Discover the ideal place to live in Marbella. The coast around Marbella, the Costa del Sol, is one of those places that can be called a paradise on earth. If you had doubts about whether such a place existed in Spain, now you can be sure – in Marbella you can find it. Paradise beaches for bathing, leisure and cultural offers that can equal those of the great European cultural capitals, are only a part of what the coast of Marbella has to offer.



The centre of Marbella, “El Casco Antiguo” – the old part of Marbella with the famous Orange Square “Plaza de los Naranjos”, is the most famous area where you find visitors all year round enjoying the special Spanish atmosphere with many little shops, restaurants and luxury boutiques. The area known as Marbella’s Golden Mile begins on the western edge of Marbella and stretches to Puerto Banús. This area is exclusive and home to some of the area’s most impressive estates, like the districts of Sierra Blanca, Marbella Hill Club and Camoján.

The Golden Mile has 5-star hotels, like the Marbella Club and Puente Romano, together with restaurants and many retail services. The beach side is the site of  mostly up-market urbanisations, hotels and some extremely expensive villas, while the mountainside is still undergoing exclusive, carefully planned development of luxury villas and gated communities.


Puerto Banús is located just west of Marbella, before you reach the small town of San Pedro de Alcántara. This is an internationally known marina attracting many visitors all year-round. The setting is close to ideal, with its impressive mountain backdrop and ocean views. Here you will find as many luxury boutiques and high-quality restaurant as you will nightclubs, bars and cafes. It has to be seen to get the feeling of this place!
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Just behind Puerto Banús is the residential area of Nueva Andalucía, home to a now unused Bull Ring where you will find the Saturday weekly market in the streets and in the adjacent shopping mall. There are several golf courses in the area (like Los Naranjos, Aloha Golf and Las Brisas Golf), giving it its second name of “Golf Valley”. The area is exclusive, lush and green, with stunning views to the sea and golf courses. Slightly further into the mountains you find the prestigious La Quinta Golf (27 holes), with spacious villas and apartments all built around the golf course and the 5-star “Westin La Quinta Hotel”.
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Istán is a small mountain village a few kilometres from Marbella and Puerto Banús. While much of the coast is built up, Istán has preserved the original Andalucian feel. Its proximity to the marina of Puerto Banús transforms the town and its surroundings into a popular residential area, even for the most luxurious villa owners!



El Rosario, located 2 km from Elviria, is a very sought after area with a lot of beautiful private villas and well distributed plots of land. The urbanisation has all the facilities of a good, secure urbanisation. From El Rosario you have only 1 km to the lovely beaches and it is close to the well-known golf course of Santa Clara where you can enjoy a challenging 18 holes while overlooking the glistening Mediterranean Sea. The urbanisation offers some of the best beach restaurants on the coast.
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The five star “Los Monteros Hotel” has long been one of the most prestigious hotels on the Costa del Sol, and, after a period of closure, it is now restored to its former glory. It is associated with the Río Real golf course about 3 kilometres from the hotel itself. The beach club of the Hotel, “La Cabane”, is one of the most exclusive places on the East side of Marbella. Also worth noting is that the Hospital Costa del Sol is situated right beside the Los Monteros main road exit and is well known as one of the area’s highest quality health centres. Los Monteros is about 10 minutes from the “English International College”. The Los Monteros area consists of the separate districts of “La Reserva de Los Monteros” and “Bahía de Los Monteros” on the beach side, and “Los Altos de Los Monteros” in the hills.
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Bahía de Marbella is the exclusive neighbourhood of Los Monteros, a quiet new urbanisation with the most exclusive estates and high quality apartment complexes. It is located between the old part of Los Monteros with the Los Monteros Hotel and the urbanisation La Reserva de Los Monteros.
Río Real, with one of the oldest golf course of Marbella (1965), is surrounded by green areas, the river ”Río Real” and offers an exclusive mix of villas, townhouses and apartments just a stone’s throw away from Marbella centre (about 3 km). The well-known shopping centre “La Cañada” is only a few minutes’ drive away.
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Cabopino is located between Marbella (14 km to the west) and Fuengirola (15 km to the east). It consists mainly of a Marina (Puerto Cabopino) surrounded by a small number of apartments , villas and restaurants with a beautiful beach and the natural Artola Dunes to the west.
Without doubt, it is one of the Costa del Sol’s best-kept secrets. The name Cabopino means Pine Cape and this is exactly what you can expect when visiting the area. The extensive pine woods can be seen from the main coast road and stretch all the way down to the beaches. Recently extensive natural wooden walkways have been installed through the dunes to protect them.
It is perhaps important to know that the long sandy beach is family oriented at the Marina end and naturist towards the west end. The airport of Málaga is about 30 minutes away.
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Marbesa is on the coast just 12 km east from the centre of Marbella, between Puerto Cabopino and Elviria. Marbesa is an older part within the Elviria beach area, with beautiful private villas, situated just a few hundred metres from the Artola Dunes, which is a protected area of outstanding natural beauty, from where you can walk to the charming Puerto Cabopino to the east. There a number of reasonably priced beach restaurants (Chiringuitos) in this area. Properties here area are steadily being upgraded by their owners and by developers.
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Hacienda Las Chapas is located on the hillside overlooking Marbella East. Its residents can enjoy the pleasure, and use the moorings, of Puerto Cabopino, and relax in the safe neighbourhood of Hacienda Las Chapas. It is one of the most privileged neighbourhoods to live. The broad streets have lots of palm and pine trees to create a “luxury, exotic feeling”. Villas here tend to be built on larger plots and offer privacy and exclusivity.
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Elviria is situated between Marbella and Cabopino and has long been a popular holiday resort and home to the five star “Don Carlos Hotel” and the famous “Nikki Beach Club”. The area is also home to the internationally renowned Santa María Golf & Country Club, a challenging 18 hole golf course. Elviria has a spacious feel to it and is well suited for families. It has become increasingly popular for second homes as well as full time residences for many foreign visitors. Here there are many superior quality developments, urbanisations and luxury villas, most of which are set in an elevated position overlooking the coast.
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San Pedro de Alcántara is a typical small Spanish town with plenty of restaurants and tapas bars. The seafront has many “Chiringuitos” (restaurants on the beach) and others on firmer land. What is new is that above the underground tunnel of the N-340 motorway, a large entertainment park has been created for young and old. The government is also working hard to modernize the center.
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Guadalmina is a beachside community. It is centrally located, about 10 minutes from Puerto Banús, even closer to the small, satellite town of San Pedro de Alcántara and a 10 minute drive from the town of Estepona. The urbanization offers a hotel, a 36 hole golf course and is close to several more quality golf courses. Several international schools are nearby.

