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The best places to go out on the Costa del Sol this summer

If you’re packing your bags, jetting over to the Costa del Sol this summer and are looking to dance the night away, you are spoilt for choice! Andalucia is well known for throwing epic fiestas and enjoying the good life, well into the early hours of the morning. Plus hotspots like Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella and Puerto Banus all have incredible nightlife year round.

If you’re dreaming about a fun holiday in the sun but haven’t sorted out your accommodation yet, contact us for holiday rental properties with last minute availability.

Here’s our guide for where to head out and enjoy a party on the Costa del Sol this summer.

Beach Clubs

There is a huge range of Beach Clubs to choose from along the Costa del Sol, from relaxed affairs to party hubs and everything in between. Most have special nights and bring in DJs, so you can soak up the sun, enjoy cocktails and listen to fantastic music from your sun lounger. Check out Nikki Beach in Elviria, La Sala by the Sea or Ocean Club in Marbella if you want to party, or a wide range of others for a more relaxed but very cool place to hang out this summer.

Starlite

The biggest concert series of the year is the Starlite music festival in Marbella. Starting on the 5th of July and running until the 23rd of August there is an amazing line up of Spanish and international artists including The Beach Boys, Kool & The Gang, Jamie Cullum, Sting, John Legend, Luis Fonsi, David Bisbal, Jason Derulo and many more. There are also DJs, groups and events around the autdiorium where there are great bars and food stalls to enjoy. Definitely one of the biggest parties in town.

Puente Romano

Marbella’s Puente Romano is a fantastic place to eat, drink and party. There are loads of great restaurants around its central courtyard and a number of funky bars and a nightclub. The square transforms itself into a cool bar on summer nights and there are lots of excellent events during the summer season. The Puente Romano tennis club is also welcoming The Jacksons to perform a concert on the 8th of August.

Puerto Banus

Puerto Banus is well known for its huge concentration of bars, restaurants and nightclubs, so is a mecca for party animals throughout the year. Get your glad rags on and hit the town, starting off with a walk through the port and ending in one of the superclubs on the square. Another very popular option is La Sala, just up the road in Nueva Andalucia, where you can eat, drink and dance the night away.

Tapas Tour

A favourite past time of the Spanish on long, hot summer evenings is to do a tapas bar crawl, where the streets are buzzing from 9pm to midnight. Find a lively area with lots of restaurants and have a drink and try a different dish in each, soaking up the atmosphere and sampling the delicious food.

Ferias

Young and old come out to party for the summer ferias in Andalucia, and you should definitely join in the fun! Head to your local tourist office and find out what ferias are happening near you during your stay and go ahead and join in.

For more great tips like these for enjoying your holiday to the full, download our Costa del Sol Holiday Guide. Get in touch with our helpful team to find that last minute holiday rental, or look ahead to next summer. Contact us

The best family friendly activities on the Costa del Sol

The summer holidays are finally here and if you’re coming over to the Costa del Sol with the family this year, we wanted to give you some advice on a few of the best and newest things to do with kids during July and August.

If you haven’t sorted out your accommodation yet, don’t panic! We do still have holiday rental properties with availability in the peak season. However it is limited, so contact us via email or phone, tell us your ideal dates, locations and requirements and we can give you a list of available options.

New attractions

Experience the thrill of freefall – There’s a brand new activity inland from the Costa del Sol called Fly4Real which is causing quite a stir. It is an outdoor skydiving simulator and the first of its kind in Spain and gives visitors the chance to fly on a column of air and feel the sensation of freefall, without jumping from a plane. It’s located at KartCenter Campillos, about an hour inland from Malaga and around an hour and a half from Marbella and Fuengirola. This is the best kart track in the region, so adrenaline junkies can combine flying and karting for an intense day of thrilling fun.

