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A day trip to the mountains from the Costa del Sol

It may seem crazy, but if you holiday on the Costa del Sol over winter, you could easily fit in a day trip to the mountains. We’ve been sipping coffee at a beach bar in the morning and skiing by lunchtime!

The journey from the popular town of Benalmadena up to the Sierra Nevada ski resort is just over two hours by car and coming from Torremolinos it’s under two hours, so it’s a very easy day trip from the Malaga end of the coast.

The resort is open from November or December to April, snow conditions allowing. It is a small but perfectly formed ski resort, with excellent runs for beginners and intermediate skiers, although it is a little limited for advanced skiers. There is also a ski park for those that want to do tricks and a play area with a fun toboggan ride for those that don’t fancy skiing.

Tips for making the most of your mountain day trip

If you are going up for just the one day, we’d recommend avoiding weekends and school holidays. If you do, you can feel like you have the resort to yourself and you’ll avoid queues for lift passes or ski hire.

Head into the main square and there you will find the lift pass station, as well as places to hire ski equipment. Lift passes are between 40€ and 50€ per day and ski hire is around 25€ per day.

If you book a skiing lesson or a guide, they will take care of the passes and lead you to the best areas for your ability, so you don’t have to search around and will be able to maximise your time on the slopes.

Check out the official website of the Sierra Nevada and the British Ski Center for more information and to arrange ski lessons or guides.

Best places to stay if you are taking a day trip to the slopes

To minimise journey time and maximise your winter break, you want to be close to Malaga, in an area which is vibrant all year round, and so our recommendations are Benalmadena and Torremolinos. Both are on the train line into Malaga, so you can go and visit this beautiful city very easily and enjoy all its culture and charm during your holiday.

Torremolinos is slightly closer to Malaga city and is well known for its nightlife and well-kept sandy beaches. We have an excellent holiday rental property in Torremolinos that we would recommend as a base for your winter getaway. It is a beautifully refurbished two bedroom townhouse in Torremolinos  which is just 140 meters from the beach and the famous seaside promenade and there’s even a lift nearby to take you up to the main shopping area in Torremolinos, so it makes getting around really easy. The townhouse itself is comfortable and homely and there’s a smart TV and internet so you can cosy up in the evenings if you don’t want to be out on the town.

Benalmadena has a lot to offer holiday makers on a winter getaway, including a beautiful park, an award-winning port with an aquarium and many bars and restaurants. There’s even the chance to take a cable car to the top of the mountain and watch a bird of prey show. Benalmadena is a very popular holiday destination for families and also for those looking for great nightlife and we have a large selection of holiday rentals there.

For lovers of sea views, we’d recommend this apartment overlooking Torremuelle beach. It is a lovely two-bedroom apartment and is within walking distance of local bars, restaurants and a supermarket and there are some fantastic terraces to enjoy the winter sun and these breath-taking views.

We hope this advice and information helps you to plan your next getaway. Contact us for more recommendations on a winter break to the Costa del Sol.

Spa breaks on the Costa del Sol

As we head into the winter months, one of our favourite activities is visiting a beautiful spa and letting all the tension and stress melt away. There are a number of fantastic spas along the Costa del Sol and you can choose between circuits or treatment spas, or other spas which do both. There are also some great deals to be had, especially if you like spa circuits.

Our suggestion for a winter break is to try a selection of spas over your holiday, as they all have their different charms. This is also a good excuse to visit different parts of the Costa del Sol and explore. Here are four popular spas between Estepona and Benalmadena and holiday rental properties close to them.

Estepona

Villa Padierna – One of the most spectacular spas in this area has to be Villa Padierna, between Marbella and Estepona. Imagine columns, statues and marble, not to mention a Roman inspired aromatic spa circuit.

We have a number of great holiday rental properties within easy reach of this spa, such as this 2 bedroom holiday rental apartment in Acosta Los Flamingos Benahavis. This spacious, luxurious holiday rental apartment boasts stunning views, communal gardens and a beautiful pool area and is well located to explore the white village of Benahavis, and the vibrant towns of Marbella and Estepona.

