Ranked as the second favourite European destination for tourists this summer, against the backdrop of the Sierra Blanca, between Malaga and Gibraltar, the seaside resort of Marbella is an icon of style and partying. Beaches stretching as far as the eye can see, luxury stores and yachts all make for the perfect décor to a swanky getaway. Its little white streets, its old town and its port are ideal for leisurely strolls, and bars and tapas restaurants abound. On the outskirts of the city, the sublime Andalusia contains the treasures of a rich and turbulent history.
The real estate market
Prices have risen by over 40% in the space of five years but vary depending on the neighbourhood. Slightly below €3,000 per square metre around Elviria and Cabopino, over €3,100 per sq.m in San Pedro de Alcantara, €3,264 per sq.m in Las Chapas and El Rosario, and almost €4,000 per sq.m in Rio Real and Los Monteros. They reach their peak in the Nueva Andalucia sector (€4,050 per sq.m) and in Nagueles and the Golden Mile in particular (€4,557 per sq.m).
“Our recommendations at the moment are the Golden Mile (Sierra Blanca and Cascada de Camojan), Nueva Andalucia and Sotogrande neighbourhoods. We’re here to guide you”.
“Now’s the time to sell! The market is at its highest since 2008. Demand is steady and fabulous properties are in rare supply”.
The secret to Marbella
With 70 courses, the Costa del Sol is one of the most prized places in Europe for golfers. Far from the nightlife of Marbella, the Sotogrande area is popular with sports lovers in search of nature. - Jeremy Lauwers, managing director of Marbella.
Art of living
The Marbella address book is an open invitation to the dolce vita under the fiery sun. BARNES presents its selection.
Galería Isolina Arbulu
@Galeria Isolina Arbulu
Galería Isolina Arbulu, where contemporary art is considered a reflection of society. Until September, (re)discover the poignant works of Javier de Juan.
29602 88D, Málaga
Reiners Contemporary Art
@Reiners Contemporary Art
Reiners Contemporary Art exhibits works by modern artists. With a specific emphasis on talents from Germany and Brazil.
Centro Comercial Camoján Corner, Local 9, 29602 Marbella
Alejandro Hermann Art Gallery
@Alejandro Hermann Art Gallery
Alejandro Hermann Art Gallery, a gallery dedicated to the works of the eponymous artist. Born in Argentina, he creates pieces inspired by his world travels.
Av. Boulevard Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n C.C. Tembo, Local 4, 29602 Marbella
The Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo
@Le Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo
The Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo, a contemporary art museum that displays etchings as well as graphic works. It also runs various workshops every year.
C. Hospital Bazán, s/n, 29601 Marbella
Shopping or Out and about
The Andalusian houses
@the Andalusian houses
The Andalusian houses, visible throughout the city — and more particularly around the city hall. Constructions you won’t find anywhere else, with their white walls and touches of dark wood.
You’ll find high-end ready-to-wear for all ages at Homiés, an immaculate white boutique.
C/ Ribera local 12 y 13. Casa 0 Puerto Banus, 29660 Marbella
Casco Antiguo, the historic centre of the city of Marbella. On the agenda: strolls through the charming little streets and shopping for typical souvenirs (leather shoes and kaftans, among other things).
Story 1961, a boutique that has long made pashminas its hobby horse. These days you can also pick out designer pieces carefully selected by the founding duo.
C. Valdés, 8, 29601 Marbella
The hottest reservations in town
Lobito de Mar
@Lobito de Mar
Lobito de Mar has made fish its speciality. Behind the stove is Michelin-starred chef Dani Garcia.
Avenida Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, 178, 29602 Marbella
Nobu, a restaurant where you can sip a cocktail while admiring the spectacular sea view, after making the most of the Six Senses Spa, of course.
Puente Romano & Nobu Hotel, 29602 Marbella
El Chiringuito, on the seafront promenade on Playa del Faro, a beach restaurant that serves Mediterranean cuisine. Grilled kebabs and rice dishes.
All with a beach club atmosphere.
Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, 29602 Marbella
Skina, the restaurant run by two Michelin-star chef Marco Granda. He serves us typical Spanish cuisine with his own twist.
C. Aduar, 12, 29601 Marbella
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