Marballa Este

Marballa Este, one of the most popular areas of the Costa del Sol, is becoming increasingly popular with foreign visitors and investors alike. This area has it all; whether you’re looking for beach life, a hiker’s paradise or a golfer’s sanctuary, Marbella East is the place to be. The beaches to the east of Marbella are often considered the best for their large size and clean sand. Golf courses can be found in almost every suburb and the geographical location allows for hiking in the mountains. Marbella East is just a short drive from the glitzy Puerto Banus and the traditional old town of Marbella. It is an area also popular with Hungarians, with many celebrities having apartments and holiday homes in this area.

Where is Marbella East located?

Marbella East area is considered to be everything from the famous arch at the entrance to Marbella that reads “Welcome to Marbella” to Cabopino. Marbella East lies along the A7 coastal road – the primary road through the area – and stretches up from the coast and into the mountains. Many well-known personalities are attracted to Marbella’s charms and often buy property here. One of Marbella’s favourites, Antonio Banderas, has a beach house in Los Monteros. Simon Cowell, the British TV personality, chose the eastern part of Marbella years ago as one of the locations for his X Factor show and has also bought a luxury villa in Sierra Blanca, another of Marbella’s most prestigious locations.Some of Marbella’s most well known beach clubs are located in this area, including Nikki Beach, Trocadero Arena and Playa Padre.

History of Marbella East

Torre de ladrones

The history of Marbella East dates back to the 14th century, when the area was still dominated by Islamic culture. In the area around the Cabopino harbour, the Moors built a tower called “Torre Ladrones”, which is still visible today. This tower was later fortified and extended by the Christians to protect the people of the area from pirates. In the early 20th century, it was still a fishing village, but in the 1960s the area changed with the boom in tourism. The growth of the property market allowed wealthy tourists and foreign holidaymakers to buy new houses and villas. The history and development of Marbella East shows that the area has always been attractive to tourists and investors. It has managed to preserve the authentic Spanish atmosphere and rural life, while the growth of the property market has allowed modernisation and development.

Residential areas in Marbella East

The eastern part of Marbella is made up of several zones, each with its own characteristics. Below is a brief description of these areas, including schools, restaurants, leisure and beach facilities.

  1. Rio Real: One of the most exclusive areas in the east of Marbella. Here you will find the Rio Real Golf Course , which offers excellent opportunities for golf lovers. There are a number of luxury villas and apartments, and a long stretch of sandy beach. This area will soon see significant growth as the Marriot group are soon embarking on a large tourist hotel and residential complex.
  2. Los Monteros: A luxury residential area, in the centre of which is the Los Monteros Hotel. Next to the hotel, Club de Padel Los Monteros is a very popular club in the East of Marbella and is ideal for padel lovers, both professional and amateur. The club has 11 courts and offers coaches and educational programmes. Exclusive villas and apartments are located in this area, as well as several beach bars and restaurants. Here you will find the International College Spain, one of the most prestigious international school with excellent educational facilities.
  1. Los Altos de Los Monteros: Located at the foot of the Los Monteros mountain, it is one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Marbella. Almost all of the luxury villas here offer panoramic views of the sea and the surrounding mountains.
  2. Los Monteros Playa: It is part of the Los Monteros area and offers excellent opportunities for beach and sunbathing. There are several restaurants and bars along the sandy beach, and Malaga University has a branch in the area.
  3. Bahía de Marbella: is a residential community founded in 1995, which has been continuously built and improved since then… The Hospital Costa del Sol is located opposite the hospital, has a fantastic beach connection and its dunes are called Playa Alicate.
  4. El Rosario: There are a number of popular beaches in the surrounding area, and a variety of entertainment facilities such as golf courses, tennis courts and bars are nearby. The area is quiet and safe, ideal for relaxation and tranquillity. El Rosario is a great location in the east of Marbella, ideal for those looking for a quiet lifestyle and offering great investment opportunities for those interested in the property market. The school here is the English International College
  5. Santa Clara: The Santa Clara region is a safe and quiet place and offers a great opportunity for those who want peace and quiet and a holiday without sacrificing luxury. The area is home to exclusive villas and Santa Clara Golf Marbella is one of the area’s popular golf courses, an 18-hole course.
  6. Las Chapas: Las Chapas is another quiet area in the east of Marbella. The area has several restaurants and bars and the beaches are very pleasant. The school here is the Alborán Colegio, which is a private school.
  7. Elviria: An excellent tourist destination, offering a wide range of entertainment for all the family, including an adventure park built in the forest for zip-lining. The area is home to exclusive villas and apartments, as well as a busy commercial centre with banks, supermarkets, shops and restaurants The area is home to the Elviria International School, an international school. The beaches are sandy and pleasant and considered the best in the Marbella area.
  8. La Mairena: A region in the east of Marbella, in a beautiful natural setting, where tranquillity and privacy are the hallmarks of the area. The area is located in the middle of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, in an exceptional natural setting. The area is home to exclusive villas and apartments, as well as a golf course. The school here is the Deutsche Schule Málaga, which is a German private school. Set back a little from the coast (10 minute drive), it sits on the mountain top providing magnificent views.
  9. Costabella: Costabella is a beautiful and pleasant area on the coast, offering excellent opportunities for beaching and sunbathing. The area has many bars and restaurants and the beaches are very pleasant.
  10. Marbesa: Marbesa is another excellent tourist destination to the east of Marbella. The area is home to exclusive villas and apartments, as well as several restaurants and bars. The beaches are sandy and very pleasant.
  11. Cabopino: What was once a small fishing village has become a popular seaside resort, popular with tourists. The port of Cabopino is a true paradise for sailors, where you can see traditional fishing boats alongside luxury yachts. The beach is sheltered by the dunes adjacent to the harbour, providing visitors with a calm and safe place to swim and sunbathe. The beach is Blue Flag certified, which means that the sea quality is excellent and the beach complies with ecological and environmental criteria.

