The Elviria region of Marbella is recognised as having some of the most beautiful beaches on the entire southern Spanish coast. It is a lively low density residential area that offers an array of amenities and is extremely popular amongst the expat community.
Elviria is famed for its tranquil forests which feature beautifully scented native pine trees, cork oaks and sand dunes. Cabopino port offers moorage to residents and is also a popular and lively beach front with several local and internationally run beach bars, chiringuitos and restaurants.
The area is home to Don Carlos Hotel, a five star luxury hotel that has been a local landmark for many years, as well as the world renowned Nikki Beach, one of Europe's premium beach club hotspots famous for its glamour, luxury and celebrity culture. It also has several small commercial areas with a variety of convenient local amenities including banks, medical centres and a great selection of excellent restaurants, bars and supermarkets.
Some of the best golf courses in the region are also located within walking distance of many Elviria residential neighbourhoods. Top-notch golf courses such as the Santa Maria Golf & Country Club, Greenlife Golf Club or El Soto Golf & Country Club are a short drive or stroll away.
Elviria is a paradise for golf lovers. The area plays host to some of the best courses on the Costa del Sol, many of which are within a short drive or stroll away from most neighbourhoods. Golf courses in this area include Rio Real, Santa Clara, Santa Maria and Marbella Golf & Country Club.
Don Carlos offers a spa, gym, outdoor pool, ten clay courts and a beautiful setting to lounge or play tennis amongst the hotels pristine tropical gardens. The Hoffman Tennis academy is also offered by La Mairena nearby as well as a variety of other excellent health and fitness facilities. Additionally, Las Chapas football club has a large 11 a side football pitch and a 7 a side pitch and hiking lovers can venture up the nearby countryside on guided tours.
The beaches of Elviria are some of the most beautiful on the Coast and are enjoyed by many residents for a late lunch or a tranquil morning or evening walk year round. During the summer months you might want to join the lively beach and club environment at Nikki Beach or relax in one of the many typical Andalucían Chiriguitos dotted along the beach.
Elviria also offers a great selection of supermarkets, shops, beauty salons and a myriad of restaurants and bars. A large Opencor supermarket is conveniently located in the square and is surrounded by excellent restaurants including Japanese at Meca where they serve delicious sushi and teppanyaki, flavourful Indian curries at Saffron and succulent meats at the Fondue Lounge across the way. A great place to meet your neighbour residents!
Elviria is only 15 Minutes East of Marbella and with direct access to the motorway and the coastal road, all areas of the Costa del Sol can be reached in no time.
Malaga airport is only 40 minutes away by car and approximately 15 minutes away from Fuengirola where you can also catch a direct train and be at the airport in less than hour.
Regular bus routes also offer direct connections to either side of the coast and are conveniently located on the main highway by the towns main square. Additionally, Cabopino port offers moorage to Elviria residents.
Elviria hills such as La Mairena and El Soto offer spectacular views of Sierra Nevada, the Mediterranean Sea below, Gibraltar and the African coast on clear days. The village is also surrounded by a UNESCO biosphere reserve called La Sierra de las Nieves which is a beautiful spot for a walk or a family picnic!
Once you become a resident of Spain or become a contributor to the Spanish social security system you will be entitled to free healthcare through the network of Centros de Salud and hospitals. Alternatively you can choose from one of the many private health insurances, which offer extremely reasonable quotes compared to other countries (Mapfre, Casar and Sanitas).
One of the most prestigious hospitals of the Malaga region, the Costa del Sol hospital is located just 10 minutes away from Elviria with many more health care facilities available in nearby Marbella.
Elviria has several schools offering a choice of international and local private colleges and state schools. State schools accept pupils according to the area of residency.
The English International College and the German run Hoffman school are located nearby and are regarded as amongst the best on the Costa del Sol. College Alboran and Ecos are two private Spanish colleges with good reputations as well. Other schools in the nearby vicinity of Elviria are Aloha College, Marbella University and the Marbella Design Academy.