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Special offer on Christmas and New Year Breaks to the Costa del Sol

Christmas is definitely in the air and we love this time of year here on the Costa del Sol. Pretty lights twinkle, there’s a packed schedule of festive events and a great vibe. Even over the Christmas period temperatures rarely dip below 10⁰C and most days the sun is shining and the skies are blue, so it’s a great time to visit.

If you already know and love Christmas on the Costa del Sol, why not come back again this year? If you haven’t spent Christmas in Spain before, you should come and experience it! We are making it even more attractive for you by offering a 10% discount on all our properties for Christmas and New Year bookings.

This very special offer applies to all our villas, apartments and townhouses from Malaga to Sotogrande, with visit arrival dates between now and the 15th of January. It’s the perfect excuse to come and have a Spanish Christmas this year. To claim your discount, email your dates and property choice to matthew@holidayrentalontheweb.com.

If this hasn’t convinced you, read our article with three reasons to spend Christmas on the Costa del Sol.

Here are three stunning properties which will make the perfect base for the celebrations. Be inspired by these gorgeous properties, browse our Costa del Sol holiday rentals on our website, or send us your requirements and let us make recommendations. Whatever you do, just don’t miss out on the chance to spend Christmas on the Costa del Sol and save 10%!

Imagine relaxing and celebrating Christmas in a luxury villa with a private pool this year. This five bedroom villa will take your breath away and is perfect for a group of 10 wanting to celebrate in style. The villa is conveniently located close to the beach, restaurants and bars of Nueva Andalucia, and of course the brilliant golf courses in the aptly named “Golf Valley”. The open-plan kitchen lounge and dining area is the perfect place to cook, dine and socialise with your nearest and dearest.

Or, how about spending quality time with your friends and family and exchanging gifts in a spacious townhouse in Riviera Hill Club? This secure development has beautiful mature gardens and a children’s play area and is close to Miraflores Golf Course. It is a short drive away from the beach, shops and restaurants and within easy reach of cosmopolitan Fuengirola on one side, the pretty marina of Cabopino on the other. The comfortable lounge with its large L shaped sofa and 55” TV is the perfect place to snuggle up and watch Christmas movies and you can choose to dine al fresco on the terrace, or inside. There’s even a second lounge area if kids want to have their space, or a group wants to watch the big match, or have a movie night.

Golfers, families and sports enthusiasts would love to spend Christmas in this lovely apartment in La Cala de Mijas, opposite La Noria Golf Club. It has been recently refurbished and offers three bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a very comfortable lounge and dining area. There’s a TV with international channels and a comfy sofa, so you don’t have to miss your favourite shows and you have dining areas inside and outside. The complex includes a padel court, football pitch and children’s play area, great for an active holiday. The apartment is located close to the town of La Cala de Mijas with its many shops, restaurant, bars, weekly market and great beaches.

Find out more about celebrating Christmas on the Costa del Sol here. If this has whet your appetite and made you crave a Christmas getaway, book your winter break now and receive 10% on your booking.

To claim your 10% discount contact matthew@holidayrentalontheweb.com and book a stay with us between now and the 15th of January. Experience the magic of Christmas on the Costa del Sol!

Three reasons to spend Christmas on the Costa del Sol

You don’t have to fly long haul to experience a magical and sunny Christmas this year. The Costa del Sol makes an ideal place for a Christmas or New Year getaway for families, couples or groups of friends looking to do something a bit different over the festive period.

Many people only think of the Costa del Sol as a summer destination, but it’s great all year round and Christmas is extra special. Here are three reasons we think you’ll love to spend Christmas on the Costa del Sol.

To make it even more attractive for you, we’re offering a 10% discount on all our properties for Christmas and New Year bookings from the 15th of December to the 15th of January. To claim your discount, browse our Costa del Sol holiday rentals online, choose your favourite and email  matthew@holidayrentalontheweb.com with your accommodation choice and your dates.

Here’s why we love Christmas on the Costa del Sol and think you will too –

  1. The festive magic and events

The Christmas lights have been turned on across the Costa del Sol and all the towns and villages are looking fantastic. As well as the lights, you’ll find the traditional nativity scenes or “belen” gracing squares, churches and even the airport. These are incredible depictions of the Christmas story, which add a traditional Spanish touch to the season. Many towns on the Costa del Sol have routes around the different nativity scenes, which can be a very festive way to explore a new place, just ask at the closest tourist office to your holiday rental.

