Discover the marinas
On Costa del Sol
Costa del Sol stretches from Nerja in the east, to Manilva, in the west. The area is often called the Costa del Golf, due to the large number of golf courses, but you could just as well call it the Costa de las Marinas. The approximately 125 mile long coastal strip also includes Torre del Mar, Vélez-Málaga, the provincial capital of Malaga, Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, San Pedro de Alcántara and Estepona.
Marinas: Leisure, yachting and entertainment
Whether you are looking for somewhere to dock your boat, to stroll around watching yachts, or food and entertainment, the marinas on Costa del Sol will never disappoint you.
Puerto Banús – Luxury, shopping, gastronomy and nightlife
Puerto Banús is, without doubt, the most famous marina on the Costa del Sol. It was inaugurated in 1970. The 915 berths for boats from 8 to 50 meters are surrounded by restaurants, bars, boutiques and fancy designer stores. If something characterizes Puerto Banús, it is the luxury that surrounds it. It is common to see top luxury cars and enormous yachts while strolling around the port. The nightlife in Puerto Banús is varied and vibrant. If you want to enjoy a unique and exclusive atmosphere you should not miss the opportunity to visit Puerto Banús, especially at night in the summer.
Sotogrande Marina – Puerto Sotogrande
Another luxury marina on the Costa del Sol is Sotogrande. The marina has more than a thousand berths for boats from 8 to 50 meters. The marina, with its surrounding restaurants, cafes, shops and boutiques, makes the port the social hub of this luxury resort. The marina offers the refined elegance of the Sotogrande area and a bustling yacht club with high-class facilities and an intense schedule of regattas and events.
The Marina of Estepona is at the western end of the sea promenade, which makes an ideal place to stroll around. Every Sunday there’s a handicraft street market in the marina. This is a smaller marina than Puerto Banus and Sotogrande, but it still draws many visitors each year and there are some excellent restaurants. The marina in Estepona is an entertainment spot until late in the night and early morning in summer, as the bars and restaurants are open late. But it’s also a pleasant place for lunch or a drink in the daytime.
Puerto de la Duquesa in Manilva
Puerto de la Duquesa is located a little further east, in Manilva, between Estepona and Sotogrande. It has 328 berths for boats from 8 to 20 meters and offers an authentic Mediterranean summer holiday atmosphere. La Duquesa is a leisure port without the luxury pretensions of other marinas in the area. There is a good range of bars, cafes and some shops.
Marbella has two marinas. One of them, La Bajadilla, in the eastern part of the city, is essentially a fishing port with a small attached marina for private boats. Early in the morning, you can watch the fishermen when they return from the sea with their daily catch. The rest of the day it is very quiet. There are several typical fish restaurants on a small street above the marina.
Sandy beaches and the Paseo Maritimo flank the marina in the centre of Marbella. The marina is dominated by private small and medium-sized boats. It is a good place for hiring water sports and boat rides. A ferry operates in summer, between Marbella and Puerto Banús. The nautical club has a beautiful restaurant, and there is a small leisure area that is popular for its relaxed atmosphere, bars and cafes. Late at night, it is where young people hang out.
The marina in Cabopino is a small and picturesque port. There is an interesting variety of restaurants, cafes and shops that line up around its dock.
The marina in Fuengirola is not very attractive if you don’t have a boat yourself, except for a few restaurants overlooking the docks.
Benalmadena Port – Puerto Marina Benalmadena
The marina in Benalmadena offers facilities for sailing boats and yachts and includes a large leisure area. It has been awarded as ”The best port in the world” several times. Take a stroll through the busy port, with its many shops, while choosing from the vast variety of restaurants and bars for lunch or dinner. The astonishing complex mixes Indian, Arabic and Andalusian features, and includes several artificial islands. At night the Puerto Deportivo Marina is the best area to go with a wide variety of bars and nightclubs.