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Don’t miss Malaga province’s beautiful countryside

Malaga province beautiful countryside

Most people think only of beaches when they think about the Costa del Sol, but just inland from this stunning stretch of coastline is miles and miles of beautiful countryside. We recommend combining time in the country, with time on the beach and in the towns, for a well-rounded view of this wonderful area.

It is amazing how quickly the modern, cosmopolitan coastal areas turn into sleepy rural villages, national parks, and beautiful wilderness. We love the area’s typical white villages, which are easily accessible from the coast and even have some lovely holiday rentals in them.

Close to Marbella, are the pretty villages of Ojen, Istan and Benahavis. Istan has a stunning lake and beautiful countryside around it and is a very traditional Spanish village. Benahavis by contrast is very international, but beautifully preserved and really picturesque. It is famous for its restaurants and known as “The Frying Pan of Andalucia” due to the huge number in such a small place. Foodies should definitely make their way here to get a bit of village charm and a wonderful meal too.

Casares is probably the prettiest white village, seeming to defy gravity with its houses clinging to the hillside below the hilltop church. It is like time has stood still when you walk into the centre of the village, with its winding streets and leisurely pace of life. Yet Casares also offers some great restaurants and even a new zipline for adrenaline junkies, so it’s a great holiday destination. Check out our blog to find out why to visit Casares and ask us about our Casares holiday rental properties if this sounds like the destination for you.

Inland from Fuengirola is the beautiful village of Mijas. This is pretty as a picture and is a vibrant place to visit, with lots of little shops, cafes and even a tiny wine museum and excellent art gallery. All around the village is stunning countryside, with great walking routes from the top of the village out into nature. For the best of both worlds Mijas Costa is a great base for a holiday. This is in the coastal zone, within easy reach of Fuengirola and its many attractions and the area’s many beaches, yet still close to the natural beauty of the village and the surrounding countryside.

There’s more than just the white villages to visit if you want to come into contact with the great outdoors. Estepona is known as the garden of the Costa del Sol due to its many parks and green spaces, plus its amazing botanical gardens with a great orchid collection. A little inland is the natural park of the Sierra Bermeja, with excellent hiking and mountain biking trails.

Last but not least, is the stunning countryside around Malaga. There are the Malaga Lakes, El Chorro gorge and of course the famous Caminito del Rey trail, which are very much worth a visit. Within an hour of the capital city of the province you have the amazing El Torcal natural park, with its weird and wonderful rock formations and excellent bird spotting. There’s also the pretty town of Antequera, miles of countryside dotted with olive trees and incredible historical sites such as the Dolmens which date back to 2500 BC.

To explore this area you can’t rely on public transport, so you either need to hire a car or take a guided tour. We were pleased to see that a new tour company launched recently called Tour de Malaga, who are specifically focusing on rural Malaga and helping visitors to enjoy this stunning countryside. This is definitely an aspect of the area which isn’t being explored as much as it should!

If you like the idea of holidaying away from the hustle and bustle and would like a holiday rental property surrounded by beautiful countryside, we can help you find it. Contact us with your requirements and any areas you particularly like and we’d be happy to provide you with a list of peaceful getaways, which are still within easy reach of everything the coast has to offer.

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.

Wine tourism on the Costa del Sol

Wine tourism on the Costa del Sol

Did you know that as well as the glorious sunshine and beaches, the Costa del Sol is a great place to discover wine? It may not be as well known as the more traditional wine producing areas of the world, but Andalucia is growing in reputation for producing great quality wines and increasingly opening up their bodegas and vineyards to visitors. Wine is excellent value for money here in Spain and there are many specialist wine shops and bars where you can try some of the best and most interesting wines in Spain.

If you want wine to play a role in your next Costa del Sol holiday, here are four things to do and places to go –

  1. Take a day trip to Ronda

Ronda has been making wines since the Roman times and has a wonderful climate and soil conditions. In recent years, it has been making a name for itself for producing some excellent wines and recently launched an official wine tourism route where you can visit bodegas, sample wines and find out how they are made. While you’re there, marvel at the gorge and enormous bridge and visit the home of modern bullfighting. Ronda is an easy day trip from Marbella.

