New Golden Mile

The guide written by experts for those looking to buy prime property or invest in New Golden Mile, area of Estepona

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New Golden Mile, Estepona's gem

The coastal area and zones just inland that lie west of Guadalmina in San Pedro Alcántara and Estepona city centre are known as the New Golden Mile.

View of Los Flamingos in the New Golden Mile
Estepona's New Golden Mile

The New Golden Mile, is an area which has experienced an increase in demand in the past 5-7 years, with many new developments being built, due to availability of land and a smoother license obtention process than with the Marbella municipality.

Taking its name from Marbella’s Golden Mile, the New Golden Mile refers to the areas beachside of the N-340 road and immediately next to the road on a mountainside position between the Casasola area to just after the Kempinski Hotel, all of them within the municipality of Estepona.

Though not entirely connected along its full extent yet, the coastal pathway of the New Golden Mile takes in most of its seaside splendour as it provides the opportunity to trace the shoreline from Guadalmina in the east to Estepona in the west. The views to Gibraltar and North Africa are spectacular, and you’ll also spot fish restaurants, chiringuito beach bars, cafés, beach clubs, seaside parks and centuries-old watchtowers along the way—not to mention joggers, cyclists, beach fit groups and even yoga classes in open nature.

The area has been greatly developed over the past 20 years and offers a variety of complexes and residential areas to cater for all budgets and likes.

The New Golden Mile is home to several new developments and is not fully consolidated yet in some areas. There are a mix of beachside luxury complexes and holiday resorts as well as very established residential areas of villas, apartments and townhouses.

There are also some five-star deluxe resort hotels complete with fantastic spas and wellbeing centres on the New Golden Mile such as those of the El Campanario Country Club, Selenza Thalasso & Spa, or the Senator Banus Spa Hotel. While much of the attention on the New Golden Mile is understandably focused on the shoreline, the area also contains undulating valleys perfect for golf, where you’ll come across some of the finest courses on the Costa del Sol.

New Golden Mile

Halfway between Marbella’s cosmopolitan hustle and bustle and Estepona’s Andalusian town lifestyle, the New Golden Mile is a perfect blend of both worlds.

New Golden Mile: Frequently asked questions

Dealing with buyers and sellers of property in New Golden Mile for so many years has allowed our team to absorb a vast amount of information and knowledge about the Behanavis area. This is just a selection of the common questions we receive. Please if you have any questions or issues relating to the New Golden Mile area or the New Golden Mile property market, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to update this guide for future reference

How far is Marbella from the New Golden Mile?

The New Golden Mile is approximately half an hour from Marbella city centre and 15 minutes from Puerto Banus.

What are the top urbanizations in the New Golden Mile?

Torre Bermeja and Cabo Bermejo, designed by internationally renowned architect Melvin Villarroel and boasting his signature gardens and round edges. Both Los Granados Playa and Los Granados del Mar offers luxury apartments within a gated complex, with 24 hours security, and sporting facilities with the same quality provided by the Los Granados developers along all their developments. The Kempinski Hotel Private Residences are a great solution for clients looking to enjoy the services of a five star hotel and the rental management offered by the Hotel. Emare is a secure beachfront complex with 28 amazingly large apartments each with a minimum of 3 large parking spaces, directly connected through a private lift. Additionally, beachside complexes such as Las Nayades, Heaven Beach, Alcazaba Beach, Dominion Beach or Bahía de Velerín offer good quality homes at more affordable prices than the previous developments as well as luxury services such as 24-hour security, and sporting facilities in some cases.

The areas dedicated to villas on beachside positions are quite few, actually. Casasola, which just borders the sought after residential area of Guadalmina but is separated from it by the Guadalmina river, is home to substantially large villas, most of which have been refurbished or are in need of some updating as the average age of a property here is around 25 years. El Paraiso Barronal is becoming increasingly popular with newly built villas, some of them right on the beachfront, and others within walking distance to the sea. Well consolidated El Presidente, is home to villas, townhouses and some apartment complexes.

