Featured Holiday Homes in Spain, Costa Del Sol: 4

Villas in Costa Del Sol

Costa del Sol

Beaches, Family Fun and Some of the Best Food in Spain

 

Are you looking for a holiday that has it all? From beaches to wildlife parks, and restaurants to marinas; the Costa del Sol is a destination that offers fun for the whole family. If you’re planning the perfect holiday for you and your kids, the Costa del Sol is a great place to base yourself.

 

Family-Friendly Beaches

 

When planning a holiday in the Costa del Sol, the main attraction is undoubtedly the beaches. With over 320 sunny days per year and hundreds of beaches to choose from, it’s no surprise that the area is a favourite for families looking for some fun, sand, and sun.

As a parent, the main things that you’re looking for when choosing a beach holiday destination is safety, convenience, facilities, and fun. So, with that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the top three beaches to visit as a family in the Costa Del Sol:

 

1.Playa Real de Zaragoza (Marbella)

 

If you’re based in Marbella, then the best beach to visit with your family is Playa de Zaragoza. The wide, open beach with its fine golden sand is the ultimate destination for families. The beach is always immaculately clean, and there are toilets and showers available. And, during high season, there are always lifeguards on duty, which mean a couple of extra pairs of eyes helping you keep your children safe.

 

You don’t have to arrive fully prepared for a day at the beach either; there are many different restaurants and kiosks to order food and drinks from and it’s easy to rent a sun lounger and umbrella for the day. And to sweeten the deal, the parking area is very close to the beach.

 

2.Playa Malapesquera (Benalmadena)

If your children are a bit older, Playa Malapesquera is a great beach to base yourself at as there are beach football and volleyball areas set up, as well as many different water equipment options for rent including kayaks. This beach is particularly popular for water sports.

The beach is 700 metres long, which makes it easier to find an open patch of sand to set up, and there are sunbeds and umbrellas available to rent. Then , once you’ve had enough time on the beach, it’s an easy ten-minute stroll back into the town where there are many different restaurant options for a light lunch or early dinner.

 

3.Playa El Cristo (Estepona)

If you’re in Estepona, chances are you’ll spend most of your time on Playa El Christo, the best beach in the area. The beach is west-facing making it sheltered from the wind on most days. With dark sand and shallow water perfect for paddling safety, it’s not surprising that El Christo is popular with both tourists and locals with small families. This blue flag beach is conveniently located next to the marina and offers ample close parking for easy access to the beach. It has a lifeguard on duty during the summer months to help you keep your children safe while they play in the water. 

 

Family Fun

 

If you’ve had enough of beaches and want to do a bit more exploring, there are hundreds of family-friendly activities to choose from, including:

 

1.Biopark Zoo (Fuengirola)

The Biopark zoo in Fuengirola is a well-designed zoo with tigers, crocodiles, snakes, gorillas and more. Spend a morning learning about the different animals as you explore the different cages and exhibitions.

 

2.Paloma Park (Benalmadena Costa)

If you happen to be in the Benalmadena area, Paloma Park is a ‘must-see.’ The park is 200 000 m2 with beautiful gardens and a large lake in the middle. Located in the centre of town, it’s the perfect place for children to run around, enjoy the climbing frames and slides and feed the fish and the turtles. As you explore the park, you’ll find many different animals roaming freely, including hens, chickens and peacocks, as well as rabbits and hares.

 

3.Selwo Marina (Benalmadena Costa)

You’ll find Selwo Marina located next to Paloma Park in central Arroyo de la Miel. It’s the only Dolphinarium in Andalucía and one of the Costa del Sol’s most popular attractions. With dolphin and sea lion shows, penguins and up-close dolphin encounters, Selwo Marina is not to be missed.

 

4.Selwo Aventura Wildlife Park (Estepona)

This is the largest wildlife park on the Costa del Sol and is an amazing place to discover some of Asia and Africa’s most interesting animals in the wild.

 

5.Sealife Aquarium (Benalmadena Marina)

The Sealife Aquarium in Benalmadena Marina is a perfect place to spend a morning or afternoon learning about jellyfish, sharks, turtles and more. It’s a great way to escape the heat of the day enjoying the peaceful, majestic animals of the sea.

 

Local Food

 

Whether you’re looking for local delicacies or something more traditional to remind you of home; you’ll find it in the Costa Del Sol. But, if you’ve had your English breakfast for the day and are looking to branch out, these are three local meals that you must try:

 

1.Gazpacho

A summer holiday in the Costa del Sol isn’t complete without Gazpacho. At the temperature outside continues to rise, gazpacho is the one meal that will help you cool down. It’s a cold soup with tomato, cucumber, garlic, onion and pepper as a base; topped with bread, olive oil, and vinegar.

