Guadalmina Baja

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Nestled at the western limit of Marbella, where it meets the neighbouring town of Estepona, Guadalmina Baja is a mature mix of mostly high-end, single-family villas, many on large plots and some with front-line sea or golf views, interspersed with typical Andalusian-style townhouses and modern apartment developments. The area benefits from 24/7 security provided by the community of owners.

Bordered by Guadalmina river to the west, the Arroyo del Chopo to the east, the N340 coastal highway to the north (on the other side of which lies Guadalmina Alta), and the Mediterranean, Guadalmina Baja retains a quiet, genteel feel, yet is just minutes away by car from the bright lights of Puerto Banús and Marbella.

The area’s verdant, shaded streets are also sandwiched between various holes of the South Course of the Guadalmina Club de Golf, which was opened back in 1959 and has hosted international competitions. A second course, north of the coast road, was added in 1973, making the area a firm favorite for golfers.

The four-star Hotel Guadalmina Spa and Golf Resort, located on the beachfront in the southwest of the neighbourhood, is a popular spot for visitors and residents alike, while the area also boasts restaurants, chiringuitos, and a small, but , shopping centre along the N340 road.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Guadalmina Baja?

Guadalmina Baja is one of the most upmarket and in-demand residential neighbourhoods on the Costa del Sol, located within the municipal area of San Pedro de Alcántara. Development here began in the late 1950s, with the first front-line villas constructed on the beachfront of Playa Guadalmina and to the north of the challenging, 18-hole Campo Sur or south course at the Real Club de Golf Guadalmina, the first club built in the municipality by Norberto Goizueta on what used to be agricultural land.

Today, Guadalmina Baja retains a genteel, garden-suburb feel and remains a secure, family-friendly area of quiet, tree-lined streets. Thanks to its privileged location, it lies just a short walk from some of the best sandy beaches on the Costa del Sol and conveniently close to all of the amenities and services of San Pedro de Alcántara, Marbella, Puerto Banús and Estepona.


Where is Guadalmina Baja?

Guadalmina Baja is part of the municipality of San Pedro de Alcántara and lies on the beach, or southeast, side of the N340-A7 coast road, more or less midway between the town centre of Marbella and Estepona, to the west of San Pedro de Alcántara and Puerto Banús. It is bordered to the east by the Arroyo del Chopo and holes 12-15 of the Campo Norte (the north course) of the Real Club de Golf Guadalmina and to the west by the Río Guadalmina river and holes 5-15 of the Campo Sur or south course.

The 178-room, four-star Hotel Guadalmina, which is managed by the Barceló Hotel Group, stands on the beach close to the southwestern end of Guadalmina Baja, while the northeastern end of the neighbourhood lies just beyond the remarkably well-preserved archeological landmarks of the Torre de Las Bóvedas watchtower and the Termas Romanas Roman baths.

How do you get to Guadalmina Baja?

Guadalmina Baja can be reached directly from exit 170 of the N340-A7 coastal road or from exit 172 of the A-7 toll highway, via Camino de la Granadilla and Calle Oriental, which run down through the neighbouring Guadalmina Alta area. Both routes lead to an entrance roundabout at the southern access point to the area. This, in turn, leads onto Calle 4 street, which runs northwest to another roundabout at the junction of Calle Lyon and the underpass under the coast road.

Guadalmina Baja could not be better situated for easy access all the services the surrounding area has to offer. The Plaza de los Naranjos in the heart of Marbella is 12 kilometres away or under half an hour in a car. The centre of San Pedro de Alcántara is less than three kilometres distant or 10 minutes by car. Puerto Banús is 10 minutes’ drive away and you can even walk there along the beach in around an hour. And getting to the Old Town of Estepona takes around 15 minutes, lying just 17 kilometres away.

For local shopping, a chemist, bank, dentist, two supermarkets, belgian bakery, delicatessans and a variety of bars and restauarants the Guadalmina Commercial centre is a short 2 minute drive or a 10 minute walk from Guadalmina Baja on the northern side of the A-7.

For domestic and international air travel, both Malaga-Costa del Sol International Airport and Gibraltar International airport are around 60 kilometres away, with the drive typically taking around 45 minutes. If travelling by train, Malaga’s María Zambrano train station is less than 70 kilometres distant, with a travel time of less than an hour on the AP-7 toll highway.

