Things to do Marbella

The Costa del Sol’s annual total of more than 300 sunny days make for an outdoor lifestyle year-round; even in winter the micro-climate in the Marbella–San Pedro area gives you the mildest temperatures on the European mainland. Here are some suggestions of things to do Marbella to help you plan your stay.


Things to do Marbella: The Beach


The nearest beach is less that ten minutes away, straight down the Ronda road from Villa La Sorpresa. Parking is free on the promenade although you may see an attendant at busy times, and they are licensed by the town hall. There is no fixed amount but €1 will be gratefully received. The promenade goes 15kms into the centre of Marbella and along it you will find a wide choice of beach bars and restaurants open year-round. There is free exercise equipment provided by the town hall at several locations on the San Pedro section and climbing frames and slides for children on the sand. Cycle lanes are clearly marked.

For a real surprise try the beaches on the east of Marbella, anywhere from Los Monteros to Cabopino, generally reckoned to be the best in the area, in the car it will take about 20 minutes. This is an area of sand dunes and relatively little construction, which has recently been awarded Ecological Reserve status to protect flora and fauna. Walk for miles along the sand, the sea is shallow and safe and there are lots of good eating places.




If wind or kite surfing is your thing head for Tarifa on Andalucía’s Atlantic coast, rated as one of the world’s top 10 surfing destinations, with windy conditions year-round. The beaches on this coast have fine, white sand but the sea can be too rough for very young children. Bolonia beach is a real favourite, with 50m high dunes to climb. The Costa de la Luz is a protected nature reserve in most places and there is very little construction.

You can pitch your sunshade and spread out your towel wherever you like, all Spanish beaches are free and public. Beach clubs and restaurants, chiringuitos in Spanish, have concessions for their businesses and provide sun beds and shades. Check before you flop out; some charge for all day use, between €5 and €10, at others it’s free if you eat there.


Things to do Marbella: Sports




There are around 70 courses between Málaga and Sotogrande and seven of the best are within 10 minutes of Villa La Sorpresa. Although they are clubs with members they all allow visitors to play, even the august Valderrama at Sotogrande. Check in advance for green fees and available tee times. All golf clubs have excellent restaurants and terraces, which are open to the public even if you are not playing golf.

Los Arqueros – The closest to Villa La Sorpresa, you’ll be in the club house in 5 minutes. Ballesteros designed. Click here for more information

La Quinta – Designed by Manuel Piñero, 10 minutes to the club house. Click here for more information

Guadalmina – Two courses, the first course dates from 1959 and the second 1973. Click here for more information

Los Naranjos – Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. Click here for more information

Aloha – This was Sean Connery’s club when he lived in Marbella. Javier Arana designed. Click here for more information

Las Brisas – Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed Click here for more information


Hiking and Biking:


Andalucía is a wonderful location for hiking in the sierras and mountain biking. Guided day trips, from easy to challenging. View our article on the 5 best nature walks around marbella.




Near the beach in San Pedro a friendly club for tennis and padel (a bit like squash but outdoors) with a gym and spa. Have some coaching, short term memberships available or pay by the session.




A new facility located at the eastern end of San Pedro Boulevard and the second largest in Málaga province, see the video on this page Click here for more information


Cable Ski:


On the west of San Pedro. Click here for more information


Off Road Buggy Tours:


Marbella Off Road Buggy Tours offers you an unforgettable adventure by buggy in the highest, most beautiful and remote mountains of the Costa del Sol Click here for more information




Click here for more information


Play Areas:


Several on the boulevard Click here for more information

For more activities there’s lots of good ideas here – Click here for more information. This site is an excellent source of information particularly aimed at families with young children. Segways and bicycles can be rented in Marbella and mountain bikes are available on request.

Disclaimer: The owners accept no responsibility for accidents or injuries, however caused, in connection with any activity carried out as a result of information on this website site, either in La Sorpresa or any other location. Please note that all visitors entering the swimming pool do so at their own risk and no claim will be made in the event of accidents and/or injury.

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