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Visiting the Costa del Sol for Christmas

It feels like summer only just finished on the Costa del Sol, but now that Halloween is over and the clocks have gone back, we can’t deny that Christmas is nearly upon us.

If the dark, cold weather is getting you down and the endless Christmas songs and ads are already driving you crazy, why not consider a different kind of Christmas this year in the winter sun destination of the Costa del Sol?

Those who can feel bah-humbug about Christmas in the UK, will find a Spanish Christmas refreshing and relaxing. There’s much less emphasis on the commercial side of Christmas, decorations don’t go up until the beginning of December and the events are quite low-key and charity focussed as opposed to a huge corporate marketing machine.

You can choose to indulge in Christmas as much or as little as you wish. Want to feel festive? Head into Marbella’s Old Town or into Malaga’s shopping district to see the lights and sample some chestnuts and vino caliente (mulled wine), visit one of the Christmas markets or go and hear carols at one of the stunning churches. There’s a new synthetic ice rink in San Pedro Boulevard which I am sure will be really popular during Christmas and kids can visit Santa in his grotto either in La Cañada shopping centre, or in Marbella’s Plaza Alameda. A really nice idea is to explore the chapels and squares in Marbella’s Old Town by following the routes to see the traditional “Belen” or nativity scenes, which range from the simple to the incredibly complex and ornate. Check out this page for Christmas activities in Marbella in English.

However, if you want to escape and disconnect from all the festivities, no […]

Recommended Winter Sun Destination – Benalmadena

The Costa del Sol is a great place to visit off peak, as the weather is fantastic almost all of the year and there’s still lots going on. However, the key to choosing a winter destination here is to make sure you choose a large enough town with a strong year round population, lots of amenities open during the winter period, with things to enjoy no matter the weather.

Benalmadena is an excellent choice, as it’s a well-developed town with lots to keep you busy! We can recommend a visit to its lovely marina, which has loads of shops, bars and restaurants and stunning boats. You can go on boat trips from the marina if the weather is good and even go dolphin spotting.

Don’t miss the enormous Paloma Park with its lake and animals to feed – take a picnic, hire a bike or go to the café, it’s a lovely place for a relaxing stroll and has been ranked the best attraction in Benalmadena on TripAdvisor. There’s also a butterfly park, ice skating rink, SELWO Marina an aquarium and dolphin show which comes highly recommended and of course lovely beaches. For an amazing view take the cable car up to the top of the highest peak in the area.

An important note is that it’s not a good idea to head to Benalmadena for a party holiday off-peak. It’s fantastic fun during the summer, but in winter months as the legendary “24 Hour Square” and surrounding bars are too quiet, so you’re better off in Puerto Banus. The lack of party tourists and hen and stag groups off peak, makes Benalmadena even more popular with families with young children or retired travellers, as it’s a […]

Walking Holidays on the Costa del Sol

Did you know that the Costa del Sol is a great place to walk? It’s a big part of the culture to “pasear” or stroll down your local seaside promenade, particularly on a Sunday before or after lunch. Estepona, Marbella and Fuengirola are great places to get involved in this lovely tradition and there are loads of great options if you love walking.

There are two great walking events taking place in Marbella in October where you can walk as a group, meet new people and have a great time. The first is the Neon Night Marbella a charity walk taking place on October 3rd, walking from the Hard Rock Café in Puerto Banus at 9pm and following an easy 3km walk, dressed in neon kits. It’s a fun, sociable, fundraising walk and suitable for all ages and abilities. Tickets to take part are 10€ and all funds raised will be donated to children’s charities.

The second walking event is Marbella 4Days Walking from 8-11 October. This is a great challenge which people travel from all over Europe to undertake. It costs just 40€ to take part in all 4 days or 12.50€ if you want to just do one or two days. The challenge is to walk routes of 20 or 30 km per day around Marbella for 4 days, a real achievement, a great way to see Marbella and also meet likeminded people and enjoy fun activities. Families and kids can also take part in two, shorter 6km routes on 10th and 11th October, which is a great way for all the family to get involved in walking.

