Nueva Andalucía – Puerto Banús – Marbella West


Nueva Andalucía and Puerto Banús, i.e. the western part of Marbella, are one of the most popular areas of the Costa del Sol, and are increasingly popular among investors.

Nueva Andalucía and Puerto Banús are neighborhoods in the West of Marbella. It is the largest area of ​​Marbella, covering several square kilometres, it is almost a separate small town. It is located in a small valley, which has become famous under the name Golf-Valley. Nueva Andalucía is generally considered one of Marbella’s most popular residential areas, as it is not overdeveloped, with many open green areas left undeveloped. With wide streets, it has all the comforts of the city, yet it abounds with events, restaurants, and entertainment venues. This area of ​​the Costa del Sol is quieter, more family-friendly, despite being within walking distance of Puerto Banús and home to buildings such as the Centro Plaza and the new Marbella Arena-Auditorium. In 2019, approximately 17,727 inhabitants live in Nueva Andalucia.

WHERE IS THE WESTERN PART OF MARBELLA?

The Western part of Marbella includes the famous Puerto Banus and Nueva Andalucia, which lies north of it and continues, stretching to the AP-7 highway, the Guadaiza River to the west and the Rio Verde to the east. Nueva Andalucía offers stunning Mediterranean views with an equally fantastic mountain backdrop and La Concha, the iconic symbol of Marbella. San Pedro de Alcántara borders the western part of Nueva Andalucía. In the north, it borders the settlements of Benahavís and Istán. To the east is the beginning of the western part of Marbella. Finally, the southern part of Nueva Andalucía lies on the Mediterranean coast, with Puerto Banús being the southernmost point of the mainland.
Some of the most famous golf courses on the Costa del Sol are here: Aloha Golf Club, Los Naranjos Golf Club and Real Club de Golf Las Brisas.

If you are coming from Malaga Airport, it is a 45-minute drive to Algeciras via the AP-7 toll road, which is 57.4 km. If you arrive from Gibraltar airport, it is an hour’s drive on the AP-7 highway in the direction of Málaga, which is 67.9 km, but the travel time is only 35-40 minutes.

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA – THE HISTORY OF PUERTO BANÚS

Although the Puerto Banús marina complex maintains the illusion of an old Spanish fishing village, the complex was actually designed and built in 1970. The tourist complex consisting of the port and the shopping district, as well as the Nueva Andalucía residential area, were all the brainchild of real estate developer José Banús (Puerto Banús’ full name is Puerto José Banús).

José Banús Masdeu was born in 1906 in Maso, Tarragona, and left school at the age of fourteen to work with his father in the construction industry. The father-son duo moved to Madrid and founded the company “Construcciones Molan y Banús”, which won the contract to build the access road to Valle de los Caidos. From then on, their success only increased until Banús became the owner and builder of a whole series of large residential complexes in Madrid.

In the late 1950s, he purchased the land between the Guadaliza and Verde Rivers, claiming at the time that he intended to use it for cattle ranching. The Tourism Development Act of 1963 opened up a huge opportunity for Banús. His plans for the tourism development and promotion of the land were approved in 1964, allegedly for the construction and commercial exploitation of the “Andalucía la Nueva (Marbella) Center of National Tourist Interest” for 99 years on behalf of his company, José Banús SA. Banús commissioned the architect Antonio Lamela to prepare preliminary plans for a new port.

Lamela’s designs depicted the design of a futuristic semi-circular arched tower block of six 16-story high-rises. Alfonso Hohenlohe, the founder of the Marbella Club Hotel, was horrified by the whole project and declared: “If this project goes ahead, I will sell my hotel and leave Marbella with all my family and friends”. Monseñor Rodrigo Bocanegra arranged a conciliatory meeting between him and Banús, after which Hohenlohe compromised and called his favorite architect, Noldi Schreck, in Mexico City (who had already designed his hotel’s beach club) and asked him to come to Marbella and work with Banús on a a project whereby the new buildings will not be higher than the treetops.

