Marbella's citizens enjoy a unique microclimate, which renders an average temperature of 18ºC throughout the year. It only rains occasionally in November and March (the rain being insignificant the rest of the year), the wind blows frequently from the East and the weather is sunny more than 320 days a year.
Several moments of Benalmádena's recent history are particularly significant and have contributed to its becoming a privileged enclave. First its designation as a Village of interest to visitors at the beginning of the 1970's, at about the same time it received several prizes for embellishing its streets, enhanced Benalmádena as a destination for tourists, particularly foreigners. Then in 1973 the Tivoli amusement park was inaugurated, providing a totally new type of leisure centre which remained the only one of its kind for almost thirty years.
With an overall population of 37,000, the 'old town', as it is known, is a bustling and atmospheric centre. Estepona is one of the few coastal towns that has succeeded in maintaining its pueblo charm and character, despite the onslaught of tourism. Notwithstanding, all the tourist facilities are here, including hotels, restaurants, leisure and cultural activities, and shops.
The flip side is that the numerous street cafes and tapas bars still serve traditional Spanish delicacies and the steep, cobbled, narrow streets seem more suited to horses than cars. You'll also find unusual shops and bodegas in Estepona, where you'd least expect them, all very inviting, very friendly - and very cheap!
Located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, in the heart of the COSTA DEL SOL, thanks to its good communication infrastructure (new motorways, railways and proximity to the airport), Fuengirola is still one of the favourite touristic destinations for Spaniards and foreigners, any time of the year, who find here a quiet town, with great leisure facilities and an excellent climate.
Puerto Banus is located just west of Marbella, before you reach the small town of San Pedro de Alcantara. This is the place to be pampered yachtside and ogle those fabulous luxury yachts while sipping a drink at one of the many open air restaurants and bars. The setting is close to ideal, with its impressive mountain backdrop and ocean views.
San Pedro de Alcántara is in an ideal situation, just 10 kilometres west from all the glitz and glamour of Marbella, yet just a few minutes drive away from the natural beauty of the Sierra de Ronda mountain range and 20 km from the town of Estepona. An ancient farming community, once famous for sugar cane, today San Pedro is a refreshingly unspoilt pueblo with an appeal all of its own.
Sotogrande is the luxury resort estate on the Mediterranean coast 20 minutes from Gibraltar and an hour and a half from Malaga. Except Easter, July and August the estate is a very quiet and peaceful place to relax. At these times many Seville and Madrid families visit the estate relishing in its equipped beach restaurants, comfortable accommodation and privacy. The estate has a 24-hour security service.There are local supermarkets, the nearest town is Estepona to the east and La Linea to the west. A car is essential.