THE BEST BLUE FLAG BEACHES IN MARBELLA

When it comes to great beaches on the Costa del Sol, Marbella boasts some of the best. And even better, four with blue flag status are within easy reach of Rio Real Golf. Read our guide to the best blue flag beaches in Marbella and make a note to visit them during your next stay.

Best nearest beach

Rio Real is the only one of the golf courses in Marbella to enjoy a seafront position. This privileged location naturally means that Rio Real lies just a short distance from the beach. As well as blue-flag status, El Pinillo Beach is also one of the quietest in Marbella.

Type of beach: like most blue flag beaches in Marbella, El Pinillo consists mostly of yellow sand. This is also one of the longest beaches and stretches along the coast for 1,650 metres. 

Facilities: sun beds and parasols are available at the beach bars. El Trocadero beach club, one of the best in Marbella, offers exclusive privileges to those staying at Rio Real. 

Why visit: El Pinillo beach is great for long walks along the sand and its south-facing position makes it perfect for taking in the sunrise or the sunset.

Best urban beach

El Faro beach lies right in the centre of Marbella, making it one of the best for taking in the sights in the resort after a day at the beach. It’s also the only blue-flag beach in central Marbella. Just a short drive from Rio Real Golf & Hotel, it has plenty of parking nearby.

Type of beach: El Faro doesn’t count among the largest beaches in Marbella, but it’s sandy and wide.

Facilities: probably among the best in Marbella with sun beds and parasols, lifeguard services, showers and restrooms. Plus disabled access. Several beach bars and restaurants are also available.

Why visit: El Faro’s handy position in the centre of the resort means you can easily combine a visit to the beach with sightseeing, dining and shopping in Marbella. 

Best activity beach

If you’re looking for blue flag beaches in Marbella with something to do other than sit on the sand, El Cable makes a good option. It also enjoys the advantage of being within very easy reach of Rio Real since it’s the extension of El Pinillo (see above).

Type of beach: El Cable beach is sandy and wide. It’s busy in season, although the further east you walk, the quieter the beach becomes.

Facilities: Plenty of water sports activities are available on El Pinillo, particularly at Funny Beach Marbella. Several beach bars provide sun beds and parasols. El Cable Beach is also home to one of the newest beach clubs in Marbella, Playa Padre.

Why visit: this is a great beach for trying out a water sport such as jet skiing or windsurfing. It’s also good for long walks along the sands as you watch the sun go down.

Best natural beach

Few Costa del Sol beaches can be described as undeveloped, but Artola beach comes as on exception. Backed by protected sand dunes, this long stretch of sand counts as one of the most unspoilt along the western coastline. It’s a short drive from Rio Real and plenty of parking is available.

Type of beach: the sandy Artola Beach stretches for 1.2km along the coast. It’s an official nudist beach.

Facilities: sun beds, showers and restrooms are available at the east end of the beach near Cabo Pino Marina. You’ll find beach bars and restaurants here too. The western end of the beach has no facilities.

Why visit: Artola Beach is recognised as one of the best beaches on the Costa del Sol. It’s also one of the quietest out of season.

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