Buying a property in Marbella
World famous as a holiday destination since the 1960's, Marbella is regarded as the Costa del Sol's jewel in the crown. Its unique allure has produced a style and character quite distinct from other coastal towns. Marbella offers both the quintessentially Spanish qualities of its "Old Town" alongside the modern landmarks of designer labels and contemporary infrastructure.
Marbella is situated 50km to the west of Malaga, and is well served by the local highway (the A-7) or the toll motorway (the AP7-E15). Marbella is one of the most popular destinations on the Costa del Sol in which to buy a luxury apartment or villa, whether as a holiday home or permanent residence. The town has a permanent residential population of around 85,000 people but this figure increases dramatically during the summer months to around 200,000.
The protection of La Concha Mountain in the Sierra Blanca right behind the town affords Marbella its own micro-climate, which guarantees sunny weather most of the year (325 days to be precise!) Even the winter months are warm enough to sunbath or take lunch at the beach. Sierra Blanca is a luxury residential development just above Marbella town. Here you will find opulent villas for sale exuding the luxurious lifestyle that you would expect from a Marbella property.
Marbella's Old Town centres on the Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Square) which features a wide variety of traditional and modern restaurants. The narrow streets which meander around the Square are full of eclectic shops selling everything from Moroccan rugs to summer sandals. Venture out onto Marbella's main street, Avenida Ricardo Soriano, and many high street designer names such Mango and Zara to name but a few are to be found. The types of properties for sale in Marbella town are a mixture of apartments and townhouses, many built in the typical Andalucian style.
The Marbella coastline enjoys not only some of the best beaches on the Costa del Sol but also some of the best residential developments. There are many new developments either completed, or soon to be completed, in prime, beachside locations in Marbella, in prestigious areas such as Los Monteros, Puerto Banus and Cabopino. Many local residents enjoy a morning walk, or even jog, along Marbella's Paseo Maritimo (promenade), where many traditional Spanish restaurants are also located. The nightlife in Marbella is equally vibrant, ensuring those who visit have much to enjoy in the evenings, in addition to the alluring sun during the day.
Heading west from Marbella you travel along the famous "Golden Mile" aptly named because of the many palatial beachfront villas and the famous Marbella Club and Puento Romano Hotels. At the end of the Golden Mile is the world-renowned Marina of Puerto Banus, with its wide selection of designer shops, restaurants, bars and cafes, where you can sit for hours watching the world go by.
Property in Puerto Banus, villas, townhouses and apartments for sale or for rent, is in high demand due to its prestigious location. Set along the beach between Marbella and San Pedro, and only 30 minutes from Malaga Airport, Puerto Banus is the epitome of luxury and elegance on the Costa del Sol. This is the place to be pampered port side and ogle at those fabulous luxury yachts, while sipping a drink at one of the many open-air restaurants and bars. The setting is close to ideal, with its impressive mountain backdrop and ocean views. Since the birth of the Port in 1970 it has steadily grown and now features a casino, commercial shopping centres, an El Corte Inglés department store, and a multi screen cinema with all the latest films shown in English. Nightlife buzzes at Puerto Banus with a choice of alfresco bars, piano bars and discos. During the day this is a window shopper's dream, with several of the world renowned fashion houses featured here, in addition to small, interesting shops and boutiques.
Situated just north of the prestigious Marina of Puerto Banus, within the boundaries of "the Golf Valley", Nueva Andalucia has grown to become one of the most sought after residential areas of the Costa del Sol. Situated mountain side of Puerto Banus you will find many new apartments and villas for sale located in an inland, yet accessible, area just a short drive from Puerto Banus Marina. With a superb infrastructure packed with amenities for all ages, the area has become a definite favourite for residential tourists.
Its nickname of the "Golf Valley" is due to its five championship golf courses - Aloha, Las Brisas, Los Naranjos, La Quinta and Los Arqueros, as well as other smaller courses, including the floodlit La Dama de Noche course. All of which have wonderful Club Houses with fabulous views from their terraces, and you do not need to be a member to enjoy a drink or a meal at any of these and the prices are very reasonable too. Due to the prime location in the 'Golf Valley' you will find many beautiful frontline apartments and villas for sale in Nueva Andalucia, Marbella.
In Nueva Andalucia you will find a variety of some of the best restaurants on the coast along with many sport and leisure facilities. The area has a wide selection of luxury properties for sale in all price ranges due to its close proximity to Puerto Banus and Marbella.