Marbella is both an amazing town and a diverse district stretching from San Pedro to Cabopino on the sunny, cosmopolitan Costa del Sol in Southern Spain. It has a strong Andalusian identity and is heavily influenced by its international population, with an estimated 147 nationalities calling Marbella home. If you’re planning a holiday to our sunny shores, you need to choose the right place within Marbella to suit your needs and make sure you experience all its different facets for a complete picture of this beautiful place.
As Marbella residents and holiday rental experts with hundreds of vacation rental properties in the area, we want to help you to make the right choice with an overview of each of the key areas in and around Marbella.
Marbella Old Town – The pretty Old Town is tucked away behind Marbella’s busy high street and is a world away from the modern, cosmopolitan town that Marbella is today. White washed houses line winding streets, leading to little squares, chapels and hidden gems at every turn. You can see the ancient city walls and find lots of independent shops and quirky bars and restaurants. Even if you’re not staying in the Old Town itself, a visit here is a must, as it harks back to the town’s long history and will charm and surprise you.
Golden Mile – This exclusive and highly desirable area between Marbella Town and Puerto Banus is famous as one of the most expensive areas – hence its glamourous name. This short stretch of the A7 coastal road includes supermarkets, banks, cafes and restaurants for ultimate convenience. There’s a beautiful seafront promenade just a few minutes’ walk from the main road, with some fantastic beachside restaurants and bars. On the other side of the road are some of the oldest residential developments in Marbella, with lush gardens, large villas and an exclusive feel. This is a great place to stay if you want to be within easy reach of both Marbella and Puerto Banus and want everything on your doorstep.
Puerto Banus – This exclusive marina, lined with designer shops and filled with superyachts and supercars is the playground of the rich and famous. A visit to Puerto Banus to admire all this bling and extravagance is a must, and if you love the finer things in life, or want to party the night away, then this makes a great base for a holiday. We have a wide range of holiday rentals in Puerto Banus, including apartments right on the waterfront in the port itself, others on the best beaches, and others in the area with the best shopping and nightlife. You don’t need a car if you’re based in Puerto Banus, as you can easily walk to the many shops, bars and restaurants and you can even stroll to nearby San Pedro to see a different side of the area. Marbella can also be reached on foot, or via the catamaran ferry that goes between the two ports every hour.
Nueva Andalucia – The area of Nueva Andalucia is behind Puerto Banus and very popular with international residents and holidaymakers because of its fantastic golf courses, modern properties, shops, bars and restaurants. It is quiet, yet has a lot of options within easy reach, and Puerto Banus is just a short cab journey away. Golfers love it, for its variety of courses in a very small area and it has a relaxed, welcoming feel. There’s a small shopping centre and plenty of bars and restaurants in the different areas. Ask us which part of Nueva Andalucia would work best for you.
San Pedro de Alcantara – To the west of Puerto Banus is the pretty and charming town of San Pedro, which has its own unique identity. San Pedro has held onto its Spanish character and developed a great restaurant and bar scene, with buzzing tapas bars alongside international hot spots. It has a long seafront promenade connecting it to Banus and Marbella, but it is less developed and quieter than its glamourous and better-known neighbours. Back from the seafront is a boulevard created with families in mind. It boasts many playgrounds, cafes and bars and has the perfect surface for riding your bike or roller skating. Further back from the sea you will discover the pretty town itself, with pedestrianised streets, squares and lots of great bars and restaurants. There’s also a large weekly market where you can pick up everything from fruit and veg to clothes and homeware.
Guadalmina – Guadalmina is well located close to San Pedro and within easy reach of Puerto Banus and Marbella to the East and Estepona to the West. It has a great golf course, a padel club and a beautiful stretch of beach. It also boasts a bustling shopping centre with a big supermarket, several banks, lots of restaurants and bars and even a cooking school. It is an elegant residential area, where you can find peace and tranquillity, within a short drive of everything that Marbella has to offer.
Bahia de Marbella – Leaving Marbella and driving past the popular La Cañada shopping centre towards Fuengirola you will arrive in the popular area of Bahia de Marbella in around five minutes. This pretty residential area has a beautiful beach, a number of great restaurants and even a thriving rugby club. If you’re looking for peace, easy parking and a lovely beach area, this is a good choice for you. We’d recommend you hire a car if you’re staying in a holiday rental here, to make the most of the area and be able to explore nearby Marbella and Puerto Banus.
Rio Real – Just a few minutes’ drive to the east of Marbella is the peaceful, pretty area of Río Real. It boasts a fantastic golf course and a number of very popular beach resturants, including the fantastic Trocadero Arena. The beaches in this area are fantastic and there are watersports on offer nearby. This area is a good choice for holidaymakers looking for a combination of golf, beaches and a quiet getaway, yet still within easy reach of Marbella and all its charms.
As you can see, the area of Marbella offers holiday makers an incredible choice of locations and activities. We have holiday rental properties in Marbella to suit all tastes and are on hand to advise you what type of property, in what location would be best for you. Please contact us and ask us for our recommendations and let us make the most of your next holiday to Marbella.