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Self-contained storage facilities in La Linea de la Concepcion

New self-contained storage facilities in La Linea de la Concepcion, are proving popular with Spanish and Gibraltarian residents & holidaymakers.

La Linea lies on the eastern isthmus of the Bay of Gibraltar and just north of the Spain-Gibraltar border. La Linea has close social and economic links with Gibraltar.

The first dwellings in La Linea date back to the 18th century and were part of San Roque until 1870 when La Linea became separate.

Self-contained storage facilities in La Linea cater for all volumes and types of storage. If you are stuck for storage in Gibraltar, La Linea is a good plan B.

The people of La Línea have traditionally found work in Gibraltar, from the days in the 18th century when Gibraltar was an important naval port. This stopped with the total closure of the border by the Spanish government between 1969 and 1982 as a result of the dispute between Spain and Britain regarding the sovereignty of Gibraltar. The border was fully reopened in 1985.

La Línea is a major supplier of fruit and vegetables to Gibraltar; other industries include the manufacture of cork, liquor, and fish paste. It also had an important military garrison with substantial fortifications and a port.

Gibraltar was under constant surveillance and subjected to the unsuccessful Siege of Gibraltar in 1727 and the Great Siege of Gibraltar 1779-1783. After the 1727 siege, the Spanish government began the construction of a line of fortifications which eventually gave rise to the town of La Línea De La Concepcion.

La Línea originated from a provisional camp made by artisans and merchants who supplied the military and their families in the vicinity.

Gibraltar, supported by La Línea, became an important base for Spanish fighters against Napoleon's troops.

On July 20, 1870 La Linea got its first mayor, Lutgardo Lopez Munoz, chosen by a committee of residents appointed by the provincial council. At the first meeting of the new city hall, it was unanimously decided the name should be La Linea de la Concepcion, as the Immaculate Conception was deeply rooted in Spanish army tradition of the time. The name is recorded from 1883.

King Alfonso Xlll gave the title of "town" to La Línea de la Concepción in 1913.

Spanish dictator, Francisco Franco, ordered the closure of the border gate on June 8, 1969, in response to the new Gibraltar Constitution. Thousands of people from La Línea lost their jobs in Gibraltar with a heavy social and economic toll in the city.

Protests were undertaken against the presence of the nuclear submarine, HMS Tireless in Gibraltar for repairs in 2001.

In 2010, the mayor of La Linea, Alejandro Sánchez, attempted to impose a so-called "congestion charge" on people entering or leaving Gibraltar, despite having been told by the Spanish Government that such a charge would be a breach of national and international EU law.

If you are a resident of La Linea, Gibraltar, San Roque, Duquesa or Manilva, uStore-it offers a choice of self-contained storage units for all types and volumes of storage.

Inboca – stunning tapas in Torreguadiaro!

If you are staying in Sotogrande of nearby, take a trip to nearby Torreguadiaro to indulge in some sensational tapas at InBoca.

Situated right next to the much revered ´Pura Tapa´, which is a different review for a different day, InBoca offers some of the best tapas I have eaten on the Costa del Sol. Fresh, innovative and truly delicious, the choice and quality of food is fantastic.

Greeted warmly by the barman and chef, we settled at the bar for a couple of pre-lunch drinks. The barman told us that any bottles of wine on the list could also be ordered by the glass, which was music to my ears.

There is no excuse for serving poor house wine in Spain. We all know how much they pay for it, and to serve inferior wine for enormous profit, is quite simply WRONG! Rant over….

In complete contrast to the ex-pat haunts of Sotogrande Port, and the British-style pubs in nearby Duquesa, InBoca attracts the locals, and is usually packed with Spanish families at the weekends who come to enjoy the warm atmosphere and the superb food.

Situated in an unassuming building beneath an apartment block, the decór and stylish interior of the bar is a pleasant surprise. Elegant, minimalist and attractive with a well-lit bar and plenty of high tables with stools, InBoca is everything that a modern-day tapas bar should be.

We were the first to arrive (1pm is more like late breakfast time for many Spaniards) but every seat was taken by 2.30pm.

Blackboards offer ´Specials of the Day´ including such delicacies as ´cream of fresh artichokes with foie gras´ and ´black seafood rice with prawns, alioli and basil´.

The waiter recommended crispy langoustines with basil mayonnaise, which were delicious, and served with home-made rustic bread.

We followed this with the lemon boquerones, which were so fresh, they were almost jumping off the plate. Something of a local delicacy in southern Spain, boquerones are slightly larger than whitebait but smaller than sardines, and are usually eaten whole. These were among the best I have eaten anywhere on the Costa del Sol. The fish were lightly fried and served with a slice of lemon, black pepper and mayonnaise, and were so good we ordered an extra portion.

Keeping with a fishy Friday theme, we then tried the tuna sashimi with seaweed which was stunning. Cooked medium rare and encased in a lighter than light batter, the dish was served with a sweet and spicy chilli dip. Again, we ordered an extra portion.

To finish off we shared a mini oxtail hamburger with crispy onions…absolutely delicious. The meat was tender and perfectly cooked, the bread home-made and the salsa a perfect accompaniment. Over fifty different tapas are offered at InBoca, plus a range of home-made desserts including: A glass of Pannacotta with strawberry cream and a red fruit compote, which we would have tried had we not eaten so many tapas!

Whether you live in Sotogrande, Torreguadiaro, Gibraltar, Estepona, Manilva, Duquesa Port or La Linea, and you are looking for storage uStore-it offers self-contained, secure and affordable storage facilities on the Costa del Sol.

Self-storage facilities in La Linea and Gibraltar

If you are struggling to find self-storage facilities in Gibraltar, why not contact uStore-it which now has self-storage units in La Linea, Manilva and Duquesa Port.

Along with an increase in the number of residential and commercial properties being built in Gibraltar comes a greater need for storage units. While many new apartments and office are being built in and around the marina, storage for commercial and household goods in Gibraltar is hard to find and expensive.

Most self-storage companies on the Costa del Sol> charge per container, which means you pay one rate, even if you are only storing a small amount of goods. uStore-it prides itself on being flexible, affordable and secure.

The benefits of using uStore-it in La Linea if you are based in Gibraltar include:

  • Easy road access and just a 5 minute drive across the border
  • Flexible access to your goods with no prior notice
  • Different sized units so you only pay for the space you need
  • Secure warehouse with CCTV and fully alarmed
  • Long term or short term storage from just one month

Whether you are downsizing, upgrading, renting out, moving house or even splitting up, we can accommodate all of your storage needs.

Gibraltar storage units are few and far between. If you find yourself looking for storage in Gibraltar uStore-it is one of the nearest self-storage facilities in southern Spain.

Gibraltar has seen a boom in property sales and prices over the past 18 months, and construction of new premises, both commercial and residential has resulted in a strong economy on the rock. Self-contained storage units allow business owners to store stock, documents and files. Home owners looking for extra space can store a vast range of goods from sports equipment, cars, clothes, furniture and kitchen equipment to personal goods and valuables, safe in the knowledge their storage is being well looked after.

You may only use your leisure goods or sports goods once a year during a holiday in Gibraltar, or you may want somewhere secure to store your water toys during winter. With uStore-it you can store your goods by the month so you are not tied into expensive long term contracts. We can also arrange full insurance for your storage to give you complete peace of mind!

Finding the right self-storage facilities in southern Spain can be a minefield. Use a reputable company which will store your goods safely, damage-free with easy access. Storage can be expensive, but uStore-it offer flexible terms and short-term agreements so that you are not tied into any long term contracts if you are unsure how long you may want to store your goods with the company.

Benahavis Storage and attractions

If you are looking for storage in Benahavis, use a reputable firm which covers the western end of the Costa del Sol.

Founded by the Moors at the end of the 11th century, Benahavis has evolved into a stylish village, while retaining much of its original Andalucian charm.

Benahavís derives its name from the Arabic 'Ben', son of Havis, which was the name of a remarkable Arab who reigned in the castle Montemayor and whose son had the idea to build a series of defences, protecting the Guadalmina River at the outlet of Las Angosturas, and the left flank of the Montemayor Castle.

The castle was built prior to the construction of Benahavis and because of its strategic position it played an important role in the various battles between the Moorish kings of Andalucia. Its prominent situation, overlooking one hundred kilometres of coast, and even the coast of Africa, made controlling this castle strategically very useful.

Well known in Andalucia for it´s fabulous restaurants and local art and pottery, many tourists and locals flock here for an evening of fine food and entertainment. The main square and the narrow, cobbled streets play host to most of the restaurants, and there are several good hotels and cottages offering bed and breakfast in the village. Not one of the more expensive areas, Benahavis is situated inland between San Pedro and Estepona, and self catering accommodation is also available close by with a limited selection in the village itself.

Benahavis is very close to nine of the many superb golf courses on the Costa del Sol, including: El Paraiso Golf, La Zagaleta Golf, Los Arqueros, Monte Mayor and Atalaya Golf. Tee times can be booked in advance, which is always recommended during the busier times of year between October and April.

Situated so close to the coast, visitors can reach the beach from Benahavis in ten minutes, and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding Ronda mountains. There are many intriguing places to visit in and around the village, including the fresh water rock pools at the foot of the mountains, where locals go to picnic and relax during the summer months.

Visitors also take advantage of the many walking trails that lead out of Benahavis Village, and explore the local countryside. Right next to the entrance of El Casar you can walk up to the top of the hills for superb views to Gibraltar and the African coastline.

Even though 50% of the residents here are ex-pats, the area has remained relatively unspoiled, and even the newer developments have been designed to fit in with the local landscape, and not spoil the surrounding countryside.

For holidaymakers who like to combine the peace and tranquillity of the countryside with a little more lively fun in the evenings, Puerto Banus and Marbella are only 15-20 minutes away by car, and San Pedro and Estepona are even nearer.

Benahavis is one the Costa del Sol´s most best kept secrets, and although it has become more popular during the past few years, it still has the feel and ambience of a typical Andalucian village – complete with whitewashed houses and historical monuments.

If you are looking for self-contained storage companies on the western end of the Costa del Sol, make sure you use a modern firm with secure units.

Storage in La Línea de la Concepción

La Linea is a town in Spain, in the province of Cádiz in Andalucia which is home to a new self-contained storage facility on the Western Costa del Sol just 5 minutes from Gibraltar.

La Linea lies on the eastern isthmus of the Bay of Gibraltar, north of the Gibraltar–Spain border, which lies north of the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, with which it has close economic and social links. It is situated on the sandy isthmus which unites the Rock of Gibraltar with the coast in the eastern flank of the Bay of Gibraltar, between Sierra Carbonera and the Rock of Gibraltar.

The town derives its name firstly from the línea or boundary line separating Spain from Gibraltar, and secondly from the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Its people are called in Spanish linenses.

The people of La Línea have traditionally found work in Gibraltar, from the days in the 18th century when Gibraltar was an important naval port. This stopped with the total closure of the border by the Spanish government between 1969 and 1982 as a result of the dispute between Spain and Britain regarding the sovereignty of Gibraltar. The border was fully reopened in 1985.

La Línea is a major supplier of fruit and vegetables to Gibraltar; other industries include the manufacture of cork, liquor, and fish paste. It also had an important military garrison with substantial fortifications and a port.

If you are looking for storage in La Linea or Gibraltar, choose a reputable storage company.

Spanish dictator Francisco Franco ordered the closure of the border gate on June 8, 1969, in response to the new Gibraltar Constitution. Thousands of people from La Línea lost their jobs in Gibraltar with a heavy social and economic toll in the city.

Protests were undertaken against the presence of the nuclear submarine HMS Tireless in Gibraltar for repairs in 2001.

In 2010, the People's Party mayor of La Línea, Alejandro Sánchez, attempted to impose a so-called "congestion charge" on people entering or leaving Gibraltar, despite having been told by the Spanish Government that such a charge would be a breach of national and international EU law.

Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

The main Parish church was built in the 19th century colonial style. Notable features are the 17th-century reredos and the image of St. Mary made by the Andalusian sculptor Luis Ortega Bru. The church became a shrine at the end of 2005. The Church of the Immaculate Conception has three naves. The exterior of the building echoes the interior layout, with a remarkable simplicity and beauty.

Monument to the Spanish workers in Gibraltar

Work also of Nacho Falgueras. It is a tribute to the thousands of "linenses" and "campogibraltareños" who spent their lives working in Gibraltar. Because of difficult times in this part of Spain they crossed the border every day to work and support their families. It is a tribute by the town of La Línea to all those who worked and continue to work in Gibraltar.

If you are stuck for space in Gibraltar, why not store your goods at a modern self-contained storage company in La Linea, just 5 minutes from the Rock?

Self-contained storage in Duquesa Port

One of the most sought after places to buy property on the Costa del Sol, Duquesa Port storage facilities> are more popular than ever.

Catering for home owners, holidaymakers and tenants, Duquesa Storage offers a choice of self-contained storage units for all volumes of storage, including household goods, sports equipment, commercial goods and leisure equipment.

Situated on the western side of the Costa del Sol, is the idyllic marina of Puerto de la Duquesa. This little piece of paradise boasts 300 berths, a wide variety of bars, restaurants and marina side cafés, and two long, sandy beaches either side of the harbour, which stretch to Estepona and Sotogrande.

Although Duquesa has enjoyed a recent property boom, there are no high rise hotels in the port area, and the marina maintains its original charm and individuality. The area retains a vast amount of unspoilt, natural scenery, while still enjoying some of the best facilities and amenities on the Costa del Sol. Once heralded as the new Puerto Banus, Duquesa has managed to stay small and stylish, without overdoing the glitz and glamour associated with its famous neighbour.

In addition to the fabulous port area, Duquesa is also well known for its wonderful golf course and hotel, boasting views over the Mediterranean. The main N340 motorway passes Duquesa, and the marina is accessed via an underpass. The whole port is closed to traffic, and in addition to the modern pleasure boats, it is still home to a working fishing fleet which lands its daily catches on the harbour side.

Whether it´s miles of pristine beaches (many earning the European Blue Flag for cleanliness) or rugged mountains with their wildlife, the area around Duquesa offers every type of terrain. Rising virtually from the beaches, the nearby mountains and white villages offer visitors the chance to explore the ´real Spain´, only a few kilometres from their holiday accommodation.

Gibraltar is only 30 minutes from Puerto de la Duquesa, and day trips can easily be arranged from the port. Malaga Airport is approximately an hour´s drive away.

If you are planning to downsize, sell-up, rent your property out or store your summer goods securely until next year, uStore-it Duquesa can accommodate all volumes of storage. We also accept goods into store from the UK and other countries if you are planning to move to the Costa del Sol and your goods arrive before you do.

Why pay the earth for container storage if you only need to store a small amount of goods? Our specially-constructed storage units of different sizes mean you only pay for the space you use.

Self-contained storage units in Manilva, Duquesa Port and La Linea

uStore-it offers safe, secure storage units in Manilva, Duquesa Port and La Linea on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain.

With different-sized storage units available, you only pay for the space you need. The self-contained secure storage units are suitable for the safe storage of cars, boats, bikes, boxes, furniture, personal items and commercial goods.

Whether you are moving house, down-sizing, renting your property our or simply de-cluttering uStore-it offers the perfect storage solutions for you.

The main store is in Manilva, just off the A7 motorway and the E-15 toll road on the Costa del Sol, uStore-it covers the whole of Andalusia, including Malaga, Marbella, Estepona, Sotogrande, La Linea and Fuengirola, and is easily accessible from all regions of southern Spain.

After unprecedented success at the Manilva Store, uStore-it realised demand outstripped supply in other parts of the western Costa del Sol and opened further stores in Duquesa Port and La Linea in 2017.You can store your goods either short term (from one month) to long term (over a year) and we offer a complete, affordable insurance service against flooding, accidental damage, fire and theft.

We also give free advice on your storage requirements, so if you are not sure how much storage you have in square metres, one of our experienced team can help you. uStore-it also stocks a full range of packaging materials including boxes, tape, mattress covers, and bubble wrap to ensure your property is kept safe and secure.

Security is a priority, and our facilities are protected by CCTV, an advanced alarm system and 24 hour video surveillance. Only you have a key to your unit, and nobody else can access your storage without your written authorisation.

The warehouse is dry and dust-free to prevent any damage, dust or humidity from damaging your goods.

You can access your storage whenever the warehouse is open without prior notice, and we offer special rates for long term storage. Special offers run regularly and it is worth checking out the website for some great storage deals.

More and more people today are finding it hard to manage the space they rent, own or lease on the Costa del Sol, and uStore-it offers perfect storage solutions for personal goods and commercial storage.

You may want to store your items for just a few weeks or you may be looking at longer term storage for months or even years. Self-contained storage units offer cost-effective and flexible solutions in a secure warehouse.

Our specialist facilities offer ´do it yourself´ storage, which can be accessed with no prior notice.

The self-storage spaces we rent out are fully enclosed and can vary in size according to your specific needs - you could be looking at as small a space as a cupboard through to a unit big enough to store your boat, the entire contents of your house or even a classic car or motorbike.

If you have never used self-contained storage units before, we will be more than happy to explain how it works, and provide storage solutions for your goods. By the time you've finished, we're confident that you'll know everything you need to know about self-storage!

Self-contained storage units in Duquesa Port

Self-contained storage units in Duquesa Port, Costa del Sol, are now available and offer easy access and modern facilities.

There is an ever-increasing English speaking population here, and there are many visitors from the north of Spain in July and August. During the summer months there is a quaint street market along the waterside offering all manner of local goods. The harbour side is closed to normal traffic making it a safer area for children, and Duquesa is still a working fishing port.

The beauty of this port is its location, its cleanliness and its vast selection of bars, street cafés and restaurants offering everything from fish and chips to lobster thermidor. Duquesa is definitely one of the more understated marinas on the Costa del Sol, and also offers water sports facilities on the local beaches, including scuba diving, kite surfing, pedaloes and water skiing. Some of the most beautiful, unspoilt beaches in Andalucia stretch to the east and west of the marina, and sun beds and parasols can be hired for a reasonable price.

