Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Sierra Nevada – Mountain of the Sun

The Sierra Nevada ski resort is located at Pradollano in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is a perfect location for your next ski holiday in Spain. It has numerous runs of varying difficulties to satisfy all levels of skiers. Natural snow is supplemented by snow cannons on some runs, and many skiers are pleasantly surprised to find that, because of its southerly position, the air temperature is usually warmer than other resorts. Sierra Nevada is well known as the sunniest ski resort in Europa. Depending on the snow level, the ski season generally runs from the end of November or the beginning of December until the end of April or early May.




Come sun or snow, the Sierra Nevada is the place to take a walk on the wild side. Europe’s second highest mountain range after the Alps, the Sierra Nevada is home to wild, rugged mountains, fertile valleys and forests of oak and chestnut. Just a few miles inland from the Costa del Sol you would be forgiven for thinking you were on a different planet.





Those travelling with young children will find Sierra Nevada perfectly suited to a family holiday. The resort boasts an ice rink where you can get to grips with skating, and the Mirlo Blanco Activity Zone, which offers tobogganing, ski-biking and bobsledding, as well as mini skis and snowboards for little winter sports enthusiasts! For those seeking some much needed rest and relaxation, the resort offers a heated, outdoor pool, range of saunas and a well-equipped gym; while for those interested in trying some exciting outdoor activities, snowmobiling, sleigh rides and hiking are also popular options.





There is a surprisingly active nightlife in the Sierra Nevada resort. Spaniards have a reputation for being night owls and this it often attributed to a hot climate that encourages people to lie low during the day and come out only once the cool of the evening has set in. However, the winter scene at Sierra Nevada contradicts this - or at least proves that old habits are hard to break.





The beauty of a Sierra Nevada ski holiday is the sheer diversity of opportunities available: you could be skiing in the morning, but you could also be lazing on a soft-sand beach the same day afternoon! The white sands of the Costa del Sol are just a two hour drive away from the resort, so it’s certainly worth a trip if you fancy a break from all that snow! Of course, the magnificent city of Granada is also nearby, scattered with Moorish ruins and churches. With spectacular architecture and a distinctly Andalucian charm, it’s a fantastic place to spend a day or two.





The Sierra Nevada ski resort boasts stunning ski chalets, hotels and apartments. It is small in comparison to other European resorts however the facilities are considered top-rate and it has hosted numerous national and international ski and snowboard events. With its ancient villages, sublime views and remote isolation, the Sierra Nevada is the place to get away from it all.

How to get there!

The Sierra Nevada ski resort and ski station are easily accessible from both Granada or Málaga provinces. From Granada, it is 45 minutes by car or bus from Granada´s Estacion de Autobuse just south-east of Granada city, the provincial capital. It is about one hour from the airport. Visitors should also consider visiting the attractions in Granada city. If you're coming from Málaga airport, the ski station is about two hours driving and is not difficult to find if you head north, following the first to Granada and then to the Sierra Nevada "Estación de Ski".

Please visit www.sierranevada.es/en/ to get more information about local attractions :)

Sources:
www.andalucia.com
www.exodustravels.eu
www.homeaway.co.uk

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Our favourite restaurants

We want to share with you some of our favourite dining places in Manilva area. They are sorted by location and popularity. If you already visited them please share your feedback with us by leaving comment below this post.



SABINILLAS

There are a lot of restaurants along the promenade of Sabinillas that are suitable for small children as you can sit in a restaurant and they can play on the beach (within sight) or near playgrounds.


 LA CASITA

Fernando Pessoa  

Argentinean restaurant

+34 952-892-173   

www.lacasitasabinillas.com


CRUZ BLANCA

Plaza Ginebra

Tapas / Spanish bar

+34 952-892-672

www.facebook.com/cerveceria.cruzblanc


FRANKIE'S  

Paseo Maritimo  

American style burgers and more!

