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 Nueva Andalucia, Recently renovated luxurious villa with rooftop jacuzzi and mountain views for sale in Las Brisas, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Recently renovated luxurious villa with rooftop jacuzzi and mountain views for sale in Las Brisas, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXV0813

  • 5 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 449 m² built
  • 1.034 m² plot
  • 200 m² terrace

An insurmountable level of sophistication describes this extraordinary, recently renovated property located in the ultra-exclusive development of Las Brisas. The home features a magnificent blend of...

2,995,000 €
New
Development
Marbella Golden Mile, Off plan semi-detached luxury contemporary villa with private pool for sale in The Collection, Marbella Golden Mile

Off plan semi-detached luxury contemporary villa with private pool for sale in The Collection, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMNV0712

  • 3 beds
  • 2 baths
  • 380 m² built
  • 213 m² plot
  • 57 m² terrace

Set in a low-density community of just 26 contemporary semi-detached villas designed by the innovative architect studio González & Jacobson, the property is only 400m from the Puente Romano Hotel and...

1,125,000 €
New Listing Marbella East, Exceptional new built villa set in a park-like garden for sale in Hacienda Las Chapas, Marbella East

Exceptional new built villa set in a park-like garden for sale in Hacienda Las Chapas, Marbella East

Ref. TMXV0609

  • 5 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 940 m² built
  • 1.870 m² plot
  • 110 m² terrace

This recently built property showcases modern European glamour fused with casual elegance. Boasting meticulously crafted living spaces, the home is set over 3 spacious levels. The main floor offers an...

2,450,000 €
New Listing Nueva Andalucia, Beautiful duplex penthouse walking distance to Puerto Banús for sale in Los Toreros, Nueva Andalucia

Beautiful duplex penthouse walking distance to Puerto Banús for sale in Los Toreros, Nueva Andalucia

Ref. TMXA0815

  • 3 beds
  • 2 baths
  • 128 m² built
  • 31 m² terrace

Situated in a tranquil cul-de-sac and centrally located next to La Sala Banús, this lovely duplex penthouse has been partially renovated to capture the warm and modern touches of both indoor and outdoor...

395,000 €
New Listing Marbella Golden Mile, Mediterranean style villa with superb views for sale in the ultra-exclusive Camojan community of the Marbella Golden Mile

Mediterranean style villa with superb views for sale in the ultra-exclusive Camojan community of the Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMXV0732

  • 4 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 492 m² built
  • 812 m² plot

Located in the iconic development of Camojan, this classic style villa offers almost 500 m2 of meticulously crafted and elegant living spaces. Finished to the very highest of standards the property enjoys...

1,900,000 €
New Listing San Pedro de Alcantara, Exclusive luxurious and innovative beachside villa for sale in Guadalmina Baja, San Pedro de Alcantara

Exclusive luxurious and innovative beachside villa for sale in Guadalmina Baja, San Pedro de Alcantara

Ref. TMXV0908

  • 4 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 800 m² built
  • 2.030 m² plot

Contemporary living with a warm and intimate atmosphere perfectly balances modern sophistication and timeless style in this superb beachside villa. The generous open floor plan provides plenty of natural...

2,700,000 €
New Listing Nueva Andalucia, Elegant luxury apartment with lovely views in the exclusive community of Los Granados Golf, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Elegant luxury apartment with lovely views in the exclusive community of Los Granados Golf, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXA0814

  • 2 beds
  • 2 baths
  • 147 m² built
  • 41 m² terrace

Situated in the well established and prestigious development of Los Granados Golf in the heart of the Marbella golf valley, this luxurious first-floor apartment boasts fantastic views of the immaculate...

645,000 €

Unique property with 9 studio-apartments ideal for developing a business, for sale in Urb. Lomas de Rio Verde, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMXV0731

  • 12 beds
  • 12 baths
  • 632 m² built
  • 2.360 m² plot
  • 88 m² terrace

Located within walking distance of Puerto Banus, this exclusive property sits on a large private plot and features a main house with an additional 9 studio-apartments. The main house is set on one single...

2,900,000 €

Contemporary ground floor apartment in the exclusive beachfront development of Alhambra del Mar, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMXA0719

  • 3 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 185 m² built
  • 42 m² terrace

This stunning elevated ground floor apartment is ideally located in the prestigious community of Alhambra del Mar with direct access to the beach. Recently refurbished and boasting beautifully portioned...

1,295,000 €

Superbly designed 2 storey villa with solarium for sale in Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXV0812

  • 5 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 490 m² built
  • 877 m² plot

Located in the sought after area of Nueva Andalucia to the west of Marbella, this property is an oasis of calm and privacy. The villa is set on a plot of almost 900m2 with a lush garden and saltwater pool...

3,960,000 €
New
Development
San Pedro de Alcantara, A brand new beach side penthouse walking distance to the San Pedro promenade

A brand new beach side penthouse walking distance to the San Pedro promenade

Ref. TMRA0945

  • 3 beds
  • 2 baths
  • 195 m² built
  • 70 m² plot
  • 15 m² terrace

This modern duplex penthouse is amazingly situated in a brand new complex , beach-side, besides the best restaurants of San Pedro, and walking distance to the boulevard and the town. The entrance leads to...

675,000 €