Summer is definitely hotting up here on the Costa del Sol and tourists are pouring in from all over the world to enjoy our famous beaches, lifestyle and food. We love summer here, but one thing which causes us and our guests issues in the peak summer months is parking, so we wanted to give you some advice on how to deal with traffic and parking during the busiest times of year.
- Try to find accommodation with parking – If you’re planning to hire a car, or will be driving down, the best thing is to book accommodation with parking so you don’t have to worry. Also look for accommodation which has something within walking distance, such as a local shop, bar, or café, just to give the designated driver a break and to limit the need to hunt for parking.
- Look out for short stay blue zones – If you’re popping into town for a short time, then the blue marked bays are a good option. These entitle you to up to 2 hours of parking and are very inexpensive and because they aren’t available all day they tend to be easier to find than free or longer stay parking. Also, they are usually free over lunch (2-4pm) and after 9pm. Over the weekends there’s only a charge in the mornings on Saturday from 9-2 and after that and on Sundays it’s free. Check the nearest meter to the bay for the hours and charges.
- Enjoy the walk – One of the nicest things to do during the summer on the Costa del Sol is to stroll along the promenade and with that in mind, you can park further out from the centre to minimise stress and expense and take a lovely walk at the same time. Park where you can and then head to the sea and you’ll find yourself on one of the coastal paths – easy!
- Use the underground car parks – There are lots of very central underground car parks in the main towns and although these can be expensive, they keep the car cool, are always well located and are the most convenient option. Ask them if they have any deals for a weekly pass if you find a car park you want to use a lot, as this can be a good option.
- Use technology to save money – Fuengirola has recently adopted a clever way to only pay for the time you use in their blue zones. Using the app Telpark, you can say when you leave your parking space and be credited with the money that’s left over to use another time. Malaga is expected to follow suit and if successful other towns on the Costa del Sol will be sure to be quick to adopt it which will be good news for everyone.
If this all sounds like hard work on your holiday, other options are to choose a town which has everything you want in easy reach and has good public transport, such as Fuengirola. It has great shopping, restaurants and miles of blue flag beaches and it has a central train station and bus station so you can avoid needing a car. You can also cycle for miles along the seaside promenade, so hiring a bike is a great option.
We have a wide range of Fuengirola holiday rentals, with some last minute availability for this summer. But if you are hoping to travel to the Costa del Sol this summer, please contact us as soon as possible, as there’s a very high demand for quality self-catering accommodation this year