The construction of Puerto Banús began in 1965 and the main works were completed by 1968. The opening ceremony was on August 2, 1970, attended by 1,700 people led by Prince Reiner of Monaco and Grace Kelly, Liza Minelli, Shāh Karim al-Husayni (Aga Khan IV), creator of Porto Cebo, Italy. International celebrities, including Hugh Heftner, who bought 120 hectares of land in Los Monteros, but never received permission for the “Cuidad Playboy” project. Hefner arrived at Malaga airport in his own Boeing 707 with Playboy bunnies and Roman Polanski.

The construction of the “Andalucía la Nueva” urbanization (now known as Nueva Andalucía) actually began as early as 1964, and the Hotel Andalucía Plaza (Hard Rock Hotel from 2022) opened in 1970.

RESIDENTIAL AREAS IN THE WEST PART OF MARBELLA

When you walk around Nueva Andalucia, one of the first things you notice is how beautiful everything is. It’s like Beverly Hill, but with the specific grace and charm of Andalucía: the whitewashed and terracotta villas glisten under the eternally blue sky, while the tall palm trees and mountainous backdrop create an idyllic setting, as if we were turning the pages of a storybook. Porsches, Ferraris, Bentleys, Maseratis and Lamborghinis park in front of elegant restaurants or even go for a spin in the port of Puerto Banús, creating quite a stir among those walking by.

  1. Aloha: Named after the Hawaiian word for peace and compassion, Aloha occupies the eastern part of Nueva Andalucía, a luxury residential area at the heart of Marbella’s verdant Golf Valley. Many of Aloha’s villas, townhouses and condos offer fantastic views of the golf course. The clubhouse is said to be one of Marbella’s most charming clubhouses, with a vibrant membership, many of whom own properties in the immediate area or live here year-round. Aloha is also home to one of the most prestigious international colleges on the Costa del Sol. Aloha College welcomes children from elementary school to university entrance and offers diverse sports and cultural opportunities for many nationalities.
  2. La Cerquilla: This is a gated community of villas that is one of the most gated and secure in Marbella. As you follow the gentle incline away from the Golf Valley, you enter a private lot with little through traffic and a haven of peace and privacy. From here, the views back over the Golf Valley of Nueva Andalucía towards Puerto Banús and the Mediterranean Sea are some of the most beautiful in the area, and although you’re only minutes from all amenities, it’s a residential area made up exclusively of villas. There are many villas in La Cerquilla, even though it is only a small part of Nueva Andalucia. However, property here is hard to come by as it is a very popular area where houses are snapped up quickly when they come on the market. Because although La Cerquilla is not one of the best-known suburbs of Marbella, this hidden gem is very popular with discerning buyers.
  3. Las Brisas : Just inland from the famous marina, beach clubs, restaurants and designer shopping of Puerto Banús is Nueva Andalucía, one of Marbella’s most beautiful residential areas, at the heart of which lies the verdant grounds of the Real Club de Golf Las Brisas. Famous for its specially planted subtropical greens, the course designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Senior was originally given the name Club de Golf Nueva Andalucía in 1968. Since the first international tournament in 1970, Las Brisas has been the venue for many professional and amateur tournaments and has gained more and more prestige over the years, so that today it belongs to the aristocracy of European golf clubs. The reference point for the majority of luxury villas and apartments in the residential area of ​​Las Brisas Golf, located in the heart of Nueva Andalucia, which offers many of the best golf villas and apartments in Marbella. Some Las Brisas villas even have private direct access to the course, complete with a buggy house that allows owners to drive straight to and from the course, although this requires membership of this esteemed club. .
  4. Los Naranjos: Los Naranjos is one of the best-known parts of Nueva Andaluzia. On the western edge of Nueva Andalucia, on a gentle incline, is this stylish, leafy residential area dominated by a small collection of medium and large luxury villas and elegant apartment complexes set in lush greenery. There are older properties and many properties are modern, a combination of premium location and first class homes. There is also a huge residential park with Andalusian townhouses and 2-3 bedroom apartments called Los Naranjos de Marbella, which is within walking distance of Puerto Banús, 1.5-2 Km. In the middle of the residential complex there is also a Mercadona grocery store, cafes, and offices.
  5. La Alzambra – Vasari: The Vasari Resort offers luxury apartments with private terraces, just 500 meters from the exclusive marina of Puerto Banús. The complex has outdoor pools set in tropical gardens. There are 57 luxury apartments in 7 buildings, designed by renowned architect Manuel Burgos. The buildings blend harmoniously into the surrounding tropical gardens with waterfalls and palm trees.
  6. La Dama de Noche: Built in 2003, the La Dama de Noche urbanization has an unbeatable and very convenient location on the edge of the prestigious Nueva Andalucía Golf Valley. Very close to sparkling Puerto Banús and the beach. The location is idyllic and within walking distance to all amenities including supermarkets, restaurants, bars, hairdressers, El Corte Ingles and Marina Banus shopping malls, beauty salons and hairdressers. So if you don’t have a car, no problem. The apartments and penthouses represent excellent value for money. Despite La Dama de Noche’s prime location, property prices are very competitive in the residential complex. The properties range in size from 1 to 4 bedrooms, with apartments and penthouses available. The urbanization, consisting of a total of 14 buildings, has created a great community atmosphere, with a restaurant, padel tennis courts, a playground and two huge swimming pools within the residential park, making it an ideal place to live for both families and retirees. The complex is equipped with 24-hour security, surveillance cameras and sensors.
  7. Magna Marbella: The complex has both 2 and 4 bedroom apartments and penthouses. The properties have both covered and uncovered terraces, ideal for enjoying summer evenings and winter evenings in Marbella. One of the most popular aspects of these properties are the spacious roof terraces with 360 degree views of the sea and mountains. Many of these rooftop terraces come with their own private pool and chill-out area. Magna Marbella was built in stages between 2001 and 2004. The complex maintains a high quality standard with its modern construction, lush gardens, spacious terraces and modern solutions. Magna Marbella boasts communal pools, tranquil garden areas and an excellent restaurant overlooking the golf course. If you want privacy, you will be pleased to know that the complex is equipped with 24 hour security, surveillance cameras and sensors around the complex.

