Located on the Southern coast of Spain and famous for spray parties and culture alike, Marbella is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations.
In fact, when we jetted off to the city just in time for Ocean Club’s Summer 2019 Launch Party, we were pleasantly surprised by the variety of strings to its bow.
From the quaint and traditional Old Town to the sparkling yacht-clad marina at nearby Puerto Banus, there is something for everyone to enjoy. You don’t have to be headed to one of the town’s famous white and silver parties to have a damn good reason to visit.
Whatever you’re in Marbella for, one of the best ways to pass the day is to enjoy a long lunch (of course). Here, we round up our favourite spots in and around Marbella for a wine-drenched midday feast.
La Plage by Casanis
First up is perhaps our favourite spot for lunch in Marbella of them all. Set right on the Golden Beach in Elviria, there’s no reason not to stay here all day.
It is the latest in the Casanis chain of restaurants, this time set right on the beach and serving (wonderfully) fine French-Belgian cuisine. The whole place boasts funky (very Instagrammable) décor and the customer service is second to none. Seriously – that wine glass will never be empty.
There is almost too much choice when it comes to the lunch menu, with an array of cold and hot starters on offer plus delicious sides and seriously good mains. We’d recommend the chicken Paella if you’re looking to get in the Spanish spirit. And the Calamari. And the burrata salad… we could go on.
What’s more, if you head down on a Sunday, you’ll be just in time for one of their Sunday Sunset Ritual parties complete with guest DJs and entertainment from drummers, violinists and saxophonists. What. A. Dream.
Whether you book a table in the restaurant or enjoy a beach bed and have your refreshments bought to you, this place comes in very highly recommended.
Visit www.laplagecasanis.com for more information. La Plage by Casanis offers beach beds from 15 euros per day. Price includes a bottle of water.
Spiler Beach Club at Kempinski Hotel Bahia Estepona
If you’re staying slightly outside of Marbella, or simply if you fancy a trip down the coast to beautiful Estepona, a stop at Kempinski’s Hotel Bahia for lunch is a must.
Set right on the seafront is the Spiler Beach Club, a modern, light and airy restaurant space with outdoor seating and an all-round stylish vibe.
The menu will please everyone in your party, and features everything from artisan pizza through to open-fire Argentinian grill dishes, daily fresh fish offerings, oysters, burgers and super-foods. It’s the fresh fish that really left us impressed – don’t leave without sampling their tuna tartare.
Spiler Beach Club is open for lunch between midday and 4pm. Email email@example.com for bookings.
Soleo Beach Marbella
Soleo Beach has elegant aesthetics at its heart. It sits on the beach front side of the Fuerte Marbella Hotel and is the best sea-side lunch spot for anyone visiting the area.
Upon arrival, it seems as though it’d be impossible for the food to match the staggeringly high standard of interior design, but their Mediterranean-inspired menu does just that.
Their specialities are grilled tuna with olive oil and sea asparagus, fried catch of the day from Malaga, sardine espeto and seafood paella – we don’t envy you having to choose between them!
Soleo Beach opens at 8am everyday and serves food right through until 11:30pm. Booking is advised.
We’re head over heels in love with Trocadero Arena, a beach-side club and restaurant with interiors stylish enough to leave your jaw on the ground.
Exquisitely decorated by Lorenzo Queipo de Llano, it has long been splashed across the pages of many a publication worldwide – and for good reason.
After a morning spent lazing by the sea (cocktail in hand, of course), it’ll be time to take a look at the Mediteranean menu.
You’ll quickly recognise that many of the dishes have been enhanced by Asian influences, and in addition to typical rice dishes, fish and meat, the menu includes specialist Japanese cuisine that is ideal for savoring by the sea. Our choice would be fish. Always.
Head to https://grupotrocadero.com/en/restaurantes/trocadero-arena/ to make a booking.
First, we should probably set one thing straight: this place is not a farm, but an exceptionally beautiful restaurant in Marbella’s Old Town with a fresh and organic menu.
If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, then this could be the lunch spot for you. It boasts a patio, terrace and dining room furnished with modern and relaxed interiors.
It’s not particularly cheap (this is Marbella), but every dish is made from farm-fresh ingredients and the cocktails are second to none. We’d argue it’s well worth the money.
Head to https://www.thefarm-marbella.com/organic-restaurant-in-marbella/ for more.
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