Nautical tourism: walk through the prettiest Andalucia marinas
Andalucia’s marinas are tourist attractions, both for sailing lovers and for those just looking to spend some leisure time in a sea environment. So, you do not need to do a water sport or have a pleasure craft to enjoy the marinas on the Andalucian coast.
We invite you to take a tour of the marinas on the Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz. You will be able to watch the beautiful boats moored or sailing in and out of the marina. Enjoy tasty delicacies in the bars and restaurants at each marina, or buy a souvenir in the shops located in or near the marinas.
Consult the list of marinas in Andalucia that we have put together for you. They are located along the Málaga, Cádiz and Huelva coast.
1. Puerto Banús, Marbella (Málaga)
Without a doubt, the most famous marina in Spain, and not only because of its nautical value. Puerto Banús is a synonym of luxury and glamour, and it is the place where the most exclusive social parties take place. Along its piers you can find huge and magnificent yachts. Only the most exclusive clients can access the products of the high fashion shops in the area. Here you will also be able to find restaurants where you can have lunch or brunch surrounded by all these majestic vessels. Visiting Puerto Banús is an unforgettable experience. The place is also known by the constant engine roar of the luxury cars that drive around the area. If you travel to Marbella, don’t think twice and visit it.
2. Puerto Marina, Benalmádena (Málaga)
Benalmádena marina has been honoured as “The Best Marina in the World” on two occasions (1995 and 1997). This award is given by international magazines specialised in the matter. Puerto Marina is a place where adults and children alike enjoy their stay. Apart from its beautiful ships and its streets facing the sea, the town is full of shops and restaurants. If you wish to go dancing at night, then Puerto Marina becomes one of the most well-known areas of Costa de la Luz for dance music. At the same time, there’s nothing better for children than Sealife, the aquarium located in the town. A beautiful Marina in Spain to spend a day of leisure with the family.
3. Bahía de Cádiz Port
Bahía de Cádiz Port is one of the most important marines of Costa de la Luz and Spain. It is known since ancient times. Its proximity with Africa, its position between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the safety of its configuration have made it into a requested berthing place. If you visit the area you can even see Morocco at the other side of the Strait. But undoubtedly, what will attract you is its years of history. The first written evidence of the existence of a port in the bay is Strabo, referring to the construction of Portus Gaditanus under Balbus orders. According to Strabo, this port also features an arsenal, which is involved in the manufacturing of ships destined for conflict between Julius Caesar and Pompey. That is, the place dates back to BC. A unique walk you cannot miss if you’re in the province of Cadiz.
4. Puerto de Punta Umbría (Huelva)
The Puerto de Punta Umbria is one of the prettiest in Costa de la Luz. Their boats docked at the pier form a typical Andalucian scene. You can visit it and get the precious food of this area, the white shrimps of Huelva. In addition, as you walk through this port, its strong smell of the sea will get you drunk besides the fact that you can see how fishing boats work first hand. An ideal place to visit if you are in the province of Huelva.
5. Port of Malaga
The Port of Malaga enters this new century undertaking a thorough modernization of its facilities and creating new spaces within its southern area. Its history dates back to the X century BC, in Phoenician times and over the years, it has managed to transform itself into a modern and cultural space. Pier One is one of the must-see spots of the city of Málaga where you can find an open exclusive shopping centre and one of the most important cultural attractions of the city, the Pompidou Centre of Malaga.
6. Port of Barbate (Cádiz)
The Port of Barbate has 256 moorings and is a very interesting place to visit. Here you’ll specially find sailboats, as it is one of the most practised activities in the area. Famous for its beaches, its seafood, its maritime traditions, the town of Barbate offers the sea lover its beautiful marina, nestled in a natural setting of great beauty, next to the Natural Park of La Brena and Barbate Marshes.
7. Port of Estepona
Estepona is considered the “Garden of Costa del Sol” and its plant beauty is masterfully blended with the uniqueness of its port. The Marina of Estepona is at the western end of the promenade and makes an ideal place to stroll while you photograph yourself with boats that are moored there. Every week a huge and attractive street market is also set up there. At night, especially in summer, discos and bars become the protagonists of the youth march.
8. Port of Cabopino, Marbella (Málaga)
Ten kilometres from the centre of Marbella, the small port of Cabopino is part of an exclusive housing complex. The enclave has a natural beach and several bars where you can taste its famous sardines. A quiet place full of environmental beauty will not leave you indifferent. If you travel to the Costa del Sol, don’t forget to visit this place.
