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

Large 3 bedroom triplex apartment for sale in Los Pinos de Aloha, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMRA11349

  • 3 beds
  • 2 baths

This spacious apartment is situated in the established complex of Los Pinos de Aloha, a gated community situated within of the sought after area of Nueva Andalucía. The property is distributed over 3 levels...

295,000 €

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Refined 4 bedroom duplex penthouse for sale in the iconic Puente Romano, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMXA0715

  • 4 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 349 m² built
  • 40 m² terrace

Located minutes from Puerto Banus and affording the quintessential Marbella lifestyle this duplex penthouse is a vision of style and relaxed luxury. Recently renovated the apartment is exquisitely designed...

3,495,000 €
Reduced Marbella Golden Mile, Spacious villa for sale in one of the coast´s most prestigious neighbourhoods, Altos Reales, Marbella Golden Mile

Spacious villa for sale in one of the coast´s most prestigious neighbourhoods, Altos Reales, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMXV0727

  • 4 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 580 m² built
  • 970 m² plot

Set in the private gated community of Altos Reales in the foothills of the La Concha Mountain this villa is surrounded by an abundantly lush mature garden. Tastefully maintained the property is uniquely...

2,690,000 € - Reduced from 2,950,000 €
Frontline
Golf
Nueva Andalucia, Classically modern frontline golf villa with exceptional views for sale in Los Naranjos Golf, Nueva Andalucia

Classically modern frontline golf villa with exceptional views for sale in Los Naranjos Golf, Nueva Andalucia

Ref. TMXV08151

  • 5 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 610 m² built
  • 1.420 m² plot
  • 154 m² terrace

Set in the heart of the Marbella Golf Valley, this spacious and exclusive villa exudes style and sleek luxury. Showcasing contemporary Mediterranean design at its best, the property encompasses its stunning...

2,400,000 €
New
Development
Marbella Golden Mile, Grandiose villa with unparalleled sea views for sale in Cascada de Camojan, Marbella Golden Mile

Grandiose villa with unparalleled sea views for sale in Cascada de Camojan, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMXV0726

  • 7 beds
  • 7 baths
  • 1.580 m² built
  • 3.522 m² plot
  • 266 m² terrace

A rare offering in the exclusive Cascada de Camojan neighbourhood of Marbella, this property sits on an expansive plot nestled in the tranquil foothills of the La Concha mountain. The villa is of...

9,000,000 €
New
Development
Nueva Andalucia, Exemplary modern ground floor apartment for sale in 9 Lions Residences, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Exemplary modern ground floor apartment for sale in 9 Lions Residences, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXA0810

  • 2 beds
  • 2 baths
  • 90 m² built
  • 40 m² terrace

Set within the exclusive development of 9 Lions Residences which is composed of over 50 spacious and luminous apartments distributed across nine villas, this property is a vision of elegance and refinement....

565,000 €
New
Development
Nueva Andalucia, Deluxe contemporary second floor apartment for sale in 9 Lions Residences, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Deluxe contemporary second floor apartment for sale in 9 Lions Residences, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXA0811

  • 2 beds
  • 2 baths
  • 152 m² built
  • 69 m² terrace

Set within the exclusive development of 9 Lions Residences which is composed of over 50 spacious and luminous apartments distributed across nine villas, this property is a vision of elegance and refinement....

755,000 €
New
Development
Nueva Andalucia, Luxurious contemporary duplex penthouse for sale in 9 Lions Residences, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Luxurious contemporary duplex penthouse for sale in 9 Lions Residences, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Ref. TMXA0812

  • 4 beds
  • 2 baths
  • 271 m² built
  • 162 m² terrace

Set within the exclusive development of 9 Lions Residences which is composed of over 50 spacious and luminous apartments distributed across nine villas, this penthouse is a vision of elegance and refinement....

2,155,000 €

Exemplary modern villa for sale in the iconic beachside development of Casablanca, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMXV0725

  • 5 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 802 m² built
  • 1.180 m² plot

Located in the much sought after neighbourhood of Casablanca, this unique home is a simple yet confident contemporary vision with subtle luxuries throughout. The property has recently been impeccably updated...

9,950,000 €
New
Development
Marbella Golden Mile, Brand new spacious and sophisticated villa for sale in Nagüeles, Marbella Golden Mile

Brand new spacious and sophisticated villa for sale in Nagüeles, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMXV0724

  • 5 beds
  • 8 baths
  • 836 m² built
  • 1.000 m² plot
  • 267 m² terrace

Situated in the exclusive neighbourhood of Nagüeles, this impressive contemporary villa is a vision of elegance and refinement. Built to the highest of standards and complemented by excellent attention to...

SOLD

Stunning villa for sale in Cascada de Camojan

Ref. TMRV06102

  • 9 beds
  • 9 baths
  • 2.141 m² built
  • 4.673 m² plot
  • 830 m² terrace

Villa Camoján occupies a privileged position, bordering the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park at the foot of La Concha mountain. It occupies the highest point in Cascada de Camoján, lord of all it surveys....

18,500,000 €

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