Summers on the Costa del Sol are hot, and one of the best places to be, is in, or by the sea!

There is a host of varied activities to choose from in Marbella and the surrounding areas, all keeping you cool and refreshed, but don`t forget the sun cream!

For those of you who want to enjoy a relaxing lunch and a little shopping in either Marbella or Puerto Banús, without the hassle of driving and parking the car, an alternative option is to take either the ferry or catamaran. This is an hourly service running between Marbella and Puerto Banús, starting at Easter and running throughout the Summer months until late Autumn.

The departure points for the crossings are – Marbella Puerto Deportivo, next to the lighthouse, and, in Puerto Banús outside the Red Pepper restaurant. In Marbella, tickets can be purchased from the kiosk at the entrance to the Puerto Deportivo, and in Puerto Banús, from the crew on the boat.

If you want more information, visit www.fly-blue.com or telephone +34 663 827 986 to check sailing times, especially during the Winter.

Anyone wishing to travel farther afield can experience the ferry from Algeciras or Tarifa to Morocco in North Africa.

For times and prices, visit www.frs.es

If you want to combine a day trip with water and land, why not drive to Sanlúcar de Barrameda and catch the Real Fernando Ferry that travels 13km up the Guadalquivir river, right into the Parque Nacional Doñana, the trip takes about three and a half hours and includes several guided walks into the park. Boats leave daily at 10.00 throughout the year with the exception of January, and the cost is 15€ per person.

For more details telephone: 956 36 38 13

There`s a variety of short boat trips available at a very reasonable cost from Benalmádena port to either Fuengirola or Torremolinos.

For more information, telephone: 952 44 48 81 or 629 58 36 56

You may of course, wish to be a little more adventurous and charter your own boat or luxury yacht. There are a few companies who can arrange this, and we`d be delighted to answer any of your questions and organise something for you.

Give us a call on: +34 951 096 640 or +34 685 492 057.

If, like so many others in the hot Spanish Summers, you`d prefer to be in the water, then there are masses of activities to choose from.

A Marbella based company “Aqua Time” offers many exciting opportunities to get wet!

Here are just a few of them:

Jetskis, seating 1 or 2 persons, each session lasts for approximately 15 minutes, inflatables towed by motorised boats, i.e. banana, flyfish (like a flying banana), donut, sofa, and also kayak and pedal boat hire.

Wakeboard (waterski), flyboard (you`re actually flying above the sea!), and para sailing whereby you`re attached to a parachute being towed by a boat 70 metres above the water; here you can enjoy the excitement of flying and the bonus of magnificent views.

For more details:

www.aquatimemarbella.com

Address: Beach Hotel Marbella Club, BU. Principe Alfonso, 29600 MARBELLA

Phone: 686 488 068

Email: info@aquatimemarbella.com

Another company based in Puerto Banús offering similar services is: Hollywood Water sports, located on Mistral Beach in front of the Hotel Guadalpin Banús.

www.watersportspuertobanus.com

Contact details, telephone: +34 663 46 34 68

One of the fairly recent additions to the coast, in various locations stretching from Puerto Banús to Torremolinos is Costa Water Park. These bright green and yellow structures consist of climbing walls, bouncy cushions, water slides and many more challenging objects, amazing fun for all the family, continuously monitored by professional life guards.

For timetable and prices visit: www.costawaterpark.com

The Aqua Park in Mijas Costa provides another brilliant fun filled day for the whole family, especially the kids. It is located on the outskirts of Fuengirola and there are many different activities on offer, such as a wave pool, water rapids, water slides, an adventure river, lizard island, mini-golf, rock climbing and several restaurants and bars.

For more information visit: www.aquamijas.com

Parque Acuático, Mijas,

Autovía A7, Km 209, 29651 Fuengirola, Málaga.

If you fancy a spot of fishing, you can head out into the open sea to catch your dinner!

There are so many different species, depending on whether you want to try deep sea fishing or big game fishing. You decide, you can hire the boat for a whole day or a half day.

If this is for you, visit: www.lunapesca.com

Maybe you`re an experienced diver wanting to explore the stunningly beautiful dives off the Costa del Sol, or perhaps this is something you`ve always wanted to try and never had the opportunity, well, now`s your chance!

One of the best and most highly qualified scuba diving schools, is “Happy Divers Marbella”, they can arrange training courses and spectacular dives.

Contact:

Atalaya Park Hotel

Avenida de las Golondrinas

29688 Estepona-Marbella / Málaga España

Mob.: +34 609 571 920

Tel: +34 952 883 617

Email: peter@happy-divers-marbella.com

Visit their web-site for all details: www.happy-divers-marbella.com

Finally if you want to improve your waterskiing or wake boarding on a calmer stretch of water, the stunning, natural lake of Guadalmina provides this incredible setting. Located close to San Pedro de Alcántara, just a short distance inland, you can discover a fabulous facility located in the natural park of Las Medranas. Here a cable-ski system is used to help you practice and learn how to waterski in a safe, secure environment.

Overlooking the lake is a luxurious restaurant and bar where you and your friends can enjoy delicious food and creative cocktails.

Contact:

Parque de Las Medranas s/n, 29670, San Pedro de Alcántara

Tel +34 952 78 55 79

E-mail marbella@wakeboardcenter.com

If this appeals to you, have a look at their web-site for photos, videos etc.

www.cableskimarbella.es

It just remains for us, to wish you all a refreshingly wet, fun filled Summer and we look forward to being back with you in September!