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Be prepared for your holiday with a European Health Insurance Card

No one expects to get ill or have an accident on holiday but unfortunately sometimes it happens. When it does, often people are unprepared for the cost of medical treatment abroad so It is important to be prepared for your holiday and any problems which may occur.

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) replaced the old E111 in 2006. The EHIC is free to UK residents and entitles you to reduced healthcare and sometimes even free medical treatment whilst you are on holiday. However, it is not an alternative to travel insurance; it does not cover lost or stolen property or the cost to be flown back to the UK in the case of an emergency. Therefore, it is still very important to purchase travel insurance when travelling abroad to help cover any unforeseen medical costs.

Many insurers will insist that you have an EHIC and without one the excess can be very high. You can apply for the card for yourself, on behalf of a partner and your children via the official EHIC online application form. Here, you will need to give details of each person’s full name, date of birth and National Insurance number as part of the application process. The card will then be sent out to your home address within 10 working days, and is valid for 5 years.

Don’t panic if you forget to bring your card on holiday with you, as long as you apply online you are still able to receive medical benefits by quoting your online reference number. A certificate will then be sent direct to the medical institute where you are being treated. For more information, visit the website.

If you are planning a visit to the Costa del […]

Spain’s Beaches tops Blue Flag Programme

Every parent knows that the simple combination of a bucket and spade and a good beach can make for a great family holiday and it’s been revealed that Spain’s beaches have been ranked as some of the best by the Blue Flag Programme. The blue flag signifies that the beaches are environmentally sound, with good water quality, environmental management safety and standards and one in every six Blue Flag beaches are located in Spain.

Marbella has been celebrating, as it was revealed that they are the town in Andalucia with the most Blue Flag beaches – an amazing 9 in total. Two more beaches were awarded Blue Flags this year which recognises the investment that has been made to improve the beaches over the last few years. It’s clear to regular visitors that the introduction of more toilets, showers and walkways have made a positive difference to a day at the beach and the recycling points are a nice touch.

Marbella was identified as the most highly valued beach destination in a recent survey of Spanish tourist destinations and it’s certainly true that no holiday on the Costa del Sol would be complete without at least a stroll down the beach, if not a paddle in the sea, or a sandcastle or two.

Fuengirola is another town that has a beach in Los Boliches which has been awarded the blue flag for several years now. It is one of the widest parts of the beach, and has wooden ramps that go all the way from the paseo maritimo to the sea, great for when the sand is scorching hot! For those who enjoy a slightly more active day at the beach, there are also volleyball nets on […]

Featured Property – Luxurious Five Bedroom Holiday Villa Near Coin

Still haven’t booked your break away this year? Imagine relaxing by this lovely private pool, sun on your face and kids are playing happily in the garden, and you have no idea of the time because you’re on holiday in a luxurious villa in Southern Spain! Many people are booking holiday villas over hotels now as it offers more private space and is the most cost effective way of traveling in style with the family or larger groups.

For somewhere extra special to go away with family or friends this year, there are some superb villas available in the Marbella area, such as this spacious five bedroom “Cortijo-style” villa. Set in its own beautifully landscaped grounds and surrounded by mountains, the views from this property are just breath-taking.

Located just 20 minutes from Marbella and Puerto Banus where you can explore the beaches, shops, and bars & restaurants, and enjoy live entertainment. Also just 40 minutes’ drive from the villa, are the beautiful lakes of Ardales and El Chorro where you can go fishing for the day and hire peddeloes or kayaks! There is also plenty to do in the local area to the villa including rock climbing, hiking, scuba diving, waterski and live performances and shows. You find loads more information about activities near this villa on websites like EscapetoMarbella.com.

If you don’t feel like being active or going out, you can always just relax at the villa and enjoy the BBQ area, large private pool and games room! The pool area is completely secure with lockable gates for child security.

The modern kitchen comes fully equipped with all essentials like cooker, microwave, coffee machine, food blender, juicer, ice maker and loads more. Families are well catered […]

Foreign Tourist Customer Service in Marbella

The Costa del Sol has become one of the world’s leading holiday destinations, not just for the superb weather and huge choice of activities, but also because tourists feel safe and welcome here. We all go on holiday to relax and have fun so this is a really important factor, especially when traveling with family.

