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Tips for visiting the beaches of the Costa del Sol

Spring has most definitely sprung here on the Costa del Sol and after the showers and rain over April, May has brought us some beautiful summer weather and seen many of us lucky residents hit the beach. Of course we’re spoilt for choice here, with 25 beaches awarded Blue Flag status in 2018 and miles and miles of stunning coastline. Check out our article on the best beaches on the Costa del Sol to help you choose where to go on your next holiday.

Wherever you choose, here are five tips for making the most of your beach experience –

  1. Come prepared – You will notice that the Spanish arrive at the beach with everything but the kitchen sink. It’s normal for families to bring gazebos, chairs, tables, coolers full of drinks, ice, food and lots of toys and games for the kids. While this may seem a little over the top to us, it certainly makes sure they are comfortable and enjoy the whole day on the sand. We’d suggest bringing an umbrella, or choosing a location with easy access to the shade, or if you have kids bringing one of those pop up tents to give them a place to play and relax out of the sun. The low beach chairs are much more comfortable than just a towel and fold up pretty small. Buckets and spades, a bat and ball and a football keep the kids entertained. Don’t forget plenty of water, some snacks and sun cream. If you can carry it all, that should keep you hydrated, comfortable and entertained and allow you to stay there the whole day.
  2. Go to a chiringuito – The beach restaurants are legendary for their fresh fish, cool drinks and great atmosphere and are perfect for a long, lazy lunch this summer. If you don’t want to lug a load of stuff with you for your beach day, many of them have sunloungers which you can hire for a small daily fee and allow you to relax in comfort, get some shade, pop in for a drink, use the toilets and enjoy a fantastic lunch at the beach. Heaven!
  3. Go to a jellyfish free area – Last summer there was a serious problem with jellyfish, which kept many people out of the sea. We hope this won’t recur this year, as it depends on weather and wind conditions, but if it does while you are on holiday, look out for the jelly fish free areas. Marbella’s councillor for beaches has arranged for floating play parks to add an area of water screened by nets and floats, which will offer a safe bathing area even when there are jellyfish around. Beaches will include San Pedro, Puerto Banús, Nueva Andalucía, Estrella de Mar and Marbella Playa in Las Chapas. Find out more
  4. Protect your skin – The sun here is very strong and you do not want to burn, so make sure you liberally apply high protection sun cream before you leave your holiday rental, seek shade between 11 and 3 where possible, wear a hat, sunglasses and coverup to protect your skin and keep reapplying that sun screen every few hours.
  5. Look out for a nearby kiosko – On the promenade there are lots of little huts selling beach essentials from cold water and ice cream, to buckets and spades and things for the kids. Many of them also sell very good value beer and plastic cups for you to take down to the beach for a cheeky sundowner, but you need to ask for it, as they don’t normally put it on display.

If access to beautiful beaches is top of your wish list, then check out our collection of beachside holiday homes. These are perfect for beach lovers, as they are either within walking distance of, or a very short drive away from, sand and sea.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Start planning your 2019 getaways

Start planning your 2019 getaways

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

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

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

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

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

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

Autumn in Spain

Autumn in Spain

Summer just flew by, but if you’re thinking you’ve missed your chance to take a holiday to Spain before next year, think again! Autumn is an amazing time to visit the Costa del Sol. In fact, if you ask most local residents they will tell you that September and October are their favourite times of year.

We love autumn because the weather is still sunny and warm, but nights are cooler and more comfortable to sleep in. There’s still plenty of people around, but the hoards of tourists have left us for another year and you don’t need to worry about whether you’ll get into a restaurant or find a parking space. The sea is warm, after the summer spent heating it up and the beach bars and restaurants are still open, but without the crowds.

There are still some nice ferias and events going on this time of year too, if you know where to look. The Torremolinos Feria is a great one to visit on the last week of September and the San Pedro de Alcantara feria is usually held mid to late October, so you don’t need to miss out on any of the fun.

Film buffs will enjoy the Marbella International Film Festival from the 10th to the 14th of October. This festival screens short films, documentaries and international movies at the TeatroGoya cinema in Puerto Banus and offers events and workshops for budding filmmakers too.

If you’re committed to your fitness, there are some nice sports events this time of year. Serious runners could compete in Marbella’s half marathon on the 6th of October. If walking is more your style, you can join the thousands of people who take to the streets for Marbella 4 Days Walking from the 11th to the 14th of October. Alternatively, if you’d rather watch than play, why not check out some of the world’s best tennis players compete in the Senior Masters Cup in Marbella on the 29th of September.

