The urban beach of Playa del Cable, which is directly adjacent to the industrial port of Marbella, is almost deserted at midday. This is because you'll mainly come across Spaniards here, who are known for taking their siesta very seriously. However from 6pm the beach fills up. Families round off the day under beach umbrellas that they have brought with them, sports enthusiasts run around on the volleyball courts and football pitches, and the chiringuitos fill with young people wanting to enjoy the nightlife and live music.
Playa del Cable - perfect if you like sports and nightlife
The roughly 1.5 kilometre long sandy beach of Playa del Cable is situated in Marbella right next to the industrial port. Its name derives from the construction in the water, which is impossible to overlook, and according to the locals, impossible to imagine not being there. In the 50s mineral substances from on shore were transported to this platform via a cable, to be placed onto ships there. Today the only reminder is this relic in the water, which no longer has any function.
The beach is not just long, but also wide in many places. Especially at the western end, which borders the port, there is lots of space and you will find several volleyball courts and football pitches. These are also used by the local clubs for training.
Since the crowd here is mainly Spanish and the typical Spaniard takes the siesta very seriously, the beach empties around midday and fills up again in the late afternoon. From 6pm there's always something going on here. Joggers run across the sand, the pitches are filled with sports enthusiasts and on the beach, families round off an energetic day.
If you think that life on the beach ends at sunset, you're wrong. Several beach bars are open all year round and not only serve delicious Spanish and international cuisine, but also transform into cool cocktail bars in the evenings, with live music and DJs. If you like to hit the dance floor, you'll be in your element here.
Whether it's sport on the beach, lazing under a palm tree or dancing with a cocktail in your hand - there's something for everyone here.