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Events to help you become part of the Costa del Sol community

Renting long term is a great way to start your life on the Costa del Sol. Once you have found your long term rental and got all your paperwork sorted, it’s time to start making friends, contacts and integrating into your community. There are many ways to do this of course, but a good way is to join in with some of the many events that take place for expats.

Next month Nicole King is once again bringing together members of the Marbella international community for the United Nationalities of Marbella Summit on the 14th of May. Now in its fourth year, this is a chance for residents of the Costa del Sol to have their voice heard and get involved with making it a safer, more productive and inclusive community.

Anyone can get involved and go along to this free event. If you are renting long term, bringing up a family and perhaps running a business here on the Costa del Sol, you can have your voice heard and take part in making Marbella even better for now and the future.

The focus this year is filling in the gaps and supporting Marbella’s teens. So, if you have a business that could provide a service for teens and get great promotion and new customers in doing so, or if you are a parent with children and want to make it a better place for them, Nicole would like to hear from you.

Events like these are an excellent way to make new contacts and friends and share your hopes and fears. It’s a great place to network!

There are many other events and organizations which you can join to feel more connected with the community. Costa Women organizes many social and business events up and down the coast and has an excellent website where you can ask questions and make contacts. Expats World and Internations are two other active groups which regularly organize social events and activities.

There are a number of excellent business associations too, which all hold regular networking meetings. These are a brilliant way to build your business network and attract new clients and make useful collaborations. To find out about upcoming meetings and groups, take a look at the Facebook group Networking and Events Costa del Sol.  

Look out for events arranged by the Town Hall and particularly the Foreign Residents Department. They organize social events, information evenings and are generally a good contact to help you to integrate into your community.

Get out there and get actively involved in your community and events so you can make the most of living in Spain!

A guide to December on the Costa del Sol

A guide to December on the Costa del Sol

With the switching on of the Christmas lights in towns and villages along the Costa del Sol on the 30th of November, Christmas has definitely arrived and there’s loads to see and do this month. As Costa del Sol long-term rental specialists, we love the winter here and are delighted to see so many great things happening outside the summer period. To help you to make the most of this great time of year, here are seven of our highlights.

  1. Go to a Christmas Market – There are loads of lovely Christmas markets to go to where you can buy gifts, support local businesses and get in the Christmas spirit, here’s a nice rundown of Christmas markets to look forward to
  2. See a show or listen to a concert – There are some great new shows popping up along the coast. Posidonia in Puerto Banus are launching a dinner show this month, with music, dance and entertainment, which you can see on the 15th and 22nd of December, as well as part of a New Year’s Eve special. There are also some nice concerts by choirs and bands which will get you in the mood for Christmas.
  3. Visit Santa – Santa should now be installed in his grotto in the main squares of the towns along the Costa del Sol and visiting him is an essential for any of you with families. He is also making an appearance at a lot of the Christmas markets and can be found at the La Cañada shopping centre too.
  4. Learn a new skill – There are some nice workshops on how to make Christmas decorations, and Christmas cooking classes, which are a really nice way to learn something new and get prepared for Christmas. Food Room in San Pedro is offering a number of Christmas cooking classes for kids and adults this month that look a lot of fun.
  5. Go to Malaga to see the lights – There is an annual exodus to see the amazing lights in Calle Larios and their daily light and music show. This is an essential component of a Costa del Sol Christmas.
  6. Tour the Nativity Scenes – The Spanish love a good nativity scene and there are 8 in Marbella alone. A nice Christmas activity is to follow the route and tour these scenes and see if you can find the pooing boy!
  7. Join a Christmas Party – All the social and business organizations on the coast have Christmas parties and these are a great way to make friends and useful contacts for the year to come.

We hope that whatever you do this month that you have a wonderful time and enjoy the Christmas period here on the Costa del Sol.

If you’re looking for a change of scene in 2019, we have an excellent selection of long-term rental properties with availability for next year, so please contact us for more information.