  1. Visit Manilva and learn about their sweet wines

Manilva is in the western Costa del Sol and is famous for its sweet wines and white village surrounded by vines. There is a wine museum where you can learn about the making of the wines and do a tasting. This is where Nilva wine is being produced, a new breed of Manilva wine which is winning many awards at the moment and you can meet the maker and even visit the vineyards as part of a tour. Nearby Puerto de la Duquesa is a popular holiday spot, with great restaurants, bars and nightlife. We have a selection of Manilva holiday rentals, such as this two bedroom apartment in Sabinillas, ask our team for recommendations.

  1. Head to Mijas Pueblo

Mijas Pueblo is one of the Costa del Sol’s most charming villages, with winding streets, white washed houses and lots of lovely shops and restaurants. For wine buffs, a visit to the wine museum is a must. You can pop in and sample wines and learn about them from their well trained staff, or if you have a group of 8 or more you can book a special wine tasting course which is an excellent experience. If this sounds like a good base for your holiday, browse our Mijas holiday rentals.

  1. Try sherry and do a bodega tour in Jerez

A little further afield is the birthplace of sherry Jerez, approximately two hours drive from Marbella. It makes a good day trip, but if you want to sample the sherry it may be wise to stay overnight. There are massive bodegas such as Tio Pepe which you can visit, learn about the production and try the sherries. There are also more interesting places such as the Bodega Tradición which specialises in very old and rare sherries and has a wonderful collection of Spanish art.

Foodies and wine buffs are really spoilt for choice here on the Costa del Sol with many Michelin starred restaurants offering wonderful food with wine pairings and many great gourmet markets to visit. Enjoy your visit!

Exciting events announced for Estepona in 2018

Exciting events announced for Estepona in 2018

There’s a lot going on in the beautiful seaside town of Estepona this year. The charming town is well known for its summer feria and Ham Festival, as well as cultural events throughout the year and now the Town Hall has announced two more great events to look forward to.

Wine lovers will love the festival “10 Wine Street Estepona” on the 13th and 14th of July which will celebrate the wines of Rioja, right in the centre of the city. During the festival, you can taste wines from the most important bodegas from the Rioja region, including Faustino, Campillo and Marques de Vitoria. There will also be wine producers from other countries represented to showcase the best international wines. There will be a chance for wine pairings, where you can try different tapas paired with the best wines to complement the flavour profiles and there will also be live music.

This is an evening event, from 7.30pm to 11.30 and you need to book a place on the tastings, as there is a limit of 200 people per tasting. To find out more information and register for the tastings visit the website www.10winestreet.com

The second new event to be announced in the Estepona calendar is the cycling race “Gran Fondo Costa del Sol” which will start and finish in Estepona on the 15th of September. Approximately 1,000 cyclists will gather in Estepona to start their 133 kilometre journey.

One of the reasons why Estepona was chosen as the starting point for this event, is the spectacular mountain climb up to the Peñas Blancas which has become a real classic challenge for cyclists and has been included in competitions including the Vuelta Ciclista a España. If you are a cycling enthusiast, watch the participants start the race at 9am at the Fairground and Sports park, it will be a great spectacle! Cyclists can also sign up on the website from the 24th of August, there is a cost of 35€ to register. www.granfondocostadelsol.es

If either of these events appeal to you, we have a wide range of Estepona holiday rentals to choose from, here are two of our favourites..


6 Bedroom Holiday Villa in Estepona – Property ID:1417

This stunning south-facing finca with private pool and extensive terraces and outdoor areas is set within a natural, unspoilt plot in Estepona. The finca is surrounded by trees and offers stunning views to the sea and mountains. This tranquil location is well off the beaten track, but is still an easy distance to all amenities. Perfect for a romantic break, peaceful retreat or family reunion. The sea is approx. 2km away offering wide stretches of beach with beach restaurants. There is a riding school close by and there are many hiking routes, golf courses and Laguna Village with a beach club, restaurants and shops is within an easy drive.

