One beach like all the other, but with a great difference - it was "our beach", only a few meters distant from our beds and pool. It´s a long beach, but a couple of hundred meters west of the start, near the tourist office, the sand changes and many rocks and pebbles appear, confirming that we were lucky, renting the apartment facing its best section.
Centrally located, Venus beach is the place where "everything happens". By day, is is just one of the several artificial beaches in line, by night the promenade where everybody goes. I read that it is the most beautiful beach, and... I may concede. There are a few details making the difference.
Right in the heart of Marbella a short but large walkway connects the old quarter to the beach. Displaying in the centre a dense line of statues created by Salvador Dali, it is flanked by gardened shades, easing the mandatory visit under the strong sun.
Marbella has a nice clima, but will be really overcrowded in summer and the beaches are not so good, compared to Mallorca or Alicante for example. Rocky and sometimes dirty due to the crowd. Also the Atlantic ocean is not far from it so it could be chilly somedays. But offcourse you can spend all day long on the beach taking a sun bath and eating on the "chiringuitos" right next to the beach. Avoid the San Pedro de Alcantara beach, too rocky, getting in/out can be hard if you are not using some shoes (avoid flip flops!). There is a nice long path all along the different beaches, starting from Marbella up to San Pedro de Alcantara, is around 15km long, lot of people go walk/run/bike/roller blade there at all time.
Squeezed between Venus and Fontanila beach, and facing the lighthouse (thus the name) there's a very small and secluded beach. The curious thing is that we were unlucky, and had cold water during all our stay, but checking the weather they always announce two more degrees in Faro beach than in its neighbours, Venus and Fontanilla. One day, I decided to check it ouy and... yes, there was a small difference. Maybe the size and shape of the seclude bay will help to retain and eat the water!
I saw a photo of the elephants in Marbella on a VT-member's page and decided on that I had to see this. Carmen took me down to the beach to see these elephants. There are several elephants, one on each beach and they act as showers on the beach with the water coming out of its trunks. The elephants are live size and surrounded by palms. A lovely, entertaining idea :)
Now, this street/square is extraordinary. All along it there are beautiful sculptures made by Salvador Dalí. I have not seen anything like this street. It leads down from the lovely Parque de la Alameda and down to the beach. And it is so worth a visit.
The statue closest to the beach of the children handing out flowers out of a window is extraordinary. If anyone can tell me more about this statue I would love to know what it represents. Carmen told me this but sadly I have forgotten.
When we arrived in Marbella it was cloudy and windy. This after being assured by our friends Carmen and Stacey that there are 363 days of sun and beautiful weather in Marbella. But we do not let a little wet weather put a "damper" on our trip, so we set off to the beach and waterfront Marina with Carmen and Stacey. As you can see the beach was totally abandonded and the waves were crashing all along the waterfront as the wind was whipping the umbrellas into a frenzy. We were almost completely alone this day in our wanderings. Not a single person was to be seen on the yachts in the marina and even the old Ford we found had not a single admirer.
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Hans and I absolutely loved to STROLL ALONG THE PASEO MARITIMO , Marbella's palm tree-lined Beach Promenade. Lots of good restaurants, cafe's and shops are scattered all along the Promenade. We would usually go for a nice walk and then we would have to sit down and have a coffee & pastry or churros and chocolate and then we would have to walk some more.
Sometimes we would just find a nice bench to sit on and people-watch. That was fun to do.
This is a picture taken at Marbella's Promenade.This is a very nice place to strolling especially in afternoons,and during summertime it use to be crowded!! if you like the photography this is another nice place to take some good pics and have some relax seeing the very nice sea views!.
There are lots of good restaurants,shops and also a huge shopping center along the Sea Promenade.
This is a view of Marbella's Harbour,here you can take a few small boat trips and cruises along the coastline.During my visit I saw here some nice boats and yatchs but in summertime this is full of them!!.