If you’re travelling with the family, you’ll be pleased to know that there are lots of special activities for the children. You can visit one of the grottos in town centres and in the main shopping centres on the Costa del Sol.  The Town Halls organize lots of excellent family friendly activities such as musical performances, outdoor ice rinks and kids’ parties. For example, in Marbella there is a children’s party on the 14th of December, an outdoor ice rink from the 21st to the 26th of December, Christmas themed activities including a Christmas train from the 28th of December to the 6th of January and a New Year’s Eve Christmas party for kids at midday. Check the programme of activities in your local tourist office for times and places when you arrive, but be assured there’s lots going on.

Restaurants and bars put on special Christmas events with live music in the run up to Christmas. There are special Christmas Eve events and meals and of course there are lots of brilliant options for the day itself if you don’t fancy cooking. You will still be able to find a traditional British Christmas dinner if you want to go the traditional route, or you can try something international, there are options to suit all palates. Check out this list of Christmas events to inspire and excite you.

There are lots of great things to do for New Year’s Eve as well. Take the traditional Spanish option and head to the main Town Square for midnight, to enjoy the fireworks and entertainment late into the night. Not much happens before midnight, so find a cosy bar or restaurant near the square to enjoy some tapas and few drinks a little earlier. You can pick up party packs from Spanish supermarkets with the traditional 12 grapes, party poppers etc to do it like the locals. Alternatively, there are loads of New Year’s Eve parties and events, from super swanky gala dinners, to more informal meals and drinks which last late into the night. You’re sure to find an option that’s right for you. Ask us for recommendations near to your holiday rental.

  1. The great weather and outdoor activities you can enjoy

When it’s dark and cold at home it stays warm and bright here on the Costa del Sol. Average temperatures for December are 12⁰C, with highs of around 16⁰C most days. While it’s not bikini weather, it is perfect for an active holiday. Get out onto the golf course, hike in the hills, stroll along the seafront promenade or simply enjoy dining al fresco – in December it’s a real treat.

This is a great time of year to enjoy the stunning countryside inland from the Costa del Sol as well. Explore the beautiful white villages or walk the Caminito del Rey, as well as seeing the incredible Christmas light shows in Malaga. There are so many options under sunny skies. You could even take a day trip to the mountains and ski!

  1. You can enjoy Christmas for longer

Another reason to love Christmas in Spain? It keeps going!

If you’re one of those people that never wants Christmas to end, Spain is for you – you get a whole extra week and a fabulous traditional Spanish experience.

After the New Year’s Eve celebrations comes Three Kings, the time when Spanish children receive their Christmas presents. The Three Kings visit kids on the night of the 5th of January and all the towns and villages along the Costa del Sol hold a special parade to welcome them. These parades feature marching bands, floats with kids’ favourite characters, sweets being thrown into the crowds and the three kings themselves waving and throwing sweets to the children. In Marbella, the Kings even arrive by speed boat into Marbella port, for an extra touch of Marbella glamour!

If this sounds like heaven, get your booking in and enjoy 10% off your holiday rental property between the 15th of December and the 15th of January. Browse online for your ideal property, or send your requirements and dates over to matthew@holidayrentalontheweb.com and he will send you a list of suitable properties and apply your special Christmas booking discount.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Art and culture holidays on the Costa del Sol

Art and culture holidays on the Costa del Sol

In the winter months, holidays to the Costa del Sol change from lying on the beach to being active, enjoying the bright sunny weather to play sports, be outdoors and experience another side of this beautiful place. Another thing we love to do in the autumn and winter is to experience the culture and art that we have on our doorstep and this is a great thing to incorporate into a winter break.

