Among those who live and visit here regularly, the area on the east side of Marbella is known for having the best beaches not just in greater Marbella, but pretty much the entire Costa del Sol. It’s also a region known for its space, mountain and sea views, excellent amenities and attractive residential areas.
As we write, it’s still winter, with spring seemingly around the corner since the temperatures are mild, the skies mostly blue and the countryside green and devoid of the barren look found in much of Northern Europe at this time of year. There is already much floral beauty to admire and the gardens – both public and private or indeed communal as part of an urbanisation – look in good condition, but this is a time of year when people start planning their homes’ green areas so they’re in time for the beginning of the new planting season in late February, early March.
El Madroñal is one of the most exclusive and secure residential communities in Marbella. Located in the foothills of the surrounding mountain range and positioned 400 metres above sea level, the panoramic views from here are simply sensational. In addition to this, El Madroñal is the perfect setting for those buyers seeking privacy and an abundance of natural beauty.
This week, those of us living in Marbella have witnessed some spectacular sunsets; the sky has blazed in every shade from a pale pink through tangerine to an array of reds that would test any artist’s palette. For those lucky enough to have an elevated sea view, Gibraltar stood out clearly against the skyline, and the view of the North African coastline extended far beyond the usual vista of Jebel Musa, the mountain directly across the Straits from Gibraltar.
Once a charming little fishing town delivered from centuries of pirating raids by the 1830 French conquest of Algeria, Marbella was ‘discovered’ as a jet-set paradise not by foreigners but by Spanish aristocrats in the 1930s. This area had been part of the Grand Tour, which led Northern Europeans and Americans such as Lord Byron, Irving Washington and Prosper Mérimée to admire its majestic mountain ranges and Mediterranean shoreline before setting off for Italy or Greece. But it was with the arrival of the 20th century jet-set that Marbella began its journey from village to international glamour capital.
Children in many countries around Europe will feel envious when they hear that for Spanish kids, Christmas is still going on and creating magic until the 6th January each year. Unlike their counterparts in other nations, youngsters in Spain receive their main presents almost a week after the New Year has arrived and they will still be eating sweets, with their parents’ full permission.