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New restaurants on the Costa del Sol

New restaurants on the Costa del Sol

One of the many pleasures of a holiday on the Costa del Sol is the food! Spanish food is delicious and the culture of long leisurely lunches, popping into different bars to try tapas and dining under the stars in the evening is truly wonderful.

On the Costa del Sol you’re spoilt for choice, with over 1,000 restaurants listed on TripAdvisor in Marbella alone and seven Michelin starred restaurants in a very small area. No matter what kind of food you fancy, there are restaurants for you. The Top 10 rated restaurants in Marbella include Argentinian, Italian, European and of course Spanish, so you’re sure to find something you like.

There are lots of new restaurants popping up all the time, such as the new gastro concept at The Puente Romano El Patio Dani Garcia, which offers stunning food from Spanish Michelin starred chef Dani Garcia, alongside entertainment and music out in the open air. This will be running Tuesday to Sunday through the summer and is sure to be a hit with the tourists.

The team behind the legendary Argentinian steak house Patagonica have just launched their new restaurant Origen Argentinian Grill with a wood fired grill which is promising something very special for meat lovers – wood, meat, wine and a restaurant with soul. This is a hotly anticipated new restaurant and definitely one to try. Don’t miss the original Patagonica either if you love steak!

On the Western Costa del Sol, Estepona is starting to become a real foodie destination, with the long pedestrianised Calle Real packed with great restaurants and bars buzzing into the night and the marina full of international restaurants. Two noodle bars have just opened on the main road as well – Mr Noodle and Pad Thai Wok and there are a host of great beach restaurants too. This is set to improve still further with a gourmet market in the historic town centre near to the castle. There is expected to be 28 delicious places to eat and drink in this foodies’ paradise and it is due to open in 2017, making Estepona an even more desirable place to holiday next year.

The Kempinski Hotel Estepona has recently opened another great restaurant called Oushi Toro, combining the flavours and techniques of Japanese and Spanish cuisine. Chef Raúl Cob is recognised as one of the 20 most influential chefs in Spain and wants to take the guest on a culinary journey of exciting new dishes created from the finest Spanish meats, fish and organic vegetables. Sounds very interesting!

Finally, Japanese noodle bar Wagamama opened a brand new 166 seat restaurant in Gibraltar’s Ocean Village at the start of the summer, their first ever restaurant in the Iberian Peninsula. They are famous for their ramen; bowls of fragrant soup filled with noodles plus meat or vegetables. The menu also boasts favourites such as the chicken katsu curry; succulent chicken breast fried in golden breadcrumbs, served with the famous katsu curry sauce, rice and salad and delicious chicken gyozas (fried dumplings). It will be interesting to see how the iconic Wagamama canteen-style benches work under the hot sun and to see the terrace, breakout areas and booths which aren’t the norm in the UK restaurants.

Where will you try on your holiday? Let us know your favourite Costa del Sol restaurant, we’d love to share recommendations with all our holiday rental guests. For more great information download our free Costa del Sol Holiday Guide

Area Focus – Western Costa del Sol

Western Costa del Sol Holiday RentalMany people are unaware of the many charms of the western part of the Costa del Sol and because of that you will find the beaches are less crowded, there’s parking even during peak season and although restaurants and bars are busy, you won’t struggle to get a table like you may do in the most popular area.

There’s a lot to love about the Western Costa del Sol; beaches are great, with many lovely Spanish communities which still follow a very traditional way of life and the cost of accommodation, food and particularly drinks are much cheaper. You can fly into Gibraltar to cut down on travel time and there are some great things to see and do.

Highlights include

Castellar Zoo, which is a rescue centre and zoo where you can learn about the animals and even pet and feed them!

Sotogrande Port is a great place to see the beautiful boats and enjoy a coffee, a few drinks or a bite to eat in a lovely environment. There’s live music in the evenings most weekends, as well as a market during the summer.