Lego Exhibition Malaga – Lego fans young and old will love the new exhibition running in Malaga until the 22nd of September. This is the biggest Lego exhibition in Europe, with 100 models to admire in 12 different zones and a fun play area too. It is located in Muelle Uno in Malaga Port and is open from 11am to 3pm and then 3pm to 9pm. Find out more

Old Favourites

Hit the beach – A family holiday to the Costa del Sol would not be complete without a day at the beach and there are hundreds to choose from. To make sure you enjoy it to the full check out our tips for visiting Costa del Sol’s beaches and have a fantastic day soaking up the sun, and enjoying the sand and sea while feeling the stresses and strains melt away.

Cool down and have fun at the waterparks – A visit to a waterpark is another family favourite and there are three big ones on the Costa del Sol, in Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Algeciras. You can save a lot and beat the queues by booking your ticket online, so it’s best to be prepared for this one. Read our article on Costa del Sol waterparks to make sure you know all the tips and tricks to ensure a great day out.

Go to the playground – There are loads of great playgrounds all over the Costa del Sol, many of which have a café, so you can enjoy a cool drink while the kids play. The key to enjoying these in the summer is to get your timing right. Check out which parks are in the shade at what times of day and if in doubt go later in the day when your kids are likely to have the most playmates and you can wear them out before bedtime!

For more great tips like these for enjoying your holiday to the full, download our Costa del Sol Holiday Guide.

Get in touch with our helpful team to find that last minute holiday rental, or look ahead to next summer.

Holidaying on the Costa del Sol like a local

People often ask us how to have a true Spanish experience on their next holiday. Staying in a holiday rental is a good start, as you have a home-from-home and can cook, relax and enjoy the amazing weather in comfort from day one. We will also supply you with an information pack with recommendations of the best places to visit near your holiday rental, as well as supermarkets, banks and practicalities of living in Spain, so you feel right at home.

Here are a few tips from our holiday rental advisors, who all live and work here on the Costa del Sol, on how to really holiday like a local this year.

Enjoy the perfect beach day – Spanish summers are all about the beach and Spanish families typically camp out all day long, bringing amazing amounts of supplies to make their stay comfortable. After a lazy breakfast in your holiday rental, gather your towels, snacks, cooler, sun cream, beach chairs and parasols and set up to be there until the sun goes down. Check out our tips for visiting the beach for more info.

Join the crowds at an event – The Spanish love to do everything en masse and so heading along to an event is a great way to feel at home and join in the fun. Whether you choose a traditional feria or a concert you will have an amazing experience and see how the Spanish party!

Hire a car or choose your location wisely – Public transport options are limited here on the Costa del Sol. If you want to explore the area, visit the nearby tourist attractions and fill your time with activities, you don’t want to be stuck waiting for buses. Hiring a car is a good option, which will make you feel like a local and give you total freedom. However, if you’d rather not hire a car, then base yourself in one of the towns along the train line from Malaga to Fuengirola. This makes travelling a lot easier, and the towns themselves have plenty to see and do on foot.

Make the most of the amazing Spanish foodThe Costa del Sol is a foodie’s paradise, with a huge range of wonderful restaurants and tapas bars. The produce is fresh, delicious and excellent value and new gourmet markets are springing up along the coast. For the full experience, make sure you go to a chiringuito or beach restaurant for lunch and enjoy fresh seafood grilled over a wood fire (espeto), a selection of fried fish such as boquerones al limon, calamares and cazon en adobo and try a paella. Lunches here are long and leisurely and paellas normally take about 45 minutes to come, so snack on the fish and salad first and only order a paella for 2 people, even in a group of 5 or more, so you can all enjoy a selection. Try a tapas crawl one evening, moving between places and ordering a few dishes to share in each. This will allow you to sample lots of amazing food and find your favourite dishes and places for the rest of the holiday.

We hope you have an amazing holiday here on the Costa del Sol and that these tips help you have an authentic experience that you’ll never forget. Browse our collection of holiday homes and book online. There are still a few properties available for this summer, but they are booking up fast. Please contact us with your requirements for a last minute summer break and we can send you a shortlist.

Sporty holidays on the Costa del Sol

You are spoilt for choice if you want to play sports on the Costa del Sol, so why not incorporate it into your next holiday?

