This small port is one of Marbella’s hidden gems. Hosting a plethora of small yachts and sailing boats, it is perhaps best known for its protected beach to the east of the port. Playa Artola is Marbella’s sole nudist beach, and one of the last remaining beaches not backed by urbanisation. No construction is allowed on the site, home to the Dunas de Artola (sand dunes), protected as a natural reserve.
Playa Artola has been awarded the European Union Blue Flag, for its water quality, environmental management and safety.
San Pedro Alcantara
With 35.000 inhabitants, it can be considered a town in itself. Plenty of amenities and easy access to Marbella via local bus. Just a few minutes drive from the magnificent Sierra de Ronda mountain range, and 20 km from the town of Estepona. Once an ancient farming community, famous for sugar cane farming, San Pedro today retains much of its original small town flair.
Situated 10km away from the Marbella city centre, Las Chapas is home to luxurious hotels and residential places, with some of the prettiest sand beaches on the coast, including the world famous Nikki Beach that turns into an open air club during the summer.
Built in 1970 as a luxury marina and shopping complex, Puerto Banus has since become the jewel in Marbella’s crown, with more than 5 million visitors flocking through its gates every year. Developed in the style of classic Andalusian architecture, the port attracts celebrities and wealthy people from all over the globe.
During the summer season, it hosts some of the world’s most extravagant yachts and sports cars, lined up across the marina. Puerto Banus is also the centre of Marbella’s buzzing nightlife, with an array of restaurants, bars and clubs just a stone’s throw away from each other.
Not far away from Puerto Banus, halfway between the Marbella city centre and San Pedro Alcantara, Nueva Andalucia is home to some of the best golf courses in the area. Ideally suited for easy access to Puerto Banus, the beaches and the motorway.
The Golden Mile
The name says it all. Stretching from the western edge of the city centre, all the way to Puerto Banus, Marbella’s Golden Mile hosts an impressive range of exclusive five star hotels, villas and estates on both sides of the road. Marbella’s most famous resorts, such as Puente Romano, Marbella Club and Don Pepe, are all located on this 4km motorway strip.
Overlooking the Golden Mile is the late Saudi King Fahd’s compound, built in the 1980s, complete with a private clinic and a mosque.
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Sports & Extracurricular
MIUC is offering a wide range of extracurricular activities, from wakeboarding, scuba diving, kitesurfing, tennis, golf, to helicopter and airplane piloting.
Situated at the heart of the Costa del Sol, Marbella is very well connected with the rest of Spain. There are daily trips to bustling towns of Malaga, Sevilla and Granada, and Morocco is just a half an hour away
Marbella is famous for its vibrant nightlife, with restaurants, bars and nightclubs spread out across the riviera. From the Old City to the glitzy Puerto Banus, you will find no shortage of excitement