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Costa del Sol concerts summer 2017

buy Cialis Soft 20 mg Sweden 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.

buy Cialis Soft 20 mg France 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.

generic Cialis Soft 20 mg Buy online Here are some of the great people performing and when you can see them –

Order Cialis Soft 20 mg cheap 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.

Purchase Cialis Soft cheap 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 […]

Marbella’s new gourmet market

The Costa del Sol has always been a fantastic destination for gastro tourism, but now it has even more to offer, with the opening of a new gourmet market in the heart of Marbella last month.

This indoor market is open from midday to midnight from Sunday to Thursday and until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays. It is located on Marbella’s high street Avenida Ricardo Soriano number 19, is 470m2 in total and has been designed to resemble a town square, with stalls around the outside and a mix of modern and traditional design elements. There are 14 stalls serving a range of delicious food and produce to buy including sushi, cured Iberian meats, cheeses, traditional Spanish food, fine wines, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and fish.

You can go and shop for great local produce to cook back at your holiday rental, you can take away freshly prepared food, or you can eat on the premises. It is proving very popular with locals and holiday makers alike and has been buzzing ever since it opened. There is seating outside and inside so you can relax and enjoy a coffee, good wine, a beer and delicious food.

There is sushi available from 4€, and a good variety of dishes, but early feedback shows that it’s best experienced in a group so you can share and try a good selection. Look for stalls offering “medio raciones” or half portions if you’re in a smaller group but want to try different options.

It is great to see yet another addition to a thriving restaurant scene and excellent weekly markets which take place in every town along the Costa del Sol. There are also a number of food festivals  which are […]

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 […]

A Guide to Holidaying Around Malaga

January is a popular time to plan your holidays and if you’re wondering where to jet off to this year, we’d recommend the coastal towns around Malaga on Spain’s sunny Costa del Sol.

As well as being beautiful beachside resorts, the towns of Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola have plenty of good value holiday rental properties, lots to do and excellent access into Malaga city and to the airport. They are connected by a good train line, unlike everywhere else on the Costa del Sol, so you don’t need to have a car. This saves you money and stress and gives you much more flexibility for exploring.

Torremolinos is closest to the airport and has plenty to offer, with wide sandy beaches, brilliant nightlife, shopping and lots to do. There’s a new tourist office in the centre of town which can help you make the most of this great area and is open Monday to Friday 9-2.30.

Benalmadena is next down the coast and within easy reach of Torremolinos and the airport. This lovely town has something for everyone, a beautiful marina, amazing nightlife, lots of family friendly activities and of course some lovely beaches.

If both these places sound good to you, then we’d recommend this 3 bedroom apartment between Torremolinos and Benalmadena and within walking distance of supermarkets, bars, restaurants and shops. The apartment is arranged over one floor, with a south-east facing terrace, a comfortable living and dining area and three good sized bedrooms, one with bunk beds, and there’s a shared pool and gardens.

A little further along the coast towards Marbella is Fuengirola, the final town on the train from Malaga and the airport. Fuengirola has wonderful beaches, great restaurants, a large international community and […]

Things to do with kids on the Costa del Sol in the winter

 

We are very lucky here on the Costa del Sol and usually have bright sunny days, even in the winter, however it’s not always beach weather, so for those of you planning an off-peak break with kids, we’ve put together a list of recommendations for you.

Visit the zoo – We love the zoo in Fuengirola on a sunny winter’s day, as it’s quieter and all the walking around is much easier when it’s not too hot. Selwo Aventura near to Estepona is amazing as well, it’s a huge zoo with animals including lions, hippos, giraffes and zebras. You can pay extra to go on their safari tour, get up close to the animals, learn about them from the zoo keeper and even feed the zebras which is a great experience. If you’re staying around Sotogrande, then Castellar Zoo is a great choice too, where you can pet and feed many of the animals!

