The beach in Estepona, named La Rada, is one of the best on the Costa del Sol and has been awarded the Blue Flag Award in recognition of the beach’s cleanliness, safety and facilities. There is also a quiet cove named Playa de Cristo, which is ideal for children due to its shallow, safe waters.
Estepona is home to what is known as the New Golden Mile, here you will find many prestigious beachfront developments and properties for sale. Estepona is approximately an hours’ drive west from Malaga Airport and is easily accessible by the A-7 dual carriageway, or the AP7-E15 toll motorway. The town planners in Estepona have successfully combined modern architecture with the old, and there is a central “Old Town” area full of local bars and restaurants.
The village of Manilva is 97km to the west of Malaga Airport and 45km from Marbella. Its setting is magnificent, backed by the wonderful Sierra Bermeja mountain range and with open views to Gibraltar and Africa. It is also just over an hours’ drive to Jerez Airport, from where many budget airlines operate frequent cheap flights to and from the UK.
There are three distinct areas here: Manilva, Sabinillas and la Duquesa. These are aside from the various tourist urbanisations. Manilva has a fascinating history which dates back to Roman times and still today there are some well-preserved Roman archaeological sites in the area.
Next to Manilva is a district called Casares. There is a huge amount of investment currently going into this area, including a 6 star Hilton hotel, several championship status golf courses, and many sports and leisure facilities with the aim of making this area the La Manga of the Costa del Sol. Consequently many apartments and residential developments are available here. The village of Casares is a 15 minute drive inland up into the hills. According to tradition, Julius Caesar ordered it built in gratitude for being cured bathing in the Hedionda Baths here. In 1978, Casares was declared an Artistic and Historic Village and currently is considered one of the most beautiful pueblos in Spain, with panoramic views out to sea.
On the coast you will find La Duquesa port, a beautiful and busy area surrounded by shops, cafes and restaurants. La Duquesa has become one of the busiest and sought after areas on the coast recently with many developers offer up to 100% finance on sales of new apartments, along with the reduced buying costs on new properties.
Sotogrande is custom built to cater for some of the world’s most luxurious seafarers. Consequently the Marina here is possibly the best on the Costa del Sol. Far removed from the mountain pueblos of Andalucia and the bustle of other coastal towns, Sotogrande is the resort to relax in and enjoy – the glorious weather and beautiful surroundings. Sotogrande is regarded as prime real estate and as a result some of the coast’s most exclusive villas and apartments most in new luxurious developments are located in this area. The beaches in Sotogrande are secluded and offer a peace and quiet that is often difficult to find on the Costa del Sol.
Sotogrande is located south west of Marbella, approximately an hour’s drive from Malaga Airport, and less than 15 minutes drive east of Gibraltar, where the Airport has recently opened up to allow a wider selection of flights. The Marina was built in 1987 and is equipped with the most up to date modern facilities for all berths, such as electricity, telephone, fresh water and television. It currently has 548 berths but there are plans to extend this number to 1052.
Sotogrande offers a variety of outdoor sports including horse riding, tennis, paddle tennis, and sailing. There are also four championship golf courses – Almenara Golf, Sotogrande Golf, San Roque Golf, where the Spanish Open is regularly held, and the world-renowned Valderrama Golf Course, where the Ryder Cup was hosted in 1997, and the Volvo Masters has been held annually. Sotogrande is a small town and is relatively quiet throughout the year. It is a popular destination for Spanish holidaymakers and is therefore busier in July and August. Despite its small size Sotogrande has a good selection of quality restaurants serving international and native dishes.