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A long weekend in Marbella

A long weekend in Marbella

If you a yearning for a taste of the Spanish lifestyle why not hop over for a long weekend in Marbella and sample the delights the region has to offer.
Whether you fly in to Malaga or Gibraltar (great for tax free shopping) your trip must include a visit to the Old Town. Marbella’s Old Town is the perfect place to unwind in a beautiful restaurant drinking your favourite tipple. Wandering the streets of this part of town is the antidote to a stressful life. Los Naranjos Plaza is the centre point of where lovely architecture meets a chilled vibe. The buildings are all whitewashed and topped with terracotta roofs, and many date back to the Renaissance. Some are wrapped in bougainvillea; in fact the whole area is bright with flowers.
For a completely different feel wandering the luxury marina of Puerto Banus is a stark contrast where designer boutiques, sports cars and super yachts merge to create a place that draws visitors with its French Riviera feel.
No trip to Marbella would be complete without a trip to one of the 20 beaches that line this stretch of coast. Relax in a beach side chiringuito, wander along the beach or if you enjoy a party there are several lively beach clubs here including Nikki Beach.
If golf is your passion you will be spoilt for choice with no less than 32 golf courses in the region. There are clubs to suit every level as well as some elite clubs too. Just along the coast in Sotogrande you can play at the exclusive Valderrama or catch a game of polo. Head down to the marina for a bite to eat or charter a boat and head out for a little sailing.
There is so much to see and do in this area that living here is a real pleasure. Whatever your passions and pleasures living on this stretch of coastline offers an abundance of things to do that contribute to the Spanish lifestyle everyone loves.
If you are looking for property whether it is a holiday home or you are looking to transition to living here then talk to one of our knowledge team who can work with you to find the property and area best suited for you.

Thinking of buying in Mijas Costa?

Thinking of buying in Mijas Costa?

Covering a 12 kilometre stretch of coastline, Mijas Costa includes the urbanisations of La Cala, Sitio de Calahonda, Riviera del Sol and Miraflores. Each of these is almost a village in its own right nowadays, each having a full range of amenities. There is a micro climate here that leaves the area bathed in sunshine and it is popular with tourists from all over Europe and therefore a perfect investment opportunity if you are looking to buy a property.

La Cala is just 25 minutes’ drive west from Malaga International Airport. It has a more traditional feel than anywhere else between Marbella and Fuengirola as it was a former fishing village and stretches into the hills behind leading into the golf fairways of La Cala Resort and Mijas Golf.

There are so many golf courses just on your doorstep here including Mijas Golf, El Chaparral and Miraflores and with more than 300 sunny days a year, if golf is your passion then you should play in Spain.

The commercial centre of La Cala village has all the amenities you’d need whether visitor or resident including supermarkets, bars, restaurants and shops. There is a lovely weekly market here that is open in winter and bustling in during the spring and summer months.

Sitio de Calahonda, Riviera del Sol and Miraflores are large urbanisations made up of a full range of properties, including apartments, villas and townhouses. You can easily choose any property type and there will be something to suit your needs in these areas that suit those looking for a more relaxed pace of life than Marbella or Puerto Banus.

Starting at the beachside, where you find most of the areas bars, restaurants, supermarkets and shops – the urbanisations have spread up to the base of the mountain, giving spectacular views to the properties situated up there. Properties are definitely more affordable here, as this is not intended to be an exclusive area. It is excellent for families, retirees, and anyone wishing to get on the property ladder in the sunshine!

Mijas Costa is a great place to invest and buy property, whether you want to get in to the holiday rental business, or for those who would simply like a warmer home away from home. New and off plan developments in these areas are good investments so talk to one of our team today to find out more.

Spanish property market improving

Spanish property market improving

The Spanish residential property sales figures for January this year show upward movement aiding the market’s recovery. 

We have noticed that in this region clients have an interest in buying off plan as some of these deals offer attractive terms in the form of payment structures. They also provide great location with contemporary style and in many cases great views and on site facilities.

Official government data shows a total of 47,289 residential property sales were recorded during the first month of the year. This represents a rise of 23.1% on January 2017 and the highest figure recorded since May 2008.

Spain and particularly the Costa del Sol has rarely failed in attracting foreign buyers due to its fabulous climate and wonderful outdoors lifestyle.

All of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions reported increased sales activity with the most significant occurring in Asturias (55.7%), Comunidad Valenciana (40.5%) and Murcia (39%).

Residential property sales in January were 60% higher than those recorded in January 2014 which is further confirmation that the Spanish property market is continuing to thrive while long term upward trends add further momentum to the recovery.

Property prices suitable for all budgets pull in investment and people looking for second homes whether that is a luxury villa or contemporary apartment. Here on the Costa del Sol there is literally a property to suit almost every buyers needs so contact us today to find out how we can help you find your dream home.