Costa del Sol – The Wine Lovers’ Paradise

Costa del Sol Wine Lovers’ Paradise

Andalucia is famous for the sweet wines found in Manilva and Malaga and the sherries in Jerez. The area is also developing quite a reputation for producing red and white wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Living on the Costa del Sol, you can visit some great wineries and wine museums and take part in some excellent events, you just need to know where to look. Here are our tips.

Visit Ronda – The conditions in the Serrania de Ronda are perfect for producing excellent wines and there are a large number of vinyards growing grapes and producing small batches of interesting wines. Recently, they have launched a wine route, which makes it easier for visitors to go to these bodegas, enjoy a tour and tasting and pick up a few bottles of your favourite. 

Visit Manilva – The pretty area of Manilva is covered with vinyards which produce very sweet dessert wines. Normally this is made by families and sold in plastic bottles in the markets and local shops. There is also a new wine producer Nilva, who are bottling Manilva wine in glass and winning a lot of awards for the quality of this dry white wine, as well as their sweet versions. They run a wine museum in the village, and do guided tours in English as well as tastings and even meals out in the vineyards, which are a lovely way to experience wine where it is grown, in stunning surroundings.

Keep your eyes peeled for wine events – The growing interest in national and international wines are increasing the number of wine events in the region and these are a great chance to try different brands and styles. On the 13th and 14th of this month Estepona is hosting the largest outdoor wine tasting event in Spain. This will showcase the wines of Rioja and around 400 people will be tasting wines, enjoying live music and experiencing the wonderful atmosphere in the Plaza de Reloj in the Old Town.

Visit a specialist wine shop or restaurant – There are lots of excellent wine shops around the Costa del Sol with very knowledgeable staff who can advise you of the best bottles for your tastes or the occasion and sometimes do tastings.

There are also a number of great restaurants which specialise in wines and offer regular tastings and an amazing variety of styles. In Cancelada, near to Estepona is El Secreto de Baco a lovely little wine bar, which runs mini wine tastings every Saturday night. These include 3 wines and 3 cheeses and are only 10€ per person, so they are a great way to try some different wines.

D-Wine in San Pedro is a mecca for wine lovers, with the best collection of Spanish wines in the area. It has a wine shop, a lovely restaurant and relaxed indoor and outdoor areas where you can enjoy delicious wines and food. The experienced sommeliers can guide you through the experience and offer tastings too, so it’s a real treat. 

Fine wines and great food is just one of the reasons why we love living on the Costa del Sol. It’s a real pleasure helping people to find their feet here in Spain by getting them a quality long term rental in the right area for them. Many people use this to try before they buy, others love the flexibility to move around different areas and experience the diverse ways of life in the different areas of the Costa del Sol. Whatever your situation, we have a great selection of Costa del Sol long term rentals which you can browse on our website. Alternatively, let us do the leg work for you! Send us your requirements, your preferred areas and any must have aspects of the property and we will send you a list of long term rentals which fit the bill. We look forward to hearing from you!

Your essential feria guide to partying like a local this summer

Your essential feria guide to partying like a local this summer

If you’ve recently started living in Spain and you’re looking for some Spanish culture, plus a really good party, check out our essential feria guide here!

To start with the basics – what is a feria?

It’s the town or village’s main annual party, which normally celebrates their patron saint. Typically, these last a week and feature flamenco (music, dancing and amazing frocks), great food and fairground rides. They have two different sections, the day feria which is dancing, music and food from lunchtime until around 8pm and the night feria, which includes the rides and dancing late into the night.

These are summer parties, starting in June and running through into October and every village and town has them. If you like the feria vibe, you can find one a week through the summer and they are a great way to visit new areas and really enjoy the atmosphere.

What’s the downside?

Some foreigners can’t cope with the volume of the music, the large crowds, and the endless flamenco. It is an assault on the senses, and can seem quite overwhelming at first, but as long as you’re not too sensitive with noise and you like music and dancing, you’ll love it.

When and where should you go?