Enjoy art

Malaga is a hotspot for amazing art galleries including the Picasso Museum, the CAC, the Carmen Thyssen gallery and the Pompidou Centre. A day trip to Malaga is essential for any culture vulture and is particularly nice in the quieter winter period. Discover the 10 best galleries in Malaga

Marbella too has some really nice galleries to visit. One of the largest is the Ralli Museum, just off the beachfront in the Golden Mile, which has one of the best collections of Latin American Art in the world. Tucked away in Marbella Old Town in a beautiful old building is the “Engraving Museum” which houses a small but beautiful collection of engravings and graphic art including works by Picasso, Dalí and Miró. There are also some nice private galleries which you can visit and even pick up a piece to take home. Check out this list of the best Marbella art galleries  to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Estepona is another great place to visit for a bit of art and culture. There are 45 beautiful murals on buildings around town which you can explore with the Murals Walking Route. You will also find lots of beautiful sculptures and pieces of poetry scattered around the town and this is a lovely way to explore the town, while also enjoying art. The Kempinski Hotel Bahía has regular art exhibitions in the hotel, which are open to the public and free to view. Until the 10th of January, you can see 20 works by the musicians Brian Travers from UB40 and John Illsely from Dire Straits in their gallery, and iron sculptures by Nimrod Messeg in the lobby.

Experience the Spanish Culture

This is a great time of year to take in a flamenco show, listen to traditional music, or see a performance. During the Christmas period, there are many great performances from the town bands and choirs, as well as a chance to try Spanish Christmas delicacies. Depending where you’re staying, check out the Town Hall’s website, or pop into the local tourist office and find out about these performances, as they aren’t always easy to find online, but are very special.

Roads are quieter this time of year, so hire a car and explore the amazing culture nearby. Learn about the history and spirit of bullfighting in Ronda, flamenco in Seville and sherry making in Jerez, all an easy day trip away from Marbella.

For a taste of Christmas in Spain, look out for “turron” a kind of nougat which comes in all shapes, sizes and forms over Christmas, “polvorones” round almond based biscuits with an unusual powdery texture and the “roscon”, a round cake in the shape of a donut, with a sweet bread exterior, filled with cream and candied fruits.

If you want to take a cultural holiday to the Costa del Sol, please contact us for advice. If you have a particular focus to your holiday, or a few key destinations in mind, we can recommend perfectly located holiday rental properties for you. Staying in a holiday rental, gives you the flexibility to come and go when you please, cook, make a packed lunch, and generally feel at home and give you a comfortable base to explore from. We hope to welcome you here very soon.

Celebrating Christmas on the Costa del Sol

Christmas on the Costa del Sol

December is upon us and so all thoughts turn to Christmas, decorations go up around town, shopping gets underway and plans are made for this very special time of year. Where will you be spending Christmas and New Year? If you’re not sure, why not try something a bit different and head to Spain’s sunshine coast for a Christmas to remember? You could switch cold temperatures, rampant commercialism and crazy schedules of parties and family visits, for bright sunshine, relaxed atmosphere and the chance to do Christmas your way.

If that sounds appealing, here are four reasons we think the Costa del Sol is a great place to celebrate Christmas –

  1. The Weather is Much Better

Taking a look at the average weather in December between London and Marbella tells a story. In London you’re looking at highs of 7°C, just 1 hour of sunshine per day and 17 days of rain in the month. In Marbella there are highs of 16°C, 6 hours of sunshine per day and 5 rainy days in the month. Now we’re not talking about sunbathing weather here, but it’s common to have bright sunny days, which allows you to enjoy the great outdoors! We love playing golf, going for long walks, mountain-biking or hiking at this time of the year and it’s so lovely to be able to do it after those big Christmas meals.

  1. The Costa del Sol looks beautiful

After some unusual wet weather, the countryside around the Costa del Sol is looking stunning, rivers are flowing, and everything is really looking its best. Plus, at Christmas the larger towns really pull out all the stops to make them sparkle, with wonderful lights and decorations. You can’t avoid getting into the Christmas spirit when you visit Malaga, with its incredible Christmas lights. The whole city looks beautiful, but for the main event, head to the main shopping street Calle Larios for the light and music shows which take place at 6.30pm, 8pm and 9.30pm every evening. Malaga is a must for a Christmas day trip and here’s a great guide to Christmas in Malaga to help you plan. Marbella is also looking stunning this year, with 120 streets being decorated, 8 nativity scenes and 4 Christmas trees. A trip to wander around the beautiful streets of the Old Town, lit up, and enjoy a little relaxed Christmas shopping is a lovely thing to do.

