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Travelling to the Costa del Sol after Monarch

Travelling to the Costa del Sol after Monarch

It’s been a tricky few months for the airline industry with Ryanair’s cancellations, Norwegian cutting routes and Monarch going bust and some of our visitors who are considering travelling over here to sunny Spain are expressing concern about how they can get here now that Monarch is no longer around.

Please don’t worry, there are so many airlines flying into Malaga airport, with regular flights and excellent value tickets and so your sunshine holiday is still as easy to reach! In fact there are predictions that airline seats will actually increase this winter compared to last year, despite airline closures.

According to CAPA Centre for Aviation “Growth in airline seats from Europe will accelerate to 7.2% in winter 2017/2018, versus 5.7% last winter” which represents the highest winter growth for 10 years. They expect that capacity from Monarch and Airberlin will be reallocated to other providers who are vying for the business.

Malaga in particular is still a very important hub and has seen increasing passenger numbers throughout the year. Malaga airport offers flights to over 100 destinations in 25 countries! It is served by a large number of airlines which connect travellers in the UK, Northern Ireland, Europe and Scandinavia to the amazing destinations on the Costa del Sol with regular low-cost flights. The airlines flying direct from the UK include British Airways, EasyJet, TUI, Ryanair, Vueling, Flybe, Norwegian and Jet2. BA is one of the airlines negotiating to take over Monarch’s routes, and we expect news of this soon.

From outside the UK there are flights with KLM, TAP Air Portugal, Smart Wings, Air France, Aer Lingus, Iberia, eurowings, Lufthansa and many more. Routes have been increasing over the last few years, with more flights going into Gibraltar due to demand, and EasyJet and Jet2 increasing their routes and seats from the UK to Spain, so there is growth in this sector. For example, SAS Airlines have just announced that they will be flying from Malmo in Sweden direct into Malaga once a week in the winter and three times a week in the summer months. We expect more airlines to make similar announcements to take advantage of Monarch’s absence.

If you are still concerned, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself from the effects of any further airline bankruptcy.

  • Book flights which are ATOL protected
  • Use a credit card to make your purchase
  • Look into travel insurance which would cover you in the event of the airline going bust. Make sure you read the Ts & Cs, as not all travel insurance does this.

With these safeguards in place, book your holiday and look forward to coming to see us on the Costa del Sol. Check out our stunning Costa del Sol holiday rentals and start dreaming of your next holiday!

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!

Latest news on the EHIC Card from the British Embassy

EHIC in SpainAfter the worrying reports of people who were unable to use their European Health Insurance Card last summer, the British Embassy in Madrid has taken to social media to set the record straight. They have produced a video all about the card and when you can and can’t use it, so you feel safe visiting Spain and know what to do in the event of needing medical attention.

The video has been jointly produced by the Department of Health and the British Embassy, Madrid, to explain how to use the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in Spain.  The EHIC can only be used in public hospitals and it entitles the card holder to any medically-necessary treatment that cannot wait until they return home. For further information, please visit We did a helpful post on what the EHIC is last year, which can also give you some further information and if you’re still not sure, local patient advocate Cecilia Tacchi did some excellent myth busting about this fact last year and has a number of useful blog posts.

Another development which the British Embassy has been communicating recently is the fact that from 1st July the UK will no longer be reimbursing co-payments. An example of this in Spain is the 10% charge applied to pensioners for prescriptions. From July 1st 2014 you will no longer be able to claim a reimbursement of these co-payments from the UK, for treatment received after that date. For further information please visit

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.

Foreign Tourist Customer Service in Marbella

The Costa del Sol has become one of the world’s leading holiday destinations, not just for the superb weather and huge choice of activities, but also because tourists feel safe and welcome here. We all go on holiday to relax and have fun so this is a really important factor, especially when traveling with family.