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1 Bedroom Holiday Penthouse Apartment in Estepona with Private Terrace – Property ID:1005

This luxury penthouse apartment is situated in the prestigious beachside complex of Mar Azul. It’s stunning gardens include a series of pools, fountains, a beach bar and has direct access onto the beach. This stylish 1 bedroom apartment is furnished to the highest quality and commands the whole top floor of the apartment block. Special to this apartment is the extensive south-facing terrace and the stunning panoramic sea views it offers. The terrace wraps around 3 sides and is furnished with comfortable seating and dining areas to make the most of this incredible location and vistas.

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Enjoy amazing golf in stunning surroundings at the Andalucía Costa del Sol Match Play 9

Andalucía Costa del Sol Match Play 9

The second edition of the Andalucía Costa del Sol Match Play 9 will be held at the stunning Valle Romano Golf in Estepona from May 17-20 2018. Following a successful first staging last season, the picturesque coastal town of Estepona will now host the second edition of the innovative event, won last year by England’s Aaron Rai.

It is a great event to watch in beautiful surroundings and can be the perfect excuse for a spring break for any golf lover. Combine it with playing a few rounds yourself on one of the Costa del Sol’s amazing courses and this is a perfect way to enjoy some early spring sunshine. Don’t tell everyone, but May is one of our favourite times of year!

Valle Romano Golf boasts a phenomenal Championship course, with signature holes named after famous Spanish players including José María Olazábal and Seve Ballesteros. The Cabell N Robinson designed course, which hosted the Second Stage of Qualifying School in 2013, has a challenging parkland layout, which measures 6975 yards and is known for its fast greens.

To make your visit to Valle Romano an exceptional one, here are some outstanding holiday rental apartments in this lovely golfing complex, where you can relax and enjoy your golfing vacation.

The complex offers 24 hour security with two pool areas within the communal areas and stunning views over the 18-hole golf course to the Mediterranean Sea as well as the majestic mountain range. The Club House has a restaurant, Golf Shop, Golf School, Practice Range and a sauna. Although inland, it is just a few minutes drive to the coast and a few minutes more to the bustling town of Estepona.


2 BED FRONT LINE GOLF PENTHOUSE APARTMENT VALLE ROMANO – PROPERTY ID:1968

This beautiful two bedroom penthouse is stylishly furnished with A/C and heating throughout. It consists of a bright lounge/diner fitted with a sofa, dining table and chairs and a smart TV. The lounge leads out onto the sunny south facing terrace furnished with dining table and chairs. The spiral staircase on the terrace leads to the roof terrace offering stunning views to the mountains and over the valley to the sea. This terrace is fitted with sun loungers and reclining chairs to enjoy all day sun. The kitchen is fully equipped including a hob, fridge/freezer, microwave and washing machine.

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2 BEDROOM APARTMENT OVERLOOKING VALLE ROMANO GOLF COURSE – PROPERTY ID:1998

This stylish two bedroom apartment overlooks the 18th hole of the outstanding golf course within the Valle Romano Golf & Resort Club and boasts beautiful sea views, free Wi-Fi and hot and cold A/C. This is a superb property with a large entrance hall and lounge area with great space for relaxing and dining. It has a large, modern fully equipped kitchen and utility area. There is a master bedroom with en-suite and a guest bedroom and family bathroom.

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2 BED DUPLEX PENTHOUSE FRONT LINE GOLF AT VALLE ROMANO – PROPERTY ID:2011

This beautiful two bedroom duplex penthouse is fully equipped with A/C and heating throughout and consists of a bright lounge/diner fitted with a sofa bed (For sleeping 2 persons), dining table and chairs and a smart TV. The lounge leads out onto the sunny south facing terrace furnished with seating area and sun loungers. The spiral staircase on the terrace leads to the roof terrace offering stunning views to the mountains and over the valley to the sea. This terrace is fitted with reclining chairs to enjoy all day sun.

