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The best beaches on the Costa del Sol

The best beaches on the Costa del Sol

In 2018 the Costa del Sol’s beautiful beaches were recognised for their quality and facilities, with 25 of them being awarded the coveted “Blue Flag”.  The most successful areas are – Fuengirola, Estepona and Marbella, so these should be your focus if beaches are your priority.

All of Fuengirola’s beaches were awarded Blue Flags and this is not surprising, as it’s a lovely stretch of the coast, with good sand and lots of facilities. There is also a vibrant seaside promenade with good restaurants and shops, a lovely marina and excellent watersports. We’d recommend a stroll along the promenade to the beautiful Sohail Castle. There are many excellent music events, markets and activities taking place in and around the castle this summer, so pop into your closest tourist office and ask for a brochure.

Estepona was awarded four blue flags for its beaches, one more than last year. The beaches which were selected are – El Cristo, El Padron, La Rada and Arroyo Vaquero. Estepona’s beaches are a good choice if space is your priority and you don’t like the crowds. They are very long and wide and much less crowded than Marbella’s and Fuengirola’s beaches, even in peak summer. There are some excellent restaurants and beach bars right on the beach and many great events, such as last month’s Beach Polo tournament on Playa Padron in front of the Kempinski Hotel Bahía. The Los Alamos Beach Festival of electronic music is moving to Estepona this year, with 3 days of amazing artists including Armin Van Buuren and Firebeatz performing from the 1st to the 5th of August.

Marbella has blue flags for their Artola, Casablanca, El Faro and San Pedro de Alcantara beaches. They also won back the blue flag for their marina area, with it’s beautiful sandy bay. This is great news, as this is one of the most popular areas with tourists, as the marina is lined with bars and the beach has a playground and a sheltered bay area, which is great for the kids to play.

The Artola beach is one of our favourites, in Cabopino. Right next to the charming marina is a lovely sheltered bay, with beautiful sand, perfect for swimming. On the other side of this is a protected area of wild dunes, which is a nudist beach, if you want to avoid tan lines.

Further to the west, Playa Ancha in Casares and Sabinillas beach in Manilva were also awarded blue flags. During the summer there are two amazing events held on the Sabinillas beach that are highly recommended – San Juan and Luna Llena (Full Moon). On the 23rd of June each year, San Juan is held all over Andalucia, but Sabinillas really does it in style, with a huge bonfire created by a local artist, music, stalls and an amazing atmosphere. For Luna Llena dress in white and head down to the beach for a stunning night of music, performers, a night market and rides for the kids. The 2018 date hasn’t been announced yet, but it is usually in July, so look out for it if you’re staying around Manilva.

Elviria has long been considered to have the best beaches on the Costa del Sol and tourists flock to the area around Nikki Beach to party on the soft sand.

To the east, Nerja has spectacular coves, crystal clear water and perfect conditions for snorkelling, but the beaches are pebbles rather than sand. This is an amazing coastline and very different from the typical Costa del Sol look and feel, so makes a lovely day trip.

To the west is the kite surfing capital of the world Tarifa, with miles of beautiful sandy beaches and a cool surfer vibe.

Wherever you choose to holiday on the Costa del Sol, you’re never far from a great beach. As this is often a priority for our guests, we’ve put together a collection of Beachside holiday homes which are within walking distance of the beach. If you’d like some recommendations in a particular area please don’t hesitate to ask our holiday rental experts.

Start your countdown to your summer holidays

Start your countdown to your summer holidays

Spring has most definitely sprung here on the Costa del Sol, the weather is stunning, the beaches are ready and waiting and the restaurants, bars and beach clubs have been spruced up ready for the season.

We’re ready, how about you?

If you’re dreaming of fun in the sun this year, there’s no time like the present to get booking and start your countdown. Our most popular properties book up early and flights for the busy summer holiday period are also in high demand. If you need to travel during the school holidays particularly, we’d recommend getting booked up now. It ensures you the best prices, best properties and plenty of time to get ready for your holidays.

What’s On?

This summer there’s loads to look forward to!

Cirque de Soleil is in Malaga for the whole month of June with their show Totem. This is always a fantastic show, perfect for the whole family. We’d recommend you book your tickets early for this, as it sells out fast.

From June, the beach clubs really start going with regular events and parties throughout the summer. There’s almost always something going on, so check the beach clubs close to your holiday rental when you arrive, or browse online.