Well that really depends where your long term rental property is, as it’s a great way to see your local area in it’s most colourful, exuberant state. Check with your local town hall when your feria week is, then consult our list below for the biggest and best, which are worth travelling for –

Marbella Feria 5-11 June

This is one of the first ferias and one of the best. Marbella is the right size for a feria to have a real party atmosphere, without being difficult to get around. The day feria takes part right opposite the Old Town with wonderful sea views, so it’s a lovely spot to party. The night fair takes place up by the La Cañada shopping centre and there are special buses to get you up from the centre if you don’t want to drive. The lovely folk at website Marbella Azul have translated the whole programme into English for you, so you can know what is going on during the week.  https://marbellaazul.com/marbella-feria-programme/

San Juan 23 June

This is something which is celebrated all over Andalucia, and is a lovely festival marking the longest day of the year. Everyone heads to the beach for bonfires, bbqs and fireworks. The biggest San Juan celebration takes place in Sabinillas and is amazing. Find out more about San Juan Celebrations

Estepona Feria, first week in July

Estepona is very greedy and has two patron saints, therefore two ferias! The first one is in May, but the July fair is the biggest and the best. There are activities taking place all over the town, but it is centred on the large fairground and sports complex just up the hill from the centre. This is an unusually large and modern space, so is more manageable for those people who struggle with the noise.

Nueva Andalucia Feria, third week in July

This feria is smaller than Marbella, but can be more manageable and has lots of activities for the kids, as well as the usual music, dancing and drinking.

Malaga Feria 11-18 August

This is the biggest party on the Costa del Sol, with thousands and thousands of people descending on the regional capital for a week of fun. There are lots of activities taking place through the town and late night revellers should head to the fairground by the Palacio de Congresos.

Torremolinos Feria 29th September to October 2nd

This is another big one with the day festival in the centre and the night fair on the San Miguel promenade.

San Pedro de Alcantara feria third week October

This is the last main feria of the season and is a great way to experience this popular town in full swing, with lots of great activities and events for all the family. 

This really just scrapes the surface of the brilliant ferias that we can enjoy by living on the Costa del Sol. Your local Town Hall or tourist office are the best source of information on the events taking place in your area. Some expats complain that they don’t know about these things until after they happen, as they aren’t on the grapevine. To be in the loop, keep your eyes open for posters, make sure you’re in the groups on Facebook for your local area and see if your Town Hall foreigners’ department or Feria department has a mailing list.

We’re here to help you enjoy your life on the Costa del Sol to the full by providing high quality long term rentals and insiders’ advice on living and working in this great area. We look forward to hearing from you.  

Getting in shape on the Costa del Sol

Getting in shape on the Costa del Sol

Many people decide to get in shape and lose weight in January, and we’re lucky enough to have some amazing sports and fitness facilities here on the Costa del Sol, so we wanted to help you to achieve your New Year’s Resolution this year by explaining what’s on offer.

Fitness

Each area has its own Town Hall and they have subsidised gyms, fitness classes and sports activities which all residents are entitled to. Once you are signed up to the “padron”, a register which shows where you live, you can go to your local Town Hall sports’ office and sign up for a month, three month, or nine month period. The activities go with the school terms and run from September to June, with summer activity programmes also on offer. Costs and activities vary, but it is very affordable.

There are also local football, basketball and tennis leagues that you can join as an adult to get fit, enjoy sports, competition and getting to know Spanish people in your area. As well as municipal facilities, there are many private gyms and teachers offering dance, Zumba, aerobics and much more. Take a look online, or keep your eyes out for posters advertising group classes near you.

Sporting events

How about setting your sights on running a half marathon in 2018? It is great to have a goal to work towards, as it really keeps you on track. There is a Half Marathon in Marbella each September, where thousands take to the streets. There are group training sessions in the run up to the race to make sure you are prepared, but if you start now, you can gently work up to the full distance to avoid injury and too much stress on your body. There are also regular 5K races for charities and triathlons, so have a look what’s going on in your area this year and set yourself a goal.

