Restaurants in Marbella
Eating and modest drinking are important social happenings in Spain. When looking for a property for sale in Marbella, it's important to know the best places. The Spanish cuisine is full of traditions, and are the home of many specialities, known throughout the world. On the coast, and especially in Marbella there is a high influx of international restaurants.
When on the look for a luxury villa for sale, take a short break and enjoy the authentic Spain. It is no problem to taste all the different parts of the world, without ever leaving the city! Most restaurants have a very reasonable price level. A typical dinner for 2 people can be enjoyed for around 40 € including drinks.
The best places to dine are located in Marbella centre, as well as the outskirts towards Puerto Banus. It is often necessary to order a table, especially for the most popular places, or in the high season. A very useful website to find your new favourite place to dine is El Tenedor
- a review and booking site for restaurants. It is very common to get an aperitif on the house after the dinner.
Tipping is voluntary, but around 10% is appreciated if you have been happy with the experience. If are considering to buy this , you can not miss out on the best restaurants! We have selected a few of our favourite places to dine below, and can wholeheartedly recommend them!
Villa Tibero - The Golden Mile
Imagine a Mediterranean palazzo surrounded by lush vegetation, a menu with such a wide choice it suits all palates, a cellar that brings a sparkle to wine lovers’ eyes. That’s Villa Tiberio, the 18-year old restaurant known for its high standards and faultless service. Owner Sandro Morelli looks after clients as if they are guests in his own home.
Notwithstanding the extensive menu, a note at the bottom asks clients to ask for their favourite dish. Sandro points out that you can never offer a typical menu for Marbella as it is so cosmopolitan. “What we are trying to do is offer the best that our country produces, which our chefs incorporate into the Italian and international recipes”. The pasta is home made, the sauces rich and full of flavour and the osso bucco is made with Dutch veal.
Back - Marbella Center
Youth, talent, enthusiasm, desire and courage. David Olivas, considered among the most reputable executive chefs in the region; and Fabián Villar, one of the most prominent sommeliers of Andalusia, has created BACK!, a restaurant-bar that, gastronomically speaking, has meant the opening of the year 2016 in Marbella. Kitchen, cellar and bar come together in a fun, versatile, cozy establishment; Decorated by Marisa Gutiérrez and illustrated by Irene Martín, the bar has as much presence as the room.
In which each can be located in their own way: tasting a wine, taking a tapa or enjoying a snack at the bar; dining in the living room or having lunch on the terrace. A meeting place, a place to stop, an establishment created from passion and aimed at those who love to eat and drink rich at friendly prices. With the city centre just being a short drive away from this , there is no excuse to not go!
Nobu - The Golden Mile
From the master of fusion himself, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. You could dine alfresco overlooking La Plaza, or in the spectacular dining room lit by lanterns and peppered with washi paper art. Either way, from the moment you open the menu, you will be blown away. From tempura to sashimi tacos, from wagyu to salmon avocado sushi maki. NOBU's inventive dishes merge classic Japanese cooking with Peruvian flavours. Can’t choose? Our servers know the best combinations and dishes for certain tastes and will explain every detail.
Trocadero Arena - Marbella East
Trocadero Arena is a seaside restaurant in Río Real beach area, that retains the essence of a chiringuito. Exquisitely decorated by Lorenzo Queipo de Llano, it has been highlighted in numerous specialist publications. Fashion, beauty and gastronomy, as well as being featured on TV programmes.
It is unquestionably a magical venue full of charm – open every day of the year for lunch and dinner. Like Trocadero Playa, its culinary options are based on ingredients with a prominent Mediterranean touch. In this case also enhanced by significant Asian influences. In addition to typical rice dishes, fish and meat, the menu includes specialist Japanese cuisine that is ideal for savouring by the sea.
Vovem - Nueva Andalucia
In the restaurant the meats are gastronomic jewels, the wines are protagonists and the atmosphere is outstanding. Our best feature, as a meat grill, is to have a ripening chamber. Here the customer can choose between 12/14 breeds of beef and ox from different backgrounds, age and maturation times. Residents and gastro-tourists have been obliged to visit Vovem Nueva Andalucía since 2015, recognized in the Repsol Guide.
Thanks to the expertise of Chef Enzo Díaz, the culinary offer of Vovem Nueva Andalucía is modern, elegant, healthy and innovative. In addition to the extensive meat offer, the restaurant offers a cuisine with more than 45 dishes. The wine cellar boasts more than 200 references. Vovem Nueva Andalucía is a tribute to the art of meat that marks the trend of the new Marbella restoration.
