How is Costa del Sol really like?
01 Sep

How is Costa del Sol really like?

If you already know Costa del Sol well, the odds are you might agree: the place makes you say “however” less than any other does. This is the simple and not-so-often stated reason why this area enjoys an ever-growing appeal for an eclectic mix of international residents, eager to make it their home base and enjoy the sun-kissed lifestyle.

So it has the all year bliss of a heart-warming subtropical Mediterranean climate, with more than 320 sunny days per year (with averages of 28.7 C in Summer and 17 C in winter). Never ending golf greens – more than 70 golf courses on 150 km. Chic crowds and beaches. The perfect wind for your main sail. Too many parings of gourmet dishes and wines to bother counting. More palm-trees and oleanders per square meter than people or cars.

If you know your way around, you can easily enjoy a sunny afternoon stroll on the narrow streets of a stunningly white Andalucian pueblo and – in just 20 minutes’ drive time on a scenic mountain road – to head towards the Sea and sip a glass of Cava in a posh beach club, rubbing shoulders with a beautiful crowd. And that’s a January afternoon…

This is the point when “however” might have come.

It doesn’t. Because one can enjoy all the above in a safe and stable European country, with one of the best infrastructures available: easily accessible and very well-connected International airport, toll-free highways to everywhere, plenty of organized parking facilities, International Schools at short driving distance and a well-established Public and Private network of hospitals and health-care units.

Let’s just say you already live here. What might be your plan for the next Saturday? Hard to decide! On a 2 hours drive radius you can be either in a magnificent, irresistibly Spanish town – Seville, Granada or Ronda, in the colorful market of Tangier, Morocco, skiing on the majestic slopes of the Sierra Nevada resort, windsurfing in Tarifa, or doing a wineries tour in Jerez. Your new dream home on Costa del Sol is also your perfect base for exploring the beauty and the treasures of Andalucia!

Moreover, the property choice in the area is amazingly diverse: from beach front apartments and villas, to mountain view town houses or golf properties, or the ever-charming country estates – traditional fincas with olive trees gardens and even winery estates. The market features constantly 100 square meters apartments with beautiful beach, mountain or golf-course views, along with 200+ square meters town houses or detached villas plus the high-end segment of exclusive million-euros mansions. Costa del Sol clearly rises up to the challenge of meeting almost anyone’s taste.

That being the case, the main reason why to live here transcends the fantastic weather, the luxuriant vegetation, the golf, the food, the welcoming Mediterranean sea, the laid back Andalucian lifestyle or the allure of luxury in all shapes and forms – from stunning residences and yachts to deluxe sunbathing beach clubs and fantastic Michelin star dining. (more to read after the property search bar)