To reinforce the position of Marbella as an international tourist destination, the Mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, and the Secretary of State for Security, Francisco Martínez, signed an agreement for the creation of a Foreign Tourist Customer Service (FTCS).

This means that foreign citizens can use the FTCS to help with a number of security or safety related matters including lost credit cards and documents. The personalised service is primarily in English and is open to foreign tourists and residents alike. This service operates from the existing Tourism offices in Plaza de los Naranjos.

Should an accident/incident occur whilst you are on holiday in Marbella, you can at least have peace of mind that there is someone to help in English and advise you of the procedures to follow. “The fact that a tourist feels safe is a competitive factor for a destination resort”, said Martínez.

This part of Spain is renowned for safety, with many of the urbanizations having 24/7 gated security, video phones and alarm systems so you can just relax and enjoy your holiday! All our holiday homes are safe and secure, just ask us if you would like to know more about a particular urbanization or visit our website to find the perfect holiday apartment or villa in Marbella.

Cabopino – Perfect for a special family holiday

No doubt, the most exciting part of booking your family holiday to Spain is choosing some where to stay! Browsing pictures of holiday homes with amazing views and inviting swimming pools, imagining all the fun to be had! Getting the accommodation right is a big part of the trip, especially when traveling with children as you will want to make sure everyone is happy and comfortable. It certainly helps to know as much as possible about the property and what’s on offer in the local area.

The Costa del Sol is one of the most popular family destinations in Spain as there are so many lovely areas to choose from. You could come every year and still have plenty more to see! Cabopino is a great place for families and one that is often overlooked. Described as the Costa del Sol’s best kept secret, Cabopino is the only part of the coast which has not been urbanised with local development being strictly controlled. Located just 10 minutes from Marbella this relatively small town boasts some of the best beaches on the coast and is brimming with things to do for the whole family.

The beaches in Cabopino are clean and maintained with fine sand, perfect for children to play in. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer and a number of Chiringuitos line the beach so you can stop for a refreshing drink and bite to eat. Take a stroll to the port and you will find a selection of bars and restaurants where you can relax with an exquisite view of the yachts bobbing away in the harbour.

For local family activities there is golf, water sports, go-karting, sailing, tennis and loads more. There are also […]

Spain in global demand for holiday rental homes

The Costa del Sol welcomes thousands of visitors from all over the world during Easter week to watch the impressive parades join in the traditional celebrations. The great news for home owners is that many of these tourists were looking for holiday homes in the area.

In fact, recent studies show that the global demand for holiday rental homes in Spain has increased by 29% compared to the same time last year, with Andalucía being the most popular choice, accounting for 30% of the growth figure. Many people are starting to choose this type of accommodation over hotels because it offers more privacy and space. The study shows that demand for holiday homes on the Costa del Sol is still on the rise so its great news for home owners looking to rent out their properties this summer.

We are partners with Europe’s largest holiday rental agency, Novasol who can help you with many aspects of using your property for holiday rentals. The best part, it’s free to register! Here are some of the benefits of renting out your Spanish home with Novasol;

Novasol has holiday homes in 21 countries and sells through more than 15,000 travel agents.
Novasol provides owners with access to huge tourist markets, such as Germany, Holland, Scandinavia, France and Italy, as well as worldwide via their websites.
All Novasol properties are available on the internet via 11 different websites in the native languages of their key markets, and can be booked and paid for online.
Your property will be promoted on all Novasol websites in each individual language completely FREE of charge!
Novasol publishes full colour catalogues in German, Danish, Dutch and French, with a print run of over 2 million copies, distributed to 15,000 travel […]

Easter week on the Costa del Sol

We love this time of year in Southern Spain! The towns and beaches receive a spring clean after the winter, and the days start to get considerably warmer! Easter is an important time in the Spanish calendar and is hugely celebrated by the whole country.  If you are lucky enough to be on holiday here during this time, you will be sure to find plenty of things to see and do!

The history of Easter in Spain

Holy week (Semana Santa) is an event rich with culture, celebrations and fantastic processions which have become a big part of Spanish tradition since the 16th century.  You may have already seen various groups of people (nazarenos) wearing tall pointed hats and robes with faces covered; this is all part of the Easter tradition in Spain and has a symbolic meaning. The face cover represents shame for the sins committed throughout the year and mourning for Jesus Christ. The pointed hats are said to bring the penitence closer to heaven and are removed on Easter Sunday to mark a victorious end to mourning.

