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Day trips from the Costa del Sol

Don’t miss Malaga province’s beautiful countryside

Most people think only of beaches when they think about the Costa del Sol, but just inland from this stunning stretch of coastline is miles and miles of beautiful countryside. We recommend combining time in the country, with time on the beach and in the towns, for a well-rounded view of this wonderful area.

It is amazing how quickly the modern, cosmopolitan coastal areas turn into sleepy rural villages, national parks, and beautiful wilderness. We love the area’s typical white villages, which are easily accessible from the coast and even have some lovely holiday rentals in them.

Close to Marbella, are the pretty villages of Ojen, Istan and Benahavis. Istan has a stunning lake and beautiful countryside around it and is a very traditional Spanish village. Benahavis by contrast is very international, but beautifully preserved and really picturesque. It is famous for its restaurants and known as “The Frying Pan of Andalucia” due to the huge number in such a small place. Foodies should definitely make their way here to get a bit of village charm and a wonderful meal too.

Casares is probably the prettiest white village, seeming to defy gravity with its houses clinging to the hillside below the hilltop church. It is like time has stood still when you walk into the centre of the village, with its winding streets and leisurely pace of life. Yet Casares also offers some great restaurants and even a new zipline for adrenaline junkies, so it’s a great holiday destination. Check out our blog to find out why to visit Casares and ask us about our Casares holiday rental properties if this sounds like the destination for you.

Inland from Fuengirola is the beautiful village of Mijas. This is […]

Wine tourism on the Costa del Sol

Did you know that as well as the glorious sunshine and beaches, the Costa del Sol is a great place to discover wine? It may not be as well known as the more traditional wine producing areas of the world, but Andalucia is growing in reputation for producing great quality wines and increasingly opening up their bodegas and vineyards to visitors. Wine is excellent value for money here in Spain and there are many specialist wine shops and bars where you can try some of the best and most interesting wines in Spain.

If you want wine to play a role in your next Costa del Sol holiday, here are four things to do and places to go –

Take a day trip to Ronda

Ronda has been making wines since the Roman times and has a wonderful climate and soil conditions. In recent years, it has been making a name for itself for producing some excellent wines and recently launched an official wine tourism route where you can visit bodegas, sample wines and find out how they are made. While you’re there, marvel at the gorge and enormous bridge and visit the home of modern bullfighting. Ronda is an easy day trip from Marbella.

Visit Manilva and learn about their sweet wines

Manilva is in the western Costa del Sol and is famous for its sweet wines and white village surrounded by vines. There is a wine museum where you can learn about the making of the wines and do a tasting. This is where Nilva wine is being produced, a new breed of Manilva wine which is winning many awards at the moment and you can meet the maker and even visit the vineyards […]

Exploring and Experiencing Spain’s Heritage for your next holiday

Spain is ranked number 2 in the world rankings for heritage in the Best Countries report and rankings for the distinctive way of life, the value put on their culture, history and national identity. Spain is fiercely proud of its traditions and even the younger generations are passionate about it, with flamenco music, fashion and ferias, being embraced as strongly by the kids and teens, as by their grandparents.

Spain also has a rich history and some stunning historical buildings and sites to visit. There are 45 World Heritage Sites in Spain, seven of which are here in Andalusia. The Costa del Sol offers a great combination of heritage, culture and internationalism, to make your holiday easy and stress free, as well as culturally rich.

As soon as you arrive in Spain, you start to relax and allow the spirit of “mañana” (tomorrow) enter into your veins. The Spaniards know how to enjoy themselves and eating, drinking and partying is central to their lifestyle, which makes it such a great place for a holiday!

