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Places to See and Things to Do on the Costa del Sol [Video]

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The Costa del Sol is known for its great beaches and lively night spots; however, there are also plenty of other great attractions and things to do during your holiday.

We are so keen to let our guests know about all the wonderful things our destination has to offer that we decided to make a video to highlight some of our favourites. Most of the featured locations and attractions are in Benalmadena as that is where our hotel is based; however, we have also included favourites in nearby Fuengirola and Málaga.

We hope this video will give you a clearer picture of some of the places you can visit during your next holiday in Benalmadena and the Costa del Sol.

Here are some of the tourist attractions and locations featured in the video:

  • Puerto Marina in Benalmadena
  • Paloma Park in Benalmadena
  • Selwo Marina Dolphinarium
  • Biopark Zoo in Fuengirola
  • Butterfly Park in Benalmadena
  • Sealife
  • Tivoli World
  • Miramar Shopping Centre in Mijas Costa
  • Plaza Mayor Shopping Centre
  • Málaga City Centre (Cathedral, Museums and Muelle Uno)
  • Botanical Gardens in Málaga

Enjoy the video! Feel free to share with friends and family and let us know what you think in the comments below :-)

Castillo de Colomares: An Amazing Tribute to Christopher Columbus

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Castillo de Colomares en Benalmadena

Castillo de Colomares

The ‘Castillo de Colomares’ (ColomaresCastle) in Benalmadena is one of the most interesting tourist attractions the municipality has to offer. It’s not really a castle, it’s more of a monument which was built between 1987 and 1994 by Esteban Martín MD as a tribute to Christopher Columbus and the discovery of America.

This unique monument unifies various architectural styles which had a marked effect on Spanish culture: Bizantine, Romanesque, Arabic and Gothic.

A walk around the Colomares Castle will allow you to discover various elements from the symbols of the Catholic Kings, from the three cultures present in medieval Spain (Judaism, Christianity and Islamism) and other elements from Christopher Columbus’ epic voyage.  Read More…

Muelle Uno: Málaga’s Fantastic New Waterfront Complex

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Sunset at Muelle Uno in Malaga

An amazing Sunset at Muelle Uno in Malaga

A visit to Málaga’s city centre is a ‘must do’ for anyone visiting the Costa del Sol for a holiday. You’ll want to do the whole cultural tour of the city taking in its famous museums and iconic landmarks such as the Cathedral or the Alcazaba; however, there’s a new attraction in town and it’s well worth a visit: Muelle Uno (Pier One).

This new (relatively) waterfront shopping centre is probably one of my favourite stops when I wonder in to Málaga city centre. With spectacular modern architecture and a fantastic selection of shops and restaurants, Muelle Uno provides the perfect setting for a family outing.

Málaga’s newest attraction is ideally split into 3 different areas: Services and accessories, fashion and restaurants. Another great advantage is that the complex offers a large underground parking area which means you won’t have to tackle the Málaga traffic for too long :-) Read More…

Selwo Aventura: A True Wildlife Adventure for all the Family

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Cheetah at Selwo Aventura

Many of our hotel guests are often on the lookout for new and exciting activities and attractions when they come and stay with us. One of the most popular attractions is the Selwo Aventura wildlife park. I actually visited the park with my family recently so, for the benefit of those of you who have yet to visit this amazing location, here’s an account of our fun day at Selwo Aventura.

Located in the hills near the coastal town of Estepona, Selwo Aventura is approximately one hour’s drive from Sunset Beach Club. Although it might seem a little far to some, it’s well worth the drive!

Parking is easy as there is a large area just in front of the main entrance to the park. Once you’ve collected your entrance tickets it’s time to experience the magic! The park is split into four main areas or routes for you to visit, so I’ll give you a brief summary of what you will find in each and give you a few tips as to things you’ll want to see :-) Read More…

Discover the Beauty of the Costa del Sol’s Interior Towns, Villages and Countryside

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Excursions

Excursions that take you inland...

The Costa del Sol is predominantly known as a sun and beach destination; however, what many visitors don’t realise is that there are some amazing and beautiful locations to discover by travelling into the interior towns, villages and countryside.

Well, we’re happy to introduce a new excursion to our – already ample – list of great day trips on offer at our Leisure Desk: Introducing the new excursion from our new collaborating company, Parknatur. You’ll be taken on a unique trip which will allow you to discover the ‘other’ Andalucia; rest assured, it will seduce your senses!

