Ángeles Muñoz Back As Mayor Of Marbella

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Two years after being replaced by a coalition of parties led by the socialists (PSOE), Ángeles Muñoz returned to power as mayor of Marbella at the beginning of September, following a vote of no confidence in the incumbent administration.

The mayoress, who represents the centre-right PP party in Marbella, received the largest number of votes in the 2015 municipal elections but did not achieve an absolute majority. As she was not able to find partners to make up the difference, the initiative was then taken by a number of left-wing parties to form a broad coalition alliance, which eventually took power as the new Marbella town hall administration under Mayor José Bernal in 2015.

The previous town hall under Mayor Muñoz had received recognition for its positive role during the difficult years following the international financial crisis, proving to be highly pragmatic in its drive to revive the local economy, which depends so strongly on tourism and the luxury property sector. The new 2010 PGOU planning directive that was enacted to replace the outdated 1986 plan, was however rejected late in 2015, leaving Marbella to revert to the ‘86 PGOU while a new one was to be drawn up.

Planning problems

The coalition town hall that succeeded Ángeles Muñoz also entered with a great desire to make positive contributions, and it has indeed built upon those initiated by Muñoz with its own improvement plans. These included a greater shift towards social programmes and comprehensive infrastructural works in Marbella town and San Pedro Alcántara, which were begun in spring and are expected to be completed later in the year.

The increasing pressure on the coalition administration, however, came from the slow-down in planning approvals, which put many a Marbella project on hold and delayed others. The town hall was accused of not being business-friendly and damaging the Marbella economy, and when comparisons were made with Benahavis and Estepona – where the process for obtaining planning permission is far quicker – the new mayor and his team remained aloof and unwilling to engage.

By the summer the situation had become untenable and a motion of no-confidence was tabled and passed, resulting in the unusual but constitutional replacement of the coalition town hall halfway through its normal tenure. As a result, former mayor Ángeles Muñoz is back in her old post and she has already vowed to do everything within her power to streamline procedures and reduce the time it takes to receive clarity on development plans put forward to the municipal planning department.

“We stay away from party politics, but naturally are pleased if a new mayor commits herself to speeding up the administrative processes upon which a good deal of the local economy depends,” says Altavista’s founder and managing director, Michael Liggan, who represents the view of many in Marbella’s property sector.

 

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New Residential Developments in Mijas

mijas-colours-01La Cala de Mijas is a large and diverse community. It is located between Marbella to its west and Málaga city to its east, offering easy access to the international airport and to Málaga’s central train station, where you can catch the high-speed trains to Madrid, Barcelona and beyond.

Mijas also has some of the most enviable stretches of beaches on the Costa del Sol, complete with beach clubs and chiringuito beach bars, as well as an excellent selection of restaurants such as The Little Geranium, Da Bruno and Olivia’s La Cala. Moreover there are at least seven golf courses in the vicinity, including El Chaparral, Mijas Golf and Santana. It is also well located for shopping at the Miramar Shopping Centre and in the nearby town of Fuengirola. In addition, Mijas Pueblo, a traditional whitewashed Spanish village, has a fantastic array of craft and artisanal product shops, as well as a number of art galleries.

Altavista is proud to present four fantastic new residential developments in this up-and-coming area, which offers a great lifestyle to people of all ages.

La Valvega de la Cala

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La Valvega de La Cala is an exclusive modern project in La Cala de Mijas.  It is within walking distance of the beach, the village and all amenities. Many of the homes have beautiful sea views and surrounding mountains. The properties are spacious and bright with open plan living spaces and offer a variety of layouts to suit your needs, with two, three or four bedrooms. This gated community offers cutting edge design and superior quality plus contemporary style, luxury and practicality in a superior location.

La Finca de La Cala

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These 33 detached villas offer refined architectural styling and the very latest comforts and amenities. They are set on large plots ranging from 1,200m2 to 1,600m2 and are available in a choice of designs with three, four, five or six bedrooms. Only the finest materials and most advanced equipment have been used to create stylish interior spaces with an open-plan layout and large windows that maximise interior light and the views.

