The best areas to buy a property in Marbella East

25 Feb 2018 | Areas Guide

The eastern part of the municipality of Marbella, Marbella East, is an extensive residential area designed to avoid creating agglomerations by reducing the height and density of buildings. The result is a general structure similar to the traditional Andalusian village, with paths and wooded areas, and almost virgin beaches. All this is supported by a wide range of basic services and entertainment options, which, combined with the quality of the urbanizations, will make visitors want to buy a property in Marbella East, in any of the areas described below.

The best areas to buy a property in Marbella East

Rio Real

As you leave the city of Marbella, moving eastwards, you’ll find the Rio Real residential area. It’s distributed around the Rio Real Golf course and, on the beach side, behind Torre Real.

The characteristic properties on the beach side are luxurious apartment buildings and residential complexes, with townhouse properties on the beachfront, next to Trocadero Arena beach club.

The best-known building in Rio Real is the Torre Real apartment block, which affords impressive views of the entire Marbella coastline, and even Africa and Gibraltar.

The area around the golf course is home to urbanizations like Vista Golf, which comprises luxury apartments with wonderful panoramic views of the course and sea, and Las Lomas del Pozuelo, with family townhouse properties in a quiet setting, just a stone’s throw from all the services.

La Reserva de los Monteros

Continuing eastwards and just past Rio Real golf course, on the beach side, is La Reserva de Los Monteros, an urbanization characterised by quality construction, as is the case with the La Morera complex, where the sea and golf course provide peaceful surroundings.

In this exclusive urbanization, luxury low-rise apartment buildings and exclusive beachfront villas are set amid blue and green, in harmony with sea and golf.

Bahía de Marbella

This area, positioned on the coast, opposite Hospital Costa del Sol, is called Bahía de Marbella. Development here is also structured based on apartment buildings with low-rise designs, townhouses, semi-detached houses, and elegant villas, all in the ideal location, with golf courses nearby, and just 3 km from the centre of Marbella.

Among the residential complexes available in Bahía de Marbella, two of the best are Gran Bahía de Marbella and Atrium Bahia de Marbella, which offer apartments and penthouses in a gated community with 24-hour security, swimming pools and meticulous gardens, all just a stone’s throw from the exclusive, virginal beach, which is part of an ecosystem of protected dunes.

Los Monteros

Around Hotel Los Monteros SPA & Golf Resort, on the coast, is the Los Monteros residential area, replete with well-built, quality villas lining the beachfront, and with the touch of exclusivity that only La Cabane beach club can provide.

Los Monteros

The Los Monteros area also has a mountain section, north of the AP-7, called Los Altos de Los Monteros, where you’ll find residential complexes like Elements, with its spacious contemporary apartments that offer unbeatable coastal views from their elevated position, Samara, an exclusive apartment resort that combines excellent building quality with the same wonderful panoramic views, and Los Monteros Hills Club, a residential complex in contemporary style comprising luxury apartments and spectacular penthouses.

Alicate Playa

One of the most luxurious residential complexes on the beachfront is Alicate Playa, a designer urbanization created by prestigious architect Melvin Villarroel, with stunning tropical gardens and deluxe finishings, in a serene area. The complex consists of beautiful, luxury apartments and penthouses near the beach.

Santa Clara

Between Rio Real and Elviria, you’ll find Santa Clara Golf, one of the best-designed golf courses on the coast, from a sports and aesthetic perspective. Careful maintenance, spectacular views and unique design make Santa Clara the perfect place for lovers of golf and tasteful architecture.

Two excellent examples of this are the Icon The Residences and Icon Signature Villas developments. These designer villa complexes were created by prestigious architects, who respected the surroundings and fused them with their designs.

The villas are in a contemporary style that combines nature and modernity, including meticulous landscape gardening and high-quality materials.

El Rosario

The El Rosario urbanization, 10 minutes from the eastern part of the city of Marbella, is a gated community of detached villas. It was built based on different designs, where sumptuous villas, traditional Andalusian-style houses and modernist properties alternate, to produce a special collage, with real style.

The area has a shopping centre, supermarkets, international schools, tennis club and a full range of services. This, combined with the proximity of the beaches and peaceful setting, make El Rosario the ideal place to live.

Las Chapas

Next to Alicate Playa and south of El Rosario, on the beach side, is Las Chapas. This serene residential area has a complete range of services and is immersed in nature.

Its beaches are exemplary, with golden dunes flanked by green pine woods, which remain peaceful even during the high season.

