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Holiday tips for Spain's Costa del Sol

Autumn in Spain

Summer just flew by, but if you’re thinking you’ve missed your chance to take a holiday to Spain before next year, think again! Autumn is an amazing time to visit the Costa del Sol. In fact, if you ask most local residents they will tell you that September and October are their favourite times of year.

We love autumn because the weather is still sunny and warm, but nights are cooler and more comfortable to sleep in. There’s still plenty of people around, but the hoards of tourists have left us for another year and you don’t need to worry about whether you’ll get into a restaurant or find a parking space. The sea is warm, after the summer spent heating it up and the beach bars and restaurants are still open, but without the crowds.

There are still some nice ferias and events going on this time of year too, if you know where to look. The Torremolinos Feria is a great one to visit on the last week of September and the San Pedro de Alcantara feria is usually held mid to late October, so you don’t need to miss out on any of the fun.

Film buffs will enjoy the Marbella International Film Festival from the 10th to the 14th of October. This festival screens short films, documentaries and international movies at the TeatroGoya cinema in Puerto Banus and offers events and workshops for budding filmmakers too.

If you’re committed to your fitness, there are some nice sports events this time of year. Serious runners could compete in Marbella’s half marathon on the 6th of October. If walking is more your style, you can join the thousands of people who take to the streets for […]

How to travel around the Costa del Sol this summer

Are you planning your holiday to the Costa del Sol? How exciting! It’s brilliant to look forward to a week or two in the Spanish sunshine, but we know there’s lots of things to think about.

At HolidayRentalontheWeb we have been helping tourists have the best holiday for 15 years, by providing stunning holiday rental properties and offering insider advice on where to go, what to do and how to really enjoy this great destination to the full.

One of the things we are often asked is how to get around, so we wanted to focus on this for today’s post. We’ve spoken to Denise Wright, our Client Services Supervisor, and asked her to answer the most commonly asked questions about getting around the Costa del Sol to help you to plan.

How do I get from the airport to my holiday rental?

If you’re staying in the towns of Malaga, Torremolinos, Benalmadena or Fuengirola, the airport is connected by the train and there are also frequent buses.

If you are staying in Marbella, there is an excellent airport bus which takes around 45 minutes and goes to Marbella bus station. Once there, you’ll need to take a cab to your holiday rental.

Outside the main towns, public transport is limited, so you’d need to get a cab or a transfer if you don’t want to hire a car. We find that transfers are better value if you are a group of four or more, otherwise it’s quite similar pricewise.

Can I use public transport to get around?

It really depends what you want to do and where you are staying. Within the main towns there are decent bus routes and you’ll find you can walk most places. However if you’re staying […]

Top Tips for Enjoying the Costa del Sol Waterparks

August is the time when most families come and enjoy the Costa del Sol and take a well-earned break during the summer holidays. It is a wonderful family destination, with so many things to do and a great selection of holiday rental properties, which are perfect when you’re travelling with children. If you’re planning to visit a waterpark during your next holiday, there are three along the Costa del Sol to try:

Aqualand Torremolinos – The biggest along the coast is in Torremolinos, within easy reach of the airport. There’s loads to do there, with 19 different attractions to enjoy. Buying a fast pass is recommended, as queues can be long.

AquaMijas – Located in Fuengirola this is a smaller park, but good for a mix of ages. It has 12 attractions, as well as a nice area for younger kids and this year they opened a new Jacuzzi and slides.

Bahia Park Algeciras – If you’re staying on the western Costa del Sol, between Estepona and Gibraltar, this is a very good option and is actually getting the best reviews on TripAdvisor. Although it isn’t the biggest, it is cheaper and less busy than the other parks, so might be worth a look, even if you’re further afield. It has 17 different attractions to enjoy and this year expanded its area for younger children. We found this was a good option for young children, as if you’re 1.20 meters or more, you can pretty much go on everything.

Here are a few insider tips to help you enjoy a trip to the waterpark to the full.