Marbella

Six Sense Spa Marbella – Located on the Golden Mile of Marbella is the spectacular Six Senses Spa. They offer wonderful treatments, herbal steam room, dry sauna, hammam, indoor pool and a nail bar.

To be within easy reach of this spa and all that Marbella and Puerto Banus have to offer, we’d recommend this Puerto Banus holiday rental apartment close to the beach which boasts two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Best of all is its fantastic location within walking distance of central Puerto Banus and just a five-minute drive to the Six Senses Spa.  Another great option is this really central one bedroom holiday rental in Marbella right by the port, within walking distance of all the sights and nightlife that Marbella has to offer. This is also a short drive from the spa, so they are both excellent options for a winter break.

Mijas

La Cala Spa – This light, bright spa offers a hydrotherapy circuit, an aesthetic medicine area, hairdresser, gym and wellness activities. They offer affordable packages allowing full access to the pool, hydrotherapy pools and thermal suite, and run regular treatment offers too.

La Cala de Mijas is a great place to holiday, with wide sandy beaches, a popular town centre with restaurants, shops and a weekly market and great golf courses nearby. It is also within easy reach of Fuengirola, with loads of great things to see and do. Our office is based here in La Cala and we have a large selection of great properties such as this stylish and modern two bedroom holiday rental apartment in La Cala Hill Club. On an exclusive community and with great views, this would be a fantastic base for a spa break.

 City centre spa

For a sensational city centre spa and a flavour of the Moorish heritage and history in Andalucía, try the Hammam Al Andalus in Malaga’s stunning Old Town. The beautiful interiors and traditional rituals will really transport you back in time and it’s perfectly placed to explore the Old Town and see the Christmas lights if you’re here in December.

Please feel free to ask our helpful team for recommendations on what to do and where to go on your next winter getaway to the Costa del Sol. We look forward to welcoming you for a bit of pampering. It’s impossible not to de-stress and relax in the warmth and beauty here in Southern Spain!

Autumn–The Perfect Season for Golf on the Costa del Sol

The start of Autumn has been stunning here on the Costa del Sol with temperatures in their high 20s and up to the mid-30s well into October. It’s still warm enough to enjoy the beaches and the pool, but due to the time of year, you’ll get it almost to yourself – heaven!

As the crowds depart and the temperatures cool, there’s another big draw to the Costa del Sol – golf. This area is known as the Costa del Golf, thanks to the high density of quality golf courses in a small area. There are a wide range of courses to choose from, depending on your handicap, preferences and budget, from Valderrama in Sotogrande to Finca Cortesin in Casares,  Los Naranjos in Marbella to La Cala Golf in Mijas. To help you choose, view the list of the Top 100 golf courses in Southern Spain or check out the ten best golf courses on the Costa del Sol according to TripAdvisor users.

As golf is so popular, and the courses are in such beautiful settings, we have a collection of golf accommodation which are within easy reach of some of the best golf courses on the Costa del Sol. We’re seeing a growing trend in golfers choosing holiday rentals, rather than hotels, due to their flexibility, space and comfort. They are ideal for golf groups, or families including non-golfers, as they offer a comfortable base for a holiday, even if you’re not playing and can be excellent value as well.

Here are a selection of our favourite golf courses and holiday rental properties near by. If you’d like any more recommendations, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Los Naranjos Golf Club

Los Naranjos is conveniently located in Nueva Andalucia, close to Puerto Banus, Marbella and San Pedro and this area is known as the golf valley, due to the high density of courses in a very small area. This is a great area to stay for golfers wanting to try a range of courses with little travel time, and non-golfers wanting to enjoy great restaurants, beaches, shopping and nightlife.

The golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior and opened in 1977, with gently undulating, tree-lined fairways and large bunkers. It is rated very highly on TripAdvisor for the condition of the greens and fairways, the layout and really good service. The club house is also very popular for golfers and non-golfers alike.

