At sunset in Marbella, the stunning sea, beautiful beaches and magnificent views take on a magical quality. This iconic stretch of the Costa del Sol is blessed with wonderful year-round weather, great light and on a clear evening, you can even see the Atlas Mountains in Africa. As the sun dips beneath the horizon, the sky appears painted with pinks, oranges and reds and this natural show will take your breath away. The very best sunsets take place in the winter months, from November to February, when the sky is clearest and you have the best chance of catching a glimpse of Africa. But they are stunning all year round.
Marbella sunsets are second to none and today we’ll give you the insiders’ guide to where to see the sunset in Marbella and enjoy this stunning sight to the full.
On the Beach
Marbella is blessed with 27.9km of beautiful beaches and they are a magnet for sun worshippers all year round. But they are not just a place for topping up your tan, they are also one of the best places to catch an iconic Marbella sunset.
We’d recommend heading down to El Faro Beach in central Marbella to catch the last of the sun in this sheltered cove. The water is shallow and calm and with the bars of Marbella Port behind you and the Mediterranean stretching out in front of you, you can see the lights of the seafront promenade and Puerto Banús start to twinkle, as the sun starts to dip. Then you’re in the perfect place to enjoy some of Marbella’s best bars and nightlife when the sun has gone down.
But that’s just one of the 24 fantastic beaches in Marbella. Some other beautiful blue flag beaches to watch the sunset in Marbella are El Ancón Beach on the Golden Mile, Guadalmina Beach, Nueva Andalucía Beach and if you’re happy to go a little further out from Marbella centre itself, Cabopino Beach and the beaches of Riviera are highly recommended.
Insiders’ Tip – We love to take a little picnic onto the beach to enjoy the sunset. Why not sip some delicious Spanish cava on a blanket, as the sun goes down and the stars come out?
Puerto Banús is Marbella’s most exclusive marina, home to superyachts, supercars and designer boutiques. It is also home to some fantastic bars and restaurants, just back from the water’s edge and these are great places to catch a Marbella sunset in style. There are some legendary spots, like Picasso Pizzeria and Sinatra Bar, which have hosted many famous faces over the years. All areas of the frontline Puerto Banús offer wonderful places to see the sunset in Marbella, overlooking some of the world’s most beautiful boats. But, for uninterrupted views, we’d recommend exploring the less well-known side of the port, by the Benabola development, where the tables are closer to the sea and the views are breathtaking at sunset.
Insiders’ Tip – Stroll around Puerto Banús at early evening to enjoy the buzz of the bars and restaurants and a little retail therapy. You can walk out to a viewing point right on the tip of the harbour, called Mirador del Muelle de Honor and have incredible views. This is Marbella sunsets as you’ve never seen it before!
Exclusive beach clubs and beach bars
We love going to a beach club for sundowners, especially on warm summer evenings. Getting dressed up and heading down for cocktails as the sun goes down is highly recommended. With cool music, beautiful people and a great atmosphere, they are the hottest places to people watch and be seen during the summer months. There are loads of wonderful options to choose from along the Costa del Sol. Some of the most popular are La Sala by the Sea, Mistral Beach Club, Ocean Club, Playa Padre and of course Nikki Beach. Taking a table at an exclusive beach club is an unforgettable setting for a Marbella sunset.
There are also hundreds of beach bars, along the long seafront promenade, which offer great places to see the sunset in Marbella. Grab a drink, or a bite to eat as the sun goes down and you won’t be disappointed.
Up on a Rooftop
Some of the very best views of sunsets in Marbella can be found from one of the many rooftop bars and restaurants. You can enjoy a few drinks, or a lovely meal, with a 360⁰ view. Several hotels in Marbella allow non-residents access to their rooftop terraces and bars. There are also some great bars, restaurants and nightclubs in Puerto Banús which offer rooftops to drink, dine and dance al fresco. For sunsets in Marbella, we’d recommend checking out the rooftop bars at Breathe in Nueva Andalucia, the Benabola Sky Lounge, the NH Hotel in San Pedro and the Virazón rooftop bar in Marbella Old Town.
From a sailboat
Last, but definitely not least, we’d recommend taking to the water at sunset to really feel part of one of the legendary Marbella sunsets. From the sea, you not only enjoy the view of the sun setting over the water, but also get an unbeatable view of the Costa del Sol coastline. As the sun sets and hits the iconic mountain of La Concha, it turns it the most spectacular shade of red.
There are a number of ways to do this, the most economical being taking a later Fly Blue Ferry from Banús to Marbella. This large catamaran offers a scenic 30-minute voyage, sailing every hour from 11.00 to 19.00 from March to November. Check out the time of the sunset for when you’re visiting and then time your trip to perfection and arrive in Marbella for dinner in an unforgettable fashion.
There are also many companies running sunset cruises on beautiful sailing yachts and motor boats. You can charter a boat from Puerto Banús and Marbella, for the whole day, or just a few hours at sunset. There are private hire options where you can include catering and entertainment for a private and luxurious experience, or you can join a group sailing to keep costs down.
Wherever you choose to enjoy a sunset in Marbella, we hope you’ll love the display. For us, it is one of the highlights of visiting the area. Vacation Marbella are here to help you find the best holiday rentals on the Costa del Sol and make your experience unforgettable. You can browse our selection of vacation rentals on our website and contact our helpful team for advice and practical support to make your holiday the very best it can be.