El Rosario is predominantly a residential area with many beautiful private villas, town houses and apartments. Located midway between Marbella and Calahonda, more precisely between the Santa Clara and Las Chapas areas of the Marbella municipality, this urbanisation is fully equipped with its own international school, tennis club, restaurants and beauty salon.
Immediately in front of the hillside community is Elviria, a seaside residential paradise. Elviria is a thriving place, complete with Town Hall, church, post office, schools, including the highly regarded EIC (English International College), etc. This location is ideal for many because it’s only a 30 minutes drive from Malaga International airport and only 5 kilometers from Marbella.
El Rosario is located only 5 minutes from Elviria’s fine sandy beaches, which include some of the best on the coast. Stretching for miles in both directions from the centre of town, the promenade is full of cafés, bars, restaurants and beach clubs. If speed and the ocean sound like an epic combination, then be sure to visit El Rosario’s beaches and rent a jet ski from one of the water sport stands. Many families feel more comfortable visiting large hotels that offer water sports equipment and professional monitors. One major hotel, located in Elviria, with water activities is the Don Carlos Hotel. Fishing trips and dolphin viewing excursions are also available. Most boat activities depart from the port of Cabopino, which is the nearest port.
For party goers, along the beach there are the hip and chic bars playing modern music and serving delicious cocktails until late. This area is not known for rowdy evenings. However, there are plenty of Spanish bars, Irish bars, wine bars, tapas bars and traditional Spanish restaurants. Popular among foreigners is Fluid Bar, an Irish style lounge located at Pino Golf, Elviria. Another popular Irish lounge is Harmon’s Bar, located behind Elviria’s square which has become a popular venue for watching sports on their large plasma screens with additional seating outside. If you head up the Mountain to El Rosario, there are bars and restaurants with a much calmer ambience.