THE JEWELS OF THE MILE

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We want to shine a light on some of our unsung heroes on the Costa del Sol, jewels in our Golden Mile that you may not have even heard of but which have been instrumental in turning Marbella into what it is today – the first Marbella Chiringuitos.

Today we have such a huge choice of where to go that the pioneers of Marbella’s beach life could be forgotten, and that just can’t happen, so, this is my tribute to the 3 men that started it all, Victor, Pedro & Fernando….

Back in the day it was Victor’s beach in Playa Ancon that first put Marbella on the international jet-set map with its great food, loud music and host of topless sunbathers, quite a change for post-Franco Spain. But in these early days he also faced the constant challenge of having to tear down and rebuild his business with almost every change of local government to meet with new specifications.

Today Victor’s beach is half the size of what it was but his charm still attracts the crème de la crème of Marbella’s tourists and by providing a courtesy golf buggy to chauffeur clients to and from the Puente Romano, is as successful as ever and this year celebrates his 35th Anniversary to prove it!

Opened in 1978 was Pedro’s Beach in Playa del Duque, Nueva Andalucía, initially just renting windsurf boards and jet skis. Then came a small hut offering drinks and a palm tree for shade and today, 36 years on, Pedro’s has established itself as a tropical paradise with some 250 sunbeds, serving delicious lunches and dinners amidst a plantation of palm trees & sunflowers.

At Pedro’s 5 star dining doesn’t require a shirt as everything is true chiringuito style. The quality of the food is constantly amazing and you just have to try his famous “Pedro’s Pil-Pil” sauce – it tastes so good you’ll never eat a pil-pil anywhere else, ever again.

And finally a mention must be made to Fernando of Puretas beach in the Oasis complex. After 36 years he is still there to reminisce of his days working in Pepe Moreno’s as a teenager, the Marbella nightlife of the 80s, which he then happily exchanged to dedicate to the beach life, true Marbella style.

Thanks to the Paseo Maritimo these 3 jewels of The Mile are easily accessible now so pay them a visit before the summer ends and experience a taste of Marbella’s beach history.

We broadcast Marbella Now from many great Marbella restaurants and cafes, so tune in to see some great places to eat, drink and relax every Friday at 7.30 pm (GMT+1) on RTV Marbella, or watch it live online.

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