Because it’s cooler, you can have a more active holiday, so hiking or mountain biking to explore the beautiful countryside just back from the coast is a great idea. It’s a lovely time for a round or two of golf as well, and the Costa del Sol is a true golfers’ paradise at this time of the year. We welcome a lot of people for golf holidays in September and October due to the weather, the amazing condition of the courses and the lower cost of flights and accommodation. Golfers can choose from self-catering apartments or villas right on the fairways, or down on the beach or in the town for the best of both worlds.

We think you’ll love autumn on the Costa del Sol as much as we do! Please feel free to browse our holiday rental properties and find your perfect home-from-home. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

How to travel around the Costa del Sol this summer

How to travel around the Costa del Sol this summer

Are you planning your holiday to the Costa del Sol? How exciting! It’s brilliant to look forward to a week or two in the Spanish sunshine, but we know there’s lots of things to think about.

At HolidayRentalontheWeb we have been helping tourists have the best holiday for 15 years, by providing stunning holiday rental properties and offering insider advice on where to go, what to do and how to really enjoy this great destination to the full.

One of the things we are often asked is how to get around, so we wanted to focus on this for today’s post. We’ve spoken to Denise Wright, our Client Services Supervisor, and asked her to answer the most commonly asked questions about getting around the Costa del Sol to help you to plan.

How do I get from the airport to my holiday rental?

If you’re staying in the towns of Malaga, Torremolinos, Benalmadena or Fuengirola, the airport is connected by the train and there are also frequent buses.

If you are staying in Marbella, there is an excellent airport bus which takes around 45 minutes and goes to Marbella bus station. Once there, you’ll need to take a cab to your holiday rental.

Outside the main towns, public transport is limited, so you’d need to get a cab or a transfer if you don’t want to hire a car. We find that transfers are better value if you are a group of four or more, otherwise it’s quite similar pricewise.

Can I use public transport to get around?

It really depends what you want to do and where you are staying. Within the main towns there are decent bus routes and you’ll find you can walk most places. However if you’re staying outside of these areas, or on urbanisations out of town then you won’t find it practical to rely on public transport.

Should I hire a car?

Hiring a car gives you most flexibility, especially if you’re not staying in a centrally located holiday rental. It is good for people who want to explore several towns during their stay and visit the attractions. If you are visiting in peak time, make sure you book your hire car in advance, as they can be hard to find.

Are there any other ways of getting around that you’d recommend?

There are miles of wonderful seafront promenades running along the Costa del Sol. So if you’re staying by the beach, then walking or cycling can be a very good way of getting around and enjoying the view.

We’ve mentioned hiring a car, but another option is to hire mopeds. These are great fun and very easy to use if you don’t want to travel big distances. They are affordable, you can hire them with a normal car licence and parking is very easy, so they are a good option in the summer.

Taxis are available, although can be difficult to get in peak months. Uber has just recently been launched here and covers the area from Malaga to Marbella. Tourists are finding this easier to use, as they can do everything on the app and can see the prices too.

Finally, there are some private transfer companies which will take you to your holiday rental from the airport and can also do day trips and restaurant transfers too.

 

If you have any other questions which aren’t included here, please feel free to comment below and we’ll get them answered for you. Alternatively, you can send an email to info@holidayrentalontheweb.com and we’ll get right back to you.

You can read lots of useful advice on our blog, or download our free holiday guide to find out more about this great area. If you haven’t got your accommodation sorted yet, search for holiday rental properties on our website, or contact us for last minute bookings and we’ll let you know what properties we have available that match your criteria.

Top Tips for Enjoying the Costa del Sol Waterparks

Costa del Sol Waterparks

August is the time when most families come and enjoy the Costa del Sol and take a well-earned break during the summer holidays. It is a wonderful family destination, with so many things to do and a great selection of holiday rental properties, which are perfect when you’re travelling with children. If you’re planning to visit a waterpark during your next holiday, there are three along the Costa del Sol to try:

Aqualand Torremolinos – The biggest along the coast is in Torremolinos, within easy reach of the airport. There’s loads to do there, with 19 different attractions to enjoy. Buying a fast pass is recommended, as queues can be long.

AquaMijas – Located in Fuengirola this is a smaller park, but good for a mix of ages. It has 12 attractions, as well as a nice area for younger kids and this year they opened a new Jacuzzi and slides.

Bahia Park Algeciras – If you’re staying on the western Costa del Sol, between Estepona and Gibraltar, this is a very good option and is actually getting the best reviews on TripAdvisor. Although it isn’t the biggest, it is cheaper and less busy than the other parks, so might be worth a look, even if you’re further afield. It has 17 different attractions to enjoy and this year expanded its area for younger children. We found this was a good option for young children, as if you’re 1.20 meters or more, you can pretty much go on everything.

Here are a few insider tips to help you enjoy a trip to the waterpark to the full.

