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COMPLETE Marbella property

Before you invest in a Marbella property, read this area guide and property view to find out what Marbella has to offer and if the area is suitable for you, before you make any decisions.

Quick view of what is included on this page:

tick Map of the location of Marbella.

tick Marbella property view.

tick General description of Marbella.

tick Marbella golf

tick Google earth image of Marbella.

tick Google earth free download.

tick Virtual tours of Marbella.

tick Nearest airport.

tick Arriving by car; including recommendation for the best rent a car Marbella.

tick Arriving by train; including times and prices.

tick Arriving by bus; including times and prices.

tick Arriving by taxi; including laws regarding passengers, location of taxi stand and prices.

tick Weather in Marbella.

tick Webcams in Marbella.

tick Recommended Marbella restaurants.

tick Look for books about Marbella at Amazon's online shop.

tick Marbella tour of things to do.

tick Church services in Marbella.

tick Local market days in Marbella.

tick Useful phone numbers.

tick Contact us if you have anything to add about Marbella.


Click here to see the location of Marbella on the Via Michelin map.


Marbella is by far the most expensive area to purchase a property on the Costa del Sol. A property in Marbella will cost you at least 30% more then it will cost you in bordering areas such as Mijas Costa and Estepona. Though Marbella has got many things to offer and the building qualities of properties in Marbella are, generally speaking, better than outside of the region, you have to ask yourself the question: Is it worth paying substantially more for a property, just to be in Marbella?


Marbella covers a very large area (Inhabitants: 124.333). The locals divide Marbella into the following smaller areas:

tick Cabopino
tick Marbesa
tick Las Chapas
tick Elviria
tick Los Monteros
tick El Rosario
tick Torre real
tick Rio Real
tick Marbella
tick Nagüeles
tick Golden Mile
tick Sierra Blanca
tick Puerto banus
tick Nueva Andalucia
tick San Pedro de Alcántara


With 27 kilometres of coastline and 24 different beaches to choose from, Marbella has something for everybody. Whether you're into jet-ski-ing, sailing, star-spotting, balloon flights, cable ski-ing or simply enjoying some of the best fresh seafood in the world you'll find it all at Marbella's seafront and water sports centres.

Stroll along the famous Golden Mile and dine at some of the most sumptuous (and expensive) restaurants that the Mediterranean has to offer. Or visit one of the many "chiringuitos" - the beach bars that pepper this stretch of coastline, serving much-needed cold drinks and delicious food to summer visitors. If you're a sucker for seafood try their fresh char-grilled sardines.

Marbella has a distinctly cosmopolitan feel to it, more so than the other main towns on the Costa del Sol, local celebrities include Sean Connery, Melanie Griffith & Antonio Banderas (who originally came from Mijas, Malaga). It's not surprising then that it is often compared with the likes of Monaco and Portofino.

puerto banus marbella yacht

If you would like a bit of Hollywood style glitz why not visit Puerto Banus, where you can amble beside the yachts and speedboats of the rich and famous, the king of Spain also moors his yacht in this port from time to time, which is an awe-inspiring sight! Expensive sports and luxury cars litter the area; Puerto Banus is a place that inspires people!

Since its inception some forty years ago, the port has steadily grown and now features a casino, commercial shopping centre, a Corte Ingles department store, marine observatory and a multi-cinema with films shown in their original language.

Out of all the municipals on the Costa del Sol, Marbella has the most golf courses. More then 10 courses can be found between cabopino and San pedro. See the Marbella golf and all of the Andalusian golf courses here.

Virtual tours of Marbella.

Google Earth image of Marbella

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NEAREST AIRPORTS: Málaga and Gibraltar


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Driving instructions to Marbella from Málaga airport.

Upon leaving Málaga airport, follow the N-340 sign for Cadiz (not Málaga). Do not enter the towns of Torremolinos or Benalmadena, but stay on the motorway. Just before you get to Fuengirola, you will see the AP7 toll road sign. (Autopista de peaje). You can choose to continue your journey on the N340 (keep in the right lane), or take the outer left lane to the toll road.
The toll road is quicker, less kilometres but costs approximately 5 euros in the high season, and 3.10€ in the low season. This can be paid cash or with your credit card. Personally, unless you know exactly which exit to take, keep off the toll road!