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  • Marbella
    • The Golden Mile
    • Sierra Blanca
    • Nagüeles
    • Puerto Banús
    • Nueva Andalucía
    • Aloha
    • Las Brisas
    • Cortijo Blanco
  • Puerto Banús
    • Puerto Banús
  • Nueva Andalucía
    • Nueva Andalucía
    • Aloha
    • Las Brisas
    • Cortijo Blanco
  • San Pedro de Alcantara
    • San Pedro de Alcántara
    • Valle del Sol
    • Guadalmina
    • Guadalmina Baja
  • Benahavís
    • Benahavís
    • La Heredia
    • El Madroñal
    • La Zagaleta
    • Los Arqueros
    • Los Almendros
    • Monte Halcones
    • La Quinta
  • Estepona
    • New Golden Mile
    • Valle Romano
    • Estepona
    • Selwo
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    • El Padron
    • El Presidente
    • Bel Air
    • Costalita
    • Cancelada
    • Los Flamingos
    • El Paraiso
    • Benavista
    • Diana Park
    • Atalaya
    • Hacienda del Sol
  • Sotogrande
    • Sotogrande Puerto
    • Sotogrande Marina
    • Sotogrande Costa
    • Sotogrande Alto
    • Sotogrande Playa
    • Sotogrande
  • Elviria / El Rosario
    • Elviria
    • El Rosario
    • Marbesa
    • Los Monteros
    • Altos de los Monteros
    • La Mairena
    • Las Chapas
    • Río Real
    • Torre Real
    • Bahía de Marbella
    • Santa Clara
    • Hacienda Las Chapas
    • Costabella
    • Reserva de Marbella
  • Cabopino
    • Cabopino
    • Puerto de Cabopino
    • Carib Playa
    • Artola
  • Calahonda
    • Calahonda
    • Calanova Golf
  • Mijas
    • La Cala Golf
    • La Cala de Mijas
    • La Cala Hills
    • El Chaparral
    • El Faro
    • Calypso
    • Riviera del Sol
    • Miraflores
    • Torrenueva
    • Las Lagunas
    • Cerros del Aguila
    • Mijas Costa
    • Mijas Golf
    • Sierrezuela
    • El Coto
    • Campo Mijas
    • Valtocado
    • Torreblanca
  • Benalmadena
    • Carvajal
    • La Capellania
    • Torremar
    • Torrequebrada
    • Torremuelle
    • Benalmadena Costa
    • Benalmadena Pueblo
    • Arroyo de la Miel
    • Montemar
    • La Leala
    • El Pinillo
  • Country Estates
    • Genalguacil
    • San Martín de Tesorillo
    • Casares
    • Coín
    • Istán
    • Ojén
    • Monda
    • Guaro
    • Tolox
  • Tarifa
    • Tarifa

 

What makes Costa del Sol unique it’s the mix of all the “yes” ticks in the “want” or “need” boxes, however their priority on ones’ list may be.

  • Warm Weather all year: subtropical Mediterranean climate, with more than 320 sunny days per year (with averages of 28.7 C in Summer and 17 C in winter).
  • Developed Infrastructure: 40 minutes drive away from Malaga International Airport, on the Autovía (CN340 or A7) a toll-free dual carriageway following the coastline. Enough organized parking spaces to keep up even with the two main yearly tourist invasions – July and August. Easily reachable State hospitals and big private clinics with 24h emergency, ambulance and helicopter services, and many private practices all over. English speaking doctors are pretty common. Wherever you might choose to live in this area, a good International School is a short driving distance away.
  • Traditional Charm + Fancy Lifestyle: Rich, exotic history. The Moors ruled the coast for nearly 800 years, the Romans also thrived here and the coast’ reach history is leaving proof. Expect to see a perfect piece of true Andalucian architecture next to a moorish castle or light house or even some roman enclaves. Double that by the lovely contrast with some of the world famous posh beach-clubs, gourmet restaurants and exclusive hotels.
  • Golf: ever wondered where the “costa del Golf” nickname comes from? 70 golf courses on 150 km, some of them famous – like Valderrama in Sotogrande.
  • Outdoor activities: Yes, this is clearly a heaven for golf aficionados, but what if you fancy more sweat that it takes to make the perfect swing? Scenic tracking routes, safari tours, horse back riding, bicycle ridding, parasailing and all the water sports your back can handle.
  • Nature & Beach life: Striking luxurious nature all around. Palm-trees everywhere, colorful oleanders, Almond trees, Avocado trees, Fig Trees and Junipers, Intense Purple Jacarandas – the Coast is a huge garden of exotic Mediterranean vegetation. As for beach time options? From sipping a cocktail in a posh beach club to savoring an “espeto” local fish in a quaint chiringuito and… everything in between.

Luxury Apartments and Penthouses with amazing sea views!

Luxury Apartments with stunning views of the Mediterranean, the Rock of Gibraltar and Africa!

