Guide to living in El Paraiso, Estepona
Located on the New Golden Mile between San Pedro Alcántara and Estepona, El Paraiso encompasses three main urbanisations – El Paraiso Alto, El Paraiso Medio and Paraiso Barronal. Conceived as an exclusive development of villas, townhouses and apartments, development of El Paraiso began in the 1970s under strict density regulations that are still adhered to today. The result is a highly desirable and attractive expanse of well built, quality residential and holiday accommodation serviced by a good selection of amenities.
Golf in El Paraiso
Central to everything is El Paraiso Golf Club. Its championship course, designed by Gary Player, was one of the first to open on the Costa del Sol in 1973. The club’s innovative approach to encourage visitors and seasonal players has ensured that golf in El Paraiso has remained successful whatever the economic climate. From its traditionally styled clubhouse you can enjoy a snack or superb three-course meal while watching players tackle the 18th green. Known locally as the friendly club, El Paraiso Golf Club members enjoy a wide range of competitions, events, dinners, away trips and social occasions—even some amateur dramatics!
Bowling in El Paraiso is also very popular. The Benavista Bowls Club has a professional six-rink carpet green and a busy tournament calendar. The adjacent Benavista Commercial Centre is home to many different types of restaurants, newsagents, hairdressers, offices and supermarkets making El Paraiso a popular destination for shopping and lunch as well as sport and recreation.
You will also find tennis, paddle tennis, gyms and yoga in the area, while the beach, with its charming fish restaurants, chiringuito bars and laid-back beach clubs, is only a few hundred metres away. The coastline here is peaceful and scenic, with sandy beaches following the sweep of the shoreline and offering views along the Mediterranean Sea to Gibraltar.
Properties in El Paraiso
Villas in El Paraiso are the most common property type in the area. Plot sizes are generally in excess of 1,000m2 while the villas themselves stretch from small bungalows to ten bedroom mansions, surrounded by landscaped gardens, inviting swimming pools and mature trees. Villas in El Paraiso Medio and Paraiso Barronal are nearly all within walking distance to shops, restaurants and the beach, so it’s not unusual to see people wandering down to the commercial area at dusk ready to enjoy the evening ahead.
Nearest to the restaurants there are a few small complexes of apartments in El Paraiso with one, two and three bedroom properties catering to both the residential and tourist markets. These El Paraiso apartment complexes are mostly designed to replicate white Spanish pueblos and, in the summer, overflow with fragrant bougainvillaea, dama de noche and birds of paradise flowers.
Interspersed between the villas are complexes of townhouses in El Paraiso. Particularly popular are those in the gated developments of Paraiso Hills, Paraiso Park and Mirador del Paraiso, which also includes luxury villas and apartments within its secure gates. Featuring attractive design and luxury features, these stylish family homes are set within verdant gardens with sunny terraces and swimming pools. The scenery in this area is of golf and country, with mountain and sea views reflecting the fact that El Paraiso is indeed a little paradise set between sea and mountains, and close to both. On its northern edge it borders open countryside offering a wide range of hiking, dog walking, biking and horse riding trails.
El Paraiso is popular all year round with many owners resident throughout the year. As such, there are properties to suit every budget and size requirement. For more information on the prestigious area of El Paraiso, contact AMREIN FISCHER or visit our website.