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Costa del Sol concerts summer 2017

Costa del Sol concerts summer 2017

Spring is in the air and after a hot and sunny Easter, excitement is building about the summer season. Live music is a regular feature of summer on the Costa del Sol, with Beach Clubs, restaurants and bars all adding to the atmosphere with live performers.

In recent years, the concerts have really been growing in importance and thousands of fans flock here to see their favourite act. There have been some amazing acts announced who will be performing over the summer at Starlite and Puente Romano. Coming over to the Costa del Sol for a summer holiday and combining that with seeing your favourite artist is a great way to have an unforgettable getaway.

Here are some of the great people performing and when you can see them –

Starlite takes place in an old quarry in the Sierra Blanca area just above Marbella Town. For several years this music festival has been attracting some amazing acts and this year is no different. Here are the top international acts performing and the dates.

  • Anastacia 15th July
  • Art Garfunkel 16th July
  • Elton John, 20th July
  • Pretenders, 26th July
  • The Cranberries, 5th August
  • Andrea Bocelli, 15th August
  • Jason Derulo, 24th August

The Puente Romano concert series has been going for many years and holds intimate gigs in their tennis club, giving guests the chance to enjoy a great atmosphere and be close to all the actions and their favourite stars. Here are four great dates for the diary.

  • Foreigner, 11th June
  • Heather Small, Right Said Fred and Billy Ocean, 6th July
  • George Benson, 21st July
  • Michael Bolton, 10th August

These concerts are focussed around Marbella, so look for a quality holiday rental in this area to reduce travel and taxi fares.

To be close to all the action at Starlite, we’d recommend this stunning villa in Sierra Blanca  With four bedrooms, four bathrooms and impressive design, this property really has the wow factor. There are sensational views, lovely pool and garden, terraces, games room, gym and much more. This villa is perfect for a luxury holiday on the Costa del Sol and just a few minutes from Starlite, for maximum convenience.

What’s New on the Costa del Sol for Summer 2016?

bigstock-Outdoor-concert-happy-people--74378197There’s always lots going on in the Costa del Sol, but we’re excited about some of the announcements being made for summer 2016 and we wanted to share!

Firstly, there have been some amazing performers announced to be coming to the Costa del Sol to perform. Seal will be at the Puente Romano, Simply Red will be in Fuengirola and Tom Jones (alongside 23 other amazing acts) will be at Starlite in Marbella – this is going to be amazing.

Secondly, Marbella is due to get its first gourmet food market right in the centre of town. This will be a 470 square meter gourmet food market on the centre street Ricardo Soriano, where foodies can dine, shop and enjoy the amazing local produce and cuisine. Apparently it’s due to be open for the peak season of July and August which would be great.

Thirdly the amazing artwork Mural by Jackson Pollock will be shown for the first time ever in Spain at the Picasso Museum in Malaga in spring and summer 2016, which is a great reason to visit this wonderful gallery in the centre of the historic part of Malaga. You should also visit the Museum of Malaga which has had some amazing pieces restored for its Archaeology and Fine Arts collection and is hoped to be open soon. Whilst you’re there you can visit the CAC Malaga’s contemporary art museum, the Carmen Thyssen museum and the new Pompidou centre – so it’s a real cultural destination.

Fuengirola is celebrating its 175th anniversary of its autonomy this year and promising to top the 107 cultural events held in the city in 2015, so watch this space. There will also be a packed schedule of events, parties and activities for all the family which will be announced in the months leading up to the summer season. Please follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest news, events and activities.

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.

Costa del Sol a Gastronomic Treat

gastroSpain is well known for its food, whether it’s the famous specialities such as paella and tapas, or the extraordinary eating experiences produced in El Bulli, the country is certainly on the culinary map. However, less people travel to the Costa del Sol for a foodie feast and can sometimes be disappointed with the quality in some of the tourist traps. There is fantastic food all over the Costa del Sol, the key is to know where to look! We have produced a great guide to holidaying on the Costa del Sol which includes a large list of restaurants we know and love which you can download on our sister website. Plus local newspapers and magazines always have a current list of well-regarded restaurants to enjoy. No matter what kind of food you crave there will be something here for you, it’s just a case of looking around.

If you want to really treat yourself to fine food then there are a number of establishments recognised with coveted Michelin stars which will delight your taste buds. These are expensive restaurants of course and require prior reservation, but they are a real experience.

The best known Michelin chef is Dani Garcia who has just made the move from Calima on Marbella’s beachfront to his own restaurant at the Puente Romano Hotel. Skina in the Old Town is tiny but boasts one Michelin star and a personal experience with a sumptuous taster menu. Jose Carlos Garcia heads up restaurant JCG in Malaga Port and El Lago on Greenlife Golf in Elviria finishes the list of Malaga stars.

