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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.
Get Active – The Costa del Sol offers much more than just a beach holiday, […]

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.
Pack for cooler evenings – Day time temperatures […]

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 […]

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 […]

Combine amazing live music with a Costa del Sol holiday

If you love live music and want great weather and a holiday too, then look no further than the Costa del Sol. Over the last few years its earned a stellar reputation for amazing concerts in spectacular surroundings and so more and more top artists are coming over to perform.

From now until the end of the summer there is live music to enjoy in almost every beach club and restaurant on the Costa del Sol and here are some highlights for the next few months. (If you want to fly over to see any of these great artists, it’s not too late, but please contact us by phone or email to discuss your requirements and we can send you our list of our Costa del Sol holiday rentals with last minute availability, as they are booking up fast.)

18th July – Seal in Concert in Marbella in the stunning and intimate venue of the Puente Romano Hotel’s Tennis Club. Tickets can be purchased online from 45€ for restricted view tickets, and from 65€ up for the rest. Buy tickets for Seal

24th July – Guitar legend Carlos Santana will be rocking Starlite Marbella, an impressive venue in an old quarry above Marbella with great places to eat, drink and party. Tickets are selling fast for this hotly anticipated concert. Tickets start at 92.40€ Buy tickets

1st August – Also making a very welcome return to Marbella is the legend that is Tom Jones! He’ll also be at Starlite Marbella and you can expect to hear all your favourite tracks. Tickets from 80€-145€ for general tickets, more for stalls and boxes. Buy tickets

16th August – The Corrs are back after ten years and are presenting their brand new […]

Golfing Holidays on the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol is a dream golf destination with over 70 superb courses in just a small area. Many are located around Nueva Andalucia, Mijas and Estepona, so you can base yourself within easy reach of several courses and lots of great night life for a brilliant golf holiday.

It was recently reported that German golfers have just discovered the area and love the warmer weather, variety of courses and lifestyle and as a result their numbers has increased by 10%. The president of the Council of Tourism Costa del Sol, Elias Bendodo explained why another country of golf aficionados are falling for the area, “The Costa del Sol offers unique conditions for playing golf and has all the necessary resources for the fans of this sport looking for a place where they also play the coldest months.”

If you’re looking for a great golf location which is close to the nightlife of Marbella and Puerto Banus, we’d recommend Nueva Andalucia. Known as golf valley, as it has five great courses in just a small area, it’s only a few minutes by taxi from Puerto Banus, so has a brilliant mix of golf and options for relaxation.

This spacious three bedroom Nueva Andalucia apartment sleeps 6 and is located right in the heart of the golf valley, in a complex know aptly as Puerto Golf. It is stylish and modern, with communal gardens and pool and walking distance to shops and restaurants. It would be an excellent choice for a golf holiday.

Another good golf location is the area of Mijas Costa, just 20 minutes from Malaga airport, with the busy town of Fuengirola offering loads of options for relaxing after a round. In this area you […]