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We love January, as we can start planning our next trip and dream of sunny skies and holidays. With the potential ease of Covid-19 restrictions on the horizon, why not let your thoughts turn to this year’s trips: here are a few great times to visit the Costa del Sol.


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. Andalucía really does it in style, parading wonderful sculptures and art works through the streets and often accompanying it with music. Malaga 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.


It will not surprise you that the most popular time to visit is the summer, with the hot weather, beautiful beaches and great “ferias” (week-long celebrations) drawing 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.


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.

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.

Last chance to experience a Spanish feria in 2018

Last chance to experience a Spanish feria in 2018

San Pedro Feria holds the last Feria of the year and it’s a great excuse for a short break to the Costa del Sol. Taking place between the 16th and the 21st of October in the town’s feria ground, this is always an excellent party. There will be a week of flamenco, music and delicious Spanish food during the day feria and then great fairground rides, music and dancing until dawn for the young (and young at heart) as part of the night feria.

The festivities begin on Tuesday 16th of October with a parade of “Gigantes y Cabezudos” through the streets. From 7pm, huge figures and people in large masks will be parading from Plaza Pueblo de Istan and doing a circuit of San Pedro. Stick around for the fireworks at 9.30, which announce the official start of the feria and are always great to watch.

There is a kids’ “caseta” or little house, which is open every day of the feria, with activities for the smallest members of the family. The big day for the kids is Wednesday 17th of October, with a kids’ party in the Municipal Tent from 5pm, a show for them to watch and then special prices for children on the rides from 6pm.

Thursday is when the day feria begins at 1pm and there is a parade through the streets at 5pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday is much the same, with the day feria from 1pm, masses and religious parades to honour the Patron Saint and rides and music in the evening.

There is also a great programme of concerts during the feria. On the 18th of October the group Efecto Pasillo will be playing, David DeMaría takes to the stage on the 19th and Niña Pastori on Saturday. Sunday is the big day and there will be three great concerts from Furia Falconeti, Rockinger z and Devils in the Sky.

We would recommend San Pedro de Alcantara as an ideal winter destination and the feria is a great way to discover it. It is an interesting place to explore, as there are three zones, with very different identities.

You have the traditional Old Town area, which is very Spanish in character, with its small streets, church squares and plenty of charm. This is perfect for shopping and people watching sitting outside one of the great cafes. Then you have the Boulevard, a stretch of playgrounds, cafes and parks, which was completed a few years ago and is very modern, appealing particularly to families with young children. Finally, you have the beachfront area, with its very long promenade, great beaches, cafes and restaurants. This gives you a lot of variety within a small area, without needing to drive. You can even walk to Puerto Banus in under an hour, to see a very different side of the Costa del Sol, and Marbella is just a short taxi ride away.

If San Pedro sounds like somewhere you’d like to visit, we’d recommend this fantastic three bedroom beachfront apartment. It’s in a wonderful complex with manicured gardens and a communal pool, which is just 50 meters from the beach. It is a spacious apartment with three bedrooms and two bathrooms and its wraparound terrace has amazing sea views.

Summer events on the Costa del Sol

Summer events on the Costa del Sol

There have been some exciting events announced over the last few months, so we wanted to share the highlights with you to make sure you don’t miss a thing on your next holiday.

Marbella Feria 5-11th June

Many Costa del Sol residents feel that the summer season really begins with this week-long festival in Marbella. Expect parades, music, dancing, great food, concerts and plenty of fun. It begins with an amazing firework display on the beach Playa Faro at 11pm on the 5th which is definitely one to watch. The day feria will be held in the Parque Alameda and Avenida del Mar right in the centre of town and then the night feria will go up to the fairground area by La Cañada shopping centre.

James Rhodes Concert 29th June Fuengirola

One of the best classical musicians around at the moment, James Rhodes will be playing at the Fuengirola castle at the end of June as part of his Fire on all Sides tour. This is one of the many great concerts and music events taking place at Sohail Castle over the summer, so if you’re staying in Fuengirola, make sure you check out the events programme.

Ojeando Festival 13 & 14th July Ojen

For something completely different, head up to the normally quiet white village of Ojen for this two-day independent music festival. Showcasing excellent Spanish pop and rock bands and new talent right in the centre of the village, across three stages, this is a lot of fun and great value, with a 2 day pass costing just 25€. It’s within easy access of Marbella and you can even camp up there if you want the full festival experience.

Pet Shop Boys 18th July Marbella

The Pet Shop Boys are performing in Marbella as part of the amazing Starlite line up. They are well known for their impressive stage shows, combining music, art and spectacle and this should be amazing in the old quarry in the hills of Marbella. The following day, sees an intriguing combination take to the stage – Sting and Shaggy! We can’t quite imagine how these two will perform together, but the mix will be fascinating to see.

