Why buy in Mijas?

Why buy in Mijas?

Mijas is a beautiful area of the Costa del Sol that has long drawn tourists and international buyers. It is a superb place to invest as its infrastructure includes lots for visitors to do with golf clubs aplenty, AquaMijas and Bioparc Fuengirola. Mijas Costa is the part of the municipality of Mijas which covers the 12 kilometre stretch of coastline joining (from East to West) El Chaparral, La Cala de Mijas, Miraflores, Riviera and Calahonda. Although just a twenty-minute drive from the whitewashed Mijas Pueblo which is steeped in the old Andalucian traditions and customs, the residential and beach life of the coast is very much modern and lively.

The properties available in Mijas Costa range from apartments for holiday lets to major villa developments and there are properties here to suit many lifestyles and budgets. The beach life offers water sports ranging from jet skis, waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, parapenting and more Mijas Costa is an ideal destination for both family and friend holidays, with safe beaches and local shops, bars, restaurants, and golf on hand in each resort.

Located on the southeast coast of Spain, where warm weather is guaranteed with rainfall being a rarity, especially during the summer months. Mijas Costa is a very short journey from Malaga airport taking only 23 minutes from one to the other. Head west in the other direction and you can reach Marbella in a short 25-minute drive, where you can enjoy some of the world’s finest beaches.

You can expect to find a lot of British speaking residents making the language barriers less severe. Enjoy the wide selection of restaurants & activities available in Mijas Costa including golf, water parks, and even a zoo!

If 2020 is the year you have earmarked for making your dreams of owning a home in the sun, then Mijas Costa is certainly an area you can consider. Contact one of our team today and we can work with you to understand your requirements and make those dreams come true.

Malaga’s stunning Christmas light show

Malaga’s stunning Christmas light show

If you’re planning on visiting the Costa del Sol this Christmas, or indeed live anywhere along the coast you can’t miss coming to visit Málaga City Centre to see the stunning Christmas Light display in the city’s famous Calle Larios.

Málaga’s Christmas lights have quickly become one of the most talked-about and anticipated attractions. The Town Hall spends thousands on Christmas lights – this year’s budget is a staggering €806,000 (€532,830 for Calle Larios alone!) – And the results speak for themselves.

This year’s show is located in Calle Larios and features a ‘Christmas Forest’ light show which will include 342 aluminium and glass leaves illuminated by special LED lighting, more than 100 aluminium suns ranging from 1 to 4 metres in diameter with lighting on both sides, and the impressive structure will also feature angels. The above will be housed in a structure composed on 22 12.8-metre-high aluminium arches and 1000 12-metre-long LED strips of light!

One of the novelties this year is that you’ll also be able to visit the lights during the day as the aluminium used is designed to reflect the sunlight and create a unique daytime light show.

After the success of Málaga’s light show in recent years that has attracted millions of visitors – this year’s festivities will also feature a spectacular light and sound show. Officially opened to the public on Friday the 29th November, there will be three light shows every evening until the 5th January, the first at 6:30pm, the second at 8:00pm and the third at 9:30pm.

There is still plenty of time to come along and see the stunning show and whilst you are in Málaga why not make the most of those fabulous shops and the history and culture fitting in visits to one of the museums or art galleries.

We have some fantastic properties in Málaga including these stunning apartments built in a historic building in the city.

Buying a home in Europe’s finest golf destination

Buying a home in Europe’s finest golf destination

If the weather in the UK or wherever you are has you staring out of an office window yearning for a better life, then think Spain. In 2020, you could be making your dreams of owning a holiday home come true. Now if you are golf lover, you will know Spain is the perfect place to live or have a holiday home.

There are more than 70 excellent golf courses from east of Málaga to Sotogrande, the Costa del Sol is not only Spain’s golfing ambassador but also the leading golf destination in continental Europe. Since the 1997 Ryder Cup was played at the prestigious Valderrama – the first time the event had been held outside Britain and the United States – this 150-kilometre stretch of golfing paradise has also been popularly known as the Costa del Golf.

Over the past four decades, the Coast has hosted numerous other European Tour events – men’s, women’s and seniors – among them the World Cup, World Golf Championship, Volvo Masters, Spanish Open and World Match Play Championship.

Whatever level you play at, there is a golf course or three with your name on it. Some of the world’s most renowned architects have also designed courses on the Costa del Sol, including the legendary Robert Trent Jones.

Golf here is further enhanced by the amazing climate. The high season is actually from spring to autumn, with golfers from the more northern climes delighted to be able to play on the Coast throughout winter as their home courses are enveloped in snow or buffeted by wind and rain.

