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Watch Davis Cup Tennis in Marbella

Watch Davis Cup Tennis in Marbella

Marbella has been chosen to host the Davis Cup World Group matches between Great Britain and Spain from the 2nd to the 4th of February 2018. This means that some of the UK and Spain’s best players will be competing on the courts at the Puente Romano tennis club over three days. There will be singles and doubles games over five “rubbers”, with the winning team needing to win three or more of the five games.

This is the first time since 2013 that Spain has hosted a Davis Cup tie and the matchup between Great Britain and Spain hasn’t been seen since the 1980s. The UK has been seeded third in the World Group, but Spain are fearsome opponents, having won the title four times. Spain boasts an excellent pool of quality players to choose from, including world number one Rafael Nadal. With Andy Murray suffering a hip injury at Wimbledon, it remains to be seen whether he will be fit to play in the team.  However, this year both teams got knocked out in the quarter finals, so they have a point to prove.

Marbella was competing against other destinations for this great sporting event, but the great clay court at the Puente Romano, the lovely climate in the south of Spain and good transport links made it the winning choice. It will be very popular with holiday makers too for a bit of winter sun, golf, great restaurants and of course some great holiday rentals!

Davis Cup ties are always very popular with spectators, so there have been recommendations to extend the Puente Romano grandstands to accommodate around 9,000 fans. British Tennis team members will get a priority ticket sale for their allocation and then there will be a general sale for the remaining tickets. Look out for tickets going on sale soon!

The Davis Cup will be played on Marbella’s Golden Mile, between Marbella centre and Puerto Banus. If you’re looking for a holiday rental property to stay in so you can watch the match, we’d recommend Marbella if you want a town with plenty of life and amenities, Nueva Andalucia if you’d like to combine tennis with a few rounds of golf and Puerto Banus if you want designer shops and a taste of luxurious lifestyle. We have a great selection of apartments and villas between Marbella and San Pedro, all within easy reach of Puente Romano’s tennis club. Although it is out of high season, there will be a lot of players, coaches and spectators travelling to the area for the matches, so we expect demand to be high. Book as soon as you have secured your ticket to avoid disappointment.

If you don’t manage to get a ticket, Marbella is a great destination for tennis players and fans all year round, with great tennis clubs and courts on many of the area’s urbanisations and included in the grounds of many luxury holiday homes. It is home to tennis legend Manolo Santana’s club, where you can bump into the great man himself, take a lesson, or join a tournament. There are also great Town Hall run tennis courts in many of the public parks, so pack your racquet and find yourself a court near you on your next holiday.

Another date for your diary should be the Senior Masters Tournament, which takes place each September, also at the Puente Romano. This is a great opportunity to see some of the legends of the game. Players change regularly of course, but this year we got to see John McEnroe, Yannick Noah, Pat Cash and Carlos Moya who won the tournament.  It’s always a great event and is an excellent excuse for an autumn getaway. For more information about travelling to the Costa del Sol download our free holiday guide.

Plan your festive getaway

Plan your festive getaway

November is here and the countdown is well and truly on to the festive season. Where will you be spending the holidays this year? If you’re getting family together from around the country, why not bring them all over to Spain’s sunshine coast to celebrate?

The Costa del Sol has great weather all year round with temperatures rarely dropping below 10°C and regularly hitting highs of 16°C, you can still enjoy 6 hours of sunshine each day. As it only rains an average of 5 days in December, you should have lots of bright sunny days, but with cool evenings which make you feel festive.

Bringing the whole family, or a group of friends, together in a villa on the Costa del Sol is a great way to add excitement and novelty to the holidays. It also takes away from any one person having to shoulder all the responsibility for cooking or cleaning for example. By celebrating on neutral territory any jobs can be shared around and there’s no unnecessary stress on you.

There are spectacular villas on the Costa del Sol available for Christmas rentals at a fraction of the cost of the summer and we can arrange cleaning as well, so you can just relax. You won’t believe how far your budget will go when you split a large villa between a group and they offer so much space and facilities too.