We have a holiday rental townhouse in Los Naranjos with three bedrooms, a private garden and pool. This spacious property sleeps 6 and would be ideal for three couples, or a family, looking for a number of golf courses within walking distance and a lovely base for a relaxing holiday.

Torrequebrada Golf Course

This golf course in Benalmadena comes top of the 10 best golf courses in the area according to TripAdvisor reviews. The course was designed by José “Pepe” Gancedo, known as “the Picasso of golf” and is popular due to the quality of the course, challenging layout and beautiful scenery, it is also close to Malaga airport, so very convenient for a golf holiday. Reviewers call it “The greatest course ever played”, “top course” and the “best course on the Costa”.

We have a two bedroom apartment for rent in Torrequebrada in a lovely residential complex, right by the golf course. It is bright and comfortable with a fantastic east-facing terrace with lovely views and makes a comfortable and practical base for a golf holiday. Benalmadena has a lot to offer vistors as well, including a lovely park, cable car with bird of prey show, a pretty marina and lots of bars, restaurants and nightlife options.

Finca Cortesin

This 18-hole championship golf course is one of Europe’s longest layouts and highly praised by the golf community. Designed by Cabell Robinson and opened in 2007, he set out to create a course where “no hole has less than championship quality” and according to Top 100 Golf courses, this vision is rapidly turning into a reality. The service and 5* facilities, including a Jack Nicklaus academy come very highly recommended.

We have a great three bed holiday rental apartment close to Finca Cortesin, on the pretty complex of Casares del Sol. It is a very short drive up the hill to Finca Cortesin, and a short drive to the beach of Casares Costa. It is also conveniently located to play the highly regarded courses of Sotogrande and to visit the pretty white village of Casares. The community has six communal pools and tropical gardens, and the apartment is very comfortable for a golf break. It is a ground floor apartment, with a comfortable lounge and dining area and a lovely south west facing terrace and a fully equipped, modern kitchen.

Please contact us to find out more about our selection of golf holiday rentals. We can advise you on the best location and property for your group and even provide you with a GolfTwo4One card which entitles you to discounts on green fees.

White Villages – So Many Hidden Gems

Spain’s Costas are renowned for the stunning coastline: fabulous sun-drenched beaches generously dotted with an abundance of beach bars designed to tempt you with their promise of sun tans and amazing fresh food. But Andalucía has so much more to offer its visitors. Take a trip away from the coast, head inland for no more than a few kilometres and it won’t be long until you reach one of the many picturesque towns and villages. You can even follow a tourist route of these white villages, which spreads from la Sierra, in the province of Cadiz to the Serrania de Ronda, in the province of Málaga. These delightful little enclaves are impressive historical monuments in their own right and are the hidden jewels of Andalucía.

Many of the inhabitants of these whitewashed villages still live according to age-old traditions inherited from their forefathers of Iberian, Roman and Moorish times. Some villages near the coast have become quite fashionable resorts, whilst others a little further away, have held on to their ancient appeal and tempt visitors with their local produce such olive oil, fruit and vegetables and goat’s milk.

There is a strong Muslim influence in the architecture of steep, narrow, winding streets, alleyways allowing access into the houses and patios. Many of the villages include ‘…de la Frontera’ (of the frontier) after their name which was due to the ever-moving frontiers brought about by constant clashes between the Moorish and Christian faiths. However, their status as a ‘fortress’ no longer a requirement, has seen many of the towns dropping the ‘de la Frontera’ to be known simply as Vejer or Arcos for example.

If spending some time away from the coast is for you, then have a look at some of our stunning mountain properties. I’m sure we can find you the perfect mountain retreat hidden amongst one of these little white villages.

One of the prettiest villages, in our view, is Casares which is only 15km from the coast. Nestled within the winding streets you can stay in fabulous 2-bed townhouse. If you park at the top of the village you get the best view of its medieval fortress which sits proudly on the top of the hill. This view is best in the afternoon sun and is an ideal spot to climb down one of the steep, but well maintained, footpaths that lead into the village square called Plaza de España.

