Atalaya, life on the fairways in Estepona

Share Diana Morales | Jul 25 2011

As is often the case in the Marbella area, Atalaya is defined by the gorgeous parkland landscape of its classic golf course. Built in 1968, the Atalaya Golf & Country Club features some of the loveliest fairways in the region, with majestic trees and well-established landscaped greens. Unusual in the sense that it isn’t fringed with apartments, this course was built in an era when land was still freely available and golf courses hadn’t become so commercialised yet. The result is an area that retains a classic charm built on abundant space and greenery, where villas are tucked up against the gentle slopes of little hillocks overlooking the green parkland below.

Situated on the edge of the prestigious Guadalmina area, Atalaya finds itself on the western side of San Pedro, roughly midway between Marbella and Estepona. Though the course is primarily located north of the coastal road, there is a leafy residential area on the south side that runs towards the luxurious Atalaya Hotel on a very pleasant and private stretch of beach. Again this is an area dominated by villas, though Atalaya has its share of townhouses and apartments. The latter can be found especially in attractive private complexes featuring Andalusian-Moorish architecture and set within lush communal gardens with swimming pools and in many cases tennis and padel tennis courts.

Atalaya, life on the fairways

The area has shops, cafés, bars, restaurants and also sports and social clubs, as well as supermarkets and of course the golf club, with its old and new courses. The clubhouse forms a social hub for golf lovers of many nationalities, while the nearby commercial centres provide open-air shopping and socialising venues. The area is also the setting for several serviced apartments, some of which are rather exclusive.

Though one of the more established residential areas, Atalaya is bordered by areas of open nature, running as it does vertically from the coastline inland towards the foothills of the first mountain ranges. Most open country is located in the inland area between Atalaya and the pretty village of Benahavis, and is characterised by Mediterranean maquis scrub sprinkled with groves of pine, eucalyptus and olive oaks.

Close to all amenities and about 15 minutes from the centres of both Marbella and Estepona, it is around 5 minutes from the town of San Pedro in what is one of the most central, though peaceful, areas of greater Marbella.


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