Take this beautiful luxury 6 bed villa in Elviria for example. It would be just 61€ per person per night based on 12 people sharing in December. For that you have so many lovely features such as a gym, private pool, formal living room with a grand piano, perfect for singing carols, a comfortable den where you can cozy up and watch your favourite winter movies. You can take advantage of the sunny days in the spacious garden and enjoy a BBQ and drinks in the covered Cabana and bar area. There is a huge, fully equipped kitchen if you want to cook a big festive meal, or you can head down to one of the nearby restaurants for a traditional dinner, or something a bit different. A winter break here would be unforgettable!

To find out more about visiting the Costa del Sol at Christmas read our blog, or ask us for ideas and recommendations.

The most photogenic spots on the Costa del Sol

The most photogenic spots on the Costa del Sol

If you love taking photos and are looking for some real lens candy, then consider a visit to the Costa del Sol. The area has been popular with artists for many years, due to the wonderful quality of light and clear, sunny skies. From September to December the clarity is at its best and there are less tourists to get in the way, so now is a great time to come on holiday and get snapping.

There are Kodak moments everywhere you look on the Costa del Sol, but here are some of our favourite things to capture.

  1. La Concha – This imposing mountain sits behind Marbella and its shape and the deep grooves in the sides make for an amazing backdrop. At certain times of day, it really glows and there are many wonderful shots to be taken from the seafront promenade or from the Old Town, where you can compose shots to include charming church spires and white washed buildings with La Concha in the background.
  2. The Med – The long sandy beaches and sparkling sea is synonymous with the Costa del Sol and there are some beautiful images to be captured, from amazing sunsets over the water, to early morning calm, or even dolphins playing in the waves. Walk along the beach or seafront promenade, or take out a boat to look for dolphins and whales around the Straits of Gibraltar for a different perspective. On clear days, you can see the African coast and the Atlas Mountains and the rock of Gibraltar is a very striking sight – these all make for wonderful images that you will treasure.
  3. Casares – There are many white villages in the countryside close to the Costa del Sol, but Casares is the most picturesque, with white washed houses clustered around a steep hillside and a church perched on top. It feels like going back in time when you visit this quaint little village and the winding streets, chapels, squares and traditional way of life offer loads of options to take pictures. This is also a great area for bird watching and hiking, so you can get some wonderful nature photography there too.
  4. Malaga Cathedral – Malaga is a stunning city, with a charming old town, as well as a buzzing shopping area and great restaurant scene. The Cathedral is stunning and there are lots of great angles to shoot from, including rooftop bars and restaurants.
  5. A terrace with a view – There are many wonderful properties on the Costa del Sol which can be the perfect base for a holiday. Most of them have great terraces to soak up the sun and many have great views. Having your own panoramic terrace allows you to relax on a sun lounger, enjoy a long cool drink, or delicious meal with a stunning backdrop and watch the scenery change in different lights and times of day. A series of images from one point from sunrise to sunset can make for great time lapse photography.

Many guests and budding photographers have great views high up on their list of priorities when they choose their holiday rental property. This is why we have put together a collection of holiday rentals with great views, which include mountain, countryside, golf, sea or panoramic views. Please browse the properties on our website, or ask us for recommendations, so we can get you the property with the best photography potential.

Once you have these stunning shots, what are you going to do with them to make sure you don’t forget the memories? Social media is a given, but you don’t tend to look at them again after you’ve posted them. Digital photo frames are a great way to keep those memories alive, you can also make up lovely photo books online to remember a particularly special trip, or even make a photo montage which becomes removable wall paper and can be stuck onto any wall. Here are ten great ways to preserve your travel memories to make sure those great snaps are never lost!

The best Autumnal activities on the Costa del Sol

The best Autumnal activities on the Costa del Sol

We love autumn on the Costa del Sol, the weather is still warm – but not too hot, there’s plenty to do, but the crowds have gone and so you can park, get a table in a great restaurant and enjoy the area to the full without the queues!

