The Perfect Expat Destination (Marbella)

Marbella is recognised and portrayed worldwide as a glamourous holiday destination, so it’s easy to overlook the huge expat community that have shrugged off the cold, grey weather of their homelands in favour of warmer climes.

But, sunshine aside, what is it that really attracts people to make the permanent move to the Costa del Sol?

Well, Marbella is situated right in between both Málaga and Gibraltar airports (just 40 minutes from each), so it is easily accessible for friends and family to visit. Marbella town itself is a beautiful glimpse of traditional Spain, with winding narrow streets, whitewashed walls, restaurants that overflow onto the cobbled walkways and gorgeous squares to relax, have a coffee and watch the world go by. Not to mention Puerto Banus, one of the most luxurious and exclusive ports in Europe, is situated just down the Golden Mile.

The charming Marbella old town can boast a quirky selection of boutique shops, enticing ice cream stands and superb restaurants, while the beachfront and its buzzing promenade is just a five-minute stroll away, where an even greater variety of restaurants and bars can be found.

It’s not just the beautiful scenery that makes Marbella so attractive to expats though, but there is always something going on too! From letting your hair down at pool parties in some of Marbella’s world-renowned beach clubs and hotels, to day trips out to the pretty Andalusian towns of Mijas and Ronda, or for those in search of a more active lifestyle, Marbella also features an array of water sport facilities, incredible golf courses, as well as stunning hike and biking paths through the mountains.

There are also numerous excellent cultural events going on all year round, such as the Marbella Luxury Weekend and the month-long summer extravaganza of the Starlite Festival, located in an atmospheric quarry high above the town and attracting an array of famous faces year after year.

Plus, for those making a permanent move (or even just purchasing a home for holiday escapes!), Marbella is also famous for its astonishing selection of gorgeous luxury property. Whether you are after a sea-front villa or an apartment with sea views, there’s a home to suit every style.




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