Playa El Alicate is the next Marbella beach to the west.
Playa Las Chapas
Las Chapas beach is about 750m long and 50m wide.
The famous Nikki Beach club in the gardens of the Don Carlos Hotel is located here, so there is no shortage of celebrities and glamourous folk on Las Chapas beach. It is very popular and busy in summer. The main access to the western end of the beach is via the urbanisation roads that lead down tot he beach from the Elveria shopping centre or Alanda club or Don Carlos Hotel. Parking in the summer close to the beach fills up from early morning. For the most part this beach is wide and not backed by housing which makes it more pleasant.
There are a number of restaurants and bars surrounding the beach. Chiringuito Los Tony's by the entrance to Nikki Beach, Merendero Cristina, Restaurant Carlos y Paula.
Arroyo de las Cañas forms a natural divide, especailly as there is only one little bridge to cross the stream below the coast raod. Camping Caravaning Marbella Playa is a well established site in this natural and wooded enclave. Despite the name it is a few hundred metres back form the beach.
The eastern part of the beach is accessed via Urbanización Las Chapas, some parking is available at the end of the roads that lead down tot he beach but it can fill up quickly. The beach is much narrower in this section where the urbanisations (Marbesa and Carib Playa) front right down to the beach and is also called Playa de las Cañas. Restaurant Le Papillon is here at the mouth of the Arroyo, further east is Reataurant Ra-Ma at the end of Avenida Aregon that leads down from Avenida Andalucia which is the connecting road in the Urbanisation one bloc back from the seafront.
The Torre de Lance de los Cañas has been recentently restored. It is closer to a small fort than a watchtower. Next to it, protected land serves as a car park for beach goers and for customers of Restaurante Simbad el Marinero. A little further, at the east limit of this beach is another small car park and Restaurant Triana All these chiriinguitos are well established and are open all year round. Well worth a visit away from the madding crouds on a fine blue sky winters day.
Facilities include restaurants, bars, WC´s, showers, parasols, sun loungers, boats for hire, first aid and life guards in summer.
Playa Artola is the next Marbella beach to the east.