  1. There’s lots to do

We already mentioned the wonderful sports on offer over the winter period here on the Costa del Sol, but there are also lots of great events, parties and activities to enjoy this time of year, for a Christmas with a twist. Marbella Town Hall has organized a packed schedule of parades, performances, entertainment and concerts, with things happening on the 21st, 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th and 31st of December, as well as the 4th and 5th of January – check out the Marbella Christmas events programme. There’s a Puerto Banus Christmas Market until January 6th right on the water’s edge, which is well worth a visit. Businesses and charities are also organizing events such as Christmas markets, cooking classes, live music, comedy and art. Pick up a copy of one of the English papers when you arrive, or consult the MyGuideMarbella and Marbella Azul event calendars to choose where you want to go and what you want to do.

New Year’s Eve is also a big deal here, with all the Town Halls celebrating the start of the New Year with fireworks and music in the Town Hall, and every bar and restaurant putting on special events, so you’re really spoilt for choice! As if that’s not enough, you could even escape to the snow for a day and ski up in the Sierra Nevada, an easy day trip away!!

  1. You can choose how you celebrate

Getting away from home over Christmas gives you the freedom to do things the way you want to. We often have groups of friends hire a villa over the Christmas period and start their own traditions, away from the pressures of the extended family group. We also have couples and families with young children that want to have quality time together, without distractions and where they can totally focus on each other. If you want to cook, then a holiday rental villa or apartment, plus supermarkets stocking all the holiday favourites makes it easy. Prefer to let someone do it for you? No problem! Almost all the restaurants in the area have Christmas events and meals, some serving the traditional turkey and trimmings, others offering a more gourmet menu, but all creating a magical atmosphere on this special day. Alternatively you can do it Spanish style and celebrate with a big dinner on Christmas Eve and the arrival of the Three Kings on the 5th of January. It’s really up to you!

If this sounds like your perfect Christmas this year, please contact us and let us help you choose the perfect holiday rental property. Send us your dates, number of guests, requirements and location preferences and we’ll send you through a list of great properties that will be a wonderful base for the Christmas holidays.

Try an alternative New Year’s Eve on the Costa del Sol

alternative New Year’s Eve on the Costa del Sol

Where has this year gone? Christmas is nearly here and New Year’s Eve is hot on its heels. What are your plans for the most important party night of the year?

If you’re still deciding and are getting fed up with the crowds, hype and silly prices, then how about getting away from the New Year madness to celebrate in Spain?

We love New Year’s Eve on the Costa del Sol, as there’s something for everyone, whether you want a chilled out winter getaway or want to hit the dance floor. Here are four great ways to spend it, under our sunny skies.

Have a house party with a difference

There are many house parties going on over New Year, but what about getting your mates together in a luxury holiday home for a winter getaway? If you have a group of friends clubbing together off peak, you could afford an amazing luxury villa including bar area, games room, gym, tennis courts and even heated swimming pool. Now that’s what I call bringing in the New Year in style!

This five bedroom villa in Mijas Costa just 600 meters from the beach has amazing facilities including a private pool and hot tub, outdoor bar area, games room, games consoles and two kitchens! You could spend Christmas and New Year here for just 60€ per person, per night.

Try an active New Year Break

If all the New Year fuss leaves you cold, take advantage of the sunshine and warm winters here on the Costa del Sol to have an active break. Imagine hiking up La Concha mountain on New Year’s Eve and rewarding yourself with a delicious meal in the evening to welcome 2018. How about playing golf on New Year ’s Day under sunny skies, or hiring a bike and riding along the seafront promenade for lunch with a view? It’s all there for you! You can rent a great holiday home right on the fairways and choose from over 70 golf courses for a round, it’s a wonderful time of year for a golf holiday.

Hit the clubs!

It’s not all about rest and relaxation, there are also some awesome parties going on over the festive period, particularly in Puerto Banus and also in the funky beachside bars and restaurants along the coast. Nikki Beach’s new winter concept Nikki Privé is holding a great New Year’s Eve party from 8 to late in Elviria which offers glitz and glam in a stunning location. Claro in Estepona is offering a delicious five course menu followed by a great DJ so you can dance the night away right by the beach. La Sala in Banus promises the best live music acts and always has an awesome atmosphere and they are doing a selection of canapés and free bar between 8.30 and 11pm for 90€ per person. Many more parties will be announced in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled!