What restaurants and beach clubs are there in Marbella East?

La Cabana - Marbella East - Los Monteros

The eastern part of the city has many great restaurants and beach clubs to visit. Here are some recommended places:

  1. Siroko Beach is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Here guests can enjoy delicious seafood while enjoying the wonderful view of the beach. The restaurant is one of the best in the area, with fresh fish and seafood being the main attraction of the menu.
  2. La Cabane is a combination of great food and luxurious surroundings. The restaurant is located in the Los Monteros Hotel and is a real oasis in the bustling Marbella. La Cabane is also known for its special dishes, good drinks and views.
  3. The Trocadero Arena is one of the best beach clubs in Marbella. The beachfront restaurant and bar area is famous for its food and excellent service. The Trocadero Arena is a great place to enjoy the day on the beach and then enjoy the evening activities in the bar.
  4. La Plage Casanis is a fantastic location just a few metres from the beach. The elegant beach club with its Mediterranean-style interiors, terrace and cocktail bar is perfectly in tune with the atmosphere of the region. The menu features seafood, fish dishes and Mediterranean delicacies that perfectly complement the drinks menu. La Plage Casanis is an ideal venue for dinners, evening parties and family gatherings.
  5. And the Opium Beach Club is synonymous with luxury and fun. Around the beach facilities and pools, shade is provided by comfortable sun loungers and parasols where you can soak up the sun. Evening activities range from musicians and DJs to spectacular fireworks. The Opium Beach Club allows you to enjoy the beach life during the day, then take over the dance floor in the evening and dance the night away.
  6. Playa Padre – This beach club is another popular spot in Marbella East. Playa Padre’s special feature is that it has a real “boho-chic” atmosphere, usually house, with the resident DJ and his guests playing tech-house music in the evenings. The beach club in Marbella East is a great place to relax and enchant visitors with its delicious food and cocktails.
  7. Nikki Beach is one of the most exclusive beach clubs in Marbella East. The venue features stunning pools, a beach bar and terraces, and offers luxury and comfort to guests from all over the world. The menu here includes seafood, fresh salads, sushi, and meat dishes. Nikki Beach in Marbella East also hosts a number of special events, such as the “White Party” and the “Red Party”, which are a great success every year.
  8. Just a five-minute drive from the centre of Marbella, Bonos Beach in Marbella East is a beach club located on one of the best beaches on the coast, offering world-famous Spanish hospitality. With excellent international fusion cuisine, a unique atmosphere, and Marbella East’s charm, it’s the perfect place for all ages to have fun… at reasonable prices. Decorated in a clean, Ibizan style, in white and light tones, with Balinese beds, Bonos Beach offers a wide range of activities for guests, such as live music performances, DJs, cocktail parties, and much more.
  9. Ranchon Cubano is a small garden paradise in the east of Marbella, bringing a Caribbean feel to the Mediterranean coastline.  It’s located east of Marbella, just before Nikki Beach, not far from the Beach House, where the water is beautiful and shallow and the sand is fine and golden. The atmosphere here on a Sunday in Sunday is simply great – lively and fun!  Locals flock here in the summer months to listen to live music from the house band Habana de los Locos under the stars in the afternoons and late evenings to salsa, merengue and bacchata. The club acts as a small island where guests can enjoy real Cuban food and drink, sparkling sunshine and a pleasant beachside atmosphere. Ranchon Cubano is very popular with locals and tourists alike and is a great place to relax and unwind.
  10. Aquí Te Quiero Ver – This traditional seaside restaurant has been run by the same family since it opened in 1977, a Spanish chiringuito full of history and character, with a charming traditional setting, simple rustic décor, friendly service and delicious regional specialities prepared with great care using the best local flavours and ingredients.   Being located on one of Marbella’s best beaches is a big advantage, but the main attraction of Aqui Te Quiero Ver has always been the food. From the mouth-watering Arroz Negro to the Costa del Sol’s signature Espeto de Sardinas to the perfectly fried Pescaito Frito (fried fish), there’s a great traditional dish to suit all tastes. And while fish and seafood dominate the menu, there’s ample room for a wide selection of fresh salads and delicious homemade desserts.