If you are looking for a larger property, this stunning 7-bed villa could be just what you are looking for. Situated in Ojen, just 10 minutes’ drive from the town and beaches of Marbella. Visitors can stroll through the town centre to view the Fountain of Chorros, a drinking water fountain which dates back to 1905. Also worth a visit are the Oil Mill Museum, Wine Museum and the Caves of Ojen.

Another of our popular rural property rentals features two adjacent properties situated on the mountainside just outside Coin, near Malaga. The first is a 2-bed villa ‘Casa Maria’ and the second, a 4-bed villa ‘Finca Tropical’. Both properties offer spectacular mountain views, abundant orchards, BBQ areas and private pools (which can be heated if required).

We have many more holiday rental properties with beautiful views across the province. Please do not hesitate to contact us for advice, our holiday rental experts are on hand to help you find the perfect property for your next vacation.

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

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 Fuengirola in 2019

Fuengirola is a wonderful town to take a holiday. It has miles of Blue Flag beaches, a lovely marina, a reputation for excellent restaurants, a vibrant nightlife and great shopping. Over the past few years, it has also established a fantastic event calendar, with outstanding events which are a brilliant focus for a trip.

Here are just a few dates for your diary, to help you plan your Fuengirola holiday this year:

30th April-5th May – Feria de los Pueblos

Highly recommended for foodies and those interested in learning more about different countries through their cuisine, music and culture, the Feria de los Pueblos is a real feast for the senses. Held in the massive fairground area in Fuengirola, this food fair is a celebration of the many different nationalities that call Fuengirola home. There are around 35 stands, each representing a country or region, and sharing their iconic dishes with the crowds. You can see the country’s national dress, sample some of their drinks, listen to their music and join in with typical dances. You really can travel the world at this food festival!

Marenostrum Festival

This music festival has been running for many years and brings some fabulous artists to perform in the castle park in Fuengirola. There are many more acts to be announced, but here are a few you won’t want to miss.

4th May – Bob Dylan and his band perform

14th and 15th June – Rock the Coast – a two day festival for rock fans, featuring German rock legends Scorpions and Europe, with many more to still be announced

3rd July – Rod Stewart

October 6th – 12th – Fuengirola Feria

One of the last big parties of the year, Fuengirola Feria is at a great time if you’re looking for cheaper accommodation and flights, and cooler temperatures. One week of fun, flamenco, food and fairground rides, the feria is a great time to see Fuengirola come to life.

If you like the sound of these events, but want to learn more about the town, then read our Fuengirola guide and browse our selection of Fuengirola holiday rentals.

We have a wide range of beachside properties close to the centre of the action, like this two bedroom apartment close to Castillo Sohail, which is just a short walk of the beach and the concert venue. To be even closer to the centre of town and just two streets back from the beach, this one bedroom Fuengirola apartment is perfect.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us to enquire about the right holiday rental properties for you and where in or around Fuengirola would best suit you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Start planning your 2019 getaways

Start planning your 2019 getaways

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art and culture holidays on the Costa del Sol

Art and culture holidays on the Costa del Sol

In the winter months, holidays to the Costa del Sol change from lying on the beach to being active, enjoying the bright sunny weather to play sports, be outdoors and experience another side of this beautiful place. Another thing we love to do in the autumn and winter is to experience the culture and art that we have on our doorstep and this is a great thing to incorporate into a winter break.

Enjoy art

Malaga is a hotspot for amazing art galleries including the Picasso Museum, the CAC, the Carmen Thyssen gallery and the Pompidou Centre. A day trip to Malaga is essential for any culture vulture and is particularly nice in the quieter winter period. Discover the 10 best galleries in Malaga

Marbella too has some really nice galleries to visit. One of the largest is the Ralli Museum, just off the beachfront in the Golden Mile, which has one of the best collections of Latin American Art in the world. Tucked away in Marbella Old Town in a beautiful old building is the “Engraving Museum” which houses a small but beautiful collection of engravings and graphic art including works by Picasso, Dalí and Miró. There are also some nice private galleries which you can visit and even pick up a piece to take home. Check out this list of the best Marbella art galleries  to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Estepona is another great place to visit for a bit of art and culture. There are 45 beautiful murals on buildings around town which you can explore with the Murals Walking Route. You will also find lots of beautiful sculptures and pieces of poetry scattered around the town and this is a lovely way to explore the town, while also enjoying art. The Kempinski Hotel Bahía has regular art exhibitions in the hotel, which are open to the public and free to view. Until the 10th of January, you can see 20 works by the musicians Brian Travers from UB40 and John Illsely from Dire Straits in their gallery, and iron sculptures by Nimrod Messeg in the lobby.

