Guadalmina is located at the western end of the Costa del Sol, just next door to the town of San Pedro de Alcantara and between the two famous resorts of Puerto Banus and Estepona. It may be relatively new, but it is traditional in style and great for families. The beach here is 1½ kilometres long and there are excellent golf courses in the area. Guadalmina is golfing heaven, with a 36 hole golf course and 3 more great courses nearby. Together, they attract holiday golfers from all over Europe. Make sure you try one of the restaurants and bars along the edge of the beach or in the popular shopping area. If you fancy going further afield, Guadalmina is well positioned to explore the coastline as well as the hill towns of the region.
Guadalmina Commercial Centre has a large supermarket and deli to fill your villa’s fridge. Nearby San Pedro de Alcantara has a busy street market every Thursday morning where you can buy a great array of fruit and vegetables from the local farmers. There are also endless stalls selling clothes, leather goods and other souvenirs. If you are looking for the big brand fashion names, the shopping centres El Corte Ingles in Puerto Banus and La Canada in Marbella are the place to go.
Guadalmina has a choice of restaurants and bars in the shopping area and with some particularly stylish options along the beachfront. Nearby San Pedro de Alcantara has a choice of Spanish restaurants and bars where you can try tapas and a glass of locally produced wine. For a glamourous night out, take a 10 to 15 minute taxi ride to the beautiful marinas of Puerto Banus and Marbella.
Guadalmina Beach is part of a long line of beaches stretching down the coast of the Costa del Sol. You can hire sunbeds and parasols and there are watersports available. The chilled atmosphere of Beach Club Dantonela’s make it the perfect spot for drinks and lunch. Heading west, towards Estepona, there are some beautiful coves and bays on the coastline including local favourite, El Saladillo which is great for swimming and snorkelling. The Buddha Beach in nearby Puerto Banus has water sports and a beach club for food and refreshments till late into the evening.
The Costa del Sol has been popular for family holidays for decades and it’s easy to see why. There are plenty of theme parks, waterparks, aquariums and zoos to keep all the family entertained. Try Selwo Safari Park in Estepona, just 10 minutes’ drive from Guadalmina. As well as a collection of African animals that you can view from rope bridges, there are also ziplines and trampolines. At the commercial centre in Guadalmina, there is an indoor play area which is perfect when you want some shade.
Golfers will be delighted will the choice of high quality courses. Guadalmina has a golf course overlooking the sea and there are three courses nearby: Monte Mayor, Atalaya Golf and El Paraiso.
The historic and charming hill town of Ronda is one hour’s drive directly North. Why not follow one of the region’s wine routes to reach it?
Flamenco is the well-loved folk dance and music of southern Spain and seeing it performed live is an intense and inspiring experience. You can attend a show in nearby Marbella or Estepona.
If you want to learn more about the history of the Costa del Sol, visit Castellar de la Frontera a fortified village and Moorish castle set in the hills about the coast. You can wander through the streets and enjoy lunch at one of the coffee shops.