What sport facilities are in Marbella East?

  1. Golf: The area is famous for its golf courses, making it one of the most popular sports for golfers. In the east of Marbella East there are several golf courses where locals and tourists alike can enjoy the game. One of the most famous in this area is the Rio Real Golf Club, which boasts an 18-hole, par 72 course of over 6,000 metres in length. The course runs along the Rio Real River, from which it takes its name. The river is an integral part of the course, which was designed by Javier Arana and opened in 1965. It is considered one of the best golf courses in Spain by the Royal Spanish Golf Federation. There is also a golf academy on site, run by Sergio de Cespedes. Another popular one is the Santa Clara Golf Club with a Par 71, 18-hole course with a length of 5922 metres. Designed by Enrique Canales Busquet and opened in 1987, the Marbella Golf and Country Club. 
  2. Padel tennis: This is becoming an increasingly popular sport in Spain, so it’s no surprise that there are many courts in the east of Marbella. Paddle tennis is a mixture of tennis and racquetball and is a very enjoyable game – much easier to learn than tennis!!
  3. Water sports: The beaches in Marbella East offer a variety of water sports such as swimming, surfing, kayaking, and jet skiing. Water sports centers on the beach include The Point Marbella, located in Marbella East, where visitors can hire jet skis, water bikes, and other equipment, as well as take part in educational programs.
  4. Mountain biking: the mountain areas in the area are ideal for mountain biking enthusiasts. There are plenty of challenging routes in the area where visitors can enjoy beautiful views and challenging terrain.
  5. Amazonia Adventure Park: Az The park features over 100 different challenging obstacle courses that include zip lines, bridges and other exciting challenges.

Schools in Marbella East

The English International College (EIC) is one of the most popular and prestigious schools in Marbella East because it places a strong emphasis on student achievement and preparation for further study. EIC is a highly regarded British school, offering education for children aged 3 to 18. The school was founded in 1982 and has become a favourite with families in Marbella East because of its rigorous pedagogy and outstanding results. The school provides excellent preparation for A-levels and offers students the opportunity to study at any UK or international university.

Colegio Alborán is another great school in Marbella East. It is a bilingual private school that offers education for children aged 3 to 18 in Spanish or English. The Alborán is very popular as it has a large area of land, its own equestrian centre and outdoor sports such as swimming and baseball.

The Las Chapas Girls’ School, located in Marbella East, a residential area in Elviria, has a sister school, the ECOS Boys’ School, also nearby. Both schools in Marbella East are very popular and offer excellent educational opportunities for students who wish to learn Spanish and English.

The German International School, which also offers boarding facilities, is located in La Mairena and caters for children aged between 3 and 18. The school is one of the best choices for those wishing to learn German or English, and the boarding option makes it particularly attractive for those coming from abroad. The school is an ideal choice not only for those who are native German speakers or those who are attached to German culture, but also for all other students who are interested in individual development and critical thinking.