In reality Manilva is a little white-plastered village set on a slight rise overlooking rolling countryside not two kilometres from the beaches of Sabinillas, just west of Estepona. It is linked to Estepona, Marbella, Sotogrande and Gibraltar by both a coastal road and toll motorway, the latter cutting the drive to Marbella down to 20 minutes. Famous for its sweet wine orchards, the village is surrounded by countryside that rises to meet the lower reaches of the Serranía de Ronda mountain range.
Charmingly typical, Manilva is a little Spanish country village that offers a delightful sense of authentic Andalucía right on the doorstep of the coastal resort that has arisen on its sandy shores. Flanking this area on both sides are the pleasant residential areas of Sabinillas and La Duquesa, where a golf course and marina add an appealing natural setting close to the sea, mountains, entertainment, nature, golf and places of cultural interest.
While few foreigners buy in the village itself, the surrounding coastal and residential areas are greatly sought after. Most own holiday homes here or come to retire close to the beach and golf course, while the attractive prices have also begun to attract investors keen on mid-term prospects. What also appeals to many is the fact that, while it is close to Marbella and all the coastal region’s amenities, the Manilva area has an informal relaxed atmosphere about it and feels more connected to its Andalusian surroundings.
Lower prices than in Marbella means Manilva offers more home for your money. There are villas in pleasant residential areas close to golf, frontline beach marina apartments and also high-spec apartments in luxurious complexes that feature a lot of space and luxury for less.