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Marbella's motto is "A Way of Life" and, certainly, this luxurious resort town seems to have it all and is, once again, rising to the fore as a favourite location with the rich and famous, as well as more ordinary folk who are willing to pay just a little bit extra for southern Spain's answer to St Tropez.


Not too long ago, Marbella sharpened its image still more thanks to a considerable investment initiated by the town's colourful and controversial late mayor, Jesus Gil which resulted in a massive landscaping drive.

But Marbella has a down to earth side as well, an air of individuality which can be best appreciated by exploring back streets in the old part of town. One of the prettiest places is the fabled 'Orange Square' which is located just off the main street in the older district and is also home to the 16th century town hall and tourist office where you can pick up a detailed map and visitor information.

*Your visit might very well inspire you to consider living in Marbella, if so click here for an introduction to the neighbourhoods that make this such a charming place to live.

Back to Orange Square, or "La Plaza de los Naranjos", as it is called in Spanish, expect to meet with stately buildings, small shops, art galleries, bars and bistros and is a hub of activity day and night. And, depending on the time of year, the colours here can be vibrant, with the trees and exotic tropical plants set against a backdrop of dazzling white buildings and a deep blue sky.

Be sure to explore the honeycomb of surrounding narrow streets where homes and shops intermingle to create the atmosphere of a small village, rather than a cosmopolitan town. There are numerous excellent restaurants to choose from, ranging from those specialising in the predictably pricey exclusive cordon bleu to the gritty individuality of a backstreet Spanish bar where the Serrano ham is gently cured by tobacco smoke and the tapas are both tasty and filling.


Back towards the coast is the La Alameda park where you can book your personal horse and carriage to travel in style or, if you prefer, stroll on towards the sea along the Avenida del Mar. This is arguably one of the most delightful promenades on the costa, flanked by classy restaurants and bars and mercifully free of concrete skyscrapers, glass bottom boat trips, imported shells and I love .... T. Shirts that are fast bringing a sameness to coastal resorts, whether they be in Pathos, Cyprus or Portimao, Portugal.

From Guadalalmina to Cabopino, the Marbella coastline stretches along some 26 kilometres of sunny beaches bathed by the Mediterranean and where you can enjoy traditional fish and seafood favourites like sardines on a spit, fried fish and the incomparable paella. There are also two large parks in Marbella which provide some welcome shade to spend some time with a book. The amphitheatre at Constitution Park (once the garden of a private residence) is frequently used for concerts and plays in the summer. Casinos, clubs and just about every sporting activity under the sun, few places can match Marbella for world class tennis, sailing and golf. There are also three pleasure craft harbours here.


However for the ultimate in coastal charisma it would be hard to beat Puerto Banus, just west of the town. This is the place to be pampered yachtside and watch the world go by or window shop at one of several of the world renowned fashion houses and boutiques. The port has grown considerably over the years and now includes a casino, commercial shopping centre, El Corte Ingles department store, marine observatory and a multi cinema with films shown in their original soundtrack. The nightlife is buzzing here with alfresco bars, piano clubs and discos which are open dusk until dawn.

1885 Properties

1885 properties found

Villa for sale in Guadalmina, Marbella, Málaga, Spain

11,950,000 €

CONTEMPORARY VILLA CLOSE TO THE BEACH IN SAN PEDROThis contemporary villa close to the beach in San Pedro is located in a fully private plot, the quietness of the area will tune your heart. This contemporary villa close to the beach in San Pedro a quick 5 minute car drive from the center and Malaga airport is just under 45 minutes. The structure's stillness…

Ref No: 782710 Price: 11,950,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 11 Bathrooms: 11 Location: Guadalmina Living Area: 1305 m² Plot size: 5790 m² Terrace size: 0 ²

Villa for sale in Los Monteros Playa, Marbella, Málaga, Spain

11,000,000 €

Outstanding and luxurious south facing frontline beach modern style villa, located on a quiet residential area on the outskirts of Marbella, offering spectacular sea and beach views. Built in a contemporary style, this luxury villa features a magnificent landscaped private garden with swimming pool and direct access to the beach, air conditioning hot/cold,…

Ref No: 636708 Price: 11,000,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 6 Location: Los Monteros Playa Living Area: 650 m² Plot size: 1623 m² Terrace size: 190 ²

Villa for sale in Marbella, Málaga, Spain

11,000,000 €

Villa for sale in Los Monteros, Marbella EastMagnificent contemporary-style beachfront villa in one of the most sought-after urbanizations of Marbella East. This brand new property was finished in 2011 using top quality materials throughout and enjoys a landscaped garden with direct access to the beach and infinity pool with cascade and chill out area. A "Zen…

Ref No: 679465 Price: 11,000,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Location: Marbella Living Area: 618 m² Plot size: 1579 m² Terrace size: 190 ²

Commercial Plot for sale in La Mairena, Marbella, Málaga, Spain

9,000,000 €

Commercial Land, La Mairena, Costa del Sol.Garden/Terreno 45015 m².Position : Countryside, Mountain Village, Near Golf, Near Shops, Near the Sea, Near City, Near Schools, Near Forests, Near Marina.Orientation : South, Southwest.Condition : Excellent.Views : Sea, Mountain, Golf, Field, Panoramic, Forests.Category : Pre-construction.Commercial Plot, Countryside,…

Ref No: CAP5198 Price: 9,000,000 € Property type: Commercial Plot Bedrooms: 0 Bathrooms: 0 Location: La Mairena Living Area: 0 m² Plot size: 45015 m² Terrace size: 0 ²

Villa for sale in Marbella East, Marbella, Málaga, Spain

8,950,000 €

Spectacular luxury villa located in one of the best Residencial Urbanization of east Marbella. Alarm system. South-west orientation. Private and quite area. Mature garden.Tastefully furnished. Independient guest area. Well water. Possibility of extension. Panoramic sea and mountains views.

Ref No: 547469 Price: 8,950,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 8 Location: Marbella East Living Area: 1162 m² Plot size: 77000 m² Terrace size: 250 ²

Villa for sale in Los Monteros Alto, Marbella, Málaga, Spain

8,950,000 €

Luxury large villa for in Los Altos de los Monteros, Marbella.Unique country estate within minutes from the beach and only 5 minutes´ drive from Marbella center. Built on a 76.855m2 plot and distributed over 3 levels, the property comprises: the main house accessed through a spacious hallway; fully equipped kitchen with Gaggenau and Miele appliances and with…

Ref No: 705916 Price: 8,950,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 7 Location: Los Monteros Alto Living Area: 1162 m² Plot size: 76855 m² Terrace size: 130 ²

Villa for sale in Golden Mile, Marbella, Málaga, Spain

8,900,000 €

Luxurious modern designed villa. This new project for a seven bedroom family villa has many outstanding features including private gym and spa, home cinema, indoor Jacuzzi, solarium and BBQ area and indoor atrium, this villa can be built anywhere on the coast with fabulous panormaic views, whilst you endulge in the luxuries of the villa.

Ref No: 708586 Price: 8,900,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 7 Location: Golden Mile Living Area: 1019 m² Plot size: 1200 m² Terrace size: 135 ²
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