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Watch Davis Cup Tennis in Marbella

Marbella has been chosen to host the Davis Cup World Group matches between Great Britain and Spain from the 2nd to the 4th of February 2018. This means that some of the UK and Spain’s best players will be competing on the courts at the Puente Romano tennis club over three days. There will be singles and doubles games over five “rubbers”, with the winning team needing to win three or more of the five games.

This is the first time since 2013 that Spain has hosted a Davis Cup tie and the matchup between Great Britain and Spain hasn’t been seen since the 1980s. The UK has been seeded third in the World Group, but Spain are fearsome opponents, having won the title four times. Spain boasts an excellent pool of quality players to choose from, including world number one Rafael Nadal. With Andy Murray suffering a hip injury at Wimbledon, it remains to be seen whether he will be fit to play in the team.  However, this year both teams got knocked out in the quarter finals, so they have a point to prove.

Marbella was competing against other destinations for this great sporting event, but the great clay court at the Puente Romano, the lovely climate in the south of Spain and good transport links made it the winning choice. It will be very popular with holiday makers too for a bit of winter sun, golf, great restaurants and of course some great holiday rentals!

Davis Cup ties are always very popular with spectators, so there have been recommendations to extend the Puente Romano grandstands to accommodate around 9,000 fans. British Tennis team members will get a priority ticket sale for their allocation and […]

Get to know Marbella on foot

Marbella and Puerto Banus are well known for their luxurious lifestyles and fast cars, but in fact, one of the best ways to explore is on foot. They are small towns, connected by a stunning seaside promenade, with parks and pretty streets, which are perfect for walking. Exploring on foot allows you to take your time, find hidden gems and not worry about parking or traffic.  Here are our suggestions of a few great walks, hikes and activities for everyone who enjoys walking and is coming on holiday to Marbella.

Suggested walks around Marbella

If you like to walk, then head down to the seafront promenade first – it’s the best place for a stroll and stretches for miles. A nice walk is from Marbella to Puerto Banus, to visit the stunning marina and explore the great shops. It is just under 7 kilometres and takes about an hour and a half, with lots of nice places to stop for a drink along the way. You can walk back of course, but a lovely way to return is to take the catamaran ferry, which takes you on a pretty 30 minute journey and returns you to Marbella marina. The ferry is called Fly Blue and tickets are 8.50€ one way for adults and 5€ for children.  They run from Banus on the hour from 11 to 7pm find out more

Once you’ve explored the seafront promenade, the Old Town is a wonderful place to go next. The winding streets and pretty squares are heaven for pedestrians and you can browse the little shops and art galleries and pop into the great coffee shops and bars for a drink or a bite to eat, as well as exploring […]

Watch the best golf players on the Costa del Sol

From the 19th to the 22nd of October, some of the biggest names in golf will be playing at the Real Club Valderrama in Sotogrande on the Western Costa del Sol, widely acknowledged as one of the best golf courses in the world. They will be taking part in the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, which comes to the Costa del Sol for the first time since 2011 this year and is the last European Tour stop before players head for China, Turkey, South Africa and Dubai.

Practice rounds start on Monday 16th of October, with the 1st round on Thursday 19th, the 2nd round on Friday, 3rd round on Saturday and the final round and prize giving ceremony on Sunday 22nd October. Golf fans can buy tickets to watch this great event at this prestigious golf club with affordable tickets available to buy online per day, or as a season ticket.

Ticket prices increase later in the tournament, with first and second round tickets available for 12€ each and 3rd and final round tickets for 20€ each. Alternatively, you can buy a season ticket and go from Wednesday to Sunday for 55€.  These prices are all presale and will be more expensive to buy on the gate.

If you want to come and watch the golf, we have a great apartment for you in the heart of the stunning Sotogrande Marina, just 15 minutes’ drive from Valderrama. The marina is a stunning setting full of bars, cafes, restaurants and shops and right by some excellent beaches. This two bedroom apartment in Sotogrande Port has two bathrooms and is bright and airy, with a modern lounge diner, leading out to a great little terrace with marina views. Pets are […]

Five Amazing Things to do on your next Costa del Sol Holiday

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do over the summer months, with hundreds of attractions for all ages and tastes all vying for your attention but here are our pick of five amazing activities that you are sure to love.

 

Meet the penguins at Selwo Marina – You may not think about penguins on the Costa del Sol, but an ideal way to cool down on a hot summer day and have an unforgettable experience is to go into the penguin enclosure at this great park. You will be able to feed these loveable creatures and learn all about them – perfect for animal lovers of all ages. Selwo Marina is located in Benalmadena, a great town with lots to offer for a fun summer holiday.

