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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 Activities on the Costa del Sol

If you want to escape the winter blues this year, Spain is an excellent choice for fun and variety. The weather is cooler yet there is still plenty of sunshine, and generally the prices of everything are lower after the summer season. Many people are now opting for self-catering properties in Spain which is a great option as it keeps costs down and has the advantage of private space. This type of holiday also allows more room in the budget for fun days out! Whether you want a break away with the family or a romantic getaway with your partner, the Costa del Sol has plenty to offer. Here are a few ideas of things you can do in Andalucia this winter. Continue reading “Winter Activities on the Costa del Sol”

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

Ski Lifts open in the Sierra Nevada

The Costa del Sol is well-known for its beaches, but it is also a great place to ski! In just an hour from sunny Marbella, you can reach the ski resort of Sierra Nevada with its pretty alpine village and selection of runs to suit all abilities.

Many people take advantage of both of these great holiday ideas by renting on the Costa del Sol and enjoying the winter sunshine and taking a day trip or a weekend up to the mountains. Rental accommodation is limited on the mountain itself and is expensive, so this is by far the most cost-effective option.

Following the first big snowfall a few weeks ago, the resort is now officially open, although numbers are currently being limited to 2,500 per day. Good snow conditions are forecasted for this season, so it is a great place to visit for Christmas or later on into the season.

Conditions change quickly, so check out the British Ski Center’s website for all the latest information. We have a fantastic selection of villas and apartments on the Costa del Sol all within easy reach of the slopes. To rent holiday accommodation on the Costa del Sol please visit our website.