So, what if you don’t play golf? Non-golfers accompanying their golfing partners and family members can also take advantage of the Costa del Sol’s other superb sporting and leisure amenities, including tennis, pádel, horse-riding, polo, cycling, hiking and water activities – as well as gyms and spas.

If you are still sitting at your desk imagining what your lifestyle here could be like then let us inspire you further with a look at our properties.

Contact one of our team today if you would like further information.

Spanish Navidad in Granada

Spanish Navidad in Granada

The festive month is almost upon us and many people will be planning where they will be and what to do at Christmas and Spanish Navidad. Granada is a stunning place to visit at any time of year but at Christmas it is magical. Granada Christmas festivities begin around the 1st of December and end on the 6th of January. According to Spanish tradition, the big celebration is actually Epiphany with the three kings bringing gifts on January the 6th and the Spanish Navidad has plenty to offer with a whole month of activities.

Granada Christmas Lights
On Friday 29th November 2019 in Bib Rambla Square the city Christmas lights will be switched on at 9.00pm and Puerta Real, Gran Via, Reyes Catolicos and the main commercial streets in the city centre are where you get the best view of the decorations and lights.

Nativity Scenes in Granada
In the UK and Nordic countries, the switching on of Christmas tree lights is usually an important event. In Granada, the Nativity Scene is the main feature in most shop windows and offices. Christmas trees are not quite as abundant as in other countries. In the official Belen competition run by the local town hall around 40 organisations compete and there are actually many more unofficial displays around the city. Every year in Granada has a Ruta de Belenes so you can visit all the nativity scenes. All the scenes on the route are open from 11th December until the 5th January. (with their own timetables).

Christmas Concerts
There are lots of Flamenco concerts and typical Rociero choirs on over Chrismas time. At the Teatro Isabela la Catolica they have shows throughout December and a few in January.
Tickets can be purchased at the theatre kiosk. (Puerta Real/Fuente de las Batallas) The Palacio de Congresos de Granada have lots of concerts and activities on over Christmas. This year they have a typical Flamenco Zambomba on 18th December, the Nutcracker Ballet on 19th December or the Beauty and Beast Musical on 22nd December.

Granada Christmas Markets
In Plaza Bib Rambla and Puerta Real the Christmas Markets start on Saturday 30th November 2019 and open from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 9.30pm daily. Expect to find typical sweets, handmade toys and jewellery although the stalls are closed on 25th December and 1st January.

Ice Skating
What is more festive than taking to the ice with your loved ones and enjoying a lovely hot chocolate afterwards. Don Patin has public sessions for just 5 euros.
Tuesday & Thursday: 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Fridays: 4pm to 5.15pm / 5.45pm to 7pm / 7.30pm to 8.45pm
Saturdays & Sundays 12:45h a 1:45pm / 4pm to 5.15pm / 5.45pm to 7pm / 7.30pm to 8.45pm
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Visit the Alhambra Palace over Christmas
This stunning historic site is really somewhere to visit on any trip to Spain. There is something magical about this time of year and the history and culture there. Opening times in wintertime are Monday to Sunday from 8.30am to 2pm and 2pm to 6pm. It is best to book tickets ahead of time.

Ski in Spain
From November until Mid April 2019 Sierra Nevada Ski Station is open and this season it benefits from some updates. You could stay there or just head up on a day trip from the city. If you choose to drive up always check road conditions as some parts of the mountain road may need Snow Chains when you reach altitude depending on the weather.

A typical Granada Christmas in the mountains can be quite cosy and festive being surrounded by snow, history and culture, so why not book your festive break in Granada and enjoy some of the best scenery in Spain.

It’s almost ski season at Sierra Nevada

It’s almost ski season at Sierra Nevada

One of the benefits of living in Andalucia and in fact in Spain is that after months on those beautiful beaches, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy the powdery fresh slopes of the Sierra Nevada. Just over an hour from Malaga, this great resort has implemented some changes for the coming season.

The ski and mountain resort of Sierra Nevada has invested 9 million euros in a comprehensive plan for the new season that covers all the services of the station. This was announced on 12th November by the CEO of Cetursa Sierra Nevada, Jesús Ibáñez, during the presentation of the 2019/20 winter season in Madrid. There are some special offers on the website that include passes and hotel stays.

Ski lifts
During this season users will have information screens on almost all lifts to know the condition of tracks and lifts. Service information, safety advice and weather events will follow each other on the screens installed in the lower stations. The Monachil chairlift, meanwhile, will change the entrance door to the ski lift to make skier access easier and more comfortable.

