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, holiday homes and permanent residences.

Marbella view

The municipality of Marbella is home to nearly 150,000 people, centred in and around the coastal towns 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 inland villages of Benahavís, Istán, and Ojén, Marbella covers an area of close to 117 square kilometres, including 29 kilometres of Mediterranean coastline, and reaches 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, Málaga, 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 town has two distinct areas: the historic old town (casco antiguo) – with Roman, Moorish, and Christian architectural elements, whitewashed and cobbled streets and beautiful squares such as the Plaza de los Naranjos: It is home to a wonderful collection of local museums, trendy eateries and boutiques.

The modern extension (ensanche) of the town has developed since the 1960s, and stretches down to the sea, via the botanical gardens in the Alameda and sculpture-lined Avenida del Mar, as well as 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 truly stunning penthouses, villas and beachside mansions, it is also the site of landmark hotels like the Meliá Don Pepe and Puente Romano.

Development began in the 1950s when Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe established the Marbella Club here, and today it remains the most sought-after address among most affluent of buyers. The social scene revolves around the chic beach clubs and fine-dining restaurants of the Golden Mile, along with big-name boutiques stocked with the latest fashion. The property selection ranges from apartments and townhouses in pueblo communities near the beach 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 rich and famous, it is filled with private yachts, expensive supercars and beautiful people who spend their time in its upscale boutiques, international restaurants and lively bars and clubs, making this the ideal place to see and be seen. The area’s housing stock is mostly made up of apartments, ranging in size from pieds à terre to sizeable duplex penthouses, in low-rise, compact developments. Many enjoy panoramic views over the marina, while a few high-end seafront villas line the beach to the west. Prices range here from 250,000€ upwards into to the millions.

Nueva Andalucía

Popularly known as the Golf Valley, Nueva Andalucía is an attractive residential area set around golf courses in a broad, verdant valley. At the heart of its Golf Valley are three championship golf courses: Las Brisas, Los Naranjos, and Aloha, with the Manolo Santana Racquet Club nearby. The area is also well served with other amenities, such as the Centro Plaza shopping and leisure complex, Casino Marbella and up-market selection of smaller shops, restaurants, bars and hotels. The properties available for rent and sale in Nueva Andalucía include many frontline golf villas and a good selection of apartments and townhouses, starting at less than 250,000€ 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 lays within a valley that runs from the toll highway to the sea, ten 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 extending from the coastal A7 road and popular boulevard park to the beach. It is an upcoming area on the Costa del Sol, with a growing number of trendy modern restaurants, a five-kilometre seaside promenade with sandy beaches, parks, beach clubs and racquet clubs. Properties here start from 200,000€ for apartments with pools and gardens near the golf courses of Guadalmina Alta to spacious beachfront estates.

Guadalmina Baja

Situated just west of San Pedro, the elegant villa suburb of Guadalmina Baja is 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. Though it doesn’t always feel like it, Guadalmina Baja is a beachside residential area whose wide, peaceful streets are lined above all with spacious villas, though there is also a choice of high-end apartments and townhouses in gated communities. Prices start from around 400,000€ and rise into the millions for imposing seafront mansions 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 more spacious and less developed than its western counterpart. All the same, it boasts a number of high-end villa urbanisations such as Los Monteros, Las Chapas, and Marbesa. The area is also home to some of Marbella’s best beaches, with plenty of chiringuito beach bars and beach clubs to choose from and wonderful views back across the bay to Marbella. The property selection includes everything from apartments in Los Altos de Marbella to building plots in Elviria and El Rosario, with prices from 200,000€ to huge seafront residences in Los Monteros with multi-million-euro price tags.

 

Originally published in December 2000, updated by Adam Neale July 2018


Properties in Marbella

New Listing Marbella Golden Mile, Large level plot enjoying sea views with project and license for sale in the prestigious Cascada de Camojan, Marbella Golden Mile

Large level plot enjoying sea views with project and license for sale in the prestigious Cascada de Camojan, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMRP0705

  • 5.500 m² plot

One of the best and last plots in the ultra-exclusive Cascada de Camojan, this spectacular 5,500m2 level site is nestled in a premier location surrounded by panoramic mountain and sea views. The plot offers...

7,500,000 €

Exclusive to Terra Meridiana

New Listing Marbella Golden Mile, Exceptional plot with project overlooking the Mediterranean coastline in the ultra-exclusive neighbourhood of Camojan, Marbella Golden Mile

Exceptional plot with project overlooking the Mediterranean coastline in the ultra-exclusive neighbourhood of Camojan, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMXP0704

  • 3.000 m² plot

Nestled in the foothills of the iconic La Concha mountain, this large 3,000m2 plot remains one of the few in this area that is still undeveloped. Boasting endless possibilities the land is being sold as a...

