After leaving Puerto Banús and Nueva Andalucía, we will head south towards Gibraltar.
First stop is San Pedro de Alcantara. A very Spanish town, with thousands of apartments occupied by Spanish families who either work or go to school here, or in nearby Marbella.
San Pedro, as it is called locally, have a lovely church square with many restaurants and tapas bars, and the prices are based on the local Spanish income level, not wealthy northern Europeans or Brits, so very good food and drinks here at very low prices.
San Pedro is separated by the motorway, and the beach side of San Pedro has seen an enormous development in new very sleek and contemporary properties in the last couple of years, so in many ways, an up and coming area.
Many of the people buying properties here like the mix of living in a modern contemporary apartment, but living in a traditional Spanish village.
San Pedro has a fantastic beach and beach front promenade with chirinquitos and quality bars and restaurants.
Right after San Pedro we enter Guadalmina. Guadalmina Baja (the lower part, or beach side) and Guadalmina Alta (the higher part, or mountain side) are two very different areas.
Guadalmina Baja is the favourite of the well-off Spanish families from Madrid and further north in Spain. This is where the “Old Money” resides. Beautiful classic villas with six to eight bedrooms to accommodate the large Spanish families, are situated on big grounds, only a few minutes’ walk from the beach and the prestigious Guadalmina Golf Hotel and Club House.
Villas with a price tag lower than 2 million Euros are hard to find here. The Guadalmina Commercial Centre with supermarkets, fashion boutiques, tapas and coffee bars and restaurants is also nearby.
In Guadalmina Alto there are hardly any villas, but plenty of holiday apartments build to very high standards.
Being very close to Marbella and Puerto Banús but with a more leafy and residential feel, have made Guadalmina Baja and Alto a very popular destination with both the Spanish and the expat community.
Estepona and beyond
One of the biggest towns on the entire coast, Estepona has grown steadily over a long period of time, so has come of age gradually and with style. Originally a little fishing village, then a larger Spanish Pueblo, and now a very confident large town with arguably, one of the most stunning beach front promenade´s and a wide golden sandy beach.
The access to Estepona from Marbella was improved dramatically when the San Pedro tunnel was opened only a couple of years ago, allowing for a smooth an uninterrupted journey in a very short time. This new and easy access meant that tourism increased by a staggering 70% from after the tunnel was finished and opened for traffic.
You can have a wonderful day walking around the old town of Estepona, having lunch in one of the great local restaurants to be found in the narrow winding streets and squares, then have a stroll and a drink on the Paséo Marítimo, and finish off with dinner in the Marina.
Estepona has everything you want, and in the Estepona area you will find some of the best luxury hotels and golf clubs on the entire coast.
Many of the new exciting property developments on the Costa del Sol are situated in the Estepona area, especially in the so-called New Golden Mile, and further down the coast in Manilva, Duquesa, Sabinillas and Casares.
These areas still has plenty of space and land to build on at reasonable prices. This is a place to watch out for, especially if you are looking for a brand new apartment in an off-plan development.
The mix of the old charm of Estepona, or any of the other villages, clean beaches, marinas, world class golf courses and hotels, makes this part of the Costa del Sol the area that offer really great properties in exciting areas close to everything you need as a tourist, or a permanent resident alike.