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TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT WITHIN VALLE ROMANO GOLF – PROPERTY ID:2069

This is a stunning, modern two bedroom apartment located within the complex of Valle Romano Golf. The property is situated alongside this superb 18 hole golf course which offers sea views and is just a short walk from the club house, restaurant and the driving range. The apartment has air conditioning hot and cold, two bedrooms and bathrooms, a spacious lounge and dining area and a fully-equipped kitchenette. The lounge and kitchenette both open on to a covered terrace with a table and chairs where you can relax and dine outside

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Starlite announces acts for 2018

Despite the uncertainty about Starlite’s future in Marbella last year it seems like the organisers and the Town Hall have come to an agreement and this great music festival will take place this year. This is great news for the holiday makers who want to combine a sunshine and beach holiday with seeing some amazing acts live in concert. Today we’re answering your questions about Starlite and live music on the Costa del Sol to help you plan your next trip. What is Starlite? Starlite is a very popular music festival which takes place in a spectacular location just outside Marbella’s centre in July and August. Why is it so popular? Starlite offers a great combination of concerts with big names, live music sessions, gastronomy and bars. You can go up to Starlite for a drink or a bite to eat even when there isn’t a concert and they have added in live music sessions outside the main auditorium to offer cheaper tickets with an excellent atmosphere and some great performers. There will also be DJ sessions every night, which will be a great addition to your holiday this year. Who is playing this year? Lots of fantastic acts have been announced already, with many more to come over the coming months. We’re very excited that we can see the legendary Sting on the 19th of July, as his live performances are always wonderful. Il Divo will also be performing in July, bringing their “classical crossover” style to Marbella on the 28th of July. Fans of Spanish music and dance shouldn’t miss David Bisbal on the 20th of July and extraordinary dancer Sara Baras who will be performing on the 11th of August. James Blunt is also performing at Starlite, taking to the stage on the 3rd of August, as part of his Afterlove Tour. How can you get tickets? Tickets can be bought online here and you can already secure your tickets for all the artists that have been announced and also book tables for the DJ sessions. As there are lots more artists and events to be announced, sign up for the newsletter on the website so you can get all the updates http://starlitemarbella.com/en/ Where should I stay? Marbella, Nueva Andalucia and San Pedro are three wonderful holiday destinations which are within an easy cab ride of Starlite. The map isn’t giving me results again, the Marbella and Nueva Andalucia properties give a 404 error and when I click the links on the location pages they don’t give me any properties. FYI Where else can I see live music this year? We are lucky to be able to have a lot of excellent live music in bars, restaurants and festivals here on the Costa del Sol. However, they can be late to be announced, so as you plan your trip keep your eyes peeled! Fuengirola’s Sohail Castle and the Puente Romano Tennis Club always do great concerts and the ferias through the summer are wonderful if you like flamenco and Spanish pop. Check the website for concert promoter Crazy Music Productions and the event sections of MyGuideMarbella and Marbella Azul for what’s happening during your stay. Here are some highlights to look forward to – • If you’re an Indie Fan, head to the festival in the small village of Ojen just outside Marbella in the first weekend of July for Ojeando. • Dance music fans will enjoy the three day music festival Weekend Beach Festival in July near to Malaga and also the electronic music and dance festival at the beginning of August in Estepona. • In September the focus moves to Gibraltar for the MTV Gibraltar Calling on the 21st and 22nd which always attracts some very big names. Find out more Whichever concert or festival you choose they start and finish late, so we recommend choosing a conveniently located holiday rental property which you can reach by cab from the venue. That way you can come and go as you please and recover the next day with a lazy day on the sofa and plenty of coffee! If you let us know where you want to go and see live music, and on what dates, we can recommend the best holiday rentals with availability. Get in touch today

Despite the uncertainty about Starlite’s future in Marbella last year it seems like the organisers and the Town Hall have come to an agreement and this great music festival will take place this year. This is great news for the holiday makers who want to combine a sunshine and beach holiday with seeing some amazing acts live in concert.

Today we’re answering your questions about Starlite and live music on the Costa del Sol to help you plan your next trip.

What is Starlite?

Starlite is a very popular music festival which takes place in a spectacular location just outside Marbella’s centre in July and August.

Why is it so popular?

Starlite offers a great combination of concerts with big names, live music sessions, gastronomy and bars. You can go up to Starlite for a drink or a bite to eat even when there isn’t a concert and they have added in live music sessions outside the main auditorium to offer cheaper tickets with an excellent atmosphere and some great performers. There will also be DJ sessions every night, which will be a great addition to your holiday this year.