A golfers paradise
The municipality of Marbella offers some of the best golf courses on the coast. Nestled in between all the luxury apartments for sale, there is in total 21 courses. All very popular with the local residents, and the expatriates. The courses are very different, some are almost level while others is located in demanding terrain. A diverse landscape with valleys, mountains and forests provide outstanding surroundings and beautiful backdrops.
Despite the high numbers of players arriving to Costa del Sol, waiting time is unusual on most courses. Greenfees begin around 20€, and tops around 100€, and buggys are typically around 20€. Several of courses in Marbella ranks very high, and are designed by famous golfers. If you would like to live in close distance to golf, this is a great option! Many villas for sale in Marbella are located frontline golf. To give you some inspiration for your next day on the green, here are some of our top picks!
Santa Clara Golf
Santa Clara Golf Marbella consists of 18 holes par 71, and designed by Enrique Canales Busquets. Located just a few minutes from the city centre and the amenities of Marbella. A great course on the Costa del Sol for a stimulating and unforgettable experience. The golf course has been created respecting the natural environment of the native wildlife and vegetation. With its layout and amenities, it's a fantastic meeting place for golf enthusiasts.
Along its eighteen holes, a par 71 of 5.922 metres, you will enjoy a stimulating and unforgettable round. Santa Clara Golf Club Marbella presents a technically challenging but straightforward and pleasant round, wide fairways with few roughs and open greens without pronounced slope. The golf course is highlighted by the “Santa Clara Corner” formed by the 12th, 13th and 14th holes. A perfect combination of pars 4,3 and 5, which requires the golfer to make long and accurate shots. The Driving Range is one of the best of Marbella. It has two independent practice tees with 15 places on each tee.
Los Naranjos Golf
When you enter Los Naranjos Golf Club, you notice that special and welcoming atmosphere the club respires. The Restaurant and its spectacular terrace is a natural meeting point. This is where the members and guests reunite; enjoy lovely food and good company. The 18 holes are a master piece designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. The course has been crucial in the preparation of many professional golf players and is considered to be one of the best courses in Spain. The prominent luxury clubhouse is a great place to go for lunch.
Los Naranjos is a typical Robert Trent Jones Sr. design with generous fairways and strategically placed bunkers and water hazards. The greens, with Penn A4-grass, are spacious and slightly undulated. The tees are long and have four markers: red, yellow, white and black. Course lengths starting from 5.131 metres and reaching 6.532 metres at its longest. Since the opening in 1977, Los Naranjos has been the host of several mayor competitions, including the Spanish Open. It is ranked one of the best golf courses in Spain, was voted Course of the year on the Costa del Sol in 2005 & 2008.
Rio Real Golf
Rio Real golf course was designed by the legendary Javier Arana, considered to be the best Spanish designer of all time. Located in the most prestigious area of Marbella, this golf course opened in 1965. The golf course runs alongside the Rio Real River, from which it takes its name. Forming an integral part of the course, right up until it reaches the Mediterranean Sea. Its design makes it a spectacular course.
With 18 holes (par 72) and more than 6,000 m in length, it is a unique beauty. The Royal Spanish Golf Federation (Real Federación Española de Golf) considers it to be a prestigious golf course and one of the best in Spain. The course has a wide variety of different species of trees: Pine, Palm, Casuarinas, Olive, Cypress, etc. Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, one can play all year around, with seafront holes and spectacular views. The course is suitable for every player, thanks to its more elevated holes. The variations makes the course even more appealing as it require the use of various clubs.
Activities in Marbella
Casco urbano (The Old Town)
Marbella old town is filled with Andalusian character on all sides. Its quaint, narrow streets are flanked by white buildings with balconies adorned with flowers. Shops with personality and a square with a special air. Marbella preserves the traces of a historical process that is both interesting and extensive in time. Its beginnings date back to the Roman period, though it can be said that the historic centre is the result of a Muslim settlement.
Architectural remains, archaeological vestiges and testimonies by chronicles and travellers from the 12th century onwards converge. It is from this century that Marbella began its development to the north with calle Ancha. One century later it spread to the east with Barrio Nuevo, around what is now calle Málaga. This is where Cruz del Humilladero is located. Located not to far from this , it's a wonderful place to spend an afternoon, enjoying the Spanish history and charm.
Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion
The Iglesia mayor de la Encarnación (main church of the Incarnation) is the main monument of the city of Marbella. It is a religious temple under the patronage of St. Mary of the Incarnation. In a mid-sixteenth century, the church had military objectives and defensive towers were built around it. There is still the "Torre de la Vela", built using the old minaret of the mosque Alixara. Building started in 1510 and has a style that ranges from the Baroque, Renaissance, to the Gothic. None of these styles is truly dominant. Inside the Church there is a Sol Major Organ. This organ is considered one of the most important built in Spain in the twentieth century.
Probably the most famous port in all of Spain. The place to be in the 80's and 80's, and still very popular especially for shopping and dining. The origin of Puerto Banús goes back to the 1960s, when its founder José Banús started to build a luxury residential area called New Andalusia. His encounter with Noldi Schreck, architect and designer of the legendary neighbourhood of Beverly Hills, had prompted in the entrepreneur the vision of a more ambitious, exclusive project with an international vision. Owning a property close to Puerto Banus is always a positive factor for the value.
Puerto Banús was founded upon the concept of a Mediterranean village in the Andalusia style, with luxurious avenues adorned with colourful gardens bathed by the sea. The inauguration of the complex took place in 1970, with more than 1500 invited guests. Among them, were members of Spanish royalty, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco as guests of honour. A young Julio Iglesias who delighted those present with his music.
Luxury property for sale in Marbella
Marbella is the most well known city on Costa del Sol since the 70's and continue to be a magnet for tourism, investment and expats. The municipality of Marbella covers a very large area, with many smaller areas within, such as Nueva Andalucia
, San Pedro
, La Quinta
and many more. If you are looking for a luxury apartment or luxury villa for sale in Marbella, you are spoilt for choice. Over the last 40 years there has been a constant flow of new construction. Luxury villas, townhouses and apartments, in all price ranges. In the city centre the majority of the population is of Spanish origin, and most apartments are of typical Spanish standard. A small area with villas is also to be found in the outskirts of the centre.
Prices are average for the area, except for the luxury apartments for sale at the beachfront which are slightly above average. Moving from the centre of Marbella towards The Golden Mile
, prices are increasing and in many cases so is the qualities of the construction. Marbella has a lot to offer, culturally, gastronomically and nightlife! Every year Marbella host a great music festival Starlite
. It is located at the foot of the mountains behind the city, next to the exclusive Sierra Blanca neighbourhood. In the centre it is also possibly to visit the fantastic charming old part of Marbella. The atmosphere here can make you forget you are in one of most popular European vacation destinations.
First occupational license in Marbella
In the early 2000's there was problems in the administration of building licenses, which led to many irregularities. Most of the department associated with this has been criminally charged, and is no longer employed. A big operation has been in progress since 2012, in order to resolve the illegal licenses. More and more properties are getting their first occupational license, however there are still many luxury apartments and villas for sale in Marbella without it.
The first occupational license is necessary if you want to rent your property out short term. It can also be difficult to obtain finance or mortgage for your property if there is no first occupational license. Since 2010 there has not been any irregularities with the building licenses from Marbella townhall. It is mostly apartments for sale which have problems with the license.
Luxury apartment for sale in Marbella
Buying an apartment in Marbella is often a very good investment, as the demand for renovated apartments is very high. International reputation keeps the prices at a high and stable level. If you want to buy a luxury apartment for sale, it is important to do a bit of research about the areas. Teaming up with a professional agent to avoid any pitfalls will always be an advantage. Luxury apartments for sale in Marbella vary a lot in price, quality and location.
In general, the price apartments for sale in the centre is between 250.000€ - 600.000€ for a 2 or 3 bedroom apartments. The closer you get to The Golden Mile and the beach, the higher the prices will get. Most expensive is Puente Romano and Sierra Blanca. A luxury 2 bedroom apartment for sale in Marbella starts around 700.000€, and the price for a large 3-4 bedroom luxury apartment for sale with panoramic views is about 1.500.000 - 3.000.000€. Majority of the many luxury apartments for sale in Marbella are priced between 400.000€ - 1.000.000€.
Schools in Marbella
There are several schools located around Marbella, both private and public schools. In general the public schools are teaching to a high standard, but each school can be very different. Some public schools are bilingual, meaning the education will be given in both Spanish and English. The bilingual schools are naturally preferred by many expats. In public schools, kids are not obliged to wear a school uniform. The apartments and luxury villas for sale close to schools are very popular.
The are many private schools as a result of the large expat communities living in Marbella. The base language in the private schools are either Spanish or English, with the exception of the German private school in La Mairena, Marbella. Schooldays normally begin at 9 or 9.30 and continues until 16 or 17 - a full day.