Golf enthusiasts are spoilt for choice at this end of the Costa del Sol, and the recently improved Duquesa course is one of the best in Andalucia. Also, Sotogrande and the famous Valderrama course is only 15 minutes away by car. The Volvo Masters is held here every October/November, and tickets can be booked online.

With families in mind, the fabulous Selwo Wildlife Park is situated just a few kilometres east of Estepona, and can be easily reached by car. Boasting over 2,000 semi-free animals, and 200 species, this is a wonderland for children and adults alike. The animals are well cared for and enjoy roaming around in over 100 hectares of semi-natural environment. Just over the ravine, where the zebras and camels live, open safari trucks operate in two directions around the park, and most of the larger animals can be seen from here. Brown bears, tigers, lions, elephants and giraffes can all be viewed at a comfortable distance, and there are also plenty of smaller species to see – the meerkats being a particular favourite. A café and restaurant facilities are also situated throughout the park.

La Duquesa also boasts some of the most beautiful, unspoilt beaches in Andalucia, which stretch to the east and west of the marina. Sun beds and parasols can be hired Often referred to as the ´other Costa del Sol, the beauty of this area is that it retains a vast amount of unspoiled natural scenery and authentic local character, while still enjoying the fantastic climate and modern infrastructure of Andalucia´s other resorts. The result is a great combination of relaxed living and easy access to all of the facilities close by. If you are looking for self-contained storage facilities in Duquesa Port, choose a reputable storage company who will look after your goods and only charge you for the space you use.

Self-storage in La Linea and the western Costa del Sol

If you are looking for storage in La Linea de la Concepcion, uStore-it has now opened up close to the border with Gibraltar.

La Linea lies on the eastern isthmus of the Bay of Gibraltar and has close economic and social links to the ‘Rock.’ The town derives its name from the line or border separating Spain from Gibraltar.

If you are stuck for storage space in Gibraltar, where storage prices can be sky high, why not transfer your goods to a secure self-storage facility in La Linea?

The first dwellings, which date back to the 18th century, were behind the Spanish lines, being part of the Spanish municipality of San Roque until 1870, when La Línea became separate. The people of La Línea have traditionally found work in Gibraltar since the 18th century when Gibraltar was an important naval port.

La Línea is a major supplier of fruit and vegetables to Gibraltar; other industries include the manufacture of cork, liquor, and fish paste. It also had an important military garrison with substantial fortifications and a port.

Sotogrande Storage

If you are looking for storage in Sotogrande, why not consider secure storage units in La Linea, just a few kilometres down the road?

One of Andalucia´s most exclusive resorts, Sotogrande has been attracting holiday makers and ex-pats for over 40 years. Founded in 1962 by American, Joseph McMicking, this fabulous area has grown in popularity over the years, and enjoys a wonderful reputation.

Stylish and exclusive developments have popped up around the Marina area, and although there has been a marked increase in tourism, this is not one of the more hectic resorts, and Sotogrande manages to maintain much of its original charm.

If you are visiting Sotogrande or spending a holiday there, take your time to sample the fabulous tapas in nearby Torreguadiaro at Puratapa and Inboca Gastrobar, which are next to each other on the Avenida del Mar.

Alcaidesa Storage

If you are looking for storage in Alcaidesa, why not use a secure, modern and affordable self-storage company in La Linea, which is just 12km away?

Located in the province of Cadiz, Alcaidesa can be accessed from the A7 coastal motorway and is an upmarket residential area with fabulous beaches and stunning views. A balance of villas, townhouses and apartments give Alcaidesa the look of a traditional Spanish town.

Alcaidesa boasts two challenging golf courses: Alcaidesa Links and Alcaidesa Heathland, with a total of 36 professional holes and spectacular views to the sea, Gibraltar and North Africa.

Alcaidesa Links is characterised by being the only Links-type golf course in southern Europe and the course also offers a driving range with 72 bays, a spacious practice area with putting green and bunkers plus a short game area.

If you are looking for self-contained storage in the western part of the Costa del Sol, uStore-it now has storage facilities in La Linea, Manilva and in Duquesa Port. Please contact us for further information.

Things to do in Puerto Banus

One of the most glamorous resorts in Europe, Puerto Banus continues to attract the jet-set from all over the world who return each year to enjoy the beaches, the restaurants and the balmy Marbella climate.

José Banus first built the Marina as a place for the world´s aristocrats to come and play, relax and enjoy the sunshine, and Puerto José Banus first started attracting rich visitors in the 1960´s. This was the time when tourism was booming in southern Spain and a massive construction drive all along the coast was replacing much of the Andalucian-style buildings with modern constructions, complexes and holiday apartments, still evident today.

From its humble beginnings, Puerto Banus was transformed into a stunning marina and attracted the owners of luxury yachts, who came to the resort to moor their boats and enjoy the fabulous bars, restaurants and night clubs opening up all over the area. The 1970´s bought a whole new crowd to Puerto Banus, and legends of screen and stage mingled happily with the more dubious villains on the run.

Hotel packages are readily available in Puerto Banus, along with luxury villa rentals, apartment rentals and a vast choice of top end luxury you are unlikely to find in other parts of the coast.

Puerto Banus is home to a fantastic marina, incredible shops and designer boutiques and some incredible restaurants, including tapas bars, fine dining restaurants, cafés, pubs and night clubs, which open until the early hours of the next day.

Visitors can enjoy a pint of Guinness, fast food, champagne bars, pizza joints, lap dancing clubs and a whole range of late night entertainment venues to suit all tastes and budgets. Stag nights and Hen parties are also well catered for, with many pubs and clubs in the port offering special deals and promotions for parties booked in advance.

Marbella and Puerto Banus boast many excellent beach bars and seafood restaurants overlooking the Med. Visitors can enjoy fresh sardines cooked on the beach, lobster, crab and a choice of fabulous fish caught locally, for a fraction of the price they would pay in the UK.

Nueva Andalucia is situated just half a kilometre from Puerto Banus and offers more restaurants, a great Saturday market, and some of the most famous golf courses in the area. Golf Valley, aptly named, takes in the courses at Las Brisas, Los Naranjos, Aloha Golf and La Dama de Noche, and sports enthusiasts can also find plenty of things to keep them busy on the local beaches, including skiing, kite surfing, parasailing and jet skiing.

If you are looking for some fun on the beach, chill out on one of the two beaches in Puerto Banus either side of the marina. Summer events include live DJ´s and beach parties and a host of singers and dancers at the beach clubs. Some of the top beach clubs in Marbella and Puerto Banus include The Ocean Club and La Sala Beach.

If you are resident on the Costa del Sol or you own or rent a holiday home, uStore-it in Manilva will take care of all your storage needs!

The history of self-storage & storage in Spain

Self-storage facilities were first opened in the USA in the 1960’s and soon started to spread across the world and into Europe and Spain.

Self-Storage did not arrive in the United Kingdom until the early 1980s, initially in the London area, but today there are more than 1,000 facilities found across the country and this equates to approximately 37.6 million square feet of rentable space. The industry continues to grow steadily in the UK and has done for the last five years, fuelled by the growth of multi-site operators as well as smaller businesses looking to diversify into the sector. 

There are a number of reasons why both consumers and businesses are increasingly turning to self-storage in Spain, but the primary reasons remain social factors such as moving home, marriage, divorce, retirement and for businesses self-storage proves useful for a number of reasons including storing archive, stock or office equipment.  In addition to this, public awareness of the industry (often because of high visibility centres found on major arterial roads around most of the country’s leading cities and towns) has also contributed to its growth.

It is always hard to accurately measure the exact number of self-storage sites, as they are not officially registered anywhere and small facilities can be opened in rural areas with limited marketing or online presence. The SSA UK estimates that there are now over 1430 self-storage sites in the UK, of which 317 facilities offer predominately container storage.

Self-storage in Spain

Self-storage in Spain has started to be more and more popular. People who originally stored their goods in containers started to realise that self-contained storage units would offer better value for money and much better access.

A small volume of goods being stored in container storage was a waste of money. Self-contained storage units of varying sizes meant that clients only paid for the space they used.

The number of self-storage companies in Spain has increased considerably over the last few years and are aimed not just at businesses but also at individuals too. We’ve taken a look at some of the companies in this market, what they offer and what prices you can expect to find.

Your first step should be to seriously think about whether you want to store all the things you’ve accumulated or not, and it’s a good idea to spend a weekend or two going through everything and be strict as to whether to keep, bin, sell or donate each and every one of the items you’re thinking about storing.

Self-storage companies can be found on the outskirts of major towns and cities in Spain and space is available from as little as 1 m2. You will be responsible for taking the items to the storage company and putting them inside your assigned unit, so theoretically you could take anything, however in the contract you sign it will list prohibited objects such as inflammable or perishable items or anything that’s illegal.

If you are looking for self-storage on the Costa del Sol, use a reputable company which offers secure, accessible and affordable units.

Cadiz – the top 10 attractions!

Looking for self-storage units in Gibraltar is like searching for a needle in a haystack, so why not store your goods in Manilva?

Known for its famous architecture and stunning Mosque, Cadiz boasts a wide choice of attractions. If you are planning to stay on the Costa del Sol this year, why not take a day trip to Cadiz?

Ten of the top attractions in Cadiz include:

1. The Old Town

Visit the Old Town of Cadiz with its many Plazas, fountains and the majestic Cadiz Cathedral. Situated on the tip of the peninsula, this part of the city is buzzing with life and offers plenty of great places to stop off for coffee, drinks or tapas. This lively part of town is buzzing with activity and places to visit.

2. Cadiz Carnival

Cadiz Carnival is the biggest and most vibrant festival of its kind outside Madrid and Barcelona, and the streets light up with colour, music and dancing. Held in February each year, this is one party not to miss. The Festival de San Juan in June is also worth joining in.

3.The Torre Tavira

Climb up the Torre Tavira, the highest of the old watchtowers and enjoy a panoramic 360º view of the Cadiz city. Don´t forget your camera.

4.Cadiz Beaches

Enjoy a day at one of Cadiz´s beautiful beaches and hang around in one of the many beach bars until sunset in summer time. Caleta Beach comes highly recommended.

5.Cadiz by Video

Enjoy watching a 3D video of Cadiz at the city walls, where visitors can see a virtual tour of the city in the 18th Century.

6. Cadiz Restaurants

Cadiz boasts a wide choice of excellent fish restaurants. Try the sardines at the beach, the mixed fried fish dishes, the prawns pil pil or the tasty Octopus salad or grilled squid. And don´t forget the Sangria!

7. Cadiz flamenco show

Flamenco is very much at the heart of Andalucian culture, and nowhere more so than in Cadiz. Book to see an authentic flamenco show and enjoy some of the very best guitar music and traditional dance southern Spain has to offer.

8. Cadiz walking tour

Take your time to enjoy a walking tour around the city. Go solo or book a guided tour to point out all of the most interesting points around the city. The tour can be as long or as short as you like, and there are plenty of places to stop of for refreshments along the way.

9. Jerez day excursion

Book a day excursion to Jerez and enjoy a sherry tour around the bodegas, see the Andalucian horses perform or simply enjoy the sights and sounds of this lively city on foot, stopping along the way for lunch or refreshments.

10. Wine tasting Cadiz

Book a wine tasting tour in Cadiz and enjoy some of the finest local wines as well as some of the better-known national treasures. Book in advance if possible as these tours are very popular (hic!)

Whenever you visit Cadiz you will find a great range of things to see and do. Check out the local tourist office for brochures and leaflets about places to visit.

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Jerez – Sherry Capital of the World

If you are planning a holiday in Manilva or elsewhere on the Costa del Sol, why not enjoy a day trip to Jerez – the sherry capital of the world?

Some of the best attractions in Jerez include:

Jerez Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Sherry Tour

By the early 19th century Jerez had become the wine capital of the world. In 1835, Manuel Mª González Angel put all of his savings into the founding of a small winery and within 20 years González Byass grew to become the leading exporter of sherry wines in Jerez.

The first bodegas (storage houses where sherry is aged and matured) were built at this time: La Constancia, Los Apóstoles and La Cuadrada. By mid-century, others followed, including La Concha designed by Gustav Eiffel and the Lepanto bodega.

By the time of his death in 1887, Manuel Mª González Angel had not only built up a flourishing business but also created a unique architectural legacy.

A visit to the González Byass TIO PEPE winery in Jerez will transport you back in time to Jerez in the 19th century, although a fine glass of Tío Pepe sherry will soon bring you back to the present.

Santa Maria Church Jerez Spain

The Santa Maria Church in Jerez was built in 1764 and features a Gothic doorway and facade. Dating back to the 13th and 14th Century, the church features spires, pinnacles and broken crests and took more than 5 centuries to build.

The Church of San Pedro Jerez Spain

Situated in the old town of Jerez, The Church of San Pedro is built in a rectangular shape and consists of one nave which is divided into three sections. The church has a triple vaulted ceiling and was constructed during the 14th Century. A further 6 chapels were added to the church in the 16th and 17th Centuries.

The Clock Museum Jerez Spain

The Clock Museum in Jerez Spain is situated in Calle Lealas, and exhibits more than 300 clocks. Some of the clocks on show date back to the 16th Century, and a fascinating collection of jewellery is also featured. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Clock Museum is well worth a visit.

The Church of San Agustin Jerez Spain

The Church of San Agustin in Jerez, Spain was founded in 1539 and was originally known as the Convent of San Juan de Letran. Furnished with a high altar in 1587, and previously home to 20 religious teachers who taught art, philosophy and Latin grammar, the Church of San Agustin is well worth a visit when in Jerez.

The Archaeological Museum Jerez Spain

The Archaeological Museum in Jerez, Spain is located in Plaza del Mercado and is famous for its displays of a Greek helmet and a Bronze Age stone sculpture. With three floors and 9 rooms full of artefacts from around Jerez, plus a library with 2,000 books and a wide range of photographic records, the museum is well worth a visit.

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Self-contained Storage Companies in Estepona

If you are looking for storage in Estepona, why not use a reputable local company with self-contained storage units in Manilva and Duquesa Port, just 15km down the road?

Estepona has many attractions which make it a popular holiday destination. It has two EC Blue Flag beaches, a marina area with many tapas bars and restaurants and a white-walled town offering shopping and picturesque squares.

With a population of 60,000 people, Estepona is one of the Costa del Sol´s smaller resorts, yet still offers holiday makers some of the best amenities on the coast.

Particularly popular with Spanish tourists, this bustling town offers accommodation to suit all budgets and requirements, and boasts some of the best beaches in southern Spain.

There is nothing pretentious about Estepona, and numerous street cafes and tapas bars still serve traditional Spanish delicacies at amazingly low prices. The steep, cobbled, narrow streets are home to a host of unusual shops, bars and restaurants, and a weekly market also takes place in the port.

Close to the most southern point of Spain, Estepona is just 35km from Gibraltar, and day trips to this historical rock can be easily arranged from most hotels and tourist offices in the town.

Many hotels have kids clubs and activity centres for younger members of the family, and there are plenty of activities available close to the town. One of the best family days out has to be a trip to Selwo Wildlife Park, just 3km from Estepona centre.

Boasting over 2,000 semi-free animals, and 200 species, this is a wonderland for children and adults alike. The animals are well cared for and roam around in over 100 hectares of semi-natural environment.

On entering the park, the first section houses the parrots, and an incredible aviary, which is home to 1,000 birds. This vast netted area, the largest of its type in Europe, allows the birds to spread their wings, and gives visitors the chance to see them close up.

The rhino enclosure is situated just past the aviary, and visitors can watch the animals being fed and cared for by the keepers at the park.

Just over the ravine, where zebras and camels roam, open safari trucks operate in two directions around the park, and most of the larger animals can be seen from here. Brown bears, tigers, lions, elephants and giraffes can all be viewed at a comfortable distance, and there are also plenty of smaller species to see – the meerkats being a particular favourite!

Boasting 21km of coastline, Estepona prides itself on its clean, white, sandy beaches, and a marble seafront promenade stretches from the east end of town up to the marina.

Playa del Cristo, or Cristo Beach, is five minutes west of Estepona Port. It is a small cove with lifeguards on station and also two chiringuitos, beach front bar/restaurants. La Rada Beach is 2 minutes east of Estepona Marina and, at over 1.5km in length, runs from the Marina past Estepona old town.

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Costa del Sol Attractions

If you are planning a visit the Costa del Sol in 2017 or if you own a holiday home in southern Spain, you will find a wealth of great things to see and do.

The top ten things to do on the Costa del Sol include:

Marbella Golf

Boasting over 60 golf courses, Marbella and the Costa del Sol is a magnet for golfers from all over Europe. Championship courses combined with 320 average days of sunshine every year keep sports fans flocking back for more.

Fuengirola Bioparc

This incredible zoo allows the animals to roam in a semi-natural environment, and attracts visitors from all over southern Spain. Well worth a visit. A play park and miniature farm for small kids, and open from 10am.

Selwo Park Estepona

If you want to get up close and personal with the bigger mammals, take a trip to Selwo Adventure Park. This large park is home to over 200 animals from every continent.

Aqua Land Mijas Costa and Torremolinos

These two fabulous water parks are situated in Fuengirola and Torremolinos, and offer visitors some white knuckle rides, along with some great attractions for smaller kids.

Water sports

If you are a fan of water sports, there is no better place to spend your holiday than the Costa del Sol. Windsurfing, kitesurfing, water skiing, sailing and jet skiing can all be enjoyed along the coast, from Malaga to Sotogrande.

Visit Puerto Banus

Home of the jet-set and the place where many UK celebrities choose to spend their holidays, Puerto Banus first became famous in the 1970´s when Sean Connery and Diana Dors owned houses here. Still swish and stylish, this upmarket resort is home to some of the best restaurants, and the biggest private boats on the Costa del Sol.

Feria

If you want to throw yourself into the local traditions and festivals of southern Spain, visit one of the fabulous annual town ferias. Malaga Feria takes place every August, Marbella Feria in June and Fuengirola Feria in October. Prepare yourself for loud music, dancing and partying until the early hours.