WHAT RESTAURANTS AND BEACH CLUBS ARE THERE IN THE WEST PART OF MARBELLA?

The western part of the city has many great restaurants and beach clubs that are worth checking out. Here are some recommended places:

  1. Ocean Club Marbella is a luxury beach club located in the beautiful bay of Marbella. The club’s building, reminiscent of huge yachts, attracts visitors with its elegant and modern appearance. White and blue colors dominate the building, harmonizing with the blue sky and the Mediterranean Sea. Ocean Club Marbella is a place where comfort meets luxury. Guests can enjoy the sun on the beach while the music selected by the resident DJs provides the perfect atmosphere. Pools, bars and sunbeds in the club area ensure the comfort and entertainment of guests. It has gained international fame and attracts the jet-set world. Located near Puerto Banús, the club is one of the places you can’t miss when visiting Marbella. Ocean Club Marbella perfectly combines the classic beach club concept and modern style and offers visitors a truly exclusive and unforgettable experience.
  2. La Sala Beach is synonymous with comfort and style. The beach club area has comfortable sunbeds and lounge areas where guests can enjoy the sun and the beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea. Elegant pools, high-quality services and an exclusive environment guarantee guests’ comfort and satisfaction. La Sala Beach is famous for its high-quality gastronomy. The club’s own restaurant offers excellent flavors where guests can enjoy fresh scallops, Mediterranean specialties and mouth-watering cocktails. The variety of the menu and the refined taste provide a real culinary experience.
  3. Paradise Beach is one of the best beach clubs in Puerto Banús. This stunning location is perfect for beach relaxation and entertainment. Paradise Beach Club is a symbol of style and a vibrant atmosphere. Sunbeds and comfortable chairs in the club’s spacious area allow guests to relax and enjoy the sun. The beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea and the fast service ensure a pleasant time. The on-site restaurant and bar has an excellent selection including fresh scallops, Mediterranean dishes and refreshing cocktails. At Paradise Beach Club, guests can enjoy high-quality food and drinks while soaking up the beach atmosphere.
  4. Astral Cocktail Bar is a stunning venue in Puerto Banús that enchants guests with a combination of decorated cocktails served in oversized glasses and excellent music. In the Astral Cocktail Bar, creativity and spectacle are the main features of the drinks. The cocktails are served in huge goblets and are made with impressive decorations that make for a captivating sight. The drinks are colorful, tasty and special, thanks to the skill and imagination of the bartenders. The atmosphere of the bar is also special. Good music fills the place with life and enhances the enjoyment of drinks and entertainment even more. In the Astral Cocktail Bar, guests can relax, chat with company, or simply enjoy the rhythm of the music and the taste of unforgettable cocktails.
  5. Mistral Beach is an excellent location in Puerto Banús, where you can not only enjoy the beach and the sun, but also try different water sports. The club offers the possibility to rent water vehicles such as padel surfboards, jet skis and other water equipment. Mistral Beach is an ideal choice for active and adventurous visitors. With padel surf boards, you can discover the excitement of the waves of the sea while you balance and enjoy the water adventure. And jet skis offer a fast and exciting experience as you skate on the water. This place is perfect for discovering the world of water sports in Puerto Banús. With convenient rental options, you can easily access a variety of watercraft and enjoy sea adventures at your own pace.
  6. NAÔ Pool Club is one of the most exclusive pool clubs in southern Spain. You can enjoy the day with your closest friends by the pool in the sun with the La Concha mountains in the background. You can relax on the luxurious pool bed and enjoy live music. The restaurant offers the most refined and freshest dishes in Marbella, prepared by the best chefs using quality products.

