Many of us first experience Marbella as a magical holiday destination with perfect weather, fantastic scenery, great shops, tasty cuisine and the legendary Spanish nightlife, but more and more people are choosing to live the dream by making a permanent move to the area. With choices to suit all budgets, in locations that can be as central or as secluded as you wish, it's a chance to embrace a better quality of life and more a relaxed living experience for your retirement or even before, while if you want to invest, luxury real estate is an attractive option.
The Mediterranean climate means that the temperature is reasonable in both Summer and Winter, allowing residents to enjoy the stunning beaches all year round, in one of the most popular resorts on Spain's Costa del Sol. There is abundance of restaurants and entertainment choices, but those who live here head for the Plaza de los Naranjos “Orange Square” in the Old Town or plump for a table elsewhere on the beachfront. Marbella buzzes after dark, with lots of bars and clubs - locals love the prestigious district of Puerto José Banús, which is just the place for up-market shopping, spotting celebrities and luxury yachts, or for investors in search of luxury real estate.
International travel via nearby Málaga makes this a convenient hub, with airport shuttle buses, trains and rental cars providing links. Living here permanently will give you time to explore the surrounding hills and the snowy reaches of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, with its riches of wildlife. Bird watchers can indulge their hobby in the Doñana national park, where wetlands welcome migrating birds, and where the lack of roads makes it a joy for walkers.
Its extensive population throughout the year enables facilities to remain open, making Marbella a favourite with property investors, and offering opportunities to snap up luxury real estate. The proximity of Seville, Granada, Gilbraltar and Morocco increases its attraction to buyers, while those who make the town their home will enjoy its good standard of public services, and amenities such as the many golf courses in the region around it.
Despite its lively reputation, the area is more traditionally Andalusian than it first appears, and you'll be able to discover and explore this side of it at a leisurely pace. There are plenty of opportunities to make friends, with over a hundred other nationalities living here and waiting to welcome you. Grandchildren and children will love the sandy beaches, water parks and other activities along this stretch, with the reassuring presence of the life guards who patrol all twenty-four beaches along twenty-seven kilometres of coastline.
Whether you decide on a holiday-home or full-time residency, you'll soon feel right at home in this stylish and thriving resort, where it's also possible to find peace and quiet. You're assured of a welcome from locals and ex-pats from the UK, other European countries and elsewhere, and even from the weather! And you won't be lonely because not surprisingly, you'll be number one on everyone's visiting list.
Marbella Golden Mile: Living in one of Europe's best addresses
Marbella ticks all the right boxes when it comes to luxury living along the Mediterranean coast, making it consistently one of the most popular real estate choices, and its Golden Mile is the icing on the cake. It more than lives up to its name, offering a glittering lifestyle that includes access to top attractions like the prestigious and elegant Marbella Club Hotel, set in prize-winning gardens of exceptional beauty, and Puente Romano, named as best Spanish resort by Condé Nast. Stretching for five kilometres from the city's Eastern tip at one end, and as far as Rio Verde in the other direction, this playground to the rich and famous boasts exclusive real estate that allows residents to live the dream, and provides investors with opportunities that are, like its pristine sands and annual sunshine record, golden indeed. Click here to view all our properties on the Golden Mile.
Puerto Banús: The Jewel on The Crown of Marbella
On a coast where glittering resorts and prestigious developments vie with each other for maximum prestige, and to offer the best luxury real estate, Puerto Banus is simply superior. None can match its wealth, designer shops, exclusive nightlife, and the beauty of its beach and surrounding scenery. Expensive cars and luxury yachts signify the presence of the rich and famous, making it a favourite place for celebrity-spotting. With its international reputation, this most famous of resorts world-wide utilises its prime location to provide quality real estate only six kilometres south west of Marbella itself. An added bonus is its proximity to several superb golf courses with their own outstanding complexes, such as Nueva Andalucía. Add to all this a laid-back Mediterranean life-style, blessed with a sub-tropical climate all year round, and it's easy to see its attraction for investors. Click here to view all our properties in Puerto Banús.
La Zagaleta: Luxury in an Idyllic Setting
Considered to be one of Europe's most exclusive Resorts, La Zagaleta is set among 2,200 acres of pure natural beauty. Oak trees and firs rise from the valley floors, and crystal-clear streams trickle down from the Sierra Bermeja Mountains, which form a stunning backdrop to this prestigious private club. Look in another direction, and the vista becomes that of the blue Mediterrean (with North Africa and Gilbraltar visible on a clear day), or the lush green that covers the private golf courses of Club del Campo. All this can be seen from the tasteful and luxurious villas that so enchant visitors, where careful spacing ensures that nothing can interrupt the views from a private terrace or pool. Buyers can inspect plots and begin to indulge their dreams straightaway, making this one of the most advantageous realestate sites in a region that is already rich with investment opportunities. Click here to view all our properties in La Zagaleta.
Nueva Andalucía: Golf and Luxury Real Estate in the Perfect Setting
The area of Nueva Andalucia sits close to the marina of lively Puerto Banús, and within this, luxurious villas and stunning apartments make up the residences of Golf Valley. The climate of the Costa del Sol makes it ideal for golfers, and this is simply the best, making it an ideal choice if you're looking for luxury real estate. The lush valley offers enthusiasts three championship golf courses in Los Naranjos, Las Brisas and Aloha, giving residents and visitors wonderful views from their windows, and of course, the chance to get out there and play. Families also love the parkland homes with their entertainments and games rooms, and other facilites such as wine cellars. The proximity and quick access to Marbella itself, with its beautiful beaches, nightlife and beach clubs, is another draw for all ages, while nature-lovers will be thrilled by the wild life and breath-taking scenery all around them. Click here to view all our properties in Nueva Andalucía.
El Rosario: A Real Paradise in Eastern Marbella
El Rosario is a compact area on the Costa del Sol, ten minutes away by car from Marbella's old town, or just five from the larger area of Elviria. Consisting of two zones, the beach side has modern apartments, penthouses and elegant villas, which offer stupendous views over the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean, and the convenience of being close to the seaside and all of its amenities. On the other side of the coast road and slightly further from the shoreline, many of the townhouses and luxury villas have sea views, with the advantage of good sports facilities close by. El Rosario is a good spot for families or couples to buy a home, combining the peace of the location with the liveliness of the nearby town, and with some superior dwellings having views over a tranquil section of the sandy coast. Within El Rosario, there are several sub-areas including El Rosario istelf, Río Real, Santa Clara, Los Monteros and Bahía de Marbella... Click here to view all our properties in El Rosario.
Elviria: Enjoying the Summer Vibes All Year
The popular area of Elviria is situated a few kilometres East of central Marbella on Spain's glitzy Costa del Sol. An urban district with a village feel, it has its own post office, town hall and even schools, and includes affordable apartments for families. With some of its properties and hotels being an easy walk to the sea, it's the ideal location for a second home, with quality real estate for investors, and luxury accommodation set high enough to afford breathtaking views over the Mediterranean. Shops, restaurants, tapas bars, bakeries and beach clubs give visitors everything they need without going too far, including supermarkets where they can stock up twenty-four hours a day. Fuengirola is the nearest railway station, while Málaga airport, with its excellent connections, is just forty-five minutes away by car. The area consists of several sub-areas such as Elviria itself, Hacienda Las Chapas, Marbesa, La Mairena and Cabopino...Click here to view all our properties in Elviria.