Marbella Old Town

Marbella Old Town transports visitors back to the days when this glitzy town was a fishing village, and the cobbled streets and narrow alleyways lay testament to old Andalucia. Charming old restaurants and pavement cafés add to the ambience of this authentic region of southern Spain.

Picasso Museum Malaga

The Picasso Museum in Malaga was inaugurated by the King and Queen of Spain in 2003, and this restored mansion is the perfect place to house the collections of Pablo Picasso, who was born in Malaga.

Nerja Caves

The world famous Cuevas de Nerja are situated two miles from the town of the same name, and were discovered in 1957. A tour of the cave unearths cave paintings of turtles and snakes, dating back 15,000 years and the world´s biggest stalactites.

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San Pedro de Alcantara storage and attractions

San Pedro de Alcantara is one of the most sought after resorts on Spain’s Costa del Sol and is home to a wide choice of attractions and storage facilities.

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Largely unspoiled by tourism and increased numbers of visitors, San Pedro still retains an old world charm around the main centre, where traditional whitewashed houses sit prettily around old squares and narrow streets.

San Pedro history and culture

History buffs will enjoy the Paleo-Christian Basilica Church by the sea and the third century Roman Baths, Las Bovedas. The baths can be found close to the Basilica at Vega del Mar. Historians are still unsure of the bath´s true origins, though most believe that they are all that remain of the Ancient Rome Roman settlement known as Cilniana " Silniana) destroyed by an earthquake in 365 A.D. You can visit these baths along with the better conserved "Villa RomanaVilla Romana (Roman villa).

San Pedro bars, cafés and beaches

San Pedro´s bars can be found in a concentration of two areas in the village. The first is Las Palmeras, the main street, where there are several great cafés, and the back streets of the town also feature a number of venues offering an excellent range of tapas.

Boasting some of the finest sandy beaches around, plus many small, rocky coves which are ideal for scuba diving, San Pedro is the envy of many smaller resorts. The new approach roads to the beach and coastal areas are easily accessible, and can handle plenty of traffic, even in the summer months.

The town is also just minutes away from the famous Sierra de Ronda Mountain Range, where holiday makers and locals go to picnic and relax in the countryside, away from the hustle and bustle of the larger resort towns on the coast.

There are plenty of small shops and supermarkets in the main town, and many a bargain can be found in the boutiques and antique shops hidden in the back streets. Larger commercial centres and shopping malls are within easy reach by car, including La Cañada near Marbella, and El Corte Ingles at Puerto Banus.

San Pedro Golf

Golf enthusiasts staying in San Pedro have some of Spain´s best courses close by, including the fabulous Aloha Golf, Los Naranjos, La Quinta and Los Arqueros on the Ronda road. Tee times can be booked in advance, and all of the courses have special promotions and deals throughout the year. The world famous Valderrama Course, which hosts the Volvo Masters in October/November every year, is only 30 minute´s drive along the coast.

Accommodation is available to suit all budgets, and many traditional cottages and apartments can also be rented out on a self-catering basis.

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San Pedro is a wonderful holiday destination that combines a traditional atmosphere with sophistication and elegance.

uStore-it opens new self-contained storage facility in Puerto Duquesa

If you are looking for storage in Puerto Duquesa on the Costa del Sol, uStore-it has now opened a self-contained storage facility on the port with 24 hour access.

With 300 berths, Puerto Duquesa has maintained its original charm and attracts visitors from all over Europe.  Although several new blocks of apartments have been built around the marina, and some property development continues in the area, most of it is on the opposite side of the road to Duquesa Port, and has not affected the harbour itself.

There is an ever-increasing English speaking population here, and there are many visitors from the north of Spain in July and August. During the summer months there is a quaint street market along the waterside offering all manner of local goods. The harbour side is closed to normal traffic making it a safer area for children, and Duquesa is still a working fishing port.

The beauty of this port is its location, its cleanliness and its vast selection of bars, street cafés and restaurants offering everything from fish and chips to lobster thermidor. Duquesa is definitely one of the more understated marinas on the Costa del Sol, and also offers water sports facilities on the local beaches, including scuba diving, kite surfing, pedalos and water skiing. Some of the most beautiful, unspoilt beaches in Andalucia stretch to the east and west of the marina, and sun beds and parasols can be hired for a reasonable price.

Golf enthusiasts are spoilt for choice at this end of the Costa del Sol, and the recently improved Duquesa course is one of the best in Andalucia. Also, Sotogrande and the famous Valderrama course is only 15 minutes away by car. The Volvo Masters is held here every October/November, and tickets can be booked online.

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With families in mind, the fabulous Selwo Wildlife Park is situated just a few kilometres east of Estepona town, and can be easily reached by car. Boasting over 2,000 semi-free animals, and 200 species, this is a wonderland for children and adults alike. The animals are well cared for and enjoy roaming around in over 100 hectares of semi-natural environment. Just over the ravine, where the zebras and camels live, open safari trucks operate in two directions around the park, and most of the larger animals can be seen from here. Brown bears, tigers, lions, elephants and giraffes can all be viewed at a comfortable distance, and there are also plenty of smaller species to see – the meerkats being a particular favourite. A café and restaurant facilities are also situated throughout the park.

La Duquesa also boasts some of the most beautiful, unspoilt beaches in Andalucia, which stretch to the east and west of the marina. Sun beds and parasols can be hired Often referred to as the ´other Costa del Sol’, the beauty of this area is that it retains a vast amount of unspoiled natural scenery and authentic local character, while still enjoying the fantastic climate and modern infrastructure of Andalucia´s other resorts. The result is a great combination of relaxed living and easy access to all of the facilities close by. For all your storage needs in Duquesa, contact uStore-it.

The top 5 holiday destinations on the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol is home to picturesque towns, long sandy beaches, golf courses galore and a choice of sun-kissed holiday destinations.

Five of the best holiday destinations on the Costa del Sol include:

Manilva

Manilva is located on the western end of the Costa del Sol. The town is split into two parts, the seaside resort and the picturesque white-washed, sleepy village, located just 3 kilometres up a hill from the coast.

The village is bordered by a sweeping vineyard of Moscatel Grapes, which are mainly used for making sweet wine.

Down on the coastal resort, Manilva has managed to retain its small village mentality, while offering a choice of modern restaurants, bars and amenities. 

The urbanisations of Sabinillas, Puerto Duquesa and Estepona are all located within a few minutes’ drive of the village. Malaga is 97 kilometres away and Gibraltar Airport, 35km away.

The town has a fascinating history dating back to Roman times; still today there are some remarkably well-preserved Roman sulphur baths.

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Marbella

Marbella is one of the most stylish towns on the Costa del Sol, and attracts thousands of well-heeled visitors every year.

Visitors to Marbella can stroll along the paseo, enjoying the pavement cafés, take a walk up to Orange Square, Plaza de Los Naranjos, and enjoy the art galleries, and the tapas bars while soaking up the local culture. Marbella Old Town surrounds the square, and quaint, cobbled streets lead off to hidden restaurants and old Andalucian whitewashed houses.

The town also boasts some of the best beaches and golf courses on the Costa del Sol, and whether you are looking to soak up the sun by day, and party by night, or enjoy a few rounds of golf, you will find plenty to keep you entertained.

Puerto Banus

The world famous Puerto Banus, has been attracting celebrities and stars of the silver screen since the 1950´s, when Sean Connery, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn graced its shores.

Nowadays you are more likely to see glamour model Jordan, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith strolling along the marina in Puerto Banus, but the location is unbeatable. Swish restaurants, bistros, cafés and bars jostle for position beside the marina, and visitors can enjoy a coffee or a cocktail while people-watching, with great views of the luxurious yachts coming and going.

There is much more to Puerto Banus than the marina, and if you venture a little further back, you will find some excellent shops and department stores within easy walking distance. Just 1km inland from Puerto Banus is the famous Golf Valley, including Los Naranjos Golf, Aloha Golf, Las Brisas Golf and La Dama del Noche Golf Courses. The Manolo Santana Tennis Clubs is situated just a couple of kilometres down the Golden Mile, towards Marbella.

Night time always seems to be the right time in Puerto Banus, and the marina comes to life with a bang, when the late night bars open. Popular for Stag Parties and Hen Nights (The Only way is Essex crew were here a few weeks ago, making the most of the night life), Puerto Banus remains a hot favourite with the young crowd, plus the well-heeled older tourists who want to splash their cash in style.

Fuengirola

Fuengirola has improved dramatically in the past 5 years, and what was once seen as a poor relation to Marbella, is now a very hip and happening holiday resort.

New tapas bars, swish cafés, gastro pubs and bistros have replaced the tired old buildings which once made up central Fuengirola, and if you want a gastronomic treat, take a stroll down ´Fish Alley´ which is home to over 100 restaurants and bars, serving fresh fish, seafood and a wealth of different cuisine from all over the world.

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Marbella Feria 2017

Wherever you are staying or residing on the Costa del Sol, you won´t be far from some of the best beaches in Spain, and some of the best summer events in the calendar, including the Marbella Feria, 2017.

Now that the weather has improved, we have at least four months of warm sunshine to look forward to, and a host things to see and do in Marbella and Puerto Banus.

Marbella´s San Bernabé Feria, will be held this year between 5th and 11th June, and the streets of Marbella will come alive with music and dancing.

Passion, colour and noise are the first things to hit the senses as you approach the annual Feria de San Bernabé in Marbella. The pride of the local people during feria week is wonderful to see – the women showing off their beautiful flamenco dresses as they perch side-saddle behind the elegant horsemen in their red neckerchiefs and braces. Held every June to honour the Patron Saint of San Bernabé, this annual extravaganza is a riot fun and frivolity.

We always visit the fair in the daytime, and usually congregate at the Alameda Park in the centre of the town, right next to the Cafeteria de Marbella. Open air bars, dancing and Spanish music keeps revellers on their toes all day, and there is a wide range of tapas, pinxitos and barbecued food on offer.

From here to the sea, is the magnificent Avenida del Mar, with the Dali statues and the stunning views over the Mediterranean. During feria week, there are also a range of bars and restaurants open along the Avenida del Mar, and live music is also staged by the sea.

Orange Square is also worth a visit during feria week, as many pupils from the Spanish dancing schools perform in front of the town hall.

The Old Town also plays host to some great singers, who seem to perform on every corner during the feria.

This is one of biggest fun events in Andalucia, and the streets of the town, including local bars and restaurants are festooned in flags and bunting to add to the fabulous atmosphere.

On entering the fairground in the evening, the lights and sounds are incredible. Music booms from every stall and ride, combining excitement and great fun for all ages. Many local musicians and flamenco dancers perform here to an appreciative audience.

This festival of fun also boasts superb food including such Spanish favourites as tortilla, fried fish, candy floss, locally produced turrón nougat and chocolate covered nuts and popcorn. As you would expect in this part of the world, there are plenty of bars to buy refreshments and to enjoy the live music.

If you are planning a holiday on the Costa del Sol, make sure you are in Marbella during the feria, as it is one of the most popular events on the Costa del Sol, and attracts thousands of visitors from all over the coast.

This really is a time to embrace everything Spanish, enjoy the Carnival Atmosphere and let your hair down. Marbella Feria is one of the highlights of the social calendar in the South of Spain, and after one visit, you will definitely want to come back next year!

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Storage companies in Puerto de la Duquesa

Self-contained storage companies in Puerto de la Duquesa are sought after by the many holiday home owners and residents in this idyllic part of the Costa del Sol.

The small marina of Puerto de la Duquesa is one of the Costa del Sol´s most beautiful finds. It may be small in comparison to some of its more illustrious neighbours, but this quaint port offers visitors all types of amenities and facilities.

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With 300 berths, this beautiful marina has maintained its original charm and attracts visitors from all over Europe.  Although several new blocks of apartments have been built around the marina, and some property development continues in the area, most of it is on the opposite side of the road to Duquesa Port, and has not affected the harbour itself.

There is an ever-increasing English speaking population here, and there are many visitors from the north of Spain in July and August. During the summer months there is a quaint street market along the waterside offering all manner of local goods. The harbour side is closed to normal traffic making it a safer area for children, and Duquesa is still a working fishing port.

Duquesa is definitely one of the more understated marinas on the Costa del Sol, and also offers water sports facilities on the local beaches, including scuba diving, kite surfing, pedaloes and water skiing. Some of the most beautiful, unspoilt beaches in Andalucia stretch to the east and west of the marina, and sun beds and parasols can be hired for a reasonable price.

Golf enthusiasts are spoilt for choice at this end of the Costa del Sol, and the recently improved Duquesa course is one of the best in Andalucia. Also, Sotogrande and the famous Valderrama course are only 15 minutes away by car.

With families in mind, the fabulous Selwo Wildlife Park is situated just a few kilometres east of Estepona town, and can be easily reached by car. Boasting over 2,000 semi-free animals, and 200 species, this is a wonderland for children and adults alike. The animals are well cared for and enjoy roaming around in over 100 hectares of semi-natural environment. Just over the ravine, where the zebras and camels live, open safari trucks operate in two directions around the park, and most of the larger animals can be seen from here.

Brown bears, tigers, lions, elephants and giraffes can all be viewed at a comfortable distance, and there are also plenty of smaller species to see – the meerkats being a particular favourite. A café and restaurant facilities are also situated throughout the park.

La Duquesa also boasts some of the most beautiful, unspoilt beaches in Andalucia, which stretch to the east and west of the marina. Sun beds and parasols can be hired HYPERLINK "http://www.ustore-it.eu" uStore-it offers self-contained storage units in Manilva and Duquesa, Costa del Sol.

Manilva storage and general information, Costa del Sol

Manilva invites you to relax by offering great beaches, stunning vineyards, world-class golf courses, rich culture and great food. Manilva storage companies are used by locals and the residents of Gibraltar who are stuck for space on the Rock.

Here is a Manilva guide:

History of Manilva

Manilva boasts of a rich history and fascinating culture. The traces of yesteryear are still well-preserved in the form of Roman Sulphur baths, ancient ruins and an Aquaduct. The history is associated with the Neolithic period and a visit to the famous archeological sites is a must to see the remains from this period. Manilva gained its independence from Casares in 1796 and transformed into a prosperous farming community with fine local produce.

Best things to do in Manilva

Manilva is blessed with a charming coastline and beautiful landmarks. Stroll around Puerto de la Duquesa, have a holistic bath at Banos de la Hedionda, explore Castillo de la Duquesa, go on a Segway tour, visit La Duquesa Golf & Country Club and a lot more.

Mouthwatering eateries

The Mediterranean diet based on fish and seafood. You can sample a variety of delicious and healthy food in the town’s bars and restaurants. Land and sea offer the best of everything when it comes to appetizing dishes. The typical dishes in Manilva are Gazpacho, Marinated Meat and fresh fish. Sample typical tapas. The most famous restaurants in Manilva are Restaurante La Choza, Heladeria Da Vinci, Mini India Restaurant and La Traviata Duquesa.

Accessible transport in Manilva

The best way to get in Manilva is to use the international airports of Malaga or Gibraltar. It is not recommended to take a bus from Malaga if you have a lot of luggage. A taxi could be an expensive medium of transport to reach Manilva. Hiring a car is a better way. There is no direct train from Malaga airport. Walking and cycling are two wonderful options to get around Manilva.

Best time to visit

The best times to visit Manilva are the months of March, April and May. Those who wish to visit the monuments, white village or just stroll around the town centre usually visit in spring before the summer heat descends. If you like it really hot, June, July and August could be the months for you although the whole area is more crowded with tourists. September combines the best of both seasons. If you prefer fewer crowds, visit Malaga in October, November, December or January.

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San Pedro attractions and self-contained storage units

Whether you are planning a trip to San Pedro de Alcantara to explore the attractions or you are looking for self-contained storage units, you will find everything you need in this vibrant town, just 12 km west of Marbella.

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The old town is full of tight-knit whitewashed buildings, cobbled and narrow streets and a main plaza that is overlooked by a pretty church.

Away from the hustle-bustle of Marbella, apartments, cafes, bars, shops and offices, the newer urbanizations of Nueva Alcantara are a front garden for this busy yet somehow perennially peaceful centre of San Pedro de Alcantara.

The highlight of San Pedro de Alcantara is the seafront promenade where celebrations and major events take place. Try to fit into local’s way of life and have fun in an open-air gym, nightclub and solarium in this beautiful part of the town. San Pedro de Alcanatra is flooded with things to do, including:

Family-fun at Costa Jump

There is no better place for a family-day out than the Costa Jump- the first indoor trampoline park on the Costa del Sol. This massive indoor park is formed with wall-to-wall trampolines, perfect for celebrations and parties. Whether you are a little kid or big kid at heart, this is a fun place for all. Costa Jump offers 50 interconnected trampolines, various entertaining games and a comfortable waiting area where you can relax and have a snack.

Relax at the beach

This two kilometre long stretch of golden sand lapped beach is full of vibrant restaurants and lively beach bars. Unlike other beaches in nearby Marbella, San Pedro de Alcantara beach does not seem crowded as it is almost as wide as it is long. After a tiring day, it is a time to chill out at the beach.

Play golf

Enjoy some stunning golf courses which boast stunning views of the coast. EI Paraiso, Atalaya Golf and Guadalmina Golf Club are as all as exciting as they sound.

Go shopping

From independent clothing boutiques to the huge Guadalmina shopping centre you will find everything you need in San Pedro. For a wardrobe overhaul, San Pedro de Alcantara is the place for shopaholics. If you are looking for something with a traditional touch, head to the local markets of both San Pedro and Guadalmina.

Visit Paleochristian landmarks

If you are a culture vulture, there are some historic landmarks you must visit. Bulevar San Pedro Alcantara, Iglesia de San Pedro and Basilica Vega Del Mar are highlights of this part of the Costa del Sol.

Enjoy a lazy breakfast in the glittering sunshine, stroll through the maze of streets, sampling a selection of terrific tapas and offering an ‘hola’ to the locals relaxing on numerous beaches.

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Malaga attractions and storage

Malaga attractions and storage companies include a wide choice of beaches, restaurants, shops, bars, museums, cafes and self-contained storage facilities.

