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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.

The best places to enjoy water sports on the Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol Water Sports

The Costa del Sol has 161 kilometres of beautiful coastline and the Mediterranean Sea is never very far away, so it’s no wonder that water sports is such a popular activity here. You can find people on almost every beach offering pedalos, jet skis, kayaks and more, but we wanted to explore three towns where you can find a wide range of activities in a small area.


Fuengirola has wonderful blue flag beaches and a busy marina and is a centre for water sports where you can go parasailing, scuba dive, fish and take out jet skis. There are lots of options to choose from, take a stroll down the front and around the marina and you can easily see what’s on offer.


Marbella has a lot to offer the water sport enthusiast, including a popular diving school and a stand up paddle board centre, which can both be found in the Puerto Deportivo. Another good area for water sports is around Funny Beach which offers all the normal stuff, plus a wave x ramp where you can surf and flyboarding, where you can take to the air.


Estepona has a pretty marina which is the main base for water sports in the area. On the Western Costa del Sol, Estepona is within easy reach of the famous Gibraltar Straits and has many boat trips leaving for whale and dolphin watching as well as fishing. You can also learn to paddle surf, kite surf, windsurf and kayak in several schools and businesses which hire out this equipment for you to enjoy. The beaches are wide and sandy and generally less crowded even in the summer months, so it’s a good choice.

A little further afield is Tarifa, the centre for kite surfing and wind surfing, due to its excellent wind conditions. This has a very boho vibe and is very cool place to enjoy water sports, although accommodation is very thin on the ground. Basing yourself on the western Costa del Sol, such as in Sotogrande, gives you easy access to Tarifa, with a much better choice of holiday rentals.

Please let us know if you are searching for holiday rental properties to spend an amazing holiday enjoying the waves. We can help you find amazing properties with sea views and holiday homes close to these water sports hubs. We look forward to hearing from you.

Autumn Golf Breaks around Marbella

Golf Valley Marbella

Back in May we wrote a blog about golf holidays on the Costa del Sol and know that now is the time when many golfers are planning their Autumn break, so we wanted to revisit the topic and share some exciting news for golf fans.

Next month, Marbella will be hosting the Spanish Open, a women’s tournament which is part of the Ladies European Tour and will be held at Aloha Golf Club from 22 to 25 September. Aloha Golf is located in Nueva Andalucia’s golf valley, our recommendation for a great location for a golf holiday in our last post. Aloha Golf is a Par 72 parkland course designed by Javier Arana which requires “accuracy from the tee and a good touch around the greens” according to its website and should be a great location for this tournament.

The Spanish Open will be televised and spectators can also go and experience the atmosphere and see 120 great players, including a local golfer Azahara Muñoz, in action. September is a lovely month to visit the area, so it is a great opportunity to watch some fantastic golf and play some of the Costa del Sol’s amazing fairways at the same time. Not only that, but you can also watch John McEnroe in action at the Senior Masters Cup at the Puente Romano in Marbella over the same period, so it will be a real sporting treat.

We have an excellent collection of self-catering golf properties around the Costa del Sol, many of which are in Nueva Andalucia and close to both the Spanish Open and the tennis event. For a very convenient location, we’d recommend this 2 Bedroom Nueva Andalucia holiday rental which is located in the Senorio de Aloha development, just a few minutes’ walk from Centro Plaza with its many bars, restaurants and shops and within walking distance of Aloha Golf, as well as  Los Naranjos golf club. You can even walk down to Puerto Banus in ten minutes, so it is a very good option.

It is a ground floor apartment arranged over two levels, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, with two terraces and a shared pool and garden. It is around 25€ per person per night during the golfing season, so is a good option for a group of friends, or two couples looking to enjoy a sporting break.

Take a look at our full range of golf self-catering rentals in Spain on our website or contact us and we’ll recommend some perfect options for you.

Holiday advice for Marbella tourists

13824721_mMarbella is a favourite destination for tens of thousands of tourists each year, all looking to have the best holiday possible, but sometimes it can be hard to find the information you need to really make the most of all the great things to see and do. Here’s some advice from our Client Services Supervisor Denise Wright about where to look to get the best information.

Before you arrive, search the internet for things you’d like to do in the region, check forums and useful sites such as TripAdvisor for the best places to eat and consider investing in a travel guide to get more information. Beware of using the Rough Guide or Lonely Planet to Spain though, they tend to be a bit negative about the Costa del Sol and their information is brief at best and misleading at worst. Try the more local guides and make sure they are as up to date as possible as these things change really quickly.

