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HomeCareontheWeb Group – Staff Recommendations

Our team has been living and working on the Costa del Sol for many years. Who better to ask for suggestions on how to get the most from your next visit?

We start with Costa del Sol’s beautiful beaches, many of which have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag for environmental and safety standards. Here are some of our favourites, as recommended by HomeCareontheWeb Group Staff members.

Beaches

Playa de Cabopino. Golden sand and clear waters make this an ideal family beach. “Cabopino is great for kids as it’s a very shallow bay” (Samantha – Sales).

Playa del Ejido (del Castillo), Fuengirola. Accessible beach, close to bars and restaurants and Sohail Castle. “If you want to have a beach BBQ you can rent out one of the BBQ boats for a small fee” (Rubén – Reception).

Playa Real de Zaragoza. More than a KM of fine golden sands and calm, shallow waters make this beach the perfect place for families with young children “Great beach, safe, and the food at Rancho Cubano is to die for” (Samantha – Sales).

Playa Malapesquera. The great location in Benalmádena centre and green shady areas make this popular with all. “Close to Puerto Marina for boat hire“ (Sandra – Operations).

Playamar. Ideal for water sports such as windsurfing, sailing or diving. “Big open beaches with shade areas under palm trees” (Sandra – Operations).

For more about the Costa del Sol’s beaches, see our blog www.holidayrentalontheweb.com/blog/best-beaches-costa-del-sol/

Places to eat

‘Fish Alley’ in and around Calle Moncayo, Fuengirola is a longstanding favourite with locals and visitors. Traditionally the place to go for fresh fish, today “you will find restaurants serving food from all over the world.” (Kylie – Accounts)

Venta del Jinete, Mijas is famous for its grilled meat and fish. Dining alfresco on the spacious terrace is “fabulous for steak on an open grill. And the lamb is divine.” (Samantha – Sales)

Chiringuito Arroyo, La Cala de Mijas. First opened in 1975 to serve local fisherman. A wonderful location on the bay serving “the best paella in La Cala!” (Carly – Sales/ HolidayRentals)

TreeTops Restaurante, Urbanización El Chaparral Golf, Mijas. International a la carte at reasonable prices. “Great atmosphere and views from the terrace.” (Ana – Operations)

La Libélula Vegan Café, Fuengirola. “A good option if you are Vegan/Vegetarian. An interesting and different menu giving alternatives for more traditional dishes.” (Matthew – HolidayRentals)

La Esquina del Chinorros, Fuengirola. “A great terrace to sit outside and people watch, reasonable prices and a varied menu.”  (Matthew – HolidayRentals)

Chiringuitos, from Playa Carihuela, through Playamar to Campo de Golf. “Lots of different chiringuitos located on the beaches. Enjoy different types of dishes with fresh ingredients” (Sandra – Operations).

Restaurante Palangreros, Fuengirola. Traditional Mediterranean dining. “Some of the best Spanish cuisine to be found, and at a decent price”. (Rubén – Reception)

Simbad Restaurant, Marbella. Beach restaurant with great views. “A relaxing day at the beach and lunch at this chiringuito is always a great pleasure.” (Ana – Operations)

The Beach House, Marbella. Style and comfort, great location. “Fabulous food, live music on weekends and right on one of the best beaches on the coast.” (Tony – Group Founder)

Trattoria L’Impronta, San Pedro. Elegant and unique gallery restaurant. “Good Italian traditional fare, with gluten free and vegetarian and vegan options.” (Tony – Group Founder)

Bodegon Gallery, Benahavis. family restaurant and wine cellar. “Lovely open fire in winter, Great selection of olive oils and wine for sale.” (Tony – Group Founder)

For more about the Costa del Sol’s restaurants see our blog www.holidayrentalontheweb.com/blog/category/costa-del-sol-restaurants/

Favourite Recipes

Gambas Pil Pil
Dorada a la Sal
Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • Pack of peeled large prawns (around 6 prawns per person)
  • Baby tomatoes (around 4 per person)
  • Lots and lots of garlic, at least a globe.
  • 1 or 2 chillies, dependant on your taste.
  • Sprinkle of chilli flakes
  • Sprinkle of paprika
  • ¼ litre of quality olive oil
  • Plenty of fresh crusty bread.
Ingredients

  • 1 whole Dorada (Sea Bream)
  • 1kg bag of course salt (2kg if a large fish)

Method

  • Put the oil in a heavy based saucepan or frying pan and gradually heat.
  • While the oil is heating peel the garlic and slice into thin and thick pieces.
  • Thinly slice the chillies.
  • Halve the tomatoes.
  • When the oil is hot throw in the chillies, tomatoes, and garlic.
  • After a couple of minutes when the garlic is browning throw in the prawns.
  • The prawns will take around 2 minutes. Then sprinkle the chilli flakes and the paprika and wait 1 minute.
  • Serve into warm heavy bowls and enjoy. Don’t forget to mop up all the juices with your bread.

(Tony – Group Founder)

Method

  • Heat oven to 240degrees.
  • Place the whole fish, un-cleaned, onto a layer of salt on a baking tray. Cover with the remainder of the salt so that the fish is totally encased.
  • Drip some water over the salt – not much – and tap all the salt into place.
  • Bake or 20 to 25 minutes (30 if a larger fish).
  • Remove from oven and crack all the salt off the top using a spoon and fork. Lift skin and remove the fish fillet by fillet onto a plate.
  • Lift the bones out of the way and repeat with the other fillets. If removed correctly there will be no bones at all.
  • Serve with small boiled potatoes in skins and mixed veg.

