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Why make travel your New Year’s Resolution for 2020

Happy New Year from all of us at HolidayRentalontheWeb! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that 2020 will be a fantastic year for you all.

What were your New Year’s Resolutions this year? The most common tend to be based around improving health and how we look, such as exercising more, losing weight or quitting smoking. Others involve self-improvement such as learning something new, taking up a new hobby, reading more, or getting organized. Others are based around finances, such as saving more, paying off loans, or budgeting better. Last but not least is our favourite – travel more. This is an achievable goal and something you can set in motion in January by choosing your bucket list destinations and making a plan for when and where you’ll travel in 2020.

Travel is good for you and there are many benefits to yourself, your health, your family and the destinations you visit. Here are the top benefits to travel and why we think more travel should be your top resolution this year.

Travel is good for your health

When we travel, we disconnect and slow down, reducing stress and breaking negative patterns and behaviours. Stress can be very damaging to our mental and physical health, so by regularly travelling, we can reduce stress over the year, reducing the negative effects to our health and putting the problems we struggle with at home into perspective.

According to Dr Oz in Forbes Travel Guide, the health benefits can be huge. “Taking vacations can lower men’s risk of death by 21 percent and mortality from cardiovascular disease by 32 percent. Among women, a lack of vacation is associated with a higher risk of heart disease and death from heart disease.”

Travel encourages learning and self-development

When you travel you are constantly learning about new cultures, trying new foods and understanding how things work in a new place. Travel widens your horizons and deepens your knowledge of the world around you. It also encourages you to learn a new language, which enhances listening skills and memory and can help you get ahead in your career. Challenge yourself to prepare for trips with an online course, audio course, or by studying a phrase book. Get the whole family involved, everyone will learn and if you can speak some of the language you will enjoy the trip even more.

Travel improves relationships

Whether you travel as a couple, as friends, or as a family, it improves and strengthens bonds between you. The shared experiences and memories deepens friendships and relationships and will give you something to remember and talk about for years to come. For families it gives you precious  time to spend together, without the constraints of work and school. Parents and children can share incredible experiences and learn more about each other, giving everyone the chance to speak, reconnect and enjoy quality time together.

So now you’ve seen why travel is beneficial for us, now’s the time to decide where to visit. Short haul destinations are easier, cheaper and quicker to get to and by travelling to them off-peak you can save a huge amount.

We’d recommend at least one trip to Andalucia this year, there are so many things to see and do – here are a few ideas. Fly into Malaga airport and stay close to this fantastic city, for easy access to the Costa del Sol and the stunning places to the east of Malaga such as Nerja and Granada. If you’re interested in somewhere with easy access to the airport and these great places, we’d recommend a destination such as Benalmadena. To explore the western Costa del Sol, the Costa de la Luz and places such as Tarifa and Jerez, fly into Gibraltar airport and consider staying in the areas of Sotogrande or Manilva.

There is so much diversity on the Costa del Sol and it offers you easy access to so many fascinating destinations. It is a great place to visit year-round, with a sunny and warm climate, there are many interesting events and it’s a great place to be active. Find out more about where to visit on the Costa del Sol on our website, or ask us for recommendations.

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.

Have the new chiringuito regulations ruined one of the iconic elements of the Costa del Sol?

Visiting a local Chiringuito (or ‘beach bar’) on the Costa del Sol has got to be one of the highlights of the Spanish summer. It’s Spanish cuisine and relaxed way of life at its very best. Local meats, delicious salads and the best fresh fish, often barbecued on the beach in full view of hungry diners, just adds to the whole al-fresco dining experience. Sun-worshippers can soak up the rays on the ‘hamacas’ (sun loungers) which line the beach close to the bar, tempting diners towards the ocean for a cooling dip before deciding on what delights the menu may have to offer.

You may have noticed some big changes to these iconic chiringuitos in recent years: not only have the prices increased (by quite a large margin in some cases), but they have almost all been rebuilt. Gone are the dated, old ramshackle buildings, ancient kitchens, crumbling bar areas and very basic toilets. The Costa del Sol has re-developed the shoreline with the assistance of local government grants, resulting in a plethora of modern, ‘designer’ chiringuitos all along the coast.

The new look Chiringuito – new and improved or atmosphere ruined?

Most of the old traditional wooden bars have now been replaced by shiny new purpose-built concrete and glass constructions. All sparkly, clean and fresh! Some will say they have lost much of their original charm, but others are delighted with the contemporary look and better facilities.

The general structure of all the bars appears to be quite similar in design, although many owners have sought to put their own ‘stamp’ on their particular establishment. Perhaps by creating a theme-bar or adding a colour scheme and some ‘different’ furnishing etc. Some have succeeded…some sadly, have failed miserably!

If you search hard enough you will still find a few ‘traditional’ chiringuitos dotted along the coast but these too, in time, will succumb to the stringent new Spanish laws so time is probably running out for the traditional Costa del Sol beach bar.

Head down to a chiringuito or two this month and let us know what you think of the change.

