Marbella needs little introduction. An internationally renowned Mediterranean resort on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, offering so much more than just beautiful beaches, Marbella has grown into a dynamic and exciting luxury resort while retaining its unique, authentically Andalusian character. With a superb stretch of prime coastline, golf, three leisure ports, yachting, a multitude of sports, fine gastronomy, designer shopping and enticing sophisticated nightlife, buzzing Puerto Banús, the quaint Old Town, and a unique, sunny climate for enjoying outdoor living, Marbella simply has it all.
Steadily growing since the 1950s, the resort has always been a magnet for high society, offering a unique microclimate, stunning scenery and a vibrant international crowd. With attractions for all age groups and nationalities, and a stunning selection of beachside, town and golf properties – villas, townhouses, apartments and countryside fincas – for holiday homes or permanent residence, Marbella has become home to a thriving and dynamic international population.
The geography of Marbella, protected by the stunning La Concha mountain, confers a unique microclimate on the resort, with more than 300 days of sunshine throughout the year and mild winter temperatures. Where better to live for fresh air quality and year-round sunshine?
Modern Mediterranean Living
The enviable climate – coupled with a wide range of attractions including stunning beaches, trendy beach clubs, fine Spanish and international gastronomy, with a huge range of quality restaurants, lively nightlife, designer shopping, a charming Old Town and a secure modern infrastructure, are key attractions – appealing to the large population of second home owners, or international residents opting to buy into a unique and enviable lifestyle.
Golf & Sports
Marbella has many high-quality golf courses, all within easy driving distance, and golf is a key attraction for many wishing to make the resort their chosen place of residence. Tennis and paddle tennis are very popular in the area, and with a plethora of sports facilities to choose from, including those of the many 5- star hotels & resorts, with state-of-the-art gymnasiums and spas. The beaches offer watersports and sailing is also popular. Many of the new properties on offer also offer superb communal or private sports facilities, along with gorgeous outdoor and indoor swimming pools.
Skiing & Outdoor Life
For the ski enthusiast, an easy two-hour drive will take you to the resort of Sierra Nevada – Europe’s sunniest ski resort, which opens from December to April annually for exhilarating action on and off piste.
Ideal for the outdoor exercise enthusiast, Marbella has walking and hiking routes in the foothills of La Sierra Blanca mountains as well as the recently inaugurated “senda litoral”, the glorious wooden boardwalk for walking, adding to the possibilities for walking, strolling or jogging.
Marbella has a charming historical centre – the Casco Antiguo) or Old Town, an atmospheric labyrinth of narrow, centuries-old pedestrian alleyways, leading to a variety of boutique shops and quaint restaurants and bars just waiting to be discovered. Here you also find the ruins of a Moorish castle, the old City Walls and many authentic characterful homes – some of which are available to purchase, offering a unique living experience in the heart of the city.
Marbella is ideally situated for two airports, Málaga and Gibraltar, and is within easy reach of most cities in Northern Europe.
World renowned as a luxury leisure port, Puerto Banús is located next to the Nueva Andalucía suburb of Marbella, just 6km to the west of the Marbella town centre. Puerto Banús was designed and built in 1970 by local property developer José Banús as a luxury marina and elegant shopping complex.
Having celebrated its 50th anniversary, Puerto Banús is now world-renowned as a luxury leisure port where literally millions of visitors flock annually to enjoy the spectacle of luxury yachts, cars, and designer boutiques, international restaurants, and night-life.
A weekly market is held every Saturday and is enduringly popular, with residents and visitors alike as they browse the many stalls for clothes, shoes, food and toys.
There are many high-quality apartments and villas in the Puerto Banús area, and with the marina in the foreground and La Concha mountain as a backdrop, the total effect is stunning.
Nueva Andalucía is the largest neighbourhood within the municipality of Marbella, and home to some of the area’s finest properties, at the most prestigious addresses.
The Golf Valley
Located just inland from Puerto Banús, this sought-after, affluent residential area with many fine villas and urbanisations, is home to a number of top-quality golf courses such as Las Brisas, Los Naranjos, Aloha and La Quinta, and frequently referred to as the ‘The Golf Valley’. Here you will find some of the most impressive villas in Marbella, along with beautiful complexes of apartments and townhouses, with magnificent sea and mountain views.
Buzzing Social Scene
Adding to the attraction of the area is a thriving social scene, with a variety of
shopping and commercial centres sprinkled throughout Nueva Andalucía with a wide range of gourmet restaurants and attractive bars and cafés to choose from.
The area offers sound infrastructure, and a wide range of facilities including sports centres, beauty salons, international schools and medical centres.
Nueva Andalucía is ideally situated within walking distance of Puerto Banús and the many restaurants and clubs, and all the local beaches are easily accessible.
SAN PEDRO DE ALCÁNTARA
Part of the municipality of Marbella includes the bustling town of San Pedro de Alcántara which retains much of its authentic Spanish ambience. Located just 10 kilometres west of Marbella, and 2 kilometres west of Puerto Banús, the town is located at the beginning of the beautiful Ronda road, and has the stunning backdrop of the Sierra de Ronda mountains.
