What to do in Marbella

April 24, 2014 in Altavista property, Costa del Sol news, Marbella, Marbella Real Estate, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan


The mild temperatures, the sunny blue skies and the unique location of Marbella make the ideal base for exploring different areas other than ‘tourist hot spots’. Don’t forget to pack you camera!

Narrow cobbled streets, coffee-shops around picturesque squares, refreshing fountains, shops and markets and wonderful monuments like the different churches and chapels in old town. You cannot miss Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, El Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz or the Calvario chapel.

At Plaza de los Naranjos, along with the orange blossom scent, you can visit the Town Hall, the Casa del Corregidor and the Ermita de Santiago -Saint James Chapel.

North of Avenida del Mar you’ll find the Parque de la Alameda, a very popular meeting point around its circular fountain of El Rocío.

Some quick tips and places

Los Lagos

Views: Enjoy wonderful views from Mirador de los Flamingos






Las Mimosas de Puerto BanúsA spa: Not so much amenity as essential service, Las Mimosas





La Resina - selwoAn Andalusian safari: In Selwo as a safari without going far away… La Resina


Enjoy Estepona’s Streets 2014

April 3, 2014 in Alta Vista Property Spain, Alta Vista Spain, Costa del Sol news, Estepona Real Estate, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan

Estepona hosts the event “Live your Estepona Streets,” which will bring together the most colourful and vibrant activities in the historical district. From Friday 4th to Sunday 6th April come down to Estepona and ‘Live your streets’.



The program includes events such as National Mountain Racing Championship, Tattoo Convention, a ‘Tapas Route’ in old town as well as parades, competitions and tournaments, flamenco and rock concerts or dance and performance shows.

Check the whole program here:  http://estepona.es/actualidad/web/amp_noticia.asp?s=1&id=10544


Sierra Bermeja

March 25, 2014 in Costa del Sol news, Estepona Real Estate, Spain Real Estate, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan

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Sierra Bermeja is the mountain range that forms the west flank of the Serranía de Ronda in Spain, overlooking the Costa del Sol from Marbella to Estepona.

It is the largest solid rocks rich in iron and platinum in the world, without comparison in the world in terms of its geological composition. The color of the rocks is named the Sierra. Its highest peak is called Los Reales and is 1,449 meters above sea level.

Sierra Bermeja is a haven for nature with a Natural Park to enjoy a day out with the family or to feel at one with the country. The list of activities and to-dos is endless.

The Pinsapar of Los Reales, with an area of ​​approximately 1,236 hectares, is protected since 1989 by the Junta de Andalucía as a Natural Park. 85% of existing plant communities in Sierra Bermeja, Estepona are protected by European directive.

Wildlife brings immense biodiversity that is augmented by seasonal birds are steps in the peaks of Sierra Bermeja unbeatable observatories, over 220 species can be seen, especially in times of migration between Europe and Africa. Highlights of raptors such as the golden eagle , peregrine falcon , the eagle owl , Bonelli’s eagle and the eagle . In addition, other species include eel, common chameleon , otter, mongoose, deer and mountain goat.

Sierra Bermeja provides a backdrop to the properties around Estepona and the New Golden Mile. Besides that, the area enjoys unbeatable weather -over 300 days of sunshine a year- and a beautiful coastline as well as many wonderful places and residential areas.


Tapas, Spanish-style

March 21, 2014 in Costa del Sol news, Marbella, Spain News, Spain Real Estate, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan

Tapas has become a bit of a buzzword in the last few years. These small, delicious mouthfuls of something savoury are served with a chilled white, a ‘tinto’ or a beer in every bar throughout Spain.

Everything about tapas, from the preparation to eating and enjoying it, is a uniquely Spanish experience. Tapas are made from a wonderful variety of meat, seafood, fish, vegetables, cheese or even fruit.

Eating tapas is part of the Spanish way of life, as it is the hospitality, friendship and the like for good conversation.

Are you ready to try? Let’s start with a classic:

Tortilla Española:

Ingredients (Serves 8)

450 ml Spanish olive oil

450 gr potatoes, cubed

2 onions, chopped

2 large eggs

Salt & pepper, fresh parsley to garnish


1 Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-based frying pan. Add the potato cubes and onions, then lower the heat and cook, stirring frequently so that the potatoes do not clump together, for 20 minutes or until tender but not browned. Place a sieve over a large bowl and drain the potatoes and onions well. Set aside the oil.

2 Beat the eggs lightly in a large bowl and season well with salt and pepper. Gently stir in the potatoes and onions.

3 Heat 2 tablespoons of the reserved olive oil. When hot, add the eggs and potatoes, lower the heat and cook for 3-5 minutes or until the underside is just set.

