Costa del Sol Area Guide
The Costa del Sol more than anywhere else in Europe is the destination that continues to appeal to families, royalty, film and Tv stars, holidaymakers and tourists. Why, you may ask?
The Costa del Sol boasts the best weather in Europe year round, an established infrastructure, excellent medical facilities, and only 2 hours from most of Europe with very cheap flights. The Costa del Sol is the most popular destination for Europeans looking to retire in the sun. Numerous surveys predict that the population of the Costa del Sol will double in the next few years.
Each year more and more people decide to live abroad in a warmer climate, offering a lower cost of living, cheaper properties and still within only a couple of hours from their families. Many are retirees who deserve to enjoy their newly found freedom, others are younger families, fed up with the rat race and in search of a better way of life in a country that has become renowned for its friendliness. Their children have the opportunity to learn a new language that will no doubt set them in good stead when it comes to joining the working population in the future. With the constant growth of the internet, the possibilities for working remotely are becoming more appealing to individuals who wish to spend more quality time with their families and partners. The Costa del Sol consistently ticks the boxes of soon to be residents with its solid infrastructure, international schools, great weather and accessibility to the rest of Europe.
One of the hardest parts of relocating to the Costa del Sol, is which of the villages and towns will suit your needs best. Marbella and Nueva Andalucia hold a certain appeal for those in search of a glamourous new life. Mijas, Coin, Casarabonela and Alhaurin el Grande for a more semi rural lifestyle. Alora, Antequera and Granada for the more daring and the horse lovers. There are several ports in which to moor your boat along the Costa del Sol including, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Puerto Cabopino, Puerto Banus, Estepona and Sotogrande to the west and smaller ports such as La Herradura east of Nerja.
Sports are important part of many families decisions to relocate to the Costa del Sol, with its ever growing number of golf courses, bowling clubs, football and rugby clubs. Several tennis clubs, hundreds of swimming pools both private and public and also within an hour or so of the beaches there is some great skiing at the Sierra Nevada near Granada.
Properties on the Costa del Sol are proving to be more than popular with both the Spanish and international investors. Prices slowed during the last decade as the market adjusted. We are now finding that the smaller investors have slowed down but "Family" clients looking for a larger second home or retirement property are still buying albeit within a higher price bracket. Many of todays clients are either in the process of selling their UK property in order to buy a smaller property at home and pay cash for their new home on the Costa del Sol. Country homes are regularly selling in the Guadalhorce Valley and surrounding areas for €200,000 and upwards whilst down on the coast residential apartments, townhouses and villas are being sold from 100,000 through to over €2,500,000.
There is a large selection of completed properties available from developers and a large choice of resale properties both on the coast and in inland areas of the Costa del Sol and Andalusia.
Most of the towns from Malaga to Fuengirola are connected by the local rail system which is so convenient especially when arriving at the airport and the trains run every 20 minutes with very low fares. The main motorway can also be used from Malaga all the way through to Gibraltar and is a very good link to all the resorts along the coast. Whether you choose to settle in the busy towns of Torremolinos or Fuengirola or the more quieter areas like Benalmadena Pueblo the weather will be just the same and the friendly local Spanish people will accept you into their community.
Championship golf courses are numerous along the Costa del Sol and there are many offers and discounts to be found with a bit of research. Water sports are also popular and most can be found in any of the marinas and ports. Ferries are available from Malaga and also Algerciras to the continent of Africa which is certainly worth a visit as to see a totally different way of life is a real eye opener.
Our company SPM Rentals & Property Sales will be pleased to answer any questions you may have and we can advise you of purchasing or renting a property through us on a step by step basis. Different areas have different appeal and your personal desires and criteria will be most important when choosing a property so care and attention will be our duty to you as we want you to be content once we have found you your new home.
Contact us with your details and information and we will give you our professional advice and service and successfully find you a new life in the sun.
Here are some brief details and information of our wonderful area on the coast in the south of Spain.
Estepona is located to the west of the Costa del Sol, situated between Marbella and Manilva at the foot of the Sierra Bermeja mountains. The town centre has been conserved with its traditional Andalusian style of architecture, balconies decorated with flower pots and whitewashed houses. Estepona is also one of the most important tourist towns on the southern coastline, with magnificent beaches and facilities, excellent hotels and restaurants. It has a very prestigious riding school, the Escuela de Arte Ecuestre de la Costa del Sol; a wildlife park (Selwo) that is among the best in Europe, and a host of sporting facilities for both water and mountain. With massive infrastructure improvements in recent years, Estepona is sure to become increasingly popular with tourist.
Fuengirola is one of the smallest areas on the Costa del Sol with its municipal area extending only eleven square kilometres along the coast between Benalmádena and Mijas, incorporating Los Boliches, Los Pacos, Torreblanca and Carvajal. However Fuengirola has been a major attraction to Northern European since the seventies and has grown into one of the most important towns on the costa.
The area offers the best in tourism: beautiful landscape and everything for the tourist from the best restaurants to the top hotels, and a great deal more besides. Add to this the fishing harbour and marina, the nightspots and the numerous bars, and one has a very privileged town.
The municipality of Manilva is situated at the far south-western end of the province of Malaga, 97 kilometres from the city of Malaga and 35 from Gibraltar, bordering with the province of Cadiz. It is the meeting point between the Costa del Sol and the Campo de Gibraltar.
Manilva is made up of five separate areas: Manilva, Sabinillas, El Castillo, Hondacavada and El Puerto de la Duquesa, as well as numerous housing developments. The municipality’s great fishing tradition is in evidence every day at its wholesale fish market at San Luis deSabinillas, on the coast, while the area is also marked with natural beauty, from Las Lomas de Miraflores to Don Pedro. Nowadays Manilva’s impressive urban growth lives side by side with typical traditions, such as the treading of the grapes in September, announcing the next vintage of muscatel wine. Casares is a few miles inland from Manilva.
Mijas, known as "The White Village" is situated at the foothills of the Cordón Montañoso del Litoral (Coastal Mountain Range), one of the most typical examples of the pretty mountain town in Andalucía, with views over much of the Costa del Sol. The municipal area covers almost 140 square kilometres, from the mountains down to the sea, surrounding the municipality of Fuengirola. The urban areas of Mijas are Mijas Pueblo, Las Lagunas and La Cala de Mijas. In the first we find the old part of the town with its Town Hall, its historic buildings and its whitewashed houses. Las Lagunas is where most of the services and housing developments are situated, as in La Cala de Mijas. The Fuengirola River flows through the centre of the municipality, where there are large agricultural areas being gradually taken over by golf courses and luxury housing estates. The coastal area is highly developed for tourism, even in the small coves where the mountains reach down to the sea. But the four Vigilance Towers dating from centuries back are still there, these being the Calaburras, the Torre Vieja, the Torre Nueva (this built in the 19th century) and the Torre de Calahonda, built in the 16th century. Communities include El Faro, Miraflores, Riviera del Sol and Calahonda.
Puerto Banus is located only a short drive from both Marbella and San Pedro on Spain's renowned Costa del Sol. Puerto Banus was inaugurated in 1970 and is home to some of the most impressive yachts in Europe. There is a wide array of lively bars, restaurants and designer shops in Puerto Banus. Puerto Banus is a great location for your new holiday home in the south of Spain, come and join the jet set, mix with celebrities and live the life you always dreamed of. Moor your boat in the prestige harbour or rent one out. Banus' nightlife tends to take off ofter midnight and is without a doubt the place to see and be seen.