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.
Thanks to its setting and micro-climate, Marbesa was, in fact, one of the first coastal sections of Marbella to be ‘discovered’ and developed. This happened at a time when there was still a lot of open shoreline, so where later frontline beach areas in Marbella became increasingly the focus of apartments and hotels, property development in Marbesa is unusually characterised by private villas situated within a short stroll of some of the area’s best sandy beaches.
La Resina, which is on the New Golden Mile and falls under the Estepona municipality, is fast becoming a highly desirable residential area. Located on the slopes above the New Golden Mile, it is within a few minutes drive of the bustling town of Estepona with all its amenities, such as supermarkets, international schools, hospitals and numerous other leisure activities, including Estepona tennis club and golf.