12 reasons why Costa del Sol is your perfect home destination
Updated: Apr 27, 2021
Most people get to know Marbella as a magnificent vacation destination.
It is affectionately called the ¨Spanish St. Tropez¨, as it has the sub-tropical setting and more millionaires per capita than anywhere in the Iberian Peninsula.
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.
Marbella has its own television and radio 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 has a pull, an aura that few places can emulate.
Here are our 12 reasons why Costa del Sol and Marbella could be your perfect vacation or home destination:
1. Costa del Sol climate
Marbella's weather is one of the biggest pull factors for holidaymakers and those looking to relocate abroad. Sitting between the Sierra Blanca Mountains and the Mediterranean coastline, Marbella experiences its own personal microclimate - characterised by warm, sunny summers and fairly mild winters. The climate makes it all the better for enjoying Marbella's extensive coastline, which is dotted with first-class beach facilities, luxurious marinas, impressive yachts and famous golf courses. Those seeking water sports activities can also partake in sailing, diving or water-skiing.
2. Andalusian people
Andalusians know how to enjoy life. No wonder they have one of the best lifestyles and qualities of life of any European country, or indeed, any country in the world. The foundation of Andalusians is the family and community, and the Spanish are noted for their close family ties, their love of children and care for the elderly. They're open minded, welcoming and always very helpful. Andalucia has infinitely more to offer than its wonderful climate and rugged beauty and is celebrated for its arts and crafts, architecture, health care and technical excellence in many fields. For sheer energy and vitality, Andalusia is never plain or boring.
3. Malaga accessibility
It’s a breeze to travel to and from your home when you’re living in Marbella. Marbella is only a 2 ½ hours flight from most European cities. There are a great variety of airlines flying to Málaga airport 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.
4. Marbella cosmopolitan vibe
Undoubtedly, Marbella is the most cosmopolitan town in Spain, with more than 140 nationalities living here. It has grown from a small town to a small busy cosmopolitan city that for years now has been the playground of the rich and famous. You can find here 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.
5. Costa del Sol beaches
In Spanish, Marbella literally means “beautiful sea”. It’s all for a reason. From Guadalmina to Cabopino, the Marbella coastline stretches along some 26 km of sunny beaches bathed by the blue Mediterranean sea. Favoured by the rich and famous, this luxurious area has long been considered the equivalent of the Saint Tropez on the Spanish coast. Considerable investment has been made in recent years which have sharpened this image still further with a massive landscaping drive. Read more about the best beaches on the Costa del Sol.
6. Marbella’s richness of Puerto Banús
One of the main focal points of Marbella is Puerto Banús. Living here is only within the reach of the very few. Yachts, high-end cars, luxury stores open until midnight, buzzing nightlife, top-notch restaurants and multi-million euro mansions are the hallmarks of Puerto Banús. Located 6km from Marbella, this is one of the most exclusive areas of Spain.
It is hardly surprising that tourism has increased dramatically over the last years. It is one of those places that everyone should see at least once in a lifetime. There is a reason why more than 4 million people do it every year.
7. Costa del Sol golf freeways
For years now Spain has been becoming the golfing Mecca of Europe. Every year thousands of people from across Europe make Marbella their golf playing destination. Endless hours of sunshine, warm temperatures all year round and the spectacular variety of courses with both mountain and sea views. Marbella is home to some of the most picturesque and popular championship calibre golf courses frequented by some of the most renowned golfers the world has ever seen. Read more about the best golf courses to play on the Costa del Sol.
8. Rich nightlife in Marbella
Marbella is known throughout the world for its hedonistic nightlife and exclusive venues that boast celebrity guest lists. This Spanish Mediterranean jewel has great wine bars and premium class restaurants that serve menus from every corner of the world. If you are looking for the highest class “cuisine" or the ultimate beach club experience, you will surely find it all in Marbella.
9. Shopping in Marbella
Marbella offers a very high standard of living, comparable to any European country. Its shops with international products, trendy boutiques or real gems little shops down in the centre will reward you with hours of shopping delight. Some of the best Marbella’s fashion shops offer the latest trends, hot off the catwalks in Paris, Milan and New York.
10. Magnificent homes
This beautiful city of unlimited contrasts has everything for those interested in buying property here. You can find the most stunning frontline beach apartments or astonishingly beautiful frontline golf properties overlooking mountains. Marbella is an epitome of luxury villas, where the lines between indoor and outdoor space are blurred, and nature is brought inside the house through large glass walls that open up the home entirely.
11. Marbella’s diverse history
Marbella has a long and interesting history, with periods of settlement from Phoenicians, Visigoths, Vandals, Byzantines, Romans and the Moors. It wasn't until 1485 that Marbella became part of Spanish territory, and for a long period its economy centred predominantly on vineyards and wine.
It wasn't until the 1940s, when a period of the hotel and residential property construction began, that Marbella became a playground for the rich and famous. Now a thriving resort town, Marbella has received international awards for its contributions to tourism and for its clean living and security.
12. Marbella’s close location to national landmarks
Andalusia is quite a vast region with many provinces and exciting nooks and corners that can amaze you. Its quaint villages and the folklore festivals can fill up your days and nights in Spain, leaving you wanting more. The region’s complexity and diversity is mixed with a multitude of landscapes and opposing cities inhabited by very open-hearted people, always ready to receive new tourists.
Andalusia is famous for the Flamenco music, bullfighting and Carmen and Don Juan. Tourists can ski in the Sierra Nevada Mountains or bathe in the warm waters of the sea, as well as visit the traditional and very famous white villages of Arcos de la Frontera, Zahara or Frigiliana. Two hours away from Marbella, in the third biggest city of Andalusia, Seville, we have some of the most significant monuments such as the Giralda Tower, which is famous for being the Arabian bell tower, Torre del Oro and the old quarter of Santa Cruz. The next important attraction is Granada, guarded by the outstanding palace of Alhambra, the most representative monument for Moorish architecture. Cadiz is known as being among the oldest cities of Spain and Huelva is famous for being very close to the place from where Columbus started his journeys to America. For those who travel to Spain for its natural wonders, they should know that Andalusia is the home to some of the most spectacular national parks and beaches. Those who love wine should go to Jerez, the place where sherry wine was born.
If you are in search of one of the most oriental places that are still located in Europe - certainly Andalusia will have a special place in your heart.