Buying a Property in Spain: Spotlight on Marbella and its surroundings

In residential terms, the Costa del Sol can be divided into seven main zones:

In this blog item we will focus on the first two of the above listed zones.


Marbella remains the jewel in the crown, with beachside mansions on the Golden Mile between the town centre and Puerto Banus forming the most sought-after luxury address. Bordering the iconic Marbella Club and Puente Romano hotels, they represent classic Marbella glamour, while Puerto Banus offers luxury seaside and marina apartments close to nightlife amenities and world-class boutiques.

Nueva Andalucia, just inland from here, is Marbella’s largest residential area entwined with a series of top golf courses known as the Golf Valley, while Sierra Blanca is the first of a series of country club environments stretching into the nearby hills. Guadalmina is another upmarket area, but in contrast to the hill club setting it enjoys beachside villa exclusivity.

The lively little town of San Pedro Alcantara, situated a little west of Puerto Banus, is another reference point for local services, and its beachside extension of Nueva Alcantara is one of the most dynamic residential areas thanks to the availability of rare beachside land for the development of modern apartments and villas.

Marbella East & Mijas Costa extend from Marbella’s town centre in the direction of Fuengirola, covering in the process a large coastal area with the finest beaches and protected sand dunes in the region. Top addresses include the golf-facing elegance of Rio Real, the seaside villas of Los Monteros, and Las Chapas, where elegant homes stand amid coastal pine. This part of Marbella will also see the opening of the planned new five-star hotels “Four Seasons” and “W”.

This is an area of low build densities amid golf courses and views that take in the sea and nearby hills. Elviria provides a local hub of amenities in the area, along with a mid to high end range of villas, townhouses and apartments also seen in neighbouring suburbs such as El Rosario, Marbesa and Cabopino.

Continuing eastwards are mid-range areas such as Calahonda, Riviera del Sol, La Cala de Mijas and La Cala Golf. The full range of property types is available here at lower prices, in a market whose value and availability of newly-built modern homes has seen it become increasingly in vogue.

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