Semana Santa & the start of Spring

Semana Santa & the start of Spring

Holy Week or Semana Santa, in Andalucia is an event that every year literally transforms towns and cities across the region. Processions of elaborately decorated floats with Jesus and Mary statues, groups of Nazarenos (penitents) and brass bands walk slowly through the streets, from their local church to the cathedral and back.

Parades start on Sunday 25 March and run through to Easter Sunday with Malaga and Seville having some of the biggest and boldest celebrations. If you have never been in the area at this time of year, it is an amazing experience, and a great time to visit. Yes, cities and towns will be very busy but like any great experience it is well worth it even if you do have to wait a little longer for a table at your favourite restaurant. You will never see anything like it!

As the start of Spring too it is the perfect time to get away from it all and relax whether you are coming for a golfing break with friends or a shopping or culture trip. In Malaga, you can combine all of these and more. With museums and art galleries aplenty being the birth place of Picasso, Malaga has something for all tastes.

Spring time in Spain is truly delightful – you can enjoy every aspect of outdoor living with a lovely climate that doesn’t get too hot. Beaches are quieter and the love of outdoor life shows as more keen cyclists, joggers and walkers head out for fresh air. Tapas at a beach side chiringuito is a guilty pleasure as the first throng of warmth means balmy and comfortable temperatures.

Perfect golf weather or indeed just the right time to get out onto the water with a boat charter or trip. In certain spots along the coastline you can even see dolphins!

So, if you are tempted by the sound of this, book those flights and hotels. Living here it is easy to just drive around the coast and stop at the place that attracts you the most.

Ten years of high speed rail travel to Malaga

Ten years of high speed rail travel to Malaga

The infrastructure in Spain is key to boosting sustainable tourist numbers and the AVE ends 2017 with 2.4 million passengers proving high speed train travel is popular for tourists and locals alike. Plans are also under way for new services such as a connection to Granada and faster service to Seville.

On 23 December 2007, a high-speed train arrived for the first time at Malaga’s main railway station, María Zambrano. The arrival of a Series 103 at about 12.30pm was a historic moment in Malaga province with the commercial service beginning the following day.

The service is marking its first major anniversary in fine form, with 20.5 million people having travelled between Madrid and Malaga during that time, and it has reached a new record this year with more than 2.44 million users. That is about 3.8 per cent more than last year.

Rail is the perfect way to travel, it allows for you to see the natural beauty of the country as you travel through it. Timeless and romantic, yet modern and high speed, if you haven’t enjoyed a journey by train we would highly recommend it.

Over the past ten years more direct connections have been added, with cities such as Barcelona, Zaragoza and Valencia, and next year there will also be a service to Granada. The journey to Seville from Malaga is also expected to become much faster in 2020. Lines are being built to other destinations as well, so the AVE high-speed services will continue to expand in coming years. The whole rail network with its epicentre in Malaga has been used by 27.5 million people since 2007.

The AVE has brought Malaga and Madrid closer together with an optimum journey time of just over two and a half hours, especially impressive for the inhabitants of the Spanish capital, where any journey within the city can take around an hour. From a business perspective, it can be said that the Costa del Sol has already become a technology park and hub for investment which is accessible from Madrid, and from a tourism point of view, it has become one of three major destinations for those seeking sunshine and beaches, together with Valencia and Alicante.

Christmas Markets on the Costa del Sol

Christmas Markets on the Costa del Sol

You don’t need to go far to get into the spirit of Christmas here in Andalucia. Whether the sun is shining or there are a few raindrops you can enjoy a little Christmas shopping and purchase a few novelty gifts at some of the loveliest markets from Malaga to Estepona.
Alternatively, we are blessed with some great places to shop for Christmas. From the upmarket shops and boutiques of Marbella to the sprawling shopping centres of Miramar and Centro Plaza. You can also take a trip into Gibraltar for a few VAT free goodies and excellent prices on gold from one of the many jewellers on Main Street.
If you love the idea of a Christmas market here’s a list of some places you can find them.

MALAGA
One of the most popular in the whole province, the capital’s market runs from November 24 to January 7 at the Pier One in the port.

FUENGIROLA
Find food stalls, popup restaurants and more at the Plaza de la Constitucion. Open from November 15 to December 14 (10.30am to 2.30pm and 5pm to 9pm)

TORROX
This year’s Torrox market runs from December 5 to 10 (from 5pm) and from December 6-10 11am to 9.30pm at Restaurante Horto-Malaga

MARBELLA
This is a one day event at the La Virginia on December 8 so catch it whilst you can.

BENALMADENA TRADITIONS FESTIVAL
This too is a one-day affair on December 9, at Plaza de la Mezquita, Arroyo de la Miel
BENALMADENA MARKET
Running on the Avenida de la Constitucion from December 1-10.

ESTEPONA
In the centre of town there is a huge Christmas atmosphere with performances by choirs and nativity scenes and a Christmas concert, Christmas sweets contest and a Christmas market until January 5. The start date of the market has not yet been confirmed.
Further along the coastal highway in Manilva, this year there is a Gastronomic Fair being held this weekend. You can try and buy local produce and watch the lights switch on.

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