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Fuengirola is a nice holiday resort located just 15 minutes drive from Malaga airport. It’a perfect summer desitnation for everyone: families, couples or singles. Funegoriola boasts some of the best beaches in the area, beautiful yacht-filled marina, good range of restaurants including many British and some good value for money hotels.

Fuengirola is a good choice if you want explore Costa del Sol. The town is conveniently located close both to motorway and coastal roads, so that you can get to the nearby Marbella, Mijas or Benalmadena in a matter of minutes. Popular coastal train service also runs from Malaga through Torremolinos and Benalmadena to Fuengirola. But there is no shortage of top-quality attractions in Fuengirola itself. Lovely Castle of Sohail on a hill overlooking the sea, Bioparc Fuengirola with wild animals, large water park and more.

If you are a keen golfer, Fuengirola can be a perfect starting point to discover and explore Costa del Golf. Fuengirola is surrounded by numeorus quality golf courses: inland from the town, in the direction of Marbella, and on the coastal road to Malaga.

Fuengirola – nearest destinations: Marbella, Benalmadena



Ship in the roundabout in Estepona

Ship in the roundabout in Estepona

Estepona is a small idyllic town on Costa del Sol. It’s conveniently located half an hour drive both from Gibraltar and Marbella. This peaceful city is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Bermeja Mountains which guard Estepona from rough weather ensuring more than 320 sunny days per year.

Estepona boasts very pleaseant and well taken care of beachfront, quite close to the city centre. There is a pretty promenade lined wih palm trees and flowers, outdoor gym-fitness parks, a cycling alley, fountains and more attractions. The picturesque small bay of Playa el Christo is especially popular among families with small kids. This south facing beach with reallu shallow waters and golden sand enjoys sunshine nearly all day in summer months.

Popular El Cristo beach

Popular El Cristo beach

Estepona’s maze of streets, plazas and patios is filled with all the attractions of traditional Spanish town yet with a delicate modern international touch. One of the streets in the centre leads to the beautiful Orchidarium, a must see for flower enthuasiasts. The town also boasts an amazing collection of wall murals. Nice evening bars, restaurants with seafood, chirignuitos, clubs, or fish markets are abundand in Estepona, but you won’t find here commercial centres of colourful nighclubs.

Beachfront playground near the centre of Estepona

Beachfront playground near the centre of Estepona

Are you and your family looking for a quiet place for lazy summer holidays on Costa del Sol? If the answer is ‘Yes’, Estepona might be exactly what you are looking for. Booking accommodation in Estepona is a good choice, if you are planning golf holidays. There are a couple of courses near Estepona, or the nearby Sotogrande. Since Estepona is much closer to Gibraltar than to Malaga, flying to Gib might be the best choice.


Selwo Aventura in Estepona

Located at the entrance of Estepona, close to the main Costa del Sol road, there is the spectacular Selwo Aventura safari park. Selwo Aventura boasts more than 2000 animals from every corner of the world that live on a one million square meters site.

This popular Estepona family attraction boasts a Bird Canyon, home to rare and endangered species of birds, which is the largest natural aviary in Europe. The attractions are plentiful and varied. There is a “monkey island”, the Central Village full of large animals such as giraffes, elephants, rhinoceros and a lion, large enclosure with beautiful flamingos, amazing cave cave full of bats, the camel ride, face-painting, hanging bridges, zip line and much more!

Unlike many others safari parks and zoos, in Selwo Aventura you can get really close to the wildlife. You will surely notice small goats or peacocks roaming freely in the park. Moreover, the enclosures are large and the viewpoints located in a such a way to allow visitors approaching and observing the animals from different angles, and sometimes even to touch them.

Make sure to arrive early at Selwo Aventura, as it can take a whole day to visit the park. Take something to eat with you or buy a snack or meal in one of the restaurants inside. Selwo Aventura is a great idea for a one-day family adventure. Avoid visiting in the peak of summer, as the heat can be difficult to bear!

Estepona – nearest destinations: Sotogrande, Marbella




Sitio de Calahonda is a small popular tourist resort located along the coastal road from Marbella to Fuengirola. Calahonda is full of British and German tourists seeking excellent beaches, golf courses and active holidays.

