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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  • 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


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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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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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.


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.

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.

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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.


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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.



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.


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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?


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