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WorldMediterraneanSpainMedSpainCosta Del SolMarbella
Port of Entry
36°30.04′N, 4°53.74′W Chart icon.png
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Satellite Image of Marbella

Marbella, also known as Puerto Banus, is a city in Andalusia, with 116,234 inhabitants. It is an important beach resort of the Costa del Sol in Spain. The town is famous for being a favorite destination for wealthy tourists from Northern Europe. It is also associated with drug trafficking and the Russian mafia.

Archaeological excavations have been made in the mountains around Marbella, which point at human habitation in Paleolithic and Neolithic times. There are also remains of Phoenician and later Carthaginian settlements in the area of Rio Real. In Roman times, the city was called Salduba. During Islamic rule, Muslims built a castle in this city, and they surrounded it by walls. The name Marbella, which is derived from Marbil-la, dates from this Islamic era. In 1485, the Spaniards reconquered the city, and during the centuries that followed, the city grew.

Marbella is the setting of Arturo Pérez-Reverte's novel The Queen of the South.


See Costa del Sol.


See Spain.


See Aegean to West Mediterranean Passages.




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Marbella is a port of entry into Spain. For entering/exiting Spain check with the marinas.

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There are two harbors in Marbella: The Yacht Marina and the Marina Marbella.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

  • Marina Marbella
  • Yacht Marina - also known as Puerto Banus World icon.png 36°29′N, 4°57.4′W. It is a very luxurious and expensive marina with 915 berths. It is usually very crowded. Contact on VHF channel 09, 14, and 16, telephone +34-952-909800, and e-mail. The marina is about 5 km walk from the town of Marbella.



Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores



Haul-out, hard standing, and repairs are possible in the Marina Marbella.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

There is a fuel dock within either marina
On the docks
On the docks

Things to do Ashore


Hermes by Salvador Dali

It is fun to walk along the esplanade but the "must see" is the the park with 8 marvelous Salvador Dali sculptures.

Grocery & Supply Stores

  • Several stores in the town


  • There are many eating establishments along the esplanade
  • Near the Marina Marbella there are several more quiet places to eat serving good seafood





Motorbike & Car Rentals



There is an international airport in Malaga with flights to destinations within the EU.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)


References & Publications

See Spain.


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  • October 2004 --Istioploos Greece Icon.png 06:38, 22 June 2008 (MDT)

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