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Dont Miss the Costa del Sol Street Markets
10 May

Dont Miss the Costa del Sol Street Markets

There are many ways to get a real feel for the places that you visit. One of the most intriguing and rewarding ways is to spend time where the locals do. In Costa del Sol the best place to do this is by paying some visits to the Costa del Sol Street Markets.

Some Tips for Enjoying the Costa del Sol Street Markets in Marbella

These few tips will help you to get the most out of what these street markets have to offer.

  • Make sure you wear comfortable clothing and shoes. You don’t want to be distracted with sore feet or uncomfortable clothing.
  • Plan on spending plenty of time in the markets you are going to visit. There is so much to see that you will want to take your time to enjoy all that the Costa del Sol Street Markets have to offer.
  • If you are sticking to a budget, you may want to take your time before making your purchases; there are so many amazing vendors offering a whole array of products that you may have to put some thought into your purchases.
  • These markets tend to get crowded very quickly. You may want to plan on arriving shortly after the open to avoid some of the bigger crowds.

If you plan your street market adventures carefully, you may get to attend several of them during your stay in Marbella. You could plan to visit a different one several days throughout the week. If you want to dedicate one full day to the Marbella Street Markets, then Saturday would be the ideal choice. Here is an example of a schedule that would allow you to do this.

The Costa del Sol Street Markets

Marbella Monday Market

Here there will be an opportunity to shop for personal items that include jewelry and other items. If you are looking to enjoy locally grown fruits and vegetables there are plenty available here. For those who have a keen interest in locally made items, this is a great market for it. There are plenty of vendors here to accommodate you when it’s time for refreshment.

Thursday-San Pedro Market

Very much like the Marbella Monday Market but much larger with more vendors are vying for your business. It is estimated that there are about 230 stalls here waiting to serve the market visitors. Again there will be some great selections for household and personal items. There is plenty of produce to choose from as well.

Friday –Las Chapas Market

This is a market that is waiting to please you on Friday mornings. There is a grand selection of clothing and produce.

Saturday- Puerto Banus Market – Nueva Andalusia Artisan Market – Zoco del Sol Market

You will want to be up bright and early Saturday morning so you can enjoy the Nueva Andalusia Artisan Market. There is a lot of different items to catch your attention that range from clothing, homemade items and a large array of spices. This is a market where the vendors are not shy about making themselves known for being open for business.

Zoco del Sol Market is another great street market especially for those who are looking for some unique jewelry. Another bonus about this market is they are open each day from mid-morning to midnight during the summer season.

The Puerto Banus Market is as easily attractive as the others with a large selection of products that include locally made and antique furniture.

Sunday-Marbella Sunday Market – Marbella Artisan Market

For those who enjoy arts and crafts then they will not be disappointed with the Marbella Artisan Market. This is a market that is located right in the hub of the rich and famous who have yachts in the port. The market has a large and varied selection of goods.

There are enough amazing Marbella street markets to keep you busy during your entire stay here.

About Marlo Property

Marlo Property is a leading boutique real estate agency strategically located in the Golden Mile offering luxury properties in and around Marbella which makes Marlo Property one of the best estate agents in Marbella. Marlo Property specialise in Luxury Villas for Sale in Marbella from €750,000 upwards as well as luxury townhouses and luxury apartments.

Must Do Fun Things in Marbella | Marbella Attractions
09 May

Must Do Fun Things in Marbella | Marbella Attractions

The first thing you must do when you arrive in Marbella is to take at least a little bit of time to enjoy its beauty. From then on there is no doubt you are going to be very busy enjoying all of the sights and activities that are here. To make the most of your time here, you should do some things on the spur of the moment and then do some planning to enjoy some of the many fun things that Marbella has to offer.

Adventure Tours

For a most exciting and comprehensive way to familiarize yourself with Marbella participating in one of the several adventure tours is a great way to do so. These range in time from a few hours up to full days or more. You may also want to book one of the private tours if you want to enjoy a more personalized one. You can also choose a themed tour. For example, kid-friendly tours, wine tours or sightseeing tours just to name a few.

Charters

Another event that you and the family may want to participate in is one of the several charters that are available. There are a variety of different charters to choose from. There is the option to enjoy some boat tours that include some dolphin watching. One that the kids may enjoy is one of the fishing charters. Within the charter category, it includes the choice to participate in some thrilling Jet Boat rides. This consists of a combination of enjoying the waters of Marbella along with the speed of the Jetboats.

