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

Nueva Andalucia, Stunning new 5 bedroom contemporary villa for sale in Los Naranjos Golf with sea views, private pool and double height ceilings

Stunning new 5 bedroom contemporary villa for sale in Los Naranjos Golf with sea views, private pool and double height ceilings

Ref. TMNV08122

  • 5 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 347 m² built
  • 1.031 m² plot

A truly stunning new property built to the highest quality standards, luxuriously finished and elegantly furnished. Sold as seen this contemporary home with 6m high ceilings in the main living areas sits in...

3,195,000 €

Spacious 3 bedroom ground floor apartment for sale in Urb Imara, Marbella Golden Mile, south facing with shared pool

Ref. TMXA0707

  • 3 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 200 m² built
  • 53 m² terrace

An immaculately presented ground floor apartment in a sought after gated complex within Sierra Blanca, one of Marbella´s most affluent residential suburbs. A modern light apartment with double height...

949,000 €

Stunning new 5 bedroom modern villa for sale beach-side in Elviria with glass panel private pool that illuminates the basement

Ref. TMXV0605

  • 5 beds
  • 445 m² built
  • 712 m² plot

A truly stunning project delivered by a team of Swedish architects and nearing completion in one of the prestigious beachside area of Elviria. Tucked away on a road which has access for just two properties,...

2,650,000 €

One level 5 bedroom rustic villa for sale in Fuente del Espanto, Nueva Andalucia with private garden and pool

Ref. TMXV0710

  • 5 beds
  • 536 m² built
  • 2.473 m² plot

Appreciate a true sense of the countryside with this immaculately presented single level traditional Andalucian style villa. The property sits in a beautiful secluded garden with private pool, chill out area...

999,000 €
Nueva Andalucia, Magnificent 3 bedroom duplex penthouse for sale in Magna Marbella, front line golf with 3 garage parking spaces

Magnificent 3 bedroom duplex penthouse for sale in Magna Marbella, front line golf with 3 garage parking spaces

Ref. TMNA0703

  • 3 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 263 m² built
  • 194 m² terrace

A luxurious modern penthouse with double height ceilings in the main living room, distributed over two levels offering three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, two of which have Jacuzzis, a separate guest...

1,240,000 €

Traditional 4 bedroom villa on a large plot in La Carolina, Marbella Golden Mile walking distance to amenities

Ref. TMXV0702

  • 4 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 170 m² built
  • 1.600 m² plot
  • 43 m² terrace

A large family villa situated in the prestigious La Carolina estate, in the heart of Marbella´s Golden Mile. This property sits on a large plot of 1600m2 with mature gardens, 30m2 garage and private pool....

1,350,000 €

2 bedroom ground floor apartment for sale in Port Oasis with direct access to the beach and promenade

Ref. TMXA0704

  • 2 beds
  • 2 baths

An excellent opportunity to buy an apartment in Port Oasis an unrivaled location, only 20 meters from one of the best beaches in Marbella. This apartment complex has direct access to the sandy beach next to...

415,000 €

Immaculate 3 bedroom apartment for sale in La Trinidad, Marbella Golden Mile, with sea views and community pool

Ref. TMXA0706

  • 3 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 198 m² built
  • 34 m² terrace

An elegant three bedroom apartment situated in the prestigious community of La Trinidad, located near the Royal Saudi palace, this location boasts one of the most exclusive postcodes in Marbella and has 24...

1,490,000 €
Reduced Marbella East, Elegant 6 bedroom villa for sale in El Rosario, sea views, private pool and independant studio apartment

Elegant 6 bedroom villa for sale in El Rosario, sea views, private pool and independant studio apartment

Ref. TMXV0603

  • 6 beds
  • 6 baths
  • 581 m² built
  • 1.000 m² plot

This traditional villa in El Rosario makes for the perfect large family home. With spacious rooms, a large outdoor covered terrace and organic shaped pool it´s luscious gardens help maintain a true sense of...

1,850,000 € - Reduced from 2,550,000 €
San Pedro de Alcantara, Modern off plan contemporary villa for sale in Balcon de San Pedro, with private pool

Modern off plan contemporary villa for sale in Balcon de San Pedro, with private pool

Ref. TMNV0920

  • 3 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 399 m² built
  • 705 m² plot

A new luxury villa that forms part of a collection of 3 bedroom modern villas, planned by renown developer in prime locations around Marbella´s urban landscape. This contemporary property offers it´s owner...

Reduced Marbella Golden Mile, Large 3 bedroom apartment for sale on the Golden Mile, Mansion Club, Marbella

Large 3 bedroom apartment for sale on the Golden Mile, Mansion Club, Marbella

Ref. TMRA0758

  • 3 beds
  • 2 baths
  • 184 m² built
  • 48 m² terrace

Stylish west facing apartment located the exclusive gated complex of Mansion Club, at the foot of La Concha Mountain close to Marbella town. This development was designed by the famous architect on the coast...

820,000 € - Reduced from 943,000 €