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Bena Vista

Costa del Sol, Spain

Holiday in the Costa del Sol

Posted by Luci Ackers on Aug 18, 2016
Holiday in the Costa del Sol

Southern Spain enjoys fantastic weather for a large proportion of the year, and the Costa del Sol region has certainly earned its name!

So, where to go if you want to make the most of the summer sunshine?

The beach

Always a hit with holiday makers, the coast tends to be first choice for those down in the south of Spain. The coastline around Estepona, to the east of Gibraltar, lies tucked and protected into a curve of the Alboran Sea, along the country's Mediterranean coast. One favourite beach in this area is Estepona's El Christo beach. It is a beautifully curving cove, set into a protected bay and the sands slope gently into the waters. Having been awarded blue flag status, this is a safe one for youngsters.

It is located round the coast from Estepona's large, main beach, La Rada, so is likely to be slightly quieter (though can still get very busy in peak season). Due to its position, the protected waters are slightly warmer here than its surroundings.

On this beach you'll find fine dark sand, unlike most of the beaches along the Costa del Sol, and very little stones. The fact that it faces west towards Gibraltar means that it benefits from the most fantastic sunsets over the distant view.

From Bena Vista it takes just 15 minutes to get to the beach, travelling straight down the coast road the A7, towards Estepona.

Inland

If you like the sun, but you're not so fond of the sand and the sea, worry not. You can spend a wonderful day out at Selwo Aventura. Located just 15 minutes outside of Estepona, this large wildlife park houses an incredible range of animals from across the globe. It's a safari experience that takes place partly on foot and partly in vehicles. You can reach the park off the A7 from Estepona or Marbella. http://selwo.es

Gardens

Orchid house and botanical gardens is an interesting new attraction on the outskirts of Estepona. A big glass building houses a lovely collection of plants – mainly a variety of stunning orchid species – and is surrounded by public gardens. Inside you'll be led through the beautiful displays, behind a large waterfall and over a little bridge on your journey through the plants. The gardens are located on the Calle Terraza in Estepona, off the main ring road of the town. If you're visiting, do bear in mind the gardens are closed on a Monday.

Further information

For more inspiration, things to do and places to visit while staying in the region, take a look at our things to do page.

Find out how to stay here yourself in a stunning apartment, just a short distance from Marbella, by popping your details in at the bottom of the page for a free brochure.

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Author: Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.


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