Beaches - Playa Nueva Andalucía

Lazy summer days in Andalucia © Michelle Chaplow
Lazy summer days in Andalucia © Michelle Chaplow
Playa Nueva Andalucia near Mistral Beach Bar
Playa Nueva Andalucia near Mistral Beach Bar.

Playa de Cortijo Blanco lies to the west.

Playa Nueva Andalucia

Playa Nueva Andalucia is the name of the length of a number of diverse small connected beaches facing the area known as Nueva Andalucia,  and just west of popular celebrity haunt Puerto Banus and up to the Guadaiza river.

At the west is a small quiet beach in front of the Ventura de Mar complex.  This is where the Marbella boardwalk promenade ends. You need to cut inland a block to cross Guadaiza river to join the seafront promenade of San Pedro.   Ventura del Mar beach is accessed by a wooden board walk in front of Malibu complex built on the site of the famous "Casa Malibu" where the Marbella Jet Set held parties in the 60's and later became the home of Sean Connery.

The San Pedro and Marbella Seafront Promenade  now nearly 12km. From the Bajadilla fishing port - Marbella town centre - El Ancon - Rio Verde - Puerto Banus - San Pedro. It is part of the Senda Litoral de Malaga (Malaga Coastal Path) a projected 163km path following the entire coast of Malaga province from Manilva to Nerja. Once completed, this long-distance path will be a major tourist attraction for the Costa del Sol, and for Andalucia.

 

The main section of beach is known as 'Los Espigones' or breakwaters due to the several breakwaters that have made some pleasant coves. It is very busy here in summer, parking is almost imposible. This beach is very popular with younger people as it is where you will find La Sala Beach Club (previously Buddha Beach Club) favourite of celebrities including TOWIE´s Ellie Redman

This beach attracts glitz and glamour and you might to spot a celebrity or two in the summer months.

Playa Neuva Andalcia in Summer.
Playa Neuva Andalcia in Summer.

Access by road is from the A-7 is a road called 'Urb EL Rodeo' but parking near the beach is very dificult. The road connects to the Urbanisations to the west where there will be parking. The construction of the sea front promenade for pedestrians only has denied vehicle access to this section of beach.

At the end of 'Urb El Rodeo' is the popular (Chiringuito) Mistral Beach beach bar. This was the first beach bar in Marbella to have a web camera in 1999 but it was removed before the end of the season as the guests complained. Next door and within in the now demolished Andaluz style urbanisation was located the popular "Babaloo Beach Club". More traditional beach bars are also located on the beach here here. One is called Chiringuito Los Espigones (established 1982) and the slightly tropical Chiringuito Pedro's Beach and next to Puerto Banus (Cheringuito) Tramps 

On the land side of the promenade the facilities of Hotel Guadalpin Banus can be enjoyed and these include a Champagne bar and the very white Blue Ray Beach Club and La Sala Beach Club The Marbella districts that front Playa Nueva Andalucia are Los Rodeos, Villa Marina, Las Gaviotas, Playas del Duque.

Hollywood watersports is found here here and the yellow buoys indicate the section of shore dedicated to access for motor sports.    

Playa Nueva Andalucia is often awarded the Blue Flag award for its high standards of cleanliness and great facilities.

The east end of Playa Nueva Andalucia is the most crowded at it runs right up to the Puerto Banus Marina. Near here you can see the large public 'lido style' swimming pool which was abandoned for many years before becoming the very successful Ocean Beach Club.  

 



Playa Puerto Banus is the beach to the east, on the other side of Puerto Banus Marina.

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