To reinforce the position of Marbella as an international tourist destination, the Mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, and the Secretary of State for Security, Francisco Martínez, signed an agreement for the creation of a Foreign Tourist Customer Service (FTCS).

This means that foreign citizens can use the FTCS to help with a number of security or safety related matters including lost credit cards and documents. The personalised service is primarily in English and is open to foreign tourists and residents alike. This service operates from the existing Tourism offices in Plaza de los Naranjos.

Should an accident/incident occur whilst you are on holiday in Marbella, you can at least have peace of mind that there is someone to help in English and advise you of the procedures to follow. “The fact that a tourist feels safe is a competitive factor for a destination resort”, said Martínez.

This part of Spain is renowned for safety, with many of the urbanizations having 24/7 gated security, video phones and alarm systems so you can just relax and enjoy your holiday! All our holiday homes are safe and secure, just ask us if you would like to know more about a particular urbanization or visit our website to find the perfect holiday apartment or villa in Marbella.

Spain in global demand for holiday rental homes

The Costa del Sol welcomes thousands of visitors from all over the world during Easter week to watch the impressive parades join in the traditional celebrations. The great news for home owners is that many of these tourists were looking for holiday homes in the area.

In fact, recent studies show that the global demand for holiday rental homes in Spain has increased by 29% compared to the same time last year, with Andalucía being the most popular choice, accounting for 30% of the growth figure. Many people are starting to choose this type of accommodation over hotels because it offers more privacy and space. The study shows that demand for holiday homes on the Costa del Sol is still on the rise so its great news for home owners looking to rent out their properties this summer.

We are partners with Europe’s largest holiday rental agency, Novasol who can help you with many aspects of using your property for holiday rentals. The best part, it’s free to register! Here are some of the benefits of renting out your Spanish home with Novasol;

  • Novasol has holiday homes in 21 countries and sells through more than 15,000 travel agents.
  • Novasol provides owners with access to huge tourist markets, such as Germany, Holland, Scandinavia, France and Italy, as well as worldwide via their websites.
  • All Novasol properties are available on the internet via 11 different websites in the native languages of their key markets, and can be booked and paid for online.
  • Your property will be promoted on all Novasol websites in each individual language completely FREE of charge!
  • Novasol publishes full colour catalogues in German, Danish, Dutch and French, with a print run of over 2 million copies, distributed to 15,000 travel agents in their main tourist markets.
  • You’ll receive your rental fees in advance direct from Novasol to your bank account.
  • You’ll also be able to control your rental costs better because holiday guests pay for departure cleaning and laundry, and make a contribution towards utilities.


HolidayRentalontheweb can help you prepare your property for holiday rentals guests and take care of everything from bookings and to meet & greets, to house cleaning, maintenance and reports. So you can just relax while your property and guests are very well looked after! Contact us for more information.

Family holidays on a budget

After all the unpredictable weather in the UK, you may be starting to think ahead to your summer about some time away, but with most of us on a tight budget, a sunshine break away for the whole family can seem like a luxury we can’t really afford. Or can we?

The Costa del Sol has been a favourite holiday destination for years due to the excellent climate and choice of things to do for the whole family. Just a few hours from the UK by plane, it can take less time to get here than it does to drive to many places in the UK and thanks to budget airlines, you can be sunbathing in Spain for as little as €25!

All the time, the airlines that regularly fly between Spain and the UK, are trying to expand to have more seats and cheaper fares available for their customers. This means that there are even more reasons to holiday in Spain!

