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.

High speed AVE to Granada is here

High speed AVE to Granada is here

It has been a long time since it was announced but the long awaited high speed AVE link between Madrid and Barcelona to Granada is almost here. Later this month, in fact from the 26th June there are three departures a day scheduled between these iconic destinations according to Renfe.

The 568 kilometre journey between Madrid and Granada will take just over 3 hours which is almost an hour less than if you were to drive it. It will be one of the most relaxing ways to travel between the destinations although it isn’t the most economical at €128.50 return, but if you are in visiting mode it will allow for a lazy lunch if you choose a day trip. And you will get to relax as you traverse through some of the countries beautiful scenic landscapes. If you are a business traveller this would make a change from air travel.

This certainly links up one of the country’s most treasured historical sites to the major cities but having the link from Malaga to Granada would add appeal to Andalucian tourism. This route is apparently in the second phase of routes planned by Renfe although when it is due to start is still to be confirmed.

It does though show that infrastructure and investment here in Spain is apparent and this is a boost for the economy. All the more reason to invest in property here. The tourist’s love affair with Andalucia has been here for decades which is excellent for those looking to invest in rental properties here.

If you are looking to live or retire in Spain it is good news for you too. Spain is enjoying a buoyant economy as house prices slowly climb year on year, more building work is commencing due to demand and investment in infrastructure is evident from a larger port in Malaga that will moor super yachts, to this high speed AVE link.

If you would like to know more about properties in Marbella or where the best frontline golf properties are then contact us today and our friendly team will listen to your requirements before offering you a selection of ideas.

Focus on Fuengirola

Focus on Fuengirola

Fabulous Fuengirola has been a mecca for tourists for decades so it is no surprise this is a wonderful area to set up home or a have a holiday home.

Nestled between Torremolinos and Marbella, Fuengirola is one of the Costa del Sol’s biggest and most popular holiday resorts. Properties for sale in Fuengirola mix with buzzing beachfront bars and friendly restaurants and in contrast there are also side streets and squares crammed with upmarket tapas places and chic boutiques.

The Moorish Sohail Castle adds a bit of history and other attractions include Bioparc Fuengirola. The real draw, though, is the super-sized sandy beach. Fuengirola has a whopping eight kilometres of sand, split into eight different beaches starting off at the castle spreading westwards past the marina to Carvajal in the east. Four of these beautiful beaches hold the Blue Flag.

The Paseo Maritimo, a seaside walkway that spans the whole stretch of the town and is perfect for a gentle walk, jog or full on run. Fuengirola is just 25kms from Malaga airport.

With a great combination of nationalities loving the area, it is well set up with infrastructure and international shops, bars and restaurants. From here you can reach Malaga airport in 20 minutes by car or just take the train. Marbella is just under 30 minutes in the other direction. If you fly in and out regularly or let out your holiday home, it is the perfect location.

With so much on offer, you could lose yourself in the lovely Spanish lifestyle for days, dining out, relaxing on beaches, shopping and having fun. Locally you’ll find a shopping centre complex, cinema, department stores, several supermarkets, sports and leisure centres, and a water park. Visitors love this area as it caters for all ages. In the evening if you love art and culture, it is easy to hop on a train to Malaga and enjoy a different scene or drive to Marbella for lively nightlife.

Whether you are looking for a beachside apartment or frontline golf villa, we have plenty of tempting choices for you. If you are a golf lover, there’s a superb collection of courses right on your doorstep.

So, if you are searching for the perfect area to buy in Andalucia, check out Fuengirola. If you would like to see some properties for sale in Fuengirola, our experienced team can help you choose the ideal home for you. Simply call on of our local real estate experts at our local number 0034 952 939 460 or on our UK number 0044 208 068 7606.

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