There are so many reasons why Spain, and particularly Marbella situated on the Costa del Sol, has remained consistently popular for retirees.

From Rio Real and Los Monteros in Marbella East to Guadalmina and the private La Zagaleta Golf & Country Club in Benahavis offering stunning villas and world-class golfing, to impressive beachside properties that allow you to watch the sun set over the Mediterranean.

Here are just 5 of the reasons why we think Marbella should be number one on your retirement wish list:

1 – Lifestyle and facilities:

A HSBC report announced Spain was the number one for international schooling, local cuisine, diet, culture and language, as well as number one in the world for work-life balance. Unsurprisingly then, Forbes also named Spain as one of the Top 10 best places in the world to retire to, citing Spain’s excellent medical facilities, including private care and pension schemes linked to the UK, as well as lower food costs and energy bills.

2 – Climate:

Because the area is sheltered by the high peaks of the Sierra Blanca Natural Reserve, Marbella has its own micro-climate, with average temperatures of 19º C throughout the year.

3 – International atmosphere:

Perhaps unlike other European destinations, the multi-cultural and multi-lingual environment on the southern Spanish coast allows buyers from any country to feel more than at home amidst the Marbella expat community.

4 – Older community:

There is a large “Over 60’s” community which will ensure a rich social life with like-minded individuals. As a destination for luxury retirement, the Marbella and surrounding areas provides a fantastic range of properties with on-site services that are close to facilities, amenities and activities tailored to this audience.

5 – Golf:

The Estepona area, just a short drive from the world famous Valderrama Golf Club has seen a healthy rise in property demand since the Volvo Masters were first held back in 1988. Your average poolside view is typically stunning with open countryside, manicured lawns and wide mountain ranges as standard. Similar views can be found in the “Golf Valley’ area of Nueva Andalucia which enjoys the benefits of having several championship Golf Courses on the doorstep. It is a highly sought after residential area by keen golfers and also those who love the open green spaces that golf course views provide.

Whatever your reason, when you retire to the Costa del Sol…be it Marbella, Benahavis or Estepona there is no reason not to just relax and enjoy all of the many lifestyle options available.


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