Get active

October to December are the perfect months to get active, with cooler temperatures but plenty of sunshine. If you’re sporty, you could play a round of golf at one of the 70 golf courses on the Costa del Sol, go and play tennis at the club of Wimbledon legend Manolo Santana, jog along the seafront promenade each day, or take place in a race. Find out more about Golf on the Costa del Sol here.

Alternatively, why not take to your bike, and explore on two wheels? The Costa del Sol is a great place for cycling, with miles of seafront promenades to enjoy, plus lots of great routes for mountain biking.

Another great option is to hike some of the beautiful routes into the countryside, which is so close to the hustle and bustle of the coast. There are wonderful walks behind Mijas Pueblo, around Casares, Estepona, Ronda and Istan to explore, with easy to follow paths and Town Hall organised guided walks too. If you are staying in Marbella, you must go to the Refugio de Juanar, just up from the La Cañada shopping centre. The countryside is beautiful, and you can walk for miles along marked trails, or just wander amongst the trees and find a perfect picnic spot. From there you can do the ultimate challenge, which is to climb up the iconic La Concha mountain, which dominates the Marbella skyline. This is a challenging hike, not to be underestimated, as it takes around 6 hours to climb to the top and back and there are some treacherous sections. There are people who organise group hikes, with experienced leaders and we’d recommend going with them if it’s your first time up. Find out more about climbing La Concha

Get some culture

Andalucia is full of amazing history and culture and the Costa del Sol is a real treat for culture lovers. Take a day trip to Malaga to enjoy some of their amazing art galleries, we’d recommend the Picasso Museum in the beautiful Old Town, the CAC for contemporary art and the Pompidou gallery in the new marina is just out of this world. Marbella also has some lovely galleries to visit, check out the Engraving Museum in a lovely old house in the Old Town and the Museo Ralli on the Golden Mile.

If you like history, visit the Roman villa Rio Verde in Marbella, to see some wonderful remains which date back from the 1st and 2nd century AD. Estepona also has a number of historical and archaeological sites such as the Cunjunto Archeológico Dolmenes de Estepona which is a museum dedicated to dolmens (standing stones) dating back to 3,000BC, artefacts and skeletons, which is an amazing place to visit. There is also the remains of a Roman Mausoleum and an archeological museum in Estepona.

An essential part of the culture of Andalucia is Flamenco, so try and catch a show while you’re here, we recommend Tablao Flamenco Ana Maria in Marbella for a very authentic experience, or ask at your local tourist office for the one nearest to you.

If you love books and literature and you can visit in November, you should go to the Gibraltar Literary Festival a three day event with talks, readings and events taking place in lovely venues around the city. A highlight for any Radio 4 listeners is Just a Minute with Nicolas Parsons, there will also be An Audience with Kate Adie and Ann Widdecombe will be discussing her new book. This year it takes place from the 16th to the 19th of November and tickets are available to buy online.

Did you know, that we’re also just a day trip away from the cultural and historical highlights of the Alhambra in Granada, Seville and Jerez? So a trip to the Costa del Sol can be much more than a beach holiday!

Try a tapas tour

Ask at your local tourist office if they have a tapas tour they can recommend, or where the best tapas restaurants are located and hop from bar to bar, trying one or two dishes in each place. This is a great way to explore the area, try some delicious food and have a great evening. If you’re in Marbella explore Calle Ancho, walking down towards the sea from Marbella café, or if you’re in Estepona explore Calle Real and Calle Mar which runs parallel to it, as they are packed with great tapas bars.

These are just some of the great activities that you can enjoy over the autumn and winter on the Costa del Sol and we have some perfect holiday rental properties for you. Browse our website to find your ideal holiday rental property and follow our top tips for visiting the Costa del Sol off peak to make sure you enjoy your winter sun getaway to the full.

