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. 1. Sunny Weather: This is of course a big factor. An enviable all year round climate means thousands of sun starved northern Europeans can escape rain sodden countries like the UK. It’s a well known fact that Marbella boasts on average 320 days of cloudless skies a year meaning an all year round tan for locals, while they suntan, play sports or shop. 2. Beautiful scenery: Marbella is home to some of the most enchanting views in the whole of Europe. These include mesmerising vistas of Morocco, Gibraltar and of course La Concha Mountain, which keeps an ever-protective watch over the town. 3. Healthy lifestyle: Healthy living is a large part of what coming to Marbella is all about. The town has dozens of outdoor gyms dotted along the miles of promenades that link the centre with Puerto Banús and San Pedro. Walking and cycling everywhere in the sunshine is far more appealing here than in most countries. 4. Walker’s paradise: The area boasts hundreds of kilometres of well-trodden ancient paths located in the hills above Marbella and the nearby village of Istán. They are well marked and an excellent way to spend one of your 320 sunshine-filled days. 5. Location: Always an important factor when considering buying a home, Marbella is a one-hour drive from Málaga’s international airport. A flight back to the UK takes around two hours, meaning you are never too far away from loved ones. 6. Culture: On Marbella’s doorstep are some of the most culturally important cities in the south of Spain, including Granada, Seville, Ronda, Cádiz and Cordoba. 7. Local history: Marbella’s beautiful old town boasts some of the quaintest, narrow cobbled streets you are likely to find on the Costa del Sol. They just ooze centuries of history. The remains of Moorish fortifications and Roman ruins serve as a constant reminder that this has been an enviable place to live for the past 2000 years. 8. Restaurants: This cosmopolitan town can also lay claim to a diverse selection of quality restaurants thanks in part to the eclectic mix of nationalities living here. Eateries such as Cabaña Nagüeles on the Golden Mile or Restaurante Messina near the centre are two gourmet restaurants worth a visit. On the other end of the scale are the countless traditional tapas bars that offer a beer and tapa for as little as two euros, the choice is yours. 9. International Schools: Marbella is home to an estimated 33,000 foreigners (out of a population of 140,000) and has the largest concentration of international schools outside of Madrid and Barcelona. Schools such as The British School of Marbella mean that parents can still provide their children with the English national curriculum on this sun-drenched coast. 10. Great beaches: You only have to take a short walk from the centre of Marbella to notice that the beaches here are stunning, but in reality a changing coastal scenery made up of beaches and coves extends in either direction, all the way to the surfers’ paradise of Tarifa and the pretty coves of the Costa Tropical, itself under an hour from the ski slopes of the Sierra Nevada. If this makes you keen to know more about buying a second home or investment property in Marbella, then please contact us.