Property in Spain: The seven most exclusive neighbourhoods on the Costa del Sol

A guide to the most exclusive neighbourhoods on the western Costa del Sol and the types of stunning homes for sale there, if you have deep pockets!

Property in Spain: The seven most exclusive neighbourhoods on the Costa del Sol
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One of the most beautiful stretches of the Costa del Sol lies between Sotogrande and Estepona. A less developed part of the coastline with a dramatic mountain backdrop and verdant landscape, this area offers stunning natural surroundings. It’s therefore unsurprising to discover that it’s also home to some of the most exclusive neighbourhoods on the western Costa del Sol.

Some enjoy proximity to the sandy coastline while others sit in the rolling foothills of the mountains. Magnificent views come standard as does some of the best property you’ll find in Southern Spain (and indeed, Europe). 

In this article, Celeste Alonso, manager of The Property Agent and an expert on real estate on the Costa del Sol, shares her guide to these sought-after neighbourhoods on the western Costa del Sol and the types of stunning homes for sale there.

Exclusive neighbourhoods Costa del Sol

La Zagaleta in Benahavís

When it comes to exclusive neighbourhoods on the Costa del Sol, La Zagaleta stands out ahead of all others. This secluded private estate (900 hectares), situated on the road to Ronda, about 13km from Marbella, is a select sanctuary of multi-million euro homes. Many belong to the world’s rich and famous, and all enjoy onsite amenities that are second to none.

What makes this area so exclusive? Its privileged location and absolute discretion – you may never know who your neighbours are.

On the market in La Zagaleta

This stunning new-build villa takes cutting-edge modern architecture to a whole new level. Set on an elevated plot with over 5,315 square metres to call your garden, the exclusive home comes with seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms over a massive 2,000 square metres of built space. It also offers all the extras you’d expect at one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods on the western Costa del Sol including an indoor pool, spa, wine cellar, home cinema, infinity outdoor pool. Yours for €8,9000,000

Find out more about this property here.


La Reserva in Sotogrande

At the far western end of the Costa del Sol lies the stunning private community of Sotogrande. The are has been synonymous with exclusivity since its inception. The luxurious residential development ranks among the best in Europe, and like La Zagaleta, offers privacy and discretion. Among the best neighbourhoods within Sotogrande is La Reserva set in the inland foothills. It has its own golf course (there are five in total in Sotogrande) as well as an inland beach club with a freshwater lagoon.

What makes this area so exclusive? The stunning countryside with world-class amenities on your doorstep.

On the market in La Reserva

Located above La Reserva Club, this modern villa offers possibly the best views on the western Costa del Sol – panoramic mountain and Mediterranean vistas are yours to contemplate from every corner in the spacious home. Set on a plot of 5,162 square metres with infinity pool and landscaped gardens, the villa includes six bedrooms (all with views) and nine bathrooms. Inside, you’ll also find an indoor pool, gym and spa. Yours for €9,000,000

Find out more about this property here.

Finca Cortesin

Finca Cortesin in Casares

Tucked away in a privileged location near the pretty white village of Casares, Finca Cortesin brings together all the elements of luxury living. Within the gated residential development are one of the world’s finest hotels resorts and one of the top five golf courses in Spain. Manicured to perfection and enjoying glorious views of the nearby mountain ranges and the Mediterranean and Gibraltar, Finca Cortesin offers world-class services to residents and guests.

What makes this area so exclusive? Its stunning location and low-density development.

On the market in Finca Cortesin

Modern contemporary style comes into its own in this spacious villa with a frontline location at the renowned Finca Cortesin golf course. One of 16 villas in a gated community, the property has four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms plus open-plan living spaces that make the most of the beautiful views outside. Finishes meet the highest standards and include underfloor heating and feature fireplace. The 1,937 square-metre plot has a private pool and gardens.  Yours for €5,000,000

Find out more about this property here.

El Paraiso Estepona

El Paraiso in Estepona

One of the most established neighbourhoods on the western Costa del Sol, El Paraiso, enjoys an optimum location. Situated at the eastern end of the New Golden Mile, it lies within easy reach of Marbella and Estepona. Founded in the early 1970s around a golf course of the same name, El Paraiso offers beautiful sea and mountain views enjoyed by all the villas on the tree-lined avenues that rise up from the coast, just a few minutes away.