Get to know Marbella on foot

Get to know Marbella on foot

Marbella and Puerto Banus are well known for their luxurious lifestyles and fast cars, but in fact, one of the best ways to explore is on foot. They are small towns, connected by a stunning seaside promenade, with parks and pretty streets, which are perfect for walking. Exploring on foot allows you to take your time, find hidden gems and not worry about parking or traffic.  Here are our suggestions of a few great walks, hikes and activities for everyone who enjoys walking and is coming on holiday to Marbella.

Suggested walks around Marbella

If you like to walk, then head down to the seafront promenade first – it’s the best place for a stroll and stretches for miles. A nice walk is from Marbella to Puerto Banus, to visit the stunning marina and explore the great shops. It is just under 7 kilometres and takes about an hour and a half, with lots of nice places to stop for a drink along the way. You can walk back of course, but a lovely way to return is to take the catamaran ferry, which takes you on a pretty 30 minute journey and returns you to Marbella marina. The ferry is called Fly Blue and tickets are 8.50€ one way for adults and 5€ for children.  They run from Banus on the hour from 11 to 7pm find out more

Once you’ve explored the seafront promenade, the Old Town is a wonderful place to go next. The winding streets and pretty squares are heaven for pedestrians and you can browse the little shops and art galleries and pop into the great coffee shops and bars for a drink or a bite to eat, as well as exploring the chapels, churches and old town walls.

To take in a bit more of the town and see its green side, try the walking route called A Walk through Marbella’s Biodiversity. Put together by the Marbella Town Hall, it takes you through the most emblematic public spaces and charming locations around Marbella and highlights the plants and animals to be found in the area. It is a circular 5km route, which starts from the Paseo de la Alameda right in the centre of Marbella, opposite the Old Town, and goes from there down to the sea. There is an audio guide in English and a map here. The English is a little strange on the website, but it’s a lovely walk.

Hiking in Marbella

If you still want more, then hikes off into the stunning countryside around Marbella are amazing and really give you a different sense of the area. There are a number of great routes from the new cemetery near to La Cañada shopping centre, which takes you up to Juanar. Marbella – Juanar route

There is another lovely route from the charming Nagueles park in Sierra Blanca, up the old Istan track, which is a 45 minute hike through some stunning scenery. It is probably best to drive up to the starting points for these walks, as there is normally good parking and you can enjoy the walk more heading straight into the countryside.

The most ambitious hike in the Marbella area is to climb the iconic La Concha, a mountain which rises 1,200 meters behind the town and creates its envious microclimate. It is possible to climb 8km up the mountain, from the stunning natural park Juanar to the top. This is a serious climb, which will take around 6 hours up and back, so make sure you leave early enough, bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a mobile phone and wear good footwear. Here is a good guide to hiking La Concha from Marbella Family Fun.

Marbella 4Days Walking

You can make walking central to your holiday and explore the best routes by joining in with Marbella 4Days Walking, an organised walking event which consists of 20km or 30km daily walks starting from the Marbella Port and exploring different areas of the town. There is a great atmosphere, well marked, interesting routes, and entertainment for walkers at the Port and also in Marbella in the evenings. You can do all four days, or just take part in one or two and it costs 13.50€ to take part in one day, 27€ for 2 days, 40€ for 3 days and 45€ to do all 5 days. This year the event is taking place from the 12th to the 15th of October and there are already over 1,000 people signed up to participate. Find out more

We have a range of great holiday rentals in Marbella so you have a home from home to rest, relax and enjoy your holiday. If you want to be centrally located to enjoy all the great walks above, an excellent choice is this one bedroom apartment which is just 50m from the paseo.  If you need a bit more space, this great three bedroom apartment in Jardines de Principe is still walking distance to the beach and within easy reach of the town and the hikes from Nagueles park.

Please ask us if you want to be in a certain area and we can help you to find the perfect holiday rental.

Five Spanish customs and traditions to enjoy on the Costa del Sol

As we explained in our last post, Spain is rich in culture, heritage and traditions. The Costa del Sol has a lot to offer on that front as well, but it can be easy for the average tourist to miss. So, we wanted to offer you five things to experience on your next holiday to the Costa del Sol so that you can really have the true Spanish experience, while still making the most of all the tourist attractions.

