I did some more hunting for places to visit and happened upon the Marina del Este over on East of Malaga‘s blog. It looked like a nice place for a mooch one day so, on Thursday, we got in the car and went off to investigate.
The Marina is situated between La Herradura and Almunecar, off the beaten track but easily found thanks to Google, simply search “Puerto Deportivo Marina del Este.” From Torrox Costa it only took us about half an hour to get there.
We parked up in a small, free car park and then went for a wander towards the beach first. The water is so clear it is breathtaking.
There was a lot of activity on the water, and on the beach, with it being Maundy Thursday I suspect that was why. Plenty of boats, divers and kayaks to watch, along with families enjoying the pebble beach and the beautiful water.
It’s not a huge place, but I imagine in the holidays it’s packed with locals and the odd tourist. When we visited it seemed to be mostly locals, perhaps with it being a little way off the main road the tourists haven’t discovered it yet?
It’s a stunning place to get your camera out too, the clear water and beautiful little coves make for pictures, and memories, to treasure forever.
We ate lunch at the restaurant on the beach. While the food was tasty, I would not recommend the restaurant. Prices, as you can imagine, were sky high. I’d suggest taking a picnic or going after lunch for the afternoon so you avoid the need to eat while in the area, as I suspect the restaurant prices at the marina itself will be pretty steep too,
Marina del Este
The marina itself is quite small but worth a visit if you’re in the area. It’s very pretty and, despite the restaurants being busy, it was surprisingly quiet.
If you like looking at boats, hiring boats or just mooching around then the Marina del Este may well do it for you. I enjoyed it, the beach and coves especially, I just couldn’t get over how clean the water was!
As you can see, we had a beautiful, sunny day for our visit and really enjoyed it. I’m glad we made the effort to find it. I do enjoy exploring Spain, it seems to have a lot of these hidden gems.