Holiday Rentals on the Costa del Sol Spain

Travel guide Spain's Costa del Sol

Walking in the Malaga hills

One of our favourite autumn activities here on the Costa del Sol is to explore the area’s stunning countryside on foot. Autumn is an ideal time as it’s cooler and the countryside looks pretty after the first rains of the new season.

There are great walks to be had in almost all our favourite holiday rental destinations. Highlights include the well signposted walking routes at the back of Mijas Pueblo, the hiking route which runs parallel to the Guadalmina River near to Benahavis and of course Marbella’s iconic La Concha mountain. The base of La Concha has some lovely long hikes in beautiful countryside, which are suitable for all ages and levels, but you need to be well prepared to actually take on the La Concha trek, as it is high and demanding.

Some of the most beautiful countryside is inland from Malaga city. They have three beautiful areas with large reservoirs, where you can swim, do watersports or simply hike into the hills. Up here is the famous Caminito del Rey a vertiginous walking route which is becoming hugely popular since it was reopened a few years ago. Anyone who loves walking, beautiful scenery and has a head for heights will love this route. However, it’s very popular and tickets are required, so make sure you book in advance.

Another amazing place to visit in this region is El Torcal, near Antequera. This national park is full of weird and wonderful rock formations, plus the ancient dolmens burial mounds which date back 5,000 years and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Find out more about exploring Malaga’s countryside on our blog.

Cycling is also another great way to explore the countryside and coastal areas around the Costa […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Discovering Malaga

Next time you’re on holiday on the Costa del Sol don’t miss out on the charms of Malaga – a really fantastic city right on the sea which really has so much to offer. There’s been a lot of investment in the city lately with a totally revamped marina area which is absolutely stunning and is the perfect place for a stroll, a drink, some dinner, shopping and fantastic people-watching.

There’s also a beautiful old town with a massive cathedral and an enormous pedestrianized shopping area where you can indulge in some retail therapy. Around this area are some brilliant bars, restaurants and cafes and it’s buzzing at lunch time (2pm for the Spanish) and late into the night.

There are a number of art galleries and museums, such as the relatively new Thyssen Museum, the fantastic Picasso Museum (Malaga is Picasso’s birthplace), a contemporary art gallery and even museums dedicated to cars, flamenco and bullfighting.

With so much to choose from, if you have limited time in the city it can be difficult to pick, but a local Malaga business has just made it easier with the launch of the Malaga City Card. This new card offers three different routes around the city, special rates for five museums, a tourist bus and a gastronomic experience for just 39.95€. Their website is available in four languages and you can buy online,  from  their office in Malaga or via travel agents. What an excellent way to discover Malaga!

Cabopino – Perfect for a special family holiday

No doubt, the most exciting part of booking your family holiday to Spain is choosing some where to stay! Browsing pictures of holiday homes with amazing views and inviting swimming pools, imagining all the fun to be had! Getting the accommodation right is a big part of the trip, especially when traveling with children as you will want to make sure everyone is happy and comfortable. It certainly helps to know as much as possible about the property and what’s on offer in the local area.

The Costa del Sol is one of the most popular family destinations in Spain as there are so many lovely areas to choose from. You could come every year and still have plenty more to see! Cabopino is a great place for families and one that is often overlooked. Described as the Costa del Sol’s best kept secret, Cabopino is the only part of the coast which has not been urbanised with local development being strictly controlled. Located just 10 minutes from Marbella this relatively small town boasts some of the best beaches on the coast and is brimming with things to do for the whole family.

The beaches in Cabopino are clean and maintained with fine sand, perfect for children to play in. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer and a number of Chiringuitos line the beach so you can stop for a refreshing drink and bite to eat. Take a stroll to the port and you will find a selection of bars and restaurants where you can relax with an exquisite view of the yachts bobbing away in the harbour.

For local family activities there is golf, water sports, go-karting, sailing, tennis and loads more. There are also […]

Spanish women are the most flirtatious in the world

Spanish News reports that Spain tops the list for having the most flirtatious women, who are not afraid to make the first move.

Dating site Badoo, conducted the survey and asked women how many times a month they would initiate contact with a man they fancied. Spanish women topped the poll with 1.33 contacts per month, with the UK at number 14 and the US at number 19.

It’s great to see that the Spanish women are taking the initiative and no wonder that Spain is such a popular destination for lads’ holidays!

To read the full story, click here. To search for self-catering accommodation in Spain visit our website.

Benalmadena Area Guide

Continuing with our monthly guides to different parts of the Costa del Sol, here’s an overview of the popular area of Benalmadena.

Firstly, the name has an accent on the second a, which means you hit the “mad” of Benalmádena rather than the common British mistake of hitting the last syllable and pronouncing it Benalmadeena. 

Now that you can pronounce it correctly, here’s what you need to know. Benalmádena has lots of things going of it as a holiday destination, both for families and party animals. It is a town of two halves, with an old, picturesque old town and a modern coastal area with a pretty marina which is buzzing day and night. 

Key Benalmadena Information:

Location – Just 10 minutes from Malaga airport and 30 minutes to Marbella

Attractions – 

The Costa del Sol’s only ice-skating rink

Benalmádena Cable Car up to Monte Calamorro

Benalmádena Pueblo (old town) with picturesque whitewashed homes and narrow cobblestone streets

The award-winning Puerto Marina with moorings for over 100 boats, as well as the famous 24 hour square packed with bars and restaurants and Costa del Sol’s only ice bar

A range of services and amenities including supermarkets, shops, commercial centres and banks and a post office

Easy links to Fuengirola, Málaga city centre and Málaga’s Pablo Ruíz Picasso International airport by train, bus or by car.

Family fun – Benalmadena boast a hoast of family friendly activities including Tivoli World, El Ranchito Equestrian Centre and Selwo Marina and Sea Life centre

Fantastic nightlife – There are many bars, restaurants and clubs to choose from concentrated around the marina. This is a great place for a party holiday!

Torrequebrada Hotel with a casino, bars and restaurants and a popular flamenco show 

Sports facilities – water sports on the beaches, golf at Torrequebrada Golf Club, the ice rink and sports complex.

As you can see this […]

Gaucin receives rave reviews from The Telegraph

In August the travel writer Tim Jepson of the Telegraph Travel overcame his negativity about the south of Spain and experienced the beautiful white village of Gaucin, just inland of the Costa del Sol. He was blown away by this beautiful village and spent a long weekend relaxing in the sleepy, romantic atmosphere and exploring the stunning surrounding countryside.

“Even from afar, the location is astounding, white houses ranged along a lofty ridge, framed by craggy peaks, vultures wheeling overhead and surrounded by miles of sun-drilled hills dotted with carob, cork oak and shimmering fields of wheat.” To read the full article click here 

It’s great to see some positive press on this varied area and amazing to think that these stunning villages are within easy reach of the modern and cosmopolitan Costa del Sol. You can easily rent self-catering accommodation on the Costa del Sol, hire a car and take day trips out to the white villages, national parks and nearby towns if a simple beach holiday isn’t for you. 

Another stunning white village to visit is Casares, which has the reputation for being the most picturesque of all!

In Casares the village is huddled around an ancient Muslim fort which offers stunning views and a lovely old-fashioned atmosphere.

We have a fantastic range of Casares holiday rentals for you to enjoy whist you explore the village, the stunning surrounding countryside and perhaps the nearby golf courses.