Top Things To Do in Marbella
06 May

Top Things To Do in Marbella

Located in the foothills of Sierra Blanca between Malaga and the Straits of Gibraltar, on Spain’s illustrious Costa del Sol is the city of Marbella known for its unique combination of adventure, luxury beach resorts, designer boutiques and a long chain of sandy beaches.

It’s no surprise that celebrities and jet-setters from around the world flock to these luxury resorts to soak up the sun and get a taste of conventional Andalusia. But apart from its vibrant social life, the town has this glamorous aura with its picturesque alleys and renaissance places.

Here’s a list of the things you could do while you’re vacationing in Marbella:

Old Town – The oldest part of Marbella is a maze of narrow pedestrian streets lined with beautiful boutiques and buildings topped with terracotta roofs, many of them date back to the Renaissance. At the heart of Marbella’s Casco Antiguo, the lively Plaza de Los Naranjos makes for a delightful place to enjoy live flamenco performance or sip a cup of coffee in the shade of fragment orange trees.

Puerto Banus – Situated at only a mere 6 km to the southwest of Marbella is the most modish marina in Spain. Puerto Banus offers everything from sandy beaches and high-end shopping to fantastic nightlife. If you’re a jet-setter or want to get a glance at how the rich and the famous play, this is the place to be. The reason Marbella draws any comparison with French Riviera is because of the boutiques, sports cars, and super yachts that meet your gaze everywhere you look.

Alameda Park – A few steps to the south of Marbella’s old town you’ll find the Parque La Alameda, which gives you the feel of a private garden. This small park boasts a magnificent central fountain decorated in plain Andalusian tiles, tropical plants and benches clad with traditional Andalusian hand painted tiles where you can hide from the sun in the afternoon and enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. The park is bounded on two sides by a balustrade and is popular amongst locals and tourists alike as an idyllic place to take a break.

Avenida del Mar – It’s a broad pedestrian avenue with palm trees, meticulously-trimmed hedges and a collection of original sculptures by Salvatore Dali displayed in the open air in the heart of Marbella that present a sight to behold. Shops and bars line the walkway with plenty of welcoming benches to rest your tired feet and commend the remarkable sculptures.

Beaches for Day Trips – With so many exciting things to offer and places to visit, it’s sometimes easy to forget that Marbella is a beach destination. The beautiful town has a glorious 16-mile coastline divided over 24 fine sandy blue flag beaches. All along these beaches are bars serving drinks and typical Mediterranean cuisine right on the sand.

The New York Times on Why the Rich Are Now Parking Money in Luxury Homes
19 Nov

The New York Times on Why the Rich Are Now Parking Money in Luxury Homes

While owning residential real estate is typically part of a diversified investment portfolio, what is different in the last year or two is the role the uncertain economy is playing in making purchasing decisions.

The middle-market buyers are spending $250,000 to $500,000 on single properties, but high-net-worth individuals are spending $1 million or more in many markets, including the Caribbean and Europe, said Ms. Peddicord, the founder of the Live and Invest Overseas publishing group. “We’re seeing increased interest in Panama and countries where the U.S. dollar is strong,” she said. These include France, Spain and Portugal.

Read full article in The New York Times

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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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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!

Marbella – Andalucian ambience with glamour on top
01 Jun

Marbella – Andalucian ambience with glamour on top

Marbella is the perfect combination of typically Andalucian ambience with glamour on top. Lots of glamour. In the city, the houses are sparkling white and the streets of the Old Town (Casco Antiguo) are romantically narrow and dressed in colorful flowers and orange trees. There are also antique masterpieces of Moorish, Roman and Spanish architecture and at least 3 Art Museums to challenge the perspective of someone who would believe this place it’s not steeped in history. It sure is.

But it’s allure comes from the mix of this ‘true Spain’ charm with all the things that brought it the reputation of “The millionaire’s playground”. The top notch boutiques and restaurants nested in these charming white buildings, the smell of raw see food or truffle floating in the air, the stylish people walking next to you on the streets, the marble newer constructions, the cars with exotic names and futuristic designs joy-ridding across the city – all these signal at a glance that Marbella effortlessly combines authenticity and panache.

