El Rosario is a residential area on the East side of Marbella on the Costa del Sol, just a five minute drive from Marbella town center. It has a peaceful urbanisation, which houses some impressive villas, as well as some modern townhouses and apartments. It is within walking distance from one of the most beautiful beaches in the Costa del Sol, with fine golden sand and a promenade that stretches for miles, full of cafes, bars and restaurants. There are also waters ports facilities available including jet ski hire and dolphin watching excursions in the nearby Don Carlos Hotel. Further east along the beach is the famous Nikki Beach, which is an idea spot for party goers wanting a bit of luxury and cocktails in the sun. El Rosario is also well situated for golf lovers. As well as being right next to the magnificent Marbella Golf Country Club, there are also another 20 golf clubs within a 15 minute drive.
To the east of El Rosario you can find some of the more lively towns of Fuengirola, Benalmadena and Torremolinos, and Malaga city and the airport are around 45 minutes away.
West of El Rosario are the more up-market destinations of Marbella and Puerto Banus. Marbella’s Golden Mile has some of the most exclusive luxury villas in the whole of Spain, although if you want something more traditional, you can pay a visit to Marbella’s old town (Casco Antiguo), which is an ancient walled city that has hardly changed since the 16th century and has a beautiful Plaza de los Naranjos, which gets its name from the vast number of orange trees that line the square providing a very pleasant backdrop to a lunch of Spanish tapas and a glass of the local wine.
Puerto Banus is a very opulent town, with plenty of designer boutiques, trendy bars and exquisite restaurants, which surround the beautiful marina, which berths luxury yachts and powerboats. From here you can organise deep sea fishing excursions as well as other boat trips and excursions. Again, many water sports are on offer including speedboat rides, banana boats, paragliding and jet skis.
Further west is Estepona, which is a modern and cosmopolitan town, which offers many beach and country leisure pursuits including horse riding. In the centre of town, there is Rada beach, which has a busy palm tree–lined promenade, or you can venture to the more quiet beaches of La Galera or Bahía Dorada. After Estepona is the famous Sotogrande and you eventually arrive at the rock of Gibraltar, which offers a great day trip out.
In essence, the coastline from Estepona to Malaga City itself offers a very diverse culture, which has something for everybody, whether you’re looking for relaxation, a touch of luxury or something much more lively.