We could tell you about the 320 days of sunshine that this beautiful seaside town gets on average each year, making al fresco wining and dining a way of life. Or we could inform you that Marbella was voted the most luxurious holiday destination in the world by Brits in a poll this month. That’s before we even start talking about the multitude of golf courses, the bright lights and sounds of Puerto Banús, the charming Marbella Old Town or the multitude of sandy beaches that offer views over to Morocco and Gibraltar.
Set onto a gentle hill, this stylishly finished complex of one, two and three-bedroom apartments also has lovely views of the countryside just inland, where the hills rise gradually towards the coastal ridge. Within its own environment of subtropical gardens, sweeping green lawns and large swimming pools, the complex enjoys peace, privacy and stunning views accompanied by proximity to the nearby beaches, the marina of Cabopino, the shopping centre and restaurants of Elviria, and the clubhouse of the Club de Golf Santa María.
Although a lot people work full time and earn more than enough to cover the mortgage payments, they can be denied finance because they haven’t lived here for long enough or haven’t established a credit history. Otherwise, they may be self-employed or have no official work contract yet easily be able to meet the mortgage repayments. If this applies to you it might be worth taking a look at the range of luxury apartments at La Resina Golf that are offered with self-certified mortgages – a mortgage type that does not require you to prove your earnings and involving less paperwork to boot.
Situated between Marbella and authentic Estepona you will find one of the most elegant and sought after locations in the area, Mirador de los Flamingos. This luxurious development is very conveniently located, offering peace and quiet with all amenities nearby. Set in a privileged position on the highest point of the valley, you can admire spectacular views of the sea, golf and natural lakes from every one of these apartments.
Spain has long been popular with foreign purchasers looking to make a permanent move or searching for a second residence for holidays or investment. Over the past six years, the financial crisis affecting the whole world has taken its toll, causing a downturn in the number of non-Spanish buyers entering the property market, yet recent reports indicate that the Marbella area in particular is firmly back in favour.
With a growth of over 8,500 people over the previous year, Malaga is one of just five provinces in Spain that is bucking the current demographic trend, drawing on an increase in new foreign residents to become the fastest growing part of Spain. Property sales to foreign buyers are rising again, and as a significant proportion of the new homeowners are moving down fulltime it is the British, Scandinavians, Dutch, Belgians, French and Russians who are currently driving the population growth of this region.
Marbella is known for its luxurious homes, its glamorous yacht harbours and its celebrity visitors, but what brings people here is above all the quality of life this sunniest corner of Europe offers.
Foreign investment in Spanish real estate increased 17pc in 2012, to the highest level since 2004, according to the latest figures from the Bank of Spain.
After dominating the overseas second home market for a long time British buyers dropped down the tables in recent years, but lately the revival in interest has led the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office to produce a video that offers advice and welcome tips to those looking at buying a property overseas.
It's not difficult to see why people like buying properties in Marbella, but here are ten of the main reasons why it consistently ranks at the top.