Marbella is one of the most desirable places in Europe to buy a villa or apartment. However, this impressive achievement is not simply a matter of luck, but rather the town’s success has been won through a combination of private and public initiatives to cultivate the town into a world-class resort.

This has been achieved through private sector developers bringing high-quality villas and apartments to the area, while local authorities have ensured that public facilities and amenities are kept up to the highest standards.

Marbella Town Hall has invested millions ensuring that efforts are still being taken to continue with improvements. One of the areas of town focus is the remodelling and maintaining of Marbella’s Casco Antiguo, otherwise known as the Old Town. Centred around the famous Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Square), this beautiful area of winding and cobbled streets dates back to the 16th century. It is seen as hugely important to the town’s tourism industry, which means that keeping it in top condition is a high priority. The area evokes a huge amount of charm, with many restaurants situated around the square, offering locals and visitors alike the opportunity to sit and have a drink or a meal under the stunning setting of the orange trees as they enjoy the hustle and bustle of the square.

Currently the works underway include improvement and remodelling in the streets to the north of Plaza de los Naranjos. This area, according to the new Mayor José Bernal, has been overlooked by previous administrations and deserves to be seen as part of the Old Town. Centring on Calles Lobatas, Aduar and Rafina, the works, which cost €1.8 million, aim to boost the tourism potential of the area through increasing the attractiveness of these streets, said the mayor, as well as bringing a wider awareness of the area.

It is a visible sign of the efforts the local authorities are making to maintain Marbella’s position as a high quality destination that attracts international investors. Other works being carried out at the moment include the remodelling of Antonio Banderas square in Puerto Banús, plus improvements to pavements and streets in Nueva Andalucía. The town hall has also recently taken over responsibility for the upkeep of streets and public gardens in some of the urbanisations of Marbella to ensure their maintenance to a high standard.