Guide to the Costa Del Sol

Whilst the Costa Del Sol has the reputation of being a continuous concrete conurbation, the reality is that unspoiled countryside and villages exist still exhuding charm and tradition. It's worth looking inland in Andalucia or the Costa Almeria for real seclusion, peace quiet and tradition, but other places such as Mijas exist on the cusp of the rural with easy access to the bright lights and beaches.


You'll find links to all sorts of interesting places at the bottom of this file. Many clients are very knowledgable about Spanish arts and culture, out of the way traditional places and wonderful Moorish cities of Andalusie and southern Spain

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There are several typical 'white' Spanish villages within an hours' drive of the apartment.

These are Mijas, Ronda, Istan, Casares, Arcos de la Frontera.

Frigiliantes one of white villages Spain
Casares white village


The largest of the white villages is Ronda, which you can drive to from the Ronda Road in San Pedro de Alcantara. It is a fairly scary journey as you wind round twisty roads to reach the summit town of Ronda, but if you don't mind roads with sheer drops to one side, and twisty, snaking narrow roads, then it's well worth the effort of getting up there. It'll take about an hour to drive up there.
Ronda in Spain
Ronda on Costa del Sol

Ronda is quite a large town, with a main Square with an old church. Cafes and restaurants surround the square, and it's really lovely to sit in the Square having a cool drink in the warm sunshine.

Ronda also boasts the oldest Bullring in Spain (Plaza de Toros), which is rich in architecture, character and beauty. Love it, or hate it, bullfighting is an integral part of Spanish history and the bullring in Ronda is a must to visit while you are there.
Aerial view of Ronda bull ring
Old bull ring at Ronda

Ronda also stands proud, high in the mountains and there are wonderful views into the gorge from the bridge (Puente Nuevo), which divides the old and new town.


Mijas can be found off the coastal road on the way to Malaga. It's a good place to visit on your way to the airport, as it only takes about 15 minutes to divert there from the main road, but about 45 minutes from the apartment.

It is similar in charm and history to Ronda, but is smaller and more compact. Parking is a nightmare, so grab a spot when you see one. It is also more 'touristy' than Ronda and you are hard pressed to find any shops other than those catering to the tourist trail.

Still, it's a lovely place to visit, and worth the journey. There are quaint village squares, and narrow alleys, with many cafes and bars to cool you down. . . . and a Golf Course!


What formerly was just a small Andalucian fishing village has expanded into one of the top European holiday resorts, and one of the favourite places for the rich and famous.

Marbella marina
The city is divided into various areas, and all are worth a visit.

Puerto Banus

The port of Puerto Banus is well reknowned for its spectacular yachts. Drive toward Malaga, under the San Pedro arch, through San Pedro, and turn off past the Pyr hotel, opposite the Andalucia Plaza hotel, following the 'Hipercor' small sign.

The meeting point of the jet-set, here you will find beautiful yachts, elegant shops and excellent (albeit pricey) restaurants. The area around the marina is the hub of the action. You will find multi-million pound yachts moored, and you will really see life, as the other half live it. It's the Croisette of Southern Spain

Puerto Banus Puerto Banus
Puerto Banus marina Puerto Banus marina Yachts at Puerto Banus marina

If you like shopping, you will find everything you would like, just outside the port in a large department store called 'El Corte Ingles'. This store also houses a large hypermarket on the ground floor called 'Hipercor'. This store dow not close at lunchtime for the usual 3 hours. It stays open all day. There's a large car park, which is quite reasonable to use both for visiting the store, or the port. The newly built shops around the store are worth a visit too.
Puerto Banus Square

Orange Square (Plaza de Narajas)

Follow the signs to 'Cisco Antiguo' and you will find Marbella 'old town'. This is centred around a town Square which is lined with Orange trees hence the name. The whole area is quaint, and full of charm and history. It's well worth a visit here. The shops are interesting and there is an abundance of restaurants. It's a good place to try a 'paella' the delicious traditional Spanish risotto. Don't forget, the shops close here for siesta, so that's always a good time to have a typical lengthy Spanish lunch.

Accommodation - Villa Apartment rentals in Costa Del Sol and southern Spain

Our most helpful clients are listed at for Costa Del Sol, Andalucia and Costa Almeria, - Costa de La Luz and the Algarve in Portugal The Costa del Sol is renowned for winter sunshine and Morocco and the Canaries are worth looking at too. Ski holidays are possible in the Sierra Navada.

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  • Mijas Golf Course near Fuengirola:Rental apartment at Mijas Golf Course Andalusian Costa del Sol Luxury 2 bedroom town house in Puebla Aida. Casa Laura has use of swimming pool and overlooks the golf course just a few minutes walk from the first tee of both Championship courses. Tourist guides to restaurants, beaches and attractions in the Fuengirola area are in the property, a full information pack is also provided on booking. Discounts on long lets. 2016 . . . : Good availability..

  • Marbella / Puerto Banus: Rental apartment on Los Arqueros Golf CourseLuxurious penthouse apartment for rental on the exclusive Los Arqueros Golf and Country Club, in a superb location on the golf course. Sky TV and telephone with Internet Access. 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6+. 2015 - Availability good

  • Mijas Golf:Mijas Golf rental apartment One bedroom rental apartment on the golf course with balcony and pool, 10 minutes from the beaches of Fuengirola. Sleeps 2/4 2014: Good availability..

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