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The city is greater than you would expect offering amazing things to do. We discovered some of the best things to do when you visit Malaga:

Explore Picasso’s Malaga

Malaga is blessed that the great artist Picasso was born in this city. The pride is conspicuous in the form of many Pablo Picasso museums, bars and souvenirs shops named after the artist. You will find many delicacies and items on the tapas menu sporting his name. Malaga is the home of many world-class museums but the most popular is the Pablo Picasso Museum. The museum not only offers Picasso’s most famous works but its lovely courtyard beside a café will make your day. If visiting the Picasso museum does not satiate your appetite, head to the house where he was born.

Free Street art in Malaga

Malaga is full of lovely street art works. Visit the Soho area of Malaga to experience the murals almost everywhere and many are by well-known street artists. Even the historic quarter is brimming with some interesting artwork. The best thing is that it is free and awesome at the same time.

Eat! Eat! Eat

Malaga has fantastic seafood on offer for appeasing the inner foodie in you. A combination of fresh simple fare and a glass of vino is something to die for. If you fancy relishing the heavenly drinks, head to the best Spanish bar in Malaga, EI Pimpi’s. Do not miss out the great food at the eastern quay.

Soak up the sun on the fabulous beaches

There are great choices of public beaches that stretch far to the east and west of the port. If you have to pick one, La Malagueta is the best and safest choice. Malaga beaches are generally packed in summer. Sometimes there are more umbrellas than sand. It is best to travel to Pedregalejo Playa to find clean, family-friendly and relatively quiet beaches.

Visit Malaga Cathedral

Malaga Cathedral is also known as “the one-armed lady” because only one of its two towers are completed. Located in the heart of the city, Malaga Cathedral has fabulous architecture and a charming aura.

Malaga’s answer to the Alhambra

If you do not have enough time to visit the Alhambra in Granada, you must visit the best preserved Moorish fortress in Spain. Alcazaba is almost 3000 years old with a breath-taking view overlooking the city of Malaga.

Wander around Malaga’s Old Town

The Old town of Malaga is filled with major attractions and top things to do. It is a pleasant city and there is lot to explore in the hidden narrow alleyways and magical streets.

Walk around the cobbled streets and enjoy your favorite drinks at numerous cafes and restaurants. With famous street artists, musicians and shops selling Ibérico hams, you will surely fall in love with this stunning place.

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Storage in Puerto Duquesa

If you own a home or rent an apartment on the western end of the Costa del Sol and you are looking for storage in Puerto Duquesa, choose a reputable company who will store your goods safely and inexpensively.

Situated on Spain’s sunniest coast is the idyllic marina of Puerto Duquesa. This little piece of paradise boasts 300 berths, a wide variety of bars, restaurants and marina side cafés, and two long, sandy beaches either side of the harbour, which stretch to Estepona and Sotogrande.

Although Duquesa has enjoyed a recent property boom, there are no high rise hotels in the port area, and the marina maintains its original charm and individuality. The area retains a vast amount of unspoilt, natural scenery, while still enjoying some of the best facilities and amenities on the Costa del Sol. Once heralded as the new Puerto Banus, Duquesa has managed to stay small and stylish, without overdoing the glitz and glamour associated with its famous neighbour.

In addition to the fabulous port area, Duquesa is also well known for its wonderful golf course and hotel, boasting views over the Mediterranean. The main N340 motorway passes Duquesa, and the marina is accessed via an underpass. The whole port is closed to traffic, and in addition to the modern pleasure boats, it is still home to a working fishing fleet which lands its daily catches on the harbour side.

Whether it´s miles of pristine beaches (many earning the European Blue Flag for cleanliness) or rugged mountains with their wildlife, the area around Duquesa offers every type of terrain. Rising virtually from the beaches, the nearby mountains and white villages offer visitors the chance to explore the ´real Spain´, only a few kilometres from their holiday accommodation.

Gibraltar is only 30 minutes from Puerto de la Duquesa, and day trips can easily be arranged from the port. Malaga Airport is approximately a one drive away. Since the property boom, demand was outstripping supply for self-contained storage units in Puerto Duquesa as many people rented out their houses, sold their properties or wanted to downsize.

With thousands of ex-pats now living in the Puerto Duquesa area and others spending holidays here, storage facilities offer a great way of storing goods including household items, leisure goods, golf clubs etc.

Whether you are looking for long or short-term storage, choose a reputable company which offers self-contained storage in Puerto Duquesa and one which will be able to give you advice about the best local removal firms to use. Some companies even throw in free van hire so you don’t have to pay to bring your goods into store.

Top 10 attractions on the Costa del Sol

An insider´s view

I have lived in southern Spain for the past 20 years (for my sins) and have visited most of the top attractions, inland areas and holiday hotspots on the Costa del Sol during that time. Below are my personal favourite things to do on the Costa del Sol.

  • Malaga Andalusia Costa del Sol

Malaga is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with some great tapas bars, shops, and restaurants. Take your time to explore Calle Larios, and wander down to the old Port area where you will find plenty of things to see and do. If you want to party the night away, there´s no better time to be in Malaga than August, when the annual feria is held, complete with street processions, flamenco, loud music, decorated Andalusian horses and parades.

  • Costa del Sol beaches and beach bars

Visit some of the best beaches in Spain on the Costa del Sol. Worthy of particular mention is Golden Beach, Elviria, just east of Marbella, Cabopino Beach, just east of Elviria, and Los Boliches Beach at the east end of Fuengirola. Beach bars can also be fun and informal if you fancy a bite to eat beside the sea. Don´t expect five star service, but do expect fresh white fish, jugs of home-made sangria and live entertainment in the summer time.

  • Dressage the Hippodrome

Situated in the Cerros del Aguila region, above Fuengirola, The Hippodrome holds dressage competitions and also hosts Sunday second hand markets each week from 9am-3pm.

  • Costa del Sol Ventas

If eating and drinking is your thing on holiday, take a break from the tourist route and you will discover some great set menus or menus del dia, which are advertised in the local ventas. You can enjoy a three course meal including wine from around €8 per head, and even cheaper if you go inland.

  • Gay nightlife in Torremolinos

Not for the faint-hearted, Torremolinos by night is the gay entertainment capital of Andalusia. Some of the nightclubs in Torremolinos don´t open until 3am (open, not close at 3am). If you are a party animal of a particular persuasion you won´t beat Torremolinos for a fabulous night out. If sea and sand are more your thing, take a trip to Torremolinos in the day time and lounge on one of its long, sandy beaches and top up your tan.

  • The Beach House Restaurant Marbella

Along with Arroyo Hondo in Casares, The Beach House is my favourite restaurant on the Costa del Sol, and I recently spent my birthday there (yes 21 again). Situated literally on the sand on Golden Beach, Elviria, just east of Marbella, the Beach House offers superb food in an unbeatable location.

  • Marbella Tapas Bars

The swish resort of Marbella offers much more than great beaches. A favourite day out is a trip around the town during spring or autumn and visiting as many tapas bars as possible. Favourite places to eat tapas in Marbella include Gambrinus, La Taberna del Pintxo, where waiters come round with plates of food and you pay for the amount of cocktail sticks on your plate at the end.

  • Puerto Cabopino Marbella

One of the most under-rated marinas in southern Spain, Puerto Cabopino, for me, knocks spots off the famous Puerto Banus. Cabopino is situated just 7km to the east of Marbella town centre, and offers visitors some great restaurants, bars and beaches. You can stroll around the marina looking at the luxury yachts, or sit waterside in one of the attractive bars with outside terraces.

  • Costa del Sol Markets

The best markets I have been to on the Costa del Sol are held in Nueva Andalucia each Saturday, close to the bull ring at Puerto Banus, La Trocha Commercial Centre Market on a Sunday near to Coin and La Paloma Park Market at Benalmadena every Wednesday. Most of the goods sold at La Paloma are second hand, bric-a-brac and handicrafts, and you can find some great clothes, leather goods and even electrical items at Nueva Andalucia.

  • Let´s go Selwo

Having just realised I haven´t mentioned any good days out for the kids, in my previous top nine things to do on the Costa del Sol, I must mention Selwo Aventura Park, which is situated just 3km east of Estepona. At Selwo you will find over 2,000 animals from every corner of the world living in semi-free conditions and allowed to roam the park freely (well not the tigers and bears obviously). You can walk through most of the park, including an incredible aviary, and when you get over the bridge, safari trucks will take you to view the lions, tigers and larger animals at a safe distance.

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Storage and attractions on the Costa del Sol

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If you want to enjoy the best of southern Spanish culture and fun, take a look at 7 of the best things to do on the Costa del Sol.

Andalucian Horse Show

Enjoy the elegance and beauty of the Andalucian Horse, and buy a ticket for one of the many equestrian shows on the Costa del Sol. The graceful horses perform to ballet music, and the riders spend years learning difficult movements, based on classical and country dressage. Recommended is the Andalucia Horse Show at Torremolinos.

Authentic Flamenco Show

If you have never seen an authentic Andalucian flamenco show, you haven´t lived. The passion with which the Sevillanas are performed, and the raw talent of the musicians and dancers will have you on your feet, shouting for an encore. Highly recommended is the Tablao Flamenco Ana Maria in the old town of Marbella, where you will see possibly the best flamenco show in southern Spain.

A Bodega Tour of Jeréz

No trip to Jeréz is complete without a Bodega Tour, and one of the best is the Tio Pepe Bodegas, where some of the world´s most famous brandies and sherries are produced. The Tio Pepe Tour includes a trip to the brandy and sherry bodegas, which were built in 1963. This authentic bodega operates over 3 floors, where the sherry is aged.

The Alhambra Palace, Granada

This famous Palace is a citadel and Fortress which dates back to the 14th Century, when the Moors ruled southern Spain. The Alhambra represents a stunning feat of architecture and construction which was built 1,300 years ago. Open to visitors, if you plan to visit the Alhambra, you are recommended to buy tickets in advance, particularly during summer.

Tour Seville by horse and carriage

One of the best ways to explore the beautiful city of Seville is by horse and carriage. Start from the amazing cathedral area of the city, close to Santa Cruz, with its winding streets and intriguing boutiques, pavement cafés and tapas bars, and enjoy a ride around the city´s most famous landmarks, including the ´Torre del Oro´, the ´Parque Maria Luisa´ and the ´Guadalquivir River´ which divides the city.

Tapas Al Fresco Marbella

If you are looking for tasty tapas, you will be spoilt for choice in Marbella. Take your time to stroll around the town centre, and look out for Gambrinus, The Taberna del Pintxo, and the Venencia, all situated between the main road (C/Ricardo Soriano) and the sea front in the centre of Marbella. If you want some authentic Spanish tapas, try the prawns pil pil, the paella, the Spanish omelette, the boquerones (fried anchovies) or the octopus ´Gallega´ which is served on a hot skillet with potatoes and cayenne pepper. Accompany this with a jug of sangria, for a real taste of Spain which won´t break the bank.

The Picasso Museum, Malaga

If you are an art fan, or if you want to enjoy some of the finest paintings in the world, take a trip to the Picasso Museum in Malaga. Picasso created some incredible paintings, including Guernica and The Dove of Peace, which are known throughout the world. This fascinating museum exhibits a comprehensive collection of the artist´s work. The museum rooms also have a great bookshop and café.

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Property management companies & storage on the Costa del Sol

If you are looking to rent out your property on the Costa del Sol, choose from a wide range of property management companies who will look after your property and advise you about the best place for storage on the Costa del Sol.

Holidaymakers are always looking for Costa del Sol apartments and villas to rent and property management companies can usually fix them up with accommodation all along the coast.

The beauty of owning a property on the Costa del Sol is that it gives you choices. Either rent it out or use it for holidays or both. Travellers from all over the world want to rent accommodation on the Costa del Sol.

You may be downsizing, renting out or looking for a long-let for your property. Whatever you are looking to do, a reputable self-storage company on the Costa del Sol will help you store your goods until you are ready to move them.

Once you have registered your Costa del Sol spare room, sofa or whole apartment or villa with a reputable property management company you will start to see the enquiries flood in.

Once a guest shows any interest in your property, you will be sent the details of his/her profile, which you can browse through before deciding whether to accept or refuse the booking. It is entirely up to you whether you rent out your Costa del Sol property for a night, a week or longer, and you can be as flexible as you like with dates.

The Costa del Sol is packed with holiday accommodation for rent and many people now prefer to rent a villa or apartment instead of booking expensive hotel room accommodation. Villas for rent in summer on the Costa del Sol are perfect for families and groups of friends who want to enjoy the warm weather and enjoy the freedom and flexibility of self-catering accommodation.

Property management companies on the Costa del Sol usually charge a percentage of any rental fee for their services, or charge a finder’s fee, but if you are inundated with enquiries, this will be more than worth it.

Spain´s Costa del Sol is one of the most sought after holiday destinations in Europe, and with 365 days of average sunshine a year, plus sandy beaches, and a range of superb bars and restaurants, there is little wonder why so many people are looking for accommodation to rent in Spain.

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Self-contained storage & attractions in Sotogrande

Sotogrande is not just about swanky yachts, polo, golfing in sun and fancy clothes stores – it is also near to one of the most modern and secure self-contained storage companies on the Costa del Sol.

Discover fun things to do for all ages. Different people have different perceptions of Andalucia. To some visitors it is the warmest place on the earth; home to sunny beaches, countless bars and restaurants, breath-taking mountains.

For others, Andalucia is the California of Europe, brimming with Hollywood-style homes, luxury villas, celebrity culture, one of the most popular holiday spots in the world.

To others still, it reflects the mirror image of rich Spanish heritage, a classic destination overwhelmed with ancient history, unique culture and the Mediterranean Sea. It is also considered the treasure box of investment opportunities that contains the seeds of growth of New Europe.

Fun-filled things to do in Sotogrande Santa Maria Polo Club

This massive club extends the best polo facilities in Europe. Thousands of visitors descend on the club during summer to witness the finest players competing for the main prize. The Club is well-equipped with necessary resources and infrastructure which are adaptable to all types of events and celebrations. A benchmark of exclusivity and glamour in Southern Europe, Santa Maria Polo Club offers a landscape of spectacular beauty with extensive gardens.

Golf

Sotogrande is world famous for legendary golf courses extending facilities where kids can understand the sport or get involved in other activities. The best part is that all these finest golf courses are within a 3 kilometre radius making Sotogrande a perfect base to enjoy your favorite sport.

Torreguadiaro

Located on the east of Sotogrande, Torreguadiaro is a picturesque village famous for its beaches, charming cafes and stunning views.

Roman Baths

Known as Baños de la Hedionda, you can have an experience of a lifetime by taking ancient baths surrounded by nature.

Fairs in Spain

Each year each city in Spain holds a fair which is a week-long celebration. It is the time when streets are filled with shows, food stalls and music plays on every corner.

Fancy restaurants

The portside restaurants form the social hub of the town offering a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The restaurants are plentiful serving delicious food and offering the best service. The shimmering water, the luxurious yachts, the glittery aura accompanied with fragrant air combine to create a jaw-dropping setting.

Party all night

Find a wealth of late night spots in Sotogrande or spend an evening in the company of family and friends. Enjoy a wonderful time at dinner parties or barbeque on private terraces, in hot tubs and around pools.

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The best things to do in Manilva and the western Costa del Sol

If you want to combine excellent beaches with award-wining attractions and natural scenery, visit the town of Manilva, which is just a 30 minute drive to the west of Marbella and Puerto Banus.

Manilva boasts a choice of bars, restaurants, beaches and historical attractions to suit all ages, tastes and budgets. The Roman Sulphur Baths of Hedionda are situated just below Manilva, and first became popular with the Romans over 2,000 years ago. Bathing rooms were created to make the most of the natural sulphur springs which flow from above the valley, and a large inner bathing chamber still exists.

Although it cannot be proved, sulphur, which has great healing properties, was thought to attract the Romans to the site, where they bathed regularly to improve the condition of their skin, and also to give them greater mental strength and prepare them for battle. Julius Caesar was even said to have bathed in the Roman Baths of Hedionda, Manilva, around 62BC.

Nowadays, families and visitors flock to the site, to enjoy lunch at the Roman Oasis Restaurant, or to spend a day out in the surrounding countryside. Ruins of old farm buildings are situated across the river, which would indicate that a settlement once existed around the baths. An irrigation system still exists, which was used to irrigate the valley, and although it is almost certainly Roman in origin, it was most probably restored during Arab rule in southern Spain.

Thousands of years later, Manilva is home to hundreds of ex-pats who have bought holiday homes here and who use Manilva storage companies to store their goods.

If you are feeling fit, hike a couples of kilometres upstream, which will eventually take you to the mills of Casares. Although the distance is not great, it is not an easy route, and will probably take you most of the day to negotiate. To get to the Roman Baths, turn off the A7 at the Lidl roundabout in Sabanillas, and head inland. Go under the toll road and follow the rough track along the river for 0.9 kilometres. The Baths are on the right hand side.

A Roman aqueduct is situated between the Baths and the coast, which is also said to hail from the days of Julius Caesar, and it was once used to drive a water wheel for a mill complex.

Two kilometres inland from the coast is the village of San Luis de Sabinillas (commonly known as Sabinillas) which hosts a Sunday flea market every week through the streets of the village. Numerous developments and urbanisations have grown up around Manilva during the past five years, and one of the most popular tourist haunts is Puerto de la Duquesa. Here you will find some fabulous bars, restaurants and cafés overlooking the boats and the marina, plus a first-class golf course.

Take a trip to Manilva, and spend a day exploring the fascinating sites and enjoying the excellent local restaurants, beaches and attractions. A choice of accommodation in Manilva is also available.

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Day trips from Manilva and the Costa del Sol

If you are planning to stay in Manilva on the Costa del Sol but you want to explore inland Spain, drive to the Alpujarras or the Sierra Nevada in Granada.

A world away from the ´Costas´, the province of Granada is home to the Alpujarras, made famous by Chris Stewart´s book: ´Driving over Lemons.´ The former Genesis drummer made Andalusia his home, along with his family in 1988, and his first book beautifully describes the villages, the countryside and the foothills around the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

The Alpujarras are famous for their distinct architecture of box-shaped houses with flat clay roofs and the unique irrigation aqueducts that are still in used by local farmers. Situated 50km from Granada city, the area attracts walkers, climbers and campers to its green and pleasant landscapes, often carpeted with wild flowers and home to wandering goats.

