Off The Beaten Track – Roman Marbella

Marbella BeachWe are all for lazy summer days on one of the many beautiful beaches in Marbella, delicious meals in the fabulous restaurants of the area or people watching in one of the glamorous hot-spots that make the Costa del Sol ever popular for foreign visitors.

For many, Marbella emerged on the international scene with the beginning of mass tourism in the 1970s. Yet this area is rich in ancient history too, the evidence of which is right under our noses.

One of the most striking examples of this is to be found at the end of the San Pedro Paseo! Here, evidence of the ancient Roman colony of Cilniana can be found, a settlement which was destroyed by an earthquake in the 4th Century AD. According to the Málaga Council Tourism site (, historians have connected this colony to the Roman city of Salduba, a name that is frequently referenced in the area to this day.

‘Las Bóvedas’ (The Vaults) archaeological site offers is a fascinating glimpse into an ancient past. The Roman construction here is a third century thermal building, one of the most distinctive preserved from these times. The central octagonal room almost certainly housed an octagonal pool, with rooms of the same shape arranged around the outside. Within the 7,000m2 site, ruins can be found of other buildings, including basins used for salting fish, an important industry in the area, as well as garum factories. This ‘Roman ketchup’ was a type of fermented fish sauce based on anchovies and formed an integral part of the Roman diet. This vital product was manufactured in the Málaga region and exported to many parts of the Roman empire. The recently inaugurated museum has some fascinating finds relating to this essential Roman activity, as well as many artefacts relating to the Roman history of this region.

At Altavista Property, we can’t offer ancient Roman dwellings, however we can offer every type of property available today, from holiday apartments to grand villas. Contact us today to discuss your property requirements.

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4 New Developments in Marbella You Need to See Today!


The region of Andalucía is a beautiful gem that embellishes the south coast of Spain, and, of the glorious resort towns that glitter within it, there is none as full of class as Marbella. There is a reason that many of our favourite stars and celebrities choose this sun-spangled location for their getaways – and, often, their holiday homes. Of course, you can choose to take the plunge too, and rub shoulders with icons such as actors Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith when you move into this vibrant city. The area is also rich with history and culture, with architecture influenced by the ancient Moorish style and beautiful wineries scattered across the surrounding countryside. Of course, with so much interest in the location, superb new developments are springing up all across Marbella. Alta Vista Property are property specialists based in the area, and have put together this collection of hotspots you really ought to have you eye on if you’re looking into new developments in Marbella!

  1. Benahavís

For those who crave beauty, tranquillity and privacy, these properties that form part of the Benahavís Country Club are utterly idyllic. Each a stylish detached villa framed with sea views and rolling Spanish countryside, you can dine al fresco on your balcony, go for a soothing dip in the pool, or pay a visit to the nearby town where you can enjoy all the local amenities including restaurants and shops. It is also possible to access the excellent clubhouse and spa on site.

  1. Calahonda

Prefect for jetsetters, this development in Calahonda is located less than half an hour away from Málaga airport and sits in a prime location within the resort town. Three bedroom townhouses, each offers a backdrop of breathtaking landscaped gardens and access to a large community pool, sundeck and gymnasium. Security is top notch and completely unrestrictive, so you can enjoy your upper-level solarium – complete with pergola – in complete peace, knowing that all the excitement of the city is just on your doorstep!

  1. Nueva Andalucía

True luxury is stepping into your brand new and beautiful contemporary, low maintenance villa in stunning, peaceful Nueva Andalucía. These spacious and elegant up-to-the-minute developments are situated within a private, gated community, with high class local amenities accessible in the nearby towns of Marbella and Puerto Banús. Their glorious gardens, inspired architectural style and feel of ease and tranquillity truly must be experienced to be believed.

  1. El Faro

If an original off-plan beachfront development is more to your taste, take a look at these astonishing apartments – fitted with everything you’ll require for seaside living. Sun terraces, an infinity pool, barbecue area and gymnasium beckon the adults, while the kids swimming area is perfect for entertaining little ones who enjoy a splash about in the sunshine. City-lovers will be completely at home here, as these perfect portions of paradise are located 20 minutes away from Marbella and just 5 minutes out of Fuengirola!

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Málaga Airport T2 Refurbishment

Malaga Airport

Business is booming at Málaga airport and in response to the increased waves of passengers using the gateway to the Costa del Sol, Terminal 2 is being refurbished at a cost of €8.4m. Visitors may notice that Terminal 2 and Terminal 3, which are adjacent, are quite different in appearance, largely due to the fact that T2 was built 26 years ago, whilst T3 was only completed in 2010.

The makeover will include repainting of the entire building, changing of the flooring and ceilings, the installation of new bathroom facilities and updating of heating and air conditioning, as well as modernising of all fire detection equipment. According to information released by AENA, which manages the airport, the heating and cooling systems located between T1 and T2 are almost at the end of their ten-year life cycle anyway, and because the system is outdated replacement parts are increasingly hard to come by, hence the need for a completely new system.

Importantly, the bathroom facilities are also being updated considerably. The contract for all this work has been put out to tender and firms have until 15th September to submit their bids. It is estimated that the work will take 20 months, with a completion date in either the latter part of 2019 or early 2020.

AENA has announced that the project will be carried out in stages and that as much of it as possible will be done at night to minimise disruption to travellers and staff. As management said, it is impossible to close the terminal while the refurbishment takes place due to the number of passengers using the airport – two million passengers passed through in July and it is expected that 2017 will be another record-breaking year for Málaga airport.

Other changes include improvements to the car rental and staff parking areas at a cost of four million euros, which should be ready in 2019.

Málaga airport has come a long way since the 1990s, let alone its early days in the 1960s. The need for this refurbishment is proof of the continued, and increasing, popularity of the Costa del Sol, which is mirrored by a buoyant property market. Improving this travel gateway to southern Spain is a worthwhile investment and will contribute to the entire region growing an even healthier economy.

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