Do you want to know our favorite Blue Flag beaches? Then, keep reading. 😉
Top Blue Flag beaches in Spain
Choosing is difficult. We would do a tour of each and every one of the Spanish beaches! But if we are to recommend, we beg you do not miss the following beaches in the Valencia region and Malaga’s Costa del Sol. You will never want to leave.
The best beaches in Valencia region
Valencia region has a preferred position in this list, since it leads the national ranking with 134 Blue Flags on its beaches. Among them, those on Alicante’s Costa Blanca are the most awarded in the entire Iberian Peninsula, with no less than 73 Blue Flag beaches.
These are the ones we like the most:
Racó del Mar, in Canet de Berenguer. Dune chains, ecological value, 1,250 meters long, fine sand and chosen as the best beach in Spain in two consecutive years.
Les Deveses, in Denia. Three kilometers length and the furthest from the Denia town center, which maintains its natural essence at 100%. There is also a windsurfing school!
Cap Blanch, in Altea. Most impressive are its waters, which almost look like glass. You can choose between fine gravel and bowling, and it never becomes overcrowded. Yes, Altea is our weakness…
Sant Joan, in Alicante. The quintessential Alicante beach, full of life and seven kilometers long! Beach volleyball, soccer goals, water sports … Boredom does not exists here.
La Cala, in Finestrat. This cove is a little gem with very calm, warm and crystalline waters. And it is only three kilometers from Benidorm.
Malaga’s coast is the apple of our eyes. We feel weak for its light, the joy of its people and those fresh waters that welcome us every summer. Malaga is the province of Andalusia that got the most Blue Flags this year, with 23 in total, so you can imagine the quality of its beaches.
We cannot spend the summer without visiting these:
Arroyo Vaquero, in Estepona. This beach is special for its tranquility and its vegetation. And also for being a great destination for divers. And you can feel free to practice nudism. Arroyo Vaquero is pure nature.
La Cala, in Mijas Costa. Also known as the Butibamba, it is a narrow beach with calm waters. Walking along its promenade and finishing with a bath is a luxury.
Casablanca, in Marbella. This beach has everything you need. Whether you are looking for sports, relax, a family day… you will find it here. The palm trees give it a different touch and its golden sand is always pristine.
The return to normality is gradually happening, and we are looking forward to playing some golf again as soon as we can. Green grass, good weather, friends, the breeze from the coast… We are so eager that we want to move and live on a golf course in the Costa del Sol!
Estepona has no less than16 kilometres of pedestrian streets and 21 kilometres of coastline. You can choose between long beaches or small hidden coves. Estepona’s bathing areas are popular for their excellent state of conservation. Walking around them is also a pleasure. The town’s renovation has turned it into a collageof bougainvilleas, flower pots and white facades. Our favourite area is Calle Sevilla, which has the tower of the Nuestra Señora de los Remedios church in the background.
If you like to get around, you should know that the hiking trails winding through the natural areas of Estepona are extraordinary. You can go on foot, by bike, or even on horseback. You have over 174 kilometres of natural surroundings to choose from. The Phoenicians, the Romans and the Arabs are part of the history of Estepona. This interweaving of cultures continues to this day and is reflected, for instance, in the Muslim watchtowers on the coast.
In addition, if you like sports, in Estepona you can practice all kinds of activities, from water sports, such as wind-surfing, surfing and sailing, to playing in the ubiquitous golf courses. Take a look at all the golf courses on the Costa del Sol, the paradise for golfers all year round!
Visiting the coast is great. Living there is a privilege.
A golf course on the Costa del Sol just for you
Who would not want to live here?
The places we choose at Sonneil are full of vitality. They are optimistic, accessible, and give rise to multiple possibilities. Homes that you can design and enjoy in your own way, shaping your new life, whatever it may be. Bear in mind that nature and good weather are shared with everyone. ☀ Doral Golf homes are perfect for this combination.
Homes for light; homes for you
We could dedicate an entire blog to Doral Golf homes, but we have chosen the top five reasons why we are obsessed with this development. So what do you think?
Obviously, golf. Do you want to golf as much as we do? The Costa del Sol has the best golf clubs in the world. What’s better than getting back to the course right next to home? Doral Golf Residences are in the heart of Estepona Golf, known for its well presented and wide fairways. Its greens are the envy of the other courses on the coast. A piece of toast, a cup of coffee and off you go! As if that were not enough, the golf courses of Valle Romano, Doña Julia and Finca Cortesin are a ten minute drive away. You better start praying, Tiger.
