In our Gay Marbella Travel Guide we will share the best gay bars in Marbella, nearest gay beaches, gay friendly hotels and nearest gay saunas.
We have travelled extensively in Spain. We love the beautiful towns you find all along the coast and best of all, we have found every single one to be very open and gay friendly, including the very trendy Marbella.
Marbellas old town is beautiful with Plaza de los Naranjas (square of the oranges) and its surrounding streets being a particularly picturesque and quaint area to explore.
To the west of the town along what is known as the golden mile of sandy beaches, you will find Puerto Banus filled with posh clubs and expensive yachts – a posers paradise.
When it comes to a gay scene in Marbella, it has a very small one. We visited with friends a few years ago and managed to find two gay bars in Marbella.
These were both very small and packed to the brim with people. Part of the attraction of only having two gay bars meant that it felt like the whole gay population of Marbella was in one place giving it a very friendly atmosphere.
We had a lot of fun that night and got home at 8am…
Gay Bars in Marbella
You will find that you will be welcome in all bars in Marbella, however if you are specifically wanting to look at Marbellas gay bars make sure to check out:
Fenix Gay Bar Marbella
Fenix gay bar in Marbella was where we ended up till the very early hours of the morning. It is a small bar which turns in to a bit of a dance club towards the end of the night.
It had a fun crowd and reasonable drinks prices (with very generous measures!).
You can find out what events they have coming up on their Facebook page.
It is located in the centre of the town on Calle el Fuente.
One of the newer gay bars in Marbella, Maxtur Bar has an awesome environment, great drinks, friendly staff and fun shows.
They offer table seating, waiter or bar service and have fun with their customers, some nights they pass heels around for customers to try on and take a strut along the floor!
On sunday nights they often host drag queen bingo. See exactly what is coming up on their page.
Av. Fontanilla, 6, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain
Mikonos Gay Bar Marbella (NOW CLOSED)
This is where we started our gay night out in Marbella. It was a very small bar with a drag show but it has since closed.
Marbella may not have a huge gay scene, but it is still a beautiful coastal town which we highly recommend visiting. Even with just the one gay bar in Marbella, you can still have a really fun gay night out!
Don’t forget, in Spain everything starts a lot later. The crowd at Fenix bar is very local so they go to the bar at local (not touristy) times meaning you won’t want to arrive at the bar before midnight!
If you find that any new gay bars in Marbella open, please let us know!
Gay Beach in Marbella
Cabopino beach would be classed as the unofficial gay beach of Marbella attracting lots of local gay guys and tourists alike.
Cabopino beach is a 17 minute drive from the town centre. It is a nudist beach and in peak season you are likely to find it gets quite cruisy in the dunes. The nudist and gay ares of the beach can be found to the right of the marina.
Gay Friendly Beach Clubs in Marbella
Marbella is known for being a little bit of a posers paradise and is home to some seriously stylish places including Nikki Beach Club Marbella.
This is not a gay beach club by any means but is popular with a young, trendy crowd and equally popular with gay travellers looking for a fancy beach club experience.
We spent the full day here enjoy drinks, snack and the pool.
Gay Hotels in Marbella
There are not any exclusive gay hotels in Marbella like you might find in Madrid, Barcelona or Gran Canaria – however like most popular gay spanish destinations, you will be welcome in any hotels. We particularly like the area of the old town pictures above.
We love that booking.com has a travel pride stamp so take a look below to find your perfect gay friendly hotel in Marbella:
Gay Sauna Marbella
There are currently no gay saunas in Marbella, the nearest is in Torremolinos which is a 35 minute drive.
Finally if you do want a big gay scene, the closest town notorious for its gay nightlife is Torremolinos. Find out more in our Torremolinos gay guide.
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