Snow produced
There are 33 new snow cannons on the track of El Rio. The new canyons are all fixed except two that are mobile and produce the same amount of snow in half the time as the old ones.

Snowpark
The Sulayr snowpark will premiere a larger freestyle mat that is connected to the Skiline recording system, so you can replay your awesome moves once your trip is over.

Restaurants
The après ski is just as important as the actual skiing itself. The resort has a new Domino’s Pizza restaurant in the lower station of Ts Monachil. The Winery, in Pradollano, has a renovated outdoor terrace and inside has introduced the concept of Tap Station, San Miguel, for tasting draft beers inspired by the most emblematic beers in the world. In Borreguiles, the Chill Out terrace has undergone remodelling. A new point ‘food track’ will be installed next to DreamLand.

Competitions
The slopes of Sierra Nevada will house about thirty official competitions of all disciplines and for all ages. Four Spanish championships stand out: Snowrunning (snow mountain race), Potholes (freestyle), School (alpine skiing) and Veterans (alpine skiing). However, the highlight of the season will be the return of the World Cup with a Snowboard Cross event, which will be held on March 6 and 7, 2020 with the participation of the best riders in the world of discipline, including the Spanish Lucas Eguibar and Regino Hernández.
If all this has you dreaming about dusting off your snowboard or traversing a tantalising slope then Sierra Nevada is literally on your doorstep.

Where to Buy Property in the Costa del Sol

Where to Buy Property in the Costa del Sol

If the Costa del Sol is your destination of choice but you’re not too sure about which areas you should be looking at, don’t worry. There’s more to this fantastic region in the south of Spain than first meets the eye. Aside from fabulous beaches and a temperate climate, living here offers the luxury outdoor lifestyle that means golf, tennis, water sports, paddle, horse riding and many other activities could be part of your daily routine. Here are a few suggestions of where to buy property in the Costa del Sol. You could also read through Buyers Guide to understand the simple process of buying a home here in Spain.

Marbella
Places don’t get much more fabulous than Marbella. As a well-known upmarket location, it has attracted the rich and famous for decades. You can easily find a dream home as there are so many property types available so a wide range of budgets and size requirements are catered for. There are many reasons to live in Marbella: the temperate Mediterranean climate, the beautiful hills and nearby national parks, some of the most beautiful beaches, the Old Town and the huge range of dining and entertainment options. Overall, Marbella is a popular place to live, with over 140,000 expats and locals calling it home. Step just outside Marbella and you can find lovely areas like Las Chapas, Calahonda and San Pedro – here you can find amazing properties that will tick all your boxes if being in the heart of the action isn’t for you. We can’t leave Marbella without mentioning its opulent marina, Puerto Banus. This is a place to see and be seen with luxury yachts abound.

Estepona
Located just east of Puerto Banus and Marbella, Estepona is a charming beachside resort town close to all amenities, with the coastal highway that leads to Málaga and the airport a few minutes away. It’s becoming more and more popular and the real estate investments here are growing with demand. For anyone who wants to be by the coast and still experience the traditional Spanish lifestyle, Estepona is the ideal place for you. The whitewashed town centre offers an array of shops, bars and restaurants and is characterized by flower-filled avenues culminating in Flores Square and there is a weekly market down by the marina. A truly delightful place to set up home with a great cross-section of activities and amenities. Investors and homebuyers are constantly on the lookout for property for sale in Estepona.

Benahavis/La Zagaleta
Known as one of the most prestigious villages on the Costa del Sol, Benhavis is an area well known for its golf and gastronomy. When it comes to investing in property you will find real luxury properties in this super private and exclusive enclave. Though the village itself is relatively small, it really does pack a punch! The quaint town is remarkably unspoilt, with the beautiful scenic countryside surrounding the area. Benahavis is located around 7kms from Marbella and Puerto Banus, so you have all the amenities of those resorts including luxury nightlife, fine dining and superb boutiques not too far from your peaceful countryside location. Properties here are highly sought after especially in the area of La Zagaleta. Residents of La Zagaleta are typically those who value privacy and exclusivity. The exceptional environment attracts many of the rich and famous from Europe, North America, the Middle East and beyond who come to enjoy nature, comfort, luxury, privacy and the exclusivity of this address.

We have detailed three areas to look for luxury properties in the Costa del Sol and there are many more dotted along the coastline and inland. Each resort offers something a little different, so if Marbella, Estepona and Benahavis are not for you, talk to one of our property experts. They know the areas very well and so can help you find the resort that will suit your lifestyle expectations.

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