You don´t have to venture far from the Costa del Sol to experience a completely different way of life in rural Spain. You only have to stroll through a small town or village in Granada between 2-6pm during summer, when the locals have retreated indoors to escape the searing heat of the afternoon sun. You will think you have wandered into a ghost town!

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Many of the traditional properties have few windows and were built with the heat in mind. With walls up to four feet thick to keep the houses cool in summer, and no air conditioning or central heating, many of the older properties retain their original features.

During winter, one of the traditional heating systems consists of hot coals in a dish under the table, which is covered with a long cloth. People sit around the table with the cloth covering their legs as the heat emanates from the coals. A great invention, but it doesn´t stop the rest of you getting cold!

The Andalusian countryside is as diverse as it is beautiful, and vast olive groves give way to rugged terrain, citrus trees and lunar-like landscapes.

Granada is situated in the eastern part of Andalusia and is bordered by the provinces of Malaga, Jaen, Murcia, Almeria and Cordoba, and its name comes from the Arab invasion in the 8th century.

Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada Mountain range is the most southerly ski resort in Europe, and welcomes winter sports fans from November to April each year. Mulhacén is the tallest mountain in continental Spain at 3,480 metres. As one of Europe's highest resorts, the Sierra Nevada is very snow-sure and typically has a long season.

The longest season on record was the winter of 2008/9 which ran from the 15th November 2008 until the 17th May 2009.

Sierra Nevada literally means "Snowy Mountain Range", and it includes some of the highest peaks in Europe, not to mention the highest concentration of peaks over 3,000m in the country.

The Sierra Nevada ski resort offers a wide and ever-expanding range of facilities as well as a terrain to suit skiers and snow boarders of all standards.

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The most beautiful places to stay in Andalucia

If you are looking to visit southern Spain, some of the most beautiful cities, towns and villages include:

Alhama de Granada, Granada Province

As you leave the coast from Malaga and move towards Granada, the approach to Alhama de Granada is a spectacular one. The rolling plains of Sierra de Tejeda, ramshackle network of narrow streets, interesting churches, grand old houses, an old Moorish bathhouse and a former inquisition stronghold, La Casa la Inquisición, all these images collectively describe the stunning villages of Andalucía. Whether you own a home in Andalucia or you are visiting on holiday, Manilva Storage can help you store large or small volumes of storage.

Medina Sidonia, Cadiz Province

Once you step in this hilltop village of Medina Sidonia, there is plenty to captivate your senses. ‘Pretty’ might not be the perfect word to use but faded grandeur surely is. It was once one of Spain’s most renowned ducal seats and before that a prestigious Moorish town. Its long history is still conspicuous in the form of its well-preserved Roman ruins and handsome mansions.

Montefrio, Granada Province

It is hard not to include this gracious village in a list of beautiful white villages of Andalucia. You can feel a surreal sense of drama in its setting. The village boasts of some of the finest churches including La Iglesia de la Villa which has a museum surrounded by the ruins of the Moorish Alcazaba. There is also an important Neolithic site - Las Peñas de los Gitanos that must be included in your itinerary.

Casares, Malaga Province

This is one of the most accessible of all the villages of Andalucia. As you approach Casares, you notice the usual sparkling white houses, which resemble stacked sugar lumps. Stroll around and soak up the atmosphere and the stunning views. If you have planned to visit this village, take a trip to the Roman Sulphur Bath which was once used by Julius Caesar.

Arcos de la Frontera, Cadiz Province

Nestled on a rocky outcrop, Arcos de la Frontera is the most impressive of all the white villages of Andalucia. This is more of a town than a village. And it is widely famous for its scrumptious tapas options. With cobbled streets and tucked away nooks there are plenty of hidden gems to explore. There are many secrets attached to the dark history of this place. Uncover and explore every bit of it to make the most of your trip.

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Manilva holidays and self-contained storage facilities

At the southern-western edge of the province of Malaga, on the border with Cadiz, nestles a perfect destination to enjoy a well-deserved holiday. Manilva boasts great beaches, beautiful vineyards, lovely white villages, striking churches and is a prime location for golfers.

Exceptional beach-side restaurants accompanied by an average of 325 days a year of sunshine make Manilva one of the most popular holiday resorts on the Costa del Sol. If you are fascinated with great history, traditions, culture and food, Manilva is a perfect destination.

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Incredible culture and history

The town has a vibrant culture and rich history dating back to Roman times; The Roman influence is still apparent in the form of well-preserved sulphur baths. To benefit from these health-giving waters, get ready to dive into a subterranean cavern with a strong smell of sulphur. See the 17th century church and the two remaining pieces of aqueduct, remarkably in good condition.

Mouth-watering food

This beach-side resort offers a variety of trendy restaurants and unlimited eating options to satisfy your hunger including Indian, Chinese, English, Spanish and Italian restaurants plus a choice of beach bars.

Amazing attractions

Manilva offers a wide choice of attractions, performances and events. There are many sights in Manilva worth visiting including the marina, attractive golf courses, lovely fishing villages, long, sandy beaches and awesome monuments.

Some of the treasures Manilva possesses are El Castillo de la Duquesa, Iglesia de Santa Ana, Villa Matilde, Puerto de la Duquesa. Manilva is well connected with efficient bus services, all operated by Portillo. There are continuous bus service facilities to the popular attractions and local towns.

Most of the Costa del Sol golf courses can be easily reached from Manilva, along the A7 coast road or the E15 toll road.

Stunning beaches

The best part of this province is its uncrowded beaches during the summer months. Golden sand and warm water welcome visitors who want to soak up the sun. The beaches cover eight kilometres of coastline and visitors can rent sunbeds or enjoy water sports, including water skiing, jet skiing, diving and kite surfing.

Sub-tropical climate

Manilva enjoys a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate due to its coastal location. With hot summer days and warm winters, the best time to visit Manilva are the months of June, July and August. Cool breezes from the sea make the summer heat manageable and the mild winter temperatures make this part of the Costa del Sol a winter haven for golfers!

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The white villages of Andalucia

No visit to Spain is complete without a tour of the Pueblos Blancos, or white villages of Andalucia in the south of the country.

Situated within easy driving distance of the Costa del Sol, the Pueblos Blancos in Malaga province give visitors a true taste of Spain, just a short trip from the coast. Between the Atlantic coast to the west and the Ronda Mountains to the east are a cluster of some of Andalucía's most beautiful mountain villages.

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You can book excursions around the white villages of Andalucia, or hire a car and go it alone. Mijas-Pueblo, Istan, Ronda and Benahavis are all within easy reach of Marbella, Fuengirola and Puerto Banus, and visitors can enjoy the Andalucian countryside while travelling inland to these rural towns and villages.

Istan was originally a Moorish settlement, which survived the Christian Reconquest, largely because it was some distance away from the coast. After the Reconquest, the Moors were banished from coastal towns and villages to stop them communicating with sympathisers in North Africa.

Istan lies below the Sierra Blanca and just a fifteen minute drive from Marbella. The winding road up to Istan, is not for the faint-hearted, and the best time to go is Spring or early Autumn, before the heat of summer and the winter rains. Visitors can enjoy stunning views of the coast and down to reservoir.

Istán is a Mecca for walkers, hikers and cyclists, particularly in winter and spring. The town sits beside the Presa de la Concepción Dam which was built in 1972 to provide water to all the towns on the Costa del Sol. Explore the village on foot, and take your time to walk around the steep cobbled streets, leading to the main Church Square, and enjoy some tapas at one of the local hostelries dotted around the village centre.

Ojén is situated 10km inland from Marbella, and attracts visitors of all ages to its quaint shops, lively cafés and excellent restaurants. The village lies between Sierra Blanca and Sierra Alpujata, below the Juanar Nature Park, which is a great place of natural beauty and home to the famous ´La Concha´ mountain, which can be viewed from the coast.

Mijas Pueblo is perched precariously above the lively town of Fuengirola on the eastern end of the Costa del Sol, and is one of the most charming mountain villages in southern Spain. Just a 15 minute car ride from the coast, Mijas Pueblo is famous for its donkeys, its churches and its narrow cobbled streets, this village offers stunning views over the coast and clusters of whitewashed houses which seem to cling to the side of the mountain.

Visitors can enjoy shops, bars and quaint cafés and plenty of colourful gardens. The main Mijas Bullring is one of the oldest in Spain and one of only a few oval-shaped bullrings. A visitor centre is situated in the main arena and for a few euros you can look around the actual bullring. If you are looking to buy some souvenirs, ceramics, leather goods and jewellery are recommended. If you want to explore the village without any effort on your part, take a horse and carriage ride or a donkey trip around the narrow streets.

Benahavis was founded by the Moors at the end of the 11th Century, and has evolved into a stylish village, which is now known as the gastronomic capital of the Costa del Sol. Retaining much of its original charm, Benahavis derives its name from the times of the Moors.

The village is just 9km inland from the San Pedro/Estepona divide, and it offers plenty of attractions to visitors.

The Castle in Benahavis was built before the village existed, and it played a strategic position in the various battles between the Moorish kings of Andalucia, as it was situated high above the coastline and provided an excellent vantage point.

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The Costa del Golf

Dubbed as the ‘Costa del Golf’ the Costa del Sol boasts over 70 golf courses.

Boasting stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, breath-taking mountains, some of Europe’s most renowned golf courses are situated in southern Spain. This picturesque part of world provides umpteen opportunities for sports lovers to enjoy golf and over 300 days of sunshine each year.

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Whether you are planning to visit Costa del Sol or you are lucky enough to be a resident there are numerous golf courses and resorts to choose from.

Due to its pleasant setting and perfect weather conditions, the Costa del Sol has achieved the nickname of Costa del Golf and transformed into an outstanding destination for golfers from all over the world. Many international players have been associated with this sun coast, including Miguel Ángel Jiménez and the late, great Severiano Ballesteros who both designed and played local courses.

History of Golf in Malaga

Golf has been the part of Southern Spain for more than 100 years. It emerged in Malaga in 1925 with the rigorous endeavours of Real Club de Campo, presently the Parador de Golf de Malaga. Since those early days the sport has evolved into a major tourist attraction, with thousands of players from Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Central Europe, Asia, Canada, the United States and Scandinavia flocking here to play.

Behind the courses of Costa del Sol

Perhaps one of the most reputed and certainly the most famous, golf courses in the area is Valderrama. The course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, is world famous and hosted the legendary Ryder Cup in 1997. Many big names such as Tom Simpson, Cabell Robinson and Robert Trent Jones are behind the design and architecture of some of the Costa del Sol’s top golf courses. The talent and expertise of players such as Severiano Ballesteros and José María Cañizares have helped this sunny paradise to reach great heights.

Why not store your golf clubs on the Costa del Sol to avoid paying expensive extra baggage charges? Golf academies and schools

There are several golf schools on the Costa del Sol that help visitors to learn the game and enhance their skills so they can start to play on some of the more challenging Costa del Sol courses. All of these academies have a variety of courses to suite both beginners and those seeking to perfect the sport.

A pioneer on the Costa del Sol, La Quinta Golf Academy near Marbella offers many distinguished programmes aimed at different levels.

Golf all year around

Most of the courses have a 5-star rating and are equipped with world-class facilities. All of them offer different rates, ranging from 30 Euros to above 100 Euros for visitors to try their hand at this challenging sport. Rates are varied depending on the time of year and most courses are more expensive when the weather is cooler.

The Costa del Sol is a perfect spot for keen golfers offering high quality golf courses and facilities. An excellent climate and a myriad of leisure options go hand-in-hand with the style and tastes of the golf tourists.

If you are looking for storage on the Costa del Sol, why not choose a reputable storage company who will look after your golf equipment when you are away?

The great clear-up after the floods in Andalucia

Manilva and the Costa del Sol has saw more rain during the last week of November than the 1989 deluge that destroyed properties and left people homeless.

Malaga was among the areas hit hardest by the torrential rains in Spain. The state meteorological department has issued a red weather warning when the local rivers and streams burst their banks.

The Junta de Andalucia and other councils activated the level 2 flood emergency plan which reinforces the scarcity of local resources and advised people how to deal with the crisis.

The 112 emergency service responded to more than 700 calls in just a few hours with most incidents reported around Marbella, Estepona and Alhaurin de la Torre.

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Estepona was badly affected by severe rain causing buses and cars to almost submerge on the streets, flooding the Roman Garcia School, dozens of shops and a local health centre.

The situation was also serious in nearby Manilva after the river Manilva burst its banks. The mayor requested people to stay indoors.

Further up the coast, the flood caused widespread devastation affecting several main roads in Marbella including avenida Nabuel, some parts of Las Chapas and the access tunnel to Puerto Banus, while walls turned into debris in the San Pedro Alcantara and Plaza de Toros. Streets were flooded in Coin, Alhaurin de la Torre and Cartama. Landslides also complicated matters by hampering connections between many major areas.

Several roads were flooded and blocked including rio Gomenaro plus La Alberquilla, La Cala Hills, Mijas Pueblo and Mijas Golf.

Cars could not pass many of the Mijas-Golf roundabouts and half of the wall surrounding the golf course was knocked down by the pressure of the water rushing down from the mountains. Fencing and structural damage meant the golf course was closed for 3 weeks.

For peace of mind, why not put your goods into storage on the Costa del Sol to avoid any flood damage in the future?

Most of the roundabouts and roads were inaccessible including avenida de Las Gaviotas, Los Boliches, avenida Finlandia, the seafront boulevard in Carvajal, Nuestro Padre Jesús Cautivo and the Miramar roundabout in Fuengirola.

Malaga recorded the worst rains for twenty-five years and reported hundreds of incidents. Schools in many towns were suspended due to severe rain across southern and eastern Spain.

High alerts were issued in areas including industrial estates lying close to the rio Guadalhorce and the Heroe de Sostoa district in Malaga. The City’s metro service was also temporarily deactivated.

If you were affected by the floods in southern Spain you may want to store your goods in a secure and dry warehouse so that any future adverse weather conditions will not cause any damage to your goods.

At uStore-it in Manilva we offer a choice of over 200 self-contained storage units so you only pay for the space you use. Why pay for expensive container storage if you only have a small volume of goods?

5 reasons why we live on the Costa del Sol

Stretching from Tarifa in the east to Sotogrande in the west, Spain’s Costa del Sol is one of the most popular regions where UK ex-pats buy homes.

We look at 5 top reasons why:

Weather

With over 325 average days of sunshine per year, there is nowhere in Europe quite like the Costa del Sol. Average winter temperatures are around 17ºC, rising to 20ºC in Spring and up to 35º C in July and August. Autumn temperatures average around 22ºC. If you like it really hot, take a trip to Seville where average summer temperatures top 40ºC.

Beaches

The beaches are what make this coastline so special. From the long sandy beaches in Malaga to the unspoilt Golden Beach just east of Marbella in Elviria, there are some incredible stretches of sand. If you are new to the area try the beach at Cabopino (a 10 minute drive east of Marbella). The beach is protected by a cove, and is ideal for swimming. Water sports can also be enjoyed at most beaches in Marbella, Fuengirola and Puerto Banus, including kite surfing, water skiing, paragliding, or even being towed along on an inflatable banana or donut. If you want to take a trip to Tarifa, the windy coast, west of Gibraltar, you can enjoy some incredible water sports. This is the home of the wind surfer, as it is the spot where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean. The beaches are long and golden, and the legendary Tarifa winds make this a great spot for kite and wind surfing.

History and Culture

Contrary to rumour, the Costa del Sol is not just about sun, sand and sangria … there is much more to this incredible region than that. Take a trip up to Granada and visit the Moorish Palace of the Alhambra, or drive an hour inland from Marbella and marvel at the Ronda Gorge, the cobbled streets and the oldest bullring in Spain. The old town of Marbella is home to some fabulous, quaint shops, bars and restaurants nestled in its narrow streets and whitewashed houses. Malaga Cathedral and Old Town are also worth a visit, and if you want to explore further, take a trip to Cordoba or Seville (both about a two hour drive from Marbella), and immerse yourself in Spanish culture and traditions that date back years. Not everyone´s cup of tea, but undoubtedly a very Spanish thing to do, visit one of the big towns during festival time, and watch the bullfight. Also you can visit the spot of the Battle of Trafalgar, close to Algeciras, just west of Gibraltar.

Cheap flights

It used to cost almost double the current price to fly from London to Malaga, before the introduction of budget airlines. Most major cities in northern Europe are now served by budget airlines, which makes Malaga Airport and the Costa del Sol much more accessible. Malaga to London for example costs around €70-€80 one way (depending on the time of year you wish to travel), and Easyjet, Ryanair, BMI Baby and Jet2 all serve Malaga Airport from most cities in the UK. Flight time between Malaga and London is just 2 hours, which is another reason why the Costa del Sol is such a haven for Brits abroad.

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Golf

Also known as the ´Costa del Golf´ the Costa del Sol is home to over 70 golf courses, with varying degrees of difficulty. Golf schools are also situated up and down the coast, and whether you are a seasoned professional or a beginner you can easily find a course to suit your requirements. Golfers don´t have to be members of any particular club to play on the Costa del Sol (although certain courses such as Valderrama can only be played on the invitation of a member). Top courses in the Marbella area include Los Naranjos, Aloha Golf, Las Brisas, (all at Nueva Andalucia), Santa Maria (Elviria) and Greenlife (Elviria) plus a superb course at Cabopino, and Santa Clara Golf (just 6km east of Marbella town centre).

For golf fans who are staying closer to Manilva, La Duquesa Golf and Country Club is one of the best in the area.

Whether you own a holiday home on the Costa del Sol or you are a resident in Spain, if you are looking for storage in Manilva, just 15 minutes from the Gibraltar border, uStore-it can help.

Storage in Spain – Europe’s number one winter sun destination

If Spain is Europe’s winter sun destination then the Costa del Sol will tempt you away from the gloomy skies and chilly temperatures in northern Europe.