What makes this area so exclusive? Its well-designed layout and peace and quiet, all within very easy reach of Marbella.

On the market in El Paraiso

A stunning modern villa with equally stunning views down to the coast, this property forms part of the exclusive Kings Hills development. The 1,124 square-metre plot makes the most of its location, and the villa offers multiple terraces to showcase the views and the alfresco lifestyle that characterise the Costa del Sol. Inside are five spacious bedrooms and five bathrooms plus open-plan living. The villa also has landscaped gardens and private pool. Yours for €1,895,000

Find out more about this property here.

La Quinta Benahavis

La Quinta in Benahavís

Enjoying one of the best locations on the western Costa del Sol, La Quinta sits in the foothills to the west of Marbella in stunning surroundings. It offers an oasis of peace and quiet within a short drive of the bright lights of Marbella and Puerto Banús, just a few minutes away. Established around 30 years ago, La Quinta includes one of the best golf and country clubs on the Costa del Sol, the 5-star Westin Quinta hotel plus three excellent restaurants.

What makes this area so exclusive? Its elegant planning and privacy within easy reach of Marbella.

On the market in La Quinta

Crisp modern lines characterise this new-build villa boasting some of the best Mediterranean and mountain views in the area. Designed to make the most of the natural vistas, the villa sits on a 1,430 square-metre plot and offers open-plan living across its three levels. All the interiors are flooded with natural light and include five bedrooms, five bathrooms and an indoor pool. The landscaped gardens come in Mediterranean style with plenty of terrace space and another pool. Yours for €3,850,000

Find out more about this property here.

Exclusive neighbourhoods Costa del Sol

Los Flamingos in Benahavís

Located slightly inland to the east of Estepona, Los Flamingos nestles in a verdant valley complete with natural lake and panoramic views down to the Mediterranean. Conceived as a paradise for golf – Los Flamingos is home to three excellent golf courses – and renowned for its privacy, this residential area offers one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods on the western Costa del Sol. The area is also home to Villa Padierna, one of the best hotels in the world.

What makes this area so exclusive? Its development entirely in tune with the stunning natural surroundings.

On the market in Los Flamingos

It’s all in a name, and Los Flamingos Views already gives you a clue to what to expect at this cutting-edge modern villa. The Mediterranean vistas are exceptional and from all rooms in this spacious home on a 1,287 square-metre plot. The master suite on the top floor with private terrace is just one of the seven bedrooms joined by seven bathrooms, a wine cellar and cinema room. Add to this, landscaped gardens and an infinity pool, and you have one truly stunning property. Yours for €2,750,000

Find out more about this property here.

La Finca Sotogrande

La Finca in Sotogrande

Part of the upper area of Sotogrande, La Finca enjoys some of the most beautiful natural surroundings in the area. Cork oak forests dot the landscape while magnificent mountains rise to the north and the Mediterranean sparkles in the south. La Finca has commanding views of them all plus the advantage of being just a few minutes’ drive from Sotogrande Marina and the local beach. Designed as an exclusive hideaway, this part of Sotogrande might be one of the most recently developed, but it already stands among the best.

What makes this area so exclusive? A secluded location but with easy access to Sotogrande amenities and communications.

On the market in La Finca

Just because it’s one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods on the Costa del Sol doesn’t necessarily mean a million-euro price tag. And this contemporary villa at La Finca makes a case in point. Designed over a spacious 245 square metres, the two-storey home includes five bedrooms, four bathrooms and floor to ceiling windows allowing maximum sea views. The terrace comes in at a giant 118 square metres plus there’s a private garden. The secure development also includes landscaped gardens, pools, a gym and paddle tennis courts for all residents. Yours for €780,000

Find out more about this property here.

This article has been written by Celeste Alonso, who runs The Property Agent specializing in real estate on the Costa del Sol. If you are looking for property on the Costa del Sol contact her for HERE. 


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EXPLAINED: What you need to know about locksmiths in Spain

If you get locked out, have a break-in or need to change or fix the door lock at your home in Spain, here are the rates and advice you need before calling a Spanish locksmith (cerrajero).

