Marbella area guide

One of Europe’s best-known and most glamorous destinations, Marbella has an excellent year-round climate, well-developed tourism infrastructure, and a much in-demand property market, both for purchase and rental, among national and foreign clients.

Marbella view

The municipality of Marbella is home to nearly 150,000 people, centered in and around the coastal cities of San Pedro de Alcántara and Marbella itself, as well as in the areas of Nueva Andalucía and Las Chapas.

Lying to the east of Estepona and west of Mijas, and bordering the villages of Benahavís, Istán, and Ojén inland, Marbella covers an area of close to 117 square kilometres, including 29 kilometers of Mediterranean coastline and reaching an altitude of more than 1,200 metres at the summit of La Concha, its iconic peak.

The city of Marbella is 57 kilometres from the provincial capital, Malaga, and is connected via the A7 highway and AP7 toll road. Malaga’s Pablo Ruíz Picasso International Airport (AGP) is just 45 kilometres away.

Marbella ld Town

The city has two distinct areas: the historic old town (casco antiguo) – with Roman, Moorish, and Christian remains, whitewashed and cobbled streets, beautiful squares, like the Plaza de los Naranjos, local museums, and boutiques; and the modern extension (ensanche), built since the 1960s, that stretches down to the sea, via the botanical garden in the Alameda and sculpture-lined Avenida del Mar, and along the coast on both sides.

The Golden Mile

Marbella’s exclusive Golden Mile is actually 6.4 kilometres (4 miles) long, starting at the western boundary of the town and running along the coast to Puerto Banús. Home to many of Marbella’s most famous residents and some stunning properties, it is also the site of hotels like the Meliá Don Pepe and Puente Romano. Development began in the 1950s when Prince Alfonso de Hohenlohe established the Marbella Club and, today, it remains the most sought-after address among the seriously rich. The social scene revolves around its chichi beach clubs and fine-dining restaurants, while big-name boutiques are stocked with the latest fashion. The property selection goes from apartments and townhouses in pueblo communities near the beach, with prices from 250,000€, to contemporary and classically designed mansions in premium areas like Sierra Blanca and Cascada de Camoján where, if you need to ask the price, you probably can’t afford it.

Puerto Banús

Located west of the Rio Verde river and south of Nueva Andalucía, Puerto Banús is a luxury recreation of a Mediterranean coastal village, centred around its celebrated marina. The playground of the conspicuously wealthy, it is filled with private yachts, expensive supercars, and beautiful people who spend their time and money in its upscale boutiques, international restaurants, and lively bars and clubs, making it the ideal place to see and be seen. The area’s housing stock is mostly made up of apartments, ranging in size from pied à terres to sizeable duplex penthouses, in low-rise, compact developments, many enjoying views over the marina, while a few, high-end seafront villas line the beach to the west. Prices range from 250,000€ to the millions.

Nueva Andalucía

Popularly known as Golf Valley, Nueva Andalucía stands on a hillside stretching from the coast road to the toll highway, encompassing parts of Marbella and Benahavís municipalities. The area has lots of facilities for sports lovers, including three championship golf courses: Las Brisas, Los Naranjos, and Aloha, and the Manolo Santana Racquets Club. It is also well served with other amenities, like the Centro Plaza shopping and leisure complex, Casino Marbella, and a up-market selection of smaller shops, restaurants, bars, and hotels. The housing market ranges from apartments and penthouses, some in gated communities, starting at less than 200,000€ to single-family villas in high-end developments with front-line golf and Mediterranean views.

San Pedro de Alcántara

Surrounded by the mountains of the Sierra Blanca to the east, Sierra Real to the north, and Sierra Bermeja to the west, San Pedro occupies a fertile valley that runs from the toll highway to the sea, 10 kilometres from Marbella. With a population of 35,000 and a quieter, more relaxed feel than its neighbour, San Pedro town is divided into two distinct areas: the historic centre, full of local shops, tapas bars, and pretty squares, and the more modern district reaching from the coast road to the beach, with its restaurants and 5-km. promenade. Properties start from 200,000€ for apartments with pools and gardens near the golf courses of Guadalmina Alta to spacious beachfront estates that can cost into the millions.

Guadalmina Baja

To the west of San Pedro, bordered by the Arroyo del Chopo to the east and the Rio Guadalmina to the west, Guadalmina Baja reaches inland from the sea past the N340 road, surrounded by the fairways of Guadalmina Golf Club, home to the Costa del Sol’s second oldest course. Originally developed in the late 1950s, the area grew up around the four-star Hotel Guadalmina Spa and Golf Resort and is known for its quiet sense of luxury.
The neighbourhood’s numbered streets are lined with high-end apartments and townhouses in gated communities, starting from around 400,000€, and imposing seafront mansions, with prices to match, on large plots with direct beach access.

Marbella East

Stretching 12 kilometres from the town’s eastern boundary, from the Rio Real area, with its three golf courses – Rio Real, Santa Clara, and the Marbella Golf and Country Club – to the pretty marina of Cabopino, Marbella East is less developed than the western side, but still boasts a number of high-end villa urbanizations such as Los Monteros, Las Chapas, and Marbesa. The area is also home to some of Marbella’s best beaches, with plenty of chiringuitos to chose from on the sands. The property selection includes everything from apartments in Los Altos de Marbella to building plots in Elviria and El Rosario, with prices from the low 200,000€s to huge seafront residences in Los Monteros with multi-million-euro price tags.


