Sherry's visiting Marriott's Marbella Beach Resort and asked about nearby restaurants and so I've dedicated this page to her. Always looking for an excuse to take my motorbike out for a spin, I popped out to Elviria to check out the beachside restaurants closest to Marriott's Marbella.
In Andalucia beach restaurants are called chiringuitos and all of them used to be right on the sand. They were like little desert island shacks made of wood and palm leaves and often got washed away by high tides. Eventually urban planning caught up and moved them off the beach. I really recommend eating at least once at a beach bar or chiringuito somewhere along the coastline during your holiday.
Late Sunday afternoon I rode down Avda Hacienda Playa, the long road down to the beach next to Marriott's: The resort looked magnificent with lush green, well cared for gardens under towering palm trees. Residents in Marriott's Marbella at the bottom end of the resort can practically walk out onto the beach. At the end of Avda Hacienda Playa on the beach to the left is:
Restaurante Merendero Cristina
Urb Rancho Park Km 192 N340/A7
Tel: + 34 952 832 725 Merendero Cristina specialise in fish and shellfish.
A hundred metres further along the beach to the left is:
Carlos and Paula Chiringuito
Calle Mar de la Tranquilidad s/nElviria
Tel: + 34 952 113 986 Carlos and Paula offer seafood paella, fish, meat barbecues and pasta. The waiter explained that Paula is the mum and Carlos is the son.
Both restaurants were well populated and most diners were sitting outside on the wooden decks. The beach is slightly wider next to Carlos and Paula and could be easier for families with young children. As I left one of the waiters was lighting the barbecue outside. You must try sardinas al espeto when you are next in a chiringuito, that's sardines on skewers cooked next to the flames, lots of Omega 3 oils and healthy salads and chilled white wine followed by a siesta on the beach....
You can get to these two beach bars by bus getting off at the Pino Golf bus stop and walking about 10minutes over the hill and down the road past Marriott's Marbella. Back at the small parking area where Avda Hacienda Playa meets the beach, looking west towards Marbella in the distance I could see the famous Nikki Beach about 500 metres along the beach. The chiringuito right next to it is:
Chiringuito Los Tonys
Bajada Hotel Don Carlos
Tel: + 34 952 113 142 Los Tonys offer paella, shellfish, fish baked in salt and skewered meats and fish.
It's just too far to walk comfortably to Los Tonys and Nikki's Beach so I would recommend driving or taking a taxi. At the to end of Avda. Hacienda Playa, turn left and you'll see the Don Carlos hotel loom up in front of you. Skirt it to the right following the road and then look for Nikki Beach signs on the fork to the right. Drop down, curve to the left, under a road bridge and you are on the Bajada Hotel Don Carlos. At the end is Los Tonys and just before you get to the end on the left is the Nikki Beach entrance and parking place. Every summer they email me an exclusive invitation to the opening but when I look more carefully at my screen, I can just make out a price, usually upwards of €50.
It's a different scene down here, Los Tonys is fairly upmarket and you'll see lots of folk in white beach gear and bronzed girls in bikinis and wispy tops on the beach below Nikki's. It's the beach part of Nikki Beach in the blog photo. On the terraces above the beautiful people are drinking chilled cava by the bottle.
The other beach restaurant I checked out for Sherry is The Beach House where we have often eaten and I would recommend having a meal here. You'll need a car to get here from Marriott's Marbella. You'll pick up a sign for The Beach House at the second roundabout above the exit from the A7. Keep on down this road until you see signs to the left indicating Restaurante Playa Blanca and Restaurante Las Banderas. (No second Beach House sign yet but go down left) until you see Carril del Relojero and then a Beach House sign. Check out driving directions on their website.
The Beach House is very popular and I suggest you make a reservation if you would like a beach side table in the evening or at lunch during summer.
The Beach House Restaurant
Urb. Coto de los Dolores
Carril del Relojero Elviria
Tel: + 34952 839 459
Of course just over the A7 road bridge in the Elviria Commercial Centre, within comfortable walking distance of Marriott's Marbella, there are a host of good and interesting restaurants where we have also eaten. I'll do a separate page on these restaurants which include: Restaurant Orient Palace, Pizza Real, Dragon del Mar II, and round the back of the complex, almost hidden away is the Taj Mahal Indian food restaurant. If you just feel like staying in and have a glass of wine on your terrace then give the Taj Mahal Indian restaurant a ring. They do takeaways at really good prices and will also deliver locally. Tel: + 34 952 836 153.
Sherry I hope you get this in time. Have a great stay and enjoy the local cuisine, thanks again for writing in.
Best wishes from Marbella Mike