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Get in the mood for love with a romantic getaway

Get in the mood for love with a romantic getawayThere’s no escaping Valentine’s Day, with cards, balloons, flowers and gifts starting to fill the shelves as soon as Christmas is out of the way. But if you haven’t decided what to do yet and want to avoid the clichés or do something very special, then why not whisk the one you love away from it all for some winter sun in Spain. This year 14th February falls on a Sunday, so it’s a great opportunity to go for a short break, from Friday to Monday. We have a range of holiday rentals available for short breaks, so please just ask to see the collection.

The Costa del Sol is a great place to spend Valentine’s Day, as it’s not so commercial or over the top as the UK, yet still feels very special. Many of the International restaurants put on special events for the night and you can see a list of great options for Valentine’s on the Costa del Sol on My Destination Marbella.

Alternatively you can create your own romantic moments. To help you create something really special, here are a few ideas (don’t worry, we won’t tell her you didn’t think of it yourself) –

  • Picnic on the Beach – Sitting on the beach with a bottle of champagne or Spanish cava, ham, cheese, strawberries and chocolates with the sand between your toes is a very special experience and even better when it’s in February and so cold at home. This is a low cost, but very romantic experience, we’d suggest you go down there in the early evening and watch the sun go down.
  • Take the cable car up to the top of Mount Calamorro in Benalmadena and enjoy the 15 minute ride and exceptional views from the top. Hide a bottle of fizz in your bag and find a secluded spot for a unique Valentine’s moment.
  • Head to the slopes for a day of skiing in the Sierra Nevada and cuddle up in a cozy bar for a mulled wine. You can be down on the coast again for a romantic meal by the beach in Marbella – that’s pretty hard to beat for a very special someone.
  • Go to a local market and cook a delicious meal to enjoy on your terrace. Then as evening draws in, snuggle up by the fire in your holiday rental, for a perfect evening away from it all.

We can find you the perfect holiday rental property to make the most romantic gesture or even pop the question. Contact us and let us know what you need and we can suggest a list of properties which will really impress, featuring heated pools, hot tubs, saunas, four poster beds and open fires, so you won’t leave anything to chance. Happy Valentines!

Experience the Magical Tradition of San Juan Festival

Spanish festival, “San Juan” takes place all over Spain on the shortest night of the year to celebrate the beginning of summer. This is seen as a celebration of change from night to day, where people pay thanks to pagan gods who are believed to become visible during the night.
Andalucía celebrates the magical experience on the 23rd June where people gather on the beach to share a drink and some food, while embarking on the ritual of jumping over the large bonfires which have been built by many men, women and children from around the Costa del Sol.
The second part of the tradition sees many people jump in for a quick dip in the sea at midnight, washing their hands and face in the water. This is believed to cleanse the soul while promoting good luck for the year ahead.
There are various concerts, BBQ´s, bonfires and live entertainment dotted around the coast at the time of the celebration, making this an enjoyable outing for all the family. So be sure to keep the evening of the 23rd free and head to your local beach for a chance to take part in a fabulous piece of Spanish paganism.
It is a good idea to bring some food and drink along to the evening along with a warm sweater which will allow you to enjoy the experience in comfort while watching the sun rise in the early hours on the morning of the 24th. Don´t forget to bring your camera to capture some stunning scenic images for the holiday album.
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Living inland from the Costa del Sol

mijasIf you are looking to base yourself in Spain and want a Spanish lifestyle but the convenience and safety-net of an International community a short drive away, then living just inland from the Costa del Sol is a great option. There are some lovely white villages with gorgeous views and a traditional way of life such as Casares, Mijas, Benahavis and Ojen but which are less than 30 minutes drive from all the amenities on the coast.

Read the story of Susan who is happy close to the Costa del Sol but far enough to feel like she’s experiencing the “real Spain” without the stress of being totally out of her comfort zone! Click here to read her story.

If you’d like to try out living in Southern Spain for yourself, why not consider renting long-term to see where suits you the best. We have a fantastic range of long-term rental accommodation in and around the Costa del Sol. Visit our website to search or email for advice and suggestions of where would suit your needs.

Stay fit and healthy in Spain

If you’re renting long-term in Spain then you’re in a great position to benefit from the fantastic standard of living and healthcare which saw Spain ranked second out of 10 European countries for its standard of living by Spain enjoys the most sunshine and the highest number of holiday days in Europe, the Spanish can expect to live a year longer than people in the UK.

The Economist‘s life expectancy index saw Spain appearing in seventh place due to the healthy Mediterranean Diet, outdoor lifestyle and plentiful facilities for keeping in shape. It’s certainly more appealing to jog along the promenade or do keep-fit on the beach in the sunshine than it is in a rainy park in the UK!

The Spanish are very active and the local councils provide good municipal sport facilities such as tennis courts and swimming pools. In the Marbella area they have also installed fitness points along the promenade and in many parks with exercise machines, which is a great and free way to keep fit. There are many great walks in the surrounding countryside and you can mountain-bike or even horse-ride to explore the area whilst keeping fit. If you want something more structured there are many gyms and fitness centres which offer classes and well-equipped studios and gyms. Click here to see a list of gyms and fitness centres.

If you are working Spain you (or your employer) must pay Social Security. This entitles you and your family to benefit from the excellent health system in Spain. On the Costa del Sol, there are several modern and well-equipped public hospitals in Malaga, Torremolinos and Marbella as well as many private health centres and hospitals. To see a list of health providers on the Costa del Sol visit AngloInfo website.

In the popular tourist destinations the health service has volunteer translators to help if you don’t speak the language well. Website AngloInfo has a great glossary of Spanish terms to help you when you go to the doctor if your local hospital or doctor’s don’t have translators available. Click here to read it.  

If you’d like to take advantage of the health benefits of living in Spain why not choose a long-term rental on the Costa del Sol. This allows you to try a few areas and make sure it’s right for you before buying. We’ve got an excellent selection of long-term rental accommodation, visit our website to search our list of properties or email

The Long-Term Rental Market in Spain

Lynn Rattone, Long-Term Rentals ExecutiveAmongst the gloom and doom of news stories reporting the collapse of the housing market and the reduction of tourism, there are actually some business areas which are improving due to the current economic situation. One of these is Spanish long-term rentals. We spoke to Lynn Rattone, our Long-Term Rentals Executive to find out more.
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Meet the Team – Lynn Rattone, Long-Term Rentals Executive

Long-term rentals executive Lynn provides quality-assured long-term rentals on the Costa del Sol, as well as popular short term holiday rentals. Demand for long-term rentals is increasing whilst the housing market remains unstable, as people still want to move over to the sun and relaxed ambience of southern Spain, or even start a new business on the Coast.

Lynn Rattone is in charge of this important area and spends her days communicating with all new Costa del Sol long-term rental enquiries coming in via the website. Lynn arranges viewings of properties for prospective tenants, liaises with owners to secure the best deal for all parties, and prepares the contracts to make sure that everything is in order.


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