Marbella is more than just glitz and glamour, the region’s wonderful all year round temperate climates makes it a fantastic destination if you enjoy the sports and the great outdoors. This beautiful stretch of the Costa del Sol offers everything from horse riding and polo to water sports, tennis, trekking, skiing, cycling and of course it boasts the largest concentration of golf courses in Europe. These are just a few of the reasons that buying a holiday home in Marbella or snapping up the last remaining plots of prime Marbella real estate are considered to be extremely smart investments.

Water sports in Marbella                                                   

It may seem obvious but there is more to do on the coast than go swimming. Marbella is surrounded by beaches, rivers and lakes. There is a whole cornucopia of water based sports virtually on the doors step, from jet skiing, parasailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, water skiing, banana rides, yacht charters, sailing courses, private boat parties, dolphin tours and deep sea fishing… quite clearly there is something for everyone. The main water based activities are:

Paddle boarding (SUP) and fly boarding in Marbella

Stand up paddle surfing is one of the most popular water sports around and you can choose whether you want to do it on the sea or a lake. As long as you can swim it’s great for any age and ability and there are plenty of instructors operating in the area. If you want to go one step further, you can try flyboarding.

Boat charter and sailing in Marbella: Boats and yachts can be hired from any of the larger ports on the Costa del Sol, including Marbella. Depending on the type of trip you want – dolphin spotting, cruises, parties or corporate events – you can choose the type of boat (or yacht) and whether it will be catered or non-catered. There are a number of sailing schools offering basic navigation courses that will teach you how to navigate your own yacht.

Scuba diving in Marbella

Marbella’s clear and relatively waters are ideal for learning to dive (for both adults and children) and you can even train up to instructor level so you can train others throughout the year. 

Water ski, cable ski and wakeboarding in Marbella

There is an enormous lake in Guadalmina (San Pedro de Alcantara) where you can learn how to cable ski and water ski. It’s great fun for all ages and abilities and a lovely family day out.

Polo on the Costa del Sol

The first polo field on the Costa del Sol opened in 1965. Today there are three polo clubs each located in Sotogrande (just a short drive from Marbella) which play host to major international tournaments regularly attended by European royalty. Lessons are provided by approved instructors supervised by the only Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) in Spain.  Weekend courses and special polo clinics take place throughout the year and there is also an under 16’s polo academy.

Horse riding on the Costa del Sol

The world famous Escuela de Arte Ecuestre Costa del Sol in Estepona (a short drive from Marbella) offers riding lessons which are approved by the Spanish Equestrian Federation and the British Horse Society (BHS), with BHS qualified instructors and official BHS examinations. There is a Pony Club for children under 13 years and the complex has a covered sand arena with capacity for 1200 and a 7,000m² outdoor arena.

Canyoning in Marbella

Canyoning quite simply describes all of the methods used to explore canyons, gorges and waterfalls, such as walking, climbing or abseiling, and they can all be done in Andalucia. There are routes to suit all capabilities, such as the gentle route starting from Guadalmina or the more testing trail along the Rio Verde.

Tennis in Marbella

There are several tennis academies on the Costa del Sol offering professional tuition, including the Hofsaess Tennis Academy run by Klaus the former coach of international champions Steffi Graf and Boris Becker, and the Manolo Santana Tennis Club, both located in Marbella. You will also find Paddle tennis courts all over the Costa del Sol and you will soon notice that it is currently one of the most popular sports in Spain.

Cycling and hiking routes in Marbella

There are plenty of bike and walking trials starting in Marbella and the surrounding area. You may not be aware that Andalucia’s beautiful countryside has an abundance of mountains, cork and pine forests which make for some wonderful scenery, and provide routes suitable for all levels of difficulty.

Skiing in Sierra Nevada

Although not strictly Marbella, we had to include skiing in Sierra Nevada.  It takes approximately 2.5 hours from Marbella to the snow-capped mountains of Andalucia’s most popular ski resort. The Sierra Nevada Mountains reach 3,479m at their peak making them the highest in Europe. You can literally be on the beach in the morning and skiing in the afternoon.

Sports centres and indoor sports in Marbella

If you prefer, you can visit one of the many fitness facilities in the area, both private and local authority run. You’ll find an incredible choice of gyms, sports halls, climbing walls, handball courts, tennis courts, paddle courts and swimming pools.  Scheduled activities include basketball, football, volleyball, bodybuilding, gymnastics and competitive climbing.


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