Detailed map and instructions from Málaga airport to Marbella:

Driving instructions to Marbella from Gibraltar airport.

Gibraltar is a small, quiet airport about one hundred kilometres from Marbella. However, daily flights arrive from London, and occasionally from Morrocco and other African cities.

Upon leaving Gibraltar airport, take the N-340 towards Cádiz, turning off at San Roque until La Linea. The signs are easily visible. The bad thing about Gibraltar airport, is the queue to get off 'the Rock'. I have waited four hours sometimes.

Detailed map and instructions from Gibraltar airport to Marbella:

We do however suggest that you buy a good map!



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train in Spain

We do not recommend taking the train to your Marbella property. The train tracks stop at Fuengirola, so you would have to continue your journey by bus, train or taxi.


To get to your Marbella property by bus, you must first take the Marbella-Airport line. Take the number 27 bus to Marbella. Bus-stops can be found at the Terminal 1 arrivals and Terminal 2, departures.

Timetable: 06:15, 8.00, 10.00, 12.00, 13.45, 15.45, 17.30, 19.30, 21.30, 23.00. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes. Price: 3,92 €.

direct bus malaga airport to marbella

This information is provided in good faith, but do not plan your journey around this timetable without checking the official bus website for exact times and prices before you travel! For more information you can telephone: 902 143 144 or look at the updated timetable and prices on the bus website.

Taxi Spain


There are taxis right outside the door of the airport, ready to take you to your Marbella property. This is by far the most comfortable option.The prices are divided into two categories.

Category 1;
Work days between 6am and 10pm: approximately 0,9 Euros for every kilometre.

Category 2;
Between 10 pm and 6am, Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays, the whole day; approximately 1,01 Euros every kilometre. A taxi should cost you approximately 52 Euros depending on the category and the exact area within Marbella.

A taxi carries four passengers. Babies must use their own security baby chair, small children under 135cm. must use their own booster seat, and children under 140 cm must not sit in the front. Most Spanish taxi drivers will allow children without their own security chair, because if the police stop you on your journey, you pay the fine, not him!

If you want a book a taxi online with a private taxi company, click here.


weather forecast Torremolinos
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This information is taken from the Spanish yellow pages. If you see a listing of 520 restaurants, at least you will have an idea of the size of the town, you are thinking of buying a property in, where as if you see a listing of two, think about buying some hens, as your Marbella property will be in a very remote place!



* casino marbella

Casino Marbella

Address; Bajos Hotel Andalucia Plaza
Telephone 95 281 4000

* born to be wild
Born to be wild (San pedro).

Off road excursions, canoeing, motorboat trips, flora and fauna tours, dolphin watching, olympic games and family events.
Calle Igualada 3, San Pedro de Alcántara.
Telephone numbers: 95 2781006

*Bullring Marbella. Telephone: 95 2772444
*Bullring Puerto Banus. Telephone: 95 2810389

ship cruise one dayShip trips

Be pampered for the day on a tall ship.
Puerto de Málaga s/n 29002 Málaga
Telephone: 626 711000
Fax: 95 2216972

* Rent a ship for the day (same company as above)

Camelot park puerto banus marbella

Camelot children's indoor park

Plaza Marina Banús s/n 29660, puerto Banús, Marbella, Málaga.
Telephone; 95 2818546

* Go to an Art gallery
Plaza de José Palomo s/n Marbella 29600 Spain.
Telephone: 95 2825035

Bonsai museum MarbellaBonsai museum

Address; Avenida del Doctor Maíz Viñals s/n Parque Arroyo de la Represa
29600 Marbella.
Telephone: 95 2862926

* Look at a castle " Las Murallas del Castillo"
Address; Salinas s/n Marbella 29600 Spain

Funny Beach karting

Funny beach karting

Address; Ctra N-340 184, 29600 Marbella, Málaga.
Telephone/Fax: 95 2823359

* Night life in Puerto Banus - Marbella

Puerto Banus Marbella

* Cinema complex Cinesa-Marbella
Cinema complex Marbella

Address; Centro comercial La Cañada
Carretera Ojén
Marbella 29600 Spain.
Telephone: 902 333231

