Why Buy in Marbella


When it comes to choosing a location in which to buy a property, Marbella is often the area most people will think of when considering the Costa del Sol, attracting property buyers from all over the world. Situated on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, this Mediterranean gem has long captivated the hearts of investors and homeowners alike. But what is it about Marbella that continues to make it the most sought-after destination for property buyers?

One of the key factors contributing to Marbella’s popularity is its incredibly unique lifestyle. With its sunny climate throughout most of the year and stunning natural beauty, Marbella provides the ideal backdrop for an incredible life in the sun. From leisurely days spent lounging by the beach, and lunches with friends and family to rounds of golf on world-class courses, there’s no shortage of activities here to keep you busy, and there is something to suit people of all ages.

Marbella boasts a diverse range of property options to suit every taste and preference. For those seeking a luxury lifestyle with privacy and exclusivity, spacious villas and mansions can be found in locations such as Sierra Blanca, Cascada de Camojan, the Golden Mile, and Los Monteros. These exclusive areas often feature large grounds, panoramic sea views, and an array of high-end amenities including private pools, spas, home cinemas and more.


Alternatively, those looking to embrace the charm of Marbella and live more within the community can choose from the many stylish apartments, houses, and penthouses in Marbella’s residential urbanisations. Other parts of Marbella popular for buyers looking for apartments and townhouses include Elviria, Las Chapas and Cabopino to the east and Nueva Andalucía, Puerto Banús, San Pedro de Alcántara and Guadalmina to the west.

For more information about Marbella, check out our Marbella Area Guide.

FAQs When Buying In Marbella

1. How far is Marbella from the airport?

Málaga Airport is around a 40-minute car journey from the municipality of Marbella. If you are taking a taxi you should expect to pay in the region of €80 to €100 depending on what part of Marbella you are heading. If you’re heading to East Marbella, then a taxi should cost slightly less.

2. Is Marbella a good choice for families?

Marbella is an ideal choice for families of all ages. There are lots of local and international schools and colleges to choose from. Being such a cosmopolitan resort there are also lots of activities to suit all ages too, whether its paddle boarding, horse-riding, golf, padel tennis or go-karting, Marbella has it all.

3. What about golf courses in Marbella?

Marbella is home to some of the very best golf courses on the Costa del Sol, some of which are often used for major men’s and women’s tournaments. There are far too many to list but some of the main ones are Marbella Club Golf Resort, Real Club de Golf Las Brisas, Los Naranjos Golf Club, Rio Real Golf Club, Marbella Golf & Country Club, Santa Clara Golf Club and Santa Maria Golf & Country Club.

4. Is there a good choice of places to eat in Marbella?

Quite simply, yes! Marbella has a very diverse choice of restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes, dietary choices, and budgets. From fine dining in establishments like Nobu, Cipriani, COYA and Sea Grill to lower-cost tapas bars and chiringuitos on the beach. These days there are vegetarian and vegan restaurants and pretty much every international style of cuisine you can think of.

5. Are there any international schools in Marbella?

Marbella is lucky enough to have some of the best educational facilities in southern Spain. If you want your children to get involved in the local lifestyle and language there are many great public schools to choose from across the area. If you want a school that is more international then, popular choices are places like Aloha College, Swans International Schools, English International College (EIC), Laude and Calpe. There is even an English university in Marbella.

6. Is there a good choice of shops in Marbella?

Shopping in Marbella is on another level. Not only do you have your traditional ‘high streets’ like Ricardo Soriano in central Marbella, but each smaller town within Marbella also has a shopping area or commercial centre, or both. There is also the area’s largest shopping centre/retail park called La Cañada where you can find popular fashion brands such as Mango, Zara, Massimo Dutti, Hugo Boss, Pepe Jeans, M&S, and many more high street names. There is also a Leroy Merlin, Norauto and Media Markt. When it comes to shopping Puerto Banús is also right at the top of the list with its marina-front luxury boutiques, including all the top designers like Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and Dolce & Gabbana. Puerto Banús is also home to the prestigious El Corte Ingles department store, which is similar to Selfridges in the UK and has a mixture of concessions from high street names to designer brands.

7. What cultural activities does Marbella offer?

It depends on your specific taste, but there is so much to see and do in Marbella. If you are an art lover, then you can find galleries and exhibitions throughout the year. The Ralli Museum on the Golden Mile often has art on show and is worth a visit. There are galleries in Puerto Banús showcasing a mixture of traditional art and urban art. There are a few cinemas around Marbella but the one that shows ‘Original Language’ films is Red Dog in Puerto Banús. Parts of Marbella also have unearthed Roman remains and in San Pedro de Alcántara, you can view them in the Basilica Vega Del Mar, which has a visitor and viewing centre. During the summer there are many music events, the most popular being the Starlite Festival, a music venue carved into the mountains above the Golden Mile. Some recent artists to perform there include Elton John, Pet Shop Boys, Andrea Bocelli, Tom Jones, George Benson and in 2024, Take That are due to perform.

8. What about healthcare in Marbella?

Being such a cosmopolitan town and home to a diverse international community, there are several public and private healthcare facilities to choose from. The Costa del Sol hospital can be found near Los Monteros, and this is the main public hospital in the area with an emergency unit and general hospital functions and activities. Most local communities will also have an ‘ambulatorio’, which is essentially a community health centre where you can go in emergencies or to see a GP. If you are on private health there are also many hospitals, health centres and specialist units to choose from. The main ones are Ochoa in central Marbella, Marbella High Care near Puerto Banús and Clinica del Rio in San Pedro de Alcántara.

9. Is Marbella a good location in which to retire?

Marbella is the perfect location for retirement. With its superb healthcare facilities, warm climate and large expat community, there are not many places better to spend one’s retirement! 

10. Is Marbella a good choice to buy a permanent or second home?

If you want to purchase in a warm climate with many amenities and facilities on your doorstep, a friendly cosmopolitan community and lots of activities to keep you amused throughout the year, we certainly recommend you consider buying property in Marbella. It has properties to suit most budgets and preferences and your ideal partner to help you find the ideal property is Winkworth Spain

Why buy with Winkworth?

Ready to make the move to Marbella? With Winkworth as your trusted partner, you’ll have access to a wealth of expertise and personalised service every step of the way. Our team is dedicated to helping you find your dream home in this idyllic corner of the Costa del Sol, ensuring a smooth and stress-free transition. From luxurious sprawling estates to charming townhouses and apartments, we have the perfect property to suit your needs and preferences. Get in touch with us today to start your journey to life in Marbella. Contact our team now and let us help you make your dream a reality!