Marbella is a world famous resort, which is famous for its luxury and hospitality. It is the emerald greenery of the mountains, the cool blue sea, an unusual mixture of Spanish and the best European traditions of architecture, culture and even cooking. It is no wonder that more than 30% of the locals are foreigners. In general, the population is either rich or very rich.

Marbella’s Michelin-starred restaurants can be enjoyed by even the most avid gourmets. And Marbella has everything you need to organise and run a successful business. That’s why this city is also an important centre for business. Nearby there are about a dozen small settlements. For potential buyers of Spanish resort real estate, these settlements can be of great interest, because the prices here are noticeably lower. In this article we will try to make up for the lack of information about the outskirts of Marbella – a striking pearl of the Costa del Sol.

San Pedro de Alcantara

San Pedro de Alcântara is now officially part of Marbella, but in fact it is more of a separate town, which has an incomparable provincial charm. Its residents do not even remotely resemble the owners of luxury villas on the “Golden Mile”. If you want to relax after visiting too much magical Marbella, then San Pedro de Alcantara is definitely your town. Its heart is the Plaza de la Iglesia with its ancient temple. The Plaza de la Iglesia is surrounded by a maze of narrow streets with numerous cafes, bars, souvenir shops and boutiques.

You should not think that in San Pedro de Alcantara you will be bored. It has everything you need for fun – restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shopping malls, sports centers. A variety of fairs, concerts and other cultural events are held regularly. The beach is really clean and long. Walking on it you can reach Marbella and thus Puerto Banus. Many locals are fond of golf and there are over 15 golf courses nearby.


It’s a picturesque town, as if “hiding” between Marbella, Rhonda and Estepona. It is separated from the Mediterranean coast by 7 km. Nevertheless, it attracts many visitors as it is considered a real gastronomic paradise. Some even call Benahavis “the dining room of the Costa del Sol”. Benahavis is located 500 meters above sea level, and thanks to this, residents and tourists enjoy a magnificent panorama. Lovers of wonderful views can reach the highest local mountain peak with the castle of Montemayor. Also nearby are the mountain rivers of Guadalmansa, Guardians and Guadalmina. If you consider Benahavis in terms of architecture, it is a hybrid of an ancient Arab settlement and modern tourist infrastructure.

Nueva Andalucia

Nueva Andalucía is just outside the fashionable port of Puerto Banús. Through careful design, Nueva Andalucía makes an exceptionally good impression. The town consists of just a few residential areas. As soon as you come here you will notice that the restaurant business is in full bloom. Many establishments will compete with even the best restaurants of Marbella and Puerto Banus. However, the city exists not only due to tourism. There are several solid enterprises, which the locals work on.


Elviria boasts a very convenient location – Marbella can be reached in just 8 minutes and Malaga airport in half an hour. The city itself blooms and smells. In the business and historical center you will see an ancient church, town hall, bars, family restaurants, offices of various companies. The hospitable atmosphere is maintained even in the so-called low season. 

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