Marbella for pets lovers


During the early morning and late afternoon hours, the streets, beach promenades and parks of Marbella fill with happy dog owners enjoying walks with their little darlings. There are more than 50.000 registered pets in the municipality of Marbella and over 85% of them are dogs. The Costa del Sol is synonymous for a unique beachside quality of life and boasts amazing outdoor spaces, shopping and accommodation, venues and services, available not only for man but also for man´s best friend.


Whether you are planning to become a resident or to visit the Costa del Sol and want to enjoy the company of your “best friend” here are the rules and laws you should probably know about with regard to pets in Andalucia. Be aware that rules can slightly differ in each municipality. The following rules apply for the Marbella municipality:

  • All dogs, cats, ferrets and horses must be registered with a microchip, as well as a passport and vaccination. In public areas, all dogs must wear a collar and lead, and have to be accompanied by their owner or caretaker who should have that pets passport on him at all times. Dogs are only allowed off lead in the dog parks and on dog friendly beaches.
  • Potentially dangerous dog breeds must have a license and registration certificate from the town hall, as well as a liability insurance for at least 175.000€ and in public places wear a muzzle, with a lead no longer than 2 meters. Dogs over 20 kg must also wear a muzzle.


Each veterinary clinic can help guide you through the rules and assist you with regard to micro-chipping, pet passports and vaccinations. There are plenty of vets on the Costa del Sol, however Marbella Unique Properties would like to recommend two in particular, where they speak various languages and offer a friendly and personalized service. Pointer Clinic, a veterinary clinic with branches in Marbella and Estepona, and over 25 years of experience, they speak Spanish, English, Dutch, Swedish, German and French. Another good clinic is “Zarpas y Bigotes”, located on Marbellas Golden Mile providing a full range of services for dogs and cats, from diagnostics, internal medicine to ophthalmology and surgery.


Most of the clinics offer a pet grooming parlor, you can also opt for a freelance groomer or a comfortable mobile grooming service with a van that comes right to your front door. Algalia – The veterinary consulting and canine hairdresser is excellently located, in El Corte Inglés shopping mall right in the heart of Puerto Banús.


In June 2017 the first two beaches for dogs opened in the Marbella area. About 250 linear meters of coastline in the area of El Pinillo in Marbella and Ventura del Mar in Puerto Banús were enabled for dogs and their owners use. The city council of Marbella is working on improving quality standards by installing fountains and showers on both beaches and are planning to install play areas and shade. The municipality of Marbella offers 20.000 square meters of impressive park areas for dogs. The first two areas, in “Parque Nagueles” on the Golden Mile (the biggest dog park in Andalucía) and in “Parque de Los Tres Jardines” in San Pedro town were open in 2013. By the end of 2016 four more dog areas were open in Las Chapas, on “Calle Palencia” in San Pedro town, on “Bulevar Ashmawi” and in “Parque de la Represa”, Marbella town.


Some veterinary clinics have their own shops offering products mostly for dogs and cats, but if you look for a wider product choice you can try “Mascota Planet” shop in San Pedro town, offering “all you need” for your dog, pet, parrot, turtle etc… Another excellent option is “Fred and Rita” pet shop in el Corte Inglés in Puerto Banús, right next to canine hairdresser. They sell everything from food right through to accessories, beds and toys.


If you are not a pet owner yet, but you love animals and would like to get involved in volunteering activities or you are considering adopting a pet, there are various charities in Marbella which deserve to be considered. Triple A in Marbella, an officially registered non-profit animal charity association are dedicated to taking care of the abandoned and abused animals and they offer various possibilities on how you can help: donations, sponsoring animals, involving children in virtual adoption, being a flight partner to help transport the adopted animals to their new life in foreign countries or being a dog walker (every Saturday from 9 am). Another charity organization on the Costa del Sol that operates a dog shelter is Adana in Estepona, a beautiful natural environment with many volunteering options.


Marbella Unique Properties are happy to offer you the best selection of pet friendly properties available for long and or short term rental in the Marbella areas:

A commercial unit in Marbella town centre

A commercial unit in Marbella town centre

Sale Price: 600.000€

  • Reference. 239-01088P
  • 412 m² Built

An ideal location for a new business in Marbella city centre, surrounded by restaurants, shops and all amenities whilst being approx. 200mtrs from the beach. This property is on the ground floor, ...

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A fantastic plot right in Marbella centre

A fantastic plot right in Marbella centre

Sale Price: 480.000€

  • Reference. 239-01087P

A great south facing plot in Marbella town centre, walking distance to all services set in a quiet well established residential area surrounded by villas. The plot boasts 600m2 with 40% build ability ...

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A stylish family villa in Marbella town centre

A stylish family villa in Marbella town centre

Sale Price: 1.295.000€Reduced from 1.395.000€

  • Reference. 239-01054P
  • 509 m² Built
  • 6 beds
  • 6 baths

This lovely home boasts 6 bedrooms and is extremely well located in Marbella town centre, close to all amenities and facilities. South facing, the villa is set on a good sized plot with a lovely ...

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Beautiful villa for sale close to the Piruli in Marbella town

Beautiful villa for sale close to the Piruli in Marbella town

Sale Price: 990.000€

  • Reference. 239-00568P
  • 250 m² Built
  • 5 beds
  • 3 baths

A lovely 5 bedroom villa located in Marbella town within walking distance to the beach and all amenities. Set on a spacious plot of 1.370m2 the villa offers 250m2 of construction on 2 levels. The property ...

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A huge commercial premises beachside in Marbella

A huge commercial premises beachside in Marbella

Sale Price: 1.500.000€Long Term 9.000€ per month

  • Reference. 239-00495P
  • 614 m² Built

This commercial premises offers over 600m2 built, with a basement and guest bathrooms in Marbella centre. The property was split and currently includes 2 divided commercial premises, both with ...

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Frontline beach commercial premises in Marbella

Frontline beach commercial premises in Marbella

Sale Price: 220.000€Reduced from 230.000€

  • Reference. 239-00459P
  • 95 m² Built

A spacious frontline beach commercial premises in Marbella town with panoramic sea views and walking distance to all amenities. The property offers 95m2 built on one level with a guest toilet and aprox ...

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