Marbella offers so much to so many!
Beautiful climate with eternal sun throughout the year, stunning beaches, discerning restaurants, lively nightlife, boutique shops, and a secure modern infrastructure.
Marbella has many high-quality golf courses, all within easy driving distance, and for the ski enthusiasts, an easy two hours driving will take you to the resort of Sierra Nevada that opens on 1st December and closes at the end of April each year.
Marbella is ideally situated for two airports, Málaga and Gibraltar, and is within easy reach of most cities in Northern Europe.
The old town (el Casco Antiguo) of Marbella is charming, with narrow, centuries old pedestrian alleyways, leading to a variety of boutique shops and secret hidden restaurants and bars. You can also find the ruins of a Moorish castle, Marbella’s old town church, Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion, and many authentic centuries old homes.
There are many different types of property available to buy in Marbella and it’s surroundings, and of course here, you can find the affluent address of the ‘Golden Mile’.
To the East of Marbella, can be found beautiful beaches with a multitude of picturesque sand dunes and a wide variety of beach bars (chiringuitos) with a truly authentic Spanish flavour. Although the lifestyle here is slightly gentler than the centre of Marbella, there are still many excellent restaurants, hotels, sports facilities and international schools available.
Puerto Banús is located in the Nueva Andalucía suburb of Marbella, just 6km to the west of the town centre. Puerto Banús was in fact designed and built in 1970 by local property developer José Banús as a luxury marina and elegant shopping complex.
It is now world famous for its luxury yachts, cars, and designer boutiques. The weekly market is held every Saturday and is really popular, as there are many bargains to be found amongst the huge variety of stalls.
Puerto Banús is known as the Costa del Sol’s playground for the rich and wealthy who flock here for the beaches, the beach clubs and the buzzing nightlife. If you enjoy people watching, this is the place to be!
There are many high-quality apartments and villas here, 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 is located on the inland side of Puerto Banús. It is an affluent residential area with many fine villas and urbanisations, surrounded by a number of quality golf courses such as Las Brisas, Los Naranjos, Aloha and La Quinta, and therefore often referred to as the ‘Golf Valley’.
There are convenient small commercial centres sprinkled throughout Nueva Andalucía and several gourmet restaurants to choose from. Here there is a sound infrastructure, and many facilities are on offer including various sports, 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
The working Spanish town of San Pedro de Alcántara is located just 10 kilometres west of Marbella, and 2 kilometres west of Puerto Banús, yet is just a few minutes away from the natural beauty of the Sierra de Ronda mountain range and 20 km from the town of Estepona.
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.
Estepona is one of the few coastal towns that has succeeded in maintaining its pueblo charm and character. 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.
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 photographers. You will find bars and small shops in Estepona, where you’d least expect them, 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 lots of bargains to be found. There are many 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, and trail with rickety suspension bridges and the longest zip-line in Europe.
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 about 60 minutes.
To many Andalucíans, native and expatriate alike, Benahavís is synonymous with food. It has the highest concentration of high-class restaurants in the region and draws visitors by their thousands who come simply to savour the cuisine. In spite of this, it has remained remarkably unspoiled, with winding narrow streets ill-suited to the motor car, and a picturesqueness that almost makes it seem like a specially-created film set.
Its Moorish heritage is emphasised by the existence nearby of the ruined 11th Century castle of Montemayor. As its name implies, this Arab stronghold squats 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, tennis courts, public swimming pool, 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, but actually within the municipality of San Roque in Cádiz Province, is Sotogrande, one of the most luxurious sports and residential developments in Europe. Its 2,500 hectares (6,178 acres) encompass all the amenities you could imagine to complement the polo, golf and beach clubs, world class marina, and incredible bars and restaurants. All this makes Sotogrande a unique experience for residents and visitors alike.
Sotogrande is approximately 30 minutes 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. It is well known for its polo ground where there are often international matches, and the high-quality golf course of Valderrama, a Ryder Cup venue, is just down the road. 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.
There are some beautiful elegant homes to be found here, as well as some exclusive contemporary developments.