Golf

There are a huge number of golf courses on the Costa del Sol, as well as golf societies you can join to socialise, compete and try different courses. Pick up one of the local golf newspapers, or browse online for green fee offers and deals. We have teamed up with Golf Two4One Discount Card, so you can access some of the best offers on the coast and take part in their tournaments. If you find your long term rental with us, we will give you this card for free!

Tennis and Padel

There are lots of excellent municipal tennis and padel courts, as well as some world class facilities at the prestigious private tennis clubs. The most famous is owned and run by the Wimbledon legend Manolo Santana! Many urbanisations also have tennis courts which residents can use for free, so if you love tennis, please let us know and we’ll try and find you a long term rental on a community with tennis courts.

Hiking

Hiking is a great way to explore the stunning countryside just inland from the Costa del Sol and there are lots of great places to do it. There are excellent hiking trails behind Mijas Pueblo, which are easy to follow on your own, or join one of the group hikes organised by the Town Hall. Marbella also has a wealth of trails from the Refugio de Juanar just above the La Cañada shopping centre, including the very challenging ascent of La Concha, the highest mountain in the area. We advise starting gently and building up to La Concha by hiking a different route each week, this is a wonderful way to explore the area and improve your fitness and stamina before taking on the La Concha challenge. If you love hiking, then Mijas is a great base for you and we have some excellent Mijas long term rentals available for 2018.

Swimming and Watersports

Swimming is a wonderful way to get fit, with a very low risk of injury. In the summer, we’re spoilt for choice, with most urbanisations boasting great outdoor pools and the sea being within easy reach. There are also many indoor pools in private gyms and municipal pools too, check out the facilities near you so you can swim all year round. Watersports such as sea kayaking and the very fashionable SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding) are excellent for your upper body and core muscles, not to mention your balance and coordination.

If you want to get in shape in 2018 then let us find you a long term rental near to some great sports facilities and advise you on how to join up and take part in local sports classes and activities.

Six Amazing Festive Activities on the Costa del Sol

Festive Activities on the Costa del Sol

We love Christmas on the Costa del Sol, there’s lots going on, it’s usually sunny and we are able to escape some of the worst of the commercialism that you can get sick of in the UK. If you have just moved over here and this will be your first winter holiday, we wanted to give you some advice on what to expect and also list six of our favourite festive activities.

What to expect

  1. Holidays start later and ends later – Lights don’t go up in most towns until the beginning of December in most places and kids don’t break up until the 22nd. However, the festivities last until the 7th of January, with the most important day for kids being the 6th of January, when the Three Kings came to bring their gifts to baby Jesus.
  2. You can enjoy the Christmas rituals from all the nationalities that call the Costa del Sol home – As it’s a really multi-cultural area, with strong communities from many different countries, you get a glimpse of loads of different traditions. You can celebrate Santa Lucia with the Swedish contingent on the 13th of December, enjoy gluvine and gingerbread at the German Christmas events and of course have a traditional Christmas lunch with the British business and social groups. You will have seen many of these events already taking place in November and they continue to the middle of December and then stop, as many people return to their home countries to be with family.
  3. Spanish celebrate on the 24th – The 25th isn’t such an important day for the Spanish, they eat together as a family on the evening of the 24th and the 25th isn’t much to them, so if you want to go out to eat on the 25th, choose a restaurant which caters for the foreigners, so you can enjoy a more familiar atmosphere.

Now you know what to expect, here are our six favourite activities to get you in the mood and ensure you don’t miss a thing.