You can experience the Spanish culture in all its madness and glory at the Malaga Feria from the 12th to the 19th of August, a wonderful display of flamenco music and fashion, great food and the Andalusian spirit of fun. This is the biggest and the best feria in the region, but there are many other ferias throughout the year, which give you a sense of the wonderful culture and heritage. Here are our top three Costa del Sol ferias

Another great way to experience the heritage and culture of Spain, is to base yourself in a holiday rental property on the Costa del Sol and go and visit some of the area’s […]

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 […]

Five Unforgettable Costa del Sol Experiences

The Costa del Sol is synonymous with sun, sea and beaches, but there are a huge range of things to experience here, from the wild to the wacky, from the adventurous to the tasty. Here are just a few surprising, exciting activities you can experience on the Costa del Sol that you may not expect.

Night Time Wolf Safari – Each full moon you can visit the Lobo Park (or wolf park) in Antequera, inland from the Costa del Sol for a night time tour of wild wolf habitat. Enjoy a delicious meal and then head out into the night with torches to find the Alaskan wolves, Eurasian wolves and Iberian wolves and watch them in their native habitat at play and rest and hear them howl into the night. Find out more

Recommended Holiday rental near to Antequera – We’d recommend basing yourself in the lovely village of Coín overlooking the spectacular Guadalhorce valley to be within easy reach of Antequera, Malaga, Benalmadena and Fuengirola. We have a great 4 bedroom villa in rural Coin with stunning views, a private pool and extensive gardens with fruit and nut trees.

Learn about Spanish wines – There are several wine museums in Malaga, Mijas and Manilva to name a few, these are great opportunities to find out about the wine making process and the history of wine in Spain and also have very reasonably priced wine tastings. A great night out for wine lovers is a visit to D-wine in San Pedro which is a wine shop, restaurant and bar, with special tasting machines which allow you to sample over 30 wines by the glass. They arrange regular wine tasting events and the restaurant comes highly recommended. […]

Discover Inland Costa del Sol

What do you think of when you picture the Costa del Sol? A modern, developed coastline with loads going on, beautiful beaches and international population? You’re right, and yet venture just 10 minutes’ drive away from the famous beaches and you’ll discover a very different world of rolling countryside, quaint white villages, hiking trails and a very relaxed, sleepy way of life.

Choosing an inland location for your Costa del Sol summer holiday can be a smart move, as you’re away from the crowds, and able to relax and unwind in peace and quiet, and yet, you’re just a short drive away from the action – when you want it!

Top Inland Costa del Sol Holiday Destinations

Best White Village
We recommend Casares to the west of the Costa del Sol, the most picturesque white village in the area. The white houses are perched high on a hillside surrounding an old fort and church, it’s breath-taking. As well as being beautiful, it has developed a reputation as a gastronomic hotspot, with lots of great restaurants to enjoy. It is brilliant for birdwatchers with many birds of prey in the area, plus golfers will be spoilt with several great courses in the area. Casares has a good selection of modern holiday apartments and town houses on the outskirts of the village, so you can enjoy comfort and great facilities yet also be close to the village itself. Check out this Casares 2 bedroom holiday apartment located on the Casares golf course, in a lovely complex with several pools and shared garden, plus a discount on green fees for the golf course.

Best Inland Luxury Urbanization
Pueblo Los Monteros, 6 minutes’ drive inland from Los Monteros on the beach, near to […]

Discovering Malaga

Next time you’re on holiday on the Costa del Sol don’t miss out on the charms of Malaga – a really fantastic city right on the sea which really has so much to offer. There’s been a lot of investment in the city lately with a totally revamped marina area which is absolutely stunning and is the perfect place for a stroll, a drink, some dinner, shopping and fantastic people-watching.

There’s also a beautiful old town with a massive cathedral and an enormous pedestrianized shopping area where you can indulge in some retail therapy. Around this area are some brilliant bars, restaurants and cafes and it’s buzzing at lunch time (2pm for the Spanish) and late into the night.

There are a number of art galleries and museums, such as the relatively new Thyssen Museum, the fantastic Picasso Museum (Malaga is Picasso’s birthplace), a contemporary art gallery and even museums dedicated to cars, flamenco and bullfighting.