Water sports are plentiful and a great option for being active in the hot summer months. Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is all the rage right now and you can hire boards all along the coast. There are jet skis to hire, not to mention banana boat rides and parasailing. For the more adventurous, look into sea kayak tours in places like Nerja, where you can explore the coves and enjoy the crystal clear waters with an experienced guide.

Golf is a huge draw for tourists to the Costa del Sol as we have so many fantastic courses within a small area. Wherever you decide to be based, you are never far from a course, and you can choose between a driving range, nine hole or championship courses, depending on your skill and preferences. If you are visiting in the summer this is the low season for golf, so there are some good deals available and we have teamed up with Golf Two4One to allow you access to some amazing offers. Simply email our reception and we will provide you with a card free of charge.

Tennis and Padel are also incredibly popular here and there are some excellent tennis clubs all along the Costa del Sol which are open to non-members. Padel tennis is a massive sport here and is like a mix between tennis and squash. Many of the larger developments will have their own tennis and padel courts which residents and guests can use free of charge. Please ask us when you book your holiday rental and we’ll let you know what facilities are available. There are also municipal tennis and padel facilities, which are excellent value for money. Ask in your local tourist office for one close to you and how to book the courts, as it’s not always obvious.

Cycling is a sport which is booming here and hiring a bike is a great way to explore, as well as getting you active. Start easy by heading to the seafront promenade and enjoy the flat terrain and the amazing views, or head into the hills for some serious mountain biking. Read our guide to cycling holidays on the Costa del Sol.

Last but not least, one of the nicest (and cheapest) activities is to walk and explore the area on foot. Once again the paseo is the easiest and prettiestplace to do this and you can walk for miles along this beautiful coastal path. There are also a number of excellent hiking routes in the hills and you can also take walking tours to see the sights. We love exploring Marbella on foot and there are some great routes in town, along the seafront and in the hills.

As you can see, there’s a huge range of sports to enjoy as part of your next holiday on the Costa del Sol. If sports are important to you, please let us know when you enquire about your holiday home. This allows us to advise you on the best properties with communal sports facilities, or the right place to stay for a golf holiday.

Visiting Ronda

Ronda is a historic, beautiful town, surrounded by stunning countryside. Most famous for it’s extraordinary gorge and being the home of bullfighting, Ronda is developing new attractions for tourists, with a wine route and a new organic olive oil experience.

Ronda is easy to visit if you are holidaying in and around Marbella. There is a bus which goes from Marbella bus station and takes you up there. If you’ve hired a car, it’s also a stunning drive, but be warned the road is steep and twisty, so not advised for nervous drivers. The journey is approximately an hour, inland from Marbella and takes you though some really incredible countryside.

Ronda is growing as a wine producing region and now has a wine route. This comprises of 16 wineries that you can visit and a wine museum and interpretation center, where you can learn all about it. A visit to a bodega is a lovely thing to do on your holiday, where you can see them making the wine, understand the process and of course sample some of the produce. Find out more about wine tourism on the Costa del Sol on our blog, or discover the Ronda Wine Route here.

Design guru Philippe Starck has recently launched an olive oil experience on the outskirts of Ronda which is a great place to visit. It is being called an immersive cultural centre and is surrounded by vines, olive trees and an organic vegetable garden. Visitors are taken around the centre on a 45 minute guided tour to learn about the region’s olive oil, see some interesting exhibits and sculptures by Philippe Starck, enjoy the beautiful setting and of course taste the oils. Tours cost 20€ per person  and can be reserved on the LA Experience website.

If you like the pretty Andalusian countryside, a village feel and easy access up to Ronda, Benahavis is a good choice as a base. Inland from San Pedro, Benahavis is a beautiful village famous for gastronomy and surrounded by excellent golf courses and countryside with excellent walks and trails. We have a number of holiday rental properties in this area, such as this lovely penthouse in Las Terrazas at Los Arqueros. With two bedrooms, stylish décor, spacious living area and incredible views this is a beautiful apartment. It’s perfect for golfers as well, right by the golf course and with a 30% discount on green fees. From there, you can go straight up to Ronda in less than an hour.

