Playa del Alicate - narrow beach that can do more than you'd think
Playa del Alicate is an almost two kilometre long sand and pebble beach in front of the gates of Marbella on the Costa del Sol. It is situated in the settlement of Alicate, which can most definitely be described as exclusive. A few celebrities live here - one of them is Antonio Banderas, who has a villa right by the beach. Not least for this reason, Playa del Alicate is very touristy.
The beach borders a dune landscape, thanks to which you will hardly notice the large number of villas and hotels on the other side, and the surrounding area appears almost unspoiled if you don't lift your gaze. You also have to walk through the dunes to get to the sea from the car park. Most of the restaurants are situated here, somewhat hidden unless you're standing right in front of them.
At just 25 metres the beach is quite narrow, which means that especially in peak season, you have to lie towel to towel. There's little space for privacy here.
The numerous restaurants and beach bars serve traditional Spanish and international cuisine and hire out boards for stand-up paddle boarding (SuP for short) as well as loungers and beach beds. If you don't want to leave your shady spot under the beach umbrella you can buy food from the beach vendors, who come round with tasty little treats at regular intervals.
Playa del Alicate is more suitable for calmer types of water sports that the whole family can enjoy, like pedal boat rides, canoeing or stand-up paddle boarding, because there are hardly any big waves and the wind isn't very strong.