If Puerto Banús is the playground of the rich and famous of the Costa del Sol, then Nueva Andalucía is the upmarket, pre party lounge bar. Neighbouring the resort of Banús, Nueva Andalucía stretches inland from the sea, over undulating terrain that is dotted with a couple of lovely lakes, backdropped by the beautiful La Concha Mountain and surrounded by some of the finest golf courses in Spain.
This is where the rich and the famous really live. While Puerto Banús always stands out in the headlines and attracts the holidaymakers, the relative seclusion of Nueva Andalucía offers a welcoming relief relief from the spotlight, for those who seek it. Enormous villas, exclusive gated communities and developments of luxurious apartment complexes, create a community that enjoys all the benefits of Costa del Sol living without any of the inherent drawbacks that come with residing at the heart of one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. For a prospective expat, Nueva Andalucía has everything you could ever dream of, and more.
When driving or walking around the neighbourhood of Nueva Andalucía, the first thing that strikes you is just how well maintained and pretty everything is. Think Malibu, but with the inherent grace and charm of Andalucía: the white-washed and terracotta villas glisten under the pefectly clear blue skies, while the tall palm trees and mountainous backdrop create an idyllic setting that seems to come out of a fairytale,
You will also notice the natural peace and tranquility in Nueva Andalucía. The sea is right there, just a stone’s throw away, but the waves cannot be heard. The vibrancy of Puerto Banús is a ten minute walk away, but the holiday makers rarely venture into Nueva Andalucia. Even the hotels are situated as close to Banús as possible, leaving the rest of the town free to be enjoyed by the locals and the holiday home owners, of which there are many. In fact, Nueva Andalucía has all the ingredients that comprise most people’s idea of a ‘dream life’ in Spain – the spacious apartment with swimming pool; the Mediterranean views; the healthy outdoor lifestyle; the easy transition into a Spanish way of life without having to relinquish the comforts of home; and the peaceful atmosphere that is ideal for raising a family, or retirement.
Who Should Live In Nueva Andalucia?
For families with young children, Nueva Andalucía is a great option. Aloha College is a renowned international school for ages 3-18, while the Aloha Sports Club has daily tennis, netball, basketball, padel and football classes for kids – and adults – of all ages. Keen golfers will enjoy the challenges posed by the excellent Aloha and Las Brisas golf courses, while the Centro Plaza Shopping Centre has plenty of restaurants, salons and cafes that are ideal for ladies who lunch – Starz Cafe proves a popular al fresco choice in the summer. There is also the newly opened Dorian Yates Gym here, a number of cutting-edge businesses and, to top it all off, a large open-air market every Saturday of the year, where you can find everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, to leather goods.
Social Life In Nueva Andalucia
Due to the proximity of bustling Puerto Banus, residents can always head down for a wild night out. For those who prefer a more tranquil approach to nightlife.Theere are a couple of excellent late night bars that attract a vibrant and wealthy crowd, most notably Bar Six and Living Room. A short walk down the road from here is The Point, a wonderfully laid-back bar that boasts a large open terrace that is perfect for a few glasses of wine in the dusk, or as a handy warm-up bar before heading down into the port to really let your hair down.
As for restaurants, Nueva Andalucía has a fine selection. The newly opened Fuel Bistro; Samurai, where you can enjoy reasonably priced Japanese food, complete with a Teppanyaki show and for the sushi lovers among you, Sensations is virtually next door to Samurai. Magna café is an upmarket restaurant and has the occasional Jazz night too, adding a touch of class to an already popular and lively establishment.