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Elviria is located about 7 kilometers from the center of Marbella on one of the best stretches of beach on the Costa del Sol. It is a lively low density residential areas with many amenities. As the center of Marbella east it has all shopping facilities and many restaurants and bars. The area is covered with vegetation; native pine trees and cork oaks are found all over and parks and green zones divide residential areas.
Elviria is a villa area with some low rise luxury apartment complexes between the villas. Some of the best apartment complexes in Elviria are: Hacienda Elviria, Elviria Hills, Hacienda Playa, El Manantial de Santa Maria, White Pearl Beach and Cerrado de Elviria. Villas are priced from about 500.000 euros for a three bedroom villa on a medium plot to over 2 million for the biggest villas. A two bedroom apartmentr in one of the better complexes can be bought for around a minimum of 250.000 euros. The best penthouses in the area can cost well over a million even in the current economical climate.
The area offers several supermarkets around its main commercial center; a Supersol supermarket and an Opencor are the biggest ones. The Mercadona in Ricmar, a small part of Elviria, is just a 5 minute drive away. Some smaller tourist shops can be found around Elviria´s main square and on the beach side.
The main commercial center of Elviria hosts several restaurants like Japanese restaurant Meca where they serve delicious sushi and teppanyaki dishes. Other popular places are the indian restaurant Taj Mahal, the excellent italian restaurant Rosamarino de la Piazza on the intimate secondary square of Elviria, the fondue lounge, Di Vino and some more choices around the main commercial zone of Elviria.
The best Indian restaurant in Elviria is Saffron, located next to the Nacional 340, their dishes are excellent. Elviria also has a couple of simple pizzerias, snackbars and fast food places.
On the beach the most famous restaurant is the Beach House with its wonderful setting and exquisite menu. It also has a beach chiringuito where they serve cocktails during summer season. Nikki beach is by far the hottest spot to be in elviria from May till October as the amazing Sunday parties and any other day are a guarantee for some fine dining and partying.
On the Greenlife golf course the Michelin star restaurant el Lago is for the lovers of haute cuisine. Lunches and diners are served indoors or outdoors next to the lake of the golf course. For having a good evening out the best place to start is Roka bar on the square behind Supersol, a trendy bar with a terrace in summer. Next to Rokabar the Irish pub Harmons has just extended and has a intimate atmosphere to it, they have karaoke on friday evenings.
On the main square pub Casi Casi and Deja Vu are companied by tapasbar el Barracon de las tapas, a decent priced tapas bar with good quality food and the german/spanish bar and bakery la Pasarella.
Rancho Cubano on the beach is a good sunday afternoon hang out, they have live salsa bands playing then. This place attracts the local Carribean population as well as a mixed foreign crowd to dance into the night. To escape the coast Kudu bar in la Mairena is a good place to enjoy beautiful views in a natural setting.
Elviria has two golf courses, the 18 holes Santa Maria golf course and the 9 holes Greenlife golf course. Other sports venues in Elviria are the Don Carlos tennis club with over ten clay courts and a beautiful setting in the hotel´s gardens and the Hoffman tennis academy in la Mairena. The las Chapas football club has a large 11 a side football pitch and a 7 a side pitch which can be booked through the town hall.
For adventure lovers i can recommend going on a buggy safari with the buggy safari company found on the beach side commercial center in Elviria, they take you up in the mountains of la Mairena and the area of Entrerios on a adventurous and dusty ride. Hiking lovers can drive 8 kilometers up the mountain behind Elviria to explore the natural protected area of la Mairena covered with cork oaks and small rivers.
Elviria hosts two five star hotels and a four star hotel. The Don Carlos 5 star hotel is the most publicly known. It is located on the beach and has amazing gardens bordering the sea. Next to the Don Carlos is the Nikki Beach club. The other 5 star hotel is the Estrella del Mar hotel from the Vincci hotel chain. This hotel is also located next to the beach, although not first line like the Don Carlos hotel. But it does have a completely new built beach club right on the beach with a spa, gym, outdoor pool, chill out area, restaurant and bar. The Alanda club is a hotel resort who offer apartments for rent as well.
Elviria has several schools, two international private colleges, two Spanish private colleges and one public college. The Deutsche Schule Hoffman (German College Hoffman) is one of the most famous schools in Elviria and offers education for students of most ages. It is located in La Mairena behind Elviria. The English International College in Ricmar is the other international private school. Collegio Alborán and Ecos are two private Spanish colleges and in las Cumbres there is a public college called Platero college. More education facilities in Marbella are: Aloha College, Marbella University and the Marbella design Academy.
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