For more information on visiting the Costa del Sol and making the most of your stay, download our free Costa del Sol Holiday Guide or ask one of our helpful team.

Shopping and Eating in and around Malaga

Last month we gave you some information on shopping on the Costa del Sol and the two big shopping centres of La Cañada in Marbella and Miramar in Fuengirola. It was such a popular post that we wanted to give you more great places to shop on the Costa del Sol, this time in and around Malaga.

Malaga city is a wonderful place to shop til you drop, with the long, pedestrianised Calle Larios lined with great shops. Parallel to it is Calle Nueva, with more great options, including some independent boutiques, as well as international brands. It also has a huge El Cort Ingles which sells just about everything, the big Larios Centro shopping centre and some great markets too. Down in the recently redeveloped port area there are yet more shops and some excellent places to eat and drink too. So you really are spoilt for choice.

Just outside the city is the huge mall of Plaza Mayor. Unlike La Cañada and Miramar, this has more of a village feel, with plenty of outside space, squares and walkways connecting the shops, for a more American shopping experience. There are a massive array of shops which are open from 10am to 10pm. There is a cinema and entertainment complex and they are about to unveil a new food court with some fabulous new restaurants which offer a more high-end dining experience than before. It’s a great place to hang out for the day to shop, eat and relax.   

But Malaga offers much more than just shopping! There’s a wonderful selection of museums and historical sites such as the Cathedral, the city walls and fortress and the remains of a Roman amphitheatre.

The restaurant scene is amazing too, with great places to try on every corner and a kicking nightlife. Combine shopping and eating with a trip to Malaga’s gourmet market and marvel at the amazing produce and delicious food.

Last but not least, head down to the Malaga Gastronomy Festival from the 23rd to the 26th of May. Based around the Plaza de la Marina near the port there are food trucks, stalls and a stage with cooking demonstrations. Artisan and specialist producers sell some amazing local produce and so you can enjoy a little shopping too! 

If you love Malaga, but also want to enjoy the best of the Costa del Sol towns and coastline, we’d recommend the towns of Torremolinos and Benalmadena. Both are well connected with Malaga by public transport, but also offer lots of things to see and do for the whole family.

There’s a great waterpark in Torremolinos, as well as a lovely beachfront area, good shopping and a buzzing nightlife. Benalmadena has an amusement park, cable car, aquarium and great park too. It’s also got a pretty marina area and a very lively nightlife.

Browse our website for quality holiday rentals near to Malaga, or contact us with your requirements and we’ll recommend the best places to suit you and your budget.

Summer concerts and festivals on the Costa del Sol

We’re gearing up for summer here on the Costa del Sol. As the beach clubs open their doors once more and amazing events are announced it looks like we’re going to have another fantastic summer season!

Music lovers are going to be spoilt for choice once again this year with a stellar line-up of concerts already announced.

Starlite in Marbella is once again coming to town and bringing some wonderful artists for more than 46 days of concerts and events. There are too many amazing acts to mention, but we’re particularly looking forward to The Beach Boys, Kool & The Gang, Jamie Cullum and Sting. Check out the full programme

Mega stars The Jacksons and Tony Hadley are playing at the Puente Romano Tennis Club in August. This is a really intimate venue and it will be an excellent opportunity to see these legends of music up close. Find out more and buy tickets

If you’re holidaying in Fuengirola, then the Marenostrum Festival in the beautiful park around the Sohail Castle is a must. They have a series of excellent events from the 25th of April until the 15th of September including a Bob Dylan and Rod Stewart in concert, a Rock Festival, a 90s Music Festival and much more. Find out more

There’s also going to be a brand new venue hosting lots of cultural, sporting and music events. The old Puerto Banus bullring is being transformed into Marbella Arena, which will open its doors in June. Sunset Events have promised a packed schedule of events including a Hip-Hop and Latino Festival, and lots of concerts including by Bob Marley’s band The Wailers. Find out more

The many Beach Clubs we have along our coast are have packed schedules of events with live music and brilliant DJs playing for glamourous guests. Check out the websites of Nikki Beach, Ocean Club, La Sala Beach, Kah Marbella and more to see their programmes and decide when and where you want to party. 