The aptly named Costa del Sol, sunshine coast, is known as one of the most temperate regions of Europe during the winter.

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The south of Spain is a glorious destination with a unique blend of contemporary and classic architecture, superb golf courses, rich history, heavenly food, Mediterranean sunshine and everything in between. Here are some of the specific reasons why you should consider Costa del Sol in winter:

Excellent weather conditions

How about escaping the cold and dreary winter of other countries and visiting this beautiful coast that delivers beautiful blue skies and more than 325 days of sunshine a year. Grab the fantastic opportunities for outdoor activities, enjoy sightseeing, explore beautiful cities and the striking monuments of Andalusia.

Peaceful, calm and stress-free life:

Visit Costa del Sol in winter and you will be pleasantly surprised. You will not only be greeted by unlimited discounts and offers but there will be fewer crowds and more peace. This sunny coast offers low hotel rates, shorter queues at major attractions and relaxed pace of life in winter season. Best of all, you can immerse yourself in local culture and soak up the untouched beauty of Andalusia in all its forms.

Melting pot of cultures

With its splendid Arab Palaces, amazing cathedrals and passionate flamenco music, the Costa del Sol is a treasure trove for culture lovers. There are many must-see attractions such as the Picasso museum, the historic centre, the Alhambra Palace and Alcazaba that set true examples of diverse cultures and rich history. Relish the delicious tapas, participate in colourful fiestas and witness the bullfighting to get the flavours of cultural Spain.

Best golfing experiences

The Costa del Sol is better known as the Costa del Golf due to its pleasant weather, beautiful terrain, and world class golf courses. This sun-kissed corner of Spain has more than 70 golf courses for all abilities. Some of the prominent courses include the San Roque Club, Valderrama Golf Club and Real Club de Golf Las Brisas. Majestic sea and mountain views make most of them a perfect golfing destination.

Countless Outdoor adventure opportunities

Costa del Sol is fortunate enough to enjoy 6 hours sunshine a day making it a superb place for plenty of outdoor enjoyment. There are endless adventure opportunities, thanks to the fascinating hiking routes and lovely scenery all around. It is an ideal destination for walking, sightseeing and climbing.

If you are looking to store your goods on the Costa del Sol, make sure you use a reputable self-storage company in southern Spain which offers, dry, secure storage units for all volumes of storage.

Costa del Sol Floods and storage in Manilva

If you were unfortunate enough to be one of the Costa del Sol residents who were affected by the torrential downpours last weekend, you may have damaged property in your store room that needs to be re-housed.

Luckily, although Manilva and Duquesa were two of the worse places to be hit by the rain and flooding, uStore-it escaped with very little damage and all of our storage containers and the goods within them stayed dry and damage-free.

It must be something to do with the location, as we know of many people suffering damage to cars, storage, houses and terraces. Not to mention the trees across the roads and the deluge of water which ran like a torrent through the tunnel into Puerto Duquesa.

Friends in Mijas Costa also suffered a similar fate with some underground garages completely flooded up to the ceiling, resulting in massive damage to vehicles which were literally floating in the streets.

At least two fatalities were reported on the coast. Walls collapsed over roads, unable to take the strain of the water rushing down from the mountains. Golf courses were also flooded with the fencing around Mijas Golf ripped out of the ground by the weight of the water.

After living on the Coast for 21 years, the floods have never been this bad since 1989, and to think this was after just 48 hours of rain?

If you are looking for somewhere secure, dry and accessible to move your storage into, please contact us as soon as possible. We are situated in Manilva with easy road access from the A7 and the E15 toll road.

We are also just a 15 minute drive from the border with Gibraltar, so if you are stuck for space on the Rock after last weekend’s deluge, we can help you re-store your goods with a minimum of fuss. We even offer free van hire so you can save money on hiring a vehicle to bring your goods into store.

We have over 200 safe, dry and secure units of different sizes so you only pay for the space you use. We accept long-term and short-term storage and you are not tied into any long-term contract.

Our friendly and professional team will be happy to help you if you are not sure of the volume of storage you have or you need advice about bringing your goods into store. Feel free to come and look around.

By offering individual self-storage units, we will save you money on placing your goods in container storage which often charge by the actual container and not the m2. Why pay more than you have to?

If you are interested in our uStore-it service and would like to hear more about how we can help you, please feel free to give us a call or fill in the online quotation form.

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Why self-storage companies in Spain are so popular

The popularity of self-storage companies in southern Spain has increased considerably over the last few years. Their focus is not just on businesses but they also take individuals into account. It might be a daunting task to decide which company to use when so many options are available. To make your task easy, we have zeroed in on how to choose a storage unit.

The first step is to contemplate whether you want to store all the things you have accumulated or not. It is always advisable to arrange your storage into sections of what to keep, sell, trash or donate the things you have. Once you are through with this step, the next one is to segregate the items in different categories and work accordingly.

These are your options:

Furniture: If you are looking for a furniture storage service, it entirely depends on the cubic metres to be stored. A lot of companies are available charging prices on a monthly basis. Storage will not be done in individual closed units whereas it is done in a large warehouse equipped with all required facilities and containers. Getting an individual storage space is one of the best ways to protect your furniture from damp and other conditions that could deteriorate their condition. Normally the service includes furniture pick-up but when you decide to shift back to your place, you are required to pay for the delivery based on your location.

It is best to compare prices and companies to get the perfect deal suiting your requirements. Always check the insurance details to know the coverage provided under different unforeseen circumstances. Container storage is not advised, if you want to use the items on a regular basis in one or the other way. It is better to go for a self-storage company in this case.

Miscellaneous items

A number of self-storage companies in Malaga and Manilva can be found on the Costa del Sol which provide self-contained storage units which means you only pay for the space you use. It is for you to decide how big or small the unit needs to be to store your valuables. You can get a space as small as 1 m2 with. You are accountable to deliver the items to your assigned unit although some self-contained storage companies in southern Spain offer free van hire. Check for the list of prohibited items such as inflammable or perishable items to avoid any hassle later.

For local companies, you can always Google ‘’alquiler trasteros’’ or if you are looking for an English speaking storage company on the Costa del Sol, Google ‘Self storage in Manilva’ to find the best company for you.

Whatever you want to store on the Costa del Sol, make sure you use a reputable company with secure facilities, easy access and flexible storage terms and conditions so you don’t end up out of pocket.

Happy Storing in southern Spain!

Gibraltar storage and attractions

Gibraltar is just a one hour drive from Marbella, and 20 minutes from Manilva in southern Spain where you will find a range of attractions and self-contained storage facilities on the Costa del Sol.

Situated on a narrow piece of land linked to the end of Spain, the rock of Gibraltar is 426 metres high and covers an area of 6 square kilometres. The thin coastal strip of land to the west overlooks the Straits of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean, and the east side with its sheer, steep cliffs overlooks the Mediterranean.

Gibraltar´s history evolves from its strategic position at the southern-most tip of the Iberian peninsula, where Europe meets Africa, and still remains to be an important base for the British Navy. The territory shares a border with Spain to the North. Gibraltar was granted by Spain to Great Britain in perpetuity in 1713, under the Treaty of Utrecht, and although Spain insists it should be returned to them, it remains British territory. The British Government has vowed to respect the wishes of the Gibraltarians, who oppose any proposals for shared sovereignty with Spain.

The rock is home to many historical sites and places of interest, that tourism boosts the economy, and many cruise ships also dock here regularly, bringing visitors from all over the globe. Gibraltar has become a popular holiday and business travel destination over the years and has the added bonus of tax-free shopping.

Gibraltar Rock Tour

The limestone cliffs of Gibraltar are home to many natural caves, including the breathtaking St. Michael´s Grotto which is open to visitors. It is also well worth taking a trip down the tunnels of the great siege, which were used as a defence system in the 18th century, and can still be explored today.

You can take a taxi tour of the rock, or if you prefer to be left to your own devices, you can walk all the way up Main Street, past the Governor´s building to the cable car. We prefer to explore this way, and have taken many friends to the top of the rock where the famous Barbary Apes of Gibraltar live. Mostly found in the Atlas Mountains of Algeria and Morocco it is thought this distinct breed of ape was introduced to Gibraltar hundreds of years ago, and have flourished ever since. The animals have become accustomed to tourists on the rock, and will come up close or even leap onto your shoulders when you are least expecting it.

There is also a fabulous audio tour at the top of the rock which explains the surroundings, the history and the traditions of Gibraltar. The views from the platform close to the cafeteria are absolutely stunning, and you can see clearly the African coast and the Spanish resorts in the distance.

Five beaches surround Gibraltar, including Catalan Bay, Eastern Beach, Camp Bay, Sandy Bay and Little Bay, and water-sports facilities are available in Marina Bay, Sheppard´s Marina and Queensway Quay Marina, where diving, sailing and dolphin-spotting are widely enjoyed. We recently enjoyed a trip out on the dolphin boat, and saw literally hundreds of dolphins swimming alongside the boat in the Bay. Apparently they are attracted to this area by the warmer water.

If you are looking for a self-contained storage company in Gibraltar and are stuck for space on the Rock, why not store your goods in Manilva, just a 20 minute drive away?

Storage and attractions in San Pedro de Alcantara, Malaga

Compact, serene and traditional are the words which sum up the quiet and tranquil town of San Pedro de Alcantara, located between Estepona and Puerto Banus on Spain’s Costa del Sol and is one of the most untouched corners of the coast.

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This ancient farmland is close to the natural beauty of the Sierra de Ronda mountain range. It suddenly appeared on the tourist map with an appeal of its own. A major investment resulted in a stunning boulevard area, beautiful water fountains, classy restaurants and incredible kids play area and amazing boutiques to attract the visitors.

Here are some not-to-be-missed attractions:

Bulevar San Pedro Alcantara It is a lovely little town offering a choice of play parks. San Pedro is an ideal place for walking, cycling and even skateboarding. Studded with several bars, restaurants, parks and fountains, something is always going on, including food festivals and concerts throughout the year.

Iglesia de San Pedro

This fascinating historical landmark with intricate carvings and stunning architecture is located in the heart of old town. This church is a fine example of simplicity with a captivating aura. If history fascinates you, it is well worth visiting.

Costa Jump

Located in the Poligono in San Pedro within the vicinity of Marbella, Costa Jump is the one and only massive indoor trampoline park in the Costa del Sol. The moment you enter the doors, you can have an out-of-the world experience bouncing on more than 50 inter-connected trampolines. If you fancy a game of trampoline Dodgeball, Costa Jump is the place to be. It also offers a Foam Pit to turn your dream of aerial stunts into reality.

Basilica Vega Del Mar

This early Christian church was formed in 4th century setting a perfect example of Visigothic architecture. It commemorates the Byzantine domination of Southern Spain. It is one of the most magical attractions and a great historical place to visit.

Playa de San Pedro de Alcantara

Take a stroll along this sandy, wide beach offering a seafront Promenade and a cycle path with full services including a Red Cross first aid post. There are a number of restaurants and cafes also to enjoy a quiet evening. This is a perfect beach for lovers of water sports. Though there is no specific car parking for this beach, ample parking lots are available on both sides of the beach. This beach meets high standards of cleanliness and offers great services for all ages.

Wakeboard Centre Marbella

This center is the hub of water sports activities in a well-designed and safe environment. The activities can be enjoyed by young and old alike. All equipment from beginner’s kneeboards to the more advanced wakeboards is easily available. Other facilities encompass a licenced café, water ski shop, pool with sun beds and a decent restaurant.

If you are looking for a wide choice of restaurants and bars, self-contained storage units in San Pedro de Alcantara or long, sandy beaches, you will not be disappointed.

Self-contained storage units near Gibraltar

Nestled between Spain and the African coast, Gibraltar is an overseas territory with a life that goes beyond its surface. Gibraltar famously known as “The Rock” is a unique destination with caves, secret internal roads, tunnels, numerous beaches, galleries and a plentiful tax-free shopping. It is a place that is truly worth exploring.

If you are looking for self-contained storage units near Gibraltar, choose a company close to the border in Spain to avoid high costs.

So all those curious travellers pack your bags and get ready for the most enticing journey of a lifetime. Some of the best attractions are:

Europa Point

Located at the southern-most tip of Gibraltar, the area is popular for its Point’s historic lighthouse that was built in 1838. It is the gateway where the Atlantic mingles with Mediterranean and from which the coast of Africa is visible. It offers a brilliant opportunity to click attractive photos around the light house with blooming flowers in the backdrop. Another reason to visit this vantage point is the view of Africa and Spain across the Straight of Gibraltar.

Upper Rock

If you have ever dreamt of standing on top of the world, turn your dream into reality visiting the Rock of Gibraltar. It not only rewards you with a breath-taking view but from a height of 426m you can see the African coastline where the waters of the Atlantic mingle with the Mediterranean. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city far below accompanied with marina, quays and bays. Pay a visit to St. Michael’s Cave.

Gibraltar Museum

Located within the centre of the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, the museum showcases a fascinating array of cultural collections, historical archives, drawings, paintings, objects and prints to take you back in history. It throws light on the rich diversity of the Rock’s social history and cultural heritage. You can also join in the guided tours of the collections and displays to have a better understanding of the rock.

St. Michaels Cave

St. Michael’s Cave derived its name from a cave of similar nature which is located in Monte Gargano, Apulia Italy. It is a collection of caves made of limestone found on the Rock of Gibraltar. The caves also exhibit the cavern formation and a long colourful history. An auditorium with wonderful acoustics has also been built within the caves to host light shows, philharmonic orchestras and even rock bands. This amazing attraction receives more than a million visitors per year.

Barbary Macaque

Gibraltar is home to one of the best-known old world monkey species. They are mistakenly referred to as apes but actually are a type of tail-less monkeys. Be vigilant and put all your belongings in a safe place while visiting the Upper Rock. Follow the general safety guidelines when viewing the Macaques. Come face-to-face with wildlife and visit the most popular attraction in Gibraltar.

If you are looking for storage companies near Gibraltar, choose a company over the border in Spain to enjoy cheaper rates and easy road access.

Things to see and do in Marbella

Marbella is wrongly known as an expensive place to visit but lesser known for its stunning old town, amazing cuisine, countless attractions and wonderful year round weather. As one of the Southern Spain’s best-hidden secrets, the Marbella coast is perfect for those looking for a quiet gateway of sandy beaches, blue water and lovely beach bars. Now is the time to explore those hidden gems of Marbella before the rest of the world finds out about them!

Relax at the crème de la crème beaches

Being a beach lover’s paradise, The Costa Del Sol boasts 27kms of coastline with a staggering 23 beaches. Most of the famous beaches are surrounded by great beach bars known as chiringuitos, serving signature drinks and typical Mediterranean cuisine. A day at the beach is a perfect way to hide from the madness of the city’s hustle and bustle.

The Paseo Maritimo

This picturesque beachside promenade is a must for all those who are looking for a romantic evening with their loved ones. Walking along the promenade, soaking up the ambience and enjoying a spectacular sunset are something not to be missed. You can now enjoy a longer stroll from Marbella to Puerto Banus going towards San Pedro. All thanks to the lovely wooden boardwalk which is connecting these spots together.

Visit the historic old town

A postcard-perfect maze of narrow white-washed streets surrounded by old churches and squares offers an exciting journey showcasing history and art. Casco Antiguo (Old Town) encompasses two historical quarters – Barrio Alto and Barrio Nuevo and most of its architecture is still inspired with the aura of the 16th century, when the city was under Arab rule.

With its picturesque beauty and striking architecture and cobbled streets studded with funky art galleries, boutique shops, bars and eateries, the Old Town takes you to a different era. Orange Square at the centre is like the cherry on top of the cake, full of orange trees and tropical plants. Sitting quietly at one of the traditional cafes and enjoying your favourite drink is a must.

Soak in the tranquillity of La Alameda Park

Nestled on the South of Marbella’s Old Town, this small park is lush green and quiet with colourful plants, flowers and fountains. A magnificent large central fountain, huge tropical plants and decorated benches attract visitors from all over the south of Spain. The park is popular with tourists and residents who come to watch the world go by.

Avenida del Mar

Art lovers will be amazed to find an impressive collection of original sculptures by Salvador Dali in the Avenida del Mar, situated in the heart of Marbella. Admire the fantastic sculptures and relax on the welcoming benches to rest your weary feet.

Touch the cultural chords at Parque de la Constitution

Nothing can ever compare to this oasis of calm, situated just up from the beach near the centre of the town. The park is flooded with beautiful trees, colourful flowers, a children’s park, a cafeteria and a 600 capacity open-air auditorium. This amphitheatre is world-famous for its theatre productions, concerts, opera and other cultural events.

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All the fun of the fair – San Pedro Feria, 14-19 October, 2016

Festivals in Andalucia are celebrated with great joy and passion, and none more so than the San Pedro de Alcantara Feria being held from 14-19 October, 2016.

Fairs are an integral part of this stunning destination with special social and religious significance. Different towns in Andalucia have different ferias or fairs and each of them is celebrated with lot of pomp and show. You really have to possess superhuman powers to follow each of them. The summer annual ferias started in the middle ages. Seville is the first city to host a feria in April and San Pedro de Alcantara is the last in mid-October.

The Day Feria

The streets of the town are decorated and closed to traffic to avoid any kind of disturbance. Tables and chairs are placed right in the middle of streets with music playing in every corner. Bars and restaurants serve food and drinks, typically including local hams, cheeses and sherry. Locals feel proud to boast all these festivals and visitors are always welcome to be a part of this annual feria. Now most of the day fairs are being organized at the ‘Recinto Ferial’.

The Evening Feria

At night, the fair takes place in the public fairground or Recinto Ferial. Casetas (tents) are set up by different associations, clubs and political parties of the town providing live entertainment and equipped with a full bar.

If you are not lucky enough to attend the fair, the ‘Caseta Municipal’ set up by the town council welcomes every individual. A traditional

amusement park is also created with lots of rides and other entertainment options for children and the first night of the feria usually sees half price rides for the kids.

Celebrities also take part in this grand annual feria. Some evenings are studded with top billing singers and other famous performers. The fair is free to enter.