Join the locals for grapes

Finally, if you want the true Spanish experience, eat late at your holiday home and head down to the main town square around 11.30pm. Loads of people descend down there just before midnight with 12 grapes in their hands and eat one grape per chime of the clock, enjoy the fireworks and then hit the bars and clubs. If you’re holidaying in Marbella, head to either Orange Square or down to the port area and you’ll be sure of a great atmosphere and fireworks at midnight.

The Costa del Sol is a great choice for Christmas and New Year getaways. If we can help you plan an unforgettable New Year in the sun, get in touch today and let us recommend the best places to stay and things to do. We have some properties which will offer short breaks over the winter, so if you want to visit over the New Year weekend please contact us and ask for our list of properties with availability in the area you love.

Plan your festive getaway

Plan your festive getaway

November is here and the countdown is well and truly on to the festive season. Where will you be spending the holidays this year? If you’re getting family together from around the country, why not bring them all over to Spain’s sunshine coast to celebrate?

The Costa del Sol has great weather all year round with temperatures rarely dropping below 10°C and regularly hitting highs of 16°C, you can still enjoy 6 hours of sunshine each day. As it only rains an average of 5 days in December, you should have lots of bright sunny days, but with cool evenings which make you feel festive.

Bringing the whole family, or a group of friends, together in a villa on the Costa del Sol is a great way to add excitement and novelty to the holidays. It also takes away from any one person having to shoulder all the responsibility for cooking or cleaning for example. By celebrating on neutral territory any jobs can be shared around and there’s no unnecessary stress on you.

There are spectacular villas on the Costa del Sol available for Christmas rentals at a fraction of the cost of the summer and we can arrange cleaning as well, so you can just relax. You won’t believe how far your budget will go when you split a large villa between a group and they offer so much space and facilities too.

Take this beautiful luxury 6 bed villa in Elviria for example. It would be just 61€ per person per night based on 12 people sharing in December. For that you have so many lovely features such as a gym, private pool, formal living room with a grand piano, perfect for singing carols, a comfortable den where you can cozy up and watch your favourite winter movies. You can take advantage of the sunny days in the spacious garden and enjoy a BBQ and drinks in the covered Cabana and bar area. There is a huge, fully equipped kitchen if you want to cook a big festive meal, or you can head down to one of the nearby restaurants for a traditional dinner, or something a bit different. A winter break here would be unforgettable!

To find out more about visiting the Costa del Sol at Christmas read our blog, or ask us for ideas and recommendations.

Partying on the Costa del Sol for New Year’s Eve

Costa del Sol New Year's Eve

The Costa del Sol’s legendary nightlife during the summer does slow a little over the winter months, but many places swing back into life again for the biggest party of the year – New Year’s Eve. It’s a great place to see in the New Year, with warmer temperatures, clear skies and interesting traditions to try. Plus, this year it falls on a Saturday, so why not take a long weekend break on the Costa del Sol to really start off the new year in style?!

There are hundreds of parties going on all over the coast, but here are a few highlights.

Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve party, with a glamourous 1920s theme and a full line up of entertainment, champagne, canapés and open bar in a secret location somewhere in Puerto Banus, it all sounds very exciting.

Masquerade Ball and Gala Dinner at the Kempinski Hotel Bahia Estepona – this is a very special place to spend New Year’s Eve, with amazing food, wines and plenty  of live entertainment including acrobats! The masquerade ball theme will be spectacular and there’s a kids’ party too, so the little ones will be entertained.

Bob Sinclair at Olivia ValereThe world famous DJ comes to Marbella to start 2017 in true party style on the last night of the year!

Marbella Old Town’s celebrations – If you fancy something more Spanish in style, head down to the Marbella’s beautiful Old Town, where there will be a party at 11pm in the main church square. It’s nice to have dinner on one of the beautiful restaurants and then go down to the square to see in the new year. Just make sure you bring 12 grapes, so you can take part in the Spanish tradition of trying to eat one grape for each chime of the clock.