Hires

You may prefer to discover what Marbella has on your own. To do this, you will need some form of transportation. For those who are adventurous and like to cycle there are plenty of opportunities to rent a variety of different types and styles of bikes.

Then there are those who have always dreamed of owning a luxury car, but it just isn’t in the budget. The next best thing to ownership is at least getting to drive one. This is something else you get the chance to do while in Marbella. You can hire one of several different types of luxury cars to use as your mode of transportation. Imagine traveling around Marbella as the rich and famous do.

Museums

A lot of people make visiting museums one of their top priorities when visiting a new destination. Then there are some that are not into this. But it is highly recommended that for these people that they make an exception to this. Marbella is home to some beautiful museums that are well worth visiting. Many of the museums here are predominantly art galleries that are a pure joy to visit. There are two specialty museums which are the Museo Ralli and the Museo del Grabado Espanol Contemporaneo.

Shopping Excursions

Even if you had not specifically planned to go on any shopping excursions, you will not be able to resist. Marbella offers some of the most rewarding shopping experiences. There will be choices to shop at some very elite department stores like El Corte Ingles to exclusive boutiques like 338A.

Additional Activities

Be sure to fit in some time for a visit to Old Town, and to soak up some sun on the Marbella beach. A stroll around Alameda Park is another must do.

These are just a few of many suggestions that could be made to make the most of your time in Marbella.

About Marlo Property

Marlo Property is a leading boutique real estate agency strategically located in the Golden Mile offering luxury properties in and around Marbella which makes Marlo Property one of the best estate agents in Marbella. Marlo Property specialise in Luxury Villas for Sale in Marbella from €750,000 upwards as well as luxury townhouses and luxury apartments.

Is it the Right Time to Buy a House in Spain?
09 May

Is it the Right Time to Buy a House in Spain?

For those who wish to become a property owner, they may wonder if investing in property in Spain is now is a good time. Spain has such an amazing reputation for property buyers. It is classed as being second in line as the best country for property investment for first-time buyers.

Although the property market has experienced some drops in the last few years, it has still offered some great opportunities for investments. All indications are that as of 2019 the market has been experiencing a steady recovery.

What makes this particular time the perfect time for Spanish property investment is based on two important factors. One which is the recovery but the other is that good value can be enjoyed on a property investment made now.

Putting off a property investment now in Spanish property could lead to some disappointments. Such as not being able to get the piece of property that appeals to you the most. Or, not being able to get it at a good price. As the property market in Spain continues to strengthen, then it will drive property prices up. Your quick action to buy now will reap you many benefits such as:

  • A good choice of properties that are currently on the market.
  • Being able to purchase property that falls within your budget.
  • You are investing in a property that will bring you a great return on investment in the future.
  • Options to buy higher quality developments because of new development that is taking place.
  • As a new first time buyer, the current property market is ideal.

Spain is a country that attracts a lot of top-level tourists. Some of which prefer to rent as opposed to buying. Investing in rental property is a sound investment for those looking for an immediate return on their property investment.

What Spanish Property Has to Offer

Those that are contemplating investing in property have many things to consider. No matter where they are thinking of making this investment. One of the concerns is what will affect the value of the property in the future.

The environment in which a piece of property exists plays a critical role in its value. For those who have had the opportunity to visit many different regions in Spain, they are automatically caught up in its beauty. It has become one of the most favored destinations of the affluent who insist on the very best. If they are convinced that Spain has everything they want and need this lends to the value of the properties here.

Spanish property has the unique ability to offer solid ongoing options for property investors. These investments revolve around the short term as well as long term ROI. For those who wish to enjoy their property over the long term, they have the choice to do this. If circumstances change and they want to rent out their property, then the history of Spain shows there will always be a demand for this.

About Marlo Property

Marlo Property is a leading boutique real estate agency strategically located in the Golden Mile offering luxury properties in and around Marbella which makes Marlo Property one of the best estate agents in Marbella. Marlo Property specialise in Luxury Villas for Sale in Marbella from €750,000 upwards as well as luxury townhouses and luxury apartments.