9. Port of Sotogrande (Cádiz)
Luxury and glamour are the two words that best describe the Port of Sotogrande. The most ostentatious boats are moored in this enclave waiting to go sailing between bottles of champagne and gourmet snacks. It is an affluent area of intoxicating beauty that bathes this part of the Cadiz coast. Loaded with services of all kinds, Sotogrande Marina will leave you with your mouth open. So do not hesitate, and visit it if you are in the province of Cadiz.
10. Sancti Petri Port, Chiclana (Cádiz)
The Sancti Petri Marina is located in the town of Chiclana de la Frontera, situated in the pipe that bears its name, marsh and natural area protected under the category “paraje natural”. A wonderful place to relax among ships and to breathe the sea breeze that purifies your lungs. Definitely one of the most striking attractions is the view of the old castle of Sancti Petri built on a small island, where the Temple of Hercules Melkart was once located. In the port you’ll also find entertainment companies related to water sports.
11. Caleta de Vélez Port – Vélez-Málaga
This is the only marina on the eastern Costa del Sol. It is located in the municipality of Vélez-Málaga, in a tourist area with a promenade, discos and other leisure establishments. It also has a zone for fishing boats and a fish market.
12. El Candado Marina – Málaga
This marina is located on the coast of the well-known Málaga development of El Candado. Next to it is the El Candado Club, which is responsible for its management. It has almost 300 berths, a paddle surf and kitesurf club, a sailing school for children and adults, and a skipper academy. If also offers boat rental services with and without a skipper. The enclosure is home to two restaurants: El Candado Beach and La Tabernilla.
13. Fuengirola Port – Málaga
Fuengirola Marina is located on Paseo Marítimo Rey de España next to the Nautical Club and Fishing Port. In addition to different restaurants and bars, the enclosure is home to businesses specialising in sailing items. It also has companies that organise cruises, dolphin and whale watching excursions, and water sports.
14. La Duquesa Marina-Manilva-Málaga
La Duquesa Marina is located in the municipality of Manilva. Its beauty and numerous services have turned it into a great tourist attraction. There are loads of fun activities you can do at this Andalucian marina, such as boat or kayak trips, sports fishing or renting a boat. The enclosure also has several bars and restaurants, where you can enjoy a number of different cuisines. During the summer nights, you can also enjoy the street market selling arts and crafts, clothing and accessories that sets up its stalls at the marina.
15. La Alcaidesa Port – La Línea De La Concepción- Cádiz
La Alcaidesa Marina is one Andalucia’ newest marines. It was opened in summer 2010 and is in the middle of expanding. It is located in a privileged geographical location, five minutes from Gibraltar. It has over 600 berths for boats between 8 and 100 long.
It currently has a restaurant, the Alcaidesa Lounge Bar, with a fantastic terrace providing beautiful views of the marina, where you can enjoy the delicious dishes from its menu. In the boatyard area, you will find shops selling nautical items. The marina is also home to companies offering boat rental with or without a skipper, jet ski rental and sale, and sailing schools.
16. Sherry Port – Cádiz
Sherry Port is located in the tourist locality of Puerto de Santa María. It is a traditional marina on the Cádiz Costa de la Luz, which is visited by many people looking to spend some leisure time in a sea environment. It is home to all kinds of restaurants, bars and discos. The marina is also home to companies offering boat rental services with or without a skipper, boat excursions around the Bay of Cádiz and different water sports schools.
17. Isla Canela Marina – Huelva
Isla Canela Marina is one of the Huelva Costa de la Luz’s beautiful marinas. It is located in the municipality of Ayamonte and its interest goes beyond nautical activities. The marina is home to the Isla Canela Marina Shopping Centre, with several bars, restaurants and fashion and sporting goods shops. It is also home to companies that rent boats and organise boat excursions along the Huelva coast.
18. El Rompido Marina – Cartaya – Huelva
El Rompido Marina is a river port located on the River Piedra, in the centre of the coastal town belonging to the municipality of Cartaya. In addition to its 300 plus berths, the marina enclosure is home to a café, supermarket and marina services, as well as companies that rent boats and organise sea excursions around the area.
19. Nuevo Portil Marina – Cartaya – Huelva
This is one of Andalucia’s newest marinas. It was opened in 2012 and has almost 400 berths. It is located in a privileged natural setting, next to the La Flecha Natural Site of El Rompido. It has a sailing and fishing school, as well as a great café restaurant with sea views. You can also rent a boat with or without a skipper.
WHERE TO STAY
If you want to discover the most beautiful marinas of Andalucia, do not hesitate to stay at the best hotels. The best option certainly is Fuerte Hoteles. The chain has places where you can, in addition to its services, enjoy the best of each part of Andalucia. More than 60 years of experience are the best guarantee for taking the time to discover these marines. Marbella, Conil, El Rompido, Estepona or Torrox are some of the sites where you can find these amazing hotels which are close to all these points of interest we recommend.