+34 655 462 209

https://www.facebook.com/Frankies-Sabinillas-449545111776012/


MIEL

Paseo Maritimo  

Cafeteria & Creperia

+34 952-936-254  


www.cafeteriamiel.com





PUERTO DE LA DUQUESA

One of Costa del Sol's nicest marinas. It’s a beautiful place to take walk along the promenade looking at the boats, have a drink or two in one of the bars and cafés or enjoy a dinner at night.



MACUES

Duquesa Port 

Mediterranean restaurant 

+34 952-890-395

www.facebook.com/Restaurante-Macues



CHILI

Duquesa Port  

Indian restaurant 

+34 952-636-405

www.chiliduquesa.com



IL CAPITANO

Plaza de la Fuente 15 

Italian restaurant

+34 952-890-520
  
www.ilcapitanoristorante.com

VICTOR GRILL

Plaza de la Fuente  

Argentinean cuisine


OCEAN CAFE

59 Edificio Boqueron, 

Best place for breakfast





OUR FAVOURITE BARS

 Chapter Two

-  The Quays Bar

-  Mirror Mirror





MANILVA RESTAURANTS

Manilva Town is an attractive white village surrounded by countryside and contains many vineyards that grow in the slopes around the village.


DELFINES


Calle Alboran 2 / El Castillo

Mediterranean restaurant



MINI INDIA

Centro Comercial Los Hidalgos

Indian restaurant

+34 951-276-638 / 663-383-054

www.miniindiaduquesa.es



MESON DEL CASTILLO

Plaza Miramar 12  

Andalusian cuisine

+34 952-890-766   

www.mesondelcastillo.com



MARLOWS FISH & CHIP

Centro Comercial Los Hidalgos

Fast food, British

+34 951-276 -728

www.facebook.com/marlowsduquesa 






CASARES RESTAURANTS

Casares is a magical beautiful white village with whitewashed, sugar-cube houses climbing the steep mountain hill. It is located only 10 kilometres inland from Manilva.


ARROYO HONDO

Urb. Montes de Casares  

Spanish restaurant





THE FORGE 

Carreterra de Casares 

Andalusian cuisine

+34 952-895-120

www.forgesrestaurant.com



VENTA GARCIA

Ctra. MA 546

Spanish restaurant

+34 952-894-191 

www.facebook.com/pages/Venta-Garcia-Casares

SARMIENTO

Finca la Espileta Crta.De Casares Km 12'5
Spanish restaurant with stunning views

+34 952 895 035




LA CHOZA

A-7 Km 146 Casares

Spanish restaurant

+34 952-890-925   

www.ventalachoza.com




TORREGUADIARO RESTAURANTS

Torreguadiaro sits on un-spoilt Mediterranean beaches. Here you can find a number of Chiringuitos (beach bars), which offer food, drink, parasols and fresh seafood. And village has about 14 restaurants and bars with food to suit all tastes.



EL TRASMALLO

Avda. Mar del Sur   
Mediterranean restaurant
+34 956-610-259  
eltrasmallodeagustino.com




PURA TAPA

Avd Mar del Sur 

Spanish restaurant

+34 956-615-366

www.puratapa.es






LA VERANDAH

Urb. Playa Guadiaro  

Mediterranean restaurant

956-610-508

www.facebook.com/La-Verandah





And our favourite chiringuitos you can find HERE







Saturday, 9 September 2017

Boat trips on Costa del Sol




Costa del Sol with glorious sunshine, 190 miles of beautiful coast and an amazing array of resorts and rental properties is still a firm favourite with travellers from around the world.
One of the most popular activities on Costa del Sol is a boat trip along the coast. There's nothing quite like heading out on the water, feeling the waves, and admiring the beautiful coast. A boat trip adds a different dimension to the holiday and will keep everyone fully entertained for a good few hours.
When you try to book a boat ride anywhere along the Costa del Sol you will be awash with offers. There is a wide range of types of boats available for charter, suitable for every need and price range.

1. Fishing boats

The fisherman looking to reel in the catch of the day will be impressed by fully equipped fishing boats

2. Watersports

Families and thrill-seekers will love exhilarating high-performance speedboats, ready to take on 360º turns, as well as pull tubes, water skiers, and wake boarders.

