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Summer concerts and festivals on the Costa del Sol

We’re gearing up for summer here on the Costa del Sol. As the beach clubs open their doors once more and amazing events are announced it looks like we’re going to have another fantastic summer season!

Music lovers are going to be spoilt for choice once again this year with a stellar line-up of concerts already announced.

Starlite in Marbella is once again coming to town and bringing some wonderful artists for more than 46 days of concerts and events. There are too many amazing acts to mention, but we’re particularly looking forward to The Beach Boys, Kool & The Gang, Jamie Cullum and Sting. Check out the full programme

Mega stars The Jacksons and Tony Hadley are playing at the Puente Romano Tennis Club in August. This is a really intimate venue and it will be an excellent opportunity to see these legends of music up close. Find out more and buy tickets

If you’re holidaying in Fuengirola, then the Marenostrum Festival in the beautiful park around the Sohail Castle is a must. They have a series of excellent events from the 25th of April until the 15th of September including a Bob Dylan and Rod Stewart in concert, a Rock Festival, a 90s Music Festival and much more. Find out more

There’s also going to be a brand new venue hosting lots of cultural, sporting and music events. The old Puerto Banus bullring is being transformed into Marbella Arena, which will open its doors in June. Sunset Events have promised a packed schedule of events including a Hip-Hop and Latino Festival, and lots of concerts including by Bob Marley’s band The Wailers. Find out more

The many Beach Clubs we have along our coast are have packed schedules of events with live music and brilliant DJs playing for glamourous guests. Check out the websites of Nikki Beach, Ocean Club, La Sala Beach, Kah Marbella and more to see their programmes and decide when and where you want to party. 

Many more acts and events will be announced over the next few months. To keep up to date and to see what’s going on when you are here on holiday, check the event website MyGuideMarbella.

We have a wonderful selection of holiday homes on the Costa del Sol  which make the perfect base for enjoying the concerts, events and nightlife on offer.

Once you’ve decided what you want to see, contact us and ask for recommended holiday rentals nearby.

Shopping on the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol is a great place to shop, with everything from designer brands to high street favourites and bustling markets where you can pick up a bargain.

There are two big shopping centres which are favourites for residents and holiday makers alike as there’s parking, lots of shops in one place and also restaurants and cafes where you can take a break.

If you’re holidaying in Fuengirola then your best option is the Miramar shopping centre. Conveniently located close to the centre of town and connected by buses and trains, Miramar is one of the largest shopping centres on the Costa del Sol with lots of great shops, a cinema, restaurants and supermarket. The shops are open from 10am to 10pm Monday to Saturday. Outside of the peak season it is closed on Sundays, but open most Sundays in July and August. There’s a kids club open from 5-8pm Wednesday to Friday and 12-2 and 5-9 on weekends and holidays so the little ones can be entertained. The cinema shows films in English (look for VO screenings). Check out the Miramar shopping centre website

If you’re holidaying in Marbella then La Cañada shopping centre is the best one for you.  Located a bit further away from the centre of town, you need to take a bus or car to get there, but it’s only a five minute drive from the centre. It is a big shopping centre, with loads of great shops, restaurants, a supermarket and cinema. The cinema doesn’t show many films in English, so isn’t as popular with the tourists, but the shopping is great! The highlight is the women’s clothes shops, which offers loads of options, so you’re almost guaranteed to find what you’re looking for.

Another great option for holiday makers in and around Marbella is Puerto Banus. It has a massive El Corte Ingles department store, a smaller shopping centre just opposite and a market in the main square during the summer. Down in the marina, you’ll find a large selection of designer brands too, so there’s something to suit everyone.

Last but not least, head to the massive weekly markets which are held all along the coast and you can pick up everything from clothes, jewellery, bags and accessories to fruit, vegetables, flowers, herbs and ceramics. These are great fun and always busy, just make sure you get there early, as by 2pm everything is closing. Here’s a good guide to the Costa del Sol markets.

We help our clients make the most of their Costa del Sol holidays, with excellent holiday rental properties and local knowledge and information. Please get in touch with us for advice on where to stay, or the best places to visit during your holiday. We can advise you on the best locations for you and help with everything from car hire to green fees. We look forward to hearing from you!

Venture inland on your next Costa del Sol Holiday

We are lucky to have miles of beautiful beaches and wonderful coastline here on the Costa del Sol. This is the focus for most holiday makers who visit the Malaga area, but there’s a lot of wonderful places to explore inland from the coast which might surprise you.