Host your own party in a beautiful villa – Another great option is to book one of our outstanding luxury Costa del Sol villas and bring a group of friends over to create your very own party. Many villas have heated pools and outdoor or indoor bar areas and games rooms as well as spectacular kitchens and living rooms, so you can create an amazing party in a stunning setting.  For example, imagine bringing in the new year in this 5 bedroom Marbella villa, complete with bar, lounge, games room and heated swimming pool……

Come and celebrate the best night of the year here on the Costa del Sol – it will be a New Year’s Eve not to be forgotten!

Planning for a Christmas Getaway

 Christmas Getaways Spain

We’ve had a very busy summer, with thousands of tourists visiting the Costa del Sol and having a great holiday. But remember, this area is not simply a summer destination, it’s a brilliant place for winter sun as well and a very interesting option for Christmas and New Year.

It’s such a treat being able to enjoy Christmas under sunny skies and to get away from all the stress and commercialism back home. There are plenty of activities happening, from visiting Santa in his grotto, to carol concerts in some of the area’s churches, but you can also escape from it all and stroll along the beach, play a round of golf or hike in the countryside. The different nationalities which live on the Costa del Sol put on their own traditional activities, such as Christmas markets from the German and British communities and the Saint Lucia celebrations from the Swedish community which are really lovely if you want a taste of home.

Of course, you can also embrace the Spanish traditions. One way of doing that is to enjoy the food which is traditionally eaten at that time. The most emblematic is turron, a kind of nougat which comes in many different guises – soft, hard, covered in chocolate and much more.

There are also things called Polverones, which you will see wrapped in paper on platters in supermarkets and shops. These are a sort of biscuit or cake which are very crumbly in texture and are somewhat of an acquired taste, but very popular here. Give them a go, but don’t breathe in while you’re eating them, they often explode in your mouth into a dusty, crumbly texture which can make you choke – you have been warned! You should also pick up a cone of roasted chestnuts from the street sellers when you’re out exploring, they are delicious and perfect for a stroll on a winter’s evening.

One of our favourite Christmas activities is to explore Marbella by visiting all the different nativity scenes which are placed around the town at this time of year. We’d also recommend seeing the turning on of the lights if you come at the beginning of December, as there’s always lots going on and the atmosphere is great.

Marbella Old Town looks stunning under the Christmas lights, and so does San Pedro, which has an impressive display all along its new Boulevard. The kids will love playing in the playgrounds there under the twinkling lights. We recommend a walk up into the town, exploring the lovely pedestrianised streets lined with cafes, up to the large town square with its imposing church, Santa’s Grotto and impressive nativity scene.

The Costa del Sol really is a lovely place to visit at Christmas time. We would recommend staying centrally, so you can stroll around the town and just experience the atmosphere without needing a car. Being close to Marbella Old Town is a good idea, as a lot of the activities are focussed around there. This Marbella Holiday Rental  has 1 bedroom and is just above Marbella’s buzzing port with its market, bars and restaurants and only a five minute walk to the Old Town. It is tastefully decorated with amazing views over the harbour from a dining area surrounded by glass curtains, so you can enjoy the view even if the weather isn’t the best. It is very comfortably furnished with all home comforts, so is an excellent winter base.

Let us know if we can find you a perfect base to spend Christmas on the Costa del Sol, just send us all your requirements and we’ll recommend some great options for the whole family.

Top Tips for choosing a holiday rental property for Christmas

Christmas Rental PropertyIt’s Christmas time and amongst all the mistletoe and wine, we’re also enjoying some great winter weather here on the Costa del Sol and it’s not too late to escape the dark, cold and crazy crowds of Christmas shoppers and disconnect from it all for a special Spanish Christmas.

Check out our last post for the low down on Christmas on the Costa del Sol and visit Marbella Family Fun and My Destination Marbella for news on Christmas events and parties to enjoy.

