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

New Listing Nueva Andalucia, Magnificent modern villa in a peaceful and private setting for sale in Aloha, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Magnificent modern villa in a peaceful and private setting for sale in Aloha, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXV08143

  • 5 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 514 m² built
  • 1.307 m² plot

This unique contemporary home blends inventive modern design with high-quality elements to create a functional use of space. Luxury and comfort are highlighted throughout the property combining character,...

2,149,000 €
New Listing Nueva Andalucia, Modern and elegant villa with phenomenal panoramic views for sale in Los Naranjos, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Modern and elegant villa with phenomenal panoramic views for sale in Los Naranjos, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXV08142

  • 5 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 934 m² built
  • 1.501 m² plot
  • 250 m² terrace

Nestled in the heart of the Golf Valley this spacious and sophisticated villa bestows refined living with cutting-edge finishes against a spectacular backdrop. Distributed over 3 levels with a functional...

3,300,000 €
New Listing Nueva Andalucia, Impressive modern villa with panoramic sea and mountain views for sale in La Cerquilla, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Impressive modern villa with panoramic sea and mountain views for sale in La Cerquilla, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXV08140

  • 5 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 592 m² built
  • 1.350 m² plot

This contemporary home is located in the heart of the Golf Valley in Marbella. Boasting breathtaking views down to the Mediterranean and the African coastline the property was recently fully refurbished....

2,995,000 €

Elegant and stunning villa for sale in the highly prestigious Marbella Hill Club, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMXV0709

  • 5 beds
  • 7 baths
  • 670 m² built
  • 5.000 m² plot
  • 150 m² terrace

Ideally located in the highly sought after neighbourhood of Marbella Hill Club this luxury villa was completely renovated in 2017. Combining timeless architecture with maximum comfort the home is spacious...

5,500,000 €

Sensational villa in an unbeatable location in Las Brisas, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXV08141

  • 4 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 535 m² built
  • 1.376 m² plot
  • 60 m² terrace

In a quiet and peaceful cul de sac this wonderful property sits on an ample plot of 1.376 m². This elegantly presented spacious home is filled with natural light and boasts high-end finishes and stylish...

2,470,000 €

Spectacular luxury contemporary villa for sale in Parcelas del Golf, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXV08139

  • 6 beds
  • 6 baths
  • 347 m² built
  • 1.112 m² plot
  • 207 m² terrace

Located in one of the most coveted areas of Marbella, this stunning villa has recently been meticulously refurbished. With a luminous and spacious floor plan that exemplifies modern living, the villa...

1,990,000 €

Stately and elegant villa with panoramic views for sale in Sierra Blanca, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMXV0708

  • 7 beds
  • 7 baths
  • 1.083 m² built
  • 2.201 m² plot

This superb colonial style villa is ideally located in the highly prestigious residential area of Sierra Blanca. Nestled in the foothills of the mountain range bearing its namesake, the property has...

4,900,000 €

Unique 2nd line beach luxury villa for sale in Guadalmina Baja, San Pedro de Alcantara

Ref. TMXV1003

  • 5 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 665 m² built
  • 3.060 m² plot
  • 168 m² terrace

Located in the much sought after neighbourhood of Guadalmina Baja, this spectacular villa is spacious and sophisticated. The property boasts elegant entertaining and living spaces that flow seamlessly...

4,300,000 €

Stunning architectural villa for sale in the highly prestigious neighbourhood of Cascada de Camojan, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMXV0706

  • 6 beds
  • 6 baths
  • 712 m² built
  • 1.091 m² plot

In an unparalleled location, this bold masterpiece by renowned architect Maurice Sainz blends architectural perfection with the highest standards of engineering. Designed to make the most of the lush...

4,500,000 €

Exceptional contemporary beachside villa for sale in La Pepina, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXV08138

  • 6 beds
  • 6 baths
  • 747 m² built
  • 1.210 m² plot
  • 276 m² terrace

Designed with an architectural style using geometrical elements and clean simple lines this unique villa is a true gem. Blending the versatility and appeal of natural stone with modern materials such as...

5,450,000 €

Exclusive and elegant villa for sale in Rocio de Nagüeles, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMXV0705

  • 4 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 411 m² built
  • 1.166 m² plot
  • 144 m² terrace

In a truly privileged location on the Golden Mile, this villa is an architectural tour de force. Built with clean, sweeping lines throughout to create an infinite feeling of space the home has a sleek modern...

1,750,000 €