To celebrate the gastronomy at the area, Dani Garcia brought together 14 Michelin stars to cook in 2014 at the Puente Romano hotel. This series of gastronomic evenings  saw where Dani García (two Michelin stars) cook with guests Andoni Luis Aduritz, from Mugaritz de Rentería (two stars), Joan Roca, from Celler de Can Roca (three stars), Quique Dacosta, from the restaurant of the same name in Denia (three stars); Ángel León, from Aponiente, in Puerto de Santa María (one star) and the Malaga “all-stars”, José Carlos García (JCG Restaurant), Diego del Río (El Lago), and Jaume Puigdengolas (Skina), together with Thomas Stork, from Puente Romano.

Events like this confirm the status of the area as a gastronomic hot-spot, so come on down and check out what the area has to offer. Our experienced team can help you to choose the best restaurants in the area, or any other local knowledge so just ask for advice on holidays on the Costa del Sol!

Check out Guaro’s Luna Mora Festival this month

September is a great time to visit the Costa del Sol, the weather is still warm and sunny, there’s still lots to do but the hordes of tourists have dissipated.

Under 30 minutes drive from Marbella’s bustling centre is the pretty white village of Guaro, normally a quiet small village which is focussed on olive and almond production but which for two weekends in September attracts over 50,000 visitors for their festival of Andalusian music and culture. Continue reading “Check out Guaro’s Luna Mora Festival this month”

Tour Guide app for Andalucia

Gone are the days of buying disposable cameras in bulk for your holiday or lugging around video cameras, as most of us now do it all from our mobile phones and there is an app for just about everything!  Now you can even have  you own personal tour guide on your mobile for those visiting Andalucia, it is called ‘En tu mano’ (in your hand).

En tu Mano was presented by the Junta de Andalucia Councillor for Tourism and Commerce, Rafael Rodriguez at the recent international tourism fair in Madrid and is available on all smart phones.

The useful app provides users with up to date information on local events, history, shopping, dining, activities and lots more in five different languages! En tu Mano uses a GPS signal to pin point your area, so you can easily find out things to do and more about the area with a touch of a button.

So if you are going on holiday to the Costa del Sol this year, make sure you check out the tour guide app, more destinations throughout Andalucia are being added all the time. You can see the list of current destinations on the En Tu Mano website.

Check out our previous blog for more technical tips and apps to use when on holiday in Spain.

Valentine’s Day in Southern Spain

If you are lucky enough to be spending Valentine’s Day on the Costa del Sol you are in for a treat as it is a very romantic place to be especially this time of year. In fact, many marriage proposals are made on Valentine’s Day in Spain.

Traditional gifts for Valentine’s Day in Spain are red roses, chocolates and cards but if you are looking for something extra special there are lots of great shops, jewellery stores and boutiques in Marbella and nearby Puerto Banus so you are bound to find the perfect gift.

Make your valentine feel a million dollars with a pampering beauty treatment at one of the local spas, or use Valentine’s Day as the perfect excuse for a relaxing couple’s massage! You can even find holiday homes with their own Jacuzzis’ and saunas if you are looking for a touch of luxury.

The beaches are not crowded so you can take a relaxing stroll along the promenade, stopping by a chiringuito or two for a drink and bite to eat with the blissful sound of the Mediterranean  in the background. When the sun sets on the Costa del Sol it’s a breath taking view from the beach or mountains and a perfect setting for this romantic day. It’s no wonder so many couples get engaged and married here! If you want something more active to do, you could spend the day horse riding together or go skiing for the day at Sierra Nevada ski resort which is only a few hours’ drive from Marbella.

Many of the top restaurants book up quickly but don’t worry if you haven’t reserved as there is a large selection of great restaurants to choose from or you could even whip up a romantic meal for two at your holiday home! You can stock up the fridge with all your favourite foods which you will be able to find at local supermarkets such as Iceland, Supersol, Carrefour and El Cort Ingles and have dinner and drinks under the moonlight in the privacy of your holiday home. All our holiday homes come fully equipped with everything you need to wine and dine, but if you have any special requirements, just let us know.

HolidayRentalontheWeb can also arrange for you to have chocolates, roses and chilled champagne on arrival so you can spoil your loved one with first class, hotel style service. Visit our website for more details and to view holiday homes on the Costa del Sol or call 952 839 595.

PIM – Children’s Playground Event Marbella

If you are on holiday on the Costa del Sol over the Christmas and New Year period with the kids, there are loads of fun activities you could take them to such as the PIM event, organised by the Marbella Town Hall, at the Palacio de Congresos de Marbella.