  1. Book your tickets online – you will get the best deals and you can often skip the queues
  2. Wear waterproof shoes – The floors get very hot and can be slippery and it’s quite easy to bash your feet when you’re walking around or zooming down the slides. Beach or swim shoes are great to protect your feet.
  3. Get there early – Parking can be tricky and queues long, so get there early and choose a weekday to avoid the stress and make the most of the entry fee.
  4. Pack drinks and snacks – You are able to bring in your own food and drinks as long as it’s not in glass bottles and this can save you a lot of money throughout the day and avoid wasting time queuing.
  5. Budget for a sunbed and rings – You have to pay extra to have a sunbed, which can come as a surprise for a lot of visitors. They are not very expensive, but make sure you have cash so you can get a few. It’s well worth the investment if you’re going to be there for a whole day. We tend to just get a couple for the adults, as the kids are more than happy running around and then sharing yours when they want a rest or a bite to eat. To cut down on queuing it can be a good idea to hire some extra rings, this does add to the cost, but the kids will thank you for it.

A day at the waterpark is not a cheap day out, but it is a lot of fun!

However don’t worry if this is out of budget, there is a cheaper option which can keep the whole family happy. Head to the beach and look for one of the large inflatable play areas in the sea. These are really challenging, but loads of fun, trying to climb the obstacles and get round the course. This can keep older kids (and the young at heart) happy for hours. They charge either by the hour, or for a whole day for those who have the energy.

While the older kids are burning energy there, the younger ones will be happy if you provide them with a bucket and spade. Other things we always have in the beach bag are a bat and ball, a football and some activity books and colours. Pack snacks, drinks and sandwiches and enjoy your day!!

We are experts on the Costa del Sol, with an experienced team of professionals who know the area inside out. Our selection of holiday rental properties are ideal for families, offering flexibility, space and a home-from-home where everyone can relax. For more great tips on holidaying on the Costa del Sol, download our free Costa del Sol holiday guide.

Gastronomy on the Costa del Sol

Gastronomy on the Costa del Sol

Spain is flying high in the culinary stakes at the moment, with seven Spanish restaurants making it into the coveted World’s 50 Best Restaurants List. Three of those seven made it into the top 10, which is an amazing feat. However, it’s not really a surprise, given the rich food culture in Spain, the excellent quality local produce and passion for eating out which runs through the whole society.

Andalucia has a fabulous food heritage. It is famous for its fish dishes, hams and produces wonderful wines and sherries. The locally grown fruit and vegetables and the fresh fish available on its coastline means that delicious food awaits you at even the most humble restaurant.

There are an enormous array of restaurants to choose from. They start with the cheap and cheerful “ventas” which specialise in Menu del Dia set menus which can be under 10€ and offer a great way to enjoy local favourites at an excellent price.

However, it’s not just simple fare on offer! The Costa del Sol has a number of amazing Michelin starred restaurants too. These are a foodie’s dream, with the finest ingredients prepared in the most elaborate ways. Most offer taster menus to allow you to really experience the best dishes on the menu and recommend you go for the wine pairing for the full monty. They are not cheap of course, but they are wonderful if you want something very special.

Marbella has the most Michelin star restaurants, with Skina, Messina and Restaurant Dani Garcia all having one Michelin star. If you’re staying in a holiday rental in Elviria you’re very close to the amazing El Lago, which also boasts a star. Visitors to Fuengirola have a huge number of great restaurants to choose from, with El Sollo showcasing the very best local fresh water fish and caviar.

Please ask us for our recommendations for great places to eat near your holiday rental. There are restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes in all the areas where we have properties, but it can be hard to know which ones to choose.

But of course it’s not all about the restaurants! If you’re staying in a holiday rental, a trip to the local market is a must. Juicy ripe tomatoes and local artisan cheese, Jabugo ham, fresh bread and olives makes for a perfect light lunch. You could even try making your own gazpacho, a classic Andalusian dish – it’s very easy to make. If you want a barbeque, the locally produced beef from Cadiz has a stellar reputation and the tuna down the coast in Barbate is some of the best. With ingredients this good, plus a fully equipped kitchen and barbeque, you’re sure to make a feast.

Another treat for foodies is the increasing number of gourmet markets opening up around the Costa del Sol. Last year Marbella’s gourmet market opened, with its stalls, bars and lovely atmosphere and it has become a firm favourite with tourists and locals alike. Estepona is following the trend and opened their gourmet market last month, with the difference being that they offer table service from all the different stalls, for a more relaxing experience.

By booking a holiday rental on the Costa del Sol you have the flexibility to enjoy browsing the local shops and markets and cooking when you want to, or popping out to restaurants, knowing you have a home from home to return to. We know whatever you do, you’ll love the food and the restaurants on the Costa del Sol and if you’re like us, then it will be one of the highlights of your holiday!

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.

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!

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!