With so much to choose from, if you have limited time in the city it can be difficult to pick, but a local Malaga business has just made it easier with the launch of the Malaga City Card. This new card offers three different routes around the city, special rates for five museums, a tourist bus and a gastronomic experience for just 39.95€. Their website is available in four languages and you can buy online,  from  their office in Malaga or via travel agents. What an excellent way to discover Malaga!

Ski within just a few hours of the Costa del Sol

Sierra Nevada is approximately 2.5 hours away from Marbella’s beautiful beaches by car, so it’s a perfect day trip as part of a winter getaway between December and April. There are classes on offer for adults and children and you can hire your skis and boots so you don’t have to transport them. For younger children there’s a crèche and other activities such as a fun toboggan ride and ice rink. There’s also a great après-ski scene if you wish to stay overnight, with some lovely restaurants, bars and spas to ease aching joints.

If you’re a beginner or intermediate skier you will be pleased by the combination of green, blue and red runs. If you are a very extreme skier, there’s not as much to keep you interested, but there are 7 black runs to get you going. Plus for snow boarders, or skiers wanting to show some serious tricks, there’s a snowboard park including jumps and even a half pipe.

It really is a great little resort and amazing that you can combine skiing with a beach holiday – on a clear day you can see the sea from the very top of the run! A good idea is to start with a few days relaxing on the beach, followed by a few days on the slopes, then the rest of your stay can be back to chilling with long lunches, strolls along the beach and sundowners to finish off the perfect winter break.

We have an excellent selection of Costa del Sol beachfront holiday accommodation where you can relax and use as your base for a few days on the slopes, but just remember the ski season ends towards the end of April, depending […]

Hiking Holidays in Malaga Province

Malaga province is best known for the beaches of the Costa del Sol, but many people aren’aren’t aware of the huge stretches of unspoilt countryside just inland from the coast. Due to the beautiful scenery and great climate, these are growing increasingly popular with serious hikers and lovers of the countryside.

Malaga has more than 2,000 kilometers of public footpaths which will be extended by more than 600 kilometers in 2014 when the circular route known as “Gran Sienda de Malaga” will be launched next year.

There are a few walking hot spots in the area, such as the many marked trails behind Marbella at the Refugio de Juanar area which is on the road behind La Cañada shopping centre and surprisingly close to Marbella. This is where the tricky ascent to the top of the iconic mountain La Concha starts which takes around 6 hours and has some seriously precipitous sections where our Director Tony Sidebottom took a nasty fall and had to be airlifted off the mountain. There are less challenging walks available too which are marked and timed, but take maps as well as relying on the trails as they aren’t foolproof. There are also lovely marked routes around the white villages of Istan, Ojen and Casares which will give you a very different view of the Costa del Sol. The village of Mijas Pueblo, near Fuengirola, has free guided walks twice a week which are arranged by the council and lots of lovely signed walks around the area.

There are many books and websites which have information about walking in the area such as Marbella Trails and Walking in Andalucia and there are extracts from the book to be found on Andalucia.com to give a flavour . As always, take […]

Live Music on the Costa del Sol

Live music is a big part of summer on the Costa del Sol and this year there has been an amazing line-up of stars performing up and down the coast including Jamie Cullum, UB40, Enrique Iglesias, Michael Bolton, Bryan Adams and The Human League. This is a trend that is set to continue for years to come, focussing on the months of July and August, so make sure you book up your Costa del Sol holiday rental early for next year! If you are heading over and haven’t managed to catch any concerts yet don’t worry, there are still some great performances to look forward to. Tonight and tomorrow are your last two chances to experience the magical Starlite Festival with a new auditorium built into an old quarry in the hills above Marbella, which Jamie Cullum said felt like performing on the moon! It is a magical location and tonight is Grease in Concert and then tomorrow Spanish pop sensation David Bisbal is the final act.