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

Classic villa for sale with magnificent sea views in el Rosario in Marbella

Ref. TMXV0606

  • 4 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 311 m² built
  • 1.390 m² plot
  • 84 m² terrace

This villa stands elevated in the established complex of el Rosario in Marbella, a residential estate of privately owned villas only 8km from Marbella centre and all the amenities, bars and restaurants this...

1,650,000 €
Marbella East, Brand new modern villa for sale in Marbella east, with spectacular views of the sea

Brand new modern villa for sale in Marbella east, with spectacular views of the sea

Ref. TMXV0707

  • 5 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 600 m² built
  • 1.100 m² plot

This brand new villa is situated in the residential area of Artola, a great location positioned only 5 minutes from Marbella centre and the beach, with all amenities and conveniences available nearby. The...

1,850,000 €

Development opportunity in green residential suburb in Nueva Andalucia, walking distance to amenities

Ref. TMXV0802

  • 110 m² built
  • 468 m² plot

A well located plot with existing house for demolition in Nueva Andalucia, offering a building percentage 40% according to 1986 PGOU. Nueva Andalucia is ideally located very close to Puerto Banus and...

467,000 €

Immaculate Andalusian villa for sale in Nueva Andalucia, modernized interiors and private pool, walking distance to Puerto Banus

Ref. TMRV0801

  • 4 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 323 m² built
  • 957 m² plot

A lovely property that exudes the charm of a traditional Andalusian house yet has been reformed internally to offer an open plan modern home. Retaining it´s pretty original features like the courtyard...

1,490,000 €

Plot for sale in Nueva Andalucia, very close to Puerto Banus and Marbella

Ref. TMRP08001

  • 110 m² built
  • 468 m² plot

This plot is for sale in the established estate of Nueva Andalucía, very close the popular area of Puerto Banus in Marbella. A luxurious place highly sought after offering a range of bars and restaurants...

467,000 €

Large family villa for sale in Casablanca, Marbella walking distance to amenities with private pool

Ref. TMXV0801

  • 7 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 244 m² built
  • 640 m² plot
  • 72 m² terrace

Recently built traditional mediterranean villa located in the coveted suburb of Casablanca, ideally situated between Marbella and Puerto Banus, this beach side location offers walking access to amenities and...

2,200,000 €
San Pedro de Alcantara, New 5 bedroom villa for sale in Cortijo Blanco, San Pedro de Alcantara, close to amenities with private pool

New 5 bedroom villa for sale in Cortijo Blanco, San Pedro de Alcantara, close to amenities with private pool

Ref. TMXV0945

  • 5 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 558 m² built
  • 800 m² plot

Recently completed this large family villa is ideally located close to the sea and amenities in one of Marbella´s prestigious beach side suburbs. A solid Mediterranean style villa with a contemporary modern...

Nueva Andalucia, New build 7 bedroom luxury modern villa for sale in Nueva Andalucia, with indoor and outdoor pools, lift, gym and spa

New build 7 bedroom luxury modern villa for sale in Nueva Andalucia, with indoor and outdoor pools, lift, gym and spa

Ref. TMXV08132

  • 5 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 1.400 m² built
  • 3.200 m² plot

An opulent modern home recently completed and located in the sought after suburb aptly named ´Golf Valley´or Nueva Andalucia, with five local golf courses just a stones throw away. A large, spacious...

7,950,000 €
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 La Alzambra, Puerto Banus, south facing with community pool

Ref. TMXA0899

  • 3 beds
  • 2 baths
  • 186 m² built
  • 70 m² terrace

This immaculately presented 3 bedroom ground floor apartment, sits in the heart of the prestigious La Alzambra development over looking the community gardens and pool. A luxury complex that is walking...

825,000 €

Spacious 3 bedroom ground floor apartment for sale in 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 modern gated complex within Sierra Blanca, one of Marbella´s most affluent residential suburb. A modern light apartment with double height...

949,000 €