Why we love Estepona

Why we love Estepona

Located just east of Puerto Banus and Marbella, Estepona is a charming beachside resort town close to all amenities, with the coastal highway that leads to Málaga and the airport a few minutes away. Estepona is an absolute dream for anyone who longs to spend their days under the glorious sun, with an average of 325 days of sunshine a year. But Estepona is much more than just a sunny haven, thanks to its beautiful beaches, endless shopping options, traditional restaurants and exotic safari’s. There is something for everyone here and below are our top picks:

Beautiful beaches
Who doesn’t love the idea of relaxing next to the shores of the Mediterranean? Starting off with the quaint cove of Playa Del Cristo to the West of the town, and then the opposing endless stretch of beautiful white sands at the La Rada Beach to the East, Estepona is perfect for relaxing days at the beach. A wonderful palm lined promenade, the Paseo Maritimo runs beside the beach and is an excellent place to walk and keep fit. The small marina and fishing port is filled with great places to eat and where an artisan market is held weekly.

Exciting Shopping Experiences
Estepona has it all, from the iconic marina market that has been occurring for over 30 years, with stunning souvenirs and garments. It’s an authentic and traditional experience, whilst wandering the whitewashed town centre offers an array of shops, bars and restaurants and is characterized by beautiful flower-filled avenues culminating in Flores Square. If you love a label El Corte Inglés, stocks huge name brands including Ralph Lauren, Versace, Michael Kors, Lanvin.

Safari Adventure
Selwo Aventura is fun for the whole family, and yes you heard right Safari in Spain. Immerse yourself with African wildlife in their natural settings on this huge safari, with the most exotic animals including a White Rhinoceros, Asian Elephants and so much more. With extra activities including archery, hanging bridges, zip-lines & trampolines available it’s never-ending high-octane fun. It’s excellent value as well and if you have children under 3 then they get in for free.

Known as the garden of the Costa del Sol, Estepona appeals to those looking to enjoy the luxury lifestyle of the area with a quieter feel than neighbouring Puerto Banus and Marbella. Here you’ll find golf courses aplenty with around 30 courses within 5-30 minutes’ drive to suit your game. It is the perfect location to set up home.

Sophisticated Sotogrande

Sophisticated Sotogrande

Sotogrande is an exclusive resort and is home to some of the most powerful and wealthy families of both Spain and the United Kingdom. In this area, you will see some stunning natural beauty where cyclists, walkers and hikers can explore. The marina is brimming with stunning yachts during the summer time as visitors dock here to enjoy all that Spain in famous for.

Despite not forming part of the resort’s original development the marina now boasts a total of 1,382 berths and some of the steepest mooring costs in Europe. Elegant waterside apartments and multi-coloured townhouses cluster around the marina while the quayside promenade features high end gastronomic dining and fashionable boutique shopping.
The floating palaces parked up here have included ones owned by Top Gear co-host Eddie Jordan, Santander Bank president Emilio Botin and Bourbon prince Louis Alphonse. Located at the eastern entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, this ‘millionaire’s playground’ has become a mandatory stop for any vessel starting its stay in the Mediterranean.

It is during these summer months that Sotogrande springs to life with international polo being a draw for many international visitors. August is the month when Santa María Polo Club becomes home to the most important social and sports gathering on the Costa del Sol; the International Polo Tournament.

Enjoy a round of golf at the exclusive San Roque Club. The San Roque Club offers all the facilities you’d expect of the finest and most exclusive meeting place on the Costa del Sol. The two contrasting golf courses are as challenging as they are beautiful and away from the greens, four very different restaurants serve up a stunning array of high-class cuisine, from Japanese to tapas. The equestrian centre’s top class facilities appeal to everyone from novices to experts, and if a more relaxing visit appeals, the terraces, the heated pool or beauty and therapeutic treatments are among the facilities members enjoy.

It’s more than all this though – there is a real air of exclusivity about Sotogrande. It has its own Ferrari dealership and a helipad too. It is geared up for the rich and famous to visit and they do.

If you are in the market for a stunning property in Sotogrande then you will find a level of affordable luxury in here. 30 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Marbella and Puerto Banus, you can reach the lovely VAT free island of Gibraltar in 15 minutes. Contact us if you’d like to know more about this area.

Escape to the hills – why La Zagaleta is an exclusive paradise

Escape to the hills – why La Zagaleta is an exclusive paradise

If you are looking for a fabulous, exclusive mansion then it’s La Zagaleta that should be your focus. As one of the most prestigious addresses in Europe, let alone Marbella, La Zagaleta is renowned as an elite country club, perfect for those who prize peace, privacy and security.

