Category Archives: Holiday Tips

‘Luz de Luna’: Moonlight Tours of Antequera During the Summer Months

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El Torcal de Antequera

Limestone landscapes of El Torcal

Have you ever visited Antequera? If not, you should definitely consider adding it to your list of ‘places to visit’ as it’s probably one of the most overlooked attractions in Andalucia.

This summer you’ll have the perfect excuse as the Antequera Town Hall will be running a special campaign called ‘Luz de Luna’ (‘Moonlight’). This unique initiative consists of a series of night visits – in English and Spanish – which will take you to some of the most iconic landmarks in the area; a great idea as visiting this beautiful part of Andalucia during the day and having to deal with the extreme heat is probably not a good idea ;-) Read More…

Crocodile Park: Home to ‘Paco’ the 600 Kg Monster Croc!

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Crocodile Park in Torremolinos

Meet 'Paco' the 600 kg monster croc!

One of the most popular places to visit in the Benalmadena/Torremolinos area is the Crocodile Park. If you’ve got kids and are looking for a fun day out, you’ll definitely want to add this one to your to-do list!

Located next to the popular water park in Torremolinos, the Crocodile Park is home to more than 200 crocodiles, including ‘Paco’, a 600 kg monster croc!

The visit to the park lasts approximately 2 hours and includes guided tours and live demonstrations. Watching ‘Paco’ at feeding time must be quite a spectacle :-) The Park’s experienced guides show you how they handle these fascinating creatures and explain the intricate details of the croc’s lifestyle. Read More…

What to do in Benalmadena When it Rains: 7 Fun Ideas

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Rainy day in BenalmadenaAlthough we enjoy approximately 320 days of sunshine a year here in Benalmadena, there are those odd days when the heavens open and you have to make use of the dreaded umbrella!

On these rare rainy days, we often get guests asking for tips and ideas of what to do on a rainy day. Thankfully Benalmadena is not all about sun, sea and beaches; there are plenty of interesting places to visit and things to do…Here’s a list of 9 ideas to keep you busy in Benalmadena (and the surrounding area) when it rains.

#1 Jump on the bus (or taxi) which stop just outside the hotel and head down to the Marina. You’ll find lots of great restaurants to enjoy a lovely lunch and can also visit the popular Sea Life park with its fascinating range of sea creatures. A must if you have kids! Read More…

Guided Tours of the Picasso Museum in Málaga

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Picasso Museum in Malaga

Did you know that the Picasso Museum in Malaga offers guided tours to all visitors?

In actual fact, it’s one of the main attractions of this wonderful museum. Guided tours of the museum – for adults and families – are actually included in the price of admission; however, you do have to sign up for the service at the ticket office 30 minutes before the visit. Keep in mind that numbers are limited to a maximum of 20 people and minimum of 5.

At the moment, the Picasso Museum offers two types of visit to the individual public; here’s a quick summary of these visits:

1)      Getting to Know the Collection: A guided visit, highlighting selected works from the collection, led by a Picasso Museum educator. These visits are available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at the following times:

Tuesday: at 6:00pm and 7:00pm

Wednesday: at 11:30am (in English)

Saturday: at 1:00pm, 6:00pm and 7:00pm

2)      Gallery Talks: The tours led by Picasso Museum educators focus on selected works from the temporary exhibitions or on specific themes. From Thursday 28 February, the museum is offering a tour focused on the exhibition Picasso of Malaga. Earliest Works. Available on Thursday’s at 6pm (Please note this is in Spanish.) 

Have you visited the Picasso Museum in Málaga? Have you taken one of the guided tours? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.

A Day Trip to Sierra Nevada [Photo Essay]

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Sierra Nevada Views

Amazing views from the Youth Hostal

Our Community Manager’s (Justin) trip to Sierra Nevada…

Last weekend I took my family on a day trip to Sierra Nevada. The kids had been bugging me for weeks that they wanted to go and see the snow, so after quickly checking the weather forecast (didn’t want to drive all the way up the mountain to find that the ski station was closed due to bad weather) we decided to head out on Saturday morning.

The beauty of Sierra Nevada is that it’s just a couple of hours drive from Benalmádena. We left at 8:00am and – after a short breakfast stop – arrived in Europe’s most southern ski resort at around 11:00am.  Read More…

The Doll’s House Museum: Another of Malaga’s Fascinating Cultural Attractions

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Doll's House Museum in MalagaThe city of Malaga is famous for its extensive cultural attractions, and in particular, for its intriguing collection of museums.

The Picasso and Thyssen Museums are, perhaps, the most well known; however, hidden in the back streets of the cities historic centre, we can find real treasures such as the Museum of Glass and Cristal and the Dolls House Museum. The latter is a recent discovery which we want to tell you about in this post.

Located in Calle Alamos (nº32) in the cities historic centre, this small museum allows visitors to enter the beautiful world of miniatures which in some cases date back several centuries.  Read More…

Guided Tours for Birdwatching on the Costa del Sol

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Bird Watching tours

We’ve recently introduced a great new excursion to our growing list of fantastic day trips: Guided Tours for Birdwatching.

Believe it or not, the south of Spain is regarded as one of the best places in Europe for bird watching enthusiasts and these new guided tours provide some fascinating itineraries and activities which will take you to all the best spots.

Here’s a quick preview of the great places you can visit on one of these guided birdwatching tours: Read More…

Christmas in Málaga [Photo Essay]

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I love heading in to the centre of Málaga with the family and taking a leisurely stroll around the city’s centre and the new ‘Muelle Uno’ waterfront. Although a little cooler in the winter months, it still makes for a fantastic afternoon out! A few days ago we took a drive in to Málaga to experience the impressive and, now famous, Christmas light display and enjoy a quiet drink on the waterfront.

Here’s a summary of our afternoon… in photos!

Muelle Uno in Malaga

A beautiful afternoon @muelleuno waterfront

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A Nativity Scene Made Completely out of Plasticine!

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Plasticine Nativity Scene in Malaga

A few days ago one of our colleagues from the commercial department, Inma, visited a unique and somewhat different Christmas nativity scene in Malaga… one made of plasticine!

The cultural department of Malaga’s town hall is exhibiting this nativity scene – created by the Educa Foundation – over the Christmas period. This wonderful 40 square metre exhibition is made up of more than 200 figures made of plasticine. Apparently they needed 35 kilos of plasticine and three months of hard word to put this masterpiece together.

As you can see in the photos, the attention to detail is unbelievable and certainly breaks the molds of the more traditional Nativity scenes! Read More…

Lots of Fun for Kids at MIMA 2012 in Málaga

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MIMA Malaga Kids Fair

Next Wednesday the 26th December 2012 sees the start of MIMA 2012, a special event created especially for children which is sure to keep the little ones amused over the Christmas Holidays.

For 10 days (until the 4th January 2013) the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos in Málaga will become a true ‘Kids Paradise’, a fun fair tailor made to keep kids and parents amused for hours!

Below  the high ceilings of the ‘Palacio de Congresos’ an 8000 m2 area will offer a whole range of experiences (over 60) which combine entertainment, fun, sport, shows and education.

Here are some of the activities you’ll find at MIMA 2012: Read More…

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