Properties in Marbella

Reduced Nueva Andalucia, Senstational contemporary villa for sale in Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Senstational contemporary villa for sale in Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXV08120

  • 5 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 480 m² built
  • 985 m² plot
  • 149 m² terrace

Located in a prestigious area in the heart of the golf valley this home epitomizes modern elegance and refined living. Beautifully set amidst a meticulously manicured garden, the villa is truly an oasis of...

2,450,000 € - Reduced from 2,750,000 €
New Listing Marbella Golden Mile, Fabulous plot for sale in Cascada de Camojan, Marbella

Fabulous plot for sale in Cascada de Camojan, Marbella

Ref. TMXP0710

  • 3.000 m² plot

This spectacular plot located in the exclusive neighborhood of Cascada de Camojan has plans for an elegant and contemporary residence of 1,294 m2 designed by the acclaimed architect Cesar de Leyva Sobrado....

3,100,000 €
New
Development
Nueva Andalucia, Contemporary and elegant villa for sale in Parcelas del Golf, Nueva Andalucia

Contemporary and elegant villa for sale in Parcelas del Golf, Nueva Andalucia

Ref. TMNV08125

  • 5 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 650 m² built
  • 1.523 m² plot
  • 201 m² terrace

Located in the heart of the golf valley this luxury villa has been built with modern elegance in mind. Within a gated community offering 24hr security and tennis courts, this home is near to all amenities as...

3,750,000 €
Frontline
Golf
Nueva Andalucia, Brand new contemporary villa for sale in La Cerquilla Nueva Andalucia

Brand new contemporary villa for sale in La Cerquilla Nueva Andalucia

Ref. TMNV08124

  • 5 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 638 m² built
  • 842 m² plot
  • 260 m² terrace

Modern villa situated in La Cerquilla in Nueva Andalucía, one of the most sought-after areas in the golf valley. The property is distributed over 3 levels; the main living areas are of open plan design, a...

1,900,000 €
New
Development
Nueva Andalucia, Beautiful turn key villa for sale in Las Brisas, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Beautiful turn key villa for sale in Las Brisas, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMNV0899

  • 4 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 494 m² built
  • 1.056 m² plot

A beautiful recently renovated property for sale overlooking Las Brisas golf course in the heart of Nueva Andalucia. Distributed over 2 levels the ground floor comprises, impressive entrance hall leading to...

2,995,000 €
New
Development
Marbella Golden Mile, Futuristic modern villa for sale in Nagueles, Sierra Blanca, Marbella Golden Mile

Futuristic modern villa for sale in Nagueles, Sierra Blanca, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMNV0898

  • 6 beds
  • 7 baths
  • 1.050 m² built
  • 2.024 m² plot
  • 654 m² terrace

A brand new stunning futuristic designer villa for sale situated in Nagueles, Marbella Golden Mile, with fabulous sea views. The ground floor comprises impressive double-height entrance hall leading to a...

6,900,000 €
Reduced Marbella East, Recently renovated 5 bedroom villa for sale in the gated complex of El Rosario in Marbella

Recently renovated 5 bedroom villa for sale in the gated complex of El Rosario in Marbella

Ref. TMXV06100

  • 5 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 437 m² built
  • 1.161 m² plot
  • 150 m² terrace

A superbly presented villa standing elevated within the gated complex of El Rosario, a private residence of private villas only 6 km from Marbella centre and the best beaches on the Costa del Sol. This...

1,700,000 € - Reduced from 1,850,000 €
New
Development
Marbella East, Stunning 4 bedroom villa for sale in Elviria, Marbella East, with panoramic sea views

Stunning 4 bedroom villa for sale in Elviria, Marbella East, with panoramic sea views

Ref. TMXV0699

  • 4 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 376 m² built
  • 1.006 m² plot

Fantastic family villa situated in the sought after residence of Elviria, only 6 km away from the best beaches of the Costa del Sol and Marbella city centre. The professional Santa Maria Golf course is a few...

1,950,000 €

Bungalow style villa for sale in Guadalmina Alta, close to the golf course and private swimming pool

Ref. TMXV0950

  • 3 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 276 m² built
  • 652 m² plot
  • 36 m² terrace

A single level villa situated in the heart of Guadalmina Alta´s popular Golf resort, a stone´s throw away from all amenities, the beach, Puerto Banus and Marbella. The property is distributed over one level...

685,000 €
Reduced San Pedro de Alcantara, 4 bedroom villa for sale, front line golf, Guadalmina Alta, Marbella

4 bedroom villa for sale, front line golf, Guadalmina Alta, Marbella

Ref. TMXV0949

  • 4 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 410 m² built
  • 555 m² plot
  • 80 m² terrace

This family villa is situated in Guadalmina Alta on a superb location overlooking the 5th hole of Guadalmina Golf Course. The property is presented in immaculate condition and built to high standards,...

875,000 € - Reduced from 930,000 €

Elegant 5 bedroom villa for sale in Las Lomas del Marbella Club, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMNV0773

  • 5 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 430 m² built
  • 975 m² plot

This modern villa is situated in the prestigious area of Las lomas de Marbella Club, and exclusive location situated on the Golden Mile only a few minutes from Marbella centre and Puerto Banus. This majestic...

2,500,000 €