Tucked into the foothills of the Sierra Bermeja mountain ranges that separate the Costa del Sol from its beautiful hinterland, La Zagaleta is an exclusive country club estate.

From their elevated position, properties here enjoy breath-taking views of the Mediterranean coastline, looking out over the glistening blue sea towards Gibraltar and Morocco.
Surrounded by open countryside, La Zagaleta enjoys a peaceful, rural location, yet it’s just minutes away from the delightful town of San Pedro, the glamorous marina of Puerto Banús, and the beaches, bright lights and attractions of Marbella.

Properties here are all set within large private grounds and, as a gated community, benefit from the site’s state-of-the-art security system. This is further enhanced by the convenience of a 24-hour concierge service.
Public areas are beautifully manicured and maintained to meticulously high standards. All homeowners can become members of the residents’ only golf club, with its stylish clubhouse, social club, bar and restaurant. There is also a first-class horse-riding centre and racquets club.
The properties for sale in La Zagaleta rank amongst the finest in Europe, forming part of an international catalogue of super-homes starting at about €2 million and increasing to more than 10 times that figure.
Properties incorporate the highest standards of quality and design features, ensuring comfort comes hand-in-hand with effortless functionality.
La Zagaleta homes typically feature guest wings, extensive living and sleeping quarters, state-of-the-art kitchens, bathrooms, wine cellars, spas, gyms, home cinemas, garages, secure zones, complete electronic management systems and helipads.
La Zagaleta was developed by Enrique Perez Flores, who began to structure the resort in 1991. He bought the land from Adnan Khashoggi, who used the estate as his hunting grounds. Initially there were no properties, aside from Khashoggi’s house – which is now The Clubhouse – and Flores set about creating a select community, keeping development to a minimum.
La Zagaleta has stayed true to Flores’ initial concept and is now understandably one of the most exclusive and expensive areas in the region – but with this price tag come endless benefits.
Residents of La Zagaleta are typically those who value privacy and exclusivity. The exceptional environment attracts many of the rich and famous from Europe, North America, the Middle East and beyond who come to enjoy nature, comfort, luxury, privacy and the exclusivity of this address.

If you are interested in the property for sale in La Zagaleta, why not contact Bromley Estates today.

August in Andalucia

August in Andalucia

As the temperatures heat up and the beaches swell with families enjoying the height of summertime there are plenty of other things to enjoy whilst you are here, whether you are resident or visitor.

Entertainment
The Starlite Festival is on throughout the month and you can catch some great national and international acts. It really is a great night out. Check out who is playing and book your tickets here: https://starlitemarbella.com/en/

Malaga Feria
This well-known feria is one not to miss. From the morning, the streets of Malaga start filling up with people dancing sevillanas and drinking sweet wine to the beat of clapping. As the sun sets, the fair site opens its doors to let people in to enjoy concerts, music, kids’ attractions and a long list of other activities. Shooting games are interspersed with the famous tombola and delicious candy floss. Malaga does a feria very well so come along and enjoy 15-24 August. There will be other ferias in Andalucia throughout August.

Watch the Sunset at the Parador de San Nicolas, Granada
At day trip to Granada is a must when you are visiting. So much history and culture and it is something very different to a day on the beach. One of the most beautiful views in the world can be found in the famous Parador de San Nicolás in Granada. The picturesque neighbourhood of Albaicín watches the sun go down each day in one of the prettiest sunsets on the planet, where the Alhambra sits majestically before you, bathed in different colours until night falls. Fantastic photo opportunities.

Head to the hills
It may be too hot to sit at the beach so why not go and explore Benhavis. This luxury resort boasts and excellent selection of fine dining restaurants. You could play a round at Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club and then after lunch wander around Tower Park, an oasis in the town centre.

Catch a game of polo
Throughout August in Sotogrande the Santa Maria Polo Club becomes home to most important social and sporting gathering on the international polo circuit. Mix with the rich and famous who love to come along and watch. Whilst over here you could perhaps charter a boat out of the marina or head to Gibraltar for some tax-free shopping.

Beaches
We have to mention the beaches of Andalucia as they really are the perfect place to chill out as the Mediterranean laps the shores. Cooling down in the ocean is the perfect antidote to being roasted on a sunlounger and the chiringuitos will be serving espeto – the culinary delight of fresh baked sardines on a skewer – a local delicacy you should definitely try. If the beach doesn’t appeal then there are plenty of trendy beach clubs along the coast including Nikki Beach, where the party is ready for you.

