Ah, Guadalmina! A place that elegantly straddles the line between tranquillity and vibrancy, like a skilled tightrope walker. Imagine a cornucopia of bars and restaurants waiting to tickle your taste buds, a supermarket that stands ready to fulfil your shopping needs, and banks that are as eager to serve as a puppy awaiting its master. Did we forget to mention the golf courses? They're so numerous that even Tiger Woods would have trouble deciding which to conquer next.
Yet, despite its impressive bounty, Guadalmina remains as peaceful as a monastery in the mountains. Over the years, it has become the go-to sanctuary for those seeking to embrace the calm without entirely losing sight of life's hustle and bustle. Just a hop, skip, and a five-minute drive away lies the ever-buzzing Puerto Banús, a bustling haven that makes New York City seem like a sleepy hamlet in comparison.
Guadalmina, like a well-made paella, is a delectable combination of diverse elements. It's divided into two flavoursome parts - Alta and Baja, translating to high and low respectively. Guadalmina Alta, sitting close to the Barceló hotel, is a mere 40-minute jaunt from Málaga Airport. It boasts proximity to some of the best golf courses in Southern Europe – a paradise for those who fancy a game of golf while savouring stunning views.
Guadalmina Baja, on the other hand, is the beachy half of Guadalmina, hugging the sun-kissed shoreline. Born in the swinging 60s, development in Baja carried on well into the 2000s like a flamenco dancer who couldn’t resist another encore. Its local beach, Playa Guadalmina, often flaunts the coveted blue flag, a badge of honour for cleanliness. Stretching approximately 1km, it's the ideal family-friendly beach. Here, you're more likely to bump into locals enjoying the pristine sands than hordes of camera-toting tourists.
So, whether you're a tranquillity seeker, a nightlife lover, a food enthusiast, or a golf aficionado, Guadalmina offers a delightful mix of peace and pizzazz, just minutes away from the lively vibes of Puerto Banús. It's a destination where you can create your own idyllic balance of rest and revelry.