costa del sol summer
The latest figures released show Spain has just seen its best summer in terms of visitor numbers and spend by tourists. Not only were Spanish airports—including Málaga-Costa del Sol—busier than ever before in August, but international tourists, led by Britons, spent record amounts once they arrived. Málaga-Costa del Sol airport saw 1,736,881 passengers pass through …
The tabloid press and sometimes even the television stations are keen to tell tales of woe involving British expats abroad, yet look around you in Marbella and you can tell that the Brits have rediscovered their long-held love for Marbella. Tourist numbers are up, flight connections are growing again and the interest from …
With summer truly upon us now, all we want is to cool down and relax – but with the children on school holidays, days of calm and tranquillity are a world away. To keep kids entertained over the coming months there are plenty of fun activities and events on up and down the Costa del Sol, from concerts and festivals to zoos and water parks. In this blog we take a look at some of the best water options where the kids can tear around and go wild whilst you bask in the water and keep cool – which seems like the best possible compromise for all the family.
The enchanting village of Mijas Pueblo is one of the great treasures of the Costa del Sol. Nestling in the mountainside only seven kilometres from the coast, it is a traditional Andalusian ‘white village’ with all the typical charm and appeal one would hope for. The bright, whitewashed houses are dazzling in the brilliant sunshine and the village sits like a pearl surrounded by the pine forest of the lowlands of the Sierra de Mijas mountain range. The town has retained all of its authentic appeal – from the old stone walls to the narrow, cobbled streets, the old bullring and the unadulterated architecture of the little white village houses. Because of its altitude and its prominent position, Mijas Pueblo boasts some of the most splendid views in the region, and it is no surprise that artists and writers have been flocking to the village and made it their home.
The extension and modernisation project started at Málaga Airport a few years ago has added, amongst others, a new runway and a fantastic new main terminal that ranks with the finest in Europe. Not only is the travel experience greatly enhanced, but the handling capacity of the airport has been streamlined and expanded as well.
Beach sports have become very popular locally and are a really fun way to keep fit and catch a tan at the same time. If you enjoy working out on the beach, you also have the municipal exercise machines along the promenades of both Marbella and San Pedro Alcántara for a refreshing workout session with gorgeous open views of the Mediterranean. Sport lovers and adrenalin junkies are well catered for on the beaches around Marbella and Puerto Banús with plenty of land and water sports available for:
Recognising that the British still lead the way in visitor numbers to the area, the Marbella Town Hall this month signed a deal with the ‘world’s favourite airline’, British Airways, to advertise the destination on 6,000 flights in July. The new initiative will see up to 1.5 million long haul passengers being invited to watch an advertorial video and read articles about Marbella in the in-flight magazines.
You just have to take a short stroll along the front line of the marina to notice an abundance of sports cars and well-heeled types to know you are living in an enviable part of the world. But there are plenty of other reasons for wanting to move to this bustling, melting pot of cultures on the Costa del Sol. For Puerto José Banús, to use its full name, also has some of the best nightlife and fine dining in the south of Spain.
Marbella is known for its luxurious homes, its glamorous yacht harbours and its celebrity visitors, but what brings people here is above all the quality of life this sunniest corner of Europe offers.