The mountainside areas of the New Golden Mile have been greatly developed over the years, but there are some areas, such as Los Flamingos, that still offer the possibility for further development and building plots. Los Flamingos is home of the famous 5 star Villa Padierna Hotel where Michelle Obama stayed in the summer of 2010, and is a gated area of villas, and apartments boasting stunning views from complexes such as Royal Flamingos or Alanda Tee 5. Further on along the coast towards San Pedro is El Paraiso, an established residential area where you can find villas, apartments and townhouses and where there are few plots available for development. El Paraiso has seen an increase in demand since 2019, with more and more of the older homes being bought to renovate.

How far are amenities from the New Golden Mile?

Service-wise, the New Golden Mile offers pretty much all your basic services, from cafes, restaurants and supermarkets to sporting facilities and banking. The boutiques, restaurants and yachting marina of Puerto Banus are a 15-minute drive away as well as the yachting marina of Estepona.

Is the New Golden Mile suitable for families?

The majority of the neighbourhoods of the NewGolden Mile are safe and secure, and very popular with families.

Are there any international schools near the New Golden Mile?

The International School Estepona is a British primary school and nursery, situated in El Paraiso, which was established in 2004. The programme follows the Montessori ethic of teaching and the British National Curriculum.

The Atalaya International School (3 to 18 yrs) offers both Spanish and English education including GCE and IB. The school, set on 16.000 sqm. of land provides a 6-route bus service from Sotogrande to Elviria, as well as excellent sports facilities and an in-house kitchen.

Mayfair Academy, founded in 1997 and located in Atalaya Park, takes children from the ages of 3-18. Its programme is based on the Cambridge Pathway and the British National Curriculum.

The Atlas American School in Málaga, located in the Selwo Hills region of Estepona, provides an American program of studies from kindergarten to grade 12 (K1-G12).

Colegio San José, is a reputed Spanish bilingual education centre with two schools, one in Guadalmina, for children up to the age of 11 and the other in Estepona city, from ages 12 to 18. It provides bus service from Elviria to Sotogrande.

What are the best hotels in the New Golden Mile?

The best known hotels are: the Kempinski Hotel, Las Dunas, Ikos Andalucia and the Senator Banus, all of them being 5-star.

There are also four 4-star hotels on the beach side such as : Sol Marbella Estepona Atalaya Park, Globales Paraíso Beach, Globales Playa Estepona and Iberostar Costa del Sol. In addition, four more are located on the upper side of CN-340 road: Oh Nice Caledonia, Costalita Gold Bel-air Platinum and TRH Paraiso and Exe Estepona Thalasso & Spa, for Adults only.

What golf courses are there in the New Golden Mile?

There are three golf courses in the New Golden Mile: El Paraíso, an 18-hole course designed by the famed Gary Player in 1973 and Atalaya Golf & Country Club, with two tracks: the old one inaugurated in 1968 and the new one, each with 18 holes .

There is also La Resina Golf & country Club, a 9-hole golf course, par 3 and 4, a pleasant circuit which leads through lakes and tropical gardens.

Los Flamingos Golf, belonging to the municipality of Benahavis, is an 18-hole golf course located next to Anantara Villa Padierna Palace hotel.

Where to play tennis and in the New Golden Mile?

The Estepona Tennis Club, located above AP-7 next to Forest Hills urbanisation, has eleven tennis courts, of which five are clay courts and six are hard courts.

A family orientated club Bel Air Tennis & Padel club, which opened in 1974, has six hard courts and five clay courts.

A brand new club was founded last year, RozaRossa, with top facilities is in El Paraiso area.

Villa Padierna padel and tennis club, just a few metres from the beach, still remain as one of the favourites options of the clients who live in the area.

How far are healthcare facilities from the New Golden Mile?

Conveniently located on the CN-340, km. 162. Hospiten Estepona, belongs to an international network of private hospitals which provides all sorts of medical specialities.

This area has its public health centre (Centro de Salud) run by the Andalucían Regional Public Health Service, located in Cancelada.

What family-friendly activities are there in the New Golden Mile?

Selwo Aventura is the Costa del Sol’s very own wildlife safari park, offering an authentic wildlife experience, on more than 100 ha and with more than 1000 animals in semi-freedom conditions, in different ecosystems. Additionally there are a couple of children’s indoor parks, ideal for rainy or colder days, Mundomania – which also has an exterior area with water fountains, small football pitch and jumping beds-, and Kidz Kingdom located in Bel-Air for children from 0-9 years, both with seating areas for parents and coffee shops.