The event runs from 21st December to 5th January and is open from 11am to 9pm which is great as it gives you plenty of time to fit it into your holiday and the kids will be able to burn some energy on the various activities such as;

  • Inflatables
  • Sumo suit
  • Gladiator
  • Zip line
  • Bike-kart circuit
  • Super-jumper

These are among many fun activities being held at the event. Entrance fees are affordable at €6.50 for half day, €8.50 for full day and just €25 for 14 days so well worth taking the kids to!

If you are looking for holiday homes on the Costa del Sol in December or January, you can find our full list of available properties on our website.P

Rainy Day Activities on the Costa del Sol

After a scorching hot summer, its only fair mother nature does her job and waters all the trees and plants with some fresh rain water. In fact, after a dry harvest this year, crop farmers are glad of every drop!

The fun doesn’t stop on the Costa del Sol just because of the odd rainy day! If you’re on holiday in Southern Spain during October/November you may experience some wet weather, but don’t worry there are still plenty of fun indoor things to do for the whole family.

~ Inside your holiday home ~

  • Baking – You can find all ingredients for any kind of baking in the local supermarkets
  • Board games – Most holiday rental homes will have some board games and cards for you to play
  • Watching films – You can find DVD rental shops in most towns on the Costa del Sol, and many holiday rental homes will have a selection of DVDs to watch
  • Pamper days – Make the most of your time inside with a self-pampering session! Face masks, nail painting and hair masks can make you feel great on a rainy day
  • Arts and crafts – Make a nice momentum of your holiday and create a nice picture or collage with the kids to take home! You can find loads of bits and bobs to use in the local chinese bazaar shops.

~ Outside your holiday home ~

  •   Cinema – There are a few cinemas which play films in English on the Costa del Sol; Cines Gran Marbella in Puerto Banus, Fuengirola Cinesur Miramar and the Plaza Mayor Malaga
  • Bowling – La Canada shopping centre has both amusement arcades and a bowling alley
  • Kids indoor play centres – Let the kids burn off some energy while the adults relax!
  • Ice skating – Club de Hielo in Benalmadena has plenty of activities to as well as a fantastic ice rink
  • Flamenco, dance and magic shows – Check your Costa del Sol local papers and websites to keep updated of all the current shows and where they are
  • Museums – Use the rain as a great excuse to see the Picasso museum in Malaga

For more ideas and information on activities for the family to do in the rain, check out the Marbella Family Fun website. If you’re looking for the perfect property for your holiday HolidayRentalontheWeb.com has a home to suit all budgets, so visit our website for more details or call 952 839 595

Halloween on the Costa del Sol

If you’re on holiday on the Costa del Sol with the family during Halloween its a great time to be here. The weather is cooler but still pleasant, things are generally cheaper and there are loads of fun things to do with the kids.

As Halloween isn’t traditionally celebrated in Spain, you can’t expect to go door knocking in scary outfits in any neighbourhood, however you will find some communities where you can take the kids trick or treating.

Same as the UK, you can find pumpkins in the supermarket so you can have fun with the kids making them into scary lanterns to decorate your holiday home and the Chinese bizarre shops sell all kinds of Halloween costumes, masks, bags, accessories and decorations at low prices.

There are plenty of fun Halloween events on the Costa del Sol suitable for the whole family and children of all ages, even babies are catered for! Many bars and restaurants will also get into the spirit by holding themed nights and staff will get dressed up for the occasion. Here are some of our favourite events happening here for Halloween;

De Medici and Marbella Rocks Halloween Party  –  For the adults… De Medici and Marbella Rocks invite you to a night of great food and live music! Enjoy a 3-course set menu including wine for only €40! There will be a prize for the best fancy dress costume!

Tivoli World – This amusement park in Benalmadena gets all decked out for Halloween and is open every Sunday in October from 11:00am to 7:00pm. Come dressed up and entrance is free (rides at an additional cost)

Galaxia Playcenter Halloween Party – This indoor playground is hosting a Halloween party for kids with lots of prizes, games and competitions for all ages. Galaxia is located at Centro Comercial Guadalmina in San Pedro.

Halloween Party at Coleta Nursery, Marbella – Coleta is a nursery in Marbella for children under 4 years of age. Join in the fun with a special guest appearance from the fabulous magician, Luigi Ludus.

If you are looking for your own private holiday rental home amongst all the action or even somewhere to get away from it all, HolidayRentalontheWeb offers a home for every holiday.

For our full list of holiday rental homes on the Costa del Sol visit our website or call us on 952 83 95 95