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WHAT ARE THE SPORTS OPPORTUNITIES IN THE WESTERN PART OF MARBELLA?

  1. Manolo Santana Racquets Club was founded in 1997 by tennis player Manolo Santana, and since then it has been one of the most renowned tennis and sports clubs. They can choose from different modes: private tennis lessons, matches, social mixes and more. In addition to other sports activities, the club also teaches tennis and padel. There is also a gym and a restaurant.
  2. The Aloha Tennis and Padel Club is an excellent place for tennis lovers to play and for aspiring players to train. The club’s facilities include 2 professional courts and 1 lay court, as well as a restaurant. The club provides highly qualified teachers to train all ages; on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 09:30 to 11:00, women’s tennis practices are held. Those interested can sign up for lessons, and it is even possible to reserve a court for a day where they can play. An interesting fact: Novak Djokovic was seen training at the club in July 2020.
  3. Tennis Brothers Marbella is another famous tennis club in Nueva Andalucia that is a local favorite. Frank Frances, a member of the Royal Spanish Tennis Association, founded the club with his brother Bernard Frances. The club offers tennis lessons (group or individual), physical training, men’s programs, women’s programs, children’s programs, expert instruction of ATP tennis players, one-day mini-tournaments and court rental.
  4. Real Club de Padel Marbella was founded in 2009 and is one of the most exclusive padel clubs in Spain. 9 panoramic glass padel/tennis courts with WPT approved glass and LED lighting, 3 of which are covered. The club also has one of the best gyms in southern Spain. The gym offers state-of-the-art equipment, indoor and outdoor training areas, stretching areas, an outdoor CrossFit area and even a ninja warrior course. The facilities also include a beauty center offering massages, hairdressing, barbering and a vertical tanning bed. There is also a restaurant and a protein shake bar to try. And that’s not all they have to offer; they even offer personal training and padel instructors. You can buy a daily ticket to the gym or pay a monthly or annual membership.

SCHOOLS IN MARBELLA WEST

Nueva Andalucía is a privileged residential area as it is close to all the best schools in Marbella.
Aloha College, one of the most important international schools in Marbella, is located in Nueva Andalucía and can be reached in 4-7 minutes, depending on which part of Nueva Andalucía you are staying. Swans International Secondary School, one of the best international schools on the coast, is a 10-14 minute drive from Nueva Andalucía. Swans Primary School in the center of Marbella is 10-12 minutes away. Located in San Pedro de Alcántara, Laude San Pedro International College is typically a 4-7 minute drive from Nueva Andalucía. Atalaya College Internacional, a highly regarded Spanish international school, is typically 8-18 minutes away. Sotogrande International School, a boarding school in Sotogrande, is typically 30-50 minutes away depending on whether you are traveling on the A-7 or AP-7 highway. The American College is located in Nueva Andalucía and is only 2 minutes away, depending on where you are. Les Roches, the famous catering university, is typically a 6-7 minute drive away.