Plan your Day Trip to Ronda from Marbella
09 May

Plan your Day Trip to Ronda from Marbella

Enjoying the time you spend looking at property in Marbella will be a wonderful experience. You can make it even better by adding a day trip to Ronda to your list of things to see and do while in Spain.

Your Travel Choices

You will have the choice of either making the drive yourself or signing up for one of the day tours that has the destination of Ronda. Either way from the moment you leave Marbella up to your return you are in for an exciting event.

The Route

Most likely you will be driving along A397. This is a mountain road full of curves with beautiful scenery to be enjoyed all along it. It is about an hour’s drive that is a very pleasant one. You may want to take the time to stop along the way to enjoy the views and perhaps take some pictures. You will have the opportunity to see the beauty of the coastline as well as Gibraltar.

Arriving in Ronda


Upon your arrival, you will probably want some refreshments as there isn’t much of a chance for this along with the A397 (the road leading up to Ronda). There are plenty of excellent restaurants that not only serve wonderful food that is reasonably priced, but many have beautiful decor to enjoy.

During this time you may want to make some plants of the specific sights that you want to see during your time here in Ronda. Keep in mind that Ronda is one of the towns that now make up the Sierra de las Nieves. The town is rich with history that dates back to the Neolithic age with the remains of prehistoric settlements surrounding the town.

A Ronda Walk About

You will find that there is much to enjoy just from choosing which walks you would like to take. It will take you about forty-five minutes to walk throughout the town. Then if you are ready for a long walk plan on spending about two hours to walk the plain of Ronda. The highlights of your walk should include a walk to the gorge.

You may also want to take some time to view the Puente Nuevo Bridge. Any of these walking areas will allow you to enjoy the beautiful and most interesting environment of Ronda.

Historical and Exciting Sites

The Bullring: The bullring known as the Plaza de Toros can be found at Calle Virgen de la Paz 15. There is a small fee to pay to see what it is here. For those that want to know more about the bullfights then this is the place to see. If you visit during the first week of September, you will get to see the bullfighters and the locals dress in period costumes.

Arab Baths: Another sight to see that will take you back in time is the Ronda Arab baths that were built during the 11th century and have been carefully preserved.

Additional Sightseeing Activities

You will definitely not get to enjoy everything that Ronda has to offer in one day, but some must-sees if possible are:

  • A few of the many churches that possess exquisite architecture like the Church of Santa Maria
  • There are several museums like the Mondragon Palace or the house of the Moorish King

These are just a few of the many highlights of things to see and do during a day trip to Ronda.

About Marlo Property

Marlo Property is a leading boutique real estate agency strategically located in the Golden Mile offering luxury properties in and around Marbella which makes Marlo Property one of the best estate agents in Marbella. Marlo Property specialise in Luxury Villas for Sale in Marbella from €750,000 upwards as well as luxury townhouses and luxury apartments.

Property Market Trends 2019 For Marbella And Costa Del Sol
25 Mar

Property Market Trends 2019 For Marbella And Costa Del Sol

Anyone that is going to buy property in Marbella and Costa del Sol wants to make the best choice for themselves which means having some understanding of what the 2019 market trends currently are. People who are making this kind of significant investment do so because of the type of lifestyle they will be able to enjoy in this region. But, at the same time, it is an investment into an asset and one that they want to be sure will always retain its high value. That is why market trends are so important.

Property Buyers

Marbella and the Costa del Sol have an amazing reputation for being a prime location to live in. It more than meets the needs of the wealthy and elite who have strong demands when it comes to their living enjoyment. Buyers of property here come from many parts of the world such as the British, Scandinavian, and buyers from Belgium along with the Middle East. What takes place with these buyers in their home countries will affect the property purchases they make. For example, the instability with Brexit may be causing a slow down in buying for the British in Marbella and Costa del Sol. This has not affected the consistent buying of those from Scandinavia, and Russia along with those from the Netherlands.

New Builds or Resale Property

Another decision that buyers have to make is whether they want to go for a new build or opt for a resale property. This too is affected by trends. Currently there are slightly more re-sale transactions taking place compared to new build purchases.

There are a few reasons why this is taking place.

  • The popularity of the architecture that is comprised of ultra-modern structures with sharp angles is waning a little.
  • Price of the new homes has escalated at a fast pace.
  • Existing homes are in prime locations.
  • Older homes are perceived as offering more value for the sale price.