Jamiroquai 22nd July Marbella

Also at Starlite, we’re looking forward to see the legendary Jay Kay bringing his future funk style to the auditorium in Marbella.

James Blunt 3rd August Marbella

Our final pick from the great concerts at Starlite this year is the singer songwriter James Blunt who is coming to Marbella as part of his “Afterlove Tour”.

Carlos Santana concert 9th August Fuengirola

This amazing musician is bringing his signature fusion style to the beautiful setting of Fuengirola’s Sohail Castle on the 9th of August.

UB40 Concert 16th August Estepona

If you’re holidaying in Estepona, there are lots of great events taking place in the town and at the bullring throughout the summer. Our top pick has to be UB40 in concert, where original members Ali Campbell, Astro, and Mickey Virtue, will be performing as part of their ‘A Real labour of Love’ 40th Anniversary Tour.

Kool & the Gang Concert 19th August Marbella

This great soul and funk band are performing live at the Puente Romano Tennis Club in August. This is a really nice venue for concerts in Marbella, as wherever you sit you are close to the action and have a great view.

If you don’t happen to be visiting the Costa del Sol when these great events are taking place, don’t despair, this is just the tip of the iceberg! We recommend consulting the events calendars on Marbella Azul and My Guide Marbella to see what’s going on during your stay – you won’t be disappointed.

Alternatively, if you like the look of any of these events but haven’t sorted out your accommodation yet, then we’re here to help! We have an excellent selection of holiday rental properties along the Costa del Sol. Tell us what event you want to go to and we’ll recommend the best accommodation close to the action, which has availability. Contact us now.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Best Costa del Sol Ferias in 2017

Costa del Sol Ferias 2017

Whenever you visit the Costa del Sol during the summer season there’s usually a feria taking place that you can enjoy. These ferias are week-long celebrations which each town and village has to celebrate their patron saint, or a significant date and are a great excuse to party! For the whole week there are day time and night time activities involving loud music, flamenco, great food and free flowing drinks and an amazing party atmosphere. It’s a chance to see the Spanish spirit at its best, so seek one out when you visit. Here’s a great list of all the Costa del Sol ferias, so you can look at where the nearest one is to you.

If you want to time your visit to fit with the best of these celebrations, here are three highlights for you.

Marbella Feria 6-12th June – Marbella’s feria is one of the first one of the season, taking place in the first week of June. The feria begins on the 6th with an amazing firework display which you can enjoy from one of the bars in Marbella’s port. Then the day fair opens, which takes place centrally at the Paseo de la Alameda, the pedestrianised area running from the main road by the Old Town, down to the seafront promenade. This is a new development from last year and really makes for a great atmosphere. From 1pm to 8pm, there’s stalls selling great food and drinks and playing music, dance performances and a party atmosphere. For the evening, there is a fair by the La Cañada shopping centre, where you can enjoy the rides and there’s more music, food and drinks to enjoy. It’s a wonderful party.

San Juan Sabinillas 23rd June – The festival of San Juan celebrates the longest day and is marked with the burning of bonfires on beaches all over the Costa del Sol. It is always a great party lasting until the early hours of the following morning and you can spend it at one of the beach restaurants, beach clubs, or just do your own thing at the nearest beach to your holiday rental. The most spectacular San Juan celebration is held in the seaside town of Sabinillas, between Estepona and Sotogrande. A local artist constructs an incredible sculpture come bonfire, there is live music and a fantastic firework display at midnight where people dip their feet into the sea to purify and ask for wishes to be granted. Thousands flock to the Sabinillas beach for this party and parking can be tricky, so you’re best to base yourself nearby if you want to make the most of this celebration. This two bedroom apartment in Sabinillas is right on the beach, in a lovely complex with pools, playgrounds and tennis courts. It is modern and stylish, with a fantastic terrace and is an easy walk to all the celebrations.

Malaga Feria 12-19 August – The biggest feria of them all is the Malaga Feria in August, which is legendary across Andalucia, with over 100 free performances around the city, music and dancing and activities taking place in all the businesses from art galleries to bars during the days of the feria. There is a massive feria ground for the evening festivities including a fair, food, drink, dancing and lots of music. Malaga is absolutely packed during the feria and is pretty hectic, so we’d recommend you base yourself just outside, where you can take the train and bus to get in, but can also get away from it all. This 2 bedroom apartment in Torremolinos is a good choice, as it’s in a great location within an easy walk of the main road and the sea front and everything that Torremolinos has to offer, but is also a very short train ride from Malaga and an affordable taxi away from all the action at the feria.

