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Five Amazing Things to do on your next Costa del Sol Holiday

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do over the summer months, with hundreds of attractions for all ages and tastes all vying for your attention but here are our pick of five amazing activities that you are sure to love.


Meet the penguins at Selwo Marina – You may not think about penguins on the Costa del Sol, but an ideal way to cool down on a hot summer day and have an unforgettable experience is to go into the penguin enclosure at this great park. You will be able to feed these loveable creatures and learn all about them – perfect for animal lovers of all ages. Selwo Marina is located in Benalmadena, a great town with lots to offer for a fun summer holiday.


Pet a panther at Castellar Zoo – Castellar Zoo is a rescue centre for an amazing collection of wild animals and very different from other zoos, you can actually touch a lot of these wonderful creatures. Twice a day, they bring out the animals and you can touch them, feed them and even hold them. Highlights include a lion and panther cub, a huge snake, a lemur and a hawk. Buy a bag of food at the entrance and you can feed the creatures in their enclosures too. To be close to Castellar Zoo, we recommend holiday rental properties in Sotogrande.


Try out the new Jurassic River ride at the water park in Algeciras – Bahia Park in Algeciras is a big water park covering over 45,000m2 which has a wide range of attractions, slides and experiences for all ages. They have just opened a new ride, which is called the Jurassic River, they have the biggest Jacuzzi in Andalucia as well as a great kids’ area. This is a wet and wild way to spend a summer’s day.


See your favourite artist live at Starlite – There are some amazing concerts on the Costa del Sol this year and the centre of it is the 6 week long Starlite festival, with a whole host of amazing stars including Elton John, Anastacia and Andrea Bocelli all performing outside in a great venue very close to central Marbella


Dine at a Michelin Star Restaurant – The Costa del Sol is the perfect place to engage in a spot of gastro tourism, with lots of amazing places to dine and food festivals a plenty. No matter where you are staying, you are within easy reach of a restaurant with a Michelin star. There are four in Marbella, one in Fuengirola, one in Casares and one in Malaga. Just make sure you book well in advance, as demand is high, particularly in the summer months.


We have excellent holiday rental properties all along the Costa del Sol and can recommend the best location to allow you to have access to these and many more great holiday activities. Please get in touch and ask our experts for advice or download our Costa del Sol Holiday Guide.

Area Focus – Western Costa del Sol

Western Costa del Sol Holiday RentalMany people are unaware of the many charms of the western part of the Costa del Sol and because of that you will find the beaches are less crowded, there’s parking even during peak season and although restaurants and bars are busy, you won’t struggle to get a table like you may do in the most popular area.

There’s a lot to love about the Western Costa del Sol; beaches are great, with many lovely Spanish communities which still follow a very traditional way of life and the cost of accommodation, food and particularly drinks are much cheaper. You can fly into Gibraltar to cut down on travel time and there are some great things to see and do.

Highlights include

Castellar Zoo, which is a rescue centre and zoo where you can learn about the animals and even pet and feed them!

Sotogrande Port is a great place to see the beautiful boats and enjoy a coffee, a few drinks or a bite to eat in a lovely environment. There’s live music in the evenings most weekends, as well as a market during the summer.

Duquesa Port is a great place to eat out if you fancy something other than Spanish food, as there are Chinese, Mexican, Thai, Indian, American and even Moroccan restaurants all next to each other, as well as lots of great bars.

Sabinillas has a couple of brilliant festivals on the beach which are well worth a visit. The San Juan celebration on the 23rd of June where enormous bonfire sculptures are lit at midnight and there’s live music and a wonderful atmosphere is the best in the coast. Plus there’s the Full Moon Festival in August where everyone dresses in white and heads to the beach for a festival of music and lights, it’s really magical.

Manilva village is famous for its sweet wine and there’s a small wine museum where you can learn about wine making and also arrange wine tasting sessions. There’s also a place making artisan beer which you can visit and do a tasting session, so you can enjoy artisan beer and wine in one place.

Casares is a stunning white village gathered precariously around a hill, with a fort on the top. As well as the stunning views it has a reputation for excellent gastronomy and a large selection of great restaurants.

Estepona is a vibrant and pretty Spanish town, with wide beaches, a long seaside promenade, sweet old town and an amazing Orchid House, not to mention a lovely Spanish atmosphere. There are lots of events through the year and many people really fall in love with its charms.

We have a wide range of holiday rental properties in the western Costa del Sol, here are just a few –

3 Bedroom Townhouse in CasaresThis delightful townhouse is situated in the complex Pueblo Andaluz, in the village of Casares. The Andalusian village style complex blends into its surroundings perfectly and has wonderful rustic features.

1 Bed Apartment Estepona – This distinctive 1 bedroom, 2nd floor apartment is front line beach, situated in the complex of Buenas Noches in Estepona. The apartment offers stunning views over the sparkling Mediterranean sea to Gibraltar and over to Africa and is perfect for beach lovers looking for a great value apartment. More information or Book Now

Duquesa Port Apartment – This delightful two bedroom holiday apartment in the gated complex of Arenal Duquesa is situated between Puerto de la Duquesa and Sabinillas. This modern apartment complex offers beautifully maintained tropical gardens and is within walking distance of Duquesa port. 

If you’d like to have a holiday on the Western Costa del Sol, please don’t hesitate to contact us for advice on where to stay and a list of properties which best meet your requirements.