Green, green, green. If something characterizes Doral Golf Residences is the surroundings and the views. We love nature and that is why we want you to live surrounded by it. At Doral Golf, outdoor spaces are the protagonists. The good weather on the Costa del Sol deserves it! Here, we look for the indoor-outdoor connection, with large windows in the homes to make the most of natural light. The garden areas are perfect for your morning or evening walks, always surrounded by vegetation. Breathing the air in this area of Estepona should be prescribed by doctors!
What home do you need? We know that everyone needs a different type of home, adapted to their needs and future plans. Therefore, the Doral Golf Residences homes are designed to give you what you are looking for. Independence, family life, a relaxed retirement… There are 79 homes with 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms to choose from. All the houses have spacious rest rooms, as well as a kitchen furnished and equipped with a telescopic hood, oven, microwave and ceramic hob and built with the highest quality materials. Individual hot and cold air conditioning system, fitted wardrobes, double glazing, armored access door… Everything has been designed to give you the life you are looking for.
Just relax. You deserve it. We all get stressed out sometimes. But coping with stress by swimming in the pool or taking a nap in the solarium sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? The garden areas and the communal swimming pool overlooking the golf course are the perfect place to forget about any problems, even if is just for a little while.
Costa del Sol is your place. The coast of Malaga is internationally known for its quality of life, its more than 300 days of sunshine a year and the small paradises that make it up. Can you imagine living here? In addition to the days spent golfing, you can enjoy beaches and coves for all tastes very close to your home: Arroyo Baquero Beach, Bahía Dorada Beach and La Galera Beach. But why not visiting places that seem to have been taken out of a painting? White villages like Frigiliana, the impressive Malaga… all accompanied by an irresistible gastronomy based on fish and vegetables. We will never get tired of Malaga espetos (fresh sardines, skewered and cooked over a pit of coals).
The works at Doral Golf will start soon and we’d love for you to experience life on Costa del Sol for yourself!
We can already see you enjoying the sunlight coming in through the windows and the terraces overlooking the golf course.
If you feel like it, you can visit us in our sales office. Likewise, at Sonneil we want to make your life easier, so you can visit the Doral Golf website and contact us to have all the information you need.
Going for a walk is no longer a dream. At last we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel and we can walk and enjoy the sunlight. At Sonneil, we love doing it in these areas of the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol. Fancy going for a walk with us?
The Costa Blanca has more than 300 days of sun a year and we are looking forward to enjoying them like this:
Going for a walk in Denia
Denia is a small port city, yes. But don’t be fooled by its size. Denia has more than 2,000 years of history, and Iberians, Phoenicians and Greeks lived in it. There must be a reason, right? The castle and the port are its hallmarks, as well as a gastronomy to lick your fingers. Hopefully we can visit one of its restaurants soon! Denia is like a secret garden, and the favorite destination of those who love sunlight, hiking, seafaring atmospheres… It is a small place, but it is also really cosmopolitan. Living here is a luxury.
Calpe is one of the most visited cities on the Costa Blanca, and we are not surprised at all! Great civilizations like the Phoenicians and the Romans lived in it. The Baños de la Reina site is just a trace of the importance that Calpe had in the history of the Mediterranean. For views lovers, looking at the horizon from the top of the Peñón de Ifach will leave you breathless! As well as the quality of its fine sandy beaches and the cleanliness of its waters.
Our favorite walk: the ecological walk that winds the coast from La Fossa beach to Benissa. Cliffs, crystalline coves such as the Mallorquí and Bassetes … and with the Peñón de Ifach as the background of our postcard tour. We can’t wait to do it! And why not? Rest at home looking at the sea.
Going for a walk in Jávea
Between the ends of La Nau and Sant Antoni, in the northern part of the Costa Blanca, Jávea, has nothing more and nothing less than 25 kilometers of coastline. Plenty to choose from! In addition to sandy beaches, stone coves, cliffs… the historic center has a lot to offer. Lose yourself in the medieval streets with white facades, gothic houses, wrought iron trellises, and the characteristic ‘rough stone’ of the area.