Eat Tapas – One of the best ways to explore a Spanish town is to “tapear” or explore the area by visiting its tapas restaurants. You can do this on your own, with a tour group, or as part of organised tapas events, where you can follow a set route with a booklet and a map to try out different tapas and find hidden corners. Marbella, Malaga and Estepona all have yearly tapas events, as do many other towns, so ask in your local tourist office. You can also check out this great website with articles about tapas in Marbella, Nerja, Antequera, Malaga, Torremolinos and Ronda to find out more.

Experience Flamenco – Andalucia is the birthplace of flamenco, with Jerez, Cadiz and Seville all hubs for this passionate art form. The unique sound, music, singing and of course dancing is central to ferias on the Costa del Sol, with people breaking into spontaneous song and dance at local bars, and hundreds dancing in traditional dress in large dance areas. There are also flamenco shows at hotels, restaurants and bars – some more traditional and authentic than others, but all amazing to watch. There are also many schools and teachers who can help you to learn flamenco so you can take part in the feria, which is a lovely skill to learn and really feel part of the celebration.

Stay up late – Summer on the Costa del Sol is hot and the hot weather effects how people live their lives, and so everything happens later and slower. Mornings are slow and lazy, 2pm calls for a long, leisurely lunch, followed by an afternoon siesta until around 5pm. Most Spanish families will go to the beach around 5pm or 6pm, leaving the beach around 8, heading home to shower and change before eating around 9 or 10pm. Drinks and partying happen from midnight onwards, with even kids’ activities organised for around 10pm. This may seem strange and take a little getting used to, but adjusting to the Spanish timetable will really help you to enjoy the area, as everything is done en masse and the atmosphere is wonderful.

Take a stroll – The tradition to “pasear” or stroll after lunch or dinner, is a great way to see the sights, work off a big meal and adjust to the relaxed pace of life. Stroll along the seafront promenade or around the old town after dinner, stopping to have an ice cream or a coffee, watch a dance performance or look at some market stalls or shops. Everything is open late and runs at a very slow pace, enjoy it and you’ll feel at one with the Spanish.

Party like a local – Try and time your trip to coincide with a local feria, it’s full of colour, music and life. Check with the local tourist office what is happening near you and what time things start and finish. There will often be a day feria from 1pm and a night feria from around 8pm – normally in a different part of town, so make sure you know where to go and when. When you’re there invest in a fan to stave off the heat, put a flower in your hair and sip a cold sherry, or a rebujito (sherry mixed with lemonade), listen to the music and enjoy the atmosphere.

We have a large range of quality holiday homes on the Costa del Sol, where you can experience all the excitement and local culture, as well as the convenience of a large international community, easy transport routes from the UK and Northern Europe and good facilities for tourists. Our helpful team can support you in choosing where to stay and what to do and you can download our free Costa del Sol holiday guide to help you make the most of this fantastic area.

Exploring and Experiencing Spain’s Heritage for your next holiday

Exploring and Experiencing Spain’s Heritage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Pick of Holiday Properties with Sea Views

We are so lucky here on the Costa del Sol to have 150km of coastline, with great beaches, long stretches of seafront promenades and lots of options for dining, or sipping a cold drink right on the sand. The Mediterranean is always nearby, normally calm and without big tides, it’s a great place to swim, paddle, or simply listen to the soothing sounds of the waves.

There’s something special about looking out over the vast blue expanses of the sea, so it’s no surprise that our beachside holiday homes and properties with sea views are some of the most popular.

Here, we’ve chosen three of our favourite properties with sea views to give you some inspiration. However, we have many more holiday homes with amazing views, so please browse our website to see the full list.

