By Arianne Fabrice
Costa del Sol holidays have it all. Wonderful weather, beautiful beaches and more bars and restaurants to choose from than you can possibly imagine. Throw in a boat load of activities like cycling and scuba diving and you’ve got holiday perfection. Although Costa del Sol has some excellent hotels, including large resorts in Marbella and Torremolinos, villa and self-catering holidays in Costa del Sol are increasingly popular. This allows you to have your own patch of paradise to enjoy.
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Get the best value by choosing a villa in Costa del Sol
Villas to rent in the Costa del Sol come in all shapes and sizes, from luxury villas with private pools to cheaper self-catering options that can prove better value than a hotel. You’ll always find more space in a villa than in a hotel room, which is especially useful if you’re travelling with children. You’ll also have your own outdoor space and perhaps even a private pool to enjoy without necessarily paying more than you would for a hotel stay.
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Get away from the crowds, if you want to
Some find that one of the benefits of choosing a holiday rental is the seclusion and privacy it affords. Many of the towns that dot the Costa del Sol coastline are lively and exciting and those opting for a villa in Costa del Sol can venture into towns like Torremolinos and Marbella by day, then retreat to the privacy of their holiday villa by night. Other days, the peace and tranquillity of a private swimming pool can be enjoyed with no jostling for sunbed space!
The best of both worlds when it comes to mealtimes
Treating yourself to meals out can be a well-deserved holiday perk. Self-catering lets you eat out at your leisure with the flexibility to have breakfasts and lunches in your private villa. Then if you fancy dining out in one of the excellent restaurants in the towns along the coast, you can do that too. For those working to a budget, Costa del Sol self-catering means keeping the cost of mealtimes down by shopping in local supermarkets and avoiding pricey waterfront eateries.
Find the location that suits you best
With holiday lets and private villas dotted all over the Costa del Sol, you’ll find the location that suits you best. Whether you want to be near the cycle paths or near a dive centre to take advantage of Costa del Sol scuba diving. You don’t need to be confined to one of the bigger resorts if you don’t fancy it, instead choosing a more secluded area on the coastline. But there are options for holiday villa rentals in Costa del Sol’s towns if you still want to be in the hubbub but with your own kitchen facilities to self-cater.
Arianne Fabrice is a travel journalist who specialises in the popular resort destinations in and around Europe. Having worked for some of Paris’ premium travel mags, she’s recently moved into English-language publications.