Costa del sol – Where sun and beach come together

Harbor in Puerto Banus, Costa del Sol, Spain, ...

Harbor in Puerto Banus, Costa del Sol, Spain, Dec 2004 3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, the Costa del Sol includes over 150 kilometres of coastline in the province of Malaga, south of the Iberian Peninsula. Its name is no accident; more than 325 days of sunshine per year coupled with the mild climate gives us the key to this paradise with beaches to suit all tastes. Today’s route takes a tour of the region considered as the main tourist area in Andalusia.

The western Costa del Sol consists of nine municipalities: Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, Benahavis, Estepona, Casares and Manilva. Its great attraction is the binomial of sun and beach, the real
conqueror of foreign tourism. Along with the wide range of hotels, restaurants and entertainment, the Costa del Sol is a key point of the peninsula to enjoy.

Torremolinos underwent a major change in the mid-twentieth century thanks to its tourist potential. The beaches, the friendliness towards tourists and visiting celebrities of the time made of this former fishing village the
cradle of tourism. La Carihuela is the most popular district mainly for its cuisine and its signature dish: the fried fish.

The town of Benalmadena consists of three districts: Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmadena Pueblo and Costa. The town has first class beaches, as well as hotels. The coastal area is a very popular tourist resort with an awarded marina; meanwhile in the close by hills is situated the historic village.

Fuengirola is rest and entertainment. The choice is up to the visitor. The resort has beaches for relaxation and endless possibilities to enjoy day and night. Regarding culture, is outstanding the castle Sohail, a small Moorish
fortress of the Middle Ages.

Mijas is a large municipality where mix urban coastal resorts, golf courses and traditional rural areas: Mijas Pueblo, Mijas Costa and Las Lagunas, where each area allows enjoying the holidays in a different way.

Marbella, situated between the sea and the mountains of the Sierra Blanca, is the birthplace of upscale tourism in the Mediterranean; an elegant resort with the most exclusive offers of beaches, beach clubs, restaurants, hotels,
leisure and golf courses of the Costa del Sol.

The privileged location of Benahavis in the foothills of the Sierra de las Nieves makes the municipality a real treasure. The town is a haven for rest and to play golf as it has a great offer of first class golf courses. But if there is anything that characterizes Benahavis, is its cuisine. Hence derived the name with which Benahavis is popularly defined: The cuisine of
the Costa del Sol.

Estepona offers great beaches, golf courses and five star hotels, while maintaining an air of traditional fishing village with a charming old town.

The White Village of Casares is situated on a steep limestone massif, and on top we find the castle. In addition, the resort has the natural landscape of Sierra Bermeja, whose peculiarity is its volcanic origin.

Manilva can boast of being bathed by the Mediterranean and own vineyards producing a wine of great quality.

As you can see, there is plenty to discover along the 100 kilometres of coastline of the western Costa del Sol between Malaga city and Manilva. Book now your car rental at Malaga airport to ensure full freedom in your holidays on the Costa del Sol.


Muelle Uno shopping centre at Malaga port held its first Sunday market

Vista de Málaga

Malaga port overview

The Muelle Uno (Dock One) shopping centre, situated by Malaga port on Paseo de la Farola, held its first open-air market yesterday, that from now on will be held on the second Sunday of every month, from ten o’clock in the morning to four o’clock in the afternoon.

Hundreds of people visited over ninety stands of food products, craftsmanship, decoration, fashion, etc. that were exposed along the whole pier, under the awnings of the Muelle Uno’s shops to protect the clients from the heat.

Vintage furniture, kids clothes and personalised baskets were a few of the articles you could find there. In July and August, this Sunday market will change its hours from 6pm to 11pm.

Volotea lands in Asturias on Friday with a plane coming in from Malaga

View of the main apron at Malaga Airport, show...

View of the main apron at Malaga Airport, showing various aircraft parked up at the stands, including Transavia and Air Europa Boeing 737s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Volotea airline, presented as a low cost for the small and medium cities in Europe, will be initiating their operations in Asturias this coming Friday with the arrival of an airplane from Malaga airport.

With this route, Volotea announce the beginning of their activities at the Asturias airport, that will include direct connections with other cities.

Alfons Claver, the airline’s Institutional Relations manager, will be presenting the content of the offer of flights, one hour before the first flight arrives, which will be landing on the Asturias airport runway on Friday at 12:00h.

After a 25-minute stopover, the same plane will be departing towards Ibiza, as announced today by the company themselves, that are now part of the list of other companies that regularly operate at the Asturias airport.

Cultural activities received 6.800 cruisers last Saturday in Malaga

The streets in the centre were yet again filled with jazz exhibitions, flamenco shows and classical music concerts in a new day of maximum tourist influx

After the success of April the 27th, the Tourist Board once again organised a new program of cultural activities in several streets of the city’s historical centre receiving over 6.800 cruisers and 2.000 crew members that arrived at the city on three cruise ships.

