Author: Julia Belham-Payne

Staying at Villa Magica – the Covid-19 Rules (New Normality in Andalucia)

Well, the time has come for your holiday, all good, the flights are confirmed. You’re going to stay at Villa Magica!

Here are a few things to know so you get the best out of your holiday here in Andalucia

Rules about masks

Yes! you have to wear a mask in ALL public places, and where social distancing is not possible. This includes shops, trains, airports.

You can buy masks in supermarkets and pharmacies, but for your first day or so, maybe best to bring some with you. The disposable surgical mask in the picture is normal here.

In addition: Its good to carry your own hand sanitiser with you, all supermarkets restaurants provide this, but just to be sure carry your own.

Social distancing – how far apart ?

The “new normal” rules say at least 1.5 metres apart.

Dining Out

Can we go to a restaurant for a meal? What are the rules there?

Restaurants are open for business now under the “new normal” rules. This means they have to spread out tables in order to create social distancing spaces.

Of course you can take your mask off while eating and drinking, however if you need to go to the loo, or go to the bar, you need to hand sanitise of course, and put your mask on.

How to dispose of masks and other disposable personal items safely

Please remember that our staff have to clean after your stay, and this may present a problem to us if you don’t correctly dispose of your masks and other disposable items, e.g. gloves, sanitary items correctly.

  • Remove mask/other item from face/other parts, be gentle so as to not disturb liquid and solid contaminants on the mask/other item
  • Place mask/other item in a plastic bag – like a food storage bag
  • Secure bag tightly
  • Place plastic bag into the garbage can
  • Wash hands immediately after disposing of your mask/other item
  • Never put on a new face mask/other item until you have properly washed your hands

As always, it is a pleasure to host you at Villa Magica and we look forward to your stay!

Easter at Villa Magica, Benalmadena

Benalmadena is known for its full calendar of all-year-round festivities and cultural celebrations, from organized art and sporting events to traditional and religious processions – all of which give life and vitality to this cosmopolitan town.

Easter 2020 falls on April 12th so a little time to plan your holidays.

April (Easter Week) – Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is a special time in Benalmadena. Apart from the usual religious processions through the streets Benalmadena Pueblo there is also a live presentation of the Passion of Christ in the old village – Benalmadena Pueblo. Just up the road from Villa Magica, and next to the Buddhist Monument known as the Stupa of Enlightenment, Benalmadena.

The procession, known as “El Paso”, starts at sunrise on Friday of the ‘Virgen de la Soledad’. This is one of the most traditional celebrations to take place in Benalmadena.

Weather in Benalmadena during Easter week is usually warm enough for sunbathing, and sleeves when going out in the evening.

Contact us at Villa Magica for your Easter Stay. We can accommodate up to 8 people and currently are taking Easter bookings.

Activities Year Round on the Costa del Sol, Malaga, Spain

THINGS TO DO on days when you don’t want to sunbathe or float in the pool!

The Costa Del Sol and Malaga province are packed with fun and random activities to suit all ages and abilities. 

From cultural trips to Malaga the capital of Malaga Province, to go-karting, sports and animal and nature parks, here is a list of activities that will get you through overcast days or the desire to learn about the local culture.

Head inland to one of the provinces most successful tourist attractions. 

El Caminito del Rey, set in the outstanding area in the hills of Malaga where natural lakes and man made reservoirs can be found, is a once death defying walkway along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Ardales in the hills of Malaga. Also worth a visit are The Cave of Ardales (cueva de doña Trinidad Grund) which contain Paleolithic cave art.

Caminito del Rey, near Ardales Malaga

Roman baths and rock pools Near Manilva

From Monday 2nd July 2018, the visit to the dome of the Baños de Hedionda (Hedionda Baths) can be booked in advance for free. The visit can be one hour long and for 24 people at the same time. However, the access to the outside swimming pools and the river has no time limit.

You can book your visit at: Tourist Office in the Town of Casares  (Phone: +34 952895521)

Water relaxation Arab style can also be found at the Hammam in the Centre of Malaga, worth a visit for the warm baths, and exquisite interior decor, a great location, and good opportunity to take a wander round the historic centre, and take a tapas or two.

Hammam Baths Malaga

Butterfly Park (Mariposarium) in Benalmadena, very close to Villa Magica

Situated in Benalmadena Pueblo, just next to the spectacular Buddhist Stupa, is the Mariposarium de Benalmadena – or “butterfly park”. 

Butterfly Park in Benalmadena Pueblo

Walk among the more than 1,500 species of exotic butterflies, curated from around the world. All the butterflies fly freely in a tropical setting, featuring tonnes of flowers and beautiful waterfalls.

The Stupa of Enlightenment, Buddhist Temple  With free entry, this is a wonderful sight with breathtaking views and definitely ranks highly for Costa del Sol activities! This buddhist temple is located in a privileged position near Benalmadena Pueblo and from there the views of the coast are spectacular. There are free meditation sessions, and all the information can be found on their website.

