Guadalmina Alta – Marbella
The location of Guadalmina is all beachside and straddles the A7 which is the old N340 coast road. The A-7 divides down the middle Guadalmina Alta and Guadalmina Baja. The area of Guadalmina comes under the San Pedro banner which is part of Marbella.
The Guadalmina River is the boundary of Marbella and Estepona and this runs down the side of the whole western side of Guadalmina. On the eastern side of Guadalmina the boundary is almost not even there to the naked eye, Arroya del Chopo stream.
Guadalmina Alta started construction in the 1960’s, continued until the late 1980’s with occasional buildings built in the 1990’s/2000’s. Guadalmina Alta is a very well established and up market area.
Centro Commercial Guadalmina Alta Shopping Centre is located right in the centre of Guadalmina Baja and Guadalmina Alta. The commercial centre is made up of 4 buildings each supplying a wide array of services for the community. Edificio La Caixa, Guadalmina Two, Three and Four make up the various buildings at the centre.
Some of the services and amenities that can be found at the centre is a very large supermarket. Various banks and a good amount of restaurants. You can also find various bars and cafes, furniture shops along with new organic cafes and offices. Next to the golf clubhouse you can see a row of offices. Bars, cafe and the golf clubhouse has a restaurant, spa and bar.
When visiting the Guadalmina Golf Club you can choose from two golf courses, North and South. Both courses start from the clubhouse which is located in Guadalmina Alta.
Navigating Round Guadalmina
Driving round Guadalmina you will notice that the streets (Calle) are numbered rather than having street names. Navigating around Guadalmina is easy if you know a few basic street numbers. Streets starting at Calle 17 and upwards are all located in Guadalmina Alta. Guadalmina Baja has Calle 4 that runs parallel to the main road and links up with Calle 8. Calle 8 takes you too Guadalmina Hotel. Running along the eastern boundary are Calle 5, Calle 7 and Calle 3.
Throughout Guadalmina you will notice a large number of villas and a small selection of plots. Guadalmina has very few buildings higher than 3 stories and keeps the development very sought after. The higher rise apartments and penthouses have rounded concrete balconies and are all named after tropical birds. Two such buildings are called Edificio Quetzal and Edificio El Iiwi.
Access to Guadalmina
Getting into Guadalmina is easy, with the main roundabout just off the A7 slightly down from the San Pedro turn off. From this roundabout you can go into Guadalmina Alta, Guadalmina Baja and San Pedro de Alcantara. You’ll find two more points of entry for Guadalmina Alta by coming off the Benahavis road through Valle del Sol. Also coming from San Pedro going past the San Pedro Golf Course to the Barcelo Hotel.
The main access point as mentioned is the road coming from the roundabout running alongside the A7. This will guide you through Guadalamina Alta, past the various golf fairways or to the Guadalmina Centro Commercial. Making your way from the roundabout towards the Guadalmina Club House you go past the Urbanisation Guadalmina Alta. Next, ending up at the Barcelo Guadalmina Hotel which has amazing views over the golf course.
Around Guadalmina Alta
From the Barcelo Hotel turning left you will make your way tom the four original apartment blocks. Including Los Flamencos, El Condor and Ribiera Del Guadalmina which is a nine block gated development with 2 pools.
By driving straight past the Barcelo Hotel along the Camino del la Granaderia you will find the urbanisation Villas y Golf. Surrounding this area are more private villas leading onto the Linda Vista district.
Turning right at the Barcelo you will notice a large gated community called Urbanisation Campos de Guadalmina and Edificio Tambre. On the opposite side of the road is Isla de Guadalmina which is the most recent development in Guadalmina Alta. The complex consists of townhouses and is set in an island within the golf course. Rather than an island out at sea. Half of the houses face the golf course whilst the other half are looking at the gardens and community swimming pool.
Making your way past Isla de Guadalmina you will come to the San Pedro Golf Club. Do not be mistaken, this is not a fully holed golf course but a driving range. The club is a laid back place and is great value for money. This is a good place to go for golf beginners to practice. The golf club has an Argentinean restaurant and bar.
San Pedro Golf Club
From the San Pedro Golf Club car park you can to a hidden secret within the community. When you get to the end of the car park you will be presented with Parque de Las Medranas. This is the perfect spot for a chilled out look at nature. The large lake is the location for the Cable Ski and Wakeboarding Centre. Whilst sitting relaxing watching the nature or the boarders go round the lake you can sip on a drink and have a snack from the restaurant based at the centre.