Overview of El Paraiso
El Paraiso is one of the original golf course complex’s on the coast. Building started in the 1970’s around the Gary Player designed golf course which remains one of the coasts favourite courses.
The original part of El Paraiso is close to the main road and within walking distance of a fairly, large commercial area containing many bars, restaurants and supermarkets. In more recent years the area has expanded up into the hills and above the golf course. Here you will find more modern properties, but a car is needed to get to the commercial area and beach.
Places to visit
Marbella town is 17km’s, Puerto Banus 15km’s, Fuengirola 45km’s and Malaga City 74km’s. Further afield, but less than two hours drive away you have some wonderful Spanish villages and cities such as Ronda, Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada.
El Paraiso has long stretches of beach with a slightly greyish sand which is more typical of the beaches in the Estepona municipality. There are beach restaurants (Chiringuitos) every few hundred metres and because there is such a long stretch of beach it’s not hard to find quiet areas.
The El Paraiso golf course designed by The South African, Gary Player and built in 1973 remains a firm favourite for golfers on the Costa del Sol. Measuring over 6000 metres off the back tee’s the course runs through the El Paraiso valley just beneath the picturesque Sierra Bermeja mountains. It’s a very scenic course with streams and water running through it. It’s also considered to be one of the friendliest courses on the coast with an active membership programme. There are members days and society events every day of the week.
Other courses within a 15 minute drive include Estepona and Valle Romano and slightly further down the coast are the premium courses such as Valderrama, Sotogrande and La Reserva.
The Bel Air tennis club is a 5 minute drive and is one of the best tennis clubs on the coast.
There are many horse riding centres on the way to Estepona which cater for beginners to experts and where you can ride through the beautiful, Andalusian countryside and up into the Sierra Bermeja mountains.
On the Northern side of the main road in old El Paraiso you have the Commercial areas of Benavista and Bel Air where there a numerous restaurants, bars and supermarkets. The restaurants are varied and include typical Spanish, Indian, Chinese and British food. There is an excellent butcher selling meat imported from Britain and Ireland.
On the beach side of the road there are many more bars and restaurants and then on the beach the usual array of beach restaurants (Chiringuitos). Benamara is the name given to most of this area.
65 km’s from Malaga airport or the same distance in the other direction to Gibraltar and it’s airport.
Hospitals and medical services
The main Costa del Sol hospital is a 24km’s away or the nearer, new private hospital – Hospiten is a 5 minute drive. For more general medical facilities such as doctors and dentists, there is a selection available in Estepona, 19km’s away.
For schools you need to go into the main, nearby towns of Estepona or San Pedro where there is a wide choice of Spanish and International schools. The Sotogrande International school is a 20 minute drive or for another large choice, Marbella is a 15-20 minute drive in the other direction.
Property for Sale in El Paraiso
There are still some small, older apartments available in El Paraiso for under €100,000.
A decent size 2 bed will cost €150,000 upwards and for a good modernised 2 bed apartment close to the amenities, or a townhouse expect to pay €250,000 upwards.
Villas start at €375,000 and for a villa situated front line to the golf course expect to pay €750,000 upwards.