(Samantha – Sales)



Espetos Sardines
Ensalada Malagueña
Ingredients

  • Sardines (6-7 per skewer)
  • Sea salt
Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 100 gr. salted cod
  • 3 oranges
  • Extra virgin olive oil (at least 100ml)
  • 2 to 3 spring onions
  • Green or black olives
  • Salt
Method

  • Salt the sardines with coarse salt.
  • Thread the sardines on the skewer, through the belly and below the spine.
  • Place the skewers next to the wood fire – not too close.
  • Cook for two minutes each side.
  • Serve with a tomato and avocado salad.

(Sandra – Operations)

Method

  • Desalt the cod: soak in a bowl of cold water for 24 hours (changing the water occasionally).
  • Boil the potatoes, dry and peel them, and cut into medium- size chunks.
  • Fillet the oranges, removing all pith, and cut into chunks the same size as the potatoes.
  • Thinly slice the spring onions.
  • Combine all the ingredients: Mix together potatoes oranges and onions. Add the cod flakes.
  • Add the olives and finally salt and olive oil.

(Matthew – HolidayRentals)

 

 

Favourite Walks

Ermita del Calvario, Mijas.

  • 4.5KM. Moderate.
  • Start/End: Tourist Office, Mijas Pueblo.

Steeply uphill to the chapel. Great view of the coast and the town of Mijas. Remember to take water and wear proper footwear.” (Matthew – HolidayRentals)


El Chorro and Caminito del Rey.

  • 15KM. Moderate.
  • Start/End: El Chorro.

“The scenery is beautiful and there’s Caminito del Rey day trips if 15k is too much!” (Taylor – Inspections)

Beautiful walk. Not for the faint hearted!” (Ana-Operations)


Pico La Concha, Istan.

  • 17KM. Moderate / Difficult.
  • Start/End: Istan.

A tough day out, rewarded by amazing views of the Costa del Sol. Wear appropriate clothing, take plenty of water and always tell someone where you’re going and what time you expect to return.“ (Dawn – Housekeeping)


 

Puerto Malaga, Mijas.

  • 7KM. Moderate.
  • Start/End: Mijas Pueblo

“Steep in places but great views of Mijas and the coast and beyond.“ (Matthew – HolidayRentals)


Favourite Days Out


El Chorro Natural Park

The Guadalhorce River, dammed in the 1920’s to form the Gualdahorce / El Chorro reservoirs, cuts through spectacular limestone scenery creating an extensive natural park and lakes. Great for walking, caving, climbing, kayaking and the famous Caminito del Rey.

Great, lots of water sports offered and the scenery is beautiful.” (Taylor – Inspections)



Caminito del Rey

Originally a maintenance and access path for construction workers the suspended walkway was opened to general access in 1921 by King Alfonso 13th. Clinging to the side of Los Gaitanes Gorge the Kings Path, just 1m wide, rises to over 100 meters above the Guadalhorce river and covers 7KM, ending at El Chorro station.

Beautiful walk. Not for the faint hearted!” (Ana-Operations)



Sohail Castle

Located at the mouth of the Fuengirola River, the site has been continuously fortified since pre-roman times. The castle we see today dates from the time of Abd al-Rahman III, Caliph of Cordoba (929-961).

Very interesting history and free to visit. It is also a nice walk up and there is a bar at the bottom by the river.” (Matthew – HolidayRentals)


Fuengirola Port

Established in the mid-19th century to support agricultural exports, the area now offers lively café culture with numerous restaurants and bars alongside sport & leisure activities, sailing and a traditional fishing port.

“On a Sunday, dance in the main square and enjoy the live entertainment. Great atmosphere.” (Kylie – Accounts)



Málaga City

More than just gateway to the Costa del Sol, the city has much to offer. Art, history, and food, traditional and modern, all packed into lively ancient streets in a picturesque bay. Here are just a few favourites:

  • La Alcazaba & Castillo Gibralfaro. “A must visit destination.” (Matthew – HolidayRentals)
  • Picasso Museum. “Great. You get to see the birthplace of Málaga’s most important artist.” (Rubén – Reception)
  • Hammam Al Andaluz. “Restful and peaceful, restoration in beautiful Moorish baths.” (Rubén – Reception)
  • Museo de Aduana. “A favourite. Great location in the old customs house” (Matthew – HolidayRentals)
  • Mercado Central.“Spectacle of colour and food. Amazing tapas.” (Jackie – Setups)

Pueblos Blancos

If you want to venture a little further afield, head inland and explore the White Villages, traditional, whitewashed mountainside pueblos, for a taste of Andalucía past.

  • Ronda. Beautiful historic town, surrounded by stunning countryside, famous for its extraordinary gorge.
  • Benahavis. Traditional White Village less than 10km inland from the Costa del Sol. Famous for its food and golf.
  • Casares. Stunning White Village clinging to a rocky outcrop and set in gorgeous countryside.
  • Mijas Pueblo. Pretty White Village, great for shopping. A thriving art scene and good hikes.
  • Ojen. White Village just 10 minutes from the beaches of Marbella surrounded by the stunning Sierra Blanca.
  • Istan. White village in the Rio Verde valley with a stunning lake and beautiful countryside ideal for hiking.

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