Our favorite walk: enjoy the seaside neighborhood from the Gorgos river bridge. Feel the sun as we reach the port walking along the Paseo de la Grava. The fishermen’s market, the yacht club, Cala del Pope and, if you dare, go up Cabo de San Antonio to the lighthouse. The views of the bay of Jávea are memorable.
Going for a walk in San Juan Beach
Playa de San Juan is the beach of Alicante par excellence. It is where the people of Alicante escape to disconnect from the city, where friends gather around a few towels, where the beach bars are an excuse to look at the horizon.
Known for its unrivaled hotel infrastructures, Benidorm has been transformed in recent years. It is not only beaches and good temperaturas any more, but also an ideal destination for lovers of mountain routes and spectacular views from the top of the hills. The Sierra Helada natural park is the best example. Anyway, surely you miss walking along the promenade and getting your feet wet in Playa de Poniente or Playa de Levante.
Our favorite walk: start at Plaza Canalejas and tour the old town of the city. It has more history than you think. Continue towards the Church of San Jaime and Santa Ana, Plaza de San Jaime, Plaza Castelar and look out over Cala del Mal Pas, the marina and Playa de Poniente.
Estepona has 16 kilometers of pedestrian streets and 18 of coastal path. Walking it is a pleasure. Of course: always keep the sanitary recommendations. The restoration of the town has turned it into a collage of bougainvilleas, flowerpots and white facades.
Our favorite walk: Calle Sevilla, with the tower of the Nuestra Señora de los Remedios church in the background. For sunset: the beach, always the beach.
Yes, we could write a book about walking around Malaga… in fact, surely there is one already. If you are lucky enough to live in Malaga, you must know very well that it is much more than a tourist destination. History, gastronomy and culture are the three pillars of the capital of the Costa del Sol, which was founded 3,000 years ago. There is still a bit left to delight us again with the fried fish and the taverns, but just thinking about it makes our mouths water!
Our favorite walk: obviously, discovering its history by walking through the old town. The cathedral – called La Manquita, the one-handed, because it only has one tower-, Calle San Agustín, Casa Picasso, the Roman Theater, the Alcazaba and, of course, Calle Larios.
Going for a walk in Frigiliana
In 2014, its old town was certified as a Historic Artistic Complex. No wonder: it is so well preserved that it seems to have been built yesterday. It is very popular among foreigners, which gives it a very curious cosmopolitan air. Flowered corners, hidden squares, terraces with views, small fountains… and our beloved white facades. For those with a sweet tooth: the cane honey from Ingenio Nuestra Señora del Carmen – the only cane honey factory in Europe – is spectacular.
Our favorite walk: wandering through its streets is enough for us. Exercise your legs and go up to the Town Hall enjoying the viewpoints and tile decorations that tell us about the Jewish, Moorish and Christian history of the area. Or discover any of the white villages in Malaga. But we leave that for later.
Wherever you are, at Sonneil we wish you go back to normal as soon as possible, and that you enjoy wonderful walks along the Spanish coast.
White towns of Alicante and Malaga are a hallmark of rural Spain. How about a weekend getaway?
Narrow streets, wooden windows, flower pots on each balcony, nature, sun and lots, lots of white. White is present in many Spanish towns in the south and southeast of the country. Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol are the best examples.
But why so many white facades? The reason is simple: to avoid the buildup of heat. White reflects sunlight and keeps the walls cool. In addition, the lime used to paint them is also anti-bacterial and acts against parasites. That is why, in times of epidemics, it was used as a disinfectant. Hence, many churches in Andalusia that used to house the sick remain white inside.
Beyond their usefulness, white facades make these Spanish towns a spectacle of light and beauty. We have chosen some of our favorites. It’s your turn to keep on discovering!
Altea is the king of Alicante’s towns. Climbing to the top through Altea la Vella is a constant surprise. Be careful, photographers: you run the risk of losing yourself in its streets forever. Upon reaching the top, the church of Nuestra Señora del Consuelo gives the color note: its blue-tiled dome is a symbol of the Costa Blanca. And below, the town flows into an intense coloured Mediterranean.
