Marbella - Golden Mile Mountainside Districts
The copper-clad tower in the centre is often mistakenly called the Bronze Tower. Its true name is El Pirulí and it was designed by architect Barrios Cepedano, commissioned in the mid-1990s by mayor Jesús Gil.
Fronting onto the Golden mile is the El Capricho shopping centre, which was built in the 1980s. The residential estate is behind here and consists of relatively small villa plots.
At the top of Avenida Don Jaime de Mora, before reaching the motorway, slightly hidden away can be found the one of Marbella's earliest and at one time most famous residential estate called La Virginia.
La Caridad is a quiet residential district that fronts onto the Golden mile. The Avenida de Conde Rudi is a residential street that is the artery of this district.
The La Carolina development dates back to the 1960s, and is familiar to most as the shopping rows that sit on the northern side of the Golden Mile.
La Coneja is a quiet small well established community with delightful rustic properties slightly west of La Carolina.
In El Rocio are upmarket developments, Señorio de Marbella, Jardines de Doña Maria, Monte Marbella Club, Altos de Puente Romano, Urb. El Vicario, Urb. Arco Iris and Sanyres Puente Romano. .
Cortijo de Nagüeles
An area of gated communities, stunning villas with imposing driveways, this development was founded in the 1970s by the famous Seville businessman and bullfighter, Manuel González Cabello. There is still development under way in this large often overlooked district including apartments and townhouses.
Las Lomas del Marbella Club
This estate is located opposite the Puente Romano Hotel, on the northern side of the Golden Mile near the Marbella mosque. Construction began in 1973 and includes identical complexes inside including Lomas del Marbella Club Pueblo.
El Ancón Sierra & Ancón Alto
El Ancón Sierra and El Ancón Alto were developed in the mid '80s by John David Green, the artist and property developer from London, and brother of art gallery owner Richard Green.
Monte Paraiso is a fully-gated estate on the Golden Mile opposite the Puente Romano Hotel and above the mosque. Constructed in 1997 there are 93 apartments spread out in 16 low-rise residential blocks.
La Trinidad is a fully-gated complex constructed in 2004. It consists of eight blocks in a semi-circle set totalling 116 apartments in landscaped gardens and a pine tree forest.