Summer also brings the start of the feria season, with Marbella’s week long festival starting on the 5th of June. From there on, there are ferias all along the coast, which gives a wonderful glimpse into the culture and passion of the Spanish, plus a great excuse for a party.

Later in the summer we’re looking forward to seeing the Pet Shop Boys, Sting, Jamiroquai, James Blunt, Texas and many more playing at Starlite during July and August.

This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of great things to do this summer on the Costa del Sol. You make the arrangements, leave us to provide the best accommodation!

Where to stay?

We have a great selection of quality holiday rental properties all along the Costa del Sol. If you’re not sure where to holiday, check out our Costa del Sol area guides with an overview of the best areas from Malaga to Sotogrande.

The most popular areas with our clients are Mijas, Marbella, Calahonda and Estepona. These areas appeal to different holiday makers, here’s why people love them –

Mijas is very popular because of its busy coastal area with lots of things to do and see and its charming village. There’s something for everyone! Families love the beaches, waterpark, zoo and shopping around Fuengirola. Golfers are in heaven up in the Mijas hills and everyone falls in love with the picturesque Mijas Pueblo. View our Mijas holiday rentals here.

Marbella is popular with people who want to be in the centre of the action and have stunning restaurants, bars and great nightlife on every corner. If this sounds like the perfect holiday for you, then you can’t go wrong with this centrally located 3 bedroom apartment, just 650 meters from the beach. You are walking distance from everything and can really make the most of this fabulous town.

Calahonda is a favourite with British tourists due to its proximity to the airport, good selection of rental properties, excellent restaurants and shops, all within easy reach. It is near to the stunning beach and marina at Cabopino, a lovely stroll along the paseo, and well placed to visit Fuengirola and Elviria. View our Calahonda holiday rentals here.

Estepona is another very popular area. It is more traditionally Spanish in feel, yet has lots to do and stunning beaches. There is a great safari park nearby and play centres for the kids, so families like to visit. The restaurants are also excellent, with a wide range of options along Calle Real, and also lining the seafront promenade. Browse our Estepona rentals.

These are just a few of the great areas to visit along the Costa del Sol. The area really does have it all, from bustling cities to quiet, traditional villages. If you’re struggling to decide where to go, consult our experts. Just tell us what you’re looking for and your price range and we’ll make some recommendations for you and help you to choose the perfect place for your next holiday in the sun.

Travelling to the Costa del Sol after Monarch

Travelling to the Costa del Sol after Monarch

It’s been a tricky few months for the airline industry with Ryanair’s cancellations, Norwegian cutting routes and Monarch going bust and some of our visitors who are considering travelling over here to sunny Spain are expressing concern about how they can get here now that Monarch is no longer around.

Please don’t worry, there are so many airlines flying into Malaga airport, with regular flights and excellent value tickets and so your sunshine holiday is still as easy to reach! In fact there are predictions that airline seats will actually increase this winter compared to last year, despite airline closures.

According to CAPA Centre for Aviation “Growth in airline seats from Europe will accelerate to 7.2% in winter 2017/2018, versus 5.7% last winter” which represents the highest winter growth for 10 years. They expect that capacity from Monarch and Airberlin will be reallocated to other providers who are vying for the business.

Malaga in particular is still a very important hub and has seen increasing passenger numbers throughout the year. Malaga airport offers flights to over 100 destinations in 25 countries! It is served by a large number of airlines which connect travellers in the UK, Northern Ireland, Europe and Scandinavia to the amazing destinations on the Costa del Sol with regular low-cost flights. The airlines flying direct from the UK include British Airways, EasyJet, TUI, Ryanair, Vueling, Flybe, Norwegian and Jet2. BA is one of the airlines negotiating to take over Monarch’s routes, and we expect news of this soon.

From outside the UK there are flights with KLM, TAP Air Portugal, Smart Wings, Air France, Aer Lingus, Iberia, eurowings, Lufthansa and many more. Routes have been increasing over the last few years, with more flights going into Gibraltar due to demand, and EasyJet and Jet2 increasing their routes and seats from the UK to Spain, so there is growth in this sector. For example, SAS Airlines have just announced that they will be flying from Malmo in Sweden direct into Malaga once a week in the winter and three times a week in the summer months. We expect more airlines to make similar announcements to take advantage of Monarch’s absence.

If you are still concerned, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself from the effects of any further airline bankruptcy.

  • Book flights which are ATOL protected
  • Use a credit card to make your purchase
  • Look into travel insurance which would cover you in the event of the airline going bust. Make sure you read the Ts & Cs, as not all travel insurance does this.

