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WorldMediterraneanSpainMediterranean coast of SpainCosta Del SolMarbella
Port of Entry
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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.

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


See Mediterranean coast of Spain.


See Spain.


See Aegean to West Mediterranean Passages.


Add here VHF channel for coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

  • For Peurto Deportivo present yourself at the fuel pontoon for mooring instructions.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets


The approaches to Marbella are straight forward. In Puerto Deportivo the western edge of the fuel pontoon that is coned off with red marks is very shallow.


Marbella is a port of entry for Spain only if arriving from an EU country. If you need to clear customs you should head to Malaga (Requires agent) or Almeria (no agent needed). For details see Entrance: Spain.


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

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Puerto Deportivo de Marbella

Puerto Deportivo de Marbella/wiki/Marbella#.5B.5BPuerto_Deportivo_de_Marbella.5D.5D
Reasonably priced marina ±€44/night for a 15m berth. There are concrete docks with laid mooring lines. Diesel and Petrol available. It is about 5 minutes walk from the center of Marbella. The marina is operated by the Junta of Andalucía

Puerto Banus Yacht Marina

Puerto Banus Yacht Marina/wiki/Marbella#.5B.5BPuerto_Banus_Yacht_Marina.5D.5D

Yacht Marina is a very poser focused and expensive marina with 915 berths, up to 2.5 m draft and up to 50 m length. It is usually very crowded, if you like Ferarris and Lambos this is the one for you. The marina is about 5 km walk from the town of Marbella. Full facilities. Boatyard with 50 T travel hoist and some repairs.

[email protected]; Tel: +34 (952) 909 800; Fax: +34 (952) 810 899; VHF channels 09, 14, & 16




Water On the docks of both marinas
Electricity On the docks of both marinas
Toilets In both marinas
Showers In both marinas
Laundry N/A (Not Available)
Garbage Bins In both marinas
Fuel Fuel dock in both marinas
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?


Several stores in the town.

Eating out

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


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



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.

Places to Visit

Hermes by Salvador Dali

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


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)



See Spain.


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