Five Unforgettable Costa del Sol Experiences

The Costa del Sol is synonymous with sun, sea and beaches, but there are a huge range of things to experience here, from the wild to the wacky, from the adventurous to the tasty. Here are just a few surprising, exciting activities you can experience on the Costa del Sol that you may not expect.

moonhowlNight Time Wolf Safari – Each full moon you can visit the Lobo Park (or wolf park) in Antequera, inland from the Costa del Sol for a night time tour of wild wolf habitat. Enjoy a delicious meal and then head out into the night with torches to find the Alaskan wolves, Eurasian wolves and Iberian wolves and watch them in their native habitat at play and rest and hear them howl into the night. Find out more

Recommended Holiday rental near to Antequera – We’d recommend basing yourself in the lovely village of Coín overlooking the spectacular Guadalhorce valley to be within easy reach of Antequera, Malaga, Benalmadena and Fuengirola. We have a great 4 bedroom villa in rural Coin with stunning views, a private pool and extensive gardens with fruit and nut trees.

Learn about Spanish wines – There are several wine museums in Malaga, Mijas and Manilva to name a few, these are great opportunities to find out about the wine making process and the history of wine in Spain and also have very reasonably priced wine tastings. A great night out for wine lovers is a visit to D-wine in San Pedro which is a wine shop, restaurant and bar, with special tasting machines which allow you to sample over 30 wines by the glass. They arrange regular wine tasting events and the restaurant comes highly recommended. Find out more

mmlogoRelease your Inner Willy Wonka – Visit the world’s smallest chocolate factory Mayan Monkey in Mijas Pueblo and take part in chocolate making workshops. There are express workshops for 15 minutes, or hour long experiences where you will make 3 of your own chocolate bars, as well of course as tasting amazing chocolates from around the world.

Recommended Holiday Rental near to Mijas Pueblo – If you want to be close to the wine museum and chocolate factory in Mijas, then we can recommend this luxury 4 bed villa in La Cala Hills with private pool, stunning views and private gym. We have a number of quality holiday rentals in the Mijas area, so please browse the site or contact us for other recommendations.

Scale New Heights – Adventurers of all ages will love conquering 83 treetop challenges and zip lines at Aventura Amazonia in Elviria. This large adventure park features in six adventure circuits which are adapted to different ages and abilities. The most challenging area is the sports area, with 13 challenges at an average height of 9 meters above ground, including the famous Tarzan’s leap and a surfboard through the treetops. Your entrance ticket gets you three hours of adventure and excitement and you can go on as many circuits as you can handle.  Find out more

Recommended Holiday Rental near to Elviria – Very close to Amazonia, the many bars, restaurants and shops in Elviria and also the famous Nikki Beach is this great Duplex penthouse with sea views. It has three bedrooms, a large terrace and is located on a lovely development with communal gardens and four shared pools.

logoPet a Tiger in a Zoo with a difference – Castellar Zoo near to Sotogrande is an animal rescue centre, where you can get up close and personal with the most amazing animals. Zoo keepers bring out animals such as monkeys, lemurs, deer and even baby tigers to be fed, stroked and handled by members of the public – an amazing experience. Find out more

Recommended Holiday Rental near to Castellar – We’d recommend basing yourself around Sotogrande or Manilva to be within easy reach of both Castellar and its zoo, but also the lovely beaches and towns of the Western Costa del Sol. This lovely 2 bed apartment in Duquesa is stylish and modern, close to the port of Duquesa with its many bars and restaurants, and just ten minutes’ drive from Sotogrande. It has two bedrooms and bathrooms and a shared garden and pool.

These are just a few of the great activities the Costa del Sol has to offer and we can find you a great property near to your favourite attractions.

Having fun and supporting charity on holiday

Arboretum Second Anniversary Press Release ImageYou need to have plenty to entertain the family whilst on holiday, but sometimes you can wonder where the money is going which you pay out to attractions and special events. If that ever plays on your mind, or you’d like to do good whilst having a brilliant holiday on the Costa del Sol, then why not check out some of the charitable causes which also organize fun family activities which can really enhance your holiday and know that you’re helping a good cause. Here are a few great options, please comment on the blog if you know of any others I have missed.

Support environmental charity Arboretum Marbella and have fun

Arboretum Marbella is a charity which is creating a people’s forest in Marbella made up of native species to the region of Malaga including trees, shrubs, grasses and vines. This forest is being planted using the concept of permaculture and is sustainable and organic. It is also playing an important role in protecting some of the endangered native species of the region such as the Andalusian Cork Oak. As well as creating a beautiful public park on deserted scrub land, an important part of the project is to educate people on the environment, trees and sustainable land management.

They often have fun events coming up and regular opportunities to plant trees and take part in activities!

For more information about Arboretum visit

Visit a Donkey Sanctuary and Explore the Inland Costa del Sol

El Refugio del Burrito is a registered Spanish Non-Profit Association working to improve conditions for donkeys and mules in Spain. Their Fuente de Piedra Farm is open to the public every day, entrance is free of charge and they are open between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm. Based in Fuente de Piedra, close to the famous Flamingo Lake, they provide a safe haven with wonderful facilities for some of the many donkeys and mules that have faced such a hard life.

Their traditional Spanish cortijo (farm), complete with a charming olive grove and traditional buildings, has been turned into a safe haven for donkeys and mules rescued from across Europe. You can meet their residents and learn all their stories as you walk around the grounds, discovering how they care for them. This is a perfect way to discover the beauty of the Spanish interior, while enjoying a fun and interesting visit that will also help the donkeys. The nearby Flamingo Lake is famous for the fabulously coloured flamingos that flock to it.

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Visit Castellar Zoo: Animal Rescue Center and pet the animals

Castellar Zoo, is an animal rescue center to aid animals which were seized by the authorities and provide them with better living conditions by the best carers. This is a very different zoo, where visitors may feed the animals and interact directly with them.Price 14€ adult, 8€ children and it is open from 10am to dusk. It is located inland from Sotogrande, on the Western Costa del Sol and is an amazing experience for all the family. More information here:

For other ideas on what to do in Marbella download our guide