There are two options you can choose from, stay in a holiday rental close to the beach and hire a car to explore the inland areas, or rent a property close to one of the beautiful white villages. We have a number of excellent properties on the beach and close to the villages of Benahavis (a gourmet paradise), Casares (picturesque and traditional) and Mijas Pueblo (close to Fuengirola) and can advise you where would suit you best.

Wherever you stay, don’t miss Malaga province’s beautiful countryside, it’s so close to the coastal resorts, but feels a world away. There are wonderful parks, striking scenery, hiking and mountain biking routes and great opportunities to bird spot and encounter unique flora and fauna. The white villages for which the region is rightly famous are wonderfully picturesque and many retain a very traditional feel. Casares is one of our favourites, as it combines a village centre which hasn’t changed for hundreds of years, with beautiful countryside and views, as well as modern additions such as excellent restaurants and even a zipline.

Ronda is a great place for a day trip. The breath-taking gorge and incredible bridge is iconic, but it has a lot more to offer as well. There are ancient city walls which you can explore, Roman and Moorish architecture and ruins, one of the first bullrings in the area with an interesting museum and a brilliant wine route. The Ronda region is growing in regard as a wine producing region and you can visit bodegas for tours and tastings while you’re there. Find out more about wine tourism on the Costa del Sol

Close to Marbella are the villages of Ojen and Istan and you can easily visit both in one day. Ojen is small and traditional, with small olive oil and wine museums and some interesting caves, which you can explore. It explodes with music at the end of June for a two-day independent music festival, but the rest of the year has a charming sleepy feel. Istan is within the Sierra de las Nieves natural park and is stunning, with the two rivers Rio Verde and Rio Molinos flowing either side. It’s a great place to walk, with ten routes which take you through the stunning countryside. Make sure you take a camera and stop at the viewpoints or Miradors for views of the rivers, countryside and reservoir.

To browse our inland properties in this stunning countryside, take a look at our collection of holiday rental properties with outstanding views. Alternatively, contact us and tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll find you a beautiful holiday rental for your next vacation.

Four amazing rental properties for your next golf break

As all golfers will know, the Costa del Sol is a golf paradise, with a huge quantity of world-class courses in a very small area. Depending on your handicap, preferences and budget, you can choose from driving ranges to courses with a potential 27 holes to play, to Links courses on the coast, to stunning mountain courses and everything in between. To find out more about the options, read our article on our favourite golf courses on the Costa del Sol.

February to May are brilliant months to visit the Costa del Sol for a golf holiday. The weather is great, with sunny skies, but comfortable temperatures to play 18 holes without breaking too much of a sweat. Our collection of golf holiday rental properties include villas and apartments on or near to some of the area’s best courses.

If you’re planning your next golf getaway and looking for some great accommodation, read on for our recommendations of four stunning properties, that we know you’ll love!

  1. Penthouse Apartment Los Arqueros Golf and Country Club – This three bedroom penthouse is on the La Torre development within the Los Arqueros golf complex and is great for a group of six people. The roof terrace is a fabulous place to hang out when you are done on the fairways and there’s another good terrace for al fresco dining. Inside the décor is stylish and modern, there is one master bedroom, a double room, and one with twin beds. All guests receive a 30% discount on your green fees at Los Arqueros Golf.
  2. Penthouse Apartment Los Eucalyptus – Also on the Los Arqueros Golf Complex, is this lovely apartment. It is south west facing, with a large terrace with dining and relaxation areas. It is elegantly furnished and has a master bedroom, a double and a twin room, plus two bathrooms. All guests receive a 30% discount on your green fees at Los Arqueros Golf. The location is close to the pretty white village of Benahavis, Puerto Banus and Marbella.
  3. Three Bedroom Apartment La Cala Golf – This lovely apartment is on the La Cala Golf Resort, close to the pretty town of La Cala de Mijas, with its weekly market, good restaurants and excellent beach. It is also within easy reach of the bustling town of Fuengirola. The apartment has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and sleeps six people. It is a modern apartment on a secure complex with amazing views from the terrace over the greens. There is a master with a super king double bed, one with two singles and another with a super king, which can be separated into two singles, so this is a good one for a group of friends.
  4. Two bedroom Townhouse La Cala Golf – This modern townhouse is arranged over two floors, with a stylish lounge and dining area and a great terrace and private garden. Both bedrooms are doubles, with en suite bathrooms, one with a king sized double and one with 2 single beds. Both have terraces with great views. There is a sofa bed in the lounge, plus a guest bathroom on the ground floor, so the property sleeps six people.

We hope you like our recommendations for golf holiday rental properties. Please contact us to see our full portfolio. If you want to be near a particular course, please let us know and we can recommend the best properties in that area.