Food is paid through direct contribution, or included in the monthly fee on some private schools. Growing up, and going to school in Marbella will provide your children with a unique network. Multiple nationalities, cultures, customs etc is something which benefit your children for years to come.
Luxury villa for sale in Marbella
If you are dreaming to buy a luxurious villa, Marbella is the right place to go! You can find all types of villas for sale in Marbella, big villas, small villas, modern villas or classic villas. Prices depend very much on the exact location, the views, and the privacy the villa for sale offers. A small 3 or 4 bedroom villa starts around 400.000, but quickly moves towards 1.000.000 €.
Some villa neighbourhoods are more exclusive and gated, such as Sierra Blanca
, Cascada de Camojan
. Many luxury villas for sale in Marbella have been completely reformed and updated with modern technology. If you are looking for a neglected villa to renovate, you have to act quick. Investors are often looking for villas in bad condition, and as a result these villas are often sold off market.
Buying costs of apartments for sale and villas for sale in Marbella
Purchasing an apartment or villa for sale in Marbella is the beginning of a great adventure, full of excitement
. The first step you need to decide on, is your budget. When buying a property in Marbella, the buying costs are roughly 13-14%. The buying costs are especially important, if you are financing your purchase. The Spanish banks will finance up to maximum 80%, of the property price, excluding expenses. If you need more advice on financing, we work with several banks and finance brokers, and are happy to help.
1,2 % (approx) Notary & Property Registry fees – both fees are fixed depending on the price and size of the property or plot in Marbella
1,5% Stamp duty in Marbella for new construction only – Paid to government and non-negotiable
1% Lawyer fees – The common fee for a lawyer, and rarely negotiable
Purchase tax when buying apartment or villa for sale Marbella is either Transfer tax (ITP) or
IVA. Transfer tax is applied to any existing property or plot, and IVA is applied on new properties, and off-plan projects or properties
Transfer Tax (ITP)
0-400.000 = 8%
400.000 – 700.000 = 9%
700.000 -> = 10%
10% VAT (IVA) on a brand new property purchased from a developer (villas, town houses, apartments, plots, commercial premises & garages sold with the property)
Properties acquired by a company with the purpose of selling within 5 years, only pays 2% ITP
Plots & commercial premises are liable to pay 21% VAT (IVA) when the transaction is made between two companies.
Deposit & Reservation agreement for a apartment / villa for sale
Paying a deposit is the first step to buying a property in Marbella, and to remove it off the market. Deposit amount is min 6.000 € and can be up to 10% of the property value, when buying a property in Marbella. It should be paid either to the developer, your agency, agency of the buyer, or your lawyer.
A reservation agreement always follows with the deposit, and will stipulate the conditions. The deposit to reserve a property is normally non-refundable. Exceptions can be made for example if a mortgage needs approval or if there are unresolved legal questions.
One of the main attractions of Costa del Sol is Marbella, with a 26 km long coastline provided and sandy beaches next to Sierra Blanca. A landmark in itself, famous for its sunny weather, beaches and luxury, it also adds another attraction: cultural tourism. The early history of the town can be found in the Roman Barbésula, dated from the first century of our chronology. The archaeological remains of this period are located in the mouth of the Green River. Near San Pedro de Alcantara, we find the remains of the Roman colony of Cilniana. One of the most interesting sites around the coast of Malaga, which some historians identify with the city of Salduba. Near the beach there are some Roman baths which have been named Las Bóvedas (The Vaults).
During the Spanish civil war, Marbella suffered greatly with many buildings burning to the ground; seized by Nationalists it became a haven for personalities including Jose Antonio Giron de Velasco and Jose Banús, personal friends of dictator Francisco Franco. After WWII, Marbella was a small village with just 900 inhabitants. But the Marquis of Ivanrey, Ricardo Soriano, and his nephew Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg acquired two estates in the area. One of which became the infamous Marbella Club Hotel in 1954, frequented by international movie stars and members of European aristocratic families.
The modern Marbella
In the 70's and 80's, Marbella continued to become a destination for the jet set and international royalty. Prince Fahd, who favoured the holiday town built his famous palace resembling the White House. The twenty-first century Marbella is a place of relaxation. Enjoy outdoor dinners, go shopping during the day and sunbathe or choose your favourite outdoor sport!
The property market is very active, and at all times there is many luxury apartments for sale and villas for sale in Marbella. The current political administration makes a big effort to improve facilities and standards in Marbella. This is one of the reasons the city has seen record numbers of tourists over the last couple of years.