There are also many helpful Tourist Information offices, the best ones based in Orange Square in Marbella’s Old Town (the Old Town is a lovely place to visit too) and on the seafront promenade, near to the port (Puerto Deportivo) and close to the lighthouse. They can answer your questions and have loads of leaflets, maps and guides, but be warned the opening hours are short on Saturday and it’s closed on Sunday.

The Marbella Town Hall has put together a tourist information site – which is a good source of information and has the locations of the tourist offices. Another excellent source of information is the local English media which have event listings and restaurant reviews and can be picked up for free around the cafes, bars, hotels and restaurants. We have a wide range of holiday rentals in Marbella and have produced a great guide to Marbella for our holiday makers which you can download for free.  

Also, something to look forward to is a high-tech tourist guide, coming to a street corner near here. Marbella Town Council are aware that they need to do more to help tourists discover all the best places and are investing in a technology system to improve its information and advice services. Called iBeacon, it consists of a series of wireless markers which will be situated at various points of interest around Marbella which will beam information and guides in many languages to smartphone users with the app. It’s not clear when this will be ready but it will certainly be a great step forward for tourists.

Sporting getaways on the Costa del Sol

Andalucía has long been famed as a centre for World Class golf courses, as well as a hot-spot for sporting tourism and those looking for a healthy lifestyle. There are many options to choose from including tennis, padel tennis (a mixture of squash and tennis which is a Spanish obsession), horse riding, mountain biking, watersports including kite surfing and paddle boarding and much more.

In 2009 Marbella was elected the European City for Sport and there is a long-term plan to improve the sporting facilities being implemented by Marbella Town Hall and the Andalucía Council.

There are two great local football teams; Malaga and UC Marbella. Malaga’s home games are played at the La Rosaleda stadium in Malaga and information can be found in English at Tickets can be bought from five days before the match at the stadium. Marbella FC holds matches in the football stadium close to Marbella centre and they are a great day out. Tickets start from just 8€ with kids going for free, more information can be found at

Of course, if you don’t want to attend a spectator sport, you can always enjoy something sporting yourself, by playing at one or more of the 60 or so fantastic golf courses on the Coast, or go to one of the many sports centres to play tennis, or simply walk along the numerous seaside promenades in the area for a bit of exercise. The Department of Environment of Marbella is also organizing a programme of guided walks around the local area including the iconic La Concha mountain.

If you’re coming to the Costa del Sol to enjoy any of these fantastic sporting events, take a look at for a wide range of great value self-catering accommodation. offers a portfolio of fully-managed, quality assured holiday rental properties along the Costa del Sol, from villas with heated pools, to luxury apartments right by the best golf courses.

Winter Activities on the Costa del Sol

If you want to escape the winter blues this year, Spain is an excellent choice for fun and variety. The weather is cooler yet there is still plenty of sunshine, and generally the prices of everything are lower after the summer season. Many people are now opting for self-catering properties in Spain which is a great option as it keeps costs down and has the advantage of private space. This type of holiday also allows more room in the budget for fun days out! Whether you want a break away with the family or a romantic getaway with your partner, the Costa del Sol has plenty to offer. Here are a few ideas of things you can do in Andalucia this winter. Continue reading “Winter Activities on the Costa del Sol”

Sierra Nevada Ski Resort is now open

Great news for fans of skiing and sunshine, Europe’s Southern-most ski resort the Sierra Nevada is now open for its winter season. They have been using snow cannons to ensure a good covering of snow for the start of the season and fresh snowfall this week means that skiers are in for a treat. There’s already 14km of ski runs open, 19 runs and 10 lifts and this will increase as the season progresses.

The location of this lovely ski resort couldn’t be better for those who like to combine fun in the snow with relaxation in the sun, as the Costa del Sol is just over 2 hours from the slopes. Many people hire a villa down in the sunshine for a week and go up to the slopes a few days midweek when it’s quieter. This means that non skiers can enjoy relaxing in the warmth, or pop up for the day to explore the village and play in the snow whilst the others ski. Then the whole group can relax after the skiing by walking along the beaches of the Costa del Sol – two holidays in one!

To search for Costa del Sol holiday rentals visit our website or email with your requirements and we’ll send you a list of suitable self-catering properties.

Malaga Airport Update

In March the gorgeous new terminal at Malaga Airport was opened by the King of Spain and local and regional dignitaries. Since then, visitors and residents have been enjoying the facilities (volcanic ash allowing) which are a revelation after the restrictions of the old terminal! Now it’s almost worth getting to the airport a bit early to enjoy the shopping, eating and drinking options, rather than cutting it as fine as possible as you would in the old terminal.