Dazzling white and authentically Spanish: Mijas and Benalmadena Pueblo
15 Apr

Dazzling white and authentically Spanish: Mijas and Benalmadena Pueblo

Mijas is a scenic trio of neighborhoods, each with its very distinct personality, but all particularly picturesque, dazzling white and truly Spanish. Mijas Pueblo  – carrefully preserved Andalucian White village – steeped in the old Andalucian traditions and customs , is layered in the heart of the mountains, with spectacular sea views, narrow streets between white walls with blue flower pots and local boutiques,  cozy little restaurants and bodegas, a main square with regular flamenco shows, its very own plaza de torros and even a chocolate factory. Las Lagunas de Mijas is half distance between mountain and sea, an extensive, more commercial area, with some local industry and shopping centers, but still white, close to the Andalucian spirit and architecture and covered in green, purple red flowers and palm trees. Mijas Costa – with its central point La Cala de Mijas – covers 12 km along the coast, joining (from East to West) El Chaparral, La Cala, El Combo and Calahonda and takes in the two major urbanizations, Riviera del Sol and Sitio de Calahonda.

 La Cala de Mijas is one of the original fishing villages on the Costa del Sol, a charming place with a restored Moorish tower, a friendly atmosphere and lots of appeal. From its small “fishing village” roots, La Cala flourished into a beautiful beach resort, with a population of 10,000 – mostly British. All the amenities for family life are here: schools, a health center, public library, post office, shops, a cultural center, as well as many excellent bars and restaurants. In the hot summer months of July and August, every Saturday night the promenade of La Cala turns into a fairytale: classical music, flamenco dancing, with the Tower bathed in light and the moon reflecting into the sea.

The area of Benalmadena – Costa and Pueblo – is equally reach in beaches and chirrinquitos, as it is in historical landmarks and unique pieces of architecture. It is home to the Colomares Castle, the 33 meters tall Buddhist Benalmadena Stupa – the biggest Buddhist temple in Europe, the famous Moorish-style Benalmádena Marina, the stunning La Paloma Park – a themed garden with exotic birds and Selwo Marina – a sealife park modeled around different locations in South America. The original village is Benalmadena Pueblo – still with a traditional Spanish appearance – where one can enjoy fine dining in picturesque squares and awe-inspiring views of the coast and across the sea. Having a lot of activities and housing options to offer to families with children, golf-lovers and people in their golden years alike, Benalmadena and Mijas are usually high up on the list of preferred locations for permanent or second home buyers.

 

The ‘dining room of Costa del Sol’ vs a place where it’s no need to dress to impress
01 Feb

The ‘dining room of Costa del Sol’ vs a place where it’s no need to dress to impress

From “the dining room of Costa del Sol” (Benahavis), to a place where you don’t need to dress to impress (San Pedro), going through a peaceful and idyllic setting of a chilled-out area (Nueva Andalucia), the West part of Marbella is diverse, stunningly pretty nature-wise and ready to accommodate any lifestyle.

Benahavis enjoys the status of the richest municipality in Andalucía – since it’s boundaries include La Zagaleta, one of the most exclusive residential gated communities – but its equally reach in many other ways. Because of its amazingly beautiful location, on the southern face of La Serrania de Ronda mountain range, traversed by three rivers and surrounded by a natural park. Because of its breath taking sea views and beach proximity – even though is mountainous, its only 7 km away from the coast. Because even though it has little over 2000 residents, there are over 35 restaurants and 22 bars offering all kinds of gastronomic delights that are predominantly of an Andalusian style – practically there is one gourmet place at nearly every corner. Because it holds 9 of the 60 golf courses on Costa del Sol and last – but clearly not least – the properties here are a delight to look at, since many affluent families choose Benahavis as their permanent or secondary residence.

Nueva Andalucia is the perfect example of “best of both worlds” choice of a residential community. Located just 10 minutes’ drive from the volcano that is Puerto Banus, it offers easy access to all the glam and the beat, while it is quiet, graceful and fantastic for a healthy outdoor lifestyle. One can taste and enjoy here the benefits of living on Costa del Sol, drawbacks-free, even in the high tourist season. Rightfully called “The Beverly Hills of Marbella” Nueva Andalucia charms in equal ways by its authentic Southern-Spain white villas, tall palm-trees, majestic mountains and cascades of purple flowers over the stone fences, in peaceful paradise-like setting. Many of the highly regarded quality restaurants on the coast are located here, offering a range of selective cuisine, alongside the numerous bars and cafés. A pleasure for all the senses, comfortably remote but perfectly connected, with all you really need close by and select neighbors, Nueva Andalucia is ideal to raise a family or spend the golden years. (more to read after property search)