Beach Bars in September

September is the perfect month to sample the chiringuito experience, the sun loungers are still out during the day and it’s lovely weather for the beach – but without the crowds. The balmy evenings and stunning sunsets make sipping cocktails while the sun goes down a wonderful experience too.

If you love the beach, check out our collection of beachside holiday rental properties on our website, or contact us and ask us what we have close to your favourite beach or chiringuito.

Here are a few recommendations for chiringuitos within walking distance from our holiday rental properties.

Cubanga Beach Club located in Duquesa Port in Manilva. Lively beach bar and restaurants, which often has live music. Within walking distance of Cubanga and all the other great bars and restaurants in Duquesa Port is this 2 bedroom apartment in a lovely community with landscaped gardens, pools, kids’ play area, tennis courts and BBQ area.

Chiringuito Tropical is a traditional chiringuito close to Estepona Port with friendly service and good simple food. This is within a short walk of this 2 bedroom Estepona holiday apartment in the development of Puerto Alto. It is in a great location for anyone who likes the beach, but also the buzz of Estepona and its fun port area.

Alegria Beach Restaurant is a firm favourite for holiday makers and residents in Marbella. The location on the beach, close to the port is great and the service and food comes highly recommended. This great beach bar and the nightlife of the Puerto Deportivo in Marbella is just a few steps from this one bedroom front line beach apartment. It’s a fantastic location to enjoy everything Marbella has to offer.

These are just a few of the incredible chiringuitos you can enjoy on your next Costa del Sol holiday. We’re here to help you find the best holiday rental to make that holiday perfect, so please don’t hesitate to contact us and ask for our advice and recommendations.

How to holiday on a budget on the Costa del Sol

We love holidays, but we know that they can be expensive and difficult to afford when you’re on a budget. However, the good news is that the cost of living here on the Costa del Sol is significantly cheaper than in the UK and most parts of Europe and there are loads of great things to do which are completely free! If you look out for deals and follow a few simple tips, you can have an amazing holiday on the Costa del Sol on a budget.

Here are some of our top tips

  1. Travel as a group and book a villa

If you’re travelling with a large group, you can get an incredible deal per person per night and have a stunning villa too. While they look expensive, splitting them between three families for example makes them much more affordable than staying in a hotel. Plus, because you have the space to relax, cook and enjoy the facilities, you spend a lot less money on eating out and it is much more relaxing too.  Check out our villas with pools

  1. Eat, drink and be merry like the Spanish do

The Spanish locals are price sensitive and so cafes, bars and restaurants catering to locals are significantly cheaper than tourist places and offer a more authentic experience. They don’t tend to be the most beautiful places – expect plastic chairs and strip lighting, but the atmosphere and food tend to be great and you can still get a small beer or a coffee for 1€, or a three course meal for 10€ in some places, so follow the Spanish to the busiest places and you’ll definitely get a bargain.

  1. Pack a picnic

When you’re staying in a holiday rental you can save a fortune by stocking up at the supermarket, making up a delicious picnic, or some snacks and drinks and taking it with you. We love a picnic on the beach for lunch, or a few beers as the sun goes down and it’s cheap as chips if you take it with you. Be prepared on a day out with a reusable water bottle and snacks too so you avoid having to spend money when you’re thirsty and hot. There are water fountains everywhere so you can keep topping up and you’re minimising plastic use too!

  1. Enjoy the free activities

Over the summer there are hundreds of free activities going on along the Costa del Sol, from concerts to ferias, magic shows, talks, dance classes and activities for the kids. Ask at the tourist office, or check out one of the local area guides online, then head along and enjoy the fun totally free! For families with kids, the many playgrounds are a godsend and of course a stroll by the sea and a trip to the beach is perfect family fun. Many holiday rentals even have toys and games to take out with you, or enjoy at your apartment or villa, so you don’t need to buy things to keep them entertained.

  1. Book online and look out for money saving coupons or special days
  • If you are going to one of the summer ferias and want to take the kids on the rides look out for the “Día del Niño” every fair has one and rides are often 1€, or half price, which really saves you a lot.
  • Pick up any coupons you see around for the attractions like water parks and theme parks, but then check online before you buy, as it’s often a lot cheaper booking online ahead of time and you can also skip the queues.
  • Look for later entry tickets to waterparks, which can result in a massive discount but still give you quite enough time to enjoy the experience
  • Look out for packs of offers for different activities such as the ones from Selwo which offers a combined price for a number of different activities, but then check online to ensure that it adds up compared to buying them individually online

There are lots of other fantastic money saving tips from Money Saving Expert on their website which could save you a fortune.

We have recently dropped the price on this great one bedroom penthouse in La Cala by 20%. It is a great centrally located property, just 400 meters from the beach and a five-minute walk into town. It sleeps four people and costs from just 66€ per day, so is an excellent base for a great value holiday on the Costa del Sol. Check out more budget holiday homes on our website, or contact us for more information on great value holiday rentals.

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.