The town has become increasingly popular in the last few years with both holidaymakers and foreign residents. The area is divided by the main coastal road; on the inland side is the Old Town with its narrow, cobbled streets and tiny local stores, and on the beachside are the new urbanisations, long stretches of beach, and a charming beachside promenade that is home to some excellent beach bars.
An original footbridge, of striking design, and a modern urban park were recently built between the beaches and the town, breathing new life into the town’s leisurely landscape. There are several quality hotels in San Pedro, and all are within easy driving distance of a variety of high-quality golf courses.
Estepona is one of the few coastal towns that has succeeded in maintaining its charm and character as a pueblo, or village. Notwithstanding, all the tourist facilities are here, including tasteful hotels, restaurants, shops, and leisure and cultural activities. It is located on the coast between Marbella and Sotogrande and is served by the main coast road and also the peaje (toll) road that runs between Malága and Sotogrande.
A Colourful Pueblo
The numerous street cafes and tapas bars still serve traditional Spanish delicacies. In the ‘Old Town’ the steep, narrow streets are pedestrianised and decorated with different coloured flower pots, making it a delight for photographs. Some striking murals have also been painted on various buildings adding colour and vitality to the town centre. You will find bars and small shops in Estepona, tucked into narrow streets and squares, all very inviting and friendly.
Estepona has an authentic fishing marina at the western end and there is a weekly Sunday market held here, with many stalls to browse. There is a host of new tasteful property developments being constructed in the Estepona area, and the infrastructure of the town reflects this trend.
On the, Marbella side of Estepona, you can find Selwo Adventure Park, a one million-square-metre animal park. The attraction is so extensive that you’ll visit many of the enclosures in the park’s camouflaged off-road vehicles, getting superb views of white rhinos, Bengal tigers, zebras, lions and giraffes in semi-captivity. Selwo Aventure also packs in camel rides, a petting zoo, trails with rickety suspension bridges and the longest zip-line in Europe.
On the beachside, there are many beach bars and restaurants, and east of the town on the New Golden Mile you will find several 4- & 5-star hotels, luxury properties. To the west, you will find golf courses, shops and a renowned Equestrian centre.
Benahavís is located close to Marbella, and is well-known as an impressive destination of international repute. Benahavís is crossed by three rivers, Guadalmina, Guadaiza and Guadalmansa, and has excellent road connections to Málaga airport which can be reached in 60 minutes. Benahavís village has retained much of its original charm, while the municipality takes in some of the most exclusive property in the area, with La Zagaleta private estate, and a plethora of beautiful new and classic residences between the Benahavís road and the Ronda road. Forming part of the so-called “Golden Triangle” of luxury property on the Costa del Sol, Benahavís is a coveted residential area offering the very best in modern Mediterranean living.
To many locals, native and expatriates alike, Benahavís village is synonymous with eating out. The pueblo has the highest concentration of high-class restaurants in the region and draws visitors by their thousands who come simply to savour the cuisine. Retaining much of its original Andalusian charm, Benahavís is an exemplary “white village” with winding narrow streets, mostly pedestrianized and a picturesque quality that could easily be a specially-created film set. With art galleries and an annual art fair, Benahavís also has one of the best outdoor rastros, or flea-markets in the area with stalls selling unique items.
Its Moorish heritage is emphasised by the existence nearby of the ruined 11th Century castle of Montemayor. As its name implies, this Arab stronghold sits on top of the highest mountain in the locality, and anyone wishing to make the climb to visit the ruins and experience the truly sensational views of the coastline should be prepared for a strenuous but rewarding effort.
Benahavís has many facilities to offer, as well as a spa resort hotel, golf & equestrian resort, tennis courts, public swimming pool, hiking and walking routes, river swimming and the most stunning views of mountains and sea, all of this making it a really desirable place to live.
At the western end of Malaga’s Costa del Sol, within the municipality of San Roque in Cádiz Province, sits Sotogrande, one of the most luxurious sports and residential developments in Europe. Comprising 2,500 hectares (6,178 acres) the resort of Sotogrande encompasses all the amenities you could imagine to complement the polo, golf and beach clubs, world class marina, and superb bars restaurants and cafés. All this makes Sotogrande a unique place to experience a top-class leisurely lifestyle for residents and visitors alike.
Golf, Polo, Yachting & More
Sotogrande is approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Marbella and is a peaceful luxurious resort, with many permanent residents as well as summer visitors, it is also within easy reach of Gibraltar airport. Well-known for its polo grounds where there are international tournaments in summer, Sotogrande is also home to several key golf courses, including the championship golf course of Valderrama, a Ryder Cup venue.
As well as these attractions in Sotogrande itself, the locality offers many other fascinating places to explore and visit, such as Sanlucar for the beach horse racing in August, Jerez for the sherry and brandy bodegas, and, for the sporty types, wind and kite surfing in Tarifa, the windsurf capital of Europe.
Accordingly, there are some superb properties on offer in Sotogrande; elegant villas in wide, palm-lined avenues, portside penthouse apartments, smart townhouses, as well as a range of exclusive contemporary developments.