Where's the best place in Marbella to live for families?

by Irena

Marbella Family Lifestyle

Marbella Family Lifestyle


We are a family with 2 kids of 5 and 8 years old planning to move to Marbella in August. Can you pls advise me the best area to live in with the kids. I mean the area where we have a short walking distance to a good public Spanish school for 5 and 8 yo and also sports activities for the children. My daughter needs gymnasia-ritmica and my son needs a swimming pool (he is in a professional swimming club) and football.

We live in Communidad Valenciana (Calpe) at the moment. We have been living in Spain for 1 year and 2 months now and are very happy with everything here in Costa Blanca apart from one important thing - the public schools here implement more and more Valenciana (local language) lessons. Science, biology, geography - all is in Valenciana. And since we don't plan to stay in Spain for ever, I want the children to study only in castellana. Therefore we consider a move to Marbella for the coming school year.

I would be very grateful if someone could advise me what would be the best area with the kids considering my above specifications. Also if someone knows an apartment / house for a long-term rent there I'll be very happy to hear from you. Or we might rent in the beginning and buy something later.

Thank you very much in advance.

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Jul 27, 2015
San Pedro
by: Anonymous

I would recommend San Pedro (de Alacántara). We have been here with 8 and 4 year old and it's perfect - parks, playgrounds, free events, promenade, sea, montain view.
For swimming there is a public "polideportivo" - haven't visited it yet, but have heard this is quite ok and cheap.
We do not have experiences with public schools here, but I know there are some.
Hard part is to find a good apartment or house for rent here in the center and at beach side they are very expensive.

Jul 27, 2015
Your upcoming move to Marbella
by: Marbella Family Fun

Hello Irene,

Thank you for contacting MarbellaFamilyFun.com regarding your upcoming move to Marbella!

The good news is that you have come to the right place. On this site you will find feedback from thousands of families living in Marbella and the Costa del Sol so you can make an informed decision about your new home.

To find any topic related to families in Marbella, simply visit any page on our site and enter what you are looking for in the search field where is says "What are you looking for in Marbella?" You'll receive a complete list of pages on our site which address your specific questions.

For information the best schools in Marbella, we recommend you check out our page on Marbella Schools. Here you will find a lot of content from families in Marbella about their experiences with all type of schools in Marbella. We highly recommend you visit a few to get a better feel for which would be appropriate for your family.

Regarding the best places to live with families, we always recommend that you first consider the lifestyle you are looking for. Marbella offers a tremendous variety of lifestyles. Some choose the hills for the views of the sea and the seclusion. Others prefer to be beachside so they can take walks after dinner on the boardwalk or even walk to the local schools.

If you plan to make a long-term commitment to Marbella, you may want to try a few areas to get a better feel for the environment. To see what others have said about the best neighbourhoods, check out our blog: Best Places for Families to live in Marbella.

We have noticed that families with younger children who want to be walking distance from schools have recently been choosing San Pedro de Alcantara.

If you are looking for independent advice on finding a property without having to commit to a specific agent, you can also use a Property Finder Service to discuss your options.

For apartment rentals, we can recommend MS Servicios, which has access to a wide range of options. You will need to speak with them directly about the specific areas of interest. They speak excellent English and know the area well.

For property purchases, we can recommend Jackson Grundy and Alcantara Estates as well-known local providers with strong reputations.

Best of luck to finding your dream location in Marbella. If we can be of any assistance, please us know. You've made an amazing decision on a great place to live with the family!


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