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The Best Costa del Sol Ferias in 2017

Purchase Cialis Soft cheap 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.

cheap Cialis Soft 20 mg France If you want to time your visit to fit with the best of these celebrations, here are three highlights for you.

buy Cialis Soft Sweden 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.

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Costa del Sol concerts summer 2017

Order Cialis Soft 20 mg generic 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

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Play Golf on the Costa del Sol in 2017

There are so many reasons to love the Costa del Sol if you’re a golfer, but the main ones have to be the number and quality of the golf courses in the area, the ease of access between them and the lovely weather which enables you to play all year round.

It is home to one of Europe’s best courses Valderrama, which recently announced that it would host the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in October this year. As part of the European Tour, it will bring 150 professional players to the course and further cement it as one of the best in the world. This is just one of over 70 courses on the Costa del Sol, so no matter your handicap, preferences or budget, there are courses to suit you.

Here are some courses we really like and great holiday rental properties right by them.

Calanova Golf Club – This is a challenging and well-maintained course behind La Cala de Mijas. The location is ideal, as it’s an easy 30 minute drive from Malaga airport, and within just five minutes’ drive from the busy and attractive town of La Cala and its beautiful beaches. It offers good value for money, with special deals such as greenfee, buggy and a set of clubs for 82€.

If you like the sounds of the location and course, we have a great 1 bed penthouse on the front line of Calanova Golf Club, with great views over the course and down to the sea. Furnished to a high standard, this cozy apartment is perfect for a couple of keen golfers and includes a spacious south facing terrace and a hot tub.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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Partying on the Costa del Sol for New Year’s Eve

The Costa del Sol’s legendary nightlife during the summer does slow a little over the winter months, but many places swing back into life again for the biggest party of the year – New Year’s Eve. It’s a great place to see in the New Year, with warmer temperatures, clear skies and interesting traditions to try. Plus, this year it falls on a Saturday, so why not take a long weekend break on the Costa del Sol to really start off the new year in style?!

There are hundreds of parties going on all over the coast, but here are a few highlights.

Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve party, with a glamourous 1920s theme and a full line up of entertainment, champagne, canapés and open bar in a secret location somewhere in Puerto Banus, it all sounds very exciting.

Masquerade Ball and Gala Dinner at the Kempinski Hotel Bahia Estepona – this is a very special place to spend New Year’s Eve, with amazing food, wines and plenty  of live entertainment including acrobats! The masquerade ball theme will be spectacular and there’s a kids’ party too, so the little ones will be entertained.

Bob Sinclair at Olivia Valere – The world famous DJ comes to Marbella to start 2017 in true party style on the last night of the year!

Marbella Old Town’s celebrations – If you fancy something more Spanish in style, head down to the Marbella’s beautiful Old Town, where there will be a party at 11pm in the main church square. It’s nice to have dinner on one of the beautiful restaurants and then go down to the square to see in the new year. Just make sure you bring 12 grapes, so you can take […]

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 […]

Top Tips for Visiting the Costa del Sol off-peak

They say that a dog isn’t just for Christmas, well in the same way, the Costa del Sol is not just for summer! It is a wonderful destination for an off-peak break, whether it’s to enjoy the lovely autumn or spring time, or to bask in some winter sun.

We are pleased to see that more people are visiting in September and October, with many hotels reporting 100% occupancy throughout September, and much higher occupancy rates for October too. It’s a wonderful time to visit, with glorious sunshine and lots still going on. Check out our list of autumn events on the Costa del Sol.

Hotels, restaurants and airlines are responding to the increased interest in off-peak tourism, staying open longer and offering more attractive packages for off-peak travel. Budget airline Ryanair has announced that they are increasing their flights by 43% over the winter into Malaga, so there will be even more affordable travel options for off-peak visitors.

Travelling off-peak is a great budget option, with flights and accommodation costs coming down drastically and so you can stay for longer, or choose a more luxurious option for the same amount, or simply enjoy the amazing savings.

Here are four tips for making the most of an off-peak holiday on the Costa del Sol –

Choose a location with lots of amenities which are open year round – Being more central, or within easy access of things to do is more important in the winter, when some resorts and urbanisations can become very quiet. Larger towns such as Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella and Estepona are always busy throughout the year, so you can still enjoy the buzz if you’re located nearby.
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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 […]