With these safeguards in place, book your holiday and look forward to coming to see us on the Costa del Sol. Check out our stunning Costa del Sol holiday rentals and start dreaming of your next holiday!

The Costa del Sol – the perfect spring holiday destination

The Costa del Sol – the perfect spring holiday destination

Spring is officially here, with the clocks going back to give us longer evenings and the weather treating us to lots of spring sunshine, it is a great time to visit the Costa del Sol.

If you ask the locals, they will tell you that spring is one of their favourite times of year, when the warmth of the sun reappears, the beach restaurants and clubs open their doors once more and excitement is in the air for the beginning of the new season. There’s a great atmosphere, everyone is enjoying the warmer weather and more events and activities are popping up all along the Costa del Sol.

As we mentioned last month, Easter is just around the corner and this means a week of processions, pomp and ceremony and bank holidays a plenty, which makes getting away even easier. If you haven’t booked an Easter break yet, there is still some last minute availability, but things are booking up fast, so give us a call to find out what we have left in your chosen area.

However, spring is a lot more than just visiting at Easter. If you aren’t restricted by the school holidays, we’d recommend coming at the end of April and the beginning of May, when the temperatures are rising, but flights are still relatively cheap and the peak period of rentals hasn’t yet begun. This is a brilliant time to visit and your money goes a lot further!

Here are three great holiday rental properties in three different areas, which are perfect for a spring getaway.

3 bedroom apartment Marbella Town – This luxury apartment is situated in the prestigious complex of Jardines de Principe in Marbella, within walking distance of the beach and the heart of this fabulous town. The complex includes a communal pool and parking and the apartment itself is stylish, light and spacious.

2 bedroom apartment Riviera – This lovely 2 bedroom top floor apartment is situated in the complex of Monte B in the area of Miraflores. The complex is only 850m from the sandy beaches of Torrenueva and Riviera del Sol and is a few minutes’ drive/walk to the local shops and restaurants. On the complex itself there is a communal pool and bar restaurant just for the use of the residents and guests of this complex.

2 bedroom apartment Estepona – This modern 1st floor 2 bedroom apartment is situated in the beach side complex of Playa del Angel in Estepona, only a few minute’s walk from the centre of town. Within the complex there is a large pool area with a snack bar within mature, landscaped gardens with fountains throughout and a children’s play area and guests benefit from the use of the full gym and sauna.

HolidayRentalontheWeb offers a great range of Costa del Sol holiday rentals and can advise you on the best areas and the best properties to fit your needs and budgets. Check out our list of the most popular Costa del Sol holiday destinations or contact us today.

Finding Parking on the Costa del Sol in Summer

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Summer is definitely hotting up here on the Costa del Sol and tourists are pouring in from all over the world to enjoy our famous beaches, lifestyle and food. We love summer here, but one thing which causes us and our guests issues in the peak summer months is parking, so we wanted to give you some advice on how to deal with traffic and parking during the busiest times of year.

  1. Try to find accommodation with parking – If you’re planning to hire a car, or will be driving down, the best thing is to book accommodation with parking so you don’t have to worry. Also look for accommodation which has something within walking distance, such as a local shop, bar, or café, just to give the designated driver a break and to limit the need to hunt for parking.
  2. Look out for short stay blue zones – If you’re popping into town for a short time, then the blue marked bays are a good option. These entitle you to up to 2 hours of parking and are very inexpensive and because they aren’t available all day they tend to be easier to find than free or longer stay parking. Also, they are usually free over lunch (2-4pm) and after 9pm. Over the weekends there’s only a charge in the mornings on Saturday from 9-2 and after that and on Sundays it’s free. Check the nearest meter to the bay for the hours and charges.
  3. Enjoy the walk – One of the nicest things to do during the summer on the Costa del Sol is to stroll along the promenade and with that in mind, you can park further out from the centre to minimise stress and expense and take a lovely walk at the same time. Park where you can and then head to the sea and you’ll find yourself on one of the coastal paths – easy!
  4. Use the underground car parks – There are lots of very central underground car parks in the main towns and although these can be expensive, they keep the car cool, are always well located and are the most convenient option. Ask them if they have any deals for a weekly pass if you find a car park you want to use a lot, as this can be a good option.
  5. Use technology to save money – Fuengirola has recently adopted a clever way to only pay for the time you use in their blue zones. Using the app Telpark, you can say when you leave your parking space and be credited with the money that’s left over to use another time. Malaga is expected to follow suit and if successful other towns on the Costa del Sol will be sure to be quick to adopt it which will be good news for everyone.