Malaga city is one of the fastest-growing tourism destinations in Spain and is a great place to visit all year round.

The birth-place of Pablo Picasso, it has attracted tourists from around the globe with its impressive collection of museums, particularly the Picasso Museum, first opened in 2003.

It is also packed full of fantastic restaurants and boutique hotels complete with rooftop terraces and is very easy to walk around.

As if that wasn’t enough, it is also home to Roman and Moorish ruins which can be marvelled at from January to December.

Thrills and spills (not too many spills though!) Go-Karting in Malaga is a huge success and this circuit is just next to the wonderful Plaza Mayor near the airport. Afterwards a spot of retail therapy, and food in their excellent outlets. Accessible on the little train line which travels between Fuengirola, Benalmadena, Torremolinos and Malaga Centre. See timetable and stops here

Karting in Malaga

We are here to help you plan your holiday, please contact us for reservations of Villa Magica and any queries you have:

Winter Sunshine At Villa Magica

Benalmadena on the Costa del Sol, Southern Spain enjoys an average of 320 days of sunshine per year!

Spain is widely regarded as Europe’s premier winter sun destination, and Costa del Sol, in particular, feels a world away from the gloomy skies and chilly temperatures in the more wintery parts of the continent.

From fascinating culture and rich history to superb golfing conditions and glorious Mediterranean sunshine, here’s why you should visit Costa del Sol in winter.

The weather is lovely

Winters in Southern Spain are generally mild and pleasant, which means fantastic opportunities for sightseeing and outdoor activities. And although there’s plenty of snow in the nearby Sierra Nevada, Costa del Sol – wedged between sea and mountains – is blessed with a micro-climate that delivers beautiful blue skies, more than 325 days of sunshine a year, and average winter temperatures of 20ºC (70ºF).

The sea might not be warm enough for swimming, but there may be a chance to enjoy some sunbathing on one of the coast’s famous sandy beaches. Otherwise, the clear sunny days of Costa del Sol in winter are perfect for exploring the lively cities, charming whitewashed towns, and fabulous monuments of Andalusia.

Villa Magica has all you need for a comfortable stay in a luxury Andalucian Villa, with private pool. We are fully legal and licensed with the Junta de Andalucia number VFT/MA/07345
Set in the prestigious area below the Stupa of Enlightenment (Buddhist centre), between Benalmadena Pueblo and the coast, we offer panoramic views of the Mediterranean sea together with very rare privacy and tranquility on the Costa del Sol.
We are now taking bookings for January and February 2020! From €450 per week. Please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.


Best Award Winning Beaches at Benalmadena

I give theses two beaches a massive 5 ✭✭✭✭✭✭ Stars – for me the best beaches in Benalmádena are two beaches which are really joined together. Here you can experience magical sunsets and moons while listening to the gentle lapping of the waves. Watching the transformation from day into evening time these are ideal places for reflection on the day, and preparing to unwind if you have been working.

Villa Magica beach
Tajo de la Soga

From Kalifato beach, which is accessed by parking on the Calle Guadalquivir and going under road by the tunnel to the beach, to the beach at el Tajo de la Soga which you get to by just walking along the track which is called the Sendero (track) de Playa Carvajal. At the bay of Kalifato the water is crystal clear, and the surface is mostly sand, with small grit at the surf line. As you go nearer to El Tajo de la Soga, they landscape becomes more rugged and natural. You can find many wild flowers and plants there like wild lavender, pampas grass, oleanders growing wild and wild fennel which scents the air. There are rocks near the coast line, coated with seaweed which helps marine life, plenty of fascinating rock pools and lovely shells to collect. I have spent many a late afternoon here watching the birds using the rocks as a launch pad, or a look-out for fish, or merely hanging together.

If you can park further near the Hotels Holiday World you will find the Bar Gecko which is great for an early evening chill out before going home, or if you find yourself at the Cubana bar down on the Kalifato end of this stretch of beach you will a great variety of Latino based snacks, wraps, mojitos, pastas and rice dishes. Fabulous cocktails for an evening hang outs with friends. The restaurant at Kalifato beach itself, called the Restaurante Kalifato, serves traditional Spanish tapas, salads and cooked dishes such as the favourite Rosada Frita con Patatas Fritas (Fried fish with chips)! The famous Paella, and Huevos Rotos (Egg dish). These are the best award winning beaches of Benalmadena (featured on TVE1 (Spanish National TV) and very fortunately for my guests it is the nearest beach for Villa Magica too!

Beach at Tajo de la Soga
Beach at Tajo de la Soga

Sea birds Resting on the Rocks near Villa Magica
Sea birds Resting on the Rocks

Maps found here

Villa Magica is now booking for 2019 so please send us your enquiries for availability and prices!