Many more acts and events will be announced over the next few months. To keep up to date and to see what’s going on when you are here on holiday, check the event website MyGuideMarbella.

We have a wonderful selection of holiday homes on the Costa del Sol  which make the perfect base for enjoying the concerts, events and nightlife on offer.

Once you’ve decided what you want to see, contact us and ask for recommended holiday rentals nearby.

Shopping on the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol is a great place to shop, with everything from designer brands to high street favourites and bustling markets where you can pick up a bargain.

There are two big shopping centres which are favourites for residents and holiday makers alike as there’s parking, lots of shops in one place and also restaurants and cafes where you can take a break.

If you’re holidaying in Fuengirola then your best option is the Miramar shopping centre. Conveniently located close to the centre of town and connected by buses and trains, Miramar is one of the largest shopping centres on the Costa del Sol with lots of great shops, a cinema, restaurants and supermarket. The shops are open from 10am to 10pm Monday to Saturday. Outside of the peak season it is closed on Sundays, but open most Sundays in July and August. There’s a kids club open from 5-8pm Wednesday to Friday and 12-2 and 5-9 on weekends and holidays so the little ones can be entertained. The cinema shows films in English (look for VO screenings). Check out the Miramar shopping centre website

If you’re holidaying in Marbella then La Cañada shopping centre is the best one for you.  Located a bit further away from the centre of town, you need to take a bus or car to get there, but it’s only a five minute drive from the centre. It is a big shopping centre, with loads of great shops, restaurants, a supermarket and cinema. The cinema doesn’t show many films in English, so isn’t as popular with the tourists, but the shopping is great! The highlight is the women’s clothes shops, which offers loads of options, so you’re almost guaranteed to find what you’re looking for.

Another great option for holiday makers in and around Marbella is Puerto Banus. It has a massive El Corte Ingles department store, a smaller shopping centre just opposite and a market in the main square during the summer. Down in the marina, you’ll find a large selection of designer brands too, so there’s something to suit everyone.

Last but not least, head to the massive weekly markets which are held all along the coast and you can pick up everything from clothes, jewellery, bags and accessories to fruit, vegetables, flowers, herbs and ceramics. These are great fun and always busy, just make sure you get there early, as by 2pm everything is closing. Here’s a good guide to the Costa del Sol markets.

We help our clients make the most of their Costa del Sol holidays, with excellent holiday rental properties and local knowledge and information. Please get in touch with us for advice on where to stay, or the best places to visit during your holiday. We can advise you on the best locations for you and help with everything from car hire to green fees. We look forward to hearing from you!

Venture inland on your next Costa del Sol Holiday

We are lucky to have miles of beautiful beaches and wonderful coastline here on the Costa del Sol. This is the focus for most holiday makers who visit the Malaga area, but there’s a lot of wonderful places to explore inland from the coast which might surprise you.

There are two options you can choose from, stay in a holiday rental close to the beach and hire a car to explore the inland areas, or rent a property close to one of the beautiful white villages. We have a number of excellent properties on the beach and close to the villages of Benahavis (a gourmet paradise), Casares (picturesque and traditional) and Mijas Pueblo (close to Fuengirola) and can advise you where would suit you best.

Wherever you stay, don’t miss Malaga province’s beautiful countryside, it’s so close to the coastal resorts, but feels a world away. There are wonderful parks, striking scenery, hiking and mountain biking routes and great opportunities to bird spot and encounter unique flora and fauna. The white villages for which the region is rightly famous are wonderfully picturesque and many retain a very traditional feel. Casares is one of our favourites, as it combines a village centre which hasn’t changed for hundreds of years, with beautiful countryside and views, as well as modern additions such as excellent restaurants and even a zipline.

