesday in Fuengirola and are well worth a visit to pick up some local fare. 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 the chic resort of 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.
For a greater choice, why not take a 15 minute drive west to the beautiful old town of Marbella with its famous orange square, filled with restaurants. There is also a great night life to be found in the centre of Marbella, Fuengirola plus a popular selection of night clubs and discos all around the Puerto Banus area.
Marbesa Beach is a long narrow stretch of sand, dotted with beach restaurants and bars. As a relatively quiet 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.
There are also many other sandy beaches nearby, including Marbella and Fuengirola, offering great facilities and a range of water sports to try.
Whilst much of your family fun may revolve around your villa or the beach in Marbesa, there are plenty of things for families to do in the area.
In nearby Elviria, you will find the Adventura Amazonia Park, a large adventure park with zip lines, canopy walks and climbing walls. Or for an exciting day out, the Mijas Aquapark is around a 25 minute drive of Marbesa with many slides and pools to enjoy.
Marbella has an 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.
Nearby Marbella is famous for its glamorous nightlife and is well worth a visit. The Golden Mile - actually almost 8 kilometres long - and 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. Just the other side of Marbella, you may also like to stop by the chic Puerto Banus Marina, a favourite spot for shopping, dining and people watching.
For golfers, 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 in Elviria.
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