Now you just need to pick somewhere to stay! If you are on a budget this year, renting a holiday home in Spain for a week or two can work out a lot cheaper than staying a hotel, especially if you are traveling with family. For instance, a 3 bedroom apartment in Fuengirola, (based on 6 people sharing) can work out at less than €100 per person for a whole week’s accommodation! There are loads of stunning areas to choose from depending on what you want from your holiday. Whether you want to be near the beach, somewhere with land for the dog, or somewhere tranquil yet not too far from amenities, you can find it all on the Costa del Sol. Here are some of the more popular tourist areas;

  • Marbella – One of the world’s most prestigious resort towns and a favourite with celebrities. There is plenty to see and do, from relaxing at the fabulous beach clubs on the Golden Mile, to wining and dining in the cobbled streets of the Old Town and enjoying the ‘buzz’ of open-air bars and shops in beautiful Orange Square
  • Fuengirola – One of the top destinations on the Costa del Sol, largely due to its long beach promenade lined with bars and restaurants, busy night life and abundance of things to do. Amongst other things, Fuengirola has a water-park, a Zoo, a shopping centre and plenty of high street stores, cinemas, children’s play areas, a castle and fantastic port!
  • Estepona –Traditional bars, restaurants and shops line the town’s quaint cobbled streets and avenues. Estepona is perfect for families with a smart seafront promenade featuring a large children’s play area. There are more than 20km of beaches, a bustling marina with bars, cafés and restaurants, and a regular street market.
  • Benalmadena – Great place for kids and the whole family with its lovely sandy beaches, award-winning port full of luxury yachts, innovative architecture, lively nightlife, huge variety of restaurants, bars and clubs, plus the nearby Sea-Life aquarium, Selwo Marina, Tivoli World theme park, Butterfly park and a Mountain-top cable car!
  • Elviria – For those seeking the highest quality, modern self-catering accommodation. Just ten minutes from Marbella, it’s a fine forested residential area featuring some of the best beaches and golf courses on the coast.
  • San Pedro – Situated close to Puerto Banús and the Sierra de Ronda mountain range, San Pedro is great for water sports and relaxing walks in the mountains or along the promenade where you will find a variety of beach bars and restaurants. San Pedro is also close to some superb golf courses including Guadalmina, La Quinta and Atalaya Golf.

Visit our website to view our list of available properties in the above areas or call us on UK 020 8133 1609 or Spain 0034 952 83 95 95

La Tomatina Tomato Fight

On the last Wednesday of August every year, the small, quiet town of Buñol is filled with thousands of people taking part in the biggest tomato fight in the world. Celebrations start earlier in the week with parades, fireworks, food, and street parties, and the festivities continue until the massive tomato fight on Wednesday 31st August. Thousands of people from all walks of life will travel to the streets of Buñol just to take part in the tomato hurling fun which takes place between 11am and 1pm on the Wednesday. Local shops and businesses set about covering windows and doors in preparation for all the mess, and large trucks filled with lovely squishy tomatoes head to the cobbled streets of the small town ready for action. If you are looking for a holiday rental in Valencia, this unusual event is a great one to attend, and definitely one you won’t forget! Continue reading “La Tomatina Tomato Fight”

Spain cheapest holiday hotspot

The Spanish Costas have made a great achievement when it comes to tourism and holidaymakers bagging a bargain. According to a recent article in The Daily Mail, Spain is the cheapest holiday destination in Europe. This is music to tourist’s ears as with the current economy crises most of us are watching the pennies and looking for value for money holiday destinations.

According to a recent poll featured in The Daily Mail article by Post Office Travel Money, Spain is now 36% cheaper than it was in 2007. “Its affordability is making it a favourite holiday destination with Britons once more, with visitor numbers up 11 per cent year on year for 2011.” This is fantastic news for both the holidaymaker and the Spanish economy, with low cost hotels, restaurants and general holiday items; tourists are taking advantage and benefiting from the much needed budget holidays, whilst the Spanish economy gets a nice welcomed boost.

Sean Tipton, spokesperson for ABTA The Travel Association was quoted in The Daily Mail article: “Spain should be congratulated for recognising the problem and doing all it can to change it and encourage holidaymakers back.”

If you’re looking for a value for money holiday in Spain this summer, then take a look at our Costa del Sol holiday rentals.

Click here to read the full article from The Daily Mail