Towns and villages of Marbella West Region
The municipality of Marbella West belongs to the province of Málaga and is part of the autonomous community of Andalusia. Marbella West borders on the municipal areas of Estepona (in the west), Marbella East (in the east) and Benahavis, Istán and Ojén (in the north).
|24% (33,931) of 2015 population (18% American, 12% British, 6% Italian, 6% German, and the rest of the world)||6 golf courses|
|1 hospital||4 beaches|
|8 international schools||1 marina in Puerto Banus|
|2 police stations||55 km / 50 min to Malaga Airport; 76 km / 1 hr to Gibraltar Airport|
The region is pleased with the abundance of sun, with 6-9 hours in spring, 6-8hours in autumn and 6-7 hours of the sun per day in winter. In summer, you can expect to enjoy 11 hours of the sunshine per day. In general, the weather in West Marbella is very warm and sunny. The residents and holiday visitors of this area benefit from about 320 sunny days what is ideal for playing golf all year around.
The region is typical for hot summers and mild winters with relatively little rain. The hottest month in Marbella is July when the average daily temperature often rises to 29°C. On the other side, January is considered to be the coldest month. However, even in winter, the average temperature is about 15-16 °C. November is the wettest month with an average of 115mm of rain. Rainfall is insignificant for the rest of the year, with many months often seeing no rain at all. July and August are the driest months with an average of 2-5mm of rain. The best time to visit the cities around and go for walks and hikes corresponds to the months of April, May, and October when the weather is already warm enough but not too hot. On the other hand, summer months from June to September are the best for the beach holiday.
Thanks to the mountain range surrounding the region, Marbella West has its own specific mild micro-climate. It keeps its average temperature of 19ºC throughout the year including the winter. In addition, it mitigates the wind typical for surrounding regions.
Due to the infiltration of water from the Atlantic, the sea can be very cold. The temperature ranges from16 to 20°C from the late autumn to spring. In June and July, the water heats up to 20-23°C The end of the summer and beginning of autumn is considered to be the best time for water activities and to swim int he sea. The water is the warmest in August and September - after the hot days during the season, and reach 24°C.
As a part of Costa del Sol, Marbella West is one of the most popular regions for purchasing property in Spain. It has a cosmopolitan atmosphere mixed with beautiful natural surroundings and Andalucian traditions.The high-quality services and a well-developed gastronomic scene and infrastructure add an undoubtedly great value to this region.
An average price for a property for sale in Marbella West listed is €3,300 per sq. meter for apartments and €4,000 per sq. meter for houses.
Almost 20% of Marbella West property market offers estates with a golf course view. This premium position adds an extra 30% on the top of the average selling price in the region. Highly appreciated sea view position increases the price by 50% for an apartment as well as for the house.
The most active real estate agencies on Marbella West property market are Chesterton’s Affinity and Solvilla with more than 225 listings, followed by Michael Moon, Kristina Szekely (Sotheby’s) and Real Estate Luz exceeding 200 active listings.
In comparison to the eastern part of Marbella region, the West offers more of tranquility and unspoiled nature. It is set along the coast of Mediterranean, in the footprints of Sierra Ronda mountain range. The highest peak of the range is La Concha with its 1,215 m. Amazing mountain routes here are ideal for hikers, cyclists and off road bikers.
Conveniently, both Malaga and Gibraltar international airports are reachable in 1-hour drive. And, the are highways all along the coast in the municipality.
Marbella West region and its small towns and villages are known as a golf hub. Six first-class golf clubs are set within this area which makes it an ideal place for golf lovers to enjoy warm and sunny days. They are all designed by renowned architects and famous golf players. In addition, they provide beautifully maintained fields, stunning views, and an exciting experience.
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El Paraiso Golf Club and its huge championship golf course layout regularly host golf competitions including the celebrity Pro-Am.
Horse riders will appreciate the luxury facility in Marbella Equestrian Center. Regular important championships and jumping competitions take place in this prestigious establishment.
Furthermore, the area provides much more sports possibilities. Various tennis courts, for example, are spread all around the region.
The Wakeboard Center Marbella is a perfect facility for wakeboarding and water ski activities.
The coast offers surfing opportunities and jet ski rentals.
Marbella West municipality also has several beautiful beaches of the turquoise sea. Most of them are easily accessible from all the towns around.
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Guadalmina and San Pedro de Alcantara beaches are Blue Flags awarded. The beaches are mostly secured and have high-standard facilities, restaurants, and bars. On many of them you will find the typical Andalucian chiringuitos. These beach bars serve delicious and fresh local sea food.
Marbella West boasts numerous fine restaurants spread throughout the region. You will find here small dining spots, tapas tavernas, and haute cuisine establishments. These places offer a wide choice of local and international food. You can enjoy a delicious Spanish paella prepared with fresh fish or try French or Italian cuisine in one of the renowned restaurants.
Benahavis village, located on the north of this region, is considered as a dining room of the Costa del Sol. Several restaurants in the area are featured in the Michelin Guide for their fresh ingredients and good standard. These include a family restaurant ”Los Abanicos”, a typical Andalusian place ”La Alcaría De Ramos”, a contemporary ”L´Importa”, and another family restaurant ”Alber y Simon” in San Pedro de Alcantara, as well as a classical-stylish ”Víctor” in Guadalmina.
In general, Marbella West is a very vivid region and offers something to everyone. Local markets, traditionally held on Thursdays, and various festivities will make you feel the Andalusian spirit.
Every village and town in this area have its own Patron that residents celebrate. Besides that, the local Town Hall organizes many events and festivals across the whole municipality.
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Very special is the Easter week that is celebrated accompanied by the music and amazing atmosphere.
In addition, various festivals take place in the amphitheater in San Pedro del Alcantara. This neighborhood also hosts the biggest alternative festival in Costa Del Sol, featuring live music and various workshops. All kinds of concerts and other performances here attract people from the surrounding areas.
On the night from the 23rd to the 24th of June, locals celebrate the Night of San Juan. You can see them putting and lightening the bonfires on the beaches of Marbella while eating the Moragas, grilled sardines.
It is true that every village and town in the region offer its particular charm. Explore the region further by reading the Neighborhood Guides of other Marbella West areas.
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