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 San Pedro de Alcantara, Magnificent brand new luxury beachside villa for sale in San Pedro Playa, San Pedro de Alcantara

Magnificent brand new luxury beachside villa for sale in San Pedro Playa, San Pedro de Alcantara

Ref. TMXV0906

  • 6 beds
  • 6 baths
  • 566 m² built
  • 1.090 m² plot
  • 215 m² terrace

This elegant and contemporary villa is located in the desirable development of San Pedro Playa. A combination of timeless design, maximum comfort, and minimalist architecture are thoughtfully combined with...

2,490,000 €
New Listing Marbella East, Luxury duplex penthouse with rooftop Jacuzzi and far reaching sea views for sale in Los Monteros Hill Club, Marbella East

Luxury duplex penthouse with rooftop Jacuzzi and far reaching sea views for sale in Los Monteros Hill Club, Marbella East

Ref. TMXA0602

  • 3 beds
  • 2 baths
  • 183 m² built
  • 114 m² terrace

Located in the exclusive and private Los Monteros Hill Club this duplex penthouse enjoys a spectacular backdrop of the sparkling Mediterranean sea due to its elevated position. Impeccably designed the...

975,000 €
New Listing San Pedro de Alcantara, Brand new beachside luxury villa for sale in San Pedro Playa, San Pedro de Alcantara

Brand new beachside luxury villa for sale in San Pedro Playa, San Pedro de Alcantara

Ref. TMXV0905

  • 6 beds
  • 6 baths
  • 568 m² built
  • 996 m² plot
  • 146 m² terrace

This sleek and modern villa is located in the coveted neighbourhood of San Pedro Playa and is the epitome of simplistic elegance. Built to exacting standards and with the highest quality finishes the home is...

2,490,000 €
New Listing Nueva Andalucia, Elegant ground floor apartment with large private pool and garden for sale in Aloha Park, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Elegant ground floor apartment with large private pool and garden for sale in Aloha Park, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXA0807

  • 3 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 202 m² built
  • 260 m² plot
  • 127 m² terrace

Located in the exclusive gated development of Aloha Park in the heart of Nueva Andalucia, this luxury ground floor apartment boasts the highest quality design and fittings. The home complements the...

1,195,000 €
New Listing Nueva Andalucia, Sophisticated and contemporary villa for sale in Parcelas del Golf, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Sophisticated and contemporary villa for sale in Parcelas del Golf, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXV08148

  • 5 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 200 m² built
  • 1.022 m² plot
  • 54 m² terrace

Nestled away in the heart of the Marbella Golf Valley, this stunning property has recently been refurbished to reflect the ultimate in quality, elegance, and style. Beautifully appointed the villa melds a...

1,995,000 €
New Listing Nueva Andalucia, Beautiful ground floor apartment with private garden for sale in Aloha Gardens, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Beautiful ground floor apartment with private garden for sale in Aloha Gardens, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXA0806

  • 2 beds
  • 2 baths
  • 89 m² built
  • 19 m² terrace

This immaculately presented ground floor apartment is located in Aloha Gardens, a modern development built in the style of a typical Andalusian village in the heart of the Golf Valley. The property offers a...

250,000 €
New Listing Marbella Golden Mile, Mediterranean style luxury villa with unparalleled views for sale in the privileged Marbella Hill Club, Marbella Golden Mile

Mediterranean style luxury villa with unparalleled views for sale in the privileged Marbella Hill Club, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMXV0718

  • 6 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 570 m² built
  • 2.826 m² plot

This recently refurbished villa and guest cottage boast a classically contemporary architecture with commanding views over the stunning natural beauty beyond. The Andalusian design reflects modern ideas...

3,750,000 €
New Listing Marbella Golden Mile, Sleek contemporary luxury villa with sea views for sale in La Carolina, Marbella Golden Mile

Sleek contemporary luxury villa with sea views for sale in La Carolina, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMXV0717

  • 6 beds
  • 6 baths
  • 488 m² built
  • 1.573 m² plot
  • 200 m² terrace

This captivating and completely refurbished villa boasts an effortlessly understated style, high-end finishes, and elegant spaces. Accented by a wide-open floor plan on three levels the main floor offers an...

3,795,000 €
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Development
Nueva Andalucia, Unique and modern luxury villa for sale in the tranquil neighbourhood of Haza del Conde, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Unique and modern luxury villa for sale in the tranquil neighbourhood of Haza del Conde, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXV08146

  • 5 beds
  • 6 baths
  • 330 m² built
  • 1.070 m² plot

This incredibly well-appointed three storey residence with an awe-inspiring rooftop terrace is located in the quiet residential area of Nueva Andalucia. Benefiting from wonderful sea and mountain views the...

1,995,000 €
New
Development
Nueva Andalucia, Striking and contemporary luxury villa for sale in the tranquil neighbourhood of Haza del Conde, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Striking and contemporary luxury villa for sale in the tranquil neighbourhood of Haza del Conde, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXV08147

  • 5 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 526 m² built
  • 1.455 m² plot

This incredibly well-appointed three storey residence with an awe-inspiring rooftop terrace is located in the quiet residential area of Nueva Andalucia. Benefiting from wonderful sea and mountain views the...

2,295,000 €
New Listing Marbella East, Spacious and immaculate villa with enviable golf and sea views for sale in Rio Real, Marbella East

Spacious and immaculate villa with enviable golf and sea views for sale in Rio Real, Marbella East

Ref. TMXV0604

  • 4 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 552 m² built
  • 1.850 m² plot

Set in the exclusive Rio Real development this elegant Mediterranean style villa benefits from panoramic views due to its elevated and private position. Built to a high standard and complemented by excellent...

1,545,000 €