If this all sounds like hard work on your holiday, other options are to choose a town which has everything you want in easy reach and has good public transport, such as Fuengirola. It has great shopping, restaurants and miles of blue flag beaches and it has a central train station and bus station so you can avoid needing a car. You can also cycle for miles along the seaside promenade, so hiring a bike is a great option.

We have a wide range of Fuengirola holiday rentals, with some last minute availability for this summer. But if you are hoping to travel to the Costa del Sol this summer, please contact us as soon as possible, as there’s a very high demand for quality self-catering accommodation this year

Get in the mood for love with a romantic getaway

Get in the mood for love with a romantic getawayThere’s no escaping Valentine’s Day, with cards, balloons, flowers and gifts starting to fill the shelves as soon as Christmas is out of the way. But if you haven’t decided what to do yet and want to avoid the clichés or do something very special, then why not whisk the one you love away from it all for some winter sun in Spain. This year 14th February falls on a Sunday, so it’s a great opportunity to go for a short break, from Friday to Monday. We have a range of holiday rentals available for short breaks, so please just ask to see the collection.

The Costa del Sol is a great place to spend Valentine’s Day, as it’s not so commercial or over the top as the UK, yet still feels very special. Many of the International restaurants put on special events for the night and you can see a list of great options for Valentine’s on the Costa del Sol on My Destination Marbella.

Alternatively you can create your own romantic moments. To help you create something really special, here are a few ideas (don’t worry, we won’t tell her you didn’t think of it yourself) –

  • Picnic on the Beach – Sitting on the beach with a bottle of champagne or Spanish cava, ham, cheese, strawberries and chocolates with the sand between your toes is a very special experience and even better when it’s in February and so cold at home. This is a low cost, but very romantic experience, we’d suggest you go down there in the early evening and watch the sun go down.
  • Take the cable car up to the top of Mount Calamorro in Benalmadena and enjoy the 15 minute ride and exceptional views from the top. Hide a bottle of fizz in your bag and find a secluded spot for a unique Valentine’s moment.
  • Head to the slopes for a day of skiing in the Sierra Nevada and cuddle up in a cozy bar for a mulled wine. You can be down on the coast again for a romantic meal by the beach in Marbella – that’s pretty hard to beat for a very special someone.
  • Go to a local market and cook a delicious meal to enjoy on your terrace. Then as evening draws in, snuggle up by the fire in your holiday rental, for a perfect evening away from it all.

We can find you the perfect holiday rental property to make the most romantic gesture or even pop the question. Contact us and let us know what you need and we can suggest a list of properties which will really impress, featuring heated pools, hot tubs, saunas, four poster beds and open fires, so you won’t leave anything to chance. Happy Valentines!

Winter Sun and Skiing – The Perfect Combination!

Winter Sun and Skiing SpainThe Costa del Sol is in the enviable position of having glorious weather and beaches which can be enjoyed all year round and the extra bonus for the winter visitor of being able to ski just 2 hours away in the Sierra Nevada. Starting the day on the beach and hitting the slopes in the afternoon is a surreal experience, but a wonderful one and something we’d definitely recommend. It’s an easy day trip, or you can stay overnight if you want a more leisurely time in the snow. The ski season runs from 1st December to 1st May so there’s plenty of time to come and try it for yourself.

It was a tough start to the season for all ski resorts in Europe and Sierra Nevada suffers more than most due to its southern location. However, as temperatures dropped towards Christmas they were able to get the snow cannons out and open more runs on the lower slopes and they received a brilliant gift for the special day of the Three Kings with heavy snows falling, low temperatures and more snow forecast this weekend. January tends to be a month with more rain on the coast which means snow up in the mountains, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed for much more snow to come. To check out the latest ski conditions and look at the web cams visit http://sierranevada.es/en/

The best time for skiing in the Sierra Nevada tends to be February and March when the January snows form a good base for skiing and winds tend to be lower. Plus as it’s the low season for the Costa del Sol, the flights and holiday rentals are much cheaper than in the summer, so it can be a really affordable way to get your snow fix this year.

This is a compact resort, but it has a good mix of runs and enough to keep intermediate skiers very happy for several days. In total there are 124 pistes, and 21 lifts connecting up the runs, plus a pretty village with lots of fun options for après-ski. If you visit during the week you will have many runs to yourself and lift queues are a minimum, which is bliss. Try and avoid weekends and holidays if you can though, as these can be packed. More information on Sierra Nevada

If you’re looking to do a day trip to the mountains, and want to keep your journey to a minimum, as well as being close to the culture, nightlife and shopping of Malaga, we’d recommend choosing Benalmadena, just 15 minutes’ drive from Malaga airport, on the train line to Malaga city and only two hours from the slopes.

