Matthew’s article this week concentrates on moving to the New Golden Mile, fun in the sun on your doorstep.
Moving to the New Golden Mile: the all-year-round Costa del Sol
If you’re moving to Spain for a brighter future, you won’t be disappointed with the New Golden Mile. As thanks to a favourable climate, it enjoys around 325 days of sunshine per year. Meaning you can acquire a natural tan rather than forking out for a fake one.
The New Golden Mile’s just as artificial as the orange skin of a TOWIE regular. The term was coined by estate agents to lure punters already drawn to investing in the original Golden Mile which stretches between Marbella and Puerto Banús. Although, when you discover the 20+kilometere stretch of coastline which is home to a number of Blue-Flag beaches of fine, golden sand, we don’t think you’ll be complaining too much.
Ins and outs
Following the AP-7, it takes about 40 minutes to reach the most easterly section of the New Golden Mile from the Aeropuerto de Málaga. Your journey time will be closer to an hour if your property’s located at the western end of the New Golden Mile.
Nearby international schools include the Mayfair Academy in Atalaya Park which offers a British education for children aged three up to 18. Laude San Pedro International College, meanwhile, has a truly global intake with around 720 students hailing from 52 different countries. Then there’s the International School Estepona whose class sizes are restricted to no more than 15 kids at a time.
Shop until you drop…
They are a well-dressed crowd who occupy the New Golden Mile. As you can see from the labels which adorn the hangers at the posh Laguna Village shopping centre. Taking in the likes of Amira, Elle Morgan, and Justy, sweetie!
Luxury is what’s on offer in the New Golden Mile. From apartments to townhouses to penthouses to villas. This slice of Costa del Sol living comes at a price.
Apartments start around €90,000 whilst you can pay a million Euros for each of the sleeping quarters of a five-bedroom villa.
In Praise Of
“The New Golden Mile encompasses the stretch along the A7 coast road between San Pedro Alcántara and Estepona, which is described as the “Garden of Andalucia”. There are a number of well-established communities and a number of brand new luxury developments and five-star hotels along the New Golden Mile, which is also a popular all-year-round destination for golfers, as there are several championship golf courses within two minutes drive of the A7, including Guadalmina, Atalaya, El Paraiso & Los Flamingos, where the famous Villa Padierna is also located.” Ian Middleton (Experience Group Spain)
- Are you an expat living on The New Golden Mile? What do you like/dislike about it? Let us know below.
Matthew Hirtes, our resident broadsheet journalist, moved to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria back in 2004. He’s travelled extensively through Spain, covering it for such publications as Telegraph Travel, Metro, and The Independent. The author of Going Local in Gran Canaria: How To Turn a Holiday Destination into a Home, Matthew truly is a resident expert.