Property in Marbella | Information
The playground of the rich and the not so rich, Marbella has something for everyone. The Motto of Marbella is “A Way Of Life” meaning whichever way you want to enjoy the town you can do. Marbella is chic and sophisticated, and enjoyed more and more by the “A” listers, but still retains a relaxed yet special environment . It is Spain’s answer to the French Riviera.
Considerable investment has been made in Marbella bringing it to the fore of “Places to be Seen” This was encouraged and supported by the late mayor Gil, a colourful yet quite controversial figure, who brought his marketing expertise from football club Atletico Madrid to the town. Whilst there was a huge amount of criticism from his peers it was his foresight and vision that helped Marbella become what it is today.
The administrative area of Marbella stretches from Cabopino to Guadalmina and incorporates 26 kilometres of sunny sandy beaches, lapped by the Mediterranean Sea. There are many Chiringuitos and restaurants serving some of the best sea food in Europe such as traditional fish, freshly caught tuna, sea bass and sardines roasted on the Andalucian’ barbecues and of course wonderful paellas.
The town still retains a lot of its original Andalusian architecture and the area just off the main street of Ricardo Soriano can be found the “The Old Town” with many charming winding streets. This is now mainly a pedestrianised area, housing some quaint restaurants and boutique shops selling some very original fashions. Definitely a place to visit and explore from wherever you are staying on the Costa Del Sol. It is here where the famous “Orange Square” is located.
“La Plaza de los Naranjos”, or “Orange Square” has some amazing architecture some of which forms the Ayuntamiento or Town Hall. This building dates from the 16th century and has been extended and renovated all with the original architecture in mind. The square is always bustling with activity throughout the year with its al-fresco dining, art galleries, bars, and bistros. Depending upon the season one can immediately understand why this area is called “Orange Square”, when you enter the plaza and witness a burst of colour with the brilliantly white buildings the full trees laden with ripe oranges set against the clear blue sky. Not only is this a commercial area but it is home to many Spaniards, as it is to foreigners from all over the world, giving it a wonderful cosmopolitan atmosphere. Along with the traditional Spanish menus one can find restaurants to suit all tastes and nationalities.
On the sea front there is a commercial sea fishing port, a modern marina, and many high class restaurants situated on the Avenida del Mara. Here one can take a leisurely stroll from the east end of Marbella through to Puerto Banus and stop at one of the many restaurants and bars for a tapas or a cordon bleu meal. If strolling is not to your liking there are also many horse drawn carriages waiting to give you a leisurely tour of Marbella.
Above Marbella is an urbanisation called Sierra Blanca, there are many multi million euro homes sited here, all of which are on large plots and in the main have excellent views of the Meditterranean.
There are some large parks in Marbella one of them being Constitution Park where there is an amphitheatre. A lot of events and musical concerts are held here during the summer months. Marbella is a great place for the sporting enthusiast, should it be tennis, golf, water sports and now there is an up and coming Rugby Club, recently having one or two international players playing for its first team. There are many golf courses within Marbella and there are 36 courses within 30 mins drive.
The charismatic Puerto Banus is at the west of the town and is home to some of the worlds designer shops and in the port are moored some of the most luxurious private yachts in the world. This can be truly described as a millionaires playground. This is a place on most visitors must see list, a place to see and be seen. Many an hour can be spent in one of the cafes or restaurants watching the world go by, spotting the odd celebrity and marvelling at the constant stream of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Rolls Royce, and Bentleys. The list goes on and on of the high powered expensive cars that parade up and down the marina. Puerto Banus comes alive at night with its many night clubs, and casino.
Whether it be an apartment with a sea view, a villa with its own beach front or a villa on the cooler slopes of La Concha there is every type of property for anyone looking to buy in Marbella.
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