Living in Guadalmina: lifestyle, benefits, and what to do

Guadalmina is a sportsman’s paradise on the Costa del Sol. In addition to its golf clubs, this urban centre has a number of facilities that are unique in the region, such as cable skiing, an attraction that draws visitors from all over the country. 

Living in Guadalmina is synonymous with an elevated lifestyle in a privileged environment with large green areas and beautiful streets of flats and designer homes; enjoying all kinds of services, as there are supermarkets, restaurants, clubs, beaches, nightlife, clinics, etc. in the area. The neighbourhood has illustrious owners, such as José María Aznar, ex-president of the Spanish government.

Where is Guadalmina?

This residential area is located to the west of Marbella, between San Pedro Alcántara and the municipality of Estepona, next to the Guadalmina River. The area is made up of two neighbourhoods: Guadalmina Baja, which is located to the south of the motorway and extends down to the beach, and Guadalmina Alta, located to the north of the motorway and extending almost as far as Benahavís.

In the lower part, there are large villas that enjoy the privilege of being close to the beach, which gives them a Mediterranean atmosphere and pleasant temperatures almost all year round.

On the other hand, Guadalmina Alta is ideal for those seeking more privacy. Newly built or recently renovated villas predominate here, as well as various flat developments.

Why live in Guadalmina?

Guadalmina is an affluent residential area, with tree-lined streets and boulevards and multiple green spaces, made up of flats and exclusive villas. It is one of the most family-friendly neighbourhoods in Marbella, as there are activities and services for all types of people, regardless of their age.

Living in Guadalmina is a safe bet; you have access to everything and it is also very close to other urban centres on the Costa del Sol, such as Puerto Banús, Marbella, Nueva Andalucía or the Golden Mile, for example.

Advantages of living in Guadalmina

Water Sports

Guadalmina offers its residents a series of benefits that have made this area of the Costa del Sol an extremely attractive location.

It is a peaceful, serene, well-kept environment of great scenic beauty.

  • First class sports facilities, such as the Guadalmina Golf Club.
  • There are countless shops and a Carrefour, a supermarket with all the products necessary for daily life.
  • Banks.
  • First class restaurants, such as the Asador de Guadalmina or the Pescador de Guadalmina, both with excellent ratings.
  • It is directly connected to the beach of the same name.
  • Properties in the area are in high demand and are constantly increasing in value.
  • Being part of an international community: approximately half of the residents are foreigners, mostly from the UK or Scandinavia.
  • Vibrant and exclusive social life, with nightlife venues where you can have a drink or dance late into the night.
  • In Guadalmina Baja is Colegio San José, a bilingual private school, one of the best rated in Marbella and the Costa del Sol.
  • Security and privacy: Throughout the area there are numerous guard posts.
  • Barceló Hotel where you can enjoy luxury stays, live events, gastronomic experiences and beauty and wellness treatments.

What to do in Guadalmina?

This area of Marbella has a wide range of activities to suit all tastes and interests. Tranquillity or partying, sport or relaxation.


Guadalmina Golf Club, recognised as one of the most prestigious courses on the Costa del Sol, offers two 18-hole courses distributed in each section of Guadalmina. Due to this configuration, numerous properties in Guadalmina Alta enjoy privileged locations with direct views of the golf course, providing residents with exceptional views and immediate access to the club’s facilities.

In addition, at Guadalmina Golf Club there is a gymnasium, paddle and tennis courts, swimming pool and social club, which promotes a healthy lifestyle while creating friendships with like-minded people.

Outdoor activities

Guadalmina is ideal for outdoor activities and sports. There are numerous hiking trails that start from there or you can simply enjoy a stroll along the Guadalmina beach and promenade.

Ski cable

One of the great attractions of Guadalmina is its cable skiing, a facility that allows you to practice sports such as water skiing and wakeboarding on water by means of a cable mechanism, similar to the ski lift or tele-rail of mountain sports. It is an ideal activity for adults and children and can be practised almost all year round. 

In addition, the complex, very close to the Guadalmina Golf Club, has a restaurant where you can have an aperitif or lunch. A vibrant community full of social life has grown up around this place.

Enjoying Guadalmina Beach

Guadalmina beach, known for its tranquillity, remains relatively uncrowded even during the peak of the summer season. It stretches approximately 1.5 km along the coast, from the Linda Vista Urbanisation to the Guadalmina River, offering a serene space to enjoy the sea without the crowds typical of other, busier beaches.

Shopping at the Guadalmina Shopping Centre

In the Guadalmina Shopping Centre you can buy practically all kinds of services and products, which is always convenient to avoid long journeys. Specifically, the place houses health clinics, veterinary surgeons, banks, a supermarket, a butcher, an organic products shop, cafeterias, a pharmacy, a hairdresser, a dry cleaner, a stationery shop, etc.

Gastronomy and leisure

Also in the Guadalmina Shopping Centre there are local and international restaurants, highly rated at international level (just look at the Google my business reviews). In addition, there are several places where you can have a drink and dance, such as Soho or El Ancla, an exclusive beach club restaurant with a swimming pool by the sea. 


It has a historical heritage of great value. In the area of Guadalmina Baja are the Roman baths of Las Bóvedas, a construction from the 3rd century A.D. which is one of the best preserved in the region. 

As you can see, living in Guadalmina is a safe bet if you are looking to enjoy an exclusive, tranquil or activity-packed lifestyle. Its sports facilities, location and beauty make it one of the most unique and attractive places to live.

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