The Guadalmina Commercial Centre provides all amenities and services and includes a large supermarket, banks, numerous restaurants and cafés, an English language bookstore, furniture stores and many other retail outlets.
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Located at the heart of one of the most attractive areas of the Costa del Sol, at an altitude of 400 to 500 meters above seal-level and only about 15 kilometers from the famous harbor of Puerto Banús, 20 minutes from Marbella and 45 minutes from Malaga airport, “La Zagaleta” is an exclusive residential area with real 24 security. The estate is divided up into sectors and each sector has a pre-determined number of plots available for homes. La Zagaleta estate covers over 900 Hectares and there will be no more than a maximum of 420 villas.

Two 18 hole golf courses, two clubhouses, riding stables, tennis courts and the helicopter landing pad are exclusively for the use of owners/residents. In 2008 La Zagaleta was awarded the CNBC award for the Best Development. The Estate is said to be one of the most desirable places to live in southern Europe and with all of the amenities and security on offer, it is easy to understand why so many of the world’s successful business people choose La Zagaleta as a place to live!
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Benahavís, a village situated at the foot of the mountains, 12 km from the coast, between Marbella and Estepona. Famed as a “gastronomic village”, renowned for its restaurants – it is also a picturesque place, where one can find nine golf courses and incredible mountain views. Benahavís is also the location of new urban development westwards of Marbella, welcoming 3 new golf courses and numerous luxury developments in the coming years. Benahavís is particularly recommended as a friendly and helpful local authority area in which to live.
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The New Golden Mile starts from San Pedro de Alcántara and stretches towards Estepona. The beaches consist of various little bays and new 5-star hotels as “Las Dunas” and “Kempinski”. In this area many new construction projects are also being developed.
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Estepona is a picturesque coastal town located in the province of Malaga, Spain. Situated along the Costa del Sol, Estepona is known for its stunning Mediterranean beaches, charming old town, and vibrant local culture. With a history dating back to ancient times, the town boasts a mix of traditional Andalusian architecture and modern amenities. Estepona is famous for its well-maintained flower-filled streets, earning it the nickname – The Garden of the Costa del Sol. The town offers a range of attractions, including historical sites, bustling markets, a scenic marina, and a variety of outdoor activities such as golfing and water sports. Its relaxed atmosphere, pleasant climate, and beautiful landscapes make Estepona a popular destination for both tourists and residents seeking a blend of Spanish coastal charm and modern convenience.
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Manilva offers a mix of traditional Spanish charm and modern amenities. The town is characterized by its whitewashed buildings, narrow streets, and breathtaking views of both the Mediterranean Sea and the Sierra Bermeja mountains. Manilva is renowned for its local vineyards, producing its own wines, and is often referred to as a wine town. The area has Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm summers, makes it a popular destination for beachgoers and outdoor enthusiasts. With its relaxed ambience, cultural heritage, and access to leisure activities such as golfing and water sports, Manilva attracts visitors seeking a laid-back yet engaging experience on the stunning coast of Andalusia.
Within the larger municipality of Manilva is La Duquesa, a captivating marina town with its stunning harbour filled with yachts and boats, La Duquesa exudes a maritime allure that appeals to both locals and visitors. The town waterfront is lined with a variety of restaurants, cafes, and shops, creating a vibrant and cosmopolitan atmosphere. This makes it a delightful spot for leisurely walks, dining by the sea, and enjoying the coastal scenery.
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Sotogrande is an upscale resort town located on the southern coast of Spain, in the province of Cadiz, Andalusia. Known for its luxurious lifestyle and exclusive amenities, Sotogrande is a sought-after destination for the elite and those seeking an opulent retreat. The town is famous for its world-class golf courses, elegant marina, and upscale residential properties. The marina, in particular, showcases a collection of high-end yachts and offers a sophisticated atmosphere with waterfront dining and boutique shopping. Sotogrande’s beautifully landscaped neighbourhoods, upscale boutiques, and fine dining establishments contribute to its reputation as a premier destination for luxury living and leisure. The area’s privileged location along the Mediterranean coast, coupled with its exclusive amenities, makes Sotogrande a haven for those who appreciate the finer things in life and seek an elevated experience in the exquisite surroundings of Andalusia, Spain.
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