Marbella is an area known for a large number of exceptional villas. But if there is a place that stands out for having the most impressive luxury houses in Spain, that place is La Zagaleta, the most exclusive urbanization in Europe.
This page offers a general overview of the most luxurious urbanisation of the Costa del Sol: La Zagaleta. In addition to information regarding the geographical location and its background, we will also discuss real estate. Incidentally, available homes in La Zagaleta are often not offered publicly. Many residents attach privacy and opt for a discreet manner of (‘silent’) sales. In case of serious interest, we can further inform you of available properties on request. We have access to many properties in La Zagaleta, more than presented on this page.
In terms of luxury real estate in the Costa del Sol, La Zagaleta is as mentioned unrivalled. This very exclusive development, located in the direction of Ronda at about 13km from Marbella, includes houses worth millions of euros that are inhabited by the richest and most famous people in the world. La Zagaleta lies at the foot of its own mountain range and has 900 hectares (entirely private grounds) with untouched Mediterranean forests where you will find pine trees, cork oaks, myrtle, and prickly broom.
All the viewpoints on the estate give a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar and the Rif Mountains in Morocco to the south, as well as the dramatic backdrop of the Sierra de las Nieves mountains in the north. Despite its authentic countryside setting, La Zagaleta is just a short drive away from the glamour of Marbella and Puerto Banús.
This natural paradise was originally appropriated by the infamous arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, who used it for a while as his own private hunting ground. In the late 1980s, he lost the estate in bankruptcy proceedings and La Zagaleta became the new home of the world’s richest millionaires, attracted by the great privacy that the estate offers. There are security measures in abundance: the entrance and exit can only be passed through the two guarded gates, and surveillance teams keep an eye on everything 24 hours a day.
The on-site facilities are fantastic and can be used exclusively by residents and their guests. There are two golf courses (both with 18 holes), a clubhouse (the former hunting lodge of Khashoggi), a riding school with 23 stables and a heliport.
Originally the planning was to build thousands of villas, however, the area currently has considerably fewer villas. There are currently almost 250 occupied plots, while there are another 170 available spots. Thanks to this construction of fewer villas, every place enjoys maximum privacy surrounded by untouched nature.
Luxury, that’s what all real estate (or rather: mansions or palaces) of La Zagaleta have in common. In line with the aesthetics of the estate, the villas of La Zagaleta are designed in style and built on very spacious plots. The available space is gigantic – the plots are at least 4,000 square meters, and the living area of the houses is generally at least 600m2. The manicured gardens often contain large swimming pools, many of which also have luxury indoor swimming pools.
When it comes to the architecture, La Zagaleta is about luxurious, exquisite homes in unrivalled surroundings. Of course, this means the very best balance of form, function, texture, and space regardless of the architectural style chosen. As for the interior design, it is the natural conclusion of a design process that starts with architectural plans and puts the finishing touches to a property that is not only stylish but also unmistakably your home. A beautiful home deserves to have its own landscaped grounds. The large private plots at Zagaleta offer the space and freedom to create your own personal oasis.
Technology is also an integral part of a modern home, much more of a luxurious modern villa, there is a full range of technical services provided by industry-leading experts. Security, privacy and exclusivity in the true sense of the word are the symbols of Europe’s most exclusive luxurious Resort, where homes are surrounded by a natural domain of valleys and mountain streams. The views are of the Mediterranean Sea and two verdant Golf Courses, with the amenities of the elegant Clubhouses and the Equestrian Centre on your doorstep, and those of Marbella just ten minutes away. This is the singular quality of life offered only by Zagaleta.