The School of Equestrian Art, is one of the most famous centres in Spain. Being awarded with the highest ranking- 4 stirrups – it has a grand range of facilities with over 30 well schooled horses and ponies, and British Horse Society trained and qualified staff.

Worth a visit are the Prehistoric Necropolis of Corominas ( in West Estepona), a museum opened in 2007 that has five small original dolmens dating from about 3,000 BC and the Palaeontology Museum of Estepona (Museos Municipales) , opposite the Estepona Marina.

What are the best beach clubs in the New Golden Mile?

Along its vast coastline, which stretches from Guadalmina to Estepona, the New Golden Mile is also dotted with some of the Costa del Sol’s best beach clubs.

These are the principal ones along the New Golden Mile: Trocadero Estepona Beach Club, Spiler beach club at Kempinski Hotel, Barraka Beach in Villacana, Salduna Beach, Sonora Beach next to Los Granados Playa complex and La vela azul.

Are there any health spas in the New Golden Mile?

Health and beauty options in the New Golden Mile include: Healthouse Las Dunas , the Kempinski Hotel Bahia Beach Resort, Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Hotel and Hotel Selenza Estepona Thalasso & Spa.

What are the best places to eat out in the New Golden Mile?

Try the Baltazar Bar & Grill at the Kempinski Hotel, the wonderful beachside setting of the TikiTano Beach Restaurant & Lounge and Cat’s Kitchen, for artisanal beer, live music and atmosphere. Alternatively there is a wide range of restaurants of different types of food such as : The garden by La Rosa in Atalaya, Fons in Coto La Serena, Incontro and El Carnicero 1993 in Cancelada, Tanino Restaurante Bar, in Benamara and Namis, opposite Las Dunas Hotel.

Are there any shopping centres in the New Golden Mile?

Along this strip of land known as the New Golden Mile, there are a series of shopping centres that make life easier in the different urbanisations, because they have different services such as technical, medical or gastronomic, and therefore avoid the need to travel to the cities, be it Estepona, San Pedro or Marbella.

There are also the so-called “mercadillos” which offer everything from fruit, vegetables, flowers, new and/or second-hand clothes and shoes, and which are usually held in the different urbanisations. For example, on Saturdays from 9:00h. to 14:00h. there is one in Atalaya.

Set to reopen in 2023, Laguna Village 2.0, next to Kempinski Hotel, will be a 13,000sqm. mall that will include a wide offer of shops and restaurants.

How long does it take to get from the New Golden Mile to the airport?

It’s roughly an hour’s drive from the Malaga-Costa del Sol International Airport or Gibraltar Airport to the New Golden Mile. In both cases, it depends significantly on whether you take the faster AP-7 toll road or the public highways, and the time of year.

What is the top sight in the New Golden Mile?

The archaeological site “Villa Romana de las Torres” in Guadalmansa, which was excavated for the first time in 1915-1916. Subsequent excavations in 1929 revealed the existence of a Roman villa and salting factory, the construction of which was dated between the end of the 2nd century and the beginning of the 3rd century A.D. Subsequently, in 1990, several soundings were carried out which demonstrated its reuse as a necropolis.

On the coast there are the coastal watchtowers, which are a series of watchtowers built in the 14th and 15th centuries on the coasts of southern Spain to defend them from attacks by Berber pirates. This coastal defence and surveillance system lasted until the 19th century and consisted of seven watchtowers in total in the municipality of Estepona , five of which are sited in the New Golden Mile: Padrón or Paredón tower, Velerín tower, Guadalmansa tower, Saladillo tower and Casasola or Baños tower.

What is the postal code in New Golden Mile?

The postcode of the New Golden Mile is 29688

Properties for sale in New Golden Mile

Due to its extension, the New Golden Mile is naturally home to a very wide range of properties catering to all kinds of budgets. From the stunning new build homes in the beachside residential area of Casasola, the commanding frontline golf villas of Los Flamingos to older homes awaiting renovation in areas like Bel Air, El Paraiso or Atalaya Isdabe and lovely holiday apartments and townhouses which can be found all along the area.

