About Marbella

The appeal of marvellous Marbella in Andalucía is easy to see. The most southerly part of mainland Europe offers a wonderful climate, arguably the best in mainland Spain and in continental Europe, with over 320 days of sunshine and a solid and well-established infrastructure that provides an excellent standard of living.
 
There are international schools, a remarkable 65 golf courses within a two-hour drive, elegant marinas, good shopping, winter skiing within two hours and a rich and varied nightlife. A recently expanded international airport, only a half an hour’s drive from Marbella, has regular direct flights weekly and sometimes daily to over 120 different international destinations, making property in Marbella highly desirable. Marbella, at the heart of the south-facing Costa del Sol, ticks all the right boxes for residents and tourists and provides a strong and lengthy rental season for homeowners. With a winter population (counting the official and floating populations) exceeding 300,000 inhabitants, growing to over 800,000 in August, Marbella is probably the only resort city on the Mediterranean which can truly boast a full 12 month season.

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International aristocrats and celebrities first discovered the area through the classy Marbella Club back in the 1950s and this glamorous global fame has endured. Today Marbella remains one of Europe’s best known beach resorts, popular with many nationalities for the reliable and desirable holiday experience it provides.
 
The well-documented post-recession problems on this golden coast saw prices pinned back and demand fade, but for those who know and love Marbella, confidence has returned. Over 85 per cent of residential property purchases in the Marbella area are by foreigners and sales volumes here have been increasing impressively since 2012. Figures from the Spanish Department of Public Works show the number of buyers choosing a Marbella home has risen dramatically in the past two years as prices in most areas remain 15 to 25 per cent below their 2008 highs. Latest figures show an annual increase of 28 per cent in sales volume for Marbella in 2014.
 
Prime areas to the west of Marbella Town include the ever-popular Golden Mile, the palm tree-lined coastal strip linking to neighbouring Puerto Banus. This remains the jet-set playground for its wonderful marina and designer shops. A home in this area provides quick access to the Med and to some of the best local golf courses.
 
Nueva Andalucía is a quieter alternative to high wattage Puerto Banus. Located just behind the port, Nueva Andalucia offers swift access to the Sierra de Ronda Mountains yet it still boasts an excellent selection of restaurants, two golf courses (with an additional three in adjacent estates) and sports facilities. Luxury villas and apartments are newer with typical Andalucian or modern architecture, while the elevation provides good sea views.
 
A little further west and inland, adjacent to the municipality of Marbella, the mountain village of Benahavis combines beautiful narrow streets, Moorish white-washed architecture, several golf courses and one of the finest foodie reputations in Spain, all of which help explain its popularity with a discerning international audience.
 
The 900-hectare private residential and sporting estate of La Zagelata in the Benahavis hills has tight security and 230 high quality homes with plans for a further 190 plots. Excellent facilities there include two 18-hole golf courses, an equestrian centre and a tennis club. La Zagaleta is considered one of the most unique Country Club type of estates in Europe. 

 
 
Spanish Property

A country as large as Spain offers a big selection of property and areas to live in. Newer homes include seaside apartments and homes on gated golf resorts, but older properties, and especially rural ones, have been attracting buyers eager to connect with an authentic Spanish country lifestyle.

 
Property in Spain

It might have been sunshine and sea that brought early home owners and holiday makers to Spain, but it is the increasingly sophisticated facilities on offer that have kept them coming back.