Here are a few facts for you:

A new runway is still being completed, which will double the number of flights and passengers the airport can handle to 30 million per year

There is a new seven story car-park and improved access by road and public transport to the surrounding areas

The terminals now cover 385,000 square meters, with 180 check-in desks, 48 gates and 26 luggage belts – so you’ll need to leave a bit more time to move through the airport than before

T3 has 10,800 square meters of commercial area and now the airport as a whole has 21 restaurants and 29 shops including some you can’t find elsewhere such as Starbucks and the World’s first National Geographic store

Malaga is the 4th busiest airport in Spain and 11,622,443 passengers came through in 2009 a number expected to increase with the new terminal facilities

I travelled through the airport at the end of March and was very impressed by the space, light and excellent service we received from all the staff on security, duty-free and in the restaurant. One thing I would say though, is most things are in the area just passed the security. Don’t rush to the gates, as there’s very little past passport control!

Let us know your experience of the new Malaga airport, if you have any comments or tips of how to make the most of this great resource.  Please check out our website for self-catering accommodation Costa del Sol if you’re flying into Malaga this year.

Is it possible to have an affordable golfing break abroad?

Golf on the Costa del SolGolf is never going to be a low-cost hobby, but there certainly are ways to cut costs whilst still enjoying playing in the bright sunshine, rather than the wind and rain or snow.

The Costa del Sol is a great choice for a short and affordable golfing trip. Firstly, there is a large concentration of golf courses to try within a relatively small and well connected area. There are over 60 courses in the area from Malaga to Sotogrande, a drive of only one and a half hours along the toll-road. Secondly, there’s the great year-round weather which makes a game of golf a pleasure even in winter. Thirdly, it’s well connected by low-cost airlines from the rest of Europe and you can be here from the UK and Ireland in under 3 hours. Finally, because of the high number of courses, there’s lots of competition to attract the players, therefore there are some excellent special offers available.

To help people cut the costs of a golf holiday on the Costa del Sol we’ve written an article offering our top tips for an affordable golf break which you can read in full at Golf We’ve also joined forces with discount golf provider Golf Service and offer some excellent self-catering accommodation within walking distance of the fairways.

Golf Service works with the best golf courses in Spain, to offer the biggest discounts. Through Golf Service, clients can take advantage of a round of golf, including a buggy, for as little as 26 Euros* at some courses. Their website features a live booking engine, so visitors are assured of the latest deals and can book their tee-times online. As they are offering unbeatable prices, their service is attracting many golfers looking for an affordable golfing holiday in the sun.

Following an increased demand for self-catering accommodation, they are now working with us to offer the perfect combination of affordable golf and self-catering accommodation. offer a wide range of great-value golf accommodation all within walking distance of the best golf courses on the Costa del Sol, to make a golfing break more affordable and comfortable for groups and families alike.

If golf on the Costa del Sol sounds like something you’d like to explore, search through our golf accommodation Costa del Sol on our website.

* Prices correct February 2010

Flamenco Costa del Sol

One of the most common things associated with Spain is flamenco and Andalucia is famous for it, with both Seville and Jerez claiming that they are the birthplace of the style of dance. Wherever you go in Andalucia, flamenco plays an important part in their local fiestas with all the girls dressed in their flamenco dresses and all ages dancing together.

The origins of this dance are very interesting. It is thought that Gypsies in Southern Spain created flamenco music and dance in the 15th century, by blending their traditional dance and music from Sind, a northern region of India (now Pakistan) with the musical and cultural influences of Spain. If you want to learn more about the origins of flamenco, Ann Lee has written a very interesting article on Eye on Spain, you can also visit the Museum of Flamenco Arts in Malaga and learn all about it.

Not many people know that you can also watch authentic flamenco on the Costa del Sol. In Marbella the Ana Maria Tablao Flamenco is in the Old Town next to a beautiful church in Plaza Santa Cristo. This is supposed to be the most authentic show in town, but be warned it starts late with the doors not opening until midnight!

Another famous flamenco show on the Costa del Sol is at the hotel Torrequebrada in Benalmadena. This is a 3 hour extravaganza which takes place from Tuesday to Saturday at 10.30pm and lasts 3 hours. It costs 35€ per person including a drink on arrival.

There are flamenco routes all around the region and you can download the guide to flamenco in the area from the Costa del Sol tourist board website. This comprehensive guide tells you about all the styles the local artists and musicians and where you can go to experience flamenco in the area. They mention the Western Costa del Sol route with the Torremolinos Flamenco Festival in August, in October in Fuengirola there is a festival to celebrate the Virgin of the Rosary with flamenco in the streets and lots of special events to see. Mijas and Estepona both have singing competitions for flamenco singers and they recommend a number of good places to see flamenco all year round. Click here to download the guide.  

There are fantastic self-catering accommodation options throughout the area. To book your holiday accommodation on the Costa del Sol visit our website and search through the options or email