From every Catholic Church, a local brother hood “costaleros” carries a large antique throne, traditionally to the cathedral then back to the church, with some of them weighing as much as 5,000 kilos! The pain and suffering coursed by carrying such a heavy weight is actually a symbol of what Jesus experienced carrying the cross. In fact, all of the parades from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday depict the story about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and is a great reminder of why we celebrate this time. Every part of Spain has different rituals to celebrate the Easter story, so where ever you go you are sure […]

Family holidays on a budget

After all the unpredictable weather in the UK, you may be starting to think ahead to your summer about some time away, but with most of us on a tight budget, a sunshine break away for the whole family can seem like a luxury we can’t really afford. Or can we?

The Costa del Sol has been a favourite holiday destination for years due to the excellent climate and choice of things to do for the whole family. Just a few hours from the UK by plane, it can take less time to get here than it does to drive to many places in the UK and thanks to budget airlines, you can be sunbathing in Spain for as little as €25!

All the time, the airlines that regularly fly between Spain and the UK, are trying to expand to have more seats and cheaper fares available for their customers. This means that there are even more reasons to holiday in Spain!

Now you just need to pick somewhere to stay! If you are on a budget this year, renting a holiday home in Spain for a week or two can work out a lot cheaper than staying a hotel, especially if you are traveling with family. For instance, a 3 bedroom apartment in Fuengirola, (based on 6 people sharing) can work out at less than €100 per person for a whole week’s accommodation! There are loads of stunning areas to choose from depending on what you want from your holiday. Whether you want to be near the beach, somewhere with land for the dog, or somewhere tranquil yet not too far from amenities, you can find it all on the Costa del Sol. Here are some […]

Tour Guide app for Andalucia

Gone are the days of buying disposable cameras in bulk for your holiday or lugging around video cameras, as most of us now do it all from our mobile phones and there is an app for just about everything!  Now you can even have  you own personal tour guide on your mobile for those visiting Andalucia, it is called ‘En tu mano’ (in your hand).

En tu Mano was presented by the Junta de Andalucia Councillor for Tourism and Commerce, Rafael Rodriguez at the recent international tourism fair in Madrid and is available on all smart phones.

The useful app provides users with up to date information on local events, history, shopping, dining, activities and lots more in five different languages! En tu Mano uses a GPS signal to pin point your area, so you can easily find out things to do and more about the area with a touch of a button.

So if you are going on holiday to the Costa del Sol this year, make sure you check out the tour guide app, more destinations throughout Andalucia are being added all the time. You can see the list of current destinations on the En Tu Mano website.

Check out our previous blog for more technical tips and apps to use when on holiday in Spain.

Valentine’s Day in Southern Spain

If you are lucky enough to be spending Valentine’s Day on the Costa del Sol you are in for a treat as it is a very romantic place to be especially this time of year. In fact, many marriage proposals are made on Valentine’s Day in Spain.

Traditional gifts for Valentine’s Day in Spain are red roses, chocolates and cards but if you are looking for something extra special there are lots of great shops, jewellery stores and boutiques in Marbella and nearby Puerto Banus so you are bound to find the perfect gift.

Make your valentine feel a million dollars with a pampering beauty treatment at one of the local spas, or use Valentine’s Day as the perfect excuse for a relaxing couple’s massage! You can even find holiday homes with their own Jacuzzis’ and saunas if you are looking for a touch of luxury.

The beaches are not crowded so you can take a relaxing stroll along the promenade, stopping by a chiringuito or two for a drink and bite to eat with the blissful sound of the Mediterranean  in the background. When the sun sets on the Costa del Sol it’s a breath taking view from the beach or mountains and a perfect setting for this romantic day. It’s no wonder so many couples get engaged and married here! If you want something more active to do, you could spend the day horse riding together or go skiing for the day at Sierra Nevada ski resort which is only a few hours’ drive from Marbella.

Many of the top restaurants book up quickly but don’t worry if you haven’t reserved as there is a large selection of great restaurants to choose from or you could […]