Visiting Fuengirola in 2019

Fuengirola is a wonderful town to take a holiday. It has miles of Blue Flag beaches, a lovely marina, a reputation for excellent restaurants, a vibrant nightlife and great shopping. Over the past few years, it has also established a fantastic event calendar, with outstanding events which are a brilliant focus for a trip.

Here are just a few dates for your diary, to help you plan your Fuengirola holiday this year:

30th April-5th May – Feria de los Pueblos

Highly recommended for foodies and those interested in learning more about different countries through their cuisine, music and culture, the Feria de los Pueblos is a real feast for the senses. Held in the massive fairground area in Fuengirola, this food fair is a celebration of the many different nationalities that call Fuengirola home. There are around 35 stands, each representing a country or region, and sharing their iconic dishes with the crowds. You can see the country’s national dress, sample some of their drinks, listen to their music and join in with typical dances. You really can travel the world at this food festival!

Marenostrum Festival

This music festival has been running for many years and brings some fabulous artists to perform in the castle park in Fuengirola. There are many more acts to be announced, but here are a few you won’t want to miss.

4th May – Bob Dylan and his band perform

14th and 15th June – Rock the Coast – a two day festival for rock fans, featuring German rock legends Scorpions and Europe, with many more to still be announced

3rd July – Rod Stewart

October 6th – 12th – Fuengirola Feria

One of the last big parties of the year, Fuengirola Feria is at a great time if you’re looking for cheaper accommodation and flights, and cooler temperatures. One week of fun, flamenco, food and fairground rides, the feria is a great time to see Fuengirola come to life.

If you like the sound of these events, but want to learn more about the town, then read our Fuengirola guide and browse our selection of Fuengirola holiday rentals.

We have a wide range of beachside properties close to the centre of the action, like this two bedroom apartment close to Castillo Sohail, which is just a short walk of the beach and the concert venue. To be even closer to the centre of town and just two streets back from the beach, this one bedroom Fuengirola apartment is perfect.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us to enquire about the right holiday rental properties for you and where in or around Fuengirola would best suit you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Treat your loved one to a romantic minibreak for Valentine’s Day

Treat your loved one to a romantic minibreak for Valentine’s Day

We’re romantics here at HolidayRentalontheWeb and adore making big gestures for the ones we love. There’s no better time to do that than Valentine’s Day and no better way than whisking them off for a minibreak.

You may not think of visiting the Costa del Sol this time of year, but it’s a great time to visit, as the great festival of “Carneval” is in full swing with parades, events and fun activities. Not only that, but there’s so much romance and passion here and some lovely things that you can do for that special someone. Here are a few ideas –

  1. Stroll down the seafront promenade hand in hand and sip Spanish champagne looking at the waves. Watch the sun set over Gibraltar and marvel at the outline of the Rift mountains of Africa visible in the distance.
  2. Treat yourselves to a gastronomic experience to remember in one of the Costa del Sol’s wonderful restaurants and gourmet markets. We have something to suit all budgets and tastes, from a delicious selection of tapas in a little bar, to a seven course taster menu in a Michelin starred restaurant.
  3. Visit the beautiful white villages inland from the coast, such as Casares, Ojen and Istan.
  4. Take in the culture at the incredible art galleries in Málaga, or simply enjoy shopping, eating and drinking in this incredible city.
  5. Discover the wines in Ronda by visiting the bodegas and enjoying wine tastings with the makers

If you are planning a romantic break, please let us know, so we can advise you on the best properties to choose. We can also arrange special treats for you, like champagne, chocolates and flowers on arrival, or get you a booking at the most romantic restaurants near your holiday rental.

Have a very happy and romantic Valentine’s and we hope to be able to make it even more special!

Start planning your 2019 getaways

Start planning your 2019 getaways

We love January, as we can start planning our next trip and dream of sunny skies and holidays. If your thoughts are turning to this year’s trips too, here are a few great times to visit the Costa del Sol.

Easter – This is a fabulous time to visit the Costa del Sol, with so much more than the Easter bunny! It’s a time of processions and parades and an incredible display of religious devotion. Andalucia really does it in style, parading wonderful sculptures and art works through the streets and often accompanying it with music. Málaga is the most famous place to go for Easter in this region, but all towns and villages put on a great show and it’s a wonderful time to visit.

Summer – It will not surprise you that the most popular time to visit is the summer, when the hot weather, beautiful beaches and great “ferias” (week-long celebrations) draw thousands of tourists to the Costa del Sol. However, this doesn’t just mean July and August. If you aren’t restricted by school holidays, wonderful times to visit are June and September, where the temperatures aren’t as high and the area isn’t as crowded, but you can still enjoy the full summer experience.