Duquesa Port is a great place to eat out if you fancy something other than Spanish food, as there are Chinese, Mexican, Thai, Indian, American and even Moroccan restaurants all next to each other, as well as lots of great bars.

Sabinillas has a couple of brilliant festivals on the beach which are well worth a visit. The San Juan celebration on the 23rd of June where enormous bonfire sculptures are lit at midnight and there’s live music and a wonderful atmosphere is the best in the coast. Plus there’s the Full Moon Festival in August where everyone dresses in white and heads to the beach for a festival of music and lights, it’s really magical.

Manilva village is famous for its sweet wine and there’s a small wine museum where you can learn about wine making and also arrange wine tasting sessions. There’s also a place making artisan beer which you can visit and do a tasting session, so you can enjoy artisan beer and wine in one place.

Casares is a stunning white village gathered precariously around a hill, with a fort on the top. As well as the stunning views it has a reputation for excellent gastronomy and a large selection of great restaurants.

Estepona is a vibrant and pretty Spanish town, with wide beaches, a long seaside promenade, sweet old town and an amazing Orchid House, not to mention a lovely Spanish atmosphere. There are lots of events through the year and many people really fall in love with its charms.

We have a wide range of holiday rental properties in the western Costa del Sol, here are just a few –

3 Bedroom Townhouse in CasaresThis delightful townhouse is situated in the complex Pueblo Andaluz, in the village of Casares. The Andalusian village style complex blends into its surroundings perfectly and has wonderful rustic features.

1 Bed Apartment Estepona – This distinctive 1 bedroom, 2nd floor apartment is front line beach, situated in the complex of Buenas Noches in Estepona. The apartment offers stunning views over the sparkling Mediterranean sea to Gibraltar and over to Africa and is perfect for beach lovers looking for a great value apartment. More information or Book Now

Duquesa Port Apartment – This delightful two bedroom holiday apartment in the gated complex of Arenal Duquesa is situated between Puerto de la Duquesa and Sabinillas. This modern apartment complex offers beautifully maintained tropical gardens and is within walking distance of Duquesa port. 

If you’d like to have a holiday on the Western Costa del Sol, please don’t hesitate to contact us for advice on where to stay and a list of properties which best meet your requirements.

What’s New on the Costa del Sol for Summer 2016?

bigstock-Outdoor-concert-happy-people--74378197There’s always lots going on in the Costa del Sol, but we’re excited about some of the announcements being made for summer 2016 and we wanted to share!

Firstly, there have been some amazing performers announced to be coming to the Costa del Sol to perform. Seal will be at the Puente Romano, Simply Red will be in Fuengirola and Tom Jones (alongside 23 other amazing acts) will be at Starlite in Marbella – this is going to be amazing.

Secondly, Marbella is due to get its first gourmet food market right in the centre of town. This will be a 470 square meter gourmet food market on the centre street Ricardo Soriano, where foodies can dine, shop and enjoy the amazing local produce and cuisine. Apparently it’s due to be open for the peak season of July and August which would be great.

Thirdly the amazing artwork Mural by Jackson Pollock will be shown for the first time ever in Spain at the Picasso Museum in Malaga in spring and summer 2016, which is a great reason to visit this wonderful gallery in the centre of the historic part of Malaga. You should also visit the Museum of Malaga which has had some amazing pieces restored for its Archaeology and Fine Arts collection and is hoped to be open soon. Whilst you’re there you can visit the CAC Malaga’s contemporary art museum, the Carmen Thyssen museum and the new Pompidou centre – so it’s a real cultural destination.

Fuengirola is celebrating its 175th anniversary of its autonomy this year and promising to top the 107 cultural events held in the city in 2015, so watch this space. There will also be a packed schedule of events, parties and activities for all the family which will be announced in the months leading up to the summer season. Please follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest news, events and activities.