 

2.Gambas al Pil-Pil

Treat yourself with a local, delicious prawn dish on your holiday in Costa del Sol. Gambas al pil-pil are prawns served in a spicy sauce that contains garlic, paprika, chilies and white wine. It’s traditionally cooked in an oven-proof dish and served piping hot straight out of the oven.

 

3.Arroz con Leche (Nice Rice)

To finish off, why not try Andalusia’s interpretation of rice pudding. Served cold with cinnamon, this is the perfect way to end a meal (or enjoy as a sneaky mid-afternoon treat!)

 

If you’re planning a trip to the Costa del Sol with your family, there’s a lot to look forward to. Basing yourself in Marbella, Benalmadena or Estepona close to one of the top family beaches is a good place to start, and from your base, it’s easy to explore more of what the Costa del Sol has to offer. And when you need a break from the beach, treat your kids to an outing at Paloma Park, Sealife Aquarium, Selwo Marina or Wildlife Park or the Biopark Zoo. Then to end off your day, sample some of the top local delicacies that the region has to offer, you won’t be disappointed!

 

 

Properties: 19
LUX 2 BED 2 BATH APT
  • €400 to €500 p/w
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Sleeps 5

LUX 1ST FLOOR 2 BED 2 BATH APT, IN THE NEW DEVELOPMENT JARDIN BOTANICO BESIDE THE LA CALA VILLAGE, AIRCON, WIFI INSTALLED,TV IRISH/UK CHANNELS & SKY SPORTS,GREEN AREA AND SWIMMING POOL IN THE DEVELOPMENT, LARGE BALCONY, MARBLE FLOORS AND QUALITY FURNITURE . RENT €450 to €500 PER WEEK. NEAREST BARS/RESTAURANTS 5 MINUTE WALK. 15 MINUTE WALK TO LA CALA VILLAGE,BEACH SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS. NEAREST BEECH AROUND 10 TO 15 MIN WALK. AVAILABLE LOTS OF DAT...

Incredible 2 Bed Centre City Marbella Apartment - 300 Meters From Sea
  • €445 to €1165 p/w
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Sleeps 5

This is a completely renovated first floor, two-bed apartment, designed by a Scandinavian interior designer with your holiday stay comfortable and calm in mind. It is tucked away on a beautiful tree-lined and sunlit walkway in the heart of downtown Marbella’s exclusive shopping area between the famous Avenue Ricardo Soriano street and Calle Alonso de Bazan street which are peppered with well-known and popular traditional Tapas bars, restaurants, ...

Perfect City Centre Apartment Marbella - 300 Meters From Sea
  • €445 to €1165 p/w
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Sleeps 4

NEW TO MARKET: This is a completely renovated first floor, two bed apartment, designed by an Irish interior designer with your holiday stay comfort and calm in mind. It is tucked away on a beautiful tree lined and sunlit walkway in the heart of down-town Marbella’s exclusive shopping area between the famous Avenue Ricardo Soriano street and Calle Alonso de Bazan street which are peppered with well-known and popular traditional Tapas bars, restaur...

community swimming pool
  • €400 to €800 p/w
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Sleeps 4

This property is ideal for your holidays. Casa Caballo has a beautiful terrace, private garden and BBQ. The urbanization also has a community swimming pool, and kids pool. Located in a residential area, ideal for a relaxing holiday next to the Mediterranean sea. This villa is located in a quiet corner of town although walking distance to beach and town centre.

Communal pool
  • €560 to €1050 p/w
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Sleeps 6

2 Bedroom, 2Bathroom apartment in the lovely village of La Cala de Mijas, in Costa del Sol, which stretches along the southern coast of Spain. A first class tourist destination enjoying sunshine most of the year. With over 60 golf courses it is also known as Costa del Golf. Malaga which is one of the oldest cities in the world and steeped in history is also the capital. There are hundreds of cultural and leisure activities available. Whether...

Terrace
  • €550 to €800 p/w
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Sleeps 6

Spacious 2 bed ground floor apartment in gated community with manicured gardens & Uninterrupted Panoramic views to the Mediterranean sea. Short walk to beaches & marina of Cabopino.

Holiday House Finca Trigueros - casa palmito
  • €732 to €1075 p/w
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Sleeps 5

"Finca Trigueros - casa palmito", 3-room house 75 m2, south facing position. Comfortable and beautiful furnishings: open living room with open-hearth fireplace, TV and hi-fi system. 1 room with 1 sofabed (90 cm), 1 french bed (160 cm, length 200 cm). 1 room with 1 french bed (160 cm, length 200 cm). Open kitchen (4 hot plates, oven, dishwasher, microwave) with dining table. Exit to the patio. Shower/bidet/WC. Terrace 100 m2. Terrace furniture, ba...