At Las Chapas, you’ll find charming villas and even some with interesting prices, suitable for reformation and renovation, all near the beach.


One of the most popular areas in Marbella East is Elviria, positioned at the midpoint between Marbella and Fuengirola. It has a shopping area with banks, supermarkets, bars, cafés and a wide variety of international restaurants, not to mention the now classic beach clubs in this area, including the renowned Nikki Beach and Estrella del Mar Beach Club.

In this location, around the shopping hub, is where you’ll find residential complexes comprising townhouses and apartments.

In the middle of the urbanization, as you climb, there’s a residential area predominated by detached villas, creating a cluster of charming, tranquil properties.


The upper part of Elviria is home to residential complexes like The Retreat, with its 14 three-storey buildings, in Andalusian style, positioned around eight swimming pools, with 2- and 3-bedroom apartments and magnificent panoramic views of the coast and mountain. It’s just a few minutes from Santa Maria Golf Club, a well-designed course surrounded by complexes of townhouses and luxurious villas, next to the golf course and set in thick pine woods.

Marbesa – Carib Playa

Between Elviria and Cabopino, on the beach side, you’ll find two adjoining areas called Marbesa and Carib Playa, set in beautiful pine woods and with a quiet, laid-back atmosphere.

The typical properties in this area are medium-sized villas and houses, a stone’s throw from the beach. There are even some renovation opportunities available at reasonable prices. What’s more, at Carib Playa, you can also find building plots and apartments.


Adjoining Marbesa and Carib Playa, you’ll find the Dunas de Artola protected sand dunes. This natural park is home to typical dune flora and is traversed by a new walking trail, which opens up this unique landscape for visitors to enjoy it. The path runs along the almost virgin beaches, which remain uncrowded even during high season.

To the north, now back on buildable land, you’ll find houses and villas in Artola, integrated into the surrounding pine woods, and with pretty side streets, where you can wander, in a peaceful, relaxed setting.

North of Dunas de Artola, past the motorway, is the Artola Alta area, home to townhouse estates such as Terrazas de Cabopino, and apartment complexes like La Romana.


Cabopino is an inviting marina located some 10 km east of Marbella. While smaller than Puerto Banús, it enjoys all the charm of the surrounding area, and offers a calmer atmosphere than Banús.

With moorings for boats up to 15-m long, the promenade is home to restaurants, bars and cafés. When you reach the adjoining beach, there’s an excellent chiringuito beach bar offering traditional Mediterranean dishes from the region.

The port hosts apartment buildings with magnificent views and, nearby, lining a peaceful street adorned with pine trees, you’ll find beachfront and second-row villas.

At the end of this street is the Los Granados de Cabopino apartment complex, comprising two buildings with a secure entrance. It’s positioned above sea level, which means the apartments enjoy spectacular views.

In the upper part of Cabopino and surrounding Cabopino Golf course, high-quality apartments and penthouses like the Las Mimosas de Cabopino Golf residential complex, offer refuge from the hustle and bustle, with the advantage of being just a few minutes from the shops and restaurants. We should also make mention of upcoming new developments north of the golf course, in the Samisol urbanization.

Hacienda Las Chapas – La Reserva de Marbella

Hacienda Las Chapas is on the mountain side, in Marbesa–Carib Playa. This secure residential area has wide streets, where palm and pine create an exclusive ambiance.

Villas built on large plots that enjoy a great deal of privacy are the buildings that characterise this area.

Continuing towards the mountains, the La Reserva de Marbella complex sits on high, with apartment buildings in a precinct with 24-hour security and its own shopping hub, with a range of services.

La Mairena

In the hills of Elviria, in an area where protected oak and pine form a landscape replete with tranquillity, you’ll find La Mairena. This residential estate was designed by the Massoud family back in the 1980s, to offer the chance to buy a holiday property or permanent residence to people who want to live immersed in nature, while being near the most prestigious leisure and service hubs in Marbella.

La Mairena is home to luxury villas and apartment buildings built in the Andalusian style. One of the best is the gated complex El Soto de Marbella, which has several swimming pools and is next to El Soto Club de Golf, a 9-hole golf course with clubhouse, restaurant tennis and paddle-tennis courts, sauna and gym. A residential oasis in the heart of nature.

The Benarroch Real Estate team will help you get to know this area, so you can decide on the best place to buy a property in Marbella Este. Contact us now. We’ll definitely be able to help you.

Brice Benarroch Mennessons

Article by Brice Benarroch Mennessons

25 Feb 2018
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