Book your tickets online – you will get the best deals and you can often skip the queues
Wear waterproof shoes […]

Gastronomy on the Costa del Sol

Spain is flying high in the culinary stakes at the moment, with seven Spanish restaurants making it into the coveted World’s 50 Best Restaurants List. Three of those seven made it into the top 10, which is an amazing feat. However, it’s not really a surprise, given the rich food culture in Spain, the excellent quality local produce and passion for eating out which runs through the whole society.

Andalucia has a fabulous food heritage. It is famous for its fish dishes, hams and produces wonderful wines and sherries. The locally grown fruit and vegetables and the fresh fish available on its coastline means that delicious food awaits you at even the most humble restaurant.

There are an enormous array of restaurants to choose from. They start with the cheap and cheerful “ventas” which specialise in Menu del Dia set menus which can be under 10€ and offer a great way to enjoy local favourites at an excellent price.

However, it’s not just simple fare on offer! The Costa del Sol has a number of amazing Michelin starred restaurants too. These are a foodie’s dream, with the finest ingredients prepared in the most elaborate ways. Most offer taster menus to allow you to really experience the best dishes on the menu and recommend you go for the wine pairing for the full monty. They are not cheap of course, but they are wonderful if you want something very special.

Marbella has the most Michelin star restaurants, with Skina, Messina and Restaurant Dani Garcia all having one Michelin star. If you’re staying in a holiday rental in Elviria you’re very close to the amazing El Lago, which also boasts a star. Visitors to Fuengirola have a huge number of […]

Start your countdown to your summer holidays

Spring has most definitely sprung here on the Costa del Sol, the weather is stunning, the beaches are ready and waiting and the restaurants, bars and beach clubs have been spruced up ready for the season.

We’re ready, how about you?

If you’re dreaming of fun in the sun this year, there’s no time like the present to get booking and start your countdown. Our most popular properties book up early and flights for the busy summer holiday period are also in high demand. If you need to travel during the school holidays particularly, we’d recommend getting booked up now. It ensures you the best prices, best properties and plenty of time to get ready for your holidays.

What’s On?

This summer there’s loads to look forward to!

Cirque de Soleil is in Malaga for the whole month of June with their show Totem. This is always a fantastic show, perfect for the whole family. We’d recommend you book your tickets early for this, as it sells out fast.

From June, the beach clubs really start going with regular events and parties throughout the summer. There’s almost always something going on, so check the beach clubs close to your holiday rental when you arrive, or browse online.

Summer also brings the start of the feria season, with Marbella’s week long festival starting on the 5th of June. From there on, there are ferias all along the coast, which gives a wonderful glimpse into the culture and passion of the Spanish, plus a great excuse for a party.

Later in the summer we’re looking forward to seeing the Pet Shop Boys, Sting, Jamiroquai, James Blunt, Texas and many more playing at Starlite during July and August.

This is just the tip of […]

Cycling holidays on the Costa del Sol

We were pleased to see Marbella getting behind the cycling trend by implementing a new scheme in the city with the company OFO, who are pioneering the station-free bike sharing. With OFO, you can pick up a bike anywhere and leave it where you need to go. There is an app that helps you find your nearest bike, then you have to scan it and use the app to unlock it. You then ride it wherever you need and then park it and lock it to end the trip. It is a really easy and cheap way to hire a bike, costing just 50 cents for half an hour. Find out more about the concept and download the app here

They are now running a pilot in Marbella with 200 bikes and an introductory price of 35 cents per half an hour and 5€ for the whole day and after the first phase they hope to expand it to include more bikes too!

This is not the only way to enjoy cycling in Marbella or the Costa del Sol. There are many bike hire companies who can rent out bikes for half days, full days, or your whole holiday, so you can really explore the stunning scenery that this area has to offer. There are also tours around the main towns on the Costa del Sol by bike, which can give you a different perspective of these beautiful places and get you moving!

Where to cycle on the Costa del Sol?