If these events don’t fit with your schedule, then we can recommend the hiking in the countryside […]

Costa del Sol Tourist Attractions

It’s wonderful being able to specialise in holiday rentals on the Costa del Sol, because there’s so much to offer all kinds of holiday makers. Rental apartments and villas are most popular for families, as it’s so convenient to have a home from home where you can prepare food for the kids and let them have a nap whilst you relax. Families are spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do on the Costa del Sol, plus there are more things being created all the time.

One of the newest things to launch is a concept called Happy Days Costa del Sol on the San Pedro Boulevard which includes a year-round outdoor ice skating rink, mini golf, American food from a cool food truck and even live sports on big screens. San Pedro Boulevard is a great place to visit in the early evening with a bike, roller skates or skate board as you can go from playground to playground and stop for drinks and snacks in some lovely cafes along the way. Perfect family fun and not surprisingly our San Pedro holiday villas are gaining in popularity!

Another new attraction in the pipeline is a new water park beside Hotel Don Miguel, behind Marbella’s main bus station. According to plans it should be open for summer 2017 and will offer 62,000sqm of water fun including 8 zones and 28 attractions. This will be a great new addition for the Costa del Sol to reduce travel to the existing parks and lessen crowds. But if you don’t want to wait for 2017, here are three great options which are open until the end of this month and then reopen end of May or beginning […]

It’s sizzling in Spain come and escape the rain!

It seems like after a brief glimpse of summer the weather in the UK has got bad again with temperatures in July dipping to as low as 4°C at night in some places! At that same time here on the Costa del Sol we have been experiencing record temperatures and several heat waves have sent us rushing to the beach to cool down and enjoy the summer madness.

Long range weather forecasts predict that in August the temperatures will drop slightly to make for spectacular weather in the mid-20s to early 30s, which is just perfect for a summer holiday!

If you’re longing for some Spanish sunshine the great news is you haven’t missed the boat, even if you haven’t booked anywhere yet! We have some great holiday rental properties on the Costa del Sol with last minute availability here’s just a few –
2 Bedroom Luxury Apartment in Mar Azul, Estepona
Set in the five star complex of Mar Azul, this luxurious apartment is in the perfect location just metres from the beach and only a short drive from the centre of Estepona – Learn More Now
3 Bedroom Townhouse, Torreblanca, near Fuengirola
Situated just off the main coast road, within easy reach of Fuengirola and just 300m from the beach. The property is spread over 4 floors including the large roof terrace – Learn More Now
1 Bedroom Apartment, Torrequebrada, Benalmadena
Situated just 550m from the beach and furnished in a modern and contemporary style. The gated complex has a fenced swimming pool and children’s pool, open gardens and secure parking – Learn More Now
3 Bedroom Apartment, Los Lagos de Santa Maria, Marbella
This lovely, ground floor apartment is situated in the residential urbanisation of Los Lagos de Santa Maria Golf, set […]

Recommended Holiday Destination – Puerto de la Duquesa

I am sure that everyone has heard about Puerto Banus, but how many of you know about Puerto de la Duquesa? On the western Costa del Sol, between Estepona and Sotogrande, Duquesa is a stunning little marina, lined with bars and restaurants, and a lot to offer holiday makers.

Whatever food you fancy from the old favourites of Indian, Chinese and Italian, through to Argentinian steak, Thai and Moroccan can be found here. Plus, because there’s so much competition the standard of food and service is actually very high. Popular with English tourists, everyone speaks English and you can get fry ups and watch sport to your hearts’ content. At night there’s a pretty market and the lively bars have live music. If you’re looking to party into the early hours you can find that too!

The great thing about the area is that just a ten minute stroll along the promenade to the west is the charming village of Castillo de la Duquesa, famous for its fish restaurants with a traditional Spanish vibe, plus events in the medieval castle.  Ten minutes stroll to the east is the bustling town of Sabinillas, with shops, bars, restaurants and beautiful beaches, as well as a massive Sunday market. You can also hop on a bus to the large town of Estepona with its great shopping, packed programme of events, excellent nightlife and new botanical gardens, so there’s plenty to do without needing to hire a car.

We have a number of great holiday rentals in Duquesa and the surrounding areas, so please contact us to request the full list. But if you like to be in the middle of the action, we can recommend this 2 bedroom apartment Duquesa […]

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 […]

How to experience the longest night of the year Spanish style!