Experience the Spanish Culture

This is a great time of year to take in a flamenco show, listen to traditional music, or see a performance. During the Christmas period, there are many great performances from the town bands and choirs, as well as a chance to try Spanish Christmas delicacies. Depending where you’re staying, check out the Town Hall’s website, or pop into the local tourist office and find out about these performances, as they aren’t always easy to find online, but are very special.

Roads are quieter this time of year, so hire a car and explore the amazing culture nearby. Learn about the history and spirit of bullfighting in Ronda, flamenco in Seville and sherry making in Jerez, all an easy day trip away from Marbella.

For a taste of Christmas in Spain, look out for “turron” a kind of nougat which comes in all shapes, sizes and forms over Christmas, “polvorones” round almond based biscuits with an unusual powdery texture and the “roscon”, a round cake in the shape of a donut, with a sweet bread exterior, filled with cream and candied fruits.

If you want to take a cultural holiday to the Costa del Sol, please contact us for advice. If you have a particular focus to your holiday, or a few key destinations in mind, we can recommend perfectly located holiday rental properties for you. Staying in a holiday rental, gives you the flexibility to come and go when you please, cook, make a packed lunch, and generally feel at home and give you a comfortable base to explore from. We hope to welcome you here very soon.

Walking in the Malaga hills

Walking in the Malaga hills

One of our favourite autumn activities here on the Costa del Sol is to explore the area’s stunning countryside on foot. Autumn is an ideal time as it’s cooler and the countryside looks pretty after the first rains of the new season.

There are great walks to be had in almost all our favourite holiday rental destinations. Highlights include the well signposted walking routes at the back of Mijas Pueblo, the hiking route which runs parallel to the Guadalmina River near to Benahavis and of course Marbella’s iconic La Concha mountain. The base of La Concha has some lovely long hikes in beautiful countryside, which are suitable for all ages and levels, but you need to be well prepared to actually take on the La Concha trek, as it is high and demanding.

Some of the most beautiful countryside is inland from Malaga city. They have three beautiful areas with large reservoirs, where you can swim, do watersports or simply hike into the hills. Up here is the famous Caminito del Rey a vertiginous walking route which is becoming hugely popular since it was reopened a few years ago. Anyone who loves walking, beautiful scenery and has a head for heights will love this route. However, it’s very popular and tickets are required, so make sure you book in advance.

Another amazing place to visit in this region is El Torcal, near Antequera. This national park is full of weird and wonderful rock formations, plus the ancient dolmens burial mounds which date back 5,000 years and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Find out more about exploring Malaga’s countryside on our blog.

Cycling is also another great way to explore the countryside and coastal areas around the Costa del Sol. The most popular areas for cycling include the long seafront promenade, or exploring the tracks and parks inland from Marbella and Estepona. By renting bikes and a car, you can reach stunning countryside easily and cover a lot of distance. Find out more about cycling on the Costa del Sol and routes we’d recommend on our blog.

You don’t even need to leave the towns and cities to stretch your legs. There are excellent walking routes in Marbella, Malaga city has a number of great themed walks and in Estepona you can do a walking route around nearly 30 huge murals.

The Costa del Sol is a great place to be active, walking, riding a bike, jogging or even horse riding and there’s so much beautiful countryside to enjoy. We can match you and the activities you want to do, with holiday rental properties in the ideal area to make it easy and cut down on travel time. Contact us with what you’re planning and we’ll send you a list of ideal home-from-home properties which are perfect throughout the year.