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A day trip to the mountains from the Costa del Sol

It may seem crazy, but if you holiday on the Costa del Sol over winter, you could easily fit in a day trip to the mountains. We’ve been sipping coffee at a beach bar in the morning and skiing by lunchtime!

The journey from the popular town of Benalmadena up to the Sierra Nevada ski resort is just over two hours by car and coming from Torremolinos it’s under two hours, so it’s a very easy day trip from the Malaga end of the coast.

The resort is open from November or December to April, snow conditions allowing. It is a small but perfectly formed ski resort, with excellent runs for beginners and intermediate skiers, although it is a little limited for advanced skiers. There is also a ski park for those that want to do tricks and a play area with a fun toboggan ride for those that don’t fancy skiing.

Tips for making the most of your mountain day trip

If you are going up for just the one day, we’d recommend avoiding weekends and school holidays. If you do, you can feel like you have the resort to yourself and you’ll avoid queues for lift passes or ski hire.

Head into the main square and there you will find the lift pass station, as well as places to hire ski equipment. Lift passes are between 40€ and 50€ per day and ski hire is around 25€ per day.

If you book a skiing lesson or a guide, they will take care of the passes and lead you to the best areas for your ability, so you don’t have to search around and will be able to maximise your time on the slopes.

Check out the official website of the Sierra Nevada and the British Ski Center for more information and to arrange ski lessons or guides.

Best places to stay if you are taking a day trip to the slopes

To minimise journey time and maximise your winter break, you want to be close to Malaga, in an area which is vibrant all year round, and so our recommendations are Benalmadena and Torremolinos. Both are on the train line into Malaga, so you can go and visit this beautiful city very easily and enjoy all its culture and charm during your holiday.

Torremolinos is slightly closer to Malaga city and is well known for its nightlife and well-kept sandy beaches. We have an excellent holiday rental property in Torremolinos that we would recommend as a base for your winter getaway. It is a beautifully refurbished two bedroom townhouse in Torremolinos  which is just 140 meters from the beach and the famous seaside promenade and there’s even a lift nearby to take you up to the main shopping area in Torremolinos, so it makes getting around really easy. The townhouse itself is comfortable and homely and there’s a smart TV and internet so you can cosy up in the evenings if you don’t want to be out on the town.

Benalmadena has a lot to offer holiday makers on a winter getaway, including a beautiful park, an award-winning port with an aquarium and many bars and restaurants. There’s even the chance to take a cable car to the top of the mountain and watch a bird of prey show. Benalmadena is a very popular holiday destination for families and also for those looking for great nightlife and we have a large selection of holiday rentals there.

For lovers of sea views, we’d recommend this apartment overlooking Torremuelle beach. It is a lovely two-bedroom apartment and is within walking distance of local bars, restaurants and a supermarket and there are some fantastic terraces to enjoy the winter sun and these breath-taking views.

We hope this advice and information helps you to plan your next getaway. Contact us for more recommendations on a winter break to the Costa del Sol.

Winter Sun and Skiing – The Perfect Combination!

Winter Sun and Skiing SpainThe Costa del Sol is in the enviable position of having glorious weather and beaches which can be enjoyed all year round and the extra bonus for the winter visitor of being able to ski just 2 hours away in the Sierra Nevada. Starting the day on the beach and hitting the slopes in the afternoon is a surreal experience, but a wonderful one and something we’d definitely recommend. It’s an easy day trip, or you can stay overnight if you want a more leisurely time in the snow. The ski season runs from 1st December to 1st May so there’s plenty of time to come and try it for yourself.

It was a tough start to the season for all ski resorts in Europe and Sierra Nevada suffers more than most due to its southern location. However, as temperatures dropped towards Christmas they were able to get the snow cannons out and open more runs on the lower slopes and they received a brilliant gift for the special day of the Three Kings with heavy snows falling, low temperatures and more snow forecast this weekend. January tends to be a month with more rain on the coast which means snow up in the mountains, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed for much more snow to come. To check out the latest ski conditions and look at the web cams visit

The best time for skiing in the Sierra Nevada tends to be February and March when the January snows form a good base for skiing and winds tend to be lower. Plus as it’s the low season for the Costa del Sol, the flights and holiday rentals are much cheaper than in the summer, so it can be a really affordable way to get your snow fix this year.