Five Unforgettable Costa del Sol Experiences

The Costa del Sol is synonymous with sun, sea and beaches, but there are a huge range of things to experience here, from the wild to the wacky, from the adventurous to the tasty. Here are just a few surprising, exciting activities you can experience on the Costa del Sol that you may not expect.

moonhowlNight Time Wolf Safari – Each full moon you can visit the Lobo Park (or wolf park) in Antequera, inland from the Costa del Sol for a night time tour of wild wolf habitat. Enjoy a delicious meal and then head out into the night with torches to find the Alaskan wolves, Eurasian wolves and Iberian wolves and watch them in their native habitat at play and rest and hear them howl into the night. Find out more

Recommended Holiday rental near to Antequera – We’d recommend basing yourself in the lovely village of Coín overlooking the spectacular Guadalhorce valley to be within easy reach of Antequera, Malaga, Benalmadena and Fuengirola. We have a great 4 bedroom villa in rural Coin with stunning views, a private pool and extensive gardens with fruit and nut trees.

Learn about Spanish wines – There are several wine museums in Malaga, Mijas and Manilva to name a few, these are great opportunities to find out about the wine making process and the history of wine in Spain and also have very reasonably priced wine tastings. A great night out for wine lovers is a visit to D-wine in San Pedro which is a wine shop, restaurant and bar, with special tasting machines which allow you to sample over 30 wines by the glass. They arrange regular wine tasting events and the restaurant comes highly recommended. Find out more

mmlogoRelease your Inner Willy Wonka – Visit the world’s smallest chocolate factory Mayan Monkey in Mijas Pueblo and take part in chocolate making workshops. There are express workshops for 15 minutes, or hour long experiences where you will make 3 of your own chocolate bars, as well of course as tasting amazing chocolates from around the world.

Recommended Holiday Rental near to Mijas Pueblo – If you want to be close to the wine museum and chocolate factory in Mijas, then we can recommend this luxury 4 bed villa in La Cala Hills with private pool, stunning views and private gym. We have a number of quality holiday rentals in the Mijas area, so please browse the site or contact us for other recommendations.

Scale New Heights – Adventurers of all ages will love conquering 83 treetop challenges and zip lines at Aventura Amazonia in Elviria. This large adventure park features in six adventure circuits which are adapted to different ages and abilities. The most challenging area is the sports area, with 13 challenges at an average height of 9 meters above ground, including the famous Tarzan’s leap and a surfboard through the treetops. Your entrance ticket gets you three hours of adventure and excitement and you can go on as many circuits as you can handle.  Find out more

Recommended Holiday Rental near to Elviria – Very close to Amazonia, the many bars, restaurants and shops in Elviria and also the famous Nikki Beach is this great Duplex penthouse with sea views. It has three bedrooms, a large terrace and is located on a lovely development with communal gardens and four shared pools.

logoPet a Tiger in a Zoo with a difference – Castellar Zoo near to Sotogrande is an animal rescue centre, where you can get up close and personal with the most amazing animals. Zoo keepers bring out animals such as monkeys, lemurs, deer and even baby tigers to be fed, stroked and handled by members of the public – an amazing experience. Find out more

Recommended Holiday Rental near to Castellar – We’d recommend basing yourself around Sotogrande or Manilva to be within easy reach of both Castellar and its zoo, but also the lovely beaches and towns of the Western Costa del Sol. This lovely 2 bed apartment in Duquesa is stylish and modern, close to the port of Duquesa with its many bars and restaurants, and just ten minutes’ drive from Sotogrande. It has two bedrooms and bathrooms and a shared garden and pool.

These are just a few of the great activities the Costa del Sol has to offer and we can find you a great property near to your favourite attractions.

Food Festivals on the Costa del Sol

Food Festivals on the Costa del SolBack in December we shared the good news that the Costa del Sol had been awarded yet more Michelin stars, recognising the area as a real foodie paradise which is perfect for a spot of Gastro tourism. Read the full article here

As fantastic food is so important to a great holiday and we’re lucky enough to have some of the best of it here in Spain, we thought we’d highlight some of the amazing food festivals that take place here during the year. Timing your visit to coincide with these great events and booking yourself into one of the Michelin starred restaurants, makes for the perfect trip for anyone who loves food and allows you to see a different side to the Costa del Sol.