  1. Go and see the lights at Malaga – The most famous lights in the region are in Malaga and this year they are absolutely stunning. They were turned on at the end of last month, and you can see them between now and the 6th of January. Beware that they are very popular so parking can be a problem, so consider taking the train if you’re in Fuengirola or Benalmadena. If you’re further along the coast, you can drive and leave the car at Plaza Mayor shopping centre and hop on the train from there – it’s much less stressful.
  2. Go to a Christmas market – There are loads of Christmas markets, which often have fun activities for the kids, carol singers and mulled wine and are a great place to get into the mood and pick up some festive pressies.
  3. Look at the nativity scenes – Nativity scenes are known as “Belen” and they are a big deal here, with huge, intricate displays in chapels, churches and even town squares. Marbella had a great one last year by the main church made of Playmobil! They normally have a map of the nativity scenes around the town and it’s a lovely way to explore and see the Christmas lights.
  4. Have a few drinks on the beach and make your friends back at home jealous – We are very lucky to live on the Costa del Sol and have such wonderful weather all year round! So get out onto the beach on Christmas Eve, or walk off your lunch with a stroll along the promenade on the 25th stopping for a few drinks. Sharing those pictures on your social media accounts will get everyone talking and make you feel very smug.
  5. Take a trip to the snow – It’s not all about the sunshine, we’re within easy reach of the slopes too. You can get to the Sierra Nevada mountains in around 2.5 hours from Marbella, so you can pop up to see the snow, build a snowman or even enjoy a day’s skiing, it’s the perfect Christmas trip, which will get you in the mood.
  6. Watch the Three Kings Parade – On the evening of the 5th of January, all the towns and villages along the Costa del Sol welcome the Three Kings with a fun parade. This is a must for families as your kids will see their favourite characters on fantastic floats, enjoy the music and atmosphere. They throw sweets into the crowds, so take a little bag to collect them in!

Whatever you’re doing this Christmas, we hope you have a wonderful time. Please share your tips and photos with us on Facebook – we’d love to hear about your favorite Christmas activities here on the Costa del Sol.

If you haven’t made the move yet, but this sounds like your ideal Christmas, our short term rental team at HolidayRentalontheWeb can help you find a great holiday rental property as a home from home this Christmas. Alternatively, if you want to make the Costa del Sol home in 2018, speak to us about finding a wonderful long term rental to help you take the plunge!

Teens on the Costa del Sol

Teens on the Costa del Sol

If you’re already living and renting long term on the Costa del Sol, or you’re planning to move over with a family, you may be wondering what there is to do for teenagers here and if this is a good place for them.

There are some excellent international schools in the area, which are the best choice for teens who do not speak Spanish and want to get internationally recognised qualifications. There are options to study the International Baccalaureate or the UK system to A level, so getting the qualifications shouldn’t be an issue. These schools also offer a rich programme of extra curricular activities.

Outside school, there are brilliant sports facilities, so if you are interested in football, basketball, rugby, sailing, golf, rock climbing, riding or any sport, then there are teams and clubs available and this can be a great way to integrate into the Spanish community. Also, if performing is a passion then there are lots of great performing arts and music groups to join which are excellent for teens who want to express themselves.

There are also lovely hikes and trips into the surrounding countryside organised by the town hall, where families can explore this beautiful area. During the summer months, it’s great to hang out down the beach during the day and there are big parties or ferias in every town and lots of activities for teens and people of all ages to enjoy. Check out the calendar of activities in your local town hall, there is often a lot more going on than you may realise.

An important activity for teens to make the most of their new surroundings is learning Spanish and while they might not be keen at first, it’s a great way to learn a new skill and feel settled in your environment. There are group classes, or private classes and once your teen has some confidence, you can introduce them to the language exchanges, where people get together socially to practice. You can talk to your local town hall to find out if there are any language exchanges and also look at the website Meetup which has loads of interesting things going on, including language exchanges.

Another idea for teens looking for things to do and to enrich their CV is to contact the local Costa del Sol charities and find out about volunteering opportunities. These organisations are always in desperate need of help and it can be a great way for teens to increase their skills, help the community, fill their time productively and really make a difference.

Last month, there was an interesting forum organised by Nicole King and RTV Marbella Now to get community ideas on how to improve the lives of people on the Costa del Sol. The most popular topic was teens on the Costa del Sol, as there was a lot of concern about the lack of options for this sector. Held at Laude School, the kids themselves were able to have their say. The kids and parents discussed that activities such as the cinema, ice-skating, paintballing, theme parks and water parks are widely available and teens would like to do them. However, they are expensive, so for teens and their parents the costs are too high to be affordable on a regular basis. The group plan to set up a discount card to get around this issue.