Who is playing this year?

Lots of fantastic acts have been announced already, with many more to come over the coming months. We’re very excited that we can see the legendary Sting on the 19th of July, as his live performances are always wonderful. Il Divo will also be performing in July, bringing their “classical crossover” style to Marbella on the 28th of July. Fans of Spanish music and dance shouldn’t miss David Bisbal on the 20th of July and extraordinary dancer Sara Baras who will be performing on the 11th of August. James Blunt is also performing at Starlite, taking to the stage on the 3rd of August, as part of his Afterlove Tour.

How can you get tickets?

Tickets can be bought online here and you can already secure your tickets for all the artists that have been announced and also book tables for the DJ sessions. As there are lots more artists and events to be announced, sign up for the newsletter on the website so you can get all the updates http://starlitemarbella.com/en/

Where should I stay?

Marbella, Nueva Andalucia and San Pedro are three wonderful holiday destinations which are within an easy cab ride of Starlite.

 

Where else can I see live music this year?

We are lucky to be able to have a lot of excellent live music in bars, restaurants and festivals here on the Costa del Sol. However, they can be late to be announced, so as you plan your trip keep your eyes peeled! Fuengirola’s Sohail Castle and the Puente Romano Tennis Club always do great concerts and the ferias through the summer are wonderful if you like flamenco and Spanish pop. Check the website for concert promoter Crazy Music Productions and the event sections of MyGuideMarbella and Marbella Azul for what’s happening during your stay.

Here are some highlights to look forward to –

  • If you’re an Indie Fan, head to the festival in the small village of Ojen just outside Marbella in the first weekend of July for Ojeando.
  • Dance music fans will enjoy the three day music festival Weekend Beach Festival in July near to Malaga and also the electronic music and dance festival at the beginning of August in Estepona.
  • In September the focus moves to Gibraltar for the MTV Gibraltar Calling on the 21st and 22nd which always attracts some very big names. Find out more

Whichever concert or festival you choose they start and finish late, so we recommend choosing a conveniently located holiday rental property which you can reach by cab from the venue. That way you can come and go as you please and recover the next day with a lazy day on the sofa and plenty of coffee! If you let us know where you want to go and see live music, and on what dates, we can recommend the best holiday rentals with availability. Get in touch today

Cycling holidays on the Costa del Sol

Cycling holidays on the Costa del Sol

We were pleased to see Marbella getting behind the cycling trend by implementing a new scheme in the city with the company OFO, who are pioneering the station-free bike sharing. With OFO, you can pick up a bike anywhere and leave it where you need to go. There is an app that helps you find your nearest bike, then you have to scan it and use the app to unlock it. You then ride it wherever you need and then park it and lock it to end the trip. It is a really easy and cheap way to hire a bike, costing just 50 cents for half an hour. Find out more about the concept and download the app here

They are now running a pilot in Marbella with 200 bikes and an introductory price of 35 cents per half an hour and 5€ for the whole day and after the first phase they hope to expand it to include more bikes too!

This is not the only way to enjoy cycling in Marbella or the Costa del Sol. There are many bike hire companies who can rent out bikes for half days, full days, or your whole holiday, so you can really explore the stunning scenery that this area has to offer. There are also tours around the main towns on the Costa del Sol by bike, which can give you a different perspective of these beautiful places and get you moving!

Where to cycle on the Costa del Sol?

One of the easiest and most scenic ways to cycle along the Costa del Sol is to head down to the sea and ride along the seafront promenade. There are long stretches of “paseo” all along the coast and the Town Halls are working hard to join up the routes. In the end, the plan is to have one path joining Nerja with Manilva and stretching 180 kilometers.

The path is 80% complete and there are fantastic stretches where you can cycle or walk. The longest is a 22.6km stretch from Rincon de la Victoria through Malaga and to the River Guadalhorce. Marbella also has an excellent 11.8km stretch starting from the Bajadilla fishing port taking you through Marbella, to Puerto Banus and along to San Pedro – this is a lovely ride. Find out more about the coastal path near your holiday rental here.

