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Six of the best gated developments in Marbella

Marbella and its surrounding areas are rich with exclusive, private property developments often referred to as ‘urbanisations’. These secure, gated communities are extremely well-served so there’s plenty to keep you occupied, including no less than 16 golf courses; many sandy beaches; private beach and country clubs; tennis; horse-riding; sailing facilities and all the other high-end facilities you could dream of.

To help you narrow down your Marbella property search, here – in no particular order – are what we consider to be six of the best developments on the coast.

La Zagaleta

La Zagaleta

Known as Marbella’s ‘Millionaire’s playground’, this ultra-luxury gated resort, complete with its armed guards, contains some of the most up-market properties in all of Spain. Superstar celebs such as Hugh Grant, Rod Stewart and Vladimir Putin all own property in La Zagaleta. It’s also where Cristiano Ronaldo took his family on holiday last year, staying in an exclusive Marbella rental for 40,000 euros per month!

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Sierra Blanca

Sierra Blanca in Marbella

If you dream of living the Marbella life, Sierra Blanca couldn’t be nearer to the town centre, yet further from the hustle and bustle. This private gated community offers fantastic views over the surrounding mountains (the Sierra Blanca), the town of Marbella and onwards across the Mediterranean Sea. From your luxury villa or apartment in Sierra Blanca, you will enjoy complete privacy and tranquillity in one of the most prestigious neighbourhoods of Marbella.

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Cascada de Camojan

Cascada de Camojan in Marbella

Located next door to Sierra Blanca is the ultra-exclusive gated community of Cascada de Camojan. Considered by some to be more established than its neighbour, plots and houses are generally larger than in Sierra Blanca and most feature incredible sea views. Visitors are required to identify themselves at security to enter making this community one of the more secure urbanisations in Marbella and only a few minutes from the amenities of the Golden Mile.

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Altos Reales

Altos Reales in Marbella

Just a two-minute drive from Marbella town centre and its beaches, Altos Reales is a popular choice amongst discerning property buyers looking for gorgeous, spacious villas. Its main advantage is being located mid-way between Marbella and the base of the imposing and iconic La Concha Mountain. Here you will enjoy stunning mountain scenery and the tranquil, leafy streets of a beautiful, up-market, gated residential area of Marbella. Of course, the shops, restaurants, golf, glitz and glamour are just minutes away.

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El Madroñal

El Madroñal in Benahavis

Head up the Ronda road, and within ten minutes you will reach El Madronal, Marbella’s oldest gated development. Initiated in the 1980s, this area comprises stunning, well-established and exclusive villas, often favoured by A-list celebrities and VIPs. If you are looking for an idyllic Mediterranean country retreat in the foothills of Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, yet only ten minutes’ drive from the coast, El Madroñal is the answer.

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Monte Mayor

Monte Mayor in Benahavis

Tucked into a sheltered valley in the hills of Benahavís, just west of Marbella, Monte Mayor is not only famous for its rural beauty and the nearby gastronomic delights of the village, but it also hosts a prestigious golf and country club, right on your doorstep. Average plot sizes are around 3,000m2 and, with a building volume of 12%, Monte Mayor is low density, spacious and private. It also boasts incredible views of the Mediterranean, Gibraltar and the African coastline.

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By Adam Neale | Property News | November 22nd, 2019

Six of the best gated developments in Marbella

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