We hope you can come to the Costa del Sol this year and experience all the fun of an Andalucian feria, it’s mad, noisy and unforgettable! Let us help you to find the perfect holiday rental property and advise you when and where to go for the perfect summer holiday this year.

Looking ahead to Easter on the Costa del Sol

We have just over a month before Easter is upon us, with Semana Santa or Holy Week starting on the 9th of April with Palm Sunday and then going through to Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Sunday, on the 16th of April.

Easter is a great time of year to take a short break, with several bank holidays so you won’t have to use so many precious holiday days. Good Friday is on April 14th and Easter Monday is on April 17th, both of these are bank holidays, so you can have a wonderful long weekend break. Have you decided where you’re going yet?

Why don’t you consider Spain? Semana Santa is a really important time of year for this catholic country, and rather than just have an Easter egg hunt and stuff yourself on chocolate, you can immerse yourself into the culture of catholic Spain by watching the amazing parades. They may look a little sinister with the Klu Klux Klan style headdresses, but there’s nothing to be afraid of, these parades are simply a way of telling the Easter story and worshipping. For the onlooker, they are full of pomp and ceremony and display the most wonderful statues on heavy floats depicting different scenes from the Easter story. These enormous “tronos” are carried through the streets by bands of devotees and followed by hundreds of worshippers and are really spectacular.

Some of the processions are joyous, but most are solemn and powerful. Many are held at night and lit by candles for added drama. As well as the hooded figures, you may also see women in black holding candles, these are known as the widows of Christ and are very striking.

If you want to experience the happy ones, check out Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, which are always great fun and are suitable for all the family. The most dramatic, sombre ones are on Thursday and Friday and are a must for anyone who wants to experience the power, emotion and devotion that these processions inspire.

Malaga is very famous for their huge religious and military parades, but all towns in Andalucia are excellent to visit during this time and will have their own processions to enjoy. Fuengirola, Marbella and Estepona are lovely places to combine sightseeing, great food and culture with the parades and we have a wide range of holiday rental properties available in these areas.

However, please be aware that this is when the high season starts on the Costa del Sol and we’ve already had a lot of interest in Easter holiday rentals, so please don’t leave it too late. View click and book Costa del Sol holiday rentals on our website, or contact us if you have special requirements so we can advise you on the best holiday rental for you.

Costa del Sol’s Best Party 15-22 August

feria_malaga2015If you’re at a loose end and need a holiday this August, why not come and experience the Malaga Feria, one of the best events on the Costa del Sol! It is a week-long extravaganza in the capital of the Malaga province which celebrates Malaga being regained by the Catholic Kings on 19th August 1487. You may think given the history it would be quite a stately affair, but the Spanish really know how to party and the date has been appropriated as a massive summer party where the whole city comes to celebrate day and night.

We recommend that you find a good place to watch the fireworks for the inauguration of the feria which takes place at midnight the night before and are really amazing. You can also enjoy processions of people dressed in their flamenco finery on horseback processing through the streets.

Unlike many ferias, they bring parts of it into the city centre, where you can enjoy wine tasting, tapas and live music in the beautiful streets of the old town. We would highly recommend this as a great way to explore this city, which really knows how to have a good time and buzzes with life all year round.

Then there is the festival area itself, outside the city centre, but linked by public transport, where you will find hundreds of “casetas” which are little houses which each have their own music and special atmosphere, plus an amazing fair in the evening for thrill seekers young and old.

Check the official website for the full programme and ask at the tourist office for transport options and other activities related to the feria –

There is so much to see and do in Malaga all year round, with museums, art galleries, concerts and events, plus a wonderful gourmet scene and nightlife and we’d highly recommend locating yourself near to the city at least for a day trip. If you like the idea of being able to pop into the city easily, the best locations for a holiday rental property would be Benalmadena, Torremolinos and Fuengirola, all great places in their own right and on the train line to Malaga. You can browse the Costa del Sol holiday rentals we have in the different areas easily on our interactive view, click and book location map, or let us know where you’d like to be.

How to experience the longest night of the year Spanish style!

San Juan 2015Noche de San Juan is the night of 23rd June – the longest night of the year, and is celebrated in style in on the Costa del Sol. There are parties on the beach where everyone builds bonfires, or barbecues, hangs out with friends and parties until midnight when it’s time for the rituals of running into the sea and jumping over the fires. The whole idea is to purify and have a lot of fun.



