Elviria is the unofficial ‘capital’ of the eastern part of Marbella, where you will find not only luxury beachside villas and frontline golf apartments, but also an excellent concentration of restaurants, cafés, shops, facilities and, of course, sandy beaches.

Situated about ten minutes’ drive east of Marbella town, Elviria is an attractive residential and resort area that stretches from the sea up through pine groves and golf courses to the hilly base of the coastal mountain range. Each of these distinct areas has its own charm, properties, amenities and lifestyle to offer, but the starting point and social hub of Elviria is the commercial centre bordering the main A-7 road.

Central Elviria

Here you will find two adjacent centres that offer a great choice of restaurants, tapas bars, cafés, shops, banks and also a Supersol supermarket. The cuisine on offer includes Spanish classics, trendy Italian eateries and Asian fusion, but also British favourites, American-style snack bars, Belgian and French brasseries, and more specialised establishments including even a Korean restaurant. It is a popular area with families but also favoured among retirees and those who love a blend of style, comfort and being close to nature.

It is also in this immediate area that you’ll find the Aventura Amazonia adventure park for children complete with zip lines and obstacle courses. Set within the coastal pine for which this area is known, the park is close to the Hotel Roc Marbella Park, the Alanda Club Marbella, Marriott’s Marbella Beach Resort and the Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa. The latter is one of the classic five-star luxury hotels of Marbella and in addition to spa and sports facilities has the famous Nikki Beach as its glamorous beachside club.

Elviria Hills

Tennis, gym, yoga and of course hiking, biking and horse riding in the nearby hills are other sports options, while the nearest of many golf courses to choose from include the pretty Santa María Golf Club, the nine-hole Greenlife Golf in Elviria Hills, which is also home to the Michelin-star El Lago restaurant, renowned above all for a gourmet menu inspired by local Andalusian cooking traditions and ingredients and fabulous wine list. The upper part of Elviria is where the terrain begins to rise gently, offering frontline golf apartments and villas with fantastic sea and mountain views.

Here, among the cooling, soothing pine trees you will find peaceful residential areas dominated mostly by some of the most attractive villas for sale in Elviria but also dotted with luxury apartment complexes such as Elviria Hills. It is an area suited both to holiday home owners and people who wish to spend all or most of the year in the Spanish sun, with an excellent choice of schools, shops and professional services with a ten-minute range.

Beachside Elviria

For those who enjoy the atmosphere of an Andalusian village the area just to the west of the main commercial centre offers an attractive place to enjoy some typical café society, search for an authentic Spanish restaurant or bar, or listen to the chiming of the local church bells, but one of the most popular parts of Elviria is not surprisingly its seaside section. Here, along long stretches of sand, are scattered a fine collection of chiringuito beach bars, traditional fish restaurants, fine dining options such as the Beach House and also trendy beach clubs such as Nikki Beach and Estrella del Mar. Elviria’s shoreline is characterised by a generous covering of protected coastal umbrella pine, dotted among which are mostly attractive apartment complexes surrounded by subtropical gardens, and also smaller collections of private beachfront villas set within peaceful streets within a short stroll of the sea.

Frequently Asked Questions

Elviria is an exclusive residential area in Marbella East, located on the Costa del Sol and around a 5-10 minute drive east of Marbella’s town centre. It offers a paradise-like combination of crystal-clear waters and lush gardens surrounded by picturesque streets and top golf courses.

The area has something to offer for all types of tastes – whether it be a tranquil day spent poolside, water sports at the beach, or late night clubbing.

Where is Elviria located and how to get there?

Elviria is conveniently located just a 6km east of Marbella’s town centre. It is easily accessible by car, bus, or even bike thanks to its location near the AP-7 and N-340 highways. The nearest airports are Malaga International Airport (AGP) or Gibraltar International Airport (GIB).

Is Elviria convenient for shopping?

Elviria has a ton of things to do, from shopping to golf to a day at the beach. And with the town of Marbella itself just a few minutes away, you will never be bored. For shopping, there is a small shopping mall, the Centro Comercial Elviria right next to the N340 highway. You can find a Carrefour supermarket in the mall.

You can get more great shopping ideas in our Guide to Shopping in Marbella and our Guide to Open Air Markets in Marbella

What sports facilities are there in Elviria?