If all this excitement has you thinking about buying property in Andalucia we have a fabulous selection.

Have you booked a ticket to Starlite Marbella 2019?

Have you booked a ticket to Starlite Marbella 2019?

Starlite Marbella is a well-known festival that brings national and international artists to the Costa del Sol every year. Whatever your music tastes there really is something for everyone here. The festival commenced on 5th July and goes on until 23rd August so there are plenty of dates to suit those that live here or may be on holiday.

You can buy weekly ticket passes and VIP tables if you are looking for a fabulous time. Here are a selection of the acts performing:

19th July – Jamie Cullum
Jamie Cullum will perform on Friday, July 19th 2019 at the Auditorium stage of Starlite.
Starlite welcomes the British jazz reference Jamie Cullum, on his second visit to the festival. Cullum turned upside down Starlite on 2013 with his energy and enthusiasm for music, and he will do it again this year with his so acclaimed and particular voice.

23rd July – Sting
The Starlite audience will be able to hear “Englishman In New York”, “Fields Of Gold”, “Shape Of My Heart”, “Every Breath You Take”, “Roxanne”, “Message In A Bottle” and many more, with Sting accompanied by an electric, rock ensemble.

24th July – John Legend
The critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, and platinum-selling singer-songwriter John Legend will attend the boutique festival for the first time, to share with the audience his music, which has garnered him ten Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award among many others.

3rd August – Luis Fonsi
The singer-songwriter and musician, currently coach of The Voice Spain, launched in 2019 his ninth and latest album, “VIDA”. With these new songs and remixes, Fonsi will land on the Auditorium stage of the festival to make the audience dance and enjoy an endless party, in addition to his global hits: “Despacito”, “Imposible”, “Calypso” or “Échame la culpa”.

5th August – James Rhodes & Katie Melua
Acclaimed pianist and James and talented vocalist Katie are performing for the first time at Starlite and its set to be a great night.

13th August – Jason Derulo
After his amazing performance at the festival in 2017, Derulo and his uncanny ability to find new angles and true trends will be back sharing his music in order to delight the audience once again. His 11 career-defining platinum singles include hits such as “Want to Want Me”, “Whatcha Say”, “In My Head”, “Ridin’ Solo” or “Don’t Wanna Go Home”.

There are so many great acts this year, you are sure to be going more than once if you love music like we do.

For more information check out the official website: https://starlitemarbella.com/en/

Happy San Juan

Happy San Juan

Today is the Summer Solstice marking the traditional start of summer when the children start their holidays. Everywhere becomes more bustling along the Costa del Sol during the three high summer months.

Noche de San Juan is celebrated on 23rd June with the main feature being those amazing bonfires you see along the resorts along the coast where people take to the beach to celebrate the start of summer.

The festival is celebrated all over Spain. But some of the most spectacular festivities are observed in the capital city of Madrid, Granada, Barcelona, Alicante, Valencia, and Gran Canaria. Coastal cities boast the most scenic celebrations though, as the bonfires are set right on the beach.

At midnight on Saturday 23 June 2019, effigies will be burned on the bonfires. According to tradition, if people jump over the bonfire three times on San Juan’s night, they will be cleansed and purified. It is ritual with pagan roots that rules at San Juan. After midnight, people wash their faces and feet three times in order to be granted three wishes and for a happy twelve months thereafter. How many times will you get to enjoy a moonlight swim!

Traditionally, the Spanish did not visit the beach until this day in each year but if you are of European descent the weather has been far too tempting to keep us from the beaches this summer.

In Malaga you’ll find the activity at Malagueta beach where entertainment starts at 9pm and goes on until dawn. In Marbella, head down to Cable Beach where music starts at 9pm.
In Benalmadena the most popular beaches are Bil-Bil and Santa Ana. Festivities start in the streets of Arroyo de Miel with fireworks and music at Bil-Bil Castle until 1am.

In Mijas Costa, as in other areas along the coast, San Juan Festival is the one night of the year when you are allowed to light fires on the beaches. This is definitely one in the event calendar for the whole family, with a great relaxed atmosphere. Midnight swimming, playing games on the beach and of course large family picnics until the early hours of the morning!

It is fair to say that wherever you are along the Costa del Sol on Sunday 23rd June – head down to the beach and you will find something going on. This is a wonderful festival to enjoy with family and friends and one of the many reasons we think living in Spain is fantastic.

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