The exclusive Golden Mile area –  beginning at the western edge of Marbella city and stretching to Puerto Banus – is home to some of the area’s most impressive villas and estates, five-star hotels and gourmet restaurants, business centers and golf courses. The beachside of the motorway is fully developed, while the mountain side is still undergoing development, so if investment opportunities are on the agenda, this premium area includes spectacular views of mountain and sea and a comfortable proximity to Marbella Center, Puerto Banus and many beaches. As a plus, the development of this area was carefully planned, without any high-rise constructions and respecting the environment – nothing was built too close to the shore – thus making it a sought after area to buy property. (more to read after the property search)

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Puerto Banus is Marbella’s world-famous port – even though Marbella has one more port of its own, close to the city center and hosting many restaurants and bars. But the reputation of Puerto Banus outshines it by a mile, due to it’s beach clubs, super-yachts moored in the marina and the long strip of bars, clubs and designer boutiques along the water. The focal point of the place is clearly the Marina, where locals and visitors alike are crowding the streets, holding loud and cheerful conversations over lunches or dinners, drinking cocktails in one of the significantly named bars or clubs – like Sinatra or Great Gatsby – or shopping for designer wear in one of the many famous brands shops.

A great option of enjoying Marbella’s panorama from the water is via a boat cruise between Marbella and Puerto Banus. Trips regularly depart from both Marbella and Puerto Banus, giving the opportunity to see both ports at a distance. If you want to experience the sea shore up close however, you can either walk, jog or ride a bicycle along Marbella’s Paseo Maritimo – which follows the city’s beautiful coast line for six kilometers – 2 of them in marble and surrounded by majestic palm trees.

Photo credit: Nick Kenrick

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!

 

11 things Americans could learn from the Spanish
23 May

11 things Americans could learn from the Spanish

1. Responsible day drinking

Living in Spain is like living in an ad for stain-resistant carpet: It’s totally okay to drink red wine in the middle of the day. Having a drink during your lunch break (which lasts an hour or two) is an acceptable way to break up the work day — just know your limits! Spaniards might be laid back, but they never drink with the goal of getting drunk, and showing up to work that way would not be acceptable!

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The ever enchanting Marbella Old Town
01 Jan

The ever enchanting Marbella Old Town

The most enchanting place in Marbella is undeniably its whitewashed partially enclosed Casco Antiguo (Old Town) – a postcard-perfect maze of narrow streets that twist and turn, offering something new to see at every corner. Marbella Old Town comprises two historical quarters – Barrio Alto and Barrio Nuevo, and most of it still preserves its original layout that dates back to the 16th century, when the city was still under Arab rule. Nowadays, the tiny, winding paths of the Casco Antiguo meander their way past glistening white Andalusian buildings adorned with small flower-filled balconies, chic boutiques, and trendy cafes.

In the heart of it all stands the enchanting Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Square), with its lively terrazas, fragrant orange trees, and remarkable Castilian Renaissance architecture.

Built in 1485, right after the Christian Reconquista, this picturesque square is the heart and soul of Marbella Old Town, playing host to the City Hall, Marbella Tourist Office, and the oldest church in town (Ermita de Santiago). At night, the beautiful plaza comes alive with bustling open-air restaurants and all sorts of colorful performers that entertain the crowds with their passionate flamenco music and dance.

*source: Spainattractions.es

Read full article here: http://spainattractions.es/marbella-old-town/

Coffee shops, bakeries and ice-cream parlours in Marbella. The best on the Costa del Sol
01 Dec

Coffee shops, bakeries and ice-cream parlours in Marbella. The best on the Costa del Sol

We’re crazy about coffee! That’s a fact, and what better incentive can there be to get out of bed in the morning; what better excuse for making a stop on the way when we’re travelling, or to get together with friends… having a coffee is more than the action of drinking something delicious; it’s a social activity.

