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Where to buy property in Spain

Whether you're looking for a luxury villa or a stunning beach front apartment, a lock up and go holiday apartment, or a plot of land, location is the key to getting the most out of your life in the sun.

While you may have visited different parts of the coast on holiday, life as a resident or home owner can sometimes be very different to life as a tourist.

Here we give you a quick overview of our favourite towns on the Costa del Sol:


Mijas PuebloMijas is one of the most beautiful white villages along the Costa del Sol; full of the charm of white-washed village houses and cobbled streets linked by an ancient web of passage ways - unchanged over the centuries.

The views down to the coast are spectacular, and equally so are those up to the wooded mountains of the Sierra de Mijas.

Mijas is famous for the Donkey Taxis which can be found in the town's central Plaza.

High above Fuengirola, Mijas towers like a white shining jewel.

The hills of Mijas also have a wealth of properties. The access to the main road network an the airport from this area is very easy.

Malaga airport is only 20 minutes by car.



FuengirolaOnce just a simple fishing village, Fuengirola has grown into one of the Costa del Sol's favourite holiday destinations, just 25 kilometers from Malaga international airport. As a holiday destination, this means that a property for rental return would be a very attractive investment.

Fuengirola has fantastic road, rail and bus links to the rest of the coast. From the airport there is a direct train to the centre of Fuengiriola.

It is such a buzzing cosmopolitan seaside town, yet with a wonderful 'lived in' feel to it.

Traditional and modern tapas bars, restaurants and shops are all here; there is something to cater for all tastes.

The long, seemingly endless golden Mediterranean beaches draw the crowds in summer and the warmth of the sun in winter attracts holidaymakers looking for some respite from the colder weather of more northern European countries.

Fuengirola has a very modern marina next to the fishing port, with daily ferries to destinations all along the coast.

Many kilometers of flat Paseo makes Fuengirola a fantastic destination.



Los BolichesA coastal suburb of Fuengirola, well connected by road, rail and bus services to the rest of the coast. Once an independent seaside village, Los Boliches is such a popular location. This area is flat, and in only minutes you can walk from the Central Plaza to the beach, and the train runs directly to the heart of Los Boliches.

This is a very popular holiday location, especially for the Scandinavian travellers and the more mature British holiday maker; a very quiet and relaxed location.

This is an incredibly popular location for holidaymakers and apartment owners. Rental opportunities in this area are very good.



Los PacosaLos Pacos was once a set of dusty streets, but now it is a neighbourhood which is linked to Fuengirola and Los Boliches.

Los Pacos is well connected to the train, buses and also is a flat walk from the beaches to the centre and is very popular as many people own lock up and go type accommodation, due to the closeness of all the facilities.

This area really is a Spanish community, were they embrace foreign visitors and home owners in their hearts. The main square has traditional bars, restaurants and shopping.



Mijas CostaThis is the 12km stretch of coastline which is part of the municipality of Mijas.

This area includes, El Chaparral, La Cala, Riviera del sol, Miraflores, Torrenueva, El Faro and Sitio de Calahonda.

Although there are more urbanisations and communities in this area, these are the main locations. This area is such a mix of nationalities, property types, and property usage, from holiday homes, to rental investments, to holiday makers renting a week or two. There is a massive choice of shopping, dining, and scenery.

The 12 km stretch of beaches ranges from sandy to stony with a mix of long stretches of coastline, to small coves. Beach bars, and sand dunes. Something for every one. The area is overlooked by the mountain ranges of the Costa Del sol.

Although Mijas Costa is a flatter stretch of land, there are some properties located on the hill sides.

The road network and bus links to this area are excellent. The supermakets are plentyful and so are the services such as doctors, chemists, and local and national schools.

There are enough golf courses in this area alone to be able to play a different course every day of your visit!



BenalmadenaBenalmádena is an area that covers from the Sierra de Mijas mountain range, over the flat planes and down to the sea. The miles of sandy beaches are easily accessible to all, although the beaches themselves vary from long sandy stretches, with beach bars and plenty of space for enjoying the sun and the sand, to areas with large cliffs and wilder beaches.

This location is concentrated in three main areas: Benalmadena Pueblo, Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmádena Costa.

Benalmádena has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and now it is one of the main tourist destinations on the Costa del Sol. It has amusement parks, aquariums, casinos and cable cars and also has one of the largest marinas in Andalucia.


Benalmadena has both a traditional Spanish village and a modern, coastal, tourist area; the three main areas are:

  • Benalmádena Pueblo, the original village, which lies about three kilometres inland at an elevation of approximately 200 m above mean sea level. Its core consists of a typical white-fronted Andalusian village, although including numerous recent buildings in modern architectural styles. The town of Benalmádena also has an archaeological museum with locally-derived artefacts dating back to the Bronze Age.
  • Benalmádena Costa, This is a real hot spot for entertainment. Both with the night life, restaurants and bars, and also for the beaches and the marina life. Water sports are very popular on this part of the coast. But - although there is the faster side to the Costa Del Sol available here, there is also plenty of opportunity to find the quieter life, with the history, culture and traditions of Spain all here to explore.
  • Arroyo de la Miel originally a separate village,located between Benalmadena Costa and Benalmadena Pueblo.. This is a residential area and very popular for home owners who wish to invest and visit this part of the Costa Del Sol.



MarbellaMarbella is located on the Mediterranean Sea, and is between Mijas Costa and more or less to the Gibraltar Strait, and has the impressive Sierra Blanca mountain range as a back ground. The region extends for over 40 kilometres, and the flat land between the beaches is sheltered by the mountain range. This gives Marbella a micro climate that is quite unique on these coasts. The average temperature is 18 degrees celsius.

Marbella is a very popular area for home ownership and covers some beautiful locations: Cabopino, Nueva Andalucia, Guadalmina, Puerto Banus, Las Chapas, Sierra Blanca, Ojen, to name just a few. This whole area is rich in bars, restaurants, shopping opportunities and outdoor recreations. Golf courses, mountain biking, horse riding, hiking are all popular activities here. But the Marbella region is also historically important, with areas of Roman interest in many corners of the region.

Marbella became an important location for the rich and famous, and still holds this status today, and the Old Town of Marbella really is an impressive area to visit.

The Golden Mile stretches for over 6 kilometers and is an extremely popular area for property buyers. Not only is this area an impressive post code, but as well as being in the heart of Marbella, it has been proved to be an excellent investment area, and very popular as a property rental location.

Alhambra del Mar, La Alcazaba, Las Torres, Los Verdiales, Marbellamar, Marina Marbella, Oasis, Rio Verde and Santa Margarita, and Sierra Blanca, Nagüeles, Cascada de Camoján, Jardines Colgantes, Marbella Hill Club, El Venero, El Batatal, La Capellania, La Virginia, Carolina, El Vicario, Altos de Salamanca, Casas del Señorio de Marbella, Coto Real, Ancon Sierra -- are all impressive developments.

Nueva Andalucía is an area just west of Marbella and inland from the marina of Puerto Banús. There are many golf courses so this area is also known as Golf Valley. The bullring by Centro Plaza marks the entrance to Nueva Andalucia where the villas and apartments are based on traditional Andalucian architecture and design.

Marbella has 24 beaches of golden sand with many locations to take part in water sports. The road network is excellent, and is easily accessible to both the international airports of Malaga and Gibraltar.


Obviously the above towns and regoins are not the extent of the area we cover. We have many many clients who have purchased with us in other areas of the south coast region of Spain. We have a wealth of experience and contacts which allow us to match your requirements with all areas of southern Spain.

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