Noche de San Juan is the night of 23rd June – the longest night of the year, and is celebrated in style in on the Costa del Sol. There are parties on the beach where everyone builds bonfires, or barbecues, hangs out with friends and parties until midnight when it’s time for the rituals of running into the sea and jumping over the fires. The whole idea is to purify and have a lot of fun.

 

 

Where to spend San Juan

There’s stuff going on all along the Costa del Sol, but here are some highlights for organized activities:

If you’re in holidaying in Marbella they light bonfires on the beach (Playa de la Fontanilla) and the beachfront chiringuitos are packed with revellers enjoying special set menus. We recommend La Red and Europa for their location and amazing atmosphere.  Booking is essential!

If you are around Elviria then Nikki Beach holds a super glamorous San Juan party at their legendary beach club, with entertainment. This is not a cheap option, but will certainly be one to remember

If you are renting a holiday apartment in Duquesa on the Western Costa del Sol, they hold an incredible party in Sabinillas on the beach with a mega bonfire/statue that is a work of art and looks too good to burn. Thousands of people descend on to the beach, there are rides and stalls and live music – it’s really worth a visit

 If you’re lucky enough to be on holiday anywhere on the Costa del Sol on the 23rd June and want to make your own party, here are a few tips to making the most of this special night like the locals –

Get a group of friends together (Spanish only operate in crowds)
Buy […]

Make a splash this summer – Holiday Villas with Private Pools

One of the most enjoyable things about a family holiday on the Costa del Sol is hanging out by the pool, soaking up the sun, with kids swimming and playing together and being able to pop inside for an ice cream, delicious lunch, snack or a cold glass of wine. This is a real luxury, but also so convenient, especially for families with young kids that still need a nap during the day. Plus, because you can have a great time at the villa, you can really relax and can actually end up saving money as you’re eating at home.

We have a great selection of villas with private pools available for holiday rental on the Costa del Sol this summer. Please note these villas are always in high demand, so if you are planning on coming this summer (especially during kids’ holidays) we’d recommend you book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Here are three of our top picks:

3 Bed villa with private pool Riviera

This detached villa in the quiet residential area of Riviera del Sol, is just 400 meters away from the beach and also close to supermarkets, bars, restaurants and a tennis club with mini-golf. The location and practical layout with comfortable lounge and dining area, fully equipped kitchen and three good sized double bedrooms offers a great base for a family holiday.  There is a shaded terrace, a sweet garden and of course the all-important pool. Riviera is just 36 km from Malaga airport. Please note that the villa is already fully booked for June and the first week of July, so early booking is recommended.

Holiday Rental Villa Benalmadena

Not only does this 3 bed, 2 bath villa have a lovely private […]

Gourmet market planned for Puerto Banus

Marbella Town Hall has announced that there will be a new gourmet market opening this summer. The first of its kind on the Costa del Sol, it will be located just 250 meters from the heart of Puerto Banús, in the area of La Alzambra.

This gourmet market called Ambrosia, will be set over 1,000 square meters and two floors with three terraces. It will be an exciting combination of stalls, bars, cafes and restaurants in a market setting with high tables and stools. You will be able to buy stunning products from stalls and delicatessens and enjoy a wonderful meal, snack or drink in a fun, and bustling market environment – sounds like a great combination! They will also organize lots of special events during the year. Due to open this summer, this will be another wonderful draw to the Costa del Sol, an area rightly famous for its gastronomy.

Visitors to the Costa del Sol are really spoilt for choice when it comes to fantastic places to eat and drink, with a wide range of Spanish, International and Michelin starred cuisine, and you can check out our previous posts for more information about the Costa del Sol as a gourmet destination. However, we recommend that you consult TripAdvisor, and move away from the main tourist traps, as the best places are often hidden away. Look for a good bustle and try to eat at the same time as the Spanish (2pm for lunch and from 8pm earliest for dinner) to experience a great atmosphere as well as delicious food.

To help our holiday guests enjoy the Costa del Sol to the full, we’ve produced a guide to Marbella and the surrounding areas, including loads of […]