If you’re now feeling inspired and want a last minute trip, there are loads of great holiday rental properties to choose for a Christmas getaway on the Costa del Sol. To help you choose the right one for a winter break, we’ve put together a few tips and things to look out for which will make sure you have the best time –

  1. Make sure you choose a location which is busy all year round or close to a vibrant town – During winter it can be very quiet on a holiday development or in a small residential area which has really been designed for summer time and you can feel a bit isolated. You’re better off choosing somewhere within one of the busier towns such as; Estepona, Marbella, Fuengirola, Benalmadena and Torremolinos which are busy and have lots to offer all year round.
  2. Select a property with heating or an open fire as Spanish homes can be chilly in the winter.
  3. Think about whether you want to hire a car or not – This will influence where you decide to stay, as if you don’t want to drive we’d suggest being on the train line from Malaga, or being in an urban area where you can walk around and there’s enough to keep you busy. For the maximum flexibility and to make the most of everything that’s going on we would definitely recommend hiring a car.
  4. Make sure your property has an oven – This sounds strange, but many Spanish homes don’t have an oven in the kitchen and if you want to cook a traditional Christmas dinner then this is obviously a big problem, so don’t leave it to chance, make sure that you ask.
  5. Prepare for all weathers – Christmas on the Costa del Sol is usually dry and warm, but of course it is the winter and so it can rain and it is chilly in the evenings. So pack clothes which are easy to layer, check whether the property has DVDs or board games and bring along your family favourite games so that if you do have a rainy day you can enjoy being in your holiday rental property. Even if it’s wet you can visit the amazing museums in Malaga, shop ‘til you drop at shopping centre La Cañada, go and see a movie (look for VO – which means it’s in the original language) or take the kids to one of the many indoor play centres. You know the sun will be out again soon!

We are Costa del Sol holiday rental experts, so please don’t hesitate to ask for our shortlist of the best properties for a Christmas getaway. Just send us your requirements and your dates or give us a call and we’ll find you a cozy, well located property where you can spend an amazing alternative Christmas in Spain.

Feliz Navidad and have a wonderful Christmas wherever you choose to spend it!

Visiting the Costa del Sol for Christmas

Visiting the Costa del Sol for ChristmasIt feels like summer only just finished on the Costa del Sol, but now that Halloween is over and the clocks have gone back, we can’t deny that Christmas is nearly upon us.

If the dark, cold weather is getting you down and the endless Christmas songs and ads are already driving you crazy, why not consider a different kind of Christmas this year in the winter sun destination of the Costa del Sol?

Those who can feel bah-humbug about Christmas in the UK, will find a Spanish Christmas refreshing and relaxing. There’s much less emphasis on the commercial side of Christmas, decorations don’t go up until the beginning of December and the events are quite low-key and charity focussed as opposed to a huge corporate marketing machine.

You can choose to indulge in Christmas as much or as little as you wish. Want to feel festive? Head into Marbella’s Old Town or into Malaga’s shopping district to see the lights and sample some chestnuts and vino caliente (mulled wine), visit one of the Christmas markets or go and hear carols at one of the stunning churches. There’s a new synthetic ice rink in San Pedro Boulevard which I am sure will be really popular during Christmas and kids can visit Santa in his grotto either in La Cañada shopping centre, or in Marbella’s Plaza Alameda. A really nice idea is to explore the chapels and squares in Marbella’s Old Town by following the routes to see the traditional “Belen” or nativity scenes, which range from the simple to the incredibly complex and ornate. Check out this page for Christmas activities in Marbella in English.

However, if you want to escape and disconnect from all the festivities, no problem, take a stroll down the seaside promenade, put on your sturdy shoes and head into the beautiful countryside for a hike, or indulge in some water sports such as kite surfing or paddle boarding.

Bear in mind that Christmas Day is not as important as Christmas Eve here, so you may find the day itself quieter than you expect. If you’re renting a self-catering property, then why not cook up a feast in your home from home? You can find all the Christmas favourites from the UK in the international supermarkets, or decide to indulge in stunning seafood and fish as the Spanish tend to do.

If that all sounds like too much hard work for your Costa del Sol Christmas getaway, then there are loads of great restaurants putting on special Christmas menus, with live music, a great atmosphere and delicious 4 or 5 course menus. There’s something for all budgets, check out local press such as the Euroweekly News and Essential to find out what’s going on and choose your favourite.

We can recommend a perfect holiday rental property on the Costa del Sol which will be your home from home this Christmas, but the best properties are already booking up, so please let us know your requirements as soon as you can.