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San Pedro de Alcantara – together with Guadalmina (Alta and Baja) – is known for the vibrant nightlife but with a relaxed atmosphere, which the 26,500 residents enjoy on a daily basis. Exclusive mansions, villas and flats with spectacular sea or golf views, are sprinkled with local Andalucian-style restaurants with delicious menus, laid back bars and pubs and a 2 km tiled promenade along the wide sandy beaches. Upmarket areas but not ‘stiff’ ones combine organically with more down to earth places (people too), making the whole San Pedro experience a very livable one. A quick historical fact: founded in 1860, by General Manuel Guitiérrez de la Concha and Irigoyen (the first Marqués del Duero), San Pedro still hosts several monuments and churches as major points of interest: La Torre Vigia Las Bóvedas, Basilica de la Vega del Mar and Plaza de la Iglesia ( XIX century) – with a white colonial style church built by the Marqués del Duero himself in 1866.

Luxury Apartments and Penthouses with amazing sea views!

Luxury Apartments with stunning views of the Mediterranean, the Rock of Gibraltar and Africa!

Spectacular Apartments and Penthouses in Marbella – great location, amazing views!

A trio of prosperous communities: Elviria, El Rosario, Cabopino
01 Dec

A trio of prosperous communities: Elviria, El Rosario, Cabopino

Ideally fit for a socially-reach, activity-diverse family life, Elviria, Rosario and Cabopino, each have their own character and unique charm. Cost-line located, mostly up-market and featuring some of the best beaches on the coast, Elviria and Rosario are two ‘full package’ urbanisations with beautiful villas and apartments, countless restaurants and chiringhitos, international school, plus many facilities for outdoor lovers and water enthusiasts. Some of the most posh-crowd magnet beach clubs are also located here, for those days (or nights) when this kind of socializing is on the agenda.

Only 10 minutes drive away, the cozy Cabopino marina – a pretty little port surrounded by apartments, bars and restaurants – is an attraction in his own right, both to be a resident, with a terrace overlooking the boats and the sea or to come for eating out, listening to live music and enjoying a view of the yachts moored here. A full week buzzing nightlife, a beach with a very relaxed atmosphere – relaxed enough to host a nudist beach – and a fantastic natural park of sand dunes, with a wooden walking track along the beach are all trademarks of this charming Cabopino area.

Photo: Booking.com

 

A dramatic setup above a deep gorge: the unique Ronda
06 Jun

A dramatic setup above a deep gorge: the unique Ronda

Even though Costa del Sol is world-famous for its sea and beaches, the mountains above them hold as many gems to build a serious reputation as the coastline does. Beautiful historical white-washed villages, fincas with olive-trees orchards, wine estates and an incredible landscape, all good reasons why one might consider getting to know the upper part of the Costa del Sol area, and maybe choose to become a resident here instead.

Ronda is by far the most famous town in the area, due to its dramatic setup above a deep gorge. This gorge (El Tajo) separates the city’s circa-15th-century new town from its old town, dating to Moorish rule. Puente Nuevo, a stone bridge spanning the gorge, offers sweeping views. New town’s Plaza de Toros, a legendary 18th-century bullring, is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Both Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles were residents in Ronda’s old town – La Ciudad, and wrote about Ronda’s beauty and famous bullfighting traditions. Another famous writer – poet Rainer Maria Rilke – wrote the famous quote “I have sought everywhere the city of my dreams, and I have finally found it in Ronda”, in his permanent room at Hotel Reina Victoria.

Many enchanting small villages are situated in proximity to Ronda, so there are many housing options to choose from, as soon as you take a pleasurable tour of the area to get to know it in detail. More close to the sea – if that’s the preference – Ojen and Monda, two white truly Spanish pueblos, are practically part of Marbella extended residential area, since only 15 km of scenic mountain road is separating them from it.