Once you’ve explored the coastal path, then it’s time to head into the hills to explore the beautiful countryside and there are some excellent routes for mountain biking and road biking enthusiasts, as well as companies which organise tours.

A lovely route, if you are a strong cyclist looking for a challenge, is to climb the hill up from Marbella’s bus station on a winding road with great views up towards Ojen. This is a steep climb, but will take you up to the Refugio El Juanar and the stunning park which leads up to La Concha. Once in the park you cycle through trees and along paths and it’s a really beautiful setting. This is just one of many routes which you can find on wikiloc

Riding is a great way to explore inland Costa del Sol, enjoy stunning scenery and visit the picturesque white villages. However, be warned that it’s all up hill from the coast and the climbs are pretty intense, so you might want to consider driving to a convenient point and then cycling from there if you are with a family or have inexperienced cyclists in your group.

Alternatively, choose a holiday rental in a great area for cycling, so you can have a base to explore the beautiful countryside and towns and just do short stints each day. We have already mentioned that Marbella and Malaga are great for cyclists, but there are many more, such as Estepona, which in addition to a lovely long seafront promenade, has some lovely parks and excellent cycling routes nearby. Mijas is another good destination for cyclists, with a very long seafront promenade in Fuengirola and a challenging but stunning hill climb up to the village. Behind the village is beautiful countryside, hikes and routes for mountain bikers as well. Finally, basing yourself up in Casares village removes the punishing climbs and allows you to enjoy the beautiful natural park and winding paths around this gorgeous white village.

For more advice on holidaying on the Costa del Sol and to find your perfect holiday rental property, please get in touch. You can browse on our website, or send through your requirements and we will send you a list of properties that fit the bill!

Why visit Casares in 2018

Why visit Casares in 2018

Casares is a stunning white village in the hills inland from the Costa del Sol. It is a wonderful place to visit and a village that we really love, here are five reasons why you should be planning your next holiday to Casares.

  1. It is charming and pretty with an old fashioned Spanish vibe – It is just a short car ride from the bustling town of Estepona, but arriving in Casares is like stepping back into time. The beautiful village is built around and on a rocky outcrop, with the houses clinging onto the rock and steep paths winding up the hill. People looking for the “real Spain” but within easy reach of the coast’s facilities will love it here.
  2. The countryside is gorgeous and it is ideal for hiking and birdwatching – Nature lovers will be delighted by the unspoilt countryside all around Casares. The village sits in the Sierra Bermeja natural park with volcanic mountains (now extinct), unique flora and fauna and native pine forests which are not found anywhere else in the world. The area is protected and perfect for hiking and spotting amazing birds of prey, which nest in this natural paradise. It has varied countryside with rocky outcrops, rolling plains, valleys and rivers, so it is a great base for a walking holiday.
  3. There are lots of sites to visit – Within the village itself you can visit ruins of an impressive Medieval castle perched high on the rock, a lovely church and chapel, the birthplace of the father of Andalusian nationalism Blas Infante and the cultural centre which has been named after Casares’ famous son. In the surrounding countryside you can visit Roman baths and see an impressive aqueduct dating back to this period. History and nature lovers can also visit the ruins of the Roman city of LACIPO founded in the 2nd century BC, admire the impressive town walls and admire stunning views across the countryside.
  4. The restaurants are amazing – In recent years, Casares has established itself as a gourmet destination, with lots of amazing restaurants popping up in a small area. There are many different ones to choose from, but we particularly like Arroyo Hondo, The Forge and Venta Garcia.
  5. You can try out the new zipline – Thrill seekers must try the newly opened zipline, which connects the El Chaparral viewpoint with the village below. The zipline runs for 300 meters above the valley and gives you a 30 second adrenaline filled aerial tour of Casares. It is now open to the public at the weekends and costs 12€. Find out more

If Casares sounds like the perfect holiday destination for you, we have a great holiday rental property for you. This 3 bedroom townhouse in Casares has 3 bathrooms, a spacious and well equipped kitchen, dining and living area and a terrace with panoramic views. It is situated in a charming urbanisation, inspired by the traditional style of the Andalusian white village, which boasts a shared swimming pool and underground parking. All of the bedrooms are ensuite, so this is a great property for a group holiday.

