If the Costa del Sol is your destination of choice but you’re not too sure about which areas you should be looking at, don’t worry. There’s more to this fantastic region in the south of Spain than first meets the eye. Aside from fabulous beaches and a temperate climate, living here offers the luxury outdoor lifestyle that means golf, tennis, water sports, paddle, horse riding and many other activities could be part of your daily routine. Here are a few suggestions of where to buy property in the Costa del Sol. You could also read through Buyers Guide to understand the simple process of buying a home here in Spain.
Places don’t get much more fabulous than Marbella. As a well-known upmarket location, it has attracted the rich and famous for decades. You can easily find a dream home as there are so many property types available so a wide range of budgets and size requirements are catered for. There are many reasons to live in Marbella: the temperate Mediterranean climate, the beautiful hills and nearby national parks, some of the most beautiful beaches, the Old Town and the huge range of dining and entertainment options. Overall, Marbella is a popular place to live, with over 140,000 expats and locals calling it home. Step just outside Marbella and you can find lovely areas like Las Chapas, Calahonda and San Pedro – here you can find amazing properties that will tick all your boxes if being in the heart of the action isn’t for you. We can’t leave Marbella without mentioning its opulent marina, Puerto Banus. This is a place to see and be seen with luxury yachts abound.
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. It’s becoming more and more popular and the real estate investments here are growing with demand. For anyone who wants to be by the coast and still experience the traditional Spanish lifestyle, Estepona is the ideal place for you. The whitewashed town centre offers an array of shops, bars and restaurants and is characterized by flower-filled avenues culminating in Flores Square and there is a weekly market down by the marina. A truly delightful place to set up home with a great cross-section of activities and amenities. Investors and homebuyers are constantly on the lookout for property for sale in Estepona.
Known as one of the most prestigious villages on the Costa del Sol, Benhavis is an area well known for its golf and gastronomy. When it comes to investing in property you will find real luxury properties in this super private and exclusive enclave. Though the village itself is relatively small, it really does pack a punch! The quaint town is remarkably unspoilt, with the beautiful scenic countryside surrounding the area. Benahavis is located around 7kms from Marbella and Puerto Banus, so you have all the amenities of those resorts including luxury nightlife, fine dining and superb boutiques not too far from your peaceful countryside location. Properties here are highly sought after especially in the area of La Zagaleta. 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.
We have detailed three areas to look for luxury properties in the Costa del Sol and there are many more dotted along the coastline and inland. Each resort offers something a little different, so if Marbella, Estepona and Benahavis are not for you, talk to one of our property experts. They know the areas very well and so can help you find the resort that will suit your lifestyle expectations.
Whether you are looking for somewhere to moor your yacht, or just love being in a nautical environment, the Costa del Sol has just the spot for everyone. Though you don’t need to be a water sport enthusiast or have a yacht to enjoy these vibrant marinas as there is so much to do.
Without a doubt, the most famous marina in Spain, and not only because of its nautical value. Puerto Banús is the epitome of luxury and glamour, and it is the place where the most exclusive social parties take place. Along its piers you can find huge and magnificent yachts. Only the most exclusive clients can access the mooring area and port side there are an array of high fashion shops. Here you will also be able to find restaurants where you can have lunch or brunch surrounded by all these majestic vessels.
Puerto Marina, Benalmadena
Benalmádena marina has been honoured as “The Best Marina in the World” on two occasions (1995 and 1997). This award is given by international magazines specialised in the matter. Puerto Marina is a place where adults and children alike enjoy their stay. Apart from its beautiful ships and its streets facing the sea, the town is full of shops and restaurants. If you wish to go dancing at night, then Puerto Marina is the place that comes alive. Sea Life Benaladena is located here as well.
Port of Malaga
The Port of Malaga has been undergoing a modernization of its facilities and creating new spaces within its southern area to moor super yachts. Pier One is one of the must-see spots of the city of Málaga where you can find an exclusive shopping centre and one of the most important cultural attractions of the city, the Pompidou Centre of Malaga. This arty city is then right there to explore with fine restaurants and art galleries abound, history and culture and beautiful architecture. You can also connect internationally as the airport is around 15 minutes out of the city.
Estepona is considered the “Garden of Costa del Sol” and its beauty is masterfully blended with the uniqueness of its port. The Marina of Estepona is at the western end of the promenade and makes an ideal place to stroll while you photograph yourself with boats that are moored there. Every week there’s a street market set up there too. This is a smaller marina but it still draws many visitors each year.
Port of Cabopino
Ten kilometres from the centre of Marbella, the small port of Cabopino is part of an exclusive residential complex. The enclave has a natural beach and several bars where you can taste its famous sardines. This is a more understated marina than its glitzy neighbour Puerto Banus, but it really is a lovely place to sit and watch the world go by.
Puerto de Sotogrande
Luxury and glamour are synonymous with the Port of Sotogrande. The most stunning yachts are moored in this enclave waiting to go sailing between bottles of champagne and gourmet snacks. It is an affluent area of intoxicating beauty that bathes this part of the coast and there’s a helipad too. Loaded with restaurants and shops of all kinds, Sotogrande Marina will leave its mark. So many international buyers choose to have a home here as the area is rich in golf courses, exceptional properties and polo is also played here too.
Puerto de la Duquesa
La Duquesa Marina is located in the municipality of Manilva right in between Estepona and Sotogrande. It really is a pretty marina that is backed by a plethora of restaurants and bars. From here you can organise kayak trips, sports fishing or rent a boat. During the summer nights, you can also enjoy the street market selling arts and crafts, clothing and accessories that sets up its stalls at the marina. The marina itself is flanked by beaches so it is an excellent place to have a property.
If you are thinking of buying a property in a marina, where every day you can watch those yachts bobbing, then talk to one of our experienced team today.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.