The ultimate guide to the best places to live in Marbella

Marbella transcends mere location and has become a symbol of luxury and exclusivity, serving as the quintessential retreat for the affluent and celebrated of Europe. 

Lesser known the name translates in english to  “Beautiful Sea,” Marbella’s allure is not just its breathtaking vistas of the sea but its consistent, glorious weather, picturesque landscapes, opulent villas, and a lifestyle rich with golfing, upscale shopping, and fine dining. Despite its modern allure, Marbella boasts a rich tapestry of history dating back to its Roman origins as Salduba, or “Salt City.” 

Remarkably, until the 1950s, Marbella was a quaint village, home to merely 1,000 residents, steeped in jasmine’s fragrance. Today, the Old Town (Casco Antiguo) stands as a testament to its enduring legacy, with impeccably preserved historical landmarks including a town hall from 1568, various churches and chapels of the era, and remnants of Moorish castles and walls. Transitioning from its historical past to its vibrant present, where are the contemporary gems for residential bliss in Marbella? 

Join us as we unveil the premier neighborhoods that make living in Marbella a dream come true.

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The golden mile

Dubbed “La milla de oro,” The Golden Mile serves as the heart of Marbella’s high society lifestyle. Stretching approximately 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) along the coastline from the Old Town to the harbors of Marbella and Puerto Banús, this district is unmatched in luxury on the Costa del Sol. It boasts magnificent villas, upscale shopping, lavish dining options, and vibrant nightlife.


The daytime life in this area is centered around the exquisite Nagüeles beach, a hotspot for the elite at the renowned Marbella Club and Puente Romano beach clubs. Perfectly situated for easy access to both Marbella and Puerto Banús, its prime beachfront location makes it a sought-after spot for those looking to indulge in the ultimate Marbella experience.

Nueva Andalucía/Puerto Banús

Arguably the most vibrant area in Marbella, Nueva Andalucía, or New Andalusia, is the creation of José Banús, a visionary developer who aimed to establish a unique and utterly exclusive European resort. Its design, inspired by Noldi Schreck, who played a significant role in the development of Beverly Hills, captures a similar essence of luxury and exclusivity.

Puerto Banús

At its heart, Puerto Banús made its grand debut in 1970, celebrated by luminaries like Aga Khan IV, director Roman Polanski, singer Julio Iglesias, Playboy’s Hugh Hefner, and Monaco’s Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. This glamorous inauguration heralded the area’s luxurious reputation.

Nueva Andalucia

Today, Puerto Banús stands as the glittering center of Nueva Andalucía, attracting celebrities and the affluent to its marina. It’s a scene filled with high-profile shopping, fine dining, luxury cars, and yacht parties, epitomizing the height of opulence.

Golf Valley

Venturing inland reveals Golf Valley, where exclusive villas are nestled among prestigious golf courses like Las Brisas, Aloha, and Los Naranjos. Nueva Andalucía is also known for its Saturday Artisan Market near the bullring, offering an array of spices, crafts, paintings, textiles, antiques, and furniture. For a more laid-back experience, surrounding cafés offer the perfect spot to enjoy a cortado and soak in the ambiance.

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Sierra blanca

For those seeking privacy and seclusion without straying far from the vibrancy of Marbella, Sierra Blanca stands as an idyllic choice. Located just behind Marbella and the Golden Mile, this peaceful, secure neighborhood provides a serene escape from the lively coastal atmosphere during peak season. Yet, it remains conveniently a short drive away, allowing for easy access to the bustling life whenever the mood strikes.

La zagaleta

La Zagaleta is the epitome of privacy and exclusivity, making it a sanctuary for millionaires and celebrities seeking solitude and discretion. Renowned as one of Spain’s most luxurious enclaves, it boasts some of the country’s highest property values. This exclusive resort offers residents access to an array of sporting and leisure amenities, ensuring privacy and exclusivity. If mingling with celebrities like Rod Stewart or engaging in a friendly tennis match with Hugh Grant appeals to you, La Zagaleta might just be your dream destination, as both celebrities are among the homeowners here.

San Pedro de Alcántara

For those seeking a retreat from the high-octane lifestyle, San Pedro de Alcantara, situated west of Puerto Banús, offers a refreshing change of pace. This traditional Spanish town, with its roots in industrial heritage marked by a historical sugar mill now transformed into the Ingenio Cultural Centre, presents a grounded, authentic experience. San Pedro de Alcantara enchants with its quaint, cobbled streets adorned with tapas bars and boutiques, and a picturesque seaside promenade featuring a pristine sandy beach lined with chiringuitos (beach bars). This area’s casual charm serves as a delightful contrast to the opulent glamour found in Marbella’s more affluent neighborhoods. Not far away, La Guadalmina boasts one of the region’s premier golfing destinations – The Guadalmina Golf Club, adding to the area’s appeal for those seeking both cultural authenticity and recreational luxury.

Los Monteros

Positioned to the east of Marbella, Los Monteros, is an ideal locale for those in search of exquisite beaches adorned with natural dunes, premier golfing experiences, and access to serene countryside and lush forests, all coupled with luxurious living spaces. This neighborhood epitomizes peace and exclusivity while remaining a mere five-minute drive from the heart of Marbella. Los Monteros offers a perfect blend of calm and vibrancy, providing residents with a harmonious balance between relaxation and lively social opportunities.

In exploring the best places to live in Marbella, it’s clear that this city offers a diverse array of lifestyles, from the bustling luxury of The Golden Mile to the serene exclusivity of Los Monteros. Whether you’re drawn to the vibrant social scene of Puerto Banús or the tranquil charm of San Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella caters to every preference and dream. Amrein Properties is here to guide you through each of these exquisite neighborhoods, ensuring you find a place that not only meets but exceeds your expectations. Dive into the beauty and luxury of Marbella living with us. Contact Amrein Properties today to discover your perfect home in one of Marbella’s premier locations. Let’s turn your dream of living in Marbella into reality.


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