We love living on the Costa del Sol, for its international community, vibrant towns and amenities a plenty and it’s a great place to rent long term. However, if you are living here, don’t get trapped on the coast, there’s so much to explore inland and just a fifteen or twenty minute drive will take you into another world! Alternatively, why not consider basing yourselves in a rural idyll, but within a short drive of the coast, this can give you a very different experience of living in Spain.
All along the Costa del Sol you have easy access into the countryside and can discover sleepy, picturesque white villages and stunning mountain scenery. There are amazing opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, horse-riding, mountain biking and quad biking and lots of providers offering tours. If you value peace and tranquillity, but still want to be within easy reach of the coast, then renting long term in the white villages can also be a fantastic option.
Inland from Fuengirola you can discover Mijas Pueblo a gorgeous little white village with excellent hikes and a well-established tourist offering.
Head up from Marbella and you will come across a plethora of quaint villages just 10 minutes away, as well as the route up the iconic La Concha Mountain. Going up from Estepona you can enjoy Casares, arguably the most picturesque of the “pueblos blancos”. This is a very popular option for tourists and foreign residents and we have some excellent long term rentals in Casares. Benahavis is an interesting village, as it has become a gastronomic hot spot and very popular with artists who have flocked to the area for its beauty and light and changed the village into a very international location.
Further up into the mountains is Gaucin, a slightly more remote but incredibly pretty little village. We went up to Gaucin for the 10th Anniversary of La Herriza Hotel and despite the bumpy, winding road, we were delighted with the breath-taking scenery of the Alcornocales national park. The hotel has a lovely restaurant with amazing views and also arranges activities for guests to make the most of the surroundings and feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of Estepona. There’s also a Swedish wine maker making award winning wines at Cezar Viñedos and offering tours of their bodega, which looks like a great option for a day in the countryside.
These are just some options for long term rentals in the countryside around the Costa del Sol. Please contact us with your requirements if you’re not quite sure where to be based and we can offer some helpful advice and options to suit.