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
    • Benamara
    • 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.

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Properties Now Sell 50% faster on the Costa del Sol than in 2015
02 Aug

Properties Now Sell 50% faster on the Costa del Sol than in 2015

The Costa del Sol has always been a popular place to buy property, although those wanting to sell may have struggled to find a buyer with so many homes on the market.

But this year has brought positive news. For example, according to property consulting agency Aguierre Newman, the time it takes for a property to go on the market for sale and then be purchased by a buyer has been reduced by more than half.

Not only that, but the number of new builds that have recently been introduced onto the market has increased by 4.87% from last year, reaching 15,555 homes. This is the first rise since 2007.

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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

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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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Life as a Solopreneur in Malaga
12 May

Life as a Solopreneur in Malaga

“Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it.” This is what Sir Henry Royce said, and no more important than for our Malaga foreign Solopreneur Business owners.

Moving to Spain and finding work with an established business can be tough, especially if Spanish isn’t your first language. Many of the foreign residents in the Malaga province have discovered that going solo, or becoming a solopreneur is the only option. The desire to create something new, or “make it better” has won the day. Resilience and the ability to quickly adapt to change, go hand-in-hand with life of any expat and have to be two of the skills you need to survive and thrive as a solo business owner in Spain.

Joanna Styles, creator of Guide to Malaga APP believes the big advantage of being a solopreneur is that you get to decide everything and are always your own boss. However, this has a disadvantage too because you’re responsible for everything – the buck starts and ends with you.

*source: / photo credit: Cristina Paraschiv

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Scenic Estepona, Stunning Sotogrande, Unspoiled La Duquesa
24 Feb

Scenic Estepona, Stunning Sotogrande, Unspoiled La Duquesa

Big enough so you can enjoy other people’s company, but well preserved in its spirit so it’s still traditionally Spanish, Estepona is one of the few coastal towns that has maintained its character while all the facilities for tourism, culture, leisure and enjoying life are here: hotels, restaurants, cafes and tapas bars, bodegas, bars and nightclubs, a wonderful marina, a 3 km long promenade, 17 beaches and 8 golf courses. The spirit of the town is friendly and casual, the prices are affordable – with some luxury exceptions, which are nice from time to time, even just for the sake of variety. Estepona has the sea at her feet and the mountains all around, a fine-sandy beach with clear, shallow water, sheltered from the wind (it faces west) and offering amazing sunsets over the rock of Gibraltar, a horse-riding center and its very own impressive Safari Park – Selwo Aventura – where as many as 2,000 animals from all five continents live in semi-captive environments. No wonder its so popular, mostly with families. And whilst it doesn’t have the glitz and glam of Puerto Banus, you will not go to bed at 22.00 out of boredom either: it’s nightlife has enough options to keep you out of the house, from late dinners with Flamenco shows (ore even Celtic music!) to bars and discos (well, yes, karaoke included). The housing options here are practically limitless: detached houses, town houses, apartments in gated communities, all vary in location, price and looks, so one’s tastes must be really particular in order not to be met.

In a totally different register form the casual Estepona, Sotogrande is the largest privately owned residential development in Andalusia, and it is where some of the richest and most powerful families of Spain have summer homes. What was originally a gated community in the municipality of San Roque, turned into one of the most luxurious urbanizations – in 2006 it was featured in The Times, as having the most expensive homes in Europe. Layout-wise its a 20 square kilometers stretch from the Mediterranean Sea, back into the foothills of Sierra Almenara mountain range, providing contrasting views of sea, hills, cork forests, the Rock of Gibraltar and Morocco. Built like a port – or more like a city on the water – Sotogrande is a wide display of up-market houses and apartments with mooring places under the windows and it is well-known for its architectural diversity: with styles varying from the traditional Andalucian to mid century modern, all the way through 21st century design and even more unusual designs, including moorish/mudejar style homes and even a Swiss chalet. If that wasn’t enough, it has a river – Guardiarro – an Estuary, artificial lakes, a Natural reserve wild park with wildlife, a top class Marina, a Polo club, incredible beach bars and restaurants and 5 golf courses, including the world famous Valderrama. A true magnet for the jet-set families – with their children usually enlisted in Sotogrande Internaitonal School –  Sotogrande is an unique experience for residents and visitors alike.

To say that La Duquesa is low profile would not be at all far from the truth, since people who only visited the coast never heard of it, and this applies to some of the permanent residents as well. But in fact, it has one of Costa del Sol’s best marinas – Puerto de la Duquesa –  vast amounts of unspoiled natural scenery and authentic local character, while sharing the fantastic climate and all the excellent services and infrastructure of the rest of the Costa del Sol. Easily reachable in just an hour drive form Malaga airport, La Duquesa feels like miles away from the busy resorts packed with noisy holiday makers. Closer to the Ocean, it benefits from a more dramatic landscape with Mediterranean vegetation mixed with the oceanic one and its practically surrounded by wide beaches, fully equipped with fine sand, sun beds and many chiringuitos. Less traffic than in the rest of the areas, attractive promenades surrounding the port with a variety of restaurants, bars and cafes, an extensive range of spacious apartments, residential complexes with shared pools and gardens, modern villas, highly rated international schools and the charming La Duquesa Golf and Country Club. Add the bonus of still being able to find half-deserted beaches in proximity – a rare treat considering all the touristic hype, and maybe La Duquesa deserves a second look (and thought) when looking for a place to reside, be it permanently or part-time.

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.



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?


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