Marbella areas overview
The coast of Marbella starts in Cabopino, on the east side as you come from Malaga, and finishes in Guadalmina, on the west side by San Pedro de Alcantara. The following is an overview of the main residential areas of Marbella and surroundings. For further information on subareas and specific neighbourhoods or communities visit our Blog or get in contact with us:
- Marbella East – Los Monteros
- Marbella Old Town
- Marbella Centre & Old Town Marbella
- The Golden Mile
- Puerto Banus
- Nueva Andalucia
- Guadalmina – San Pedro de Alcantara
Marbella East and Los Monteros
The east area of Marbella, extending from Rio Real and Los Monteros up to the Cabopino leisure port, is less developed, has lots of green and tall Mediterranean pine trees, and enjoys the best soft sand beaches in Marbella, some with dunes which are protected, and several golf clubs.
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Marbella Old Town, the charm of Andalucia
Old Town Marbella is charming and traditionally Andalusian. Amid all the focus on the glamorous marinas, the beaches, the luxurious villas suburbs and the jet-set penthouses, one of the most charming parts of this diverse town is sometimes overlooked – the Casco Antiguo, or Old Town.
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Marbella Centre and the Paseo Maritimo
The beachside of Marbella town center is the newer area of the city, with numerous businesses and shops. The main street Ricardo Soriano divides the city into the beachside and the upper part including the Old Town. The Paseo Maritimo extending from the quaint La Bajadilla fishing harbour just east of Marbella’s epicentre past its seaside frontage en route to the Golden Mile and Puerto Banus.
The Paseo Maritimo is a promenade in which exercise, relaxation, glamour and a relaxed laissez-faire all coexist beautifully. Some luxurious apartment complexes are situated here just bordering the Gran Melia Don Pepe hotel, such as Gran Marbella, Mare Nostrum, Los Cipreses del Mar, Don Gonzalo, Atrium and Jardin del Mediterraneo. Opposite the “Copper Tower” is situated Jardines del Principe, the newest luxury apartment complex on the fringe of Marbella town. If you are looking to live close to the beach and at walking distance to shops, restaurants and the Old Town, this is the right spot.
On the upper part of Ricardo Soriano main street stand some charming residential neighborhoods, such as Huerta Belon, where mainly medium to small size villas where built in small plots. These villas are sought after properties among Spanish and foreigners, for being at a short walk from the town centre, and at the same time in a peaceful surrounding.
The Golden Mile
This famous stretch runs parallel to the sea and to the famous beach promenade, from the west side of Marbella town, through the main road N-340 until Puerto Banus. It is considered the best location in Marbella and is called The Golden Mile. Its exclusive reputation comes from the opening of the Marbella Club Hotel in the 50s.
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Puerto José Banús more commonly named as Puerto Banús, is home to some of the most exclusive private yachts in the world. The origins of Puerto Banus remount to the beginning of 1970s when the well-known Spanish property developer José Banús started the project. The port has grown into Marbella’s main recreation area, with the opening of high-fashion designer boutiques, countless restaurants, bars and night clubs.
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Nueva Andalucia, a green valley and a social hub
Nueva Andalucia situated just inland from Puerto Banus and at a short distance from Marbella city, is a large and luxurious residential area dominated above all by villas and golf courses set within a green valley that borders beautiful countryside. Here you will find attractive apartment complexes with amazing views over the golf and the mountain La Concha, and exclusive villas on leafy streets in an area dissected by the lush greenery of some of Marbella’s finest golf courses.
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Guadalmina – San Pedro de Alcantara
The town of San Pedro, where the exclusive residential suburb of Guadalmina belongs, is part of the Marbella municipality. San Pedro de Alcantara retains its quaint Andalusian village atmosphere, with many small shops, cafes and tapas bars, while Guadalmina is one of the most exclusive residential area of Marbella bordering with San Pedro to the east.
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Surroundings areas of Marbella
Benahavis and its prestigious country clubs
Benahavis is a quaint hillside village, which Marbella residents often visit for lunch at one of the countless village restaurants. The broader hillside area of the village includes such renowned and prestigious urbanizations as La Zagaleta, El Madroñal, Los Flamingos with the five stars Villa Padierna Palace Hotel and 3 golf courses, the Marbella Club Resort with its golf course and equestrian center, Monte Mayor, as well as La Alqueria, Capanes Sur, Atalaya and Monte Halcones.
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Estepona and the New Golden Mile
Estepona municipality borders with Guadalmina to the east, where Casasola is situated. The town of Estepona remains authentically Andalusian in spirit, as it has not been impregnated with the international flair of Marbella. The port offers a variety of restaurants and bars. The broader area is extensive, and includes the stretch locally known as the New Golden Mile with urbanizations such as Menara beach, Cabo Bermejo, Torre Bermeja, Los Granados del Mar and Los Granados Playa.
The five stars hotel Kempinski is located on this coastal stretch, as well as the Laguna Village shopping center. The best equestrian center on the Costa del Sol is also located here on the hills (Escuela de Arte Ecuestre Costa del Sol). Estepona offers several golf courses such as El Paraiso, Atalaya and Valle Romano on the west part.
Read more about Estepona in our Blog.