The town is a compact collection of straight narrow streets where traditional architecture sits side-by-side some of the more modern edifices. The top of the town is where the large main central plaza is overlooked proudly by the local church. Wander down the surrounding streets, packed with a mixture of intriguing small shops, cafes and tapas bars and then cross over the main road and head down Avenida del Marques del Duero towards the newly renovated wide beachfront promenade.
This is where you will find the keep-fit fanatics, either jogging or on bikes, rollerblades and skateboards. Join the meandering people watchers and those out for an evening stroll or have a go on one of the exercise machines before taking a dip in the azure blue Mediterranean waters before sauntering up to a chiringuito, beach bar, or one of the smarter beach clubs for a bite to eat and a siesta.
Although several new apartment developments have popped up around the broad, palm lined avenues, these tend to be holiday homes populated only during the summer months and they have little impact on the town itself. The weekly street market is held on Thursday mornings near the central plaza from 9.00 am – 2.00 pm and the annual Feria takes place from 14th – 19th October
Just a few minutes away from the natural beauty of the Sierra de Ronda mountains, the town conveys a more tranquil experience that attracts people looking to buy a property close to the buzz of Marbella but away from the maddening crowds and featuring everything that encapsulates living on the Costa del Sol. It does, in fact, offer the best of both worlds whether you are looking for that traditional Spanish experience or the facilities of a holiday resort.