The quiet Puerto Cabopino is a popular attraction in Sitio de Calahonda. It’s one of the most beautiful marinas on Costa del Sol. The nearby blue flag sandy Cabopino beach is one the most picturesque beaches on Costa del Sol.  It’s a perfect family beach with many waterfront restaurants.

Tennis courts, squash courts, padel courts, lawn bowls, swimming pools. Calahonda is also an ideal destination for active holidays as well. Within a short distance from the resort there are some great golf courses including Miraflores Golf Club, Calanova Golf Club,or Club del Golf el Chaparral.

Sitio de Calahonda is full of pine trees which add to the town’s charm and provide plenty of shade on sunny days.

 Calahonda – nearest destinations: Marbella, Fuengirola.




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IMG_4459_400c630Located in stunning scenery between Estepona and San Pedro Alcantara, tranquil Benahavis is a very popular rural retreat of the super rich. British actor Hugh Grant, rock star Rod Stewart as well as the Russian president Vladimir Putin all own summer homes in Benahavis. The town is nestled in the foothills of the rugged Serrania de Ronda Mountains offering breath-taking views of the Mediterranean and the Guadalmina River. Benahavis is surrounded by high, nearly vertical cliffs, amazing gorges and wild rivers.

Benahavis is a famous golfing hotspot as well.  It is home to nine amazing golf courses, which suit all levels of players, including La Zagaleta, Los Flamingos, Atalaya or the famous La Quinta, all with more than 18 holes. 320 sunny days a year allow golfers to play here all year round.[codepeople-post-map]

This little town is also famous for a wide selection of first-class restaurants and bars. In most places typically Spanish cuisine is served, however the enthusiasts of Indian curries, Italian food or French cuisine will also find some fine restaurants there. Benahavis is probably the best place to eat out on Costa del Sol.

Benahavis is also one of the best destinations for canyoning, travelling in canyons using variety of techniques such as walking, climbing, swimming and even jumping. GOPR2203_630x400Spectacular gorges and canyons, stunning water falls in Guadalmina River and Rio Verde provide excellent conditions for amazing canyoning adventure in Spanish Andalusia. Organized tours in safe environment and for different levels are available almost all year round. Summer is the best time for canyoning is Benahavis.

Benahavis is conveniently located seven kilometres inland of main coast road, only 10 minutes drive from the famous Marbella and Puerto Banus.

Benahavis – nearest destinations: Estepona, San Pedro Alcantara, Marbella



Sabinillas is a small town on Costa del Sol, situated on the coastal road between Estepona and Sotogrande. Sabinillas can often be mistaken for Duquesa or Manilva as the three small towns lie just next to each other.

Sabinillas is one of the least crowded Costa del Sol beach resorts. The town boasts nearly 8 kms of great sandy beaches. The local beach has been honoured with the prestigious blue flag. There are some excellent restaurants and tapas bars near the sea promenade.

Recently, it has become very popular, especially among young families, due to relatively low property prices, peacefulness and a number of parks with attractions for kids.

The nearby Duquesa is an even more charming place to stay. The town boasts beautiful sea promenade, big yacht marina encircled with a wide selection of promenade bars, tapas and restaurants and the ruins of a 18th century old castle that you can enter for free. Duquesa is mostly inhabited by Gibraltar frontier workers and British expats, so it’s easy to make friends for those who don’t speak Spanish.

Sabinillas and Duquesa are perfect destinations if you are looking for a simple quiet leisurely beach holidays with a family or group of friends. Within 20km radius of Sabinillas, there are eight great golf courses, so it can also be recommended for golf holidays.

The Sabinillas-Duquesa area is located only half an hour drive from Gibraltar, so the best way is to fly to Gibraltar.




Marbella is often compared to the famous Monte Carlo. Recently, Marbella has become a popular destination among celebrities and the affluent. Famous sportsmen, actors, politicians or even members of royal families have their villas here. Marbella has a great cosmopolitan atmosphere. The city is very lively and full of fancy shopping areas, bars and restaurants.The magnificent villas of the rich and famous and their mega-yachts parked in the harbour of Puerto Banus are quite a sight to behold.

