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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.

Exciting events announced for Estepona in 2018

Exciting events announced for Estepona in 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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


6 Bedroom Holiday Villa in Estepona – Property ID:1417

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

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

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

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

Andalucía Costa del Sol Match Play 9

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Starlite announces acts for 2018

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

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

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

What is Starlite?

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

Why is it so popular?

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

Who is playing this year?

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

How can you get tickets?

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

Where should I stay?

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

 

Where else can I see live music this year?

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

Here are some highlights to look forward to –

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

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

Why visit Casares in 2018

Why visit Casares in 2018

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

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

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

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

The most photogenic spots on the Costa del Sol

The most photogenic spots on the Costa del Sol

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

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

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

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

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

The best Autumnal activities on the Costa del Sol

The best Autumnal activities on the Costa del Sol

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

Get active

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

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

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

Get some culture

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

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

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

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

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

Try a tapas tour

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

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

Get to know Marbella on foot

Get to know Marbella on foot

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

Suggested walks around Marbella

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

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

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

Hiking in Marbella

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

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

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

Marbella 4Days Walking

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

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

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

Watch the best golf players on the Costa del Sol

Watch the best golf players on the Costa del Sol

From the 19th to the 22nd of October, some of the biggest names in golf will be playing at the Real Club Valderrama in Sotogrande on the Western Costa del Sol, widely acknowledged as one of the best golf courses in the world. They will be taking part in the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, which comes to the Costa del Sol for the first time since 2011 this year and is the last European Tour stop before players head for China, Turkey, South Africa and Dubai.

Practice rounds start on Monday 16th of October, with the 1st round on Thursday 19th, the 2nd round on Friday, 3rd round on Saturday and the final round and prize giving ceremony on Sunday 22nd October. Golf fans can buy tickets to watch this great event at this prestigious golf club with affordable tickets available to buy online per day, or as a season ticket.

Ticket prices increase later in the tournament, with first and second round tickets available for 12€ each and 3rd and final round tickets for 20€ each. Alternatively, you can buy a season ticket and go from Wednesday to Sunday for 55€.  These prices are all presale and will be more expensive to buy on the gate.

If you want to come and watch the golf, we have a great apartment for you in the heart of the stunning Sotogrande Marina, just 15 minutes’ drive from Valderrama. The marina is a stunning setting full of bars, cafes, restaurants and shops and right by some excellent beaches. This two bedroom apartment in Sotogrande Port has two bathrooms and is bright and airy, with a modern lounge diner, leading out to a great little terrace with marina views. Pets are welcome and there is a shared garden to enjoy.

Valderrama is often said to be the Costa del Sol’s best golf course. Golfer Sergio Garcia who is hosting the event and supporting it with his foundation is a big fan of the course and commented, “Valderrama is a very special place for me, full of good memories – obviously the best when I finally managed to win in 2011. It is one of my favourite courses, one of the best in the world, and I always enjoy playing there.”

 Valderrama describes itself as a private member’s club that welcomes visitors, so you too could play this iconic course on your next visit to the Costa del Sol. Green fees are 350€ for 18 holes Monday to Thursday and 370€ Friday to Sunday and reservations need to be made in advance as demand is high.

However, if this is a little expensive for you, there are many other more budget friendly options. We have listed some of our favourite golf courses on the Costa del Sol and perfect rental properties to use as a base on our blog, which we hope will help you to find the right course and holiday rental property for you. We also have a collection of golf holiday rentals which are right on the golf course, or conveniently located near them, so it’s easy for you to find the right place to try out the Costa del Golf and all it has to offer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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