Members of the distinguished international circle who make Marbella a home from home do so for many reasons. Alongside the wonderful climate, superb beaches and lifestyle choices, chief amongst them is a taste for the finer things in life—quite literally so when it comes to the dining options available in this gourmet paradise.
A consensus is forming amongst real estate professionals that the controversial annulment of Marbella’s 2010 General Plan (PGOU) could well turn out to be a good thing for the town. Despite an initial period of uncertainty following the Supreme Court decision, it is becoming apparent that there is no lack of investor confidence when it comes to new developments in Marbella.
Half way between Marbella and Estepona and just a few minutes from the luxury marina of Puerto Banús is the charming town of San Pedro Alcántara and its leafy suburb of Guadalmina. Divided into two sections—Guadalmina Alta, north of the A7 coastal road, and Guadalmina Baja, which runs down to the coastline—this high quality residential enclave has proven to be enduringly popular since its inception back in the 1950s.
Marbella is a great place to spend the winter season—where else in Europe is it possible to eat lunch on the beach or enjoy a glass of wine on a sunny waterside terrace in December without the need for your coat, gloves or hat? The restaurants and bars are less crowded than in the summer months—making it possible to dine at your leisure without having to make a reservation—the roads are quieter and there are far shorter queues at the airport.
Marbella has long been renowned for its fusion of quality international cuisine and innovative restaurants, making the town a food lovers’ delight. Diners are able to sample a selection of the best dishes from Japan to Argentina and Thailand to France - not to forget some of the finest Spanish food - all without having to travel more than a few minutes from their property in Marbella
The stars are shining in Marbella as once again the red carpet has been rolled out for the glitzy Starlite Festival. This year the event is as glamorous as ever and puts Marbella exactly where it likes to be – centre stage in the spotlight. Featuring big name acts – the 2015 line-up includes Lenny Kravitz and Lionel Richie plus the familiar faces of Julio Iglesias and his heartthrob son Enrique – it has rapidly become one of those events that define people’s perception of the town.