Take a Hike – The countryside just inland of the Costa del Sol is spectacular and perfect for exploring in autumn and winter. We’d recommend the foothills of La Concha near Marbella for a lovely stroll and a place to collect pine cones to burn on your log fire, or the hills behind Mijas Pueblo have some lovely trails to follow.

Make chocolate – Mijas Pueblo also has Mayan Monkey the world’s smallest chocolate factory, where you can do fun workshops to make your own chocolate!

Visit a play centre – There are several great play centres, including the newly opened Mundo Mania in Cancelada (between Marbella and Estepona), which is the biggest in the area, and has zones for babies and toddlers, 3-12 year olds and even a teen zone, so it’s one […]

Holiday Advice for August on the Costa del Sol

Are you coming to the Costa del Sol this August? You are in good company, with a whole raft of celebrities spotted here last month, including Novak Djokovic, Seal, Tom Jones, Eva Longoria, Antonio Banderas, not to mention footballers and stars of the small screen. It’s a wonderful place to take a holiday, with so much to do, great beaches, shopping, restaurants and events and August is definitely the most popular month to travel.

Here are some tips from Costa del Sol holiday rental experts HolidayRentalontheWeb to make your holiday even better –

Take care in the sun – Weather forecasts are predicting temperatures in the late 20s and early 30s throughout August, with next Friday reaching a sweltering 36°C. The wonderful weather is one of the best things about a holiday on the Costa del Sol, but it can get dangerous too if you don’t take care. Apply your sun cream regularly, starting with a high factor and working down to protect your skin, whilst getting a great tan. Make sure you’re drinking at least 2 litres of water every day, wear a hat and good quality glasses to protect your eyes and if you start feeling too hot seek shade and a cool glass of water until you feel ready to cope with the heat.

Watch out for unregulated masseuses on the beaches – The Marbella Town Hall has issued warnings against using illegally-practising masseuses on the beaches this summer, saying that they are not qualified and can also make their clients feel sick and dizzy, often pass on illnesses and infections and can cause serious injury. Many beach clubs and chiringuitos have massage areas with regulated and qualified masseuses and there are many spas […]

Three Family Friendly summer activities on the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol is an amazing place for a family holiday with loads to keep the kids entertained, let the adults relax and all enjoy some brilliant family time. Of course you have great beaches, pools and playgrounds, which can be enough for many families, but if you want to do a little more, here are three great family activities and holiday rental properties close by.

Aqua Mijas Water Park – This water park on the outskirts of Fuengirola is a firm favourite with families due to its range of attractions and slides, a dedicated area for younger kids, Jacuzzi, wave pool and even a pool area which holds Zumba classes! It’s a place you can spend the whole day, relaxing on sun loungers, or racing from slide to slide, you can take a picnic and there’s a good café area too.

Recommended Holiday Rental – Fuengirola Luxury Villa – If you’re a family, basing yourself near to Fuengirola, but in a villa with its own pool and plenty of space is a great idea and this holiday villa really has the X-Factor. Boasting 4 bedrooms, lush garden, private pool and plenty of space, it gives the feeling of being in your very own luxury resort, just 3km away from Fuengirola.

Butterfly House Benalmadena – Rated 5 out of 60 activities in Benalmadena, the Butterfly House has more than 1,500 exotic butterflies in a tropical paradise including waterfalls and flowers. It’s a stunning place and a great way to learn about the butterflies and see them emerging from their cocoons.

Recommended Holiday Rental – Benalmadena Town House – This three bed holiday rental town house is 3km from the coast, in a nice urbanisation with a communal swimming pool. It […]

New restaurants on the Costa del Sol

One of the many pleasures of a holiday on the Costa del Sol is the food! Spanish food is delicious and the culture of long leisurely lunches, popping into different bars to try tapas and dining under the stars in the evening is truly wonderful.