Halloween – If you’re not a fan of the over commercialised Halloween celebrations in the UK, come over and see how it’s done here. The 1st of November is the Day of the Dead, when families honour their relatives by visiting the cemetery. Also, at the end of October is the Saints Festival in Ojen and Istan near Marbella, and the Chestnut festival in Alcaucín. These traditional celebrations are really interesting and a great way to see another side of Halloween.

Christmas and Three Kings – I know we’ve just taken down the decorations, but we have to mention Christmas as part of this run down of wonderful times to visit, as it’s such a gorgeous time to come. The weather is mild, the decorations are beautiful, there’s lots of lovely activities for the family to enjoy and it’s so nice to get away from the chaos of family responsibilities and have a special Christmas your way. Read our article to Christmas on the Costa del Sol and get inspired for this year’s festivities.

Whenever you choose to come, make sure you browse our site for the best Costa del Sol holiday rentals. We have an excellent selection of properties all along the coast and can send you a shortlist of the ones which best suit your needs. Don’t hesitate to contact us for advice on where to stay and what sorts of properties are best, depending on your group and the time of year you are visiting. Our holiday rental experts are here to help you make the best choice and have an amazing holiday.

Art and culture holidays on the Costa del Sol

Art and culture holidays on the Costa del Sol

In the winter months, holidays to the Costa del Sol change from lying on the beach to being active, enjoying the bright sunny weather to play sports, be outdoors and experience another side of this beautiful place. Another thing we love to do in the autumn and winter is to experience the culture and art that we have on our doorstep and this is a great thing to incorporate into a winter break.

Enjoy art

Malaga is a hotspot for amazing art galleries including the Picasso Museum, the CAC, the Carmen Thyssen gallery and the Pompidou Centre. A day trip to Malaga is essential for any culture vulture and is particularly nice in the quieter winter period. Discover the 10 best galleries in Malaga

Marbella too has some really nice galleries to visit. One of the largest is the Ralli Museum, just off the beachfront in the Golden Mile, which has one of the best collections of Latin American Art in the world. Tucked away in Marbella Old Town in a beautiful old building is the “Engraving Museum” which houses a small but beautiful collection of engravings and graphic art including works by Picasso, Dalí and Miró. There are also some nice private galleries which you can visit and even pick up a piece to take home. Check out this list of the best Marbella art galleries  to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Estepona is another great place to visit for a bit of art and culture. There are 45 beautiful murals on buildings around town which you can explore with the Murals Walking Route. You will also find lots of beautiful sculptures and pieces of poetry scattered around the town and this is a lovely way to explore the town, while also enjoying art. The Kempinski Hotel Bahía has regular art exhibitions in the hotel, which are open to the public and free to view. Until the 10th of January, you can see 20 works by the musicians Brian Travers from UB40 and John Illsely from Dire Straits in their gallery, and iron sculptures by Nimrod Messeg in the lobby.

Experience the Spanish Culture

This is a great time of year to take in a flamenco show, listen to traditional music, or see a performance. During the Christmas period, there are many great performances from the town bands and choirs, as well as a chance to try Spanish Christmas delicacies. Depending where you’re staying, check out the Town Hall’s website, or pop into the local tourist office and find out about these performances, as they aren’t always easy to find online, but are very special.

Roads are quieter this time of year, so hire a car and explore the amazing culture nearby. Learn about the history and spirit of bullfighting in Ronda, flamenco in Seville and sherry making in Jerez, all an easy day trip away from Marbella.

For a taste of Christmas in Spain, look out for “turron” a kind of nougat which comes in all shapes, sizes and forms over Christmas, “polvorones” round almond based biscuits with an unusual powdery texture and the “roscon”, a round cake in the shape of a donut, with a sweet bread exterior, filled with cream and candied fruits.

If you want to take a cultural holiday to the Costa del Sol, please contact us for advice. If you have a particular focus to your holiday, or a few key destinations in mind, we can recommend perfectly located holiday rental properties for you. Staying in a holiday rental, gives you the flexibility to come and go when you please, cook, make a packed lunch, and generally feel at home and give you a comfortable base to explore from. We hope to welcome you here very soon.

Celebrating Christmas on the Costa del Sol

Christmas on the Costa del Sol

December is upon us and so all thoughts turn to Christmas, decorations go up around town, shopping gets underway and plans are made for this very special time of year. Where will you be spending Christmas and New Year? If you’re not sure, why not try something a bit different and head to Spain’s sunshine coast for a Christmas to remember? You could switch cold temperatures, rampant commercialism and crazy schedules of parties and family visits, for bright sunshine, relaxed atmosphere and the chance to do Christmas your way.