4 Cover the tortilla with a plate and invert the tortilla onto the plate. Slide the tortilla back into the frying pan and cook for 3-5 minutes or until set underneath.

5 Serve warm or cold, garnished with parsley.

The table is set!

Las Mimosas de Puerto Banús

Las Mimosas de Puerto Banús

Another reason to get your ‘Residencia’!

March 18, 2014 in Alta Vista Property Spain, Costa del Sol news, Destination Spain, Estepona Real Estate by Michael Liggan


Estepona Town Hall has got an agreement with Selwo Aventura Nature Park for distribution of entrance tickets amongst local residents registered on Estepona. If you wonder what are the steps to getting your ‘residencia’ in Spain, please, check this post.

Selwo Aventura is a wildlife park covering over 50,000 m2 in area, it is made up of five main sections: Gateway to Nature, Bird Canyon, Central Village, Lakes Reserve and The Valleys.

Just a few minutes drive away from one of the Costa del Sol’s favourite attractions you will find the luxury New Golden Mile Golf Apartments surrounding La Resina Golf.

Find out more about La Resina Golf apartments here and contact Altavista Property Spain for information on our 100%+ financing.

La Resina - selwo

Michael Liggan – Special plan for cleaning beaches

June 19, 2012 in AltaVista Property Marbella, click here, Marbella Real Estate, Michael Liggan, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan

Last Friday, andaluz.tv invited the Mayoress to a bathing in the sea day & from now on andaluz.tv is going to control the 27kms of beaches of Marbella.

Michael Liggan Marbella News Blog

Michael Liggan Clean BeachesThe councillor in charge of cleaning the beaches in Marbella, Eloy Ortega, has stated that this Summer there will be a “special plan” for keeping the beaches at a high level of cleanliness. With a total of 66 workers & 28 machines the city wants to clear the rubbish away and offer much cleaner beaches.

We hear statements like this every year & the results have been the same, however we have not heard of a “special plan” to be put in place before. So perhaps the residents and tourists will be in luck this year, and the beaches will be of an international level of cleanness to justify the name of Marbella.

Michael Liggan chief property for Altavista Property Spain was very glad to read this. Marbella has some of the best beaches on the Costa del Sol.

Image source: andaluz.tv

Source: The above was sourced from andaluz.tv to comment on or read the original article

Michael Liggan of Altavista Property

AltaVista Property puts the emphasis on clients’ requirements. We focus our efforts on matching client requirements and sourcing suitable properties, but given our longstanding experience in real estate and knowledge of this market in particular, we are also able to identify those properties that offer great value.

Michael Liggan is a driving force and our chief property bargain hunter.

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Altavista Property has a number of properties in and around the Marbella area and prices are now more affordable and in some cases we can offer 100per cent mortgages – Michael Liggan

www.altavistaspain.com | 4 bed villa Marbella R133525

May 13, 2011 in Marbella Real Estate, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan

Altavista Property Spain | View Property Listing

Top Quality property with contemporary design a few minutes to Marbella town, on the Golden Mile.

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Altavista Property Spain | Detached Villa Marbella R189797

April 21, 2011 in Marbella Real Estate, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan

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Impressive fully refurbished Cortijo style villa situated very close to San Pedro and within a five minute car journey of Puerto Banús.

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www.altavistaspain.com | 5 bed Detached Villa Marbella R134975

April 14, 2011 in Marbella Real Estate, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan

Alta Vista Property Spain ref: R134975 | View Property Listing

Luxury villa in the prestigious residential area of Sierra Blanca. Only a few minutes away from Marbella Center and the famous marina of Puerto Banús. The south orientated villa is on a flat plot with views to the sea and to the La Concha mountain. Beautiful landscaped garden with heated swimming pool and garden house. The villa compromises on 2 levels living/dining area with open fire place, fully fitted kitchen, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3 of them en-suite, sauna, etc.

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Michael Liggan brings you the latest news and property listings for Marbella, Puerto Banus and surrounding areas.  For further information, please visit Alta Vista Spain’s website at www.altavistaspain.com or call one of our sales team on +34 952 799 360.

Michael Liggan | 4 bed Detached Villa Marbella R36747

March 7, 2011 in Marbella Real Estate by Michael Liggan

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Unique villa walking distance from the beach. This four bedroom, three bathroom property is very spacious and modern. From the roof terrace you can enjoy lovely sea views. The garden and pool also offer a tropical atmosphere. There is also a very bright studio.

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