This is a compact resort, but it has a good mix of runs and enough to keep intermediate skiers very happy for several days. In total there are 124 pistes, and 21 lifts connecting up the runs, plus a pretty village with lots of fun options for après-ski. If you visit during the week you will have many runs to yourself and lift queues are a minimum, which is bliss. Try and avoid weekends and holidays if you can though, as these can be packed. More information on Sierra Nevada

If you’re looking to do a day trip to the mountains, and want to keep your journey to a minimum, as well as being close to the culture, nightlife and shopping of Malaga, we’d recommend choosing Benalmadena, just 15 minutes’ drive from Malaga airport, on the train line to Malaga city and only two hours from the slopes.

We have a very affordable option perfect for a couple on a winter break, which is a spacious studio apartment in Benalmadena close to all the amenities, a short walk to the stunning Paloma Park and just 700 meters from the beach. It includes a kitchen, bathroom, large lounge with sofa bed and a terrace with glass curtains. During the ski season you can rent this studio flat for just 357€ per week, a real bargain.

If you check the snow report and see a really good weather and excellent conditions, give us a call and check our last minute availability, during low season there are normally lots of holiday rental options even at the last minute, so don’t miss out!

Ski within just a few hours of the Costa del Sol

sierranevadaSierra Nevada is approximately 2.5 hours away from Marbella’s beautiful beaches by car, so it’s a perfect day trip as part of a winter getaway between December and April. There are classes on offer for adults and children and you can hire your skis and boots so you don’t have to transport them. For younger children there’s a crèche and other activities such as a fun toboggan ride and ice rink. There’s also a great après-ski scene if you wish to stay overnight, with some lovely restaurants, bars and spas to ease aching joints.

If you’re a beginner or intermediate skier you will be pleased by the combination of green, blue and red runs. If you are a very extreme skier, there’s not as much to keep you interested, but there are 7 black runs to get you going. Plus for snow boarders, or skiers wanting to show some serious tricks, there’s a snowboard park including jumps and even a half pipe.

It really is a great little resort and amazing that you can combine skiing with a beach holiday – on a clear day you can see the sea from the very top of the run! A good idea is to start with a few days relaxing on the beach, followed by a few days on the slopes, then the rest of your stay can be back to chilling with long lunches, strolls along the beach and sundowners to finish off the perfect winter break.

We have an excellent selection of Costa del Sol beachfront holiday accommodation where you can relax and use as your base for a few days on the slopes, but just remember the ski season ends towards the end of April, depending on snow conditions.

Sierra Nevada Ski Resort is now open

Great news for fans of skiing and sunshine, Europe’s Southern-most ski resort the Sierra Nevada is now open for its winter season. They have been using snow cannons to ensure a good covering of snow for the start of the season and fresh snowfall this week means that skiers are in for a treat. There’s already 14km of ski runs open, 19 runs and 10 lifts and this will increase as the season progresses.

The location of this lovely ski resort couldn’t be better for those who like to combine fun in the snow with relaxation in the sun, as the Costa del Sol is just over 2 hours from the slopes. Many people hire a villa down in the sunshine for a week and go up to the slopes a few days midweek when it’s quieter. This means that non skiers can enjoy relaxing in the warmth, or pop up for the day to explore the village and play in the snow whilst the others ski. Then the whole group can relax after the skiing by walking along the beaches of the Costa del Sol – two holidays in one!

To search for Costa del Sol holiday rentals visit our website or email with your requirements and we’ll send you a list of suitable self-catering properties.

Fantastic snow conditions in the Sierra Nevada

Picture courtesy of British Ski Centre

Just 2 hours from Spain’s Costa del Sol are the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada, Europe’s Southern-most ski resort.

December saw the heaviest rain for 50 years fall on the Costa del Sol, officially ending five years of drought in the region and filling the reservoirs to capacity. Although it meant a wet Christmas for Costa del Sol residents, it has led to wonderful conditions in the nearby mountains with the resort management, Cetursa SA, announcing an impressive 3 metres of snow cover over the ski terrain. They are working hard to piste the new snow and hope to have all the runs open soon. To find out the latest information on the state of the pistes visit the British Ski Centre website.

If you want to enjoy both the skiing and the warmth of the seaside, you should consider basing yourself on the Costa del Sol and taking a day trip up to the mountains. Alternatively, you could do a two centre holiday and stay in the mountains for one night (be warned the accommodation is expensive) and then move down to the Costa del Sol to relax before heading home.

HolidayRentalontheWeb has a great selection of self-catering accommodation on the Costa del Sol and we can recommend the most convenient location if you want to enjoy the skiing as well. To see our full list of Costa del Sol holiday rentals visit our website or email us on