If you think Marbella is just sunbathing on the beach or by the pool, you're better read on below...

BUT, if you just fancy the lying down holiday, then you're very welcome, as you're not the only one!!!

But if you fancy a bit of activity, then you have many options to choose from:

Water Activities:

Marbella's climate and stunning coastal setting make it an ideal destination for water sports enthusiasts year-round. While the peak of summer may see more activity, many water sports are still available during the winter months. Here are some water sports options you can enjoy in Marbella during winter:

1. Windsurfing and Kitesurfing:

Take advantage of the consistent winter winds along Marbella's beaches. Local schools and rental facilities often operate during the winter, providing equipment and lessons for windsurfing and kitesurfing.

2. Sailing and Yachting:

The calm winter seas make sailing and yachting a delightful experience. Charter a yacht for a peaceful cruise along the coast, or join a sailing tour to explore the Mediterranean's beauty.

3. Jet Skiing:

Feel the thrill of speeding over the waves on a jet ski. Rental services along the coast offer the chance to experience the adrenaline rush of jet skiing, even in the winter months.

4. Paddleboarding:

Marbella's serene waters are perfect for paddleboarding. Enjoy a relaxing paddle along the coastline, taking in the picturesque views and perhaps even encountering local marine life.

5. Scuba Diving:

Explore the underwater wonders of the Mediterranean. Scuba diving is a year-round activity in Marbella, with various dive sites offering opportunities to discover vibrant marine life and fascinating underwater landscapes.

6. Fishing Trips:

Winter is an excellent time for fishing enthusiasts. Join a fishing excursion to try your luck with the local catch, and enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the sea.

7. Banana Boat Rides:

For a fun and group-friendly experience, hop on a banana boat and ride the waves with friends and family. It's a thrilling way to enjoy the water, even in the cooler months.

8. Parasailing:

Soar above the coastline and take in breathtaking aerial views with parasailing. Many operators continue to offer this exhilarating activity throughout the winter season.

9. Kayaking:

Explore Marbella's coastline at your own pace with a kayak. Whether you're a beginner or experienced paddler, kayaking is a peaceful and enjoyable water activity for all.

10. Surfing:

While the winter waves might not be as intense as in some other locations, Marbella still offers surfing opportunities. Check with local surf schools to see if lessons and equipment rentals are available.

Before engaging in any water sports, it's advisable to check with local operators about specific seasonal availability, weather conditions, and safety measures to ensure a fantastic and secure experience.


And these are our personal favourites, ideal to start your day to energise or to wind down after a long day on the sunbed before hitting one of the bars in the harbour: powerwalking, cycling and yoga on the boardwalk


Marbella is surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the Sierra Blanca mountain range, offering a variety of hiking trails for all levels of enthusiasts. Whether you're seeking a leisurely stroll or a more challenging trek, Marbella has something to offer. 

Here are some popular hiking trails in and around Marbella:

1. La Concha Summit:

  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
  • The iconic La Concha mountain overlooks Marbella and offers a challenging hike to its summit. The panoramic views of the coast and surrounding areas make the effort worthwhile.

2. Juanar Forest and Mount Pico de la Concha:

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • This trail takes you through the beautiful Juanar Forest, leading to the summit of Mount Pico de la Concha. The route is well-marked, and the views from the top are spectacular.

3. Refugio de Juanar Circular Route:

  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • A circular trail around the Refugio de Juanar, this route allows hikers to enjoy the tranquility of the forest and the stunning mountain scenery.

4. Istan to Refugio de Juanar:

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Starting from the picturesque town of Istan, this trail takes you to the Refugio de Juanar, passing through diverse landscapes, including forests and open terrain.

5. Nagueles Pine Forest:

  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Explore the shaded paths of the Nagueles Pine Forest, located near Marbella's Golden Mile. It's a great option for a leisurely stroll or a family-friendly hike.

6. Rio Verde Waterfall:

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Follow the Rio Verde river to discover a hidden gem: a beautiful waterfall. This hike combines nature, water elements, and a refreshing destination.

7. Aloha to La Quinta Circular Route:

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • This circular trail offers a mix of urban and natural landscapes, passing through golf courses and ascending into the hills for panoramic views.

8. El Refugio de Juanar to Ojen:

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • This trail connects the Refugio de Juanar to the charming town of Ojen, providing hikers with a mix of mountainous terrain and glimpses of local culture.

9. El Pinar de los Manantiales:

  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Explore the pine-covered slopes of El Pinar de los Manantiales. The trail offers a relaxed hike with beautiful views of the surrounding landscape.

10. Sierra de las Nieves National Park:

  • Difficulty: Varies
  • While not directly in Marbella, the Sierra de las Nieves National Park is nearby and offers numerous trails of varying difficulty levels. It's a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with diverse flora and fauna.

Before embarking on any hiking adventure, make sure to check trail conditions, wear appropriate footwear, and bring essentials like water, a map, and sunscreen. Additionally, consider the season and weather conditions for the best hiking experience.



we personally recommend our open air gym: the boardwalk, where you can walk, run, cycle, skate, do some bodyweight exercises while you breath in the sea air, that is amazing for your health.

But if you prefer a closed gym then Plaza de Mar Wellness is an ideal option.

Ask for the weekly pass

And don't forget powerwalking on the prom to admire the sunset while getting the vitamin sea in

check the brochures from the Marbella townhall HERE