 

Pet a panther at Castellar Zoo – Castellar Zoo is a rescue centre for an amazing collection of wild animals and very different from other zoos, you can actually touch a lot of these wonderful creatures. Twice a day, they bring out the animals and you can touch them, feed them and even hold them. Highlights include a lion and panther cub, a huge snake, a lemur and a hawk. Buy a bag of food at the entrance and you can feed the creatures in their enclosures too. To be close to Castellar Zoo, we recommend holiday rental properties in Sotogrande.

 

Try out the new Jurassic River ride at the water park in Algeciras – Bahia Park in Algeciras is a big water park covering over 45,000m2 which has a wide range of attractions, slides and experiences for all ages. They have just opened a new ride, which is called the Jurassic River, they have the […]

The Best Costa del Sol Ferias in 2017

Whenever you visit the Costa del Sol during the summer season there’s usually a feria taking place that you can enjoy. These ferias are week-long celebrations which each town and village has to celebrate their patron saint, or a significant date and are a great excuse to party! For the whole week there are day time and night time activities involving loud music, flamenco, great food and free flowing drinks and an amazing party atmosphere. It’s a chance to see the Spanish spirit at its best, so seek one out when you visit. Here’s a great list of all the Costa del Sol ferias, so you can look at where the nearest one is to you.

If you want to time your visit to fit with the best of these celebrations, here are three highlights for you.

Marbella Feria 6-12th June – Marbella’s feria is one of the first one of the season, taking place in the first week of June. The feria begins on the 6th with an amazing firework display which you can enjoy from one of the bars in Marbella’s port. Then the day fair opens, which takes place centrally at the Paseo de la Alameda, the pedestrianised area running from the main road by the Old Town, down to the seafront promenade. This is a new development from last year and really makes for a great atmosphere. From 1pm to 8pm, there’s stalls selling great food and drinks and playing music, dance performances and a party atmosphere. For the evening, there is a fair by the La Cañada shopping centre, where you can enjoy the rides and there’s more music, food and drinks to enjoy. It’s a wonderful party.

San Juan Sabinillas 23rd […]

Costa del Sol concerts summer 2017

Spring is in the air and after a hot and sunny Easter, excitement is building about the summer season. Live music is a regular feature of summer on the Costa del Sol, with Beach Clubs, restaurants and bars all adding to the atmosphere with live performers.

In recent years, the concerts have really been growing in importance and thousands of fans flock here to see their favourite act. There have been some amazing acts announced who will be performing over the summer at Starlite and Puente Romano. Coming over to the Costa del Sol for a summer holiday and combining that with seeing your favourite artist is a great way to have an unforgettable getaway.

Here are some of the great people performing and when you can see them –

Starlite takes place in an old quarry in the Sierra Blanca area just above Marbella Town. For several years this music festival has been attracting some amazing acts and this year is no different. Here are the top international acts performing and the dates.

Anastacia 15th July
Art Garfunkel 16th July
Elton John, 20th July
Pretenders, 26th July
The Cranberries, 5th August
Andrea Bocelli, 15th August
Jason Derulo, 24th August

The Puente Romano concert series has been going for many years and holds intimate gigs in their tennis club, giving guests the chance to enjoy a great atmosphere and be close to all the actions and their favourite stars. Here are four great dates for the diary.

Foreigner, 11th June
Heather Small, Right Said Fred and Billy Ocean, 6th July
George Benson, 21st July
Michael Bolton, 10th August

These concerts are focussed around Marbella, so look for a quality holiday rental in this area to reduce travel and taxi […]

Looking ahead to Easter on the Costa del Sol

We have just over a month before Easter is upon us, with Semana Santa or Holy Week starting on the 9th of April with Palm Sunday and then going through to Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Sunday, on the 16th of April.

Easter is a great time of year to take a short break, with several bank holidays so you won’t have to use so many precious holiday days. Good Friday is on April 14th and Easter Monday is on April 17th, both of these are bank holidays, so you can have a wonderful long weekend break. Have you decided where you’re going yet?

Why don’t you consider Spain? Semana Santa is a really important time of year for this catholic country, and rather than just have an Easter egg hunt and stuff yourself on chocolate, you can immerse yourself into the culture of catholic Spain by watching the amazing parades. They may look a little sinister with the Klu Klux Klan style headdresses, but there’s nothing to be afraid of, these parades are simply a way of telling the Easter story and worshipping. For the onlooker, they are full of pomp and ceremony and display the most wonderful statues on heavy floats depicting different scenes from the Easter story. These enormous “tronos” are carried through the streets by bands of devotees and followed by hundreds of worshippers and are really spectacular.