Comparisons That Are Trending

Buyers of property in Marbella and Costa del Sol have some excellent choices in the type of dwelling they want. This allows them to make some comparisons. When it comes to living space, they have choices such as;

  • High-end compact villas
  • Luxurious townhouses
  • Large family homes

These are the areas of;

  • La Cala de Mijas
  • Puerto Banus
  • Estepona
  • Marbella
  • Benahavis
  • Ojen

Many of the residences in this area meet the demands for gated living, easy access, and outstanding views.

What Does The Future Hold?

Current trends are going to play an important role in the immediate decision to buy a home in Marbella and Costa del Sol, but so with future predictions. So far predictors are indicating that price increases will slow and homes will increase in their value. So for those wishing to make Marbella and Costa de Sol their home or second home they are making a sound decision according to the trends and future predictions.

About Marlo Property

Marlo Property is a leading boutique real estate agency strategically located in the Golden Mile offering luxury properties in and around Marbella which makes Marlo Property one of the best estate agents in Marbella. Marlo Property specialise in Luxury Villas for Sale in Marbella from €750,000 upwards as well as luxury townhouses and luxury apartments.

What is Puerto Banus Like?
21 Mar

What is Puerto Banus Like?

When in Marbella Spain it is worth taking the time to check out the Marbella area known as Puerto Banus which is located a few km’s east of Marbella just beyond the Golden Mile. Puerto Banus is deservedly known as the billionaires playground.

What is So Special About Puerto Banus?

For those who enjoy pristine beaches, top quality beach clubs and a nightlife like no other, they will soon realise why Puerto Banus is just that bit more special than other areas of the Costa del Sol. This is one of the many areas of Marbella that is simply a “must visit”, at the very least. Or even better make it as a second or permanent residence.

The Lifestyle of Puerto Banus

Puerto Banus has a modern quaintness to it and parts of the area have the feel of a Spanish village from a different era but with modernisation that meets the needs of the elite. It boasts an expensive lifestyle that is comprised of the very best in shops and restaurants and walking around Puerto Banus you will recognise many of the high end exclusive brand names. Puerto Banus oozes luxury.

What You Can Expect to See While in Puerto Banus
It is not uncommon to see celebrities mulling about and enjoying the weather, the scenery and everything else that this area has to offer. For those who are enthused at being able to see the very best in high end vehicles or the most impressive yachts they don’t need to go to shows to enjoy these, Puerto Banus has them all and more!

The Birth of Puerto Banus

Puerto Banus is a man made luxury marina developed by Jose Banus in 1970. From humble beginnings it now possesses a shopping complex which is second to none and has gained the reputation for being the hub of entertainment in all of the Costa del Sol.

Making the Move to Puerto Banus

For tourists taking the time to visit Puerto Banus it often becomes the highlight of their vacation. For those who want high end living in a resort setting that only the rich can afford then Puerto Banus is where your money is well spent.

The living accommodations are comprised of the very best. With choices of luxury apartments to exclusive homes that vary in size, Puerto Banus holds no disappointments when it come to high calibre living.

For those who can afford Puerto Banus for full time living, a favourite choice of dwelling is one of the many villas that can be bought here. There are new phases of these being built all the time so there is always an aura of excitement when it comes to choices. If a villa in puerto banus is not to one’s liking, then there are apartments or luxury townhouses that fit in perfectly with the demands of those looking for that little bit extra in luxury living.

For those who wish for something a little more subdued there is a fine selection of what are considered to be absolutely ultra modern new builds.

Puerto Banus has the ability to allow tourists to vacation like the rich and famous while at the same time providing an environment for the elite that lacks nothing when it comes to meeting the expectations of those who want to enjoy the most of what their money is able to buy them.

About Marlo Property

Marlo Property is a leading boutique real estate agency strategically located in the Golden Mile offering luxury properties in and around Marbella which makes Marlo Property one of the best estate agents in Marbella. Marlo Property specialise in Luxury Villas for Sale in Marbella from €750,000 upwards as well as luxury townhouses and luxury apartments.

Where is the Golden Mile Marbella?
19 Mar

Where is the Golden Mile Marbella?