The other concern was having a safe place for the teens to hang out, and the attendees discussed creating some sort of youth club concept where kids would want to go and could be supervised. They will be speaking to owners of space in the Puerto Banus area and the Town Hall to see if this could be got off the ground, to improve the life for teens in the area.

HomeRentalontheWeb are experts in living on the Costa del Sol and our website contains information about education, healthcare and practical advice about moving here. We provide quality Costa del Sol long term rentals, which are the perfect way to start your life in Spain. Please contact us to find your ideal property.

Help HomeRentalontheWeb keep our beaches clean

Help HomeRentalontheWeb keep our beaches clean

One of the many great benefits of living on the Costa del Sol are the long stretches of beautiful beaches and being able to enjoy the Mediterranean whenever you want. The Costa del Sol has 161 kilometres of glorious coastline and a stroll along one of the beachfront promenades, lunch in one of the great beach restaurants and a day at the beach with the family is an essential element of life on the Costa del Sol.

To fully appreciate the diversity of the coastal areas here, we particularly recommend exploring the wide sandy beaches around Elviria, the lovely sandy bay in Cabopino and the stunning coves with crystal clear water around Nerja.

It’s getting easier each year to explore the coastal areas on foot or by bike with the extension of the coastal path. Recent additions include new stretches in Benalmadena, Marbella and Estepona, which have really improved access. The plan is to ultimately link Nerja to Manilva, a network of boardwalks, paths, bridges and cycle oaths which will stretch 190 kilometres. 

We love enjoying the coastal paths and beaches along the Costa del Sol, where the sands are normally well looked after and regularly cleaned. However, you can notice that there is a huge amount of rubbish in the planet’s seas, which wash up on the beaches and are a serious threat to the ocean wildlife. This is something we want to reduce and help the area’s beaches and sea to be even better.

To help combat the problem and support important research into the amount of rubbish and plastic in our oceans, there is a global event called the International Coastal Cleanup taking place on Saturday 6th May. Our partner Novasol is organising events across many different countries and HomeRentalontheWeb are helping them to get as many people as possible to support the campaign.

If you love the Costa del Sol and are as passionate as we are about protecting the oceans and wildlife and cleaning up our beaches, please come and join us at Playa del la Malagueta, by the Paseo de Matias Prats in Malaga from 10.30am on Saturday 6th May. Volunteers will be provided with gloves, bags and a notepad to list and identify the type of waste found on the beach and it will be a great way to protect our seas and raise awareness about the growing problem of rubbish and waste polluting our beaches and the sea.  

We hope to see you there, please come and say hello!

Valentine’s Activities on the Costa del Sol

Valentine’s Activities on the Costa del Sol

It’s February, so all thoughts turn to romance and celebrating the love of your life, but if you’re in a new country it can be hard to know what to do and where to go. Never fear, we’re here to help to make living on the Costa del Sol fantastic, so we’ve picked some top activities for families, couples and singles to help you have a great day no matter what!

This year Valentine’s falls on a Tuesday, so many places are running special romantic meal deals for the week of the 10th to the 19th of February. This includes 2 weekends, as well as a whole week, so it’s much more flexible than normal.

For the big spenders or those who want to make this year one to remember

If you’re thinking of popping the question, or you’re celebrating a milestone anniversary, how about two nights in a luxury hotel, with pampering, amazing food and stunning surroundings?

The most historic and iconic Costa del Sol hotel has to be the Marbella Club, and they are offering an amazing package including champagne buffet breakfasts, a gourmet dinner, spa treatment and unlimited golf for the Valentine’s period.  Find out more

A little further along the coast is the Kempinski Hotel Bahia, the only 5* Grande Luxe hotel in the Estepona area. They are also doing a wonderful Valentine’s package, including luxurious accommodation, a romantic 5-course dinner, champagne in your room and use of the spa and fitness centre, which would be a very special way to say I love you.