Some of the processions are joyous, but most are solemn and powerful. Many are held at night and lit by candles for added drama. As well as the hooded figures, you may also see women in black holding candles, these are known as the widows of Christ and are very striking.

If you want to experience the […]

5 reasons you’ll love a holiday on the Costa del Sol this year

As February is the month of love, we thought we’d show our love for the Costa del Sol and pick just 5 reasons why you should come here for a holiday this year.

Enjoy amazing live music – Starlite Marbella have announced that both Elton John and Andrea Bocelli will be performing at this year’s month long celebration of music, with many more being announced over the coming months. We can’t wait to see Elton headline the concert on the 20th of July, running through his most loved hits and some new ones from his 33rd studio album. Why not come along and combine a great holiday with this outstanding concert?
Visit the 5* destination of Marbella – Last month the Marbella Town Hall were at one of the leading tourism fairs, confirming their place amongst the world’s best tourist destinations due to their unbeatable combination of gastronomy, sports, beaches, natural beauty, culture, leisure and shopping. Last year was an incredible year, with an average hotel occupancy of 93% in August, and it looks like 2017 is going to be another great one. Marbella has so much to offer and is a stunning town to visit all year round. If you want to come in summer, make sure you book early to avoid disappointment; it’s going to be busy!
Keep the whole family entertained – There are so many great activities for the kids to enjoy, from water parks and theme parks, to zoos and playgrounds, to indoor play centres, chocolate factories and sports camps. It’s great in the summer, or off peak – there’s always plenty to do.
Get Active – The Costa del Sol offers much more than just a beach holiday, […]

Fuengirola Events 2017

As we said in our last post about holidaying around Malaga, Fuengirola is an excellent holiday destination due to the amazing beaches, restaurants, shopping, eating out and activities for all the family. What we didn’t mention, was the great events programme that this vibrant town runs each year. There’s almost always something going on, but here are a few highlights that you should put into your diary, which are a great reason for a trip.

The first one of the year is the Feria Internacional de los Pueblos, which is being held from the 27th of April to the 1st of May in 2017. This is a celebration of the huge range of nationalities which call Fuengirola home, and showcases their music, dance, culture and most importantly their food! You can wander around the “casetas” or little houses which each represent a different place, listen to their music and try some of their most delicious and emblematic dishes. Make sure you come hungry though, last year there were more than 30 places represented including Italy, France, Argentina, the UK, Egypt, Greece, Venezuela, Senegal and India.  There are also parades, performances and a brilliant atmosphere. Stalls open from 1pm each day and close at 4am and it’s always an amazing party.

The next date for your diary is the Fiesta de San Juan on the 23rd of June, one of the best parties of the year here on the Costa del Sol. This festival is all about celebrating the longest night of the year by building a bonfire on the beach, eating, drinking and making merry. Check out our guide on how to celebrate San Juan Spanish style to find out more about this great festival.

They celebrate […]

Autumn events on the Costa del Sol

We love the Costa del Sol in the Autumn, it’s a wonderful time to visit! The best thing about Autumn here is that the weather is still wonderful, with hot sunny days, but the uncomfortable nights have passed, so you can sleep soundly. The summer crowds and traffic have disappeared, it’s easy to park and there’s no need to book your restaurants, so everything is a lot more relaxed and easy. Everything on the Costa del Sol apart from the waterparks are still open, with even beach clubs staying open until the beginning of October and sometimes beyond, so you won’t miss a thing.

Last month we spoke about why golfers love to visit the Costa del Sol at this time, but there’s lots more to offer, including a wide variety of excellent events.  Although there’s no doubt that the peak season for events is the summer, more and more events are being arranged off peak, so if you time your visit right you can come and enjoy a great event, as well as the wonderful weather.

Here are 5 amazing events taking place over the autumn and recommended properties to stay in near the action.

28 September – October 2nd Marbella International Film Festival

This wonderful festival showcases a wide range of independent films, shorts and documentaries.  They are promising “an incredibly varied selection of films by some incredibly talented film makers, chosen from all around the world” and as well as the film screenings there are special events and workshops too. If you love film and want to experience everything the festival has to offer, why not take the VIP package which gives you; a VIP Pass to all film screenings, entry to the Red Carpet […]