Ronda is a great place for a day trip. The breath-taking gorge and incredible bridge is iconic, but it has a lot more to offer as well. There are ancient city walls which you can explore, Roman and Moorish architecture and ruins, one of the first bullrings in the area with an interesting museum and a brilliant wine route. The Ronda region is growing in regard as a wine producing region and you can visit bodegas for tours and tastings while you’re there. Find out more about wine tourism on the Costa del Sol

Close to Marbella are the villages of Ojen and Istan and you can easily visit both in one day. Ojen is small and traditional, with small olive oil and wine museums and some interesting caves, which you can explore. It explodes with music at the end of June for a two-day independent music festival, but the rest of the year has a charming sleepy feel. Istan is within the Sierra de las Nieves natural park and is stunning, with the two rivers Rio Verde and Rio Molinos flowing either side. It’s a great place to walk, with ten routes which take you through the stunning countryside. Make sure you take a camera and stop at the viewpoints or Miradors for views of the rivers, countryside and reservoir.

To browse our inland properties in this stunning countryside, take a look at our collection of holiday rental properties with outstanding views. Alternatively, contact us and tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll find you a beautiful holiday rental for your next vacation.

Four amazing rental properties for your next golf break

As all golfers will know, the Costa del Sol is a golf paradise, with a huge quantity of world-class courses in a very small area. Depending on your handicap, preferences and budget, you can choose from driving ranges to courses with a potential 27 holes to play, to Links courses on the coast, to stunning mountain courses and everything in between. To find out more about the options, read our article on our favourite golf courses on the Costa del Sol.

February to May are brilliant months to visit the Costa del Sol for a golf holiday. The weather is great, with sunny skies, but comfortable temperatures to play 18 holes without breaking too much of a sweat. Our collection of golf holiday rental properties include villas and apartments on or near to some of the area’s best courses.

If you’re planning your next golf getaway and looking for some great accommodation, read on for our recommendations of four stunning properties, that we know you’ll love!

  1. Penthouse Apartment Los Arqueros Golf and Country Club – This three bedroom penthouse is on the La Torre development within the Los Arqueros golf complex and is great for a group of six people. The roof terrace is a fabulous place to hang out when you are done on the fairways and there’s another good terrace for al fresco dining. Inside the décor is stylish and modern, there is one master bedroom, a double room, and one with twin beds. All guests receive a 30% discount on your green fees at Los Arqueros Golf.
  2. Penthouse Apartment Los Eucalyptus – Also on the Los Arqueros Golf Complex, is this lovely apartment. It is south west facing, with a large terrace with dining and relaxation areas. It is elegantly furnished and has a master bedroom, a double and a twin room, plus two bathrooms. All guests receive a 30% discount on your green fees at Los Arqueros Golf. The location is close to the pretty white village of Benahavis, Puerto Banus and Marbella.
  3. Three Bedroom Apartment La Cala Golf – This lovely apartment is on the La Cala Golf Resort, close to the pretty town of La Cala de Mijas, with its weekly market, good restaurants and excellent beach. It is also within easy reach of the bustling town of Fuengirola. The apartment has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and sleeps six people. It is a modern apartment on a secure complex with amazing views from the terrace over the greens. There is a master with a super king double bed, one with two singles and another with a super king, which can be separated into two singles, so this is a good one for a group of friends.
  4. Two bedroom Townhouse La Cala Golf – This modern townhouse is arranged over two floors, with a stylish lounge and dining area and a great terrace and private garden. Both bedrooms are doubles, with en suite bathrooms, one with a king sized double and one with 2 single beds. Both have terraces with great views. There is a sofa bed in the lounge, plus a guest bathroom on the ground floor, so the property sleeps six people.

We hope you like our recommendations for golf holiday rental properties. Please contact us to see our full portfolio. If you want to be near a particular course, please let us know and we can recommend the best properties in that area.