Simply The Best
Marbella has grown from a small town to a small busy cosmopolitan city. Famous over the years, for being the playground of the rich and famous, today Marbella is a residential town as well as a holiday town.
Best climate in Western Europe:
Located at the most southern part of Europe, Marbella is protected by the Atlantic winds by the bay of Gibraltar, and protected from the northerly winds by the Sierra Blanca mountains. This makes Marbella warmer than other parts of Spain in the winter, and cooler than other parts of Spain in the summer.
Marbella is only a 2 ½ hours flight from most European cities. There are a great variety of airlines flying from main cities, as well as many regional airports. Nowadays, one can find return tickets to Málaga for €100. This allows people to travel for weekends, and therefore to obtain more use from their property. A modern and fast motorway will take you from the airport to your property in a short time.
Western European Standards:
A very high standard of living, comparable to any European country: shops with international products, trendy boutiques, high quality service, modern hospitals and motorways, international schools, theatres, museums, cultural clubs, internet lines, etc.
With today’s technology in communications, many people are moving to Marbella to live permanently and continue their business via the internet. Others, move to Marbella and set up a business or start a new job.
Today, living on the Costa del Sol, means a unique quality of living.
Member of the European Union:
As a member of the European Union, laws are very similar to you own country.
Other European Union nationals do not require a visa to enter Spain.
In Marbella, your standard of living and quality of life shall improve.
Apart from the climate we have one of the best and largest selection of golf courses in Europe. Yacht harbours, tennis-courts, gymnasiums, horse-riding centres, hunting, paddle-tennis, fishing, football, basketball, cycling, walking, mountain climbing, skiing, motorcycle and car racing are some of the many activities available on the Costa del Sol. Theme parks, safari parks, zoos, aquariums, bowling alleys, cinemas cater to the youngsters.
Málaga is a classic historical city which has now increased its cultural variety with the opening of the Picasso Museum.
On top of all this, Marbella offers a large and good variety of elegant restaurants offering cuisine from all parts of the world. And then there is the nightlife. Bars, piano-bars, discotheques, fashionable night clubs and private parties, will keep you awake till early hours.
Light and Scenery:
Due to it’s climate, Marbella has a special light. The clear skies provide a special blue which is unforgettable. The sunrises are beautiful, and spectacular sunsets are heart grasping.
These clear sunny days, make life more enjoyable.
Sceneries of the Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar, North Africa, “La Concha” mountain, are obtainable from many corners. Views to golf courses, spectacular developments, beautiful architecture and marinas, are eye catching.
Clean and Secure:
Marbella is wellknown to be one of the cleanest and most secure towns in Europe.
The town hall provides extra staff to maintain the streets clean and secure, and to keep all the flowers that adorn the city.
Marbella is Alive:
With growth, Marbella has gained more life and activity.
There is life and entertainment in Marbella all year round.
Marbella is a Sound Investment:
Marbella is synonymous of quality real estate.
Like most precious objects in life, this quality branding, adds security and growth to your investment.
Marbella is a quality holiday destination.
International demand for rentals, will provide your property with a healthy income.
Marbella – Simply Everything!
There’s an Arabian palace, a Babylonian fantasy and hanging gardens with waterfalls. There area beautiful beaches, luxury hotels and ultra-chic urbanisations, restaurants, nightlife and a infrastructure second to none that make Marbella a great town to visit and a wonderful place to live as Mara Lane Reports.
It has more millionaires per capita than anywhere in the Iberian Peninsula, more entrepreneurs than fashionable tax havens, more parties than Monte Carlo and more silicone than Hollywood Boulevard. It also has its own television station, film festival, gastronomic happening, property market and cultural society. There are Roman remains and space age palaces, medieval cottages and modern developments, hanging gardens and wide open spaces.
Marbella, sometimes home to King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, a few crown princes (when affairs of state are not beckoning) and Europe’s cosmopolite, is a never ending success story, growing daily in size, prestige and desirability. Events keep television crews pouring into this Mediterranean phenomenon and continue to fire the social columns of important dailies.
Hollywood on the Med
Marbella is rarely out of the news, because it is news. Here you can see tiaras and tat, palaces and pueblos, luxurious urbanisations and fishermen’s cottages. You can learn to tango, cook, paint and meditate; ride your horse in the hills or your Lamborghini through town; live expensively or simply; eat Pacific Rim or go local. The latest trends, hot off the catwalks in Paris, Milan and New York, are snapped up by fashionable smoothies in the time it takes to open the tissue-papered boxes.
A café society, where streets and chic commercial centres reverberate to the sound of laughter, where people meet over breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and pre-dinner cocktails, Marbella has a pull, an aura that few places can emulate. For three decades it has grown, through good times and bad, rebounding from recessions to become a vibrant city with an infrastructure second to none, luxurious urbanisations, excellent restaurants, and legendary hotels. Ever since the days when Marbella’s founding father, Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe turned the family “finca” into a luxurious watering hole for pedigreed PGs, the Marbella Club has attracted more titles than Burke’s Peerage, growing in size from a small guest house patronised by royalty, aristrocrats, and amusing friends to a five-star Leading Hotel of the World, set in lush tropical gardens that tumble down to the sea. Together with its sister hotel, the Puente Romano, built on the site of the Roman Way, not to mention the Don Carlos, El Fuerte, Melia Don Pepe, and Guadalpin, they put modern Marbella on the map.