3. Sailing boats

The sailing enthusiast will be wowed by a day out on a sailboat or sailing yacht, the gusting wind ensuring that everyone has a great time. 

4. Catamarans

Perhaps a catamaran will be exactly what you're looking for. Great for a day of relaxing and hops off for dips in the sea. The big catamarans are also popular for events and parties. And you might even spot some dolphins during the ride!

5. Luxury yachts

Finally, luxury yachts are also available. These impressive ships, housing a kitchen, dinning room, multiple cabins and bathrooms, and sometimes even a jacuzzi, are perfect for luxury getaways and weddings alike. With the possibility of catering available, there isn't really much you'll have to worry about.

Depending on the charter, different options can be included. Some will have drinks and snacks, while others can feature catering or a DJ. Some boat charters may also include a fuel allowance, but for some you will have to fill up the tank yourself.
All charter boats can be rented with or without crew members. If you chose to hire a charter with crew, they all have professional qualifications. Those who wish to hire a ship without crew must show a personal licence for the particular boat.  Whether you opt to rent with or without a crew, all boats are flagged and registered and you will be sure to have a wonderful experience. 
Boats are available for charter for a set number of hours or even for over night and multi-day tripsThere are quite a number of boat excursions that you can book while holidaying on Costa del Sol and depart from all of the major ports including Fuengirola, Benalmadena and Marbella. There are also a number of trips that commence in the Gibraltar and Tarifa areas of the coast.

If what you are looking for is a celebrity-style break, packed with luxury, designer shops and out of this world nightlife than your place is MarbellaThe night life in Puerto Banus is also as well known, and being the most important marina in the area, holds some of the most luxurious yachts in the world. 


But if what you are into is sandy, secluded beaches and understated luxury, then your spot is the super classy Sotogrande, where peace and quiet live together, with great sailing, polo games and lots of golf! Sotogrande is internationally renowned as Europe’s largest and most prestigious estate, offering over 20 kilometers of coastline with stunning views of Gibraltar and North Africa.

Once you've decided where you want to go and on which kind of tour, check out all the prices you can find online (it might be worth looking on TripAdvisor for reviews first) and then compare them to any you've been offered by tour guides or reps. Armed with the price knowledge you should be able to haggle a good price, particularly if there's a group of you. Before booking also check the basics, such as if transfers and refreshments are included, what happens if the trip is called off due to bad weather, and if the trip is covered by your holiday insurance.

Things to take with you and safety tips:



  • Wear a hat – You don’t want to get sunstroke do you?
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol – Say no more!
  • Take plenty of sun cream – This ain’t blighty! The sun will be hot!
  • Don’t fool about – Accidents can and will happen
  • Take a sick bag – Mainly for the kids
  • Drink plenty of water – Keep yourself and the children hydrated
  • Take your swimwear – You may stop for a dip!
  • Watch the children at all times – Better safe than sorry!
  • Don’t forget your camera – You want to catch all those great moments right?

Although these tips may seem pretty obvious to most people, you would be amazed at just how many holidaymakers end up either sunburnt, dehydrated or intoxicated. Use your head and you will enjoy the boat trip for all the right reasons.

Sources:
www.spainholiday.com
www.boatbookings.com
www.moneysavingexpert.com

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Things to Do in Costa del Sol - Leisure and Sports (Sotogrande area)

Sotogrande epitomizes the essence of sophistication and tranquillity. Located in the San Roque municipal area, it is only 15 minutes from Gibraltar Airport and one hour from Málaga International and Jerez Airports. Famous for its golf courses and polo fields, it has become an exceptional place to live or to simply spend some time enjoying its appeal. 

For Golfers - this really is a Golfer's Paradise. There are over 50 courses in the area, offering spectacular views over the area’s varied landscapes, and down to the sea. Valderrama, Sotogrande, San Roque, La Reserva, Finca Cortesin, Almenara, Alcaidesa, Duquesa and Dona Julia and many more each offer excellent golfing possibilities. 