Feria de Los Pueblos, Fuengirola – 28th April – 2nd May – Travel around the world through food and music with this great festival. Around 50 different countries are represented, each of them having an area where they can showcase their food, music and traditional dress. This is a unique opportunity to get to know different cultures and try authentic food from all over the world without leaving Fuengirola’s Fair Ground. If this sounds like fun, here’s a great 2 bed apartment in Fuengirola which could be your base.

Malaga Gastronomy Festival – 29th April – 5th May – At the same time as the Feria de Los Pueblos is the Malaga Gastronomy Festival, so it’s a great time to come and enjoy both festivals in one trip. This is the third edition of the festival, which had 50,000 visitors last year alone. There will be celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, different gastronomic areas and activities going on all over the city, including activities at the Picasso Museum and the Wine Museum to name just a few. There will be a Gastronomy School set up where important chefs will be running workshops and in the La Marina Street Food zone 14 brilliant restaurants will be offering a range of their best-selling dishes for visitors to sample. If you want to be close to both festivals, we’d recommend staying in this lovely townhouse in Benalmadena, ideally located between Fuengirola and Malaga.

Ham Festival Estepona – August – This celebration of the wonderful Spanish ham is a great opportunity to try hams from different regions. Last year there were nearly 70 different companies represented with stalls stretching over 1.5km, all along the seafront promenade in Estepona. Each evening from 8pm to 2am you can buy plates of ham for 5€ from the stalls, enjoy it with wine and beer from the beachfront bars and soak up the wonderful atmosphere on a warm summer evening. Last year 150,000 people visited the festival between 12th and 16th August and it was a wonderful event.  Organizers confirmed they would be repeating the event this year, but exact dates have not been set. To be close to this festival, and within easy reach of San Pedro and Marbella, we’d recommend this 2 bedroom apartment in Estepona, just 50 meters from the beach.

A visit to one of the local ferias is another good way of trying some traditional Spanish foods and there are ferias from April to September to enjoy. We will be keeping an eye out as more festivals are announced and we’ll share them with you here, but if you know of any we’ve missed, please comment below so we can have a complete list.

Get in the mood for love with a romantic getaway

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

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

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

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

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

Recommended Winter Sun Destination – San Pedro de Alcantara

Winter Sun Destination - San Pedro de Alcantara Beat the January blues by booking a winter sun getaway to the Costa del Sol!

It’s hard when the decorations come down, the nights are long and the days cold and wet, but just a few hours away is Spain’s sunshine coast, with lovely weather all year round.

We had a record breaking December with temperatures in the 20s and hardly any rain and predictions are it will be a mild start to the year as well. February is a lovely time to visit, when spring is just around the corner, but prices are still very reasonable and you can feel like one of the lucky locals. Picture yourself strolling along the paseo, enjoying delicious food, walking in the surrounding hills and enjoying some great sports at the beginning of this year, it’s nearer than you think. Also, even if it does rain, you know it’s falling on the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains as snow, so why not pop up there for a day on the slopes? Every cloud has a silver lining you know!!

If you do fancy a winter getaway, the location really counts, as you want a town which is full of life all year round and has plenty to do no matter what the weather. This month we wanted to recommend the lovely town of San Pedro de Alcantara, just west of Puerto Banus. It is becoming more and more popular with locals and visitors alike due to a number of new parks, play areas and facilities, plus a brand new “boulevard” which has brought the town together. The new fame is bringing with it lovely new coffee shops, restaurants and a real buzz, perfect for a winter getaway.

San Pedro has a fantastic beach area, with a long and well-kept promenade with fitness areas, playgrounds, cafes and restaurants and it’s a really nice walk into Puerto Banus. If you want to cover some more distance, why not rent a bike and see how far you can get?