Polop de la Marina
Not everything is coast and sea. Polop de la Marina hides among the mountains of Mount Ponoig, surrounded by slopes and rocky walls. Green shades are the ideal background for white facades, but also yellow, pinkish, ocher… Artist Gabriel Miró spent his childhood summers here, and Polop inspired part of his work. Climb the Muslim castle and look down to the valley. Can you ask for more?
Jávea has everything you would ask of a fishing village. Gravel beaches, coves, cliffs, promenades along the seashore… Painter Joaquin Sorolla wrote: “Xàbia has everything I want (…) Emotion still dominates me (…). It is the place I always dreamed of, sea and mountains, but what a sea!”. Without forgetting Gothic style bourgeois houses, stone walls… and the ubiquitous white.
The Moorish heritage of its streets makes Mijas a unique and peculiar town. Nestled in the hillside, Mijas looks like a white oasis among mountains. The best thing you can do is walking (get ready for the slopes!) or tour around the town on the famous donkey-taxis. Pots give touches of pink, yellow, violet … and the views of the Mediterranean from the Paseo de la Muralla will take your breath away.
Estepona is more like a city, but it deserves a place in this list for its 16 kilometers of pedestrian streets and 18 of coastal path. Walking is a pleasure. The restoration of its streets has turned it into a collage of bougainvillea, pots and white facades. Seville Street is our favorite, with the tower of the Nuestra Señora de los Remedios church in the background. To enjoy the sunset: the beach, always the beach.
Since 2014, its old town is a Historic Artistic Site. No wonder: it is so well preserved, it seems it was built yesterday. It is very popular among foreigners, which gives it a very curious cosmopolitan air. Flowered corners, hidden squares, terraces with views, small fountains … and our beloved white facades. For the sweet tooth: cane honey from Ingenio Nuestra Señora del Carmen – the only cane honey factory in Europe – is spectacular.
If a German prince hadn´t decided to buy some land in the obscure fishing village where his car broke down in 1946 it is likely that few people outside of Spain would have heard of the name Marbella. As it happens, he did, and soon began inviting his A-list celebrity friends to visit him there – think Ava Gardner, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. The Finca in which he hosted them became the Marbella club in 1954, the first of many luxury hotels that would become synonymous with the city that grew up around it. To this day the lustre hasn´t worn off and Marbella remains a showcase for the lifestyles of the rich and famous.
Not everybody can afford to buy in Marbella but as a tourist destination it does have something for everybody, not matter your budget…
1. Old Town
One look at Marbella´s “old town” and it is easy to see why the Prince fell in love with the place. At its heart is the Orange Square, which takes its name from the orange trees that surround the pretty fountain in the middle. On three sides the square is fronted by architectural gems which grant the square its unique beauty: the hermitage, the town hall and old governor´s house, all dating back to the Baroque era and beyond. Sitting down to lunch or a coffee in Orange Square is the natural place to begin your sight-seeing trip to Marbella.
Having soaked up the history in Orange Square the next item on people´s agenda in Marbella is to hit the shops. There are several large shopping centres with high street brands like Zara, Mango, and H&M, but what Marbella is really famous for its it chic designer outlets. The likes of Versace and Gucci have their own stores here and many other high couture labels can be found in high end complexes. Window shopping along the “golden mile” is a tourist activity in itself.
On the south of Spain it is a given that you are not going to have to look far to find a beautiful beach and Marbella does not disappoint. From Nagueles beach which is uber popular due to its central location just off the golden mile, to Funny beach with its carnival attractions, and the diminutive Venus beach, there is a stretch of sand to suit every kind of visitor, be they young families, large groups, or singles looking for some sea-side seclusion.
For those interested in more cultural pursuits a trip to the Marbella Mosque is well worth the time. Unlike the mosque at Cordoba this building does not date back to Moorish times, it is a modern construction that harks back to the great mosques of old. It´s clean white lines, and gleaming courtyard planted with orange trees is the perfect blend of the modern with the traditional.
5. Parks and Gardens
Apart from all the material wealth on display Marbella also has a wealth of natural beauty to boast of. Parque de las Medranas in San Pedro de Alcantara is especially worth a visit as it offers the opportunity to water ski by cable which is a really fun way of taking in the surrounds. For a more central zone of relaxation try Alameda Park with its tropical plants and shady seating areas. Surrounded by cafés and restaurants it´s a popular place for locals to meet up and for tourist to enjoy a romantic horse and carriage ride.