Dresses

Local men often wear the ‘traje corto’ and ladies their traditional dresses. But still in some towns like Estepona, San Pedro, Seville, Malaga and Jerez, people love to dress up traditionally. The official opening of the fair is marked with a stunning fireworks show. The next day just after the feria is declared is a local holiday to recover from the festivities. You can always refer the town hall website to know more about the dates and other details.

Festivals are at the heart of people’s lives in San Pedro de Alcantara and the whole of Andalucia. Do not miss these unique festivals to experience Spanish culture at its best.

If you are looking for self-storage facilities on the Costa del Sol, uStore-it can store everything from a store full of furniture to a set of golf clubs.

Things to do in Sotogrande

Boasting contrasting views of ocean, mountains and forests, the Rock of Gibraltar and the North African Coastline, Sotogrande is the privately owned residential development sprawled over a 20 square kilometre stretch next to the Mediterranean Sea.

If you are moving to Sotogrande and are looking for a self-storage company on the Costa del Sol, choose a reputable firm with easy access.Sotogrande is 25km east of Gibraltar, and offers views of the foothills of Sierra Almenara. Stunning Sotogrande offers some interesting and unique options for holidaymakers and residents alike.

Amazing night life- Sotogrande is famous for its relaxed attitude towards life. People are more into enjoying long sumptuous dinners and drinks in the marina at night rather than partying till the sun rises. Those looking for thumping nightlife head to Puerto Banus or Marbella. There are two renowned beach clubs with great facilities- EI Octogono Beach Club and EI Cucurucho comprising of lovely restaurants, kids play areas, bars and a water sports complex. Self-storage facilities in Sotogrande, will help make your move to the Costa del Sol run smoothly.

Mouth-watering eateries: Tucked away in the stunning marina, there are many restaurants in Sotogrande to satisfy all your post excursion cravings. Try some scrumptious delicacies served in the luxurious restaurants such as Pura Tapa, Cancha II, Mariposa, Ke Bar, La Verandah, Chambao Beach Bar and many more. The beautiful marina is a hotspot for food lovers where excellent fish and meat dishes are offered.

Unrivalled shopping experience- Shopping in Sotogrande goes beyond just exploring high-end stores and boutique shops. The city of Cadiz also hosts a weekly street market and car boot sale every weekend. If interested, you can also drive across the border onto the tax haven of Gibraltar to enjoy VAT-free shopping. This shopping paradise has shops and markets, where you can find almost everything.

Mesmerizing entertainment options- If you are a sporty person and love to hit the golf club, work out at the gym, do a few lengths in a giant size pool or hit a ball at the tennis courts, there are several places to play in Sotgrande. The region has five golf courses – the Real Club de Golf, Almenara, La Reseva, La Canada and a Golf Academy. Sotogrande is also a paradise for polo lovers. It is blessed with two affluent polo clubs- The Santa Maria Polo Club and Ayala Polo Club. Sotogrande also hosts annual polo events in August. Sotogrande Equestrian Centre is also one of the most established horse riding schools in Spain.

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Top Golf Courses on the Costa del Sol

If you are planning to bring your golf clubs to the Costa del Sol, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a course to play. Southern Spain boasts over 70 golf courses and some of the best include:

Aloha Golf - was designed by Javier Arana, one of Spain´s best known course designers. It was designed in October 1975 and is considered the start of the boom within the promotion and development of Spanish golf courses. Situated in Nueva Andalucia, the Mecca of European Golf, Aloha is a natural Golf Course with a varied vegetation.

Valderrama Golf Club - is located a few miles north of Gibraltar, approximately two hours' drive from Cádiz and one and a half hours from Málaga. Valderrama remains the only club ever to have hosted golf's pinnacle event – the Ryder Cup - outside its traditional homelands, USA and Britain.

The San Roque Club - situated at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula. San Roque Club is one of Europe's most secluded and exclusive golfing resorts and one of the most popular golf courses on the Costa del Sol. Golfers can choose between the demanding par 72, original course, designed by Dave Thomas that winds through cork oak forests with superb mountain views or the New Course, created by legendary American course designer Perry Dye.

Santa Maria Golf - Situated in Elviria, just 6km east of Marbella, Santa Maria Golf Course is situated between small valleys of pine trees and cork oaks and close to one of the best beaches in Marbella. The first 9 holes were designed by Antonio Garcia Garrido and the second 9 were inaugurated in 1996. Considered to be one of the best courses on the Costa del Sol.

Santa Clara Golf - Situated just 5km east of Marbella close to the Costa del Sol Hospital, Santa Clara is one of the finest courses on the coast. Created with great respect for the natural environment surrounding it and presenting a challenging but staightforward round. Wide fairways with few roughs and open greens.

Alcaidesa Golf - Boasting views of Gibraltar and Africa, this superb course is situated in San Roque in an enviable location with Sotgrande and Valderamma close by. The resort includes two magnificent courses, Alcaidesa Links and Alcaidesa Heathland wit a total of 36 professional holes and spectacular sea views. Driving range with 72 bays and spacious practice area.

Rio Real Golf - First opened in 1965, just 3km east of Marbella centre, and designed by Javier Arana, this magnificent 18 hole course is a par 72 and is situated in a beautiful sloping valley, offering challenging greens. Part of the Rio Real Resort with its own country clube and golf learning academy. One of the best courses in Marbella.

Real Club de Golf Sotogrande - First opened in the early 1960´s this course has a par of 72 and measures 6.304 metres. It offers long tees, wide fairways and elevated greens delicately moulded and very fast, which embody the biggest difficulty of the course. Of the 100 or so bunkers on the course 69 are placed around the greens.

Atalaya Golf, Estepona - The Old Course was designed by Bernard von Limburger the winner of the 1925 German Golf Championships. The course is situated on the Ctra de Benahavis, Estepona. With its wide fairways and large elevated greens, this championship course provides a challenge to golfers at all levels. Elegant and mature with spectacular views of the magnificent La Concha mountain. Atalaya New Course offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean and Gibraltar and is seen as one of the most natural courses on the coast.

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Things to do near San Pedro de Alcantara

Blessed with natural beauty, San Pedro de Alcantara has an interesting culture, traditional appeal, scrumptious cuisine and a healthy dose of adventure thrown in as well. Nestled on the west of the Costa del Sol, just 10kms away from the glitz of Marbella –San Pedro de Alcantara has so much to offer. Here are some of the best things you can enjoy while on holiday in San Pedro.

Take part in the town festival

San Pedro de Alcantara Feria is a yearly festival hosted in the week of 19th October with the action spread over 4 days. The festival is filled with fun and frolics including flamenco shows and live music, fireworks, tortilla-making contests and various stalls selling the famous tapas and other cuisine.

Have an amazing night out in Puerto Banus

This is a carefree destination where the fun never ends. Famously known as the Costa del Sol’s playground for the rich and wealthy that visit here for the beach clubs, sparkling beaches and a thumping nightlife. There is an endless number of clubs, bars and restaurants to keep you up all night. It is also a favourite spot for pop stars and other celebrities. If you fancy taking rides in luxury yachts and big boats, there are plenty of them to admire. Don’t forget your credit card.

Visit the Thursday street market

Immerse yourself in San Pedro de Alcantara’s street market. Selling everything from fruit and vegetables, to clothes, souvenirs, fans, ceramic plates and olive oil bottles to name but a few. You can spot a large number of stall holder’s tables piled high with hand-embroidered table clothes and hankies, which make great gifts for your friends back home.

Spend a day on Playa San Pedro

Surrounded by a long belt of golden sand and stunning scenery, there is no better time to get out and explore this family-friendly beach which has nabbed a Blue Flag. Beach side cafes, restaurants, water sports and sunbeds for hire attract hundreds of visitors to this beach in the summer months.

Explore Estepona

Just a 20 minute drive will take you to the steep and cobbled streets of Estepona. The flower-filled plaza de las Flores is well worth a visit. You can also pay a visit to beautifully crafted sandstone Nuestra Senora de los Remedios church. A pretty little 19th century chapel, a couple of museums and late-night clubs around the Marina also welcome a swarm of visitors every year.

Delicious tapas with a local touch

San Pedro has umpteen classy joints serving up lobster salad and succulent tapas along with plates of paella. There is no dearth of international restaurants offering famous cuisine with spectacular settings. There is a lively buzz around Church Square. Look for the hidden tapas bars and enjoy local flavours.

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Things to see and do in San Pedro de Alcantara – Costa del Sol

San Pedro de Alcantara offers a wide choice of attractions on the Costa del Sol, including some of southern Spain’s best beaches and amenities.

San Pedro represents a typical southern Spanish town, complete with whitewashed village houses, stunning beach restaurants, and a host of great things to see and do. Once a farming community famous for its sugar cane, San Pedro has evolved into a popular and relaxing holiday destination, and lies just a few kilometres west of Marbella and Puerto Banus.

The town remains largely unspoilt by tourism and still retains an old world charm around the main centre, where traditional whitewashed houses cluster prettily around old squares and cobbled streets.

Culture in San Pedro de Alcantara

If you want to learn more about the history and culture of San Pedro, visit the Paleo-Christian Basilica Church by the sea and the third century Roman Baths, Las Bovedas. The baths can be found close to the Basilica at Vega del Mar. Historians are still unsure of the bath´s true origins, though most believe that they are all that remain of the Roman settlement of Silniana, which was wiped out by an earthquake in 365AD. The Villa Romana is also well worth a visit.

San Pedro is a more traditional destination than Marbella or Puerto Banus but still offers visitors some of the best restaurants, beach bars and nightlife in the region. San Pedro´s sweeping sea front promenade offers stunning views over the Mediterranean, and a great choice of chiringuitos serving fresh fish, tapas and huge jugs of chilled sangria. Enjoy a stroll from the Avenida del Marques del Duero, which is a particularly attractive wide avenue, lined with palm trees down to the beach.

San Pedro de Alcantara Beaches

With some of the finest sandy beaches around, plus many small, rocky coves which are ideal for scuba diving, San Pedro is the envy of many smaller resorts. The new approach roads to the beach and coastal areas are easily accessible, and can handle plenty of traffic, even in the summer months. For visitors who want to sample the delights of Puerto Banus, this famous marina is only 10 minutes away by car and 15 minutes from Marbella Recommended beaches include: Guadalmina beach on the western end of San Pedro, close to Marbella -a long, golden beach popular with the jet-set. Pesquera de San Pedro is a smaller, more relaxed beach which can be reached on foot from the town centre. The clean sands and wide promenade have won this beach a blue flag for yet another year. Jet skiing and water sports are available at this beach.





Linda Vista Beach is 1km long, and this golden beach is incredibly popular with locals and visitors. The beach is home to a number of beach bars and restaurants, while the water sports offered here are among the best in San Pedro de Alcantara. You can take your pick from windsurfing, jet skiing and para-sailing or simply chill out and relax in the sun.

The Annual Feria de San Pedro

The last big feria of the year on the Costa del Sol takes place every October in San Pedro. Tradition dictates that this is one of the most popular events of the year, where visitors and locals take to the streets en masse in colourful costumes, with plenty of music, singing and dancing.

The first day of this massive celebration kicks off with church bells at 2pm, accompanied by several rockets being launched into the sky, which officially announce the feria open.

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Things to do in Marbella, Costa del Sol

Widely acknowledged as being the jewel in the crown of the Costa del Sol, Marbella continues to attract visitors from all over the world.

This famous resort town combines the best restaurants, hotels, beaches and nightlife that you will find in southern Spain, and its popularity continues to grow.

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There is much more to Marbella than first meets the eye when you drive under the famous archway, and away from the golden beaches and glitzy night life you will find a more sedate and traditional way of life in the old town. Orange Square is Marbella´s prettiest area, and is home to the 16th century town hall, and tourist information centre. The narrow streets around Orange Square are packed with small shops, art galleries and pavement cafés, where visitors can relax and watch the world go by. As its name suggests, orange trees and tropical plants fill the main square with a burst of colour and blossom, depending on the time of year.

Bars and restaurants are plentiful here, and many are situated in the old town. Some of the more classy restaurants are situated in and around Orange Square, but if you prefer something cheaper and more traditional, there are some great tapas bars close by, selling a fabulous and tasty range of Spanish favourites.

Marbella´s seafront promenade is one of the most stylish in Spain, and elegant fish restaurants sit side by side with ice cream cafés, designer clothes shops and every type of eatery imaginable – from Spanish to Italian, Chinese and Lebanese – it can all be found here.

Covering over 26km, the Marbella coastline runs from Puerto Cabopino in the east to Guadalmina in the west, and boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Andalucia. This cosmopolitan resort is home to over 100 different nationalities, and the town prides itself on the facilities and amenities available to all.

Puerto Cabopino is well worth a visit, and although this fun port has grown considerably over the past two decades, it still retains a certain charm and individuality which you may not find at the bigger marinas. Small bars and restaurants jostle for position on the harbour side, and the best beach in the area is situated next to the marina. Water sports facilities are also available at Cabopino plus dolphin spotting trips. Visitors who want to make a day of it can enjoy lunch at one of the fabulous beach bars or take a stroll up to the main square for tapas or snacks.

For golf enthusiasts there is no better place to come than Marbella. Over 30 top class courses are situated within easy driving distance of the town, and the famous Valderrama Course at Sotogrande hosts the annual Volvo Masters Tournament in October/November.

Funny Beach is one of Marbella´s most popular amusement parks, and is situated just 1km from the centre of town. The park is instantly recognizable by the massive inflatable coke tin at the entrance, and offers great entertainment for all the family.

As its name suggests, Funny Beach is right on the seafront, and offers plenty of car parking facilities and great road access. Activities include motor go-karting on a specially designed track, trampolining, video games, electric bikes and cars, jet skis and cable skiing, plus many other sideshows and entertainments. There are also plenty of rides and activities for smaller children to enjoy. For visitors who prefer a quieter time, there is also a swimming pool with sunbeds and parasols, and a cocktail bar close by.

A mecca for shopping, Marbella´s most famous commercial centre is undoubtedly La Cañada, which is situated just outside town at the Ojen exit of the A-7 motorway. The largest shopping centre on the Costa del Sol, and home to over 150 shops, La Cañada offers free, ample parking as well as regular buses and two taxi ranks. In addition to the shops, La Cañada also boasts restaurants, hairdressers, ten pin bowling and an amusement arcade, multiplex cinema, Alcampo supermarket and Oxigeno Fitness Centre, a state of the art gymnasium.

Marbella has something to offer everyone, and is forever improving. Everything you want from a holiday resort you will find here.

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Moving to Spain? Do as the Spaniards do!

If you are planning to move to Spain, you will find it quite a culture shock. Life styles, customs and certain foibles are very different to those in northern Europe. Here we choose some of the quirkiest:

Clothes are important to Spaniards. Even if you are going to the local grocery store, the Spanish generally dress up instead of down. Depending on where you are living in Spain it is generally accepted that the further north you go, the smarter the attire will be.

Put on your slippers or you could suffer illness. Different cultures have different beliefs and habits but walking around barefoot is seen as foolhardy by most Spaniards – even in the house. You will be inviting yourself to lots of illness, particularly in winter. Most Spanish homes are marble, so keep your slippers by your bed for those chilly winter mornings.

Never take ice in a drink in the cooler months. For Spaniards, ice is definitely off the list in winter. Try to follow in their footsteps instead of freezing your teeth.

Greet strangers you bump into in the market, the shops or in a café with a cheery ‘hola.’ This is normal practice in Spain and you are always expected to greet people you know, even if you bump into them by accident and stop for a chat.

Try to speak in Spanish if you can. It is always an added advantage when you surprise the locals by attempting a few words in their language. This will create a bond between you and also help you make friends with new people. If you arrive in Spain with no Spanish at all, take some lessons.

Give us our daily bread. Bread is the life blood of many Spaniards who feel short changed if their meal does not include bread. Always keep bread in if you plan to have the neighbours round.

Save Water. Spaniards understand the true value of water and beer is often cheaper than water in a bar.

Follow the Spanish timelines for meals so you can join in. Lunch is normally 2-3pm and dinner is served around 9-10pm – much later than in most northern European countries. When in Rome (or Spain)!

Use public transport wherever possible. You will find plenty of public transport options with extensive inner city connections. The majority of inner city commuters prefer to use public transport such as buses, trains and the metro in Madrid. Save some money to enjoy some of the great Spanish wines when you reach your destination.

Slow down and enjoy: Take advantage of a more relaxed way of life and enjoy relaxing days. Chatting and talking about life is an important part of life in Spain. Make friends, go for a menu of the day and order a cognac or two with your coffee.

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Things to do in Spain

With picture-perfect landscapes, enchanting culture, thrilling festivals, glittery nightlife, full bodied wines and scrumptious food, Spain offers a wealth of things to see and do.

Some of the best places to visit include:

The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao: This spectacular structure was designed by Frank Gehry in 1997. This unique work of contemporary architecture is made of titanium, glass and limestone and features an amazing collection of modern art. For the art lovers, this is a gold mine. You will not only tour the Guggenheim museum collection but also have the opportunity to admire temporary exhibitions which change often. The museum also exhibits various workshops and activities for kids to enjoy art in a unique way.

Stroll around beautiful Seville: Explore the cobbled streets of the Santa Cruz quarter, soak up the beauty of Guadalquivir, be inspired from the ancient cathedral tower, breathe in orange blossom, have an awesome time in a tapas bar, admire the breath-taking Alcazar Palace and a lot more in between. If you want to see the best of Seville, witness the Semana Santa week (March 29-April 5). At this time, the streets are flooded with people to commemorate the last days of Christ’s life in solemn and uplifting processions.

Day excursion to the Sierra Nevada: Nestling in the province of Granada, and declared a UNESCO Biosphere reserve in 1986.This national park is well known for its highest peaks in the whole of the Iberian Peninsula and some of the most exceptional flora and fauna in the world. Reach the highest peaks in just a few minutes by taking lifts or take a long route by hiking trails, enjoying the best of both worlds.