But what is the pull of Marbella? What is it that brings property developers rushing into town like prospectors in the Golf Rush and high (or low) profile millionaires reaching for their chequebooks? Firstly there is the sub-tropical setting. Bordering the Mediterranean, sun-kissed beaches stretch to infinity, the sea alternates between sapphire and turquoise, the sky rarely clouds over and when it does, it clears within a short time. The Golden Mile really has a royal palace, complete with scimitar, Geneva-style water jet and circular white lamps that glow blue at night, in homage, “sans doute”, to HH’s royal blood. Nearby, prayers from the mosque summon worshippers to prayer, a reminder of the important role Arabs play in Marbella’s economy.
La Dolce Vita
Then there is the feelgood factor. Quality of life is high, blue-collar crime, low. Thanks to the townhall who cleaned up the town and gave it a new image, attracting investors and young families, constant police patrols ensure citizen’s safety, day and night. Like Monaco, residents can walk the “trottoir ” in safety, bejewelled and bedazzling all who pass by. Marbella remains one of the few places in the world where there are more bodyguards than waiters at summer galas and more double-barrelled names on golf-leafed invitations. Here Ferraris are so numerous that Toni Dalli, “Modena Oblige”, started the Ferrari Club of Andalucia, a jolly affair that purrs down the N-340 in a now you-see-it, now-you-don’t, multi-million dollar caravan of gleaming red, silver and yellow toys for the boys. Yachties dedicated to life on the ocean wave and weekend admirals who never wet their Gucci loafers, moor 50 metre crafts in Puerto Banús and can be seen sitting on deck armed with champagne, caviar acompanied by the archetype trophy girlfriend. When the sun goes down everyone heads for Olivia Valere’s Babylonian palace or Dreamers, Suite and Finca Besaya.
Those who prefer history to hedonism will revel in Marbella’s rich past. Dating back to the third century before Christ and originally an agricultural settlement, its strategic position on the Via Augusto made it an important trading post. Inhabited by the Phoenicians and named Salduba by the Romans, then Marbilha by the Moors, who were ousted in 1485 by Fernando and Isabel, Marbella retains traces of each civilisation in churches, baths and villas which can be seen from Rio Verde to San Pedro and throughout Marbella’s 27 kilometres. The Catholic King and Queen hispanicised Marbilha into Marbella (meaning beautiful sea) and were responsible for constructing the Town Hall, a gloriously flamboyant building in the Orange Square, the town’s nucleus. The interesting mix of cultures that inhabited this town can be seen through a selection of architecture from Renaissance to Baroque, Moorish to Castilian. In reality, one should leave the car behind and “walk the Old Town”, starting with the castle, the Iglesia de la Encarnación and the tiny houses flanking a maze of winding streets. Pretty shops and restaurants, “tapas” bars and street cafes, are as much part of Marbella as the Roman ruins in Rio Verde and San Pedro de Alcántara, the early Christian Basilica Bovedas in Urbanisation Linda Vista and numerous other historical sites.
This marvellous mix of old and new, of sophistication and simplicity, is what makes the Beverly Hills of Southern Europe such a terribly attractive place for all ages. As same breath as Sardinia, Portofino and Cannes, so its universal appeal soars. Property is on a roll, the skyline dotted with so many cranes they would surely reach Gibraltar if laid end to end. But it is still possible to find achingly beautiful developments overlooking the ocean with hardly a grua in sight and jacuzzis, saunas and “rasuls” as standard fixtures. Residents of these ultra-luxurious urbanisations need never worry about strangers hanging round the hibiscus, 24 hours security ensures peace of mind and perfect safety for celebrities. Here an interior designer is a girl’s best friend, next to her dentist, stylist and plastic surgeon.
Upwards and Onwards
Seen from the air Marbella looks a little like Miami, from the ground it is rather sprawling, at times, without any apparent urban planning. Stretching 27 kilometres in length, it spills down to the shore and up to the Sierra Blanca mountain range. Close to Malaga, Granada and Seville, near enough to see Africa and Gibraltar silhouetted on the horizon, within 40 minutes of Malaga international airport, the celebrity city offers all the amenities. The possibility of playing golf nonstop, tennis at dawn till dusk, paddle throughout the day and being able to swim in one’s pool or the sea nearly all year round is a luxury that attracts more visitors each year, as do the 24 golden beaches that line Marbella’s coastal region. Clean and hygienic, they have showers and washrooms, watch towers, first aid and trained lifeguards to ensure that windsurfers, swimmers, water and jet skiiers are never in danger.
Plans for an artificial island near Puerto Banús which will house a congress hall, casino, restaurants and shopping malls as well as botanical gardens, on the other side of the marina, are on the drawing board. A tunnel will link both ends of Marbella, particularly neccesary during the summer when the main N-340 highway is packed with thousands of tourist. The town will have its own university, municipal theatre and two municipal golf courses with free access, not to mention major construction, restoration and recreation projects which are currently in place. Residents are now waiting for Marbella’s own hippodrome which, one is told, will be as ultra-luxurious and hopefully as wildly over the top as everything else in this marvellously enjoyable town.
With special thanks to Theresa, Monica and Lara from Marbella Municipality’s Tourism Offices.
Credits to author Mara Lane, Paco Miñana and Frederique Hombostel as photographers.
Published by courtesy of Absolute Marbella.