Not many people know that only two centuries ago Marbella was a simple mining village with well-established steel industry. In 20th century, however, the steel industry collapsed which started a new era for the city as one of the most exclusive resorts on the Mediterranean  Sea. This glitzy pearl of Costa del Sol guarantees unforgettable summer holidays.

Marbella offers abundant ways to spend money. It is a shopper´s paradise with many designer boutiques, shopping centres and back-street tourist shops. Marbella is also synonymous with rich and colourful night-life. Nowhere else on Costa del Sol you will find so many night clubs and bars!

Marbella holds the Andalusian record for most beaches. Within 13 miles radius from the centre of the city, there are as many as 23 beaches. Most of them are offer great conditions to bathe in the Mediterrean sun – there is beautiful clean golden sand and really enjoyable water.

If you are looking for great summer holidays, and a way to spend some money, bestandalucia.com cannot but recommend Marbella.

Marbella – nearest destinations: Estepona, Manilva




Manilva is a small quiet village located just 2 kilometres inland from the coastal town of Sabinillas and Puerto la Duquesa. The town is nestled on a hill overlooking beautiful Costa del Sol and surrounding vineyards and countryside.

Hedionda Roman baths is probably the most famous spot in Manilva, located in La Hedonia valley close to Manilva. According to the legends, the sulphuric springs of Hedionda helped Julius Cesar cure his skin infection in 61 BC when he was governor in southern Spain. The baths are enclosed by Roman-built arched structure with four chambers inside. Despite the foul smell hanging over the water, local people still like to take a dip in the mineral-rich waters believing in its healing powers. With the exception of weekends, you won’t find too many people here, and if you come early enough, it is very likely you will have the place for yourself, just like Julius Cesar did!

Roman baths is also a good starting point for an amazing hiking trail in the direction of Casares, upstream Río de Manilva.  During your hike you will see waterfalls, lagoons, amazing rock formations and different species of birds.

Canuto de la Utrera, located just next to Roman baths, is another amazing spot worth a visit. It’s a beautiful hiking trail along the valley that passes through the Sierra de Utrera. The valley is quite narrow and the path rocky, but the views of the spectacular limestone gorge are definitely worth the effort.

Quiet and peaceful Manilva provides a perfect setting to relax, unwind and get close to nature. Manilva can also be a good destination for golf breaks as Casares Costa Golf and Coto Real Golf are located nearby. If you are looking for summer beach holidays in the area, the coastal Sabinillas and La Duquesa might be a better choice.

Manilva is conveniently located only 20 minutes drive from Estepona and 30 minutes drive from Gibraltar. It’s close both to the main costal road as well to the Autovia del Mediterráneo highway.

San Roque

Alcaidesa golf resort

Alcaidesa golf resort

Golfer’s heaven

San Roque is well known for amazing golf courses. One part of San Roque, urbanizacion Alcaidesa, has been turned into a beautiful seaside resort built in an incomparable setting and surrounded by outstanding golf courses. Alcaidesa offers spectacular views of the Strait of Gibraltar and Africa being only 15 km from the popular British enclave of Gibraltar.

Breath-taking views, delightful peacefulness and delicate sea breeze. The uniqueness of Alcaidesa golf resort becomes clear once you get there. If you consider yourself a serious golfer, make sure to plan a golf break in Alcaidesa soon.

It takes around 15 minutes drive on the A7 coastal motorway to reach San Roque-Alcaidesa from Gibraltar. Once you are on the spot, there are two magnificent golf courses available, Alcaidesa Links and Alcaidesa Heathland, with a total of 36 professional holes. The former is the only links-type golf course in southern Europe.

Take advantage of magnificent driving range with 72 bays, a spacious practice area with putting green, bunkers and a short game area. From Alcaidesa you can also quickly access the top quality Sotogrande and Valderrama golf courses. And when you are tired, soak up some sun on one of the excellent beaches, one in the centre and the other remote one with a nudist beach nearby. Or plan a trip on the Rock.

San Roque – Alcaidesa – nearest destinations: Gibraltar, Sotogrande