Villas in New Golden Mile: Prices for a 3 or 4 bedroom older villa to renovate on a small plot of around 400m2 start at around 500,000€, to around 1,600,000€ for a 4 bedroom recently renovated villa on a 1000m2 plot.

Houses or villas for sale on the beachfront are only to be found in Casasola, Benamara, Paraiso Barronal, El Saladillo, Guadalmansa, as along the New Golden Mile, there are mostly apartment complexes or townhouses and some hotels. There are hardly any properties for sale and the few that are for sale start at over €2,000,000 up to prices in excess of €12.000.000. But if you are interested in being close to the beach only, there are 3 bedroom houses on plots of 400m2 priced at over 500.000€ in Atalaya-Isdabe up to above 6.000.000€ for a 6-bedroom villa on a plot of nearly 2000m2.

If on the other hand you prefer to be front line golf there are brand new properties in El Campanario for around 1.000.000€ with 3 bedrooms on 400m2 of plot up to over 6.000.000€ for a villa on 2.100m2 of plot.

Prime villa locations on the New Gold Mile such as Los Flamingos or Casasola have experienced a modernization in the last 7 years with older homes being bought up and completely refurbished. In these prime areas, starting prices are in the region of 1.8 million Euros upwards for a 600m2 property on a 1400m2 plot and over 3 million Euros for a property on a plot of 2000m2 or more.

El Paraiso has experienced a resurgence in popularity within the last year, with older properties being renovated or modern new properties being built on available land.

Apartments in New Golden Mile: On average, a 120m2 apartment in a beachside location along the Golden Mile will be in the region of 500,000€ and up, while a mountainside location will start lower, at around 330,000€ for a 120m2 apartment.

There are 18 frontline beach apartment complexes on the New Golden Mile, from east to west, Costalita, Heaven Beach Guadalmansa, Menara Beach, Las Dunas, Cabo Bermejo, Torre Bermeja, Los Granados Playa, Hacienda Beach, Andalucia Beach, Emare, Velaya, Bahía del Velerin, Dominion Beach, Kempinski, Mar Azul, Bahía de la Plata, Los Granados del Mar and Alcazaba Beach. Prices range from 300.000€ for a 1 bedroom flat in Bahia de la Plata to nearly 9.000.000€ for a 4 bedroom 360 m2 apartment in Emare.

Apartments close to the beach are priced from 300.000 for a two bedroom 98 m2 apartment in Hacienda del Sol up to 2.500.000€ for a 4 bedroom duplex penthouse in Alhambra del Golf.

Prices for flats above the N-340 road are in the region of 200.000€ from 2 bedrooms in 100 m2 in El Paraiso or Atalaya Golf, through a 3 bedroom duplex penthouse in 500.000€ in Belaire to a brand new 3 bedroom flat in Cataleya in excess of 900.000€.

Townhouses or Semi detached villas in New Golden Mile: On the N-340 road side upwards prices start at 185,000€ for a smaller 2 bedroom 2 level townhouse with 80m2 of built surface in Mar y Monte to up to 650.000€ for a townhouse in Paraiso Hills with 4 bedrooms on 180 m2 plus terrace.

Prices in beachfront complexes start at around 600.00€ for a 3 bedroom townhouse in Villacana or El Saladillo up to 2.300.000€ for a 3 bedroom townhouse in El Velerin.

While second or third line beach townhouses in Albayalde start at 295,000€ for a 2 bedroom 140 m2 townhouse and go up to almost 700,000€ for a 3 bedroom townhouse in Casasola.

Plots in New Golden Mile: As in other areas of the Costa del Sol, the plots available for sale are becoming increasingly scarce, but there are still some left with average prices ranging from €252 in Selwo to almost €500 per m2 in Monte Biarritz.

Property experts in New Golden Mile

Established in Marbella in 1989, DM Properties - Knight Frank are your local experts for buying and selling property in New Golden Mile. If you want to learn more on any subject related to the area and surrounding locations, as well as the real estate market in New Golden Mile, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our New Golden Mile property experts, such us Teresa Sánchez or Gerardo Caballero, will do their best to answer any questions you may have.

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