With so much attention on Marbella and its immediate surroundings, one can sometimes forget that there are some excellent alternatives on either side of this glamorous resort town. Estepona is a prime example right now, an upcoming town with an inspirational mayor, José María García Urbano, who has invested in renovating the charming historic town centre, upgrading infrastructure, introducing public art, inaugurating parks and green zones, as well as new sports facilities, attractions and a brand new hospital for the area.
Within Marbella, and much of the Mediterranean region, the Golden Mile represents the ultimate address and lifestyle. An embodiment of glamour and luxury, this 6.5 kilometre-long avenue flanked by palm trees, parks, luxurious resort hotels and private gardens is the place to own a property in Marbella, and as a result the place where you will find the finest Marbella property and luxury amenities.
El Paraíso, is situated just west of San Pedro Alcántara and Guadalmina, and was the first luxury residential resort area to be developed within Estepona’s municipal boundaries. The golf course designed by the legendary Gary Player in 1970 was also among the earliest on the Costa del Sol, and it provided the focal point around which attractive villas and small apartment and townhouse complexes took root.
This year, the glamorous marina of Puerto Banús celebrates its 50th anniversary. Opened in 1970 with a lavish, jet-set party, this exclusive yacht marina has gone on to become a beacon of luxury that attracts the biggest stars, largest yachts and high society from around the world. Puerto Banús is a hub for fine dining, nightlife, café society, designer shopping, jewellery stores and one of the largest and finest El Corte Inglés department stores in Spain.
Long before Marbella was known there was a private hunting estate set within an idyllic area of outstanding natural beauty. The property encompassed dozens of hectares of land in the hills above San Pedro Alcántara, a small town close to Marbella, from where it offered wonderful views of the wooded mountains, the Mediterranean Sea and the deep blue Andalusian skies.
Marbella is sufficiently big to have different areas each with their own setting, property types, price range and characteristics. Different parts of Marbella suit different lifestyles, so if you want to be close to all amenities and nightlife, Puerto Banús is a good place to be. People who like being surrounded by a more authentically Spanish ambience seek homes nearer the downtown area of Marbella, while others enjoy the country club environment of El Madroñal, La Zagaleta, Los Flamingos or La Quinta.