Parknatur will be offering daily excursions (Monday to Friday) which will take you on a truly memorable adventure into the Biosphere Nature Reserve of the Sierra de las Nieves, approximately40 kminto the mountains. Here’s a brief summary of what you’ll get to see on this great day out: Read More…

26 Fun Things to do on Your Next Benalmadena Holiday: Our A to Z Guide!

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Benalmadena Cable Car

The views from the top of Benalmadena...

There are loads of things to do when you come to spend your holidays in Benalmadena. Here are 26 ideas to get you started…

A – Aqualand

Have a splashing time at theCosta del Sol’s biggest water park. The kids will love it…and so will most of the adults.

B –ButterflyPark

Visit Europe’s largest Butterfly exhibition where you’ll be able to see more than 1500 species of butterflies. You can read more about the Benalmadena Butterfly Park on our blog.

C – Cable Car Ride to the Top of Benalmadena

If you don’t mind heights, this is a definite must! 15 minute ride to the top of the Calamorro Mountain behind Benalmadena for some of the most amazing views! Read More…

Guide to the Costa del Sol’s Best Street Markets

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Street markets on the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol is known for its wide choice of street markets – or flea markets, as they are sometimes referred to. As visiting these markets seems to be on most of our guest’s to-do lists, we thought we’d put together a short and concise guide featuring the most popular markets along the coast.

Many of the local street markets combine flea markets and boot sales, so for the sake of this guide, we’ll just refer to all as street markets.  Although we haven’t included all the markets which take place throughout the week, we have tried to include all the ones that we’ve actually been to and that our guests have recommended. Read More…

Sierra Nevada: A Snow Lover’s Paradise

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Sierra Nevada

Amazing Skiing in Sierra Nevada

You’ve probably heard people mention it and you may have read about it in magazines and newspapers, but have you actually been to Sierra Nevada?

This impressive ski resort is located a mere 2 hour drive from Sunset Beach Club, which makes it an ideal destination for a day trip into the mountains or a longer weekend break.

Regarded as one of the top ski resorts inSpain, Sierra Nevada is a favourite destination for snow lovers from all over Spain, and indeed, other European countries. Read More…

The Malaga Village of Júzcar gets Painted Blue for Movie Premiere

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Júzcar pintado de azulJúzcar, a traditional white village situated near the famous town of Ronda, has been chosen by Sony Pictures as the setting for the premiere of their new film “The Smurfs 3D” this Thursday 16th June.

This wont be your run-of-the-mill premiere, Sony’s PR experts have come up with an innovative idea to gain publicity for the launch: Paint the whole town blue! No kidding, they have managed to convince the town’s inhabitants to paint their houses “smurf” blue…

A team of 20 painters – 11 of which are villagers who were unemployed – has been hard at work painting every single building in the village (See photo).

So why did Sony choose this small – previously – white village in the hills near Ronda for their world premiere? Apart from the incredible climate, it seems that Júzcar is also popular for its promotion of sustainable tourism; they have special walking routes and also organise mycological events and, as we all know, mushrooms are the Smurfs favourite food :-)

All the media exposure has had a very positive effect on the village’s coffers as tourists flock to take pictures of the famous Smurf Village. Business is booming, so much so, that they are considering keeping their new colour indefinitely!

For the moment, they have voted to remain “Smurf” Blue until September, at which point they will review the situation and decide on whether to paint all buildings white again – incidentally, the cost of painting the village white will be taken care of by Sony as part of the agreement.

So if you’re planning on visiting Ronda this summer, make sure you pop into Júzcar. Apparently, the village will be organising a special “Smurf Tour” which will include a free hat and t-shirt… think about it, you’ll be able to tell all your friends that you visited the original Smurf Village and you’ll have the t-shirt to prove it!

 

New Butterfly Park in Benalmadena will be the Largest in Europe

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Butterfly Park in BenalmadenaAs from tomorrow (Friday 25th March) Benalmadena will be the home of the largest butterfly park in Europe. This new 2000 square metre installation had been built to resemble a traditional Thai building and will prove to be a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike.

This unique initiative has been backed by the Benalmadena Town Hall which has provided the plot on which the park has been built; this initiative will only help to strengthen Benalmadena’s position as the Costa del Sol’s leading resort for family holidays.

The Butterfly Park’s main building includes a glassed tropical garden which has a surface area of over 900 square metres and is 8 metres high; this is where visitors can experience the beauty of more than 1500 exotic butterflies in full flight. Read More…

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