Today’s post is especially aimed at you, foodies all over the world 😉 Costa del Sol is no exception to Spaniards’ love of good food and the so-called sobremesa (table talk). Read on to find out more on the gastronomic delights Costa del Sol offers.
When it comes to Málaga’s gastronomy , tradition, innovation and a pinch of international flavour, all merge together. When thinking about Andalusian dishes the first ones that comes to our mind are probably the wold-famous gazpacho, a cold soup made of tomato, cucumber, pepper, garlic, bread, olive oil, salt and vinegar, and the pescaíto frito, deep-dried fish. However, Costa del Sol is a truly melting pot and this multiculturalism is reflected in its cuisine, hence the great number of international dishes which are served up at local restaurants. Baklavas, a Moroccan sweet pastry, is easily found all along the coast and the British Carrot Cake can be considered to be a traditional cake of Western Costa del Sol.
Sit down on any of the terraces of the local restaurants set along the coastline and enjoy the tasty tapas while taking a cooling sip of any of the local wines. Tapas are an excellent option to sample the variety and high quality of Costa del Sol’s cuisine. They are small portions of food which can be eaten any time of day. The idea is to order different tapas and share them with your partner, family or friends. The so-called chiringuitos are beach bars set along the seafront promenade or even on the beach itself. They serve up pescaíto frito and other savoury fish dishes as well as a wide range of cooling drinks. Enjoy a piece of crunchy fish spiced up with a scent of salty air.
If you really want to soak up Spanish culture, a visit to local markets is a must. You will find different stalls offering an exquisite selection of fresh meat and fish, colourful fruits and vegetables and crusty and delicious bakery and pastry products. Grab some stuff here and there, and dare to cook some of the local dishes listed down below.
Here you have a selection of 5 regional dishes. All of them are based on traditional recipes using fresh ingredients and offer a unique punch of flavour. They will make you want to lick your fingers!
Espeto de Sardinas: sardine skewers which are grilled in the salt air in a sand-filled boat on the beach. They are simply yummy! Here is how to do it at home.
You will need:
Sardines to be grilled must be super fresh and we recommend cooking them outdoors. Leave them whole and sprinkle them with a pinch of coarse salt. Heat the grill, add some olive oil and cook the sardines until roasted. Serve hot. Perfect for BBQ’s with friends J
Berenjenas fritas con miel de caña: fried eggplant with cane honey.
Slice the eggplants, cover them with milk, add a pinch of salt and let soak for 1 hour. Drain and cover the slices with flour, shake to remove the excess and fry them in a deep pan with olive oil. Drain on paper towels. Drizzle with honey and serve hot. Watch out! They are highly addictive.
Ensalada de pulpo: a refreshing octopus salad perfect for the hottest days of summer. You will need:
A medium-sized octopus
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
Dip the octopus into a pot filled with boiling water for 5 seconds, repeat this 4 times. Let the octopus cook for 45 minutes. When done, place it on a plate or board to cool. Chop the vegetables into cubes and the octopus into slices and mix them all in a bowl. Dress with olive oil, vinegar and season with sea salt.
Jibias con garbanzos: cuttlefish stew with chickpeas. A delicious strew with an unmistakable sea flavour.
1 or 2 cuttlefish
1 green pepper
1 head of garlic
Put the chickpeas to soak the night before. Chop the cuttlefish into squares. Put the chickpeas, the cuttlefish, the potato, the roasted head of garlic, 1 onion, the bay leaves and the tomato into a steam pressure pot. Season with salt and blak pepper and add water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 40 minutes. Chop the onion and green pepper into cubes. Fry the minced vegetables in a frying pan drizzled with olive oil and let it cook for a few minutes. When cooked, sprinkle with paprika, add the sofrito into the pot and stir. Serve hot.
Roscos de vino: wine ring cookies for those who have a sweet tooth. Eat just one
Pre-heat oven to 180ºC. Add sesame seeds and lemon rind onto a frying pan and heat for 1 minute, set aside. Mix all dry ingredients + seeds and lemon rind in a bowl. Slowly add the oil, wine and liqueur and mix gently. Take out a small amount of dough and roll out on a floured board. Cut pieces out of the dough and form a ring/ doughnut shape. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool and toss the icing sugar to coat the tops. ¡Qué aproveche!