Where to spend San Juan

There’s stuff going on all along the Costa del Sol, but here are some highlights for organized activities:

If you’re in holidaying in Marbella they light bonfires on the beach (Playa de la Fontanilla) and the beachfront chiringuitos are packed with revellers enjoying special set menus. We recommend La Red and Europa for their location and amazing atmosphere.  Booking is essential!

If you are around Elviria then Nikki Beach holds a super glamorous San Juan party at their legendary beach club, with entertainment. This is not a cheap option, but will certainly be one to remember

If you are renting a holiday apartment in Duquesa on the Western Costa del Sol, they hold an incredible party in Sabinillas on the beach with a mega bonfire/statue that is a work of art and looks too good to burn. Thousands of people descend on to the beach, there are rides and stalls and live music – it’s really worth a visit

 If you’re lucky enough to be on holiday anywhere on the Costa del Sol on the 23rd June and want to make your own party, here are a few tips to making the most of this special night like the locals –

  1. Get a group of friends together (Spanish only operate in crowds)
  2. Buy beers, wine, snacks, easy things to cook and a disposable barbecue (plus take some spare clothes with you, you’ll see why later)
  3. Take everything but the kitchen-sink – The Spanish come to the beach with gazebos, tables and chairs, enough food to feed the world and more (I’ve even seen a portable generator for light) so don’t be afraid to take a lot of stuff!
  4. Head down to your nearest beach around 9pm
  5. Set up camp in a good spot – have a look around to see if there are any bonfires on your stretch of beach, as this is always the centre of the action
  6. Don’t sit too close to the fires – there is no health a safety in place and the fires burn seriously hot
  7. Make a small fire and at midnight run round it three times, jump over it and then run backwards into the sea and be purified (it’s very funny no matter what happens)

Enjoy this wonderful Costa del Sol tradition however you choose to spend it! Let us know if you’d like to book a last minute holiday apartment near all the action, there’s still some availability.

Happy Easter from HolidayRentalontheWeb!

semanasanta-300x225Today is Good Friday, a sombre day in “Semana Santa” (Holy Week) where Spanish Catholics mark the day of Jesus’ crucifixion and the penitents (those who have done wrong) parade through the streets in a silent procession, often barefoot, or even on hands and knees. These processions are striking and powerful, very different from how Easter is celebrated in the UK.

If you are in Spain over Easter, and this sounds a bit too serious for you, we’d recommend Sunday’s events, in Marbella or Malaga, where the whole area celebrates the resurrection of Christ with joyous parades through the streets. Please beware that if you’re planning to go to Malaga you will be joining thousands of other holiday makers and residents, so parking and getting around can be a problem, so you’re best to take the train or bus in if you can.

One question we get asked from holiday makers with children here during Easter is where are the Easter Eggs! This is not a Spanish tradition, so for a good range of recognizable brands we’d recommend trying out Iceland in Fuengirola, Puerto Banus or Sotogrande or the more internationally minded supermarkets – Supersol, Aldi and Lidl are all good bets.

If Easter in Spain sounds like fun, but you didn’t manage it this year, then get planning! Easter 2016 starts on Palm Sunday on March 20th and runs through to Easter Sunday on March 27th. If you want to be in the most desirable holiday rentals in Malaga or Marbella they can book up fast. Contact us and we’ll give you a list of Costa del Sol Holiday Rental properties within walking distance or easy public transport reach of the parades so you can be sure you have the perfect base for your Easter holiday.

Planning your Easter holiday on the Costa del Sol

Asemanasantafter half term, the next opportunity to get away, for those with kids, is the Easter holidays. It’s an excellent opportunity to enjoy the wonderful combination of weather, culture and family activities that the Costa del Sol has to offer.

The weather starts to really hot up at this time of year, so strolls in the warm sunshine are great to enjoy, and if you’re lucky you’ll even get some time on the beach. Easter marks the start of the tourist season and the atmosphere really ramps up, beach bars start to reopen and there are loads of events and special activities.

Palm Sunday marks the start of Semana Santa or Holy Week and throughout this week you can see stunning displays of the catholic faith which is so important to the Spanish people. There are daily parades through the streets featuring striking religious statues carried by devotees, some very sombre and some celebratory, but all fascinating and very different from the commercial side of Easter. You can get an Easter programme with all these activities from the tourist information office in the run up to the holiday or view it online

In addition to this there are many Easter activities such as parties at the play centres like Galaxia in San Pedro, special Easter Egg Hunts and many sports and activities camps which will be announced shortly. Keep your eyes peeled on Marbella Family Fun for upcoming activities.

Demand for holiday rentals on the Costa del Sol really increases during this period, so bookings are advised in advance to avoid disappointment.