Matthew’s article this week concentrates on moving to Manilva, Costa del Sol’s pueblo blanco.
Moving to Manilva: rustic Costa del Sol
Rural depopulation is a movement that marks Spain with whole villages now for sale, thanks to bumpkins upping sticks and moving to the big, bad city. That’s not the case with white village Manilva where recent development in and around the original settlement has seen a population increase of 33.33 percent in the last 10 years. Clearly, this is a place on the up and up.
Although more and more people seem to want to live in Manilva, it’s not for the whole year round. The population more or less doubles with short-term residents during the high tourist season. However, there are those who stick around for longer, given the number of British names on recent tombstones at the village’s cemetery attached to the Iglesia de Santa Ana.
Ins and outs
Travelling south west from the Aeropuerto de Málaga, you’ll reach Manilva in less than an hour if you fork out to use the AP-7 toll road, bypassing the likes of Torremolinos, Marbella, and Estepona in the process.
The school run will take you a minimum of 15 minutes morning and afternoon if you enlist your children in the prestigious Sotogrande International School. This is one of the biggest educational establishments in Andalucia. With fees to match.
Shop until you drop…
The Sabanillas Bookshop sells new and nearly-new titles in English, French, German, and Spanish. Also in Sabanillas, there’s The Curtain and Bedding Company. For your meat shopping, head to The English Butcher in Puerto de la Duquesa.
For authentic Andalucia, head inland to Manilva village. Newer developments line the coast.
Two-bedroom apartments start at €60,000, but double your number of sleeping rooms can see you spending as much as €3,000,000 for a villa.
In Praise Of
“Having spent extended periods in Manilva in the past we have now lived here permanently for the past 16 years. Manilva’s privileged position on the Costa del Sol makes it the perfect location as a base for exploring Andalucia and beyond. Manilva and its large foreign community receives extensive support from the local authorities whilst at the same time retaining its typical Spanish charm, making it possible to enjoy living and working in Spain with peace of mind.” Gary Beaumont (Manilva Life)
“There’s nowhere quite like Manilva in the whole of Spain. Those who come stay or come back again and again until they stay for good. Why? I would have to write you a book.” Dean Tyler Shelton
- Are you an expat living in Manilva? What do you like/dislike about it? Let us know below.