As it could not be any other way, the Costa del Sol boasts more than 150 kilometres of coastline in the province of Málaga, including its famous beaches. A paradise for sailing lovers who, beyond visiting its 12 marinas on land, prefer to go out to sea on their own boats or with charter agencies, hiring private cruises, joining sailing clubs or schools and even participating in multiple regattas.

Nautical ports

With more than 325 days of sunshine a year, the Costa del Sol attracts many tourists who want to experience the Mediterranean Sea in a variety of ways. Among the favorite places to fulfill this mission are the marinas, very lively enclaves where you can contemplate the beautiful image of the boats that are moored, whether they are traditional boats, catamarans, motor boats or even yachts that border on science fiction.

Puerto Banus

The most famous marina in Spain is located in Marbella. Synonymous with luxury and glamour, Puerto Banus regularly hosts the province’s most exclusive parties on the yachts of countless celebrities, business tycoons and royalty. But its streets are a golden mile of elite shopping and a first class gastronomic centre.

Port of Estepona

Called the “Garden of the Costa del Sol”, Estepona has an impressive port centre next to its Orchidarium, the largest in Europe with more than 4,000 species. It is a popular marina among tourists, with its discos, supermarkets, bars and a travelling market on weekends as a final touch to its seafront promenade.

Speedboard: strong emotions

Among the most exciting water activities on the Costa del Sol are the one-hour speedboat trips to the Strait of Gibraltar. An adventure offered by the company South Ole Sails (www.southolesails.com) setting off from Estepona and providing the opportunity to watch dolphins and small whales, swim in deep waters, have fun on inflatable boats or try water skiing.

Marbella aboard a sailing boat

Lasting three hours, this excursion is the perfect way to appreciate the city from another perspective. With no other noise than the wind and the breaking waves, clients will set sail from the city’s fishing port and sail 2 nautical miles with gorgeous panoramic views of the beaches, Puerto Banus or the mountain of La Concha. While enjoying an aperitif on board, groups of dolphins can sometimes be spotted surfing the waves, and in the warmer months it’s possible to take a quick dip or practice paddleboarding (marbellasailing.com).

Estepona at sea

This unique experience in Estepona can be arranged with Veleros Turisticos, which offers an exciting 4 hour voyage on a sailing boat, sailing through the Playa del Cristo before snorkeling in the Torre de la Sal, fishing for bonito and mackerel in the open water or learning basic notions of sailing with the skipper of the boat. (velerosturisticos.com).

Day trip to Gibraltar

Boat trips are the best way to discover the impressive Rock of Gibraltar, undoubtedly one of the most original places on the European tourist map and a double frontier between Africa and Europe and between the Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The crossing takes between three and four hours, with six hours ashore to visit Gibraltar’s main attractions – the Great Siege Tunnels, the Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque, the Moorish Castle, St Michael’s Cave and Europa Point – before embarking again for Estepona (bbyachtcharter.com).

Fishing days

The Costa del Sol also offers the opportunity to go on different fishing excursions with a choice between bottom fishing in places selected by an experienced captain or trolling for tuna, sea bream or swordfish (marbellafishing.com).

Gourmet cruises in Estepona

It doesn’t have to be a special date: any occasion is right to spend a beautiful afternoon with your partner, family or friends outdoors, in touch with the sea and watching the sunset while enjoying a glass of champagne and some delicious seafood tapas (www.turismomarinero.com). 

B&B Yacht Charter

For those who want a more immersive sailing experience, it is possible to rent a yacht on a room and board basis for longer trips and sleep in cabins reminiscent of hotel rooms. Agencies like bbyachtcharter.com will fulfill any wish of their clients with their highly qualified skipper and crew, who will accompany them for several days to destinations such as Ceuta, the Canary Islands, Mallorca or Ibiza with departure and arrival in Puerto Banus.

Liora: just one step away from the best sailing

With its building of pure and rippling lines that make you think of the waves of the sea, Liora is an architectural feat that aims for the perfect integration of the inhabitant in the landscapes of Estepona, directly between the mountains and the beach.

It is a revolutionary project that seeks to reinvent the domestic experience through design, technology, bioclimatic strategies and a team of concierges capable of hiring the best sailing services in the area for their clients, whether organizing the maintenance of their yacht or renting one for days, hours or even recommending the best sailing schools or putting them in contact with the best shipowners.

All of this in a construction signed by the Spanish promoter Excem Real Estate and the Italian designer Pininfarina, who share their obsession for reinventing human habitats (liora.es)