Stunning 2 Bedroom Beachfront Penthouse In 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. The lower terrace has Hot tub, amazing views up and down the coast and over to Africa and Gibraltar, beautiful terrace furniture including dining and seating area as well as sun loungers, all of which light up at night to give a unique feel to the property where you can enjoy a cocktail and coastal views. Find out more

 

3 Bedroom Duplex Penthouse Manilva – This is a superb 3 bedroom duplex penthouse apartment situated just 200 metres from the beach in Manilva. There is a covered terrace area to the side of the lounge with stunning views of the coastline towards Marbella, the Mediterranean Sea and the communal pool and gardens. There is also a huge roof terrace with dining table, chairs, a large sofa and coffee table, sun loungers and a gas barbecue. Find out more

 

4 Bed Villa In Benalmadena With Exceptional Views And Private Pool – This beautiful 4 bedroom villa with private pool is situated close to Arroyo de la Miel and is only 3km from the stunning Benalmadena beaches and vibrant coastal town. The location offers some of the most spectacular panoramic views across the Mediterranean to North Africa as well as almost 180′ views of the coast. This charming villa offers extensive, beautifully maintained gardens, pool and terraced areas and has many enchanting features and decorative touches including a large African style Gazebo, a shady seating area, statues and a covered BBQ area with seating and table for dining al fresco. Find out more

We hope you like our featured properties! If you’ve fallen in love, don’t delay before booking as the best properties are really booking up fast.

The Costa del Sol is an amazing place to take a holiday and no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find something here. To help you make the most of your holiday we’ve produced a Costa del Sol holiday guide which you can download for free on our sister site. Enjoy the guide and have a great holiday, wherever you’re spending it.

Tips for getting ready for your Costa del Sol holiday

Costa del Sol Holiday Tips

It’s great the see the UK experiencing some early summer weather and everyone enjoying being outside, BBQs, days at the park and hitting the beer garden. The UK in the sunshine is amazing, but as we know it can’t last, so if the recent warm sunny weather has reminded you how great it is to be in the sunshine and left you wanting more, it’s time to book and get ready for your summer holiday on the Costa del Sol.

They don’t call it the sunshine coast for nothing, with around 300 days of sunshine per year and rain almost unheard of between June and September. The temperatures have now settled into the mid to high twenties, with a night time temperature of around 16, plenty of bright sunshine and blue skies.  This is the perfect place to hit the beach, let the kids play in the pool or at the local playground, dine alfresco and feel the sun on your skin.

But before you go, we have a few tips to help you get ready –

  1. Invest in a superlight case – If you want to save money and just take hand luggage, a really light case is your best friend and is usually made in the correct dimensions to fit in the overhead compartment no problem. Travelling with hand luggage can save you time as well as money, as you can get out of the airport and start your holiday even quicker!
  2. Put together a capsule summer wardrobe – You don’t need to take tons of stuff, especially if you’re staying in a holiday rental property, as you can do a wash while you’re there and they have beach towels and lots of the essentials for you to use. Check with the owners what they have, so you’re not carrying more than you need. You’ll need swimming things, some shorts, dresses, or cover-ups for the beach, a few pairs of comfortable shoes and some things for the evening. The key is loose fitting, comfortable clothes, not forgetting that the evenings can feel chilly after a very hot day, so bring a cardie, or a pashmina to make sure you’re prepared. We also recommend 100% UV sunglasses and a hat to protect your eyes and head from the sun.
  3. Plan Ahead – Enjoy researching what you’re going to do during your trip and as well as getting excited, you can also save money by buying tickets online in advance for attractions and waterparks. Look to see if there are any special events during your stay such as ferias or concerts, so you don’t miss out! There are lots of great websites which can help you plan from home, including the newly launched Things2DoMarbella which features the latest technology to help you enjoy your holiday.
  4. Look after your skin – The sun can be quite punishing on your skin, so before you go, make sure you exfoliate and moisturise so your skin is in great condition. When you arrive, start with a high factor sun cream, gradually working down to a lower factor, but never underestimating the power of the Spanish sun – red is so not a good look!
  5. Get ready for the beach – Here is Spain we are in the middle of operation bikini – fitness and healthy eating to get beach ready. If you want to feel more comfortable on the beach, give yourself plenty of time to start a healthy eating and exercise routine. Also, remember that your feet will be out of boots and into sandals so give yourself a pedicure so they are hot to trot.