For Love birds

The Beach House is a lovely restaurant right on the beach in Elviria, with great food and a lovely atmosphere. They are holding a special Masquerade Dinner & Dance on Valentine’s Day itself, including a 5 course menu and champagne cocktail.

The Urban Villa is a stunning boutique hotel in the hills behind Marbella, with breath taking views. They have created a lovely four course menu including marinated salmon with a pink pepper and dill dressing, confit cod and mascarpone with red fruits, which is 35€ per person including a half bottle of wine.

The Kempinski Hotel Bahia has a special couple’s Valentine’s spa treatment in their amazing Aqua Suite, with 2 treatment beds and a private Jacuzzi. The therapists will pamper you with an exquisite 50-minute massage and then you will sip champagne in the Jacuzzi together, for a relaxing and totally romantic treat.

For the singles & newbies

Social group Marbella Buddies are putting on a fun event on the 11th which is a NON Valentine’s Dinner, where you can meet new people, enjoy a great meal and dance to a DJ, without needing to have that special someone, or know anyone at all!

Spectrum Love are holding a special event on Monday the 13th of February at Laguna Village near Estepona for people looking for that special someone. It’s amazing value, for 15€ including dinner, gifts and activities to help you meet new people, have a great evening and maybe find love!

For the families

This is a tricky day for those with kids – you either need to splurge on a babysitter (if you can find one) so you can go out, try to do something at home when the kids are finally in bed or just forget about it all together! Mundo Mania family entertainment centre in Cancelada have come up with a solution and are putting on a special after school event, where the kids can play in the soft play and be entertained with face painters, a magician and games. Meanwhile, adults can sample the special set menus in their lovely café area and spend some quality time with their other half. Perfect! Find out more

We hope you have a great Valentine’s Day, no matter what you’re planning! If you want any advice about living here or finding that perfect Costa del Sol Long Term Rental please get in touch. We love life here and have all got years of experience with helping people to relocate, find a great home and make the most of living here, so get in touch and see how we can help. 

Growing your own on the Costa del Sol

Growing your own on the Costa del Sol

Southern Spain is a paradise for keen gardeners, with an amazing climate in which almost anything will grow! You can grow your own fruit, veg and herbs, even if you just have a window box or a terrace, but obviously you’ll have some limitations in terms of what you can have.

There’s an ever increasing interest from people around the Costa del Sol to grow their own, and so organizations and Town Halls are responding by providing allotments for the community.

Arboretum Foundation has launched a new project for Marbella, 70 more organic urban allotments which will encourage sustainable development and bring together the community. This will take the total up to 100 allotments in total, which have been snapped up by keen gardeners in the area.

In May, work began in Casares Costa to create 200 100m2 plots for residents of the area. These plots are particularly designed for retired, unemployed or low income families or individuals to help them to put food on the table.

There are similar projects running in Mijas and in addition to allotments provided by the Town Hall and community groups, it is often possible to rent small pieces of land to grow your own. Speak to your local Town Hall or community group to find out what the options are in your area. If you draw a blank, then why not speak to the owners in your community and find out if they’d be up for creating a community garden in your urbanisation. It’s a great way to bring everyone together and to produce delicious, seasonal, organic fruit and veg.

If you love gardening, tell us when you’re searching for your long term rental and we’ll try and find you a property with a garden, or land. Most villas have decent gardens, many of which have fruit trees and with the permission from the landlord you can create a small veg patch. It’s also amazing what you can grow in pots on a sunny terrace; salad leaves, tomatoes, chillies, cucumber and more can all be very productive in pots if they are well looked after.

If space is important to you, then look further inland around Istan, Ojen and Coin for properties with large plots. Please tell us when you start your search, as we may have to cast our net a little wider than normal if you want a plot to cultivate. However, if you want to make sure that the work you do doesn’t get lost when you move, then an allotment can be a great choice which can keep your long term rental search more flexible and give you more options for locations and property types.

Take a look at our Costa del Sol long term rental properties on our website, or drop us an email with your requirements and we’ll try and find you that perfect place.