Please contact us if you have any questions about where to spend your next holiday, the Costa del Sol really has something for everyone!

Why should you book your holidays in January

Why should you book your holidays in January

The post Christmas blues and January’s cold, wet weather, leads people to book sunshine holidays in their hoards. The first Saturday on the New Year is dubbed Sunshine Saturday in the UK, and it is the busiest booking day of the whole year for travel agents and airlines! So the question is have you booked yet?

Don’t worry if you haven’t, there’s still plenty of time, but we do recommend getting ahead of the curve to get the best deals and ensure availability. Some people like to wait to see the last minute deals, and of course that’s fine too, but early bookings are important if you fit into any of these categories.

  1. You have kids and need to travel in the school holidays – Not surprisingly, these are the most popular times to travel and availability is limited, so getting in ahead of the rest is the best idea.
  2. If you have a particular destination in mind, which has limited accommodation – If you love a particular village which doesn’t have many holiday rentals or hotels, then booking early will make sure you’re not disappointed.
  3. If you have fallen in love with a particular villa or apartment and want to return – We have many guests that return to the same holiday rental time and time again, because it is perfect for them. If that’s your case, then don’t wait to book, especially in peak times, as you may be disappointed.
  4. If you’re travelling in a group – Group holidays are getting increasingly popular, but take some organisation to make sure that everyone is free, so fixing your dates and booking up that perfect villa in January makes sense.
  5. If you’re dreaming of a spring break this year – Spring is a lovely time to visit the Costa del Sol, flights and accommodation are cheaper and you don’t have to wait so long to get away. But time flies once you’re back into your routine and spring will be here before you know it, so get booking before it’s too late!

If you are inspired to start planning your next holiday this month, here are three great holiday rental properties.

2 Bed Penthouse Casares – This 2 bedroom penthouse is simply stunning. Set right on the beach in Casares this spacious penthouse has top of the range furnishings, an enormous terrace and additional roof terrace with double 4 poster sunbed.

3 Bed apartment San Pedro – This fabulous three bedroom apartment is just 50 metres from the beach in San Pedro de Alcantara, within walking distance of restaurants and bars and close to town. It is located in a stunning complex with water features and manicured gardens and overlooks the communal pool.

5 Bed Townhouse Elviria – This magnificent property is at the very top of La Mairena Monte in Elviria, Marbella. Although classified as a townhouse, it is more of an end of terrace villa as it spans over 3 floors and benefits from a games room, a cinema room and boasts 5 bedrooms. This small complex of only 8 townhouses offers a tranquil infinity pool, an indoor pool for the winter months, grassed communal gardens and truly fantastic views to the Mediterranean and the mountains.

Please let us know if we can help you choose the right location and the perfect holiday rental for your 2018 holiday. Our experts all live on the Costa del Sol, love the area and can advise you on the best place for your precious holiday time. Get in touch today

Happy Holidays!

On behalf of all of our team, we wish you a very Happy Holidays, and health and happiness in 2018! We hope you have a wonderful time, wherever you are spending the holidays, and that you can be with friends, family and loved ones.

At this special time of year we always like to give back to those less fortunate than ourselves, so we’re helping the homeless on the Costa del Sol. We collaborate with a local homeless charity and contribute savoury and sweet pies to their Christmas meal and presents so that everyone can get a little something this year. All our generous staff are making donations to this cause, and the company is doubling what they raise so we can help as many people as possible.

At the office, we are collecting warm coats, blankets, scarves and rucksacks, to give to the homeless. So if you have anything in the house which you don’t use anymore, please drop them in to the office and we’ll make sure they get to people in need. Where to find us

Christmas Opening Times

It has been a very busy year for our property management and property rentals team and we continue our hard work throughout the festive season. We will be closed on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th of December and the 1st of January, but open as normal throughout the rest of the holidays.

Please let us know if we can help you with property management or renting out your property in 2018, or browse our great holiday rental properties and start planning your next holiday. We look forward to hearing from you!