One of the easiest and most scenic ways to cycle along the Costa del Sol is to head down to the sea and ride along the seafront promenade. There are long stretches of “paseo” all along the […]

The most photogenic spots on the Costa del Sol

If you love taking photos and are looking for some real lens candy, then consider a visit to the Costa del Sol. The area has been popular with artists for many years, due to the wonderful quality of light and clear, sunny skies. From September to December the clarity is at its best and there are less tourists to get in the way, so now is a great time to come on holiday and get snapping.

There are Kodak moments everywhere you look on the Costa del Sol, but here are some of our favourite things to capture.

La Concha – This imposing mountain sits behind Marbella and its shape and the deep grooves in the sides make for an amazing backdrop. At certain times of day, it really glows and there are many wonderful shots to be taken from the seafront promenade or from the Old Town, where you can compose shots to include charming church spires and white washed buildings with La Concha in the background.
The Med – The long sandy beaches and sparkling sea is synonymous with the Costa del Sol and there are some beautiful images to be captured, from amazing sunsets over the water, to early morning calm, or even dolphins playing in the waves. Walk along the beach or seafront promenade, or take out a boat to look for dolphins and whales around the Straits of Gibraltar for a different perspective. On clear days, you can see the African coast and the Atlas Mountains and the rock of Gibraltar is a very striking sight – these all make for wonderful images that you will treasure.
Casares – There are many white villages in the countryside close to the […]

Five Spanish customs and traditions to enjoy on the Costa del Sol

As we explained in our last post, Spain is rich in culture, heritage and traditions. The Costa del Sol has a lot to offer on that front as well, but it can be easy for the average tourist to miss. So, we wanted to offer you five things to experience on your next holiday to the Costa del Sol so that you can really have the true Spanish experience, while still making the most of all the tourist attractions.

Eat Tapas – One of the best ways to explore a Spanish town is to “tapear” or explore the area by visiting its tapas restaurants. You can do this on your own, with a tour group, or as part of organised tapas events, where you can follow a set route with a booklet and a map to try out different tapas and find hidden corners. Marbella, Malaga and Estepona all have yearly tapas events, as do many other towns, so ask in your local tourist office. You can also check out this great website with articles about tapas in Marbella, Nerja, Antequera, Malaga, Torremolinos and Ronda to find out more.

Experience Flamenco – Andalucia is the birthplace of flamenco, with Jerez, Cadiz and Seville all hubs for this passionate art form. The unique sound, music, singing and of course dancing is central to ferias on the Costa del Sol, with people breaking into spontaneous song and dance at local bars, and hundreds dancing in traditional dress in large dance areas. There are also flamenco shows at hotels, restaurants and bars – some more traditional and authentic than others, but all amazing to watch. There are also many schools and teachers who can help you to learn flamenco […]

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 […]

The best places to enjoy water sports on the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol has 161 kilometres of beautiful coastline and the Mediterranean Sea is never very far away, so it’s no wonder that water sports is such a popular activity here. You can find people on almost every beach offering pedalos, jet skis, kayaks and more, but we wanted to explore three towns where you can find a wide range of activities in a small area.

Fuengirola

Fuengirola has wonderful blue flag beaches and a busy marina and is a centre for water sports where you can go parasailing, scuba dive, fish and take out jet skis. There are lots of options to choose from, take a stroll down the front and around the marina and you can easily see what’s on offer.

Marbella

Marbella has a lot to offer the water sport enthusiast, including a popular diving school and a stand up paddle board centre, which can both be found in the Puerto Deportivo. Another good area for water sports is around Funny Beach which offers all the normal stuff, plus a wave x ramp where you can surf and flyboarding, where you can take to the air.

Estepona

Estepona has a pretty marina which is the main base for water sports in the area. On the Western Costa del Sol, Estepona is within easy reach of the famous Gibraltar Straits and has many boat trips leaving for whale and dolphin watching as well as fishing. You can also learn to paddle surf, kite surf, windsurf and kayak in several schools and businesses which hire out this equipment for you to enjoy. The beaches are wide and sandy and generally less crowded even in the summer months, so it’s a good choice.

A little further afield is Tarifa, the […]