3,800,000 €

Recently refurbished elevated ground floor apartment for sale in the iconic beachfront development of Puente Romano, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMXV0735

  • 3 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 117 m² built
  • 35 m² terrace

Situated in one of the most highly sought after locations of the Costa del Sol on the Marbella Golden Mile, renovations were recently completed and undertaken with precise attention to detail joint with a...

3,200,000 €
Frontline
Golf
Nueva Andalucia, A striking modern villa with beautiful Mediterranean architecture for sale front line golf in Las Brisas, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

A striking modern villa with beautiful Mediterranean architecture for sale front line golf in Las Brisas, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXV08155

  • 5 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 345 m² built
  • 1.096 m² plot
  • 92 m² terrace

This elegant property establishes its charm and comfort upon a quiet cul-de-sac in the heart of the Marbella Golf Valley. The home exudes the Costa del Sol indoor/outdoor lifestyle with the surrounding lush...

4,395,000 €
Reduced Marbella East, Light-filled spacious rustic-modern villa with scenic vistas for sale in Hacienda Las Chapas, Marbella East

Light-filled spacious rustic-modern villa with scenic vistas for sale in Hacienda Las Chapas, Marbella East

Ref. TMRV0610

  • 5 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 450 m² built
  • 1.580 m² plot

This old-world charm villa nestled in the hillside retreat of Hacienda Las Chapas offers a refined yet rustic ambience on large 1.580 m² plot. Contemporary yet tastefully rustic in design, the property...

995,000 € - Reduced from 1,090,000 €
Frontline
Golf
Nueva Andalucia, One-of-a-kind frontline golf luxury villa with awe-inspiring views for sale in Los Naranjos, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

One-of-a-kind frontline golf luxury villa with awe-inspiring views for sale in Los Naranjos, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXV08154

  • 5 beds
  • 6 baths
  • 540 m² built
  • 1.839 m² plot
  • 883 m² terrace

This contemporary Mediterranean style villa is prominently situated in the legendary Golf Valley and evokes the coastal charm of Marbella with warm, modern interiors throughout. Boasting luxurious quality...

5,495,000 €

Recently upgraded Mediterranean style luxury villa with scenic golf vistas for sale in Los Naranjos Golf, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXV08153

  • 4 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 1.184 m² plot
  • 307 m² terrace

This remodelled villa is located in a tranquil street in Los Naranjos Golf and features a sophisticated modern design boasting ultimate luxury. The entire property has been transformed and is accented with...

2,995,000 €

Beachside villa with tremendous potential to add value, for sale in the highly coveted urbanisation Casablanca, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMXV0734

  • 3 beds
  • 2 baths
  • 130 m² built
  • 400 m² plot
  • 60 m² terrace

Situated in a quiet, low traffic, residential neighbourhood this single storey south facing property sits on a 400 m2 plot and offers tremendous potential for redevelopment and long term investment...

1,490,000 €
New
Development
San Pedro de Alcantara, Exclusive brand new contemporary beachside villa for sale in Casasola, Guadalmina Baja, San Pedro de Alcantara

Exclusive brand new contemporary beachside villa for sale in Casasola, Guadalmina Baja, San Pedro de Alcantara

Ref. TMNV0904

  • 4 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 445 m² built
  • 1.095 m² plot
  • 180 m² terrace

This elegant villa in an idyllic setting is steeped in modern Mediterranean character and charm and brimming with the most desired amenities for luxurious living. The home comprises 3 spacious and carefully...

2,490,000 €
Frontline
Golf
Nueva Andalucia, Recently renovated frontline golf luxury villa with breathtaking vistas for sale in La Cerquilla, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Recently renovated frontline golf luxury villa with breathtaking vistas for sale in La Cerquilla, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXV08152

  • 6 beds
  • 6 baths
  • 640 m² built
  • 2.623 m² plot
  • 778 m² terrace

Unequalled, timeless and luxurious, this contemporary masterpiece blends harmoniously with nature and its commanding frontline golf location. The refurbishment was recently completed and undertaken with...

7,950,000 €

Stylish penthouse apartment with solarium, walking distance to all amenities for sale in Los Dragos, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXA0816

  • 2 beds
  • 2 baths
  • 109 m² built
  • 29 m² terrace

This impeccably designed penthouse is conveniently located in the extremely desirable community of Los Dragos in a peaceful street in Nueva Andalucia. The home showcases an entrance, elegant living room,...

325,000 €