Polo - there's nowhere better to see a game than the famous Rio grounds, dubbed the 'Wimbledon of polo pitches’ in Sotogrande.



Horseriding - lessons and hacks can be arranged at the ‘Escuela de Arte Ecuestre’ in Estepona and also at the Equestrian Centre at the San Roque Club de Golf. Why not play golf while the children ride! You can also ride on the beach at Tarifa!



Waterskiing - ‘Cable Ski Marbella’ in San Pedro is great for learning to water-ski or for those wanting to improve. The cable system pulls skiers around a lake and can be set at different speeds for children and beginners.



Windsurfing and Kitesurfing- take a trip to Tarifa for the best windsurfing and kiting but Alcaidesa and La Linea also offer many watersports.



Scubadiving - the nearest centre is the Happy Divers Club at the Atalaya Park Hotel between Estepona and Marbella.



Dolphin and whale watching - the Bay and Straits of Gibraltar have a large population of Dolphins and Whales. There are boat trips from La Linea, Gibraltar and Tarifa where you can see dolphins bow-riding alongside the boats.










Friday, 7 July 2017

Attractions for kids on the Costa del Sol

If you're looking for fun, age-appropriate places for kids all age this is your source! We know how difficult is to find a proper attraction on holidays. That's why we have picked them up for you.


Mundo Mania
www.facebook.com/MundoManiaSpain/
Play and party centre.

Located in Estepona it is an ideal party and play centre for toddlers, youngsters, teens and parents and has a huge range of leisure and play facilities inside and outside for all the family in a safe and family friendly environment.








Tivoli World
www.tivoli.es
Family entertaiment centre.

The only theme park on the coast. They have exciting rides for young and old with lots of themed restaurants to eat. In high season they are varied entertainment programmes with shows.







Butterfly Park of Benalmadena
www.mariposariodebenalmadena.com      
Thai temple with exotic butterflies from around the world.

Mariposario de Benalmadena is a fairly new park which features more than 1,500 butterflies and 150 different species in their natural habitat. It’s hard to spend longer than an hour inside but there are touch screen computer educational games outside in the lobby and a gift shop and cafe facilities.




                        



Bioparc Fuengirola
www.bioparcfuengirola.es
Zoo with animals & birds in naturalistic enclosures, a recreated jungle clearing & kids play area.

A lovely zoo designed on the ‘ zooinmersion’ concept. The animals are all kept in enclosures where you can look through glass walls or peer over the walls or through viewing points. The objective is to conserve and protect the animals and the zoo is considered one of the best parks in Europe.






Sealife Aquarium
www.visitsealife.com/benalmadena/en
Interesting displays and fish to be seen.

Ideally located on Benalmadena port. Visit during feeding times and witness a unique experience. 







Selwo Marina
www.selwomarina.es
The only Dolphinarium in Andalucia.

An excellent day out for all the family. Enjoy great dolphin and sea lion shows throughout the day. There is also an exotic bird and mysterious nature show plus you can enter the fascinating world of penguins in Ice Island. With  a new play area for the kids and touch pools with a variety of fish, including stingrays swimming around, there really is something for everyone. 






      Aventura Amazonia
www.aventura-amazonia.com
Theme park of tree climbing.

Aventura Amazonia is the largest adventure park in Andalusia. It has a total of 83 challenges in the trees and 20 zip lines distributed over 6 adventure circuits: MiniKids, Kids, Explorador, Jungla, Aventura, Deportivo and 3 training circuits. You can also launch yourself on the longest treetop zipline in Andalucia, an amazing 240m. in length.










Little Africa
http://www.lapequenaafrica.com/
Animal Reserve - Safari Park 

There is a wide variety of animals in one place at one time. Also many attractions for all family: zip line, kayaking, rides (tractor, pony, camel), animal feeding and more.









Bahia Water Park
https://www.bahiapark.com/
Water park in Algeciras

It's a family friendly water park. There is a new children's area with mini-versions of three rides, activity pool with a zipwire, another pool with a 1000 litre bucket of water which gets tipped over swimmers and eight rides for adults.