Exploring and Experiencing Spain’s Heritage

Spain is ranked number 2 in the world rankings for heritage in the Best Countries report and rankings for the distinctive way of life, the value put on their culture, history and national identity. Spain is fiercely proud of its traditions and even the younger generations are passionate about it, with flamenco music, fashion and ferias, being embraced as strongly by the kids and teens, as by their grandparents.

Spain also has a rich history and some stunning historical buildings and sites to visit. There are 45 World Heritage Sites in Spain, seven of which are here in Andalusia. The Costa del Sol offers a great combination of heritage, culture and internationalism, to make your holiday easy and stress free, as well as culturally rich.

As soon as you arrive in Spain, you start to relax and allow the spirit of “mañana” (tomorrow) enter into your veins. The Spaniards know how to enjoy themselves and eating, drinking and partying is central to their lifestyle, which makes it such a great place for a holiday!

You can experience the Spanish culture in all its madness and glory at the Malaga Feria from the 12th to the 19th of August, a wonderful display of flamenco music and fashion, great food and the Andalusian spirit of fun. This is the biggest and the best feria in the region, but there are many other ferias throughout the year, which give you a sense of the wonderful culture and heritage. Here are our top three Costa del Sol ferias

Another great way to experience the heritage and culture of Spain, is to base yourself in a holiday rental property on the Costa del Sol and go and visit some of the area’s seven World Heritage Sites. The Costa del Sol is just a few hours away from Cordoba’s historic centre, Granada’s Alhambra, Seville’s Cathedral and Alcazar, Antequera’s Dolmens site and many more and they are easy day trips if you have a car.

Marbella is a great cultural base, with its stunning and well-preserved old town with chapels and churches and the famous flamenco club Tablao Flamenco Ana Maria.

Estepona is also a good location to choose, as it has a more authentic Spanish feel, with less international influence than Marbella or Fuengirola. It has a ham festival from the 10th to the 15th of August which celebrates Spanish ham, and in July they celebrate Cultural Summer with a programme of dance performances in the streets as part of their annual feria. There is a bullfighting museum and 25 massive murals around the town and you can take a walking tour of these enormous art works to get to know the town and enjoy the art. There is also a wonderful theatre with lots of excellent music and dance performances, which is running weekly flamenco shows every Thursday until the end of the year.

There are towns and villages along the Costa del Sol to suit everyone, whether you want culture, sport, nightlife, or just want to lie on the beach. All the HolidayRentalontheWeb team have lived and worked here for many years and so we can advise you on the best place to go, to make it easy to enjoy your perfect holiday, in the perfect holiday home.