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Marbella - Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

'Stand up Paddleboarding' or SUP for short or Surf de remo in Spanish. This sport is usually performed in the calm sea or a lake as larger waves or strong winds make it challenging. It was practiced in Tarifa in 2011 and became popular in other parts of Andalucía by 2015.

The origins of the sport are in Africa where it was common to stand on a kayak for better visibility when fishing. Lifeguards in Israel, Australia and California have practiced the same to watch over the swimmers. 

Horse Riding

An Andalusian man without his horse is like a matador without a cape. He feels stripped of an essential part of his identity that has been formed over the centuries. It is part of his life, his work, his status, his culture, his earthly possessions... his horse is central to his very being.

Wakeboard and Cableski

Marbella Wakeboard center ( was called Cable Ski Marbella) offers a unique water sport experience to young and old. Beginner to Advanced can have fun and a sense of achievement through a well designed and safe activity. Various equipment is provided, ranging from beginner’s kneeboards to the more advanced wakeboards and water skis for the extreme wake boarder and water-skier.

Marbella Fútbol Club

The local football team is Marbella Fútbol Club. It was founded in 1997 following the collapse of Club Athletico Marbella which was owned by Jesus Gil. The new club was initially called Unión Deportiva Marbella and renamed in 2013 to appeal to a wider international fan base. The club currently plays in Segunda Division B - Group 4.

Marbella Ironman 70.3

Iron man Marbella 70.3 consists of a 1.900m swim at the Levante (eastern) beach of Puerto Banus, a first transition on the Avenida de Naciones Unidas. A 90 km cycle up the Puerto de Ojen, continue on to pass Monda, pass Coin, reach Cartama and return same route to Puerto Banus for the second transitions. The 21km run will be an twice out out and twice return along Marbella seafront promenade from Puerto Banus to Trocadero (Rio Real)

Andalucia Rally

The Andalucia Rally for cars and motorbikes has taken place in May in Andalucia in 2020 and 2021. The Andalucia Rally is the opening event of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country-Rallies.

Competition & Races

In Andalucia many races are held in different sports such as horse riding, motorcycles, bicycles, rally cars or athletics. These events attract many people interested in participating and competing.

Wing foil surfing

Wing Foiling is the latest-born (surf) board sport : it consists in managing a wing not attached to the board and carried with two hands while standing on a short stand up paddle board with a hydrofoil mounted underneath. This a cross-over discipline between Windfoiling, Kite Foiling and SUP Foiling. The foil (hydrofoil) which is mounted under the board can be combined with the other disciplines to become Wing foiling, SUP foiling, Foil Surfing, Wake foil, wind foil.

Wing foil in Tarifa

Wing Foiling is the latest-born board sport : it consists in managing a wing not attached to the board and carried with two hands while standing on a hydrofoil mounted on a short stand up paddle board. This a cross-over discipline between Windfoiling, Kite Foiling and SUP Foiling.

Bird Watching

Andalucía is a birdwatcher's paradise and attracts ornithologists throughout the year. The best time of the year, however, is during the spring, as this is when you can see many wintering species, together with those arriving for the summer months.

River Walking in Andalucia

In Andalucia there are many rivers where you can enjoy a pleasant walk and a relaxing swim surrounded by nature. The best time is undoubtedly summer, although it is also an option in late spring or early autumn.

Some of the most beautiful rivers to make these routes are:

- Rio Chillar near Nerja, Coast del Sol

- Angosturas near Benahavis, Costa del Sol

- Rio Genal near Jubrique, (Serrania de Ronda)

Walking and Hiking in Marbella

There are plenty of opportunities in Marbella for walking and hiking. Thes are both in the town's parks and gardens or along the seafront prom. Further affield hiking up the concha mountain is a popular achievement.

Malaga coastal path

Senda Litoral de Malaga (Malaga Coastal Path) is a projected 180km path following the entire coast of Malaga province from Manilva to Nerja. More >

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) on the Costa del Sol

Paddleboarding is the water sport where one is supported lying, kneeling or standing on a paddleboard or surfboard in the water, propelling oneself with arms in a swimming-like motion or with a paddle.

It was first observed in the Pacific by Captain Cook in the Sandwich Islands in 1778. Thomas Edward Blake is credited as the pioneer in paddleboard construction in the early 1930s. The sport also experienced a renaissance in California in the 1980s. 

Canyoning

Canyoning is an increasingly popular outdoor activity, or extreme sport, which involves descending gorges using a combination of walking, climbing, jumping, sliding, abseiling (rappelling), and swimming (or wading) in rivers and waterfalls. It is also a great way of exploring remote, spectacular scenery which may not be accessible on foot.

Polo in Spain

Polo originates from ancient Persia from the sixth century BC to the first century AD. During the fifteenth and sixteenth century, the game was eventually passed from Persia to other parts of Asia, particularly India, Pakistan and China.

Skatepark Málaga

Skatepark Málaga "Rubén Alcántara" is a specially designed sports centre for skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes and rollerskates situated on Camino Cuarto S/N in the North Park area, just a short drive from the heart of the city.

Endurance

There are two road running full marathons in Andalucia each year. Seville Marathon, the third biggest in Spain,  with 14.000 runners taking part ( 2017) and traditionally takes place the third Sunday in February (19th February 2017). The Seville marathon usually records a very fast time due to the level course and (often) fine weather contitions.

Triathlon

There are actually about 30 triathlon events every year in Andalucia, which are held between February and November, including during the hot summer months. Desafio Doñana is the flagship event organised by the sports agency of the regional government. Others take place in locations in western and central Andalucian coastal areas.