What kind of properties can you buy in Guadalmina Baja?

The Guadalmina Baja neighbourhood is home to everything from ultra-luxurious, classical and contemporary frontline beach and golf villas, standing on sizeable plots and among mature landscaped gardens, to more modestly sized, modern single-family residences, townhouses and apartments in urbanisations, with communal gardens, swimming pools and sports facilities, such as tennis and padel courts. Building land is becoming hard to find in the area, although select plots do sometimes come to market, albeit at high prices.

Apartment complexes in the area include the Conjunto Residencial Parque del Sol, located at the end of Calle 3 and to the north of the Las Bóvedas Roman baths and watchtower archeologic sites. Nearby, there is an urbanisation of townhouses that was built in the late 1990s, with another Andalusian-style townhouse development located just behind the beach and close to the Hotel Guadalmina. There are more apartments and townhouses situated closer to the N340-A7 coast road on the inland side of the neighbourhood.

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Is Guadalmina Baja a safe area?

Guadalmina Baja is one of the safest and most secure areas to live on the Costa del Sol. The neighbourhood is protected 24/7 by private security services, with regular manned vehicle patrols and closed-circuit cameras installed throughout its tranquil streets. These services are all provided by the local community, guaranteeing peace of mind for homeowners and holidaymakers.

What makes Guadalmina Baja property special?

Apart from the security of knowing your investment is situated in a stable economic wealthy area with 24 hour security and proximity to a fabulous golf course and walking distance to the beach the unique aspect of Guadalmina Baja is the private gardens. Unique to this area are properties with large, flat, and very mature gardens. There is even a cohort of tropical birds living in the area so it is not unusual to see a flock of canaries in your garden. This is the only area outside of Sotogrande Costa where you see the evidence of gardens planted in the 1960´s, impossible gardens to reproduce without the benefit of time.

Does anyone famous live in Guadalmina Baja?

Yes there are several national and internationally famous names residing in Guadalmina from the world of football, politics, racing driving, business and popular music.

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What services are in and around Guadalmina Baja?

The first-ranking educational institution on the Costa del Sol and one of the top 100 schools worldwide, the Colegio San José Guadalmina, has it campus within Guadalmina Baja itself. A private, bilingual school, it teaches every level of pre-university education in Spain, from infant and primary through to secondary (ESO) and sixth form (bachillerato) and the International Baccalaureate (IB). The International School Estepona, located in the El Paraíso area, is just four kilometres or a 10-minute commute away.

The nearest privately run health facility to Guadalmina Baja is the HC Marbella International Hospital, just four kilometres or just a short drive away. Another private hospital, Hospiten Estepona, is just over 8 kilometres or around 10 minutes away by car. And the Boris International Medical Clinic, in San Pedro de Alcántara, is closer still, just 2 kilometres or 5 minutes from the entrance to the neighbourhood.

With the exception of La Fábrica de Hielo antique store that lies just off the N340/A7 road, there are no shops in the area of Guadalmina Baja. However, the Guadalmina Mall shopping centre is just on the other side of the coast road and has a Carrefour Market supermarket, bank, pharmacy, butcher, tobacconist, hair salon, wine shop and dental clinic, as well as six restaurants, ranging from tapas to sushi to pizza and pasta.

Within Guadalmina Baja itself, there are two restaurants – El Cortijo de Ramiro and Restaurante Pedro – close to the Hotel Guadalmina and the beach at the southern side of the neighbourhood, the Macaao Beach Club, open year-round close to the Arroyo del Chopo stream, and two beach bars – Chiringuito Sol Beach and Dantonelas Beach Club, both of which are open during the summer season.

What sports can you do in and around Guadalmina Baja?

The Hawaiians SUP Center, located directly on the beach near to the Hotel Guadalmina is open year-round and has stand-up paddle boards, windsurfing equipment and surfboards for rental and sale, as well as organising summer camps for children.

For golfers, the Real Club de Golf Guadalmina offers a choice of its Campo Norte or north course and Campo Sur or south course, both of which border the area of Guadalmina Baja, although its clubhouse and pro shop are located just over the N-340/A7 coast road. Within a radius of less than 10 minutes by car, keen players can also get to Atalaya Golf and Country Club in San Pedro de Alcántara and El Paraíso Golf in Estepona.

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