EXPLAINED: What you need to know about locksmiths in Spain

Like anywhere, locksmiths are generally expensive and the price can vary greatly depending on the service you need and where you are.

It also depends on when you need them, as it’ll cost much more to call them out on a Saturday night than a Monday morning, for example.

Nor would it cost the same to open your front door as it would a reinforced security door.

But locksmiths don’t just make copies of keys and bail you out when you’re stuck outside your flat.

They also offer a whole host of different services including, but not limited to, opening safes, creating master keys, installing security doors, anti-drill doors, cutting specialist locks that reject copied keys, and even unlocking the boot of your car.

How much does a locksmith cost in Spain?

Given all these variables, the price can range massively.

According to Cronoshare, the average price for a nationwide call out in Spain can start from €80 anywhere up to €400.

On average, for a basic service, you can expect to pay anywhere between €40-€70 an hour for the labour, with the price of changing or installing a basic lock anywhere between €80-€200. 

For basic door openings, it depends on the situation you find yourself in: for doors locked with a key, which is a more complex task, prices average around €200, and for doors that are jammed or slammed shut, slightly cheaper in the €80-€100 range.

For an armoured or security door, prices can start at around €300.

In short, a general rule is that the more complex the task is, the higher the prices.

And as always, prices can vary depending on where you are in Spain, the quality of the locksmith, the time of the day and week you need his or her services, and if its a public holiday or not. 

So, as always, compare prices to try and find the most economical solution without skimping on quality.

As such, the following rates are estimations taken from average prices from locksmith.

Weekend/holiday rates

Where prices can really start to add up, however, is when you have an emergency situation requiring a locksmith’s assistance at the weekend, on a public holiday, or outside of normal working hours.

And if you live in Spain, you probably know there’s quite a few of those days throughout the year.

If you really need a cerrajero on a public holiday or during non-working hours (usually defined as anything between 8pm-8am) prices can reach €300 or €500 due to the fact you’ll have to cover the cost of travel, which starts from around €40 plus the increased rate.

Then you must also include the price of labour to the flat rate, which is usually somewhere between €40 and €70 an hour regardless of when you call them out.

Key vocabulary 

We’ve put together some of the basic vocabulary you might need if you find yourself needing a locksmith while in Spain.

el cerrajero – locksmith

la llave – the key

la llave de repuesto – the spare key

la puerta – the door

la cerradura – the lock

la bisagra – the hinge

día festivo – public holiday

cambio de bombín – change of cylinder lock

puerta blindada – armoured door

coste de mano de obra – labour costs

quedarse afuera – get locked out 

puerta cerrada de un portazo – door slammed shut

puerta cerrada con llave – locked door

Tips relating to choosing a good locksmith in Spain 

If you’ve just started renting a new place or have bought a property, it’s advisable to change the lock as you don’t know who has keys to your front door. If you’re a tenant, try to negotiate this with your landlord as it’s in both of your interests that only you two have keys to the property.

If there has been a burglary in your property while you’re living in it and there’s no sign of forced entry, then there’s a very big chance that the burglars had a copy of your keys, and you should definitely change the locks. 

If you’ve lost your keys and you think it happened close to your home, again it’s advisable for you to change the locks.

One of the best ways to avoid being locked out and having to cough up a hefty sum is to give a spare set to someone that you trust that lives in your town or city in Spain. 

When it comes to choosing a locksmith in Spain, you should make sure he or she is a reputable one. Asking friends and family first can be your first port of call.

If not, make sure you read reviews online if available to get any insight beforehand.

In order to avoid any nasty surprises, ask them on the phone for a budget (presupuesto) for all the costs attached to their services before accepting.

Be wary of cerrajeros that automatically want to change the whole lock when a simpler and less costly option is possible. 

Usually they should offer you a contract for you to read carefully before signing. It should include a three-month guarantee for the potential new lock or at least a breakdown of the costs.

Make sure that they are not charging you an excessively high price if it’s an emergency, as this is not actually legal.

There’s also asking them to prove their accreditation with the Unión Cerrajeros de Seguridad (UCES).

Weekend and holiday rates can be higher nonetheless, so consider your options and if it’s worth staying with a friend or family member for a night to save some money. A trustworthy and honest cerrajero will let you know about the money you could save if you choose to wait as well.