Another popular option for permanent or second residence is Istán, a village in the region of Sierra de Las Nieves, which shares part of its territory with Sierra de Las Nieves Nature Park a Biosphere Reserve. It is crossed by the river Verde before reaching La Concepción reservoir in the midst of stunning landscapes. Set in this Garden of Eden, the village is full of fountains, viewpoints, and interesting nooks and crannies. The Church of San Miguel and the Escalante Tower are the main tourist attractions in this village known as ‘The Water Spring of Costa del Sol’.

Photo credit: Spainguides.com http://spainguides.com/top-destinations/ronda-holidays/

Top things to do in Marbella
26 Feb

Top things to do in Marbella

Located on Costa del Sol, in the picturesque Andalucía, Marbella was one of my favorite experiences in Spain, alongside Ibiza, Mallorca, Barcelona and Madrid. You already know from my former articles, how much I love this country and how attached I feel to each of its regions, that’s why I can’t decide accurately which of them was my number one. Every single city, village or region in Spain has its own distinctive character, depicting a piece of my favorite puzzle, so none of them is replaceable.

With a shade of melancholy for not being there right now, I would like to share with you my amazing experience in Marbella by laying down my thoughts and my memories in this post about top things to do in and around Marbella.

First of all, I would like to mention that it was something so special about Marbella that it actually made me write a book, which I have never finished, but whose outlines I still keep somewhere inside of me.

I didn’t know anything about Marbella, except what a friend in Madrid had told me: “Marbella is very expensive; you should go somewhere else in Andalucía. Only rich people go there.”

*source: Travelaway.me

Read full article here: http://travelaway.me/top-things-to-do-in-marbella/

Malaga. Birthplace of Picasso and the southern most large city in Europe
01 Feb

Malaga. Birthplace of Picasso and the southern most large city in Europe

The southernmost large city in Europe. One of the oldest cities in the world (2.800 years). The birthplace of Picasso. As many ways to briefly introduce Malaga, from a long list of qualities that make this quick-thriving city get under your skin in unexpected ways.  Two massive hilltop citadels solemnly loom over the city’s skyline – the Alcazaba (dating back to the 700s!) and ruined Gibralfaro, remnants of Moorish rule – along with a soaring Renaissance cathedral, nicknamed La Manquita (“one-armed woman”) because one of its towers was curiously left unbuilt. Its modern port, Muelle Uno – frequently shadowed by huge ferries, sometimes 4 at the same time – is buzzing with life, as malaguenios love to hang out at one of the many restaurants and bars with views to the boats moored there. Its yellow-sand beaches and long promenade with palm trees, sprinkled with a chiringuito in all the right spots, are constantly attracting a mix of sporty or chilling-out crowd. The old center – beautifully renovated- is a pleasure to walk, shop, visit one of the Museums – Malaga has 30 all together! – or Picasso’s own birth house and listen to local bands playing on the outdoor terraces or in the streets. Food is fabulous – with many options to choose from – the weather is practically urging you to stay outdoors and the cheerful noise from the rooftop terraces of the nearby hotels invite you to come up and have dinner with a breathtaking city and sea view.

Málaga’s colorful market, the Mercado de Atarazanas, is one of the most appealing in all Andalucía. The stalls sell fresh fish, meat, spices, deli items, fruit and vegetables, and it is common for shoppers to have a break at one of the food places located inside, for fresh oysters and cava. The city is wonderfully rich in architecture with a mix of styles – as it was founded by Phoenicians, then got under the hegemony of Carthagina, followed by the rule of Roman Empire, by the Islamic empire to finally be regained by the Crown of Castille in 1487. Add the luxurious exotic vegetation, the colorful parrots, the easiness of getting around both by car of by foot, the affordable bills and the always smiling relaxed people, and Malaga might allure you to make it your next permanent address. Housing options are many, from beautiful villas up the hill, with stunning views to the port and sea, to charming apartments in historic buildings, walking distance to all the action and the fun.