We have a very affordable option perfect for a couple on a winter break, which is a spacious studio apartment in Benalmadena close to all the amenities, a short walk to the stunning Paloma Park and just 700 meters from the beach. It includes a kitchen, bathroom, large lounge with sofa bed and a terrace with glass curtains. During the ski season you can rent this studio flat for just 357€ per week, a real bargain.

If you check the snow report and see a really good weather and excellent conditions, give us a call and check our last minute availability, during low season there are normally lots of holiday rental options even at the last minute, so don’t miss out!

Visiting the Costa del Sol for Christmas

Visiting the Costa del Sol for ChristmasIt feels like summer only just finished on the Costa del Sol, but now that Halloween is over and the clocks have gone back, we can’t deny that Christmas is nearly upon us.

If the dark, cold weather is getting you down and the endless Christmas songs and ads are already driving you crazy, why not consider a different kind of Christmas this year in the winter sun destination of the Costa del Sol?

Those who can feel bah-humbug about Christmas in the UK, will find a Spanish Christmas refreshing and relaxing. There’s much less emphasis on the commercial side of Christmas, decorations don’t go up until the beginning of December and the events are quite low-key and charity focussed as opposed to a huge corporate marketing machine.

You can choose to indulge in Christmas as much or as little as you wish. Want to feel festive? Head into Marbella’s Old Town or into Malaga’s shopping district to see the lights and sample some chestnuts and vino caliente (mulled wine), visit one of the Christmas markets or go and hear carols at one of the stunning churches. There’s a new synthetic ice rink in San Pedro Boulevard which I am sure will be really popular during Christmas and kids can visit Santa in his grotto either in La Cañada shopping centre, or in Marbella’s Plaza Alameda. A really nice idea is to explore the chapels and squares in Marbella’s Old Town by following the routes to see the traditional “Belen” or nativity scenes, which range from the simple to the incredibly complex and ornate. Check out this page for Christmas activities in Marbella in English.

However, if you want to escape and disconnect from all the festivities, no problem, take a stroll down the seaside promenade, put on your sturdy shoes and head into the beautiful countryside for a hike, or indulge in some water sports such as kite surfing or paddle boarding.

Bear in mind that Christmas Day is not as important as Christmas Eve here, so you may find the day itself quieter than you expect. If you’re renting a self-catering property, then why not cook up a feast in your home from home? You can find all the Christmas favourites from the UK in the international supermarkets, or decide to indulge in stunning seafood and fish as the Spanish tend to do.

If that all sounds like too much hard work for your Costa del Sol Christmas getaway, then there are loads of great restaurants putting on special Christmas menus, with live music, a great atmosphere and delicious 4 or 5 course menus. There’s something for all budgets, check out local press such as the Euroweekly News and Essential to find out what’s going on and choose your favourite.

We can recommend a perfect holiday rental property on the Costa del Sol which will be your home from home this Christmas, but the best properties are already booking up, so please let us know your requirements as soon as you can.

We love Malaga – why it should be on your list of places to visit!

We love Malaga!If you’re planning a Christmas getaway or drawing up a 2016 travel wish list, don’t overlook the cosmopolitan, cultural hotspot of Malaga on the Costa del Sol. Often thought as simply an airport linking Brits with Andalucia’s best loved beach destinations, Malaga is an amazing destination in its own right with some of the best shopping, nightlife and museums you can find anywhere.

The Independent recently wrote a great article about Malaga’s success story and its incredible transformation which shone a light onto this often overlooked city and the response has been great. Describing Malaga as “hot, hip and happening” and “one of this year’s top-rated city break destinations” it praises the city for the well-placed investment which has changed it into a cultural hub with 30 museums which was nominated as a worthy candidate for the 2016 European Capital of Culture.

We couldn’t agree more! Malaga really has the X-Factor, with very pretty streets and impressive buildings which buzzes with life day and night. The newly developed port area has done wonders for the city, as it’s encouraged people to move around from the fantastic Muelle 1 area with its great shopping and chic bars and restaurants right on the marina, up to the Old Town with the iconic cathedral, striking fort and Roman ruins. Wherever you go, you will be spoilt for choice with bars, coffee shops and restaurants. The best time for dining is after 9pm, but don’t leave it too late as it’s getting such a great reputation as a gastronomic destination that the best restaurants fill up fast.