While there are famous chains that you can find all over the world, Marbella has in a certain way placed more emphasis on offering a wide range of select coffees. These coffees are usually fair trade and organic, with the grains being ground for each cup of coffee. This so-called third coffee wave has opened the way for small, cozy neighborhood coffee shops, where the baristas know the customers by name.

Café de Ronda is the ideal place to go if you fancy a good cup of coffee and some artisanal pasta, freshly made tapas, lunch or just a drink as the sun goes down in a sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to start the day in Marbella, since it’s open from 8.00 a.m. and the breakfast selection is excellent, with everything from delicious eggs benedict to fresh fruit salads.

It also has very fast Wi-Fi, so customers can work quietly while they enjoy wonderful food inside or outside on its sunny terrace.

*source: Amarehotels.com

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Glorious sunsets – Marbella Town seascapes
01 Sep

Glorious sunsets – Marbella Town seascapes

The weather in Marbella Town since the middle of November has been particularly stunning – clear skies and warm sunny days, drawing to a close with the most incredible picture postcard sunsets.

With the profusion of palms and pine trees and other evergreen trees that surround us, we may not have the breath-taking autumnal leaf-shedding spectacle enjoyed in many other parts of the world but Mother Nature’s autumnal hues, have been reflected instead in Marbella Town’s sunset skies and pond-like shimmering sea.

Burnt orange, deep crimson, vivid pink and streaks of startling yellow; blue and apricot-tinted skies spattered with charcoal grey and strawberry pink clotted cream clouds;he indigo silhouettes of the Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, and the Rock of Gibraltar etched out on a hazy peachy tangerine horizon…

In the midst of all the man-made turmoil and uncertainty in the news right now, it is almost as if Mother Nature stepped up her inimitable artistry a notch, to remind us of the beautiful world we live in, if only we would let it be.

*source: Marbellainsideandout.com

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Mediterranean Dining Overlooking Estepona Marina
02 Jul

Mediterranean Dining Overlooking Estepona Marina

The port in Estepona has always been a hub of activity, especially on Sundays when the entire marina is transformed into a bustling market. Now there is one more special reason for visiting this vibrant area. A charming French couple have taken over the El Nuevo Embarcadero restaurant that adjoins the Club del Mar and is perched high above the western side of the port, boasting superlative views over the Mediterranean Sea. And what a find it is! When you enter El Nuevo Embarcadero, you are immediately met by a stylish bar area where you can relax and savour drinks on their modern lounge sofas. The bar then leads into a large open-plan restaurant that is filled with natural light as it is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass curtains, providing uninterrupted views out across the sea and converting this restaurant into a truly exceptional dining venue. When we visited, the restaurant was almost full with a sophisticated, buzzy ambience. The tables, with their beautifully laundered white tablecloths, are well spaced-out, giving a great sense of space and making you feel entirely relaxed.
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Family life: Marbella Style – Zoriana Benhamou
06 May

Family life: Marbella Style – Zoriana Benhamou

Zoriana Benhamou and her family love life in Marbella so much, they wrote a whole website to share their experiences.  Having previously survived life in chilly Moscow, the sunshine of Andalucia was clearly a big attraction, but I wondered what particular factors drew them to the town that they have called home since 2005?

“Marbella is special because it has lots of features of a large city (cosmopolitan, infrastructure of hospitals, schools and international airports…), yet gives you all the benefits of a small city – no traffic, friendly service, knowing your butcher, mailman and shopkeeper… This big city/small city combination in a warm climate is hard to find elsewhere.

Of course for any expat considering life in Spain, the question of school is a vital one.

“When we moved to Marbella friends have recommended our children to avoid the Spanish system for when our children enter secondary, because they said the standards were not as high. That being said, I personally think the standards are just as high in a Spanish private school as in any other international school. But that’s just my opinion.

I think choosing a Spanish school is beneficial for small children, because they learn languages so quickly. It’s a great way to integrate with the local community and gives both children and their parents an introduction to Spanish culture and language. What better way to learn about the country we live in?

*source: Beyondmanana.com

Read full article here: http://beyondmanana.com/zoriana-benhamou-family-life-marbella-style/