Many parts of Spain are wonderful parts to visit as a tourist. At the same time for those who wish to live here, there are also many regions that one can choose from. One of the most notable and that has much to offer is the Marbella Golden Mile.

The Marbella Golden Mile

This is a small stretch of land that is comprised of four miles. It starts from the West Side of Marbella city and extends to Puerto Banus. This area is divided by a motorway which divides the Golden Mile into two distinct parts.

Along the stretch of the road itself is where many of the top quality businesses are situated and you will find a good selection of high quality hotels and other types of services.

For those who wish to make the Marbella Golden Mile their home, they will find that the beachside that is along the main road has been completed as a residential area. However, the mountainside portion of the Marbella Golden Mile is still being developed.

The Environment of the Golden Mile

There is nothing negative that can be said about the natural environment of this region. The air is pure and clean. The land is dotted with lush greenery and swaying palm trees. The beaches are pristine and the water is sparkling clean. The residences are situated on large sections of land with each of them being beautifully landscaped.

The Marbella Golden Mile Lifestyle

What makes The Golden Mile of Marbella so unique is the fact that it is a wonderful location to visit, to choose to have a second home, or to take up permanent residence here.

If one looks back to the 1960s and 70’s they will discover that this section of Marbella became the place of interest for builders to focus on building a luxurious and prestigious community. As a result of their work, the name “Marbella Golden Mile” became most fitting. The homes here are built with glamour and beauty that is most fitting for the coastal environment of Marbella.

Choices of homes range from amazing villas of all sizes, mansions and luxurious apartment living. Many of the dwellings have been newly constructed while several of the original buildings have been refurbished to the point where they are no less than stunning.

People of the Marbella Golden Mile

Those who have decided to buy property in the Marbella Golden Mile region are comprised of people who are not only natives of Spain but come from many parts of Europe as well as other parts of the world. They may be politicians, or business people as well as several aristocrats along with royalty can be found to own property here.

Activities to be Enjoyed

With an area as beautiful as what the Marbella Golden Mile is, those living and visiting here may want to do no more than soak up the sun and relax along the beautiful stretch of beach. To do so for many merely means stepping out the doors of their coastal residences.

Then when ready for some fun or fine cuisine it is just a matter of choosing from the large selection of restaurants that are considered to be some of the finest in the world. Many of which are enjoyed as Michelin star establishments. Then for some exciting nightlife there is no shortage of exclusive and high end nightclubs to be enjoyed.

For some amazing shopping experiences, there is easy access to some highly rated shops that include many of the well-known brand designers.

If the Marbella Golden Mile sounds like a little bit of heaven that is because it is the most fitting way to describe it, and those who which to be part of this region of Marbella will need to act fast.

Luxury properties in the golden mile are in such demand here that when they do come on the market, they don’t last long.

How long does it take to buy a property in Spain?
12 Mar

How long does it take to buy a property in Spain?

One of the first things people should know when buying a property in Spain is how long it will take before they can take ownership. There are no laws in place regulating the time between signing a private contract (called contrato privado de compraventa), paying a deposit, usually 10%, and completing the sale at the notary’s office, however it does depend on how complex the purchase is.

The private contract, the document signed by both parties and including a deposit paid by the buyer, usually states a time limit for completion. This completion date is agreed by both parties and based on the type of purchase and the buyer’s and seller’s preferences.

In general, timescales for buying a house in Spain varies but in general they are as follows:

3 to 4 weeks: for straightforward purchases, i.e. properties with no debts, all paperwork in order and financing already in place.

4 to 8 weeks: for slightly more complex purchases where, for example, an architect’s certificate is required or the buyer needs to obtain a mortgage. Spanish properties purchased from banks tend to fall into this category too.

Over 8 weeks: for those purchases where there are problems or time-consuming bureaucratic processes – for example, the property isn’t properly registered or the property forms part of inheritance or divorce proceedings.

In our experience the completion of a property sale typically takes place between 4-6 weeks after the private contract is signed but of course the buyer and seller can agree to a longer time if needed.

When making a large purchase such as a luxury villa in Marbella or really any property purchase of any significant sum, you should always use the services of a recommended lawyer who specialises in property law/transfers and a reliable and honest real estate agent. Buying a house in Spain might seem like a daunting process, but with access to the right professionals the process can be easier.