The Costa del Sol, with its fantastic climate, cosmopolitan atmosphere, exciting nightlife and spectacular countryside is a favourite destination for holidaymakers who want to Spanish apartment rentals or a holiday villa rental in Spain. Since the foreign holiday boom which started in the 1960’s, the Costa del Sol’s towns and villages have developed into popular tourist centres and thousands of people from the UK would not book their luxury Spanish apartments or private villas in Spain with swimming pools, for their annual holiday, anywhere else. There are plenty of high-rise hotels, apartment blocks, restaurants and entertainment centres along the coast but there are still some relatively undeveloped areas where you can book vacation accommodation and experience a flavour of traditional Andalucian life. Let’s look at a few of the popular resorts along the Costa del Sol that you could try.
MALAGA – Malaga is the cosmopolitan centre of the Costa del Sol and is a major tourist region as well as Spain’s second largest port. It is the birthplace of the artist Pablo Picasso and the actor Antonio Banderas. It is a city of wide boulevards, exotic palm trees, sandy beaches, lively nightlife, interesting museums and first-class seafood restaurants. If you are staying in a self-catering holiday villa rental in Spain or Spanish apartment rentals you can find reasonably priced set menus in the city – some bars and restaurants offer a ‘menu of the day’ with bread and wine for as little as 6 Euros.
NERJA – The wonderful resort of Nerja is situated about 40 miles east of Malaga. It is an ideal place to book your Spanish apartment rentals for a family holiday as it has 13 km of sandy beaches with delightful coves. In the narrow winding streets of Nerja’s historic old quarter you will find a good selection of traditional shops selling locally produced crafts, wines and honey. cozyturtlerv There are plenty of good bars and restaurants if you book self-catering private villas in Spain with swimming pools. Whilst holidaying in Nerja you must visit the famous caves which can be found only two miles from the town. Other interesting sights include the 17th century Church of El Salvador and the beautiful Gardens of Capistrano Playa which descend to the well-known Burriana Beach.
PUERTO BANUS – Puerto Banus is located just west of Marbella and is an ideal place to book a holiday villa rental in Spain. The resort was named after its designer ‘Jose Banus’ and was opened in 1970. It has a fashionable marina where some of the most luxurious yachts and cruisers that you will ever see are moored. Puerto Banus also has plenty of luxury Spanish apartment rentals, expensive shops and boutiques, night clubs and excellent restaurants. There is a popular ‘Blue Flag’ beach adjacent to Puerto Banus and boat trips are available from the central promenade. If you like looking for a bargain there is a Street Market every Saturday morning by the bullring.
SAN PEDRO – San Pedro de Alcantara is situated just 10km west of Marbella, close to Puerto Banus. You can easily get to it on the toll motorway from Malaga airport if you decide to book your Spanish apartment rentals here. San Pedro still retains a traditional Spanish atmosphere with its narrow streets, whitewashed old houses, typical Spanish shops and first class restaurants. San Pedro has two good Blue Flag beaches with safe bathing and plenty of water sports facilities such as scuba diving, jet-skiing, canoeing and ‘pedaloes’. For those who are in self-catering accommodation the municipal indoor market in the town centre sells fresh meat, fish, fruit and vegetables and is open Monday to Saturday.
CALAHONDA – Calahonda is one of the larger towns on Costa del Sol and is situated on Mijas Costa. Mijas Costa is the coastline between the popular resorts of Marbella and Fuengirola. Calahonda is a great place to book your self-catering holiday accommodation as it has good shopping and sporting facilities and a great choice of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. Calahonda has is own harbour, Puerto Cabopino where you can take part in all kinds of water sports such as sailing, wind surfing, kite surfing, boat trips, dolphin watching and scuba diving. Another of the attractions of Calahonda is the number of local golf courses; there are ten in the vicinity!