La Fontanilla Beach

Address: Avenida del Duque Ahumada, Marbella, 29600, Spain

- Free


A diverse cross section of people make this town centre beach a dynamic day out.

I love the fact that La Fontanilla is pleasantly raucous and buzzing with people of all ages and nationalities thanks to being just a minute’s walk from the main shopping street, business centre, the town’s pleasure port and countless residential buildings. Probably due to its central location, and the fact that it’s backed by a promenade lined with cafés and bars, it’s equally as popular with locals as it is with holidaymakers. It’s not unusual to see a group of lawyers who’ve just finished work and slipped into their beach attire sunbathing next to a holidaying northern European family having a go at jet-skiing.

Value for money

Price advice

The sunbeds are five euros each and include a parasol, but of course, lying on the sand is free. The bars and restaurants vary as much in price as they do in choice.

Expert tips

If you’re driving, park in the underground car park, 100 metres from the beach, on Avenida del Mar - right next to the Alameda Park.

You’ll need to get there early if you want to sit on the edge of the water.

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Sporty types
  • People watching
  • Shopping
  • No fuss