On the Costa del Sol you’re spoilt for choice, with over 1,000 restaurants listed on TripAdvisor in Marbella alone and seven Michelin starred restaurants in a very small area. No matter what kind of food you fancy, there are restaurants for you. The Top 10 rated restaurants in Marbella include Argentinian, Italian, European and of course Spanish, so you’re sure to find something you like.

There are lots of new restaurants popping up all the time, such as the new gastro concept at The Puente Romano El Patio Dani Garcia, which offers stunning food from Spanish Michelin starred chef Dani Garcia, alongside entertainment and music out in the open air. This will be running Tuesday to Sunday through the summer and is sure to be a hit with the tourists.

The team behind the legendary Argentinian steak house Patagonica have just launched their new restaurant Origen Argentinian Grill with a wood fired grill which is promising something very special for meat lovers – wood, meat, wine and a restaurant with soul. This is a hotly anticipated new restaurant and definitely one to try. Don’t miss the original Patagonica either if you love steak!

On the Western Costa del Sol, Estepona is starting to become a real foodie destination, with the long pedestrianised Calle Real packed with great restaurants and bars buzzing into the night and the marina full of international restaurants. Two noodle bars have just opened on the main road as well […]

Area Focus – Western Costa del Sol

Many people are unaware of the many charms of the western part of the Costa del Sol and because of that you will find the beaches are less crowded, there’s parking even during peak season and although restaurants and bars are busy, you won’t struggle to get a table like you may do in the most popular area.

There’s a lot to love about the Western Costa del Sol; beaches are great, with many lovely Spanish communities which still follow a very traditional way of life and the cost of accommodation, food and particularly drinks are much cheaper. You can fly into Gibraltar to cut down on travel time and there are some great things to see and do.

Highlights include –

Castellar Zoo, which is a rescue centre and zoo where you can learn about the animals and even pet and feed them!

Sotogrande Port is a great place to see the beautiful boats and enjoy a coffee, a few drinks or a bite to eat in a lovely environment. There’s live music in the evenings most weekends, as well as a market during the summer.

Duquesa Port is a great place to eat out if you fancy something other than Spanish food, as there are Chinese, Mexican, Thai, Indian, American and even Moroccan restaurants all next to each other, as well as lots of great bars.

Sabinillas has a couple of brilliant festivals on the beach which are well worth a visit. The San Juan celebration on the 23rd of June where enormous bonfire sculptures are lit at midnight and there’s live music and a wonderful atmosphere is the best in the coast. Plus there’s the Full Moon Festival in August where everyone dresses in white and heads […]

What’s New on the Costa del Sol for Summer 2016?

There’s always lots going on in the Costa del Sol, but we’re excited about some of the announcements being made for summer 2016 and we wanted to share!

Firstly, there have been some amazing performers announced to be coming to the Costa del Sol to perform. Seal will be at the Puente Romano, Simply Red will be in Fuengirola and Tom Jones (alongside 23 other amazing acts) will be at Starlite in Marbella – this is going to be amazing.

Secondly, Marbella is due to get its first gourmet food market right in the centre of town. This will be a 470 square meter gourmet food market on the centre street Ricardo Soriano, where foodies can dine, shop and enjoy the amazing local produce and cuisine. Apparently it’s due to be open for the peak season of July and August which would be great.

Thirdly the amazing artwork Mural by Jackson Pollock will be shown for the first time ever in Spain at the Picasso Museum in Malaga in spring and summer 2016, which is a great reason to visit this wonderful gallery in the centre of the historic part of Malaga. You should also visit the Museum of Malaga which has had some amazing pieces restored for its Archaeology and Fine Arts collection and is hoped to be open soon. Whilst you’re there you can visit the CAC Malaga’s contemporary art museum, the Carmen Thyssen museum and the new Pompidou centre – so it’s a real cultural destination.

Fuengirola is celebrating its 175th anniversary of its autonomy this year and promising to top the 107 cultural events held in the city in 2015, so watch this space. There will also be a packed schedule of events, parties […]