If that sounds appealing, here are four reasons we think the Costa del Sol is a great place to celebrate Christmas –

  1. The Weather is Much Better

Taking a look at the average weather in December between London and Marbella tells a story. In London you’re looking at highs of 7°C, just 1 hour of sunshine per day and 17 days of rain in the month. In Marbella there are highs of 16°C, 6 hours of sunshine per day and 5 rainy days in the month. Now we’re not talking about sunbathing weather here, but it’s common to have bright sunny days, which allows you to enjoy the great outdoors! We love playing golf, going for long walks, mountain-biking or hiking at this time of the year and it’s so lovely to be able to do it after those big Christmas meals.

  1. The Costa del Sol looks beautiful

After some unusual wet weather, the countryside around the Costa del Sol is looking stunning, rivers are flowing, and everything is really looking its best. Plus, at Christmas the larger towns really pull out all the stops to make them sparkle, with wonderful lights and decorations. You can’t avoid getting into the Christmas spirit when you visit Malaga, with its incredible Christmas lights. The whole city looks beautiful, but for the main event, head to the main shopping street Calle Larios for the light and music shows which take place at 6.30pm, 8pm and 9.30pm every evening. Malaga is a must for a Christmas day trip and here’s a great guide to Christmas in Malaga to help you plan. Marbella is also looking stunning this year, with 120 streets being decorated, 8 nativity scenes and 4 Christmas trees. A trip to wander around the beautiful streets of the Old Town, lit up, and enjoy a little relaxed Christmas shopping is a lovely thing to do.

  1. There’s lots to do

We already mentioned the wonderful sports on offer over the winter period here on the Costa del Sol, but there are also lots of great events, parties and activities to enjoy this time of year, for a Christmas with a twist. Marbella Town Hall has organized a packed schedule of parades, performances, entertainment and concerts, with things happening on the 21st, 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th and 31st of December, as well as the 4th and 5th of January – check out the Marbella Christmas events programme. There’s a Puerto Banus Christmas Market until January 6th right on the water’s edge, which is well worth a visit. Businesses and charities are also organizing events such as Christmas markets, cooking classes, live music, comedy and art. Pick up a copy of one of the English papers when you arrive, or consult the MyGuideMarbella and Marbella Azul event calendars to choose where you want to go and what you want to do.

New Year’s Eve is also a big deal here, with all the Town Halls celebrating the start of the New Year with fireworks and music in the Town Hall, and every bar and restaurant putting on special events, so you’re really spoilt for choice! As if that’s not enough, you could even escape to the snow for a day and ski up in the Sierra Nevada, an easy day trip away!!

  1. You can choose how you celebrate

Getting away from home over Christmas gives you the freedom to do things the way you want to. We often have groups of friends hire a villa over the Christmas period and start their own traditions, away from the pressures of the extended family group. We also have couples and families with young children that want to have quality time together, without distractions and where they can totally focus on each other. If you want to cook, then a holiday rental villa or apartment, plus supermarkets stocking all the holiday favourites makes it easy. Prefer to let someone do it for you? No problem! Almost all the restaurants in the area have Christmas events and meals, some serving the traditional turkey and trimmings, others offering a more gourmet menu, but all creating a magical atmosphere on this special day. Alternatively you can do it Spanish style and celebrate with a big dinner on Christmas Eve and the arrival of the Three Kings on the 5th of January. It’s really up to you!

If this sounds like your perfect Christmas this year, please contact us and let us help you choose the perfect holiday rental property. Send us your dates, number of guests, requirements and location preferences and we’ll send you through a list of great properties that will be a wonderful base for the Christmas holidays.

Walking in the Malaga hills

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 del Sol. The most popular areas for cycling include the long seafront promenade, or exploring the tracks and parks inland from Marbella and Estepona. By renting bikes and a car, you can reach stunning countryside easily and cover a lot of distance. Find out more about cycling on the Costa del Sol and routes we’d recommend on our blog.

You don’t even need to leave the towns and cities to stretch your legs. There are excellent walking routes in Marbella, Malaga city has a number of great themed walks and in Estepona you can do a walking route around nearly 30 huge murals.

The Costa del Sol is a great place to be active, walking, riding a bike, jogging or even horse riding and there’s so much beautiful countryside to enjoy. We can match you and the activities you want to do, with holiday rental properties in the ideal area to make it easy and cut down on travel time. Contact us with what you’re planning and we’ll send you a list of ideal home-from-home properties which are perfect throughout the year.