El Romeral de Calahonda

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El Romeral is an exciting new development of 48 contemporary townhouses and it is the first new build project of this type and scale to be created in Calahonda for many years. The properties are within easy walking distances of all amenities and beaches, just 25 minutes from Málaga Airport. There is a large community pool set within landscaped tropical gardens plus a sun deck and gymnasium on-site. There will also be a concierge service, CCTV and on-site security. These luxury homes are constructed on four levels and include a large open plan living area, fully fitted kitchens with appliances by Bosch and seamless access to an outside terrace and a private garden area. A feature floating staircase leads up to the master ensuite and two further bedrooms plus access to a stunning solarium with pergola. There is also a basement level leading to private two-space underground parking.

Off-plan frontline golf in La Cala de Mijas

An excellent opportunity to buy off-plan at this residential complex situated in La Cala de Mijas. It is close to the beach and has views towards the La Noria golf course. The development boasts excellent communal areas and all amenities, shops, bars and restaurants are within walking distance. The two, three and four bedroom homes, including panoramic penthouses, are in a gated community with spacious gardens and communal pools, plus children’s swimming pools with wooden sunshades, a children’s play area, padel tennis courts and a gym area.

 

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A Summer’s Day In Spain

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Located at just a short drive from Marbella, Málaga makes for the perfect summer’s day trip for all the family. The vibrant city boasts a fantastic offering of history, culture, scenery and entertainment options and unlike other cities, it has just as much life about it in the summer months as it does in the winter.

One way to explore Málaga is on the open-air tour bus, which allows you to hop-on and hop-off as you please so that you can discover all that the capital of the Costa del Sol has to offer ─ perfect for those who are keen to see as much as possible within a short space of time.

In addition, Málaga also boasts a new perspective in the form of a city tour boat, something other major cities don’t! The trip will take you through Málaga bay, presenting a unique experience that allows you to discover a different view of the area while capturing some of the wildlife of the Mediterranean too.

Some of the top sights to look out for include the Contemporary Art museum, Málaga Football Club, the Russian Museum, the car museum and the beautiful botanical gardens. If you are looking to indulge in a bit of lunch along the way we highly recommend exploring the old quarter, where you can sample traditional Spanish delicacies while soaking up the energetic atmosphere of the medieval cobbled streets.

The city’s old town is a charming place, offering a taste of traditional Spanish life mixed with rich history and impressive architecture such as the Gibralfaro Castle and the Roman Theatre, while the imposing cathedral is in a league of its own! Set in the centre of the old quarter, it’s possible to lose a few hours by simply gazing up at the beautiful stonework of the landmarks.

Those keen to enjoy lunch or drinks with an impressive backdrop can take advantage of the tapas bars that are located next to the cathedral, setting the perfect scene for that all important photo opportunity.

The old town is also home to the renowned Calle Larios, the main shopping street where you will find everything from top high street names to luxury brands and boutique stores. During the summer months the shopping areas are shaded with large sheets of canvas and most restaurants, cafés and bars feature cooling spray to ensure that your summer afternoon is as pleasurable as possible.

The Modernistic side of the city is located at the chic port, where you can find an array of fashionable boutique stores, elegant gastro bars and tasteful restaurants featuring unbeatable views over the Mediterranean.

A particular highlight to note for those who are looking to stay until evening is the stunning views from the Gibralfaro Castle, which offer panoramic views of the sun setting over the city below you. Málaga is every bit as beautiful and vibrant in the evening as it is throughout the day. From breezy rooftop bars, romantic restaurants and enchanting walks to energetic bars and dazzling nightclubs, it promises a memorable visit for those of all ages.

If you are searching for a property in the Marbella area, take a look at our portfolio of property for sale in Marbella, or alternatively contact us with your specifications and we will be happy to help you locate your dream home.

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