The new boardwalk or boulevard area in the middle of the town has a number of playgrounds and cafes, plus an American Diner/Food Truck with an ice rink and big screens to watch sports. There’s also an amphitheatre area which hosts concerts and plays and there are often special events going on.

The old town of San Pedro is as pretty as a picture with lots of shops and a pedestrianised area with cafés, bars and restaurants and good shopping. There’s also a great weekly flea market at the top of the town, with everything from clothes, to accessories, to fruit and veg and household items to browse.

San Pedro has so much to offer itself, plus its proximity to Puerto Banus and Marbella gives you even more options. We have a perfect holiday rental for a winter sun getaway, which is located in a stunning development in between Puerto Banus and San Pedro, just 600 meters away from the beach.

This luxury 2 bedroom apartment in San Pedro  sleeps 4 people in style. It includes a south-facing covered terrace, perfect for soaking up the winter sun with a coffee or a glass of wine, comfortable and chic bedrooms, including a large master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a twin bedroom. There’s free Wi-Fi, everything is finished to the highest standards and you can stroll to San Pedro or Banus in around 15 minutes. All this from under 150€ per day, amazing winter value! Contact us to book your winter sun getaway.

Winter Sun and Skiing – The Perfect Combination!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top Tips for choosing a holiday rental property for Christmas

Christmas Rental PropertyIt’s Christmas time and amongst all the mistletoe and wine, we’re also enjoying some great winter weather here on the Costa del Sol and it’s not too late to escape the dark, cold and crazy crowds of Christmas shoppers and disconnect from it all for a special Spanish Christmas.

Check out our last post for the low down on Christmas on the Costa del Sol and visit Marbella Family Fun and My Destination Marbella for news on Christmas events and parties to enjoy.

If you’re now feeling inspired and want a last minute trip, there are loads of great holiday rental properties to choose for a Christmas getaway on the Costa del Sol. To help you choose the right one for a winter break, we’ve put together a few tips and things to look out for which will make sure you have the best time –

  1. Make sure you choose a location which is busy all year round or close to a vibrant town – During winter it can be very quiet on a holiday development or in a small residential area which has really been designed for summer time and you can feel a bit isolated. You’re better off choosing somewhere within one of the busier towns such as; Estepona, Marbella, Fuengirola, Benalmadena and Torremolinos which are busy and have lots to offer all year round.
  2. Select a property with heating or an open fire as Spanish homes can be chilly in the winter.
  3. Think about whether you want to hire a car or not – This will influence where you decide to stay, as if you don’t want to drive we’d suggest being on the train line from Malaga, or being in an urban area where you can walk around and there’s enough to keep you busy. For the maximum flexibility and to make the most of everything that’s going on we would definitely recommend hiring a car.
  4. Make sure your property has an oven – This sounds strange, but many Spanish homes don’t have an oven in the kitchen and if you want to cook a traditional Christmas dinner then this is obviously a big problem, so don’t leave it to chance, make sure that you ask.
  5. Prepare for all weathers – Christmas on the Costa del Sol is usually dry and warm, but of course it is the winter and so it can rain and it is chilly in the evenings. So pack clothes which are easy to layer, check whether the property has DVDs or board games and bring along your family favourite games so that if you do have a rainy day you can enjoy being in your holiday rental property. Even if it’s wet you can visit the amazing museums in Malaga, shop ‘til you drop at shopping centre La Cañada, go and see a movie (look for VO – which means it’s in the original language) or take the kids to one of the many indoor play centres. You know the sun will be out again soon!

We are Costa del Sol holiday rental experts, so please don’t hesitate to ask for our shortlist of the best properties for a Christmas getaway. Just send us your requirements and your dates or give us a call and we’ll find you a cozy, well located property where you can spend an amazing alternative Christmas in Spain.

Feliz Navidad and have a wonderful Christmas wherever you choose to spend it!

Visiting the Costa del Sol for Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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