Luxury retreat: The top location on the Costa del Sol
A luxury Spanish villa for rent within the exclusive El Madroñal estate
Villa La Sorpresa is located within the highly exclusive El Madroñal gated estate. El Madroñal is a 500-acre (200 hectare) estate ten minutes from Puerto Banús and Marbella. It is located on the famous “Ronda Road” (A397). Since the 1960s the area has been famous for some of the best and largest homes in the world. The area is widely reported as the top location on the Costa del Sol. The entrance to El Madroñal is gated with 24-hr on-site security.
If you’re looking for peace and quiet, it often means a long trip back from the coast, yet if you want to be where all the action is, it can be difficult to get away from the crowds and noise. This is not the case for El Madroñal. This exclusive security estate is one of the few locations that combines seclusion and tranquillity with great access to the buzz and facilities of Puerto Banús and Marbella.
By car, seven prestigious golf courses are within ten minutes’ drive. There are several tennis clubs nearby and a skate park, trampoline centre and water ski lake in San Pedro. There is an abundance of hiking trails and other outdoor activities in the mountains surrounding El Madroñal. By car, the lively little town of Pedro de Alcántara is five minutes away. The glamorous marina of Puerto Banús and the beautiful town of Marbella are ten minutes away.
Luxury Spanish villa: Marbella
Marbella is the most famous town in the region and has some fabulous beaches. On the beaches you can hire sun lounges (Hamacas) and umbrellas for the day. There are many fine restaurants right on the beach, so you don’t need to get dressed up. Just throw on a loose fitting garment over your swimsuit and enjoy lunch on the beach.
The Costa del Sol is famous for its seafood. Try white muscles or fresh sardines cooked on a skewer over an open fire. “Arroz Caldoso Mariscos” (which translates to soupy rice with seafood) is an interesting alternative to the well-known Paella. Try the Tinto de Verano (wine of the summer) which is a red wine mixed with lemonade to make a refreshing beverage. Cool off with a holiday treat of Italian Gelato while you stroll lazily down the promenade. Relax and enjoy the southern Mediterranean laid-back lifestyle.
Walk the Marbella golden mile
Those feeling more energetic and wishing to work off those extra holiday calories can take a walk down the Marbella golden mile. You can walk from Marbella all the way to San Pedro de Alcántara or hire bicycles from one of the many rent-a-bike kiosks along the beachfront.
During the summer months there are many options for fun waters ports. Along the lower level of the marina there is a wide range of equipment available for hire including stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) and canoes. Or book a paragliding experience. Scuba diving is another popular activity in Marbella for day and night diving take place on a nearby Mediterranean reef.
Luxury Spanish villa: Puerto Banús
Puerto Banús: Marina
Mingle with the rich and famous at the exclusive Puerto Banús marina. You will find great restaurants in the Puerto Banús marina. The seafront harbour is adorned with beautiful boutique stores, restaurants and bars. The most expensive cars in the world drive along the promenade and the yachts of the world’s richest people dock in the marina itself. It’s well worth a visit for a day of dreaming and people-watching. If you want to party the night away, then the Puerto Banús marina is the place to be. Pangea, Mirage and Seven are three nightclubs that are frequented by many of the world’s celebrities.
Puerto Banús: Exclusive luxury shopping
The high street of Puerto Banús has stores for all the luxury brands you can think of including Gucci, Dior and Jimmy Choo. If you want to get all these brands in one place then the El Corte Inglés department store is the location to visit.
El Corte Inglés (The English Court) is the most exclusive department store in Andalucía and has become Spain’s answer to Selfridges. It has anything you could possibly wish for. All the world’s best clothing brands, make-up, perfume, jewellery, electronics, and more. Their customer service is second to none. The store is located in Calle Ramón Areces, S/N Puerto Banύs Ramón Areces, 29660 Marbella Andalucía. Tel: 952 909 990
Near the centre of Puerto Banύs there is an upmarket movie theatre that screens movies in English as well as Spanish. Check here for what’s on.
Luxury Spanish villa: San Pedro de Alcántara
Villa Sorpresa’s local coastal town is San Pedro de Alcántara which is part of the Marbella municipality. In San Pedro you will find everything you need for a wonderful holiday. You have a choice of supermarkets, hundreds of family-run tapas bars, restaurants and shops. Unlike much of coastal Spain, San Pedro remains authentically Spanish. When parking in San Pedro check for blue and green road markings to indicate the metered areas. Charges apply from Monday to Friday 09h00 – 14h30 and 16h30 – 20h30, and Saturday 09h00 – 14h30. Overnight, Saturday afternoons and all-day Sunday are free.
At the back of the village, Thursdays are street market days. Turn right at the BP garage just before San Pedro. Follow the main road at the roundabout for 200m and the market will be on the right.
There is also a small municipal market for fish, meat, local produce, cheeses and more. The market is open from Monday to Saturday in the mornings. From the back of the church, walk north for 200m. Where the road divides go left for 150m.
Annual feria week is in mid-October. Sand Pedro de Alcántara is one of the towns that make this area the top location on the Costa del Sol.
A brief history of San Pedro de Alcántara
Principally an agricultural and fishing village until tourism arrived, the town boasts a rich history. One can see the remains of the Roman thermal baths in Guadalmina. The 4th-century paleo-Christian basilica lies just off San Pedro beach in the Linda Vista area. Until 2012, the town was divided into two by the super-busy coastal motorway but a tunnel now takes 80,000 vehicles a day out of sight. The boulevard over the tunnel is where you can stroll up and down in true Spanish fashion; walk, jog, cycle or just sit and people-watch.