Holiday House Benahavis
  • €4220 p/w
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Sleeps 6

"Benahavis", 3-room villa south facing position. Object suitable for 6 adults. Modern and luxurious furnishings: living/dining room with TV and cable TV. Exit to the patio. 1 room with 1 french bed, bathroom, separate WC and shower. 1 room with 2 beds, 1 sofabed and shower/WC. Open kitchen (oven, dishwasher, 4 ceramic glass hob hotplates, microwave, freezer, electric coffee machine). Terrace furniture, barbecue, deck chairs. Very beautiful view o...

Living room dinning area
  • €400 to €750 p/w
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Sleeps 5

lovely 2 bedroom 1 bathroom property with great views of the sea and gardens. Comunity swimming pool, AC and fireplace, free wifi. Walking distance to the beach, 1 km from Nerja centre

Puerto Cabopino, 2 bed Holiday Rental Home
  • €490 to €825 p/w
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Sleeps 4

This is a luxury gated 2 bed front line fully air conditioned townhouse, leading onto a pretty plaza. Two minutes will take you to a beautiful garden with sun lounges and umbrellas with a huge pool with life guard and attendant who will bring sun lounges and umbrellas. There is also a childrens pool. From this garden, through a security gate will take you onto miles of golden sand & 3 beach restaurants which are highly recommended. Enjoy the mil...

Private outdoor area
  • €585 to €1115 p/w
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Sleeps 4

House located just 400 mts from Burriana beach, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, open plan living room. With AC, WIFI and satelite TV. Private terrace and swimming pool

Apartment View
  • €500 to €1250 p/w
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Sleeps 5

Situated in Marbella, Apartment Hacienda Playa Elviria features spacious accommodation, air conditioning, Pools, access to gardens and 3 min walk to beach. This frontline property also offers a large veranda which can be screened by means of glass bi-folding glass doors. Garage parking available along with private outdoor parking. This apartment features 2 bedrooms with mater en-suite, a large kitchen with cooker, fridge/freezer, washing mach...

Front
  • €550 to €850 p/w
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Sleeps 4

Magnificent top floor, 2 bed apartment in the El Oasis De Marbella complex. This private complex is situated within lush subtropical gardens, with a large swimming pool, gym, sauna and Jacuzzi, just a short stroll from the Golden Mile Beach, between Marbella and Puerto Banus.

Private Swimming pool
  • €650 to €1200 p/w
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Sleeps 4

Lovely 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, spacios and bright living-dinning area, fully equiped kitchen. Satelite TV, Aircon, WIFI, Lovely outdoor space with private swimming pool, BBQ and mountain views, only 500 mts from Burriana Beach.

2 minutes from the beach...5 minutes walk to Old T
  • €775 to €950 p/w
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Sleeps 4

OLD TOWN and beach super location ! with SEAVIEWS from your sunny terrace FREE WIFI, UK AND RTE TV. AIRCON. 24 HOUR RECEPTION. This luxurious privately owned newly renovated stunning 2 bedroom designer apartment is in a super central location! 2 minutes walk to beach - 4 minutes walk from Old Town. Fully approved and licensed. 24 hour reception ( guests always comment on their friendliness and helpfulness) Air-Con ( hot and cold), ...

Your holiday home
  • £500 p/w
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Sleeps 5

A beautiful villa with Private pool in Malaga set among fruit trees. Wonderful views. Fully equiped for self catering. Sleeps 5, Close to all the tourist attractions but in a quiet location.

Beautiful Apartment on the Golden Mile, Marbella
  • €500 to €750 p/w
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Sleeps 5

Los Pinos de Naguelles, Golden Mile , Marbella-Puerto Banus, Costa Del Sol A beautifully situated two-bedroom apartment with sea view in a secure urbanization with gardens, swimming pool, tennis, children's playground. Underground car parking space. 15 mins walk to the beach. Located on golden mile between Marbella and Puerto Banus. Served by buses, shops restaurants, and bars within an easy walk. 20-minute walk to Marbella central. Marbell...

Jardines de La Noria
  • €450 to €900 p/w
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Sleeps 5

A beautifully furnished, recently renovated 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom 1st floor Apartment. Fully equipped kitchen with separate utility. Double en-suite and twin bedroom, lounge and dining area leading to large balcony area. Internet Access (Wi-Fi) , International , Irish and European T.V. channels (195 in total), air-conditioning included. Access to pool via beautiful gardens - private parking included. Currently has availability for this Summer as ...

Stunning Duplex Apartment - Benahavis Old Town
  • €900 to €1950 p/w
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Sleeps 5

Benahavis artist designed duplex apartment. This unique apartment combines the traditional and modern, right in the heart of Benahavís old town. Originally an artist workshop and then a landmark restaurant “El Fogon”, this loft-style duplex property is a landmark building and the ideal place to base yourself for your vacation.

Properties: 19