The aim of these organised events is that the visitors find their stroll through our city even more attractive and so that they can discover Malaga as a lively city, with shows specially designed for all the profiles of tourists. Saturday’s program took place between 10:00 and 12:30 in the Plaza de la Constitución, where a flamenco fusion show was carried out by the group Flamenkura; on Cister street, an exhibition of traditional jazz with guitar and piano; and on Caldereria street, the Murillo Quartet offered a concert of classical concert.

As the Culture, Tourism and Sport councillor, already explained at the time, these activities were carried out during the days of most influx of cruisers. With this, the Tourist Board hoped to achieve that the visitors fall in love with the city and consider organising a longer stay in the destination in the near future.

“The tourists don’t want to just settle for discovering the city’s patrimony, they need to live unforgettable experiences in the destination, knowing that the city that they’ll be arriving at is culturally alive and can offer all kinds of activities, which is why we organised this wide range of shows and events, to value the richness of our culture”, pointed out the councillor.

These activities also contributed to the promotion of the city’s culture. In fact, the events (dance shows, music, performances or wine and olive oil tastings) were carried out by local professional groups or students of these disciplines.

The Orange Festival in Coín

Last Sunday the 13th of may, the village of Coín held the XVI edition of the Orange Festival. Quite an attraction for the locals and the tourists that visit this town located in the province of Malaga

Municipio de Coín

Municipio de Coín (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

, that yet another year participated in masses. Over five thousand people had a great time and participated in the tastings, different activities and samples of the festival, battling against the suffocating heat by grabbing plenty of drinks and searching for a shady spot in the park where the event took place.

The star product of the festival was obviously the orange, that was shared out amongst the participants in many different ways. In the morning, from very early, many people made their way to the San Agustin park to visit the many different food exhibitors that had almonds, cheese, bread or sweets, as well as traditional ceramic of the area or flowers. The participants were presented with refreshing orange juice which was very much appreciated due to the heat.

A total of 4.000 kilos of freshly squeezed oranges were served throughout the morning whilst enjoying several musical shows carried out by Pepi Fernandez’ dance academy and the ‘Old Rondalla Orchard’. Other activities took place throughout the day like the ‘solidarity shopping’ of the flea market organised as a fundraiser or the petition with signatures to oppose to the courthouse’s abolition. The 2012 Orange Award was also given out, that this year went to the artist Carmen Escalona for promoting the traditions of the area, as she has spent years making ceramics that gather the best traditional spirit of the village’s culture. Other awards went to the desserts elaborated with oranges. This festival is declared as Touristic interest and is traditionally attended by thousands of people. will release soon new discount voucher codes for the summer season

Our contact in has told us they will soon release new discount code vouchers for car hire in Malaga during the summer season. Those waiting for the best deals should pay attention during this month of May.

How to get the new car rental discounts?

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What about car rental availability? has a fleet of more than 2000 vehicles and about discount voucher codes, it depends…sometimes are until end of existences and sometimes they release a voucher for the whole year.

What is the fuel policy for car hire in Malaga?

While other companies bill for a full tank of fuel, offers half tank of fuel, enough for most of us.

Do I need my credit card for booking online?

No, under no circumstance will ask you for your credit card details online.

What about cancellation fees?

If you don’t have to pay in advance, that means…there are no cancellation fees! What if your holiday start a few days later, a new volcano erupts, or lollipops start falling from sky and planes can’t fly? it is good to know you will not have to pay any penalty.

Do I really need to hire a car in Malaga?

Well…you are not obligated!, but it is a good idea because in Malaga most popular destinations are not close to each other. Let’s say you are in Marbella, and want to visit Ronda (a must), or just visiting Malaga centre…distance is a bit large if not using a car.

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Updates (9-July-2012):

Malagacar just released a Press Release the last week:

The sailing ship company Sea Cloud consider establishing Malaga as one of their base ports

4-masted barque Sea Cloud. September 10th, 200...

4-masted barque Sea Cloud. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Malaga’s town hall has shown the vice-president in charge of the development of Sea Cloud products, Petra Quasdorf, the city’s tourist offer, with the aim of Malaga becoming the sea port base for this luxurious sailing ship company. The company, based in Hamburg (Germany), plans to make four stops at Malaga port this year and for next year another six. Furthermore, they are considering the possibility of establishing a base in Malaga city in 2014.

This company currently has a strategic importance for Malaga

, as it’s specialised in a certain tourist sector of high purchasing power. Their clients are mainly Canadian and, to a lesser extent, British and German.

The visit is a result of the meeting between the Tourist Area experts and the ship company’s management, held at the Sea Trade Fair in Hamburg last year, and was finally sealed at the past edition of the ITB (Internationale Tourismus-Börse) in Berlin.