To find out more about things to do and places to go, download our free Costa del Sol Holiday Guide, it’s the perfect tool to help you enjoy your next holiday to the full.

If you haven’t booked your holiday yet, what are you waiting for? The earlier you book the more options you’ll get for flights and accommodation. We’re expecting another record summer here on the Costa del Sol and the best holiday rental properties are going fast! But don’t worry we still have lots of great apartments, penthouses and villas with pools in the most popular locations. We have central options, peaceful locations and also stunning properties close to the beach – all perfect for a summer holiday to remember.

The Best Costa del Sol Ferias in 2017

Costa del Sol Ferias 2017

Whenever you visit the Costa del Sol during the summer season there’s usually a feria taking place that you can enjoy. These ferias are week-long celebrations which each town and village has to celebrate their patron saint, or a significant date and are a great excuse to party! For the whole week there are day time and night time activities involving loud music, flamenco, great food and free flowing drinks and an amazing party atmosphere. It’s a chance to see the Spanish spirit at its best, so seek one out when you visit. Here’s a great list of all the Costa del Sol ferias, so you can look at where the nearest one is to you.

If you want to time your visit to fit with the best of these celebrations, here are three highlights for you.

Marbella Feria 6-12th June – Marbella’s feria is one of the first one of the season, taking place in the first week of June. The feria begins on the 6th with an amazing firework display which you can enjoy from one of the bars in Marbella’s port. Then the day fair opens, which takes place centrally at the Paseo de la Alameda, the pedestrianised area running from the main road by the Old Town, down to the seafront promenade. This is a new development from last year and really makes for a great atmosphere. From 1pm to 8pm, there’s stalls selling great food and drinks and playing music, dance performances and a party atmosphere. For the evening, there is a fair by the La Cañada shopping centre, where you can enjoy the rides and there’s more music, food and drinks to enjoy. It’s a wonderful party.

San Juan Sabinillas 23rd June – The festival of San Juan celebrates the longest day and is marked with the burning of bonfires on beaches all over the Costa del Sol. It is always a great party lasting until the early hours of the following morning and you can spend it at one of the beach restaurants, beach clubs, or just do your own thing at the nearest beach to your holiday rental. The most spectacular San Juan celebration is held in the seaside town of Sabinillas, between Estepona and Sotogrande. A local artist constructs an incredible sculpture come bonfire, there is live music and a fantastic firework display at midnight where people dip their feet into the sea to purify and ask for wishes to be granted. Thousands flock to the Sabinillas beach for this party and parking can be tricky, so you’re best to base yourself nearby if you want to make the most of this celebration. This two bedroom apartment in Sabinillas is right on the beach, in a lovely complex with pools, playgrounds and tennis courts. It is modern and stylish, with a fantastic terrace and is an easy walk to all the celebrations.

Malaga Feria 12-19 August – The biggest feria of them all is the Malaga Feria in August, which is legendary across Andalucia, with over 100 free performances around the city, music and dancing and activities taking place in all the businesses from art galleries to bars during the days of the feria. There is a massive feria ground for the evening festivities including a fair, food, drink, dancing and lots of music. Malaga is absolutely packed during the feria and is pretty hectic, so we’d recommend you base yourself just outside, where you can take the train and bus to get in, but can also get away from it all. This 2 bedroom apartment in Torremolinos is a good choice, as it’s in a great location within an easy walk of the main road and the sea front and everything that Torremolinos has to offer, but is also a very short train ride from Malaga and an affordable taxi away from all the action at the feria.

We hope you can come to the Costa del Sol this year and experience all the fun of an Andalucian feria, it’s mad, noisy and unforgettable! Let us help you to find the perfect holiday rental property and advise you when and where to go for the perfect summer holiday this year.