Just make sure you leave enough time to visit the amazing museums and galleries, as this has really converted the city into a cultural hotspot. We would recommend a visit to the new George Pompidou centre in Muelle 1 in Malaga’s port, a striking multi-coloured box you can’t miss, the CAC contemporary art gallery, the Picasso Museum and the Thyssen Gallery. For younger visitors, the interactive Music Museum is a great choice and the Automobile Museum is incredible for petrol heads. There’s so much to do you most certainly won’t get bored, to help you choose check out Tripadvisor’s Top 10 attractions in Malaga

Staying in Malaga can be very pricy and if you like self-catering accommodation, it can be very limited. We recommend basing yourself in nearby Torremolinos or Benalmadena, great destinations in their own right, with much better choice and good value accommodation. They are both connected by train to Malaga, so you can enjoy the buzz of the capital when you want it, but also relax with the slightly slower pace of life and the charm of a seaside destination.

We’d recommend this 3 bedroom penthouse in Torremolinos as you can benefit from a spacious, light and modern apartment with great communal facilities such as a pool, just a few minutes’ walk from the beach. You can relax on their private roof terrace and then jump on the train for a blast of culture and gastronomy whenever you want it. Browse the website for more properties near Malaga, or let us know what you need and we’ll recommend the best holiday rental property for you.

Walking Holidays on the Costa del Sol

wanderer-455338_1280Did you know that the Costa del Sol is a great place to walk? It’s a big part of the culture to “pasear” or stroll down your local seaside promenade, particularly on a Sunday before or after lunch. Estepona, Marbella and Fuengirola are great places to get involved in this lovely tradition and there are loads of great options if you love walking.

There are two great walking events taking place in Marbella in October where you can walk as a group, meet new people and have a great time. The first is the Neon Night Marbella a charity walk taking place on October 3rd, walking from the Hard Rock Café in Puerto Banus at 9pm and following an easy 3km walk, dressed in neon kits. It’s a fun, sociable, fundraising walk and suitable for all ages and abilities. Tickets to take part are 10€ and all funds raised will be donated to children’s charities.

The second walking event is Marbella 4Days Walking from 8-11 October. This is a great challenge which people travel from all over Europe to undertake. It costs just 40€ to take part in all 4 days or 12.50€ if you want to just do one or two days. The challenge is to walk routes of 20 or 30 km per day around Marbella for 4 days, a real achievement, a great way to see Marbella and also meet likeminded people and enjoy fun activities. Families and kids can also take part in two, shorter 6km routes on 10th and 11th October, which is a great way for all the family to get involved in walking.

If these events don’t fit with your schedule, then we can recommend the hiking in the countryside just inland from the coast. The picturesque village of Mijas Pueblo has wonderful hiking routes around the back of the village, which are rated by difficulty level and can be done on your own by following the signs or by joining one of the guided weekly walks which the Town Hall puts on. These walks take place each Saturday, leaving from the tourist office at 9am and taking various routes which normally last around 3 hours. Check out the walking programme here.

There are excellent walks around Istan, Ojen and Ronda to name a few, and there are several good companies offering private, guided walks and tours to ensure everything goes smoothly. There are also a few hiking groups you can join, such as the group which does weekly walks around Manilva every Sunday.

For those people who really want to push themselves there are two amazing options. One is the newly opened Caminito del Rey, a trail along a gorge which is not for the faint hearted or vertigo sufferers, but something which is a real experience. Please note you need to book a slot to do this as the numbers are strictly limited. You can find all the info and how to book the Caminito del Rey here.

But the biggest challenge has to be walking (also climbing in places) La Concha, the iconic mountain just behind Marbella. There is a hike from the Refugio de Juanar just outside Marbella which is approximately a 5 hour round trip and a distance of 11km. This is a challenging hike and not something that should be completed without adequate supplies or in bad weather. Here’s a good description of the route.

Whichever route you choose, we can provide great holiday rental properties where you can rest your weary feet and relax. We have properties very close to the hikes, or within the main towns so you can head out each day and do different routes. Marbella is probably the best base if you want to try several different routes, with Istan, Ojen and of course La Concha nearby to tackle. This stunning Marbella 3 bedroom apartment in a brilliant central location within walking distance of the beach is a great luxury option including a Jacuzzi bath to ease any aches and pains. Check out the options and let us know where you’d like to base yourselves and we can find you a great rental property.