* Cableski marbella
Cable ski

Address; Guadalmina Alta, Parque de Las Medranas
29670 San Pedro de Alcántara, Marbella.
Telephone: 95 2785579
Fax: 95 2788237

*Paint and fun Marbella
Paint and Fun

Address; Calle Garcia Morato, 8, El Ingenio
(San Pedro Alcántara)

Telephone: 95 2783884 or 95 2783884

* Tourist train Marbella

Tourist Train Marbella

Leaves El Faro street every half an hour. The train ride lasts 25 minutes and costs 5 euros for adults and children under 5 free.

* Bona Dea Restaurant Marbella and Flamenco show

Bona Dea restaurant and flamenco show
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Address; Calle Las Yedras, Plaza las Dalias, Nueva Andalucía
Telephone: 95 2816044
Evening meal only. Mediterranean cuisine.

* A walk in the 'old quarter' (or 'casco antigüo'). The old neighbourhood is full of romance, with narrow, winding, cobblestoned streets, great for evening strolls.


Church of england / Episcopal church:
Marbella/San Pedro/Estepona: Capilla de la Inmaculada (The White Chapel), Guadalmina (Baja).
Parish Communion; First and third Sundays,
Morning Prayer; second and fourth Sundays, 11.30 a.m.

Marbella: Mezquita del Rey Abdulaziz, opposite Puente Romano.
Friday worship 2.30 p.m.
Telephone: 95 2774143.

Roman catholic:
Marbella: Every Sunday 11.30 a.m.
International Mass Church Santo Cristo, opp. Hotel Linda, Marbella.

Jehovah´s witnesses
San Pedro: Fuente Nueva, Zona Norte.
Sunday 11 a.m. Tuesday 7.30 p.m. Thursday 6.15 p.m.
Telephone: 95 2818595 or 95 2811415 Jan Schoof.

Evangelical church / baptist church:
Marbella: Service for Christians of all denominations
11.30 Sunday,
Buenas Nuevas Iglesia, 4 Avda Dr. Maiz Viñals (outside East wall towards Bonsai museum).
Telephone: 95 2932216.

First Church of Christ, Scientist:
Marbella: Sunday service 11 a.m.
(Spanish, second and fourth Sundays, 12.15 p.m.)
Testimony meeting first Wednesday in the month, 7 p.m.
Reading Room open Tues. & Fri. 10.30-13.00.
Tel. 95 2778303.
Edificio AMI Local D, Calle Jacinto Benavente 7.

Marbella: Beth El, Urbanización El Real, Km 184.
Services, Friday in summer 8.30 p.m. winter 7 p.m.
Saturday & holidays 10 a.m.
Telephone: 952 859395 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Fax. 952 765783.


Monday: Fair Ground - Las Albarizas
Tuesday: Puerto Banús (next to Bullring)
Thursday: San Pedro Alcántara
Saturday: Nueva Andalucía

Radio Taxis Marbella.
(*Remember the telephonists don't normally speak very good English so limit the conversation to telling her clearly where you are!)

Taxi Telephone: 95 2774488

Police 091 (free phone)

Ambulance 061 (free phone)

Sea rescue 900 202 202 (free phone)

Emergency operator 112 Fire, ambulance or police (free phone)

Crime report (English speaking) (for tourists and Marbella property owners alike)
902 102 112 (local phone call)

Fire Brigade 95 277 43 49 (local phone call)

Marbella municipal tourist office: 95 277 14 42 (local phone call)

Bus Station 95 277 21 92 (local phone call)

Town Hall & Foreign Residents Department (for tourists and Marbella property owners alike)
95 276 11 00

San Pedro Alcántara:

Bus Station 95 278 13 96
Fire Brigade 95 278 38 38
Town Hall 95 278 93 00

British Consulate in Málaga
Address: Calle Mauricio Moro Pareto Number 2 - 2nd floor
Telephone number: 95 235 23 00

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