Elviria offers some of the best sports facilities on the Costa del Sol. There are two excellent golf courses – Santa Maria Golf and Cabopino Golf, both of which are located close to Elviria. Marbella more generally is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to choices in golf courses. You can get details about all the local courses in our Marbella Golf Course Guide.

Just south of the Santa Maria Golf Club you will find the Marbella Sports and Padel Club, which has 10 padel courts, plus a fitness centre with a gym and classes that include yoga. There’s a restaurant here to fuel up after your workout. They offer private and semi-private coaching for padel and personal trainers.

If you prefer something a little more paleo, there’s CrossFit Elviria where you can get a hardcore workout. It’s not exactly sports-related but it is active-oriented and, more importantly, it’s fun for the kids: Aventura Amazonia. This is a great place to get the family out into nature, with zip lines and rope courses right in Elviria.

Water fun for kids in Marbella East include the nearby Fun Beach Park Marbella, on the Alicate beach, and Waterfun Parque Acuatico just east of there on the Playa Real de Zaragoza. Check out our Lifestyle Guide to Marbella East for more opportunities for sports and leisure with contact links.

Does Elviria have good beaches?

Elviria includes a number of excellent, clean, blue flag beaches. There are also a number of playgrounds at Elviria’s beachfront promenade for the kiddies. The most popular beaches are Playa de la Vibora and Playa de Cabopino which offer golden sand, crystal clear water and a variety of beachfront restaurants.

Cabopino Beach, with its beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Dunas de Artola nature preserve is a real treasure. And with a length of 1200 metres, water sports options and even a nudist section, there’s literally something for everyone.

Playa de Vibora is a more family-oriented beach and is lined with good restaurants. It is 850 metres long and sits next to the Rio Vibora. Both beaches are well maintained by the local council. For more details on the many beaches throughout Marbella, check out our Marbella Beach Guide.

Are there good restaurants in Elviria?

Elviria has a great selection of restaurants and types of cuisine to choose from. There are beachfront seafood restaurants and traditional Spanish tapas bars. You will also find trendy fusion eateries and Michelin star establishments in nearby Marbella.

Here’s a few great local restaurants worth checking out!

1) The Beach House – This beachfront restaurant offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu with an emphasis on seafood. The restaurant’s modern decor and ocean views make it a popular spot for romantic dinners. Contact Details: C. Carril del Relojero, s/n, 29604 Marbella, Málaga | +34 952 839 458

2) Nikki Beach Marbella – This beach club and restaurant is known for its glamorous atmosphere and celebrity sightings. The menu features Mediterranean-inspired dishes, and there’s a large selection of cocktails and champagne on offer. Open during high season – April 14-Oct 2. Contact Details: Playa Hotel Don Carlos, Carretera de Cádiz, Km. 192, 29600 Marbella, Spain | +34 952836239

3) La Scala Marbella – A popular and elegant Italian restaurant with a stunning garden terrace and wood-fired pizza oven. Contact Details: Urb. Real de Zaragoza, 62, 29604 Marbella | +34 951 569 362

Here you can find more great restaurants in our Marbella Restaurant Guide.

Is there quality education in Elviria?

Elviria – and Marbella– offers a lot of educational options for parents to choose from. There’s public and private, and from pre-school to international baccalaureate programs.

Thereare also a number of English language and bilingual institutions.

Right in Elviria is the English International College. Founded in 1982, it follows the English national curriculum. EIC has 500 students from all over the world spanning the ages from three to eighteen. EIC has excellent sports facilities and provides solid academic training in English.

For more information on the many excellent schools in Marbella, check out our Marbella Schools Guide.

Is Elviria a good place to buy property

Elviria is an excellent place to buy property, whether you are looking for a holiday home or a permanent residence. Although the area has a very upscale vibe, it offers a great mix of quality properties for all budgets. In Elviria you will encounter luxury villas and apartments, as well as townhouses and penthouses.

With beaches, golf courses, restaurants, bars and shopping nearby, Elviria has something for everyone. The climate is also very pleasant here, with hot summers and mild winters. And over 320 days of sunshine! In general, Marbella and area properties are almost guaranteed to hold their value and to see regular increases.

For more information on the property check out our Elviria Property Listings. In addition to those that we have listed, we also can show you properties listed privately, unlisted properties and those with other agents.

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