Visit enchanting Barcelona: It is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Spain. Barcelona is right in between the sea and mountains, offering some of the beautiful beaches in La Costa Brava, a variety of artistic treasures, fascinating Romanesque churches and great mountains with hiking and climbing trails.

Pay a pilgrimage in Santiago de Compostela: This World-heritage site is a symbol of the Spanish Christian struggle against Islam. Surrounded by Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque buildings, the pilgrims’ route to the old town of Santiago was first used by pilgrims to avoid Muslim territories.

Take a trip to mini Hollywood: Located in the Tabernas Desert, Almeria, also known as mini Hollywood. It is an established location for the film industry featuring three separate parts. All sites are open for visitors offering different adventures. The landscapes of Almeria were used for filming movies like ‘Gods and Kings’ and ‘A Few Dollars More’. The American fantasy drama series ‘Game of Thrones’ was also shot in this surreal location.

Admire the beauty of magnificent Madrid: A bustling, cosmopolitan city with a unique blend of contemporary and classical architecture, expansive parks, and an abundance of art museums and monuments. Visit the Prado Museum, Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Puerta Del Sol, Buen Retiro Park, the Archaeology Museum and the Temple of Debod.

Visit Alhambra in Granada: Travel into Spain’s Moorish and Christian history with every step you take inside the elegant and peaceful palace and gardens of Alhambra, once a fortress but later converted into a royal palace by Yusuf I, King of Granada. Beautifully carved with Arabic inscriptions along with the gardens with rectangular courtyards, fountains and symmetrical tree lines- it is well worth a visit!

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30 favourite fun facts about Spain

From inventing the quill pen to being the biggest producers of granite and marble, Spaniards also host some of the best festivals and ferias including the San Fermin Bull Run, tomato throwing at the Tomatina Festival and a host of other colourful events.

Some fun facts about Spain include:
  1. The official name of Spain is the ‘’Kingdom of Spain’. It is the second largest country in Western Europe and the European Union with an area of 505,955 square kilometres. If compared, it is 47000km2 smaller than France and 81000 km2larger than California, U.S.  
  2. Spanish is the second-most widely spoken language in the world.   
  3. The national anthem of Spain has no words and the bull is the national animal of Spain.  
  4. Spain was divided into separate kingdoms with different languages but got unified after the marriage of two catholic monarchs, Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile.  Public nudity is legal in Spain.  
  5. The Sagrada Familia church has been under construction for more than 130 years and it might take many more years to be completed.  
  6. Spain has the highest life expectancy of 82 years in Europe and has been ranked 15thin the world.   
  7. As per United Nations statistics, Spain will be the world’s oldest country by 2050 with 40 percent of the population aged over 60.   
  8. Even though approx. 70 percent of the population are Roman Catholic, only 13.6 percent of the total population goes to church on Sundays.   
  9. After the demise of the right-wing dictator, General Franco in 1975, former king Juan Carlos I wore the crown. Once being the most loved monarch Juan Carlos fell from the grace and his son King Felipe occupied the throne in 2014.  
  10. Only one tax inspector is assigned for every 1928 taxpayers.  
  11. According to 2015 survey report, Spain has the second highest unemployment rate in Europe.  
  12. Woman entrepreneurs are emerging at a faster rate, setting up 40 percent of all the new businesses in Europe.   
  13. According to the 2013 OECD report, Spaniards spend 16 hours on leisure, drinking, sleeping and other recreational activities in a day.  
  14. Spain gifted the first ever stapler, mop and bucket to the world.   
  15. Half of the world’s olive oil is produced in Spain. 
  16. The world’s greatest artists are Spanish. 
  17. Spain is the melting pot of diverse cultures encompassing Greeks, Romans, Visigoths, Iberians, Celts, Basques and the Moors.  
  18. The oldest restaurant in the world is located in Spain’s capital - Madrid.   
  19. Spain’s national lottery has the world’s highest payout.  
  20. Spain’s national football team topped the world rankings for five consecutive years.  
  21. A designated zipline connects Spain and Portugal.  
  22. There is a 47-story skyscraper with no elevator in Spain.  
  23. The Eiffel Tower was originally planned for Barcelona, Spain but the project was rejected.  
  24. The U.S. is home to more Spanish speakers than Spain.  
  25. Japan once wanted to buy the Philippines from Spain for 40 million pounds.  
  26. Spain was ranked as the World’s most-sought after destination in 2013.  
  27. Spain hosts thousands of festivals throughout the year.  
  28. Spain is blessed with 44 UNESCO World heritage sites.  
  29. The first novel ever written was by a Spaniard.   
  30. If you are thinking of relocating to Spain and you are looking for a reputable storage company on the Costa del Sol, uStore-it can help.     

Things to do before and after you move to Spain

Are you all set to start a new life in Spain? Have you packed and shipped your belongings? It is wonderful that you are armed with all the information and knowledge you need to thrive in a country like Spain. But there are some things you cannot master from reading a guide book. Let’s have a look at some great tips and tricks from the mouths of expats.

Get your paper work done properly: When it comes to dealing with any aspect of Spanish bureaucracy, you have to be way more cautious with documents and photocopies. It is always advisable to double check all documents you may need and also take along what you think you might not need. Keep everything in black and white and file them in proper order.

Have the patience of a saint. Get in touch with a friendly mentor who knows the ins and outs of the system and can help you to successfully get work done. Get the hang of useful reading material. Always make sure you collect all your papers before leaving the desk.

Come to the point: If you are not well-versed with Spanish, communicate in a very simple manner. Superfluous words and heavy use of vocabulary will not at all serve the purpose especially at local stores. So forget those grammar rules and say what you want to say with a sparkling smile.

Birthdays: Many congratulations if it your big day (birthday) but don’t expect people to get you a gift or shower birthday presents on you. Spaniards believes it is good to be old and you are lucky enough to come so far in life. Rather than expecting them to buy you a drink, shout- the treat is on me. If it’s your little one’s birthday, buy him sweets to distribute in school.

Avoid going to the beach in August: Spaniards are on full leisure mode in the month of August. You will find all the beaches chock-a-block with people, long never- ending queues at restaurants and a sea of people waiting for their food to arrive. Instead of getting fed-up, choose to visit outside August.

Be a member of a club: There are plenty of clubs and societies to join in the country of fiesta. it’s better to have a social life outside work and home as most socializing naturally takes place in cafes, bars and restaurants. So open up and see new faces.

Children are a blessing: Children are not only to be heard but they have to be cared for in the best way. Spaniards love to be around kids. They believe every effort should be exerted to promote a child’s well-being and enhance their opportunities to have a happy life. Children are allowed to stay up late during summer holidays. Don’t get irritated if you see a cranky child in a restaurant – it’s the norm.

Schools: Make sure you register your child for the new term in plenty of time and remember that many schools are closed for the long summer holidays.

Be loud and clear: If you want to attract the barperson’s attraction, use polite words. Even if your command of Spanish is not that good, everyone appreciates a trier.

Mind the difference: Many different groups of people have settled in Spain throughout the years so do not refer to Valenciano, Gallego or Catalan as the dialects of Spanish. They all are different languages with their own roots.

When to kiss: Follow a simple rule of thumb to greet people in Spain. Firm handshakes for business associates, two kisses for friends and always wear a smile for strangers. Even if you don’t know Spanish, a smile has the same meaning in all languages.

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Moving to Spain? A checklist!

If you are planning to move to Spain in the near future, make sure you have done your homework before taking the plunge.

  • It may be a good idea to rent a property for 6 months to make sure you have found your ideal destination before buying
  • If you have school age children, check the Spanish and international schools and colleges online and arrange a visit so you can ask questions and look around
  • Tour around with different agents and take your time to explore as much of southern Spain as you want to
  • Don’t be pressured into making a purchase you are not 100% happy with
  • Unless you are retiring to Spain, have a thorough plan of who to approach for work and how to apply
  • If you don’t speak any Spanish, perhaps start learning in the UK before you arrive
  • Set out a budget of what you can afford, including school fees and living expenses and try to stick to it
  • If you are planning to rent your holiday home out, choose a location close to main amenities and facilities, such as the beach or, if it is in a rural location, make sure the road access is good
  • Winter can be cold in Spain so ensure you have adequate heating in your property
  • It is advisable not to sell your UK property until you are 100% committed to moving to Spain
  • Perhaps rent out your house in the UK for 6 months while you do your ground work in Spain
  • Find yourself a trustworthy lawyer who speaks your language

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There has never been a better time to rent or buy in Spain as the house prices have tumbled in the past 5 years and the exchange rate between the pound and the euro seems to be steadying after the unexpected BREXIT vote.

With an average of 325 days per year of sunshine on the Costa del Sol, it is little wonder that this part of Europe remains a favourite among holidaymakers and residents alike.

Whether you want to play one of the 70 golf courses, travel inland to the white rural towns and villages or laze on the beach, you will be spoilt for choice on the Costa del Sol.

If you are planning to open/buy a business you also need to do your homework. Paperwork in Spain can be laborious and time consuming but it is worth getting it right to begin with to avoid problems in the future.

Once you have settled in Spain you can choose from a wealth of attractions, places to visit, historical and cultural houses, parks and monuments and of course, the fabulous restaurants, bars and nightlife in all of the coastal towns.

If you fancy a few days of peace and quiet, the historic towns of Ronda and Mijas are within easy driving distance of the coastal resorts, and are well worth a visit.

Spain is here to be enjoyed, but lay the groundwork first and avoid any hiccups when you arrive.

Why use self-storage in southern Spain

The number of self-storage facilities in southern Spain have increased dramatically over the past 18 months, to cope with the crash of the residential property market.

Home owners and tenants who are downsizing find themselves with a wide choice of household goods they have no space for. Business owners who are either selling up or leasing their commercial premises are also finding themselves stuck for space.

Safe, secure self-contained storage facilities offer affordable storage solutions either short-term or long term.

When choosing a storage unit in Spain:
  • Visit the warehouse or storage facility before making a decision
  • Make sure you can access your storage when you want without prior notice
  • Ensure the units are the right size for you so you don´t end up paying for space you are not using
  • If you are storing valuable items only rent an enclosed unit with concealing walls
  • Ensure the climate control in the self-storage facility is adequate so that your goods do not get damaged from damp or humidity
  • Ensure the storage units are well-maintained and clean
  • Look through the storage contract carefully before signing, to make sure there are no hidden surprises
  • Make sure your goods have adequate insurance cover
When packing your goods for self-storage in Spain:
  • Pack things well and number the boxes clearly so you can re-locate items you later want to take out
  • Use good quality, sturdy boxes which are specifically for storage
  • Fill boxes to capacity where possible but avoid making them too heavy – you must be able to lift them comfortably
  • Buy special packaging materials from your storage facility
  • Never fill large boxes with heavy items such as books or you will not be able to move them
  • Never pack items in sealed plastic bags as humidity can cause damp and mildew
  • Ensure freezers and fridges are defrosted and left open.
  • Drain washing machines before storing them and ensure they are dry
  • Wrap all fragile items separately with bubble wrap and packing paper
  • Buy special covers for mattresses and sofas and stand them on end on top of a plastic sheet

Organising your self-contained storage unit

Work out how to best pack your items into your self-storage unit.

Many units are differently sized, and you can save money by packing the boxes in carefully and efficiently to save space.

  • If you are storing heavy items check to see if the facility has trolleys or other machinery you can use free of charge
  • Store your largest items first
  • Stack boxes and similarly sized items together to save space
  • Fill anything that is hollow such as wardrobes and cupboards
  • Keep any storage you need regular access to at the front of the unit
  • Make sure you can see any labels clearly on storage boxes and make an inventory so you can easily identify the goods you want to remove

Ensure the self-contained storage unit you use offers easy access and professional customer service at all times.

Storage in Southern Spain and Manilva

If you are looking for storage in southern Spain and Manilva, use a reputable company which will give you storage options including box storage and self-contained storage.

Storage in Spain often consists of container storage which means you could end up paying much more than you need to. If for example you only have a few things to store, box storage and container storage may be ideal for you.

If you opt for box storage, your boxes can be delivered to your house, you pack them and a storage firm picks them up and stores them for you. This makes life a lot easier if you lead a busy life and want to get your goods into store as easily as possible.

Self-contained storage in Southern Spain and Manilva offers a range of storage options so that you only pay for the space you need. Use a company which offers different sized units so you are not paying over the odds. If you only have a small volume of storage for example you don’t want to be paying for a large storage unit or container.

Also ensure that your goods are insured against damage, flood and fire.

Feel free to ask as many questions as you need to when visiting the store and don’t be pressured into signing any long term contracts without reading the small print.

Reputable storage companies in southern Spain should also be able to recommend removals companies for you in the area in case you want to transport goods to or from the UK.

Manilva is just 20 minutes from the Gibraltar border and if you are struggling for space on the Rock, this is the ideal location to store your goods.

Storage in southern Spain also works out much cheaper than storing goods in Gibraltar as space is so limited there.

If you decide to use box storage or self-contained storage in Manilva, ask about free van hire to bring your goods into store. This can also save you cash on hiring a removals van.

Whether you want to declutter, move house, rent your property out or downsize, you are likely to need storage in southern Spain at some point.

Look for a company that is flexible and one which will allow you to store your goods from one month to over a year, with rates to match. Some companies will reduce your rates if you put your storage with them long term.

Also use a storage company on the Costa del Sol that is easily accessible by road and one that does not require you to give them prior notice if you want to remove or add to your goods.

Find secure, affordable storage in southern Spain used to be a minefield. Today things have improved no end and with the property boom, and subsequent crash over the past 15 years, more and more people are using reputable storage firms to keep their goods safe for them.

What will BREXIT mean for ex-pats in Spain?

With the EU referendum looming, thousands of ex-pats in Spain who own property are wondering just how a British exit will affect them.

Are they right to be concerned or is the Remain camp scaremongering?

Ex-pat concerns have increased since the Remain camp have been warning a Brexit will have serious knock-on effects for UK home owners in Spain.

According to their reports, British ex-pats may no longer be able to buy properties in Europe as second homes and everything we take for granted about access to the single market will be in question, including the right to go and live in France or Spain.

Approximately 1.3 million Britons live in other parts of Europe, with around 320,000 of those in Spain.

The Pro-EU camp claim that British ex-pats are only allowed to reside in other European countries thanks to the EU’s right of free movement. It has also been suggested that British citizens living in EU countries would become ‘illegal overnight’ if Britain leaves the EU.

There are also some fears that if Britain leave, other member states may take revenge on ex-pats by asking for retirees to pay for their own health care for example.

The UK Government has said: "Many UK citizens would want any negotiations to secure their continued right to work, reside and own property in other EU states, and to access public services such as medical treatment in those states. UK citizens resident abroad, among them those who have retired to Spain, would not be able to assume that these rights will be guaranteed."

It is however unlikely that ex-pats would be barred from receiving EU healthcare as it could lead to retaliatory measures in the UK, where over 3 million EU nationals reside.

The UK paid £675 million in 2014-2015 to other European countries for the treatment of UK nationals, so no other state can accuse Britain of not paying their way. The UK received just £49 million from other European nations in the same year for those EU citizens living in the UK.

No matter how hostile European nations become after Brexit, they still have to respect individual property rights. Both the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights make this clear.

There are numerous political reasons for EU states not to expel any UK ex-pats following a Brexit, including the treatment of their own, numerous, nationals living in the UK.

Brits who have already exercised their right to live in EU states can expect to keep that right after Brexit.This only applies however to people who have started expat life in the EU before Brexit.

If Britain leaves, Brits’ ability to live and work in EU nations would depend on new agreements the UK negotiated with those nations. Also, following a Brexit, the remaining EU nations, including Spain could consider a variety of measures if they choose to, including making foreign home owners pay more in tax!

Property market shows big signs of improvement on the Costa del Sol

The property market on the Costa del Sol is once again starting to boom after a 7 year downturn which saw prices slashed by up to 40%.

Prices are much lower than they were 7 years ago, and you can now buy a 2 bed apartment in Duquesa Hills or Manilva for approximately €100,000, depending on the area you are looking for.

La Cala de Mijas properties were the least affected in the downturn as this quirky fishing village has evolved into a vibrant resort with a choice of top class restaurants, cafes and a long, sandy beach.

The addition of the boardwalk in 2014 also added to the town’s appeal, and the opening of Elliott Wright’s (think TOWIE) restaurant, Olivia’s.

Property prices here have very much held their own, and a new development due to be built just outside the town has sold out before a brick has been laid.

Seafront properties always command high prices, and Marbella is firmly on the European map of top places to live or spend a holiday.

Puerto Banus is often described as the party capital of Europe, and a deluge of hen and stag parties (for better or worse) has increased its pulling power among the younger visitors.

Benalmadena and Torremolinos are better suited to family holidays and offer a wide choice of attractions including long, sandy beaches, water parks, Sea Life, a Crocodile Park and plenty to keep the kids entertained.

Malaga itself is a big draw for long-weekenders and is fast catching up with Seville and Madrid as one of Spain’s most attractive cities. Whether you want to shop till you drop, stroll around the redeveloped port area with its choice of quirky restaurants and bars or immerse yourself in the history and culture of the old town and the cathedral, Malaga has something for everyone. Not forgetting a choice of fabulous beaches with water sports facilities.

Calahonda properties are also selling well again and this ‘British’ enclave situated between Marbella and Fuengirola offers a long, sandy beach, a choice of restaurants in the marina area and lively bars and cafes where you can enjoy a drink as the boats moor up.

Fuengirola continues to attract thousands of tourists, holidaymakers and holiday-home buyers to its shores where you can buy a two bed apartment from around €150,000.

Mijas-Golf and Mijas village are also popular areas for holidaymakers and home buyers. The village is one of the prettiest ‘pueblos blancos’ in Andalusia and Mijas-Golf is a pretty residential development overlooking Mijas Golf Course.

Whether you are looking for an apartment rental in Duquesa, a house to buy in Marbella or a penthouse in Fuengirola, you will be spoilt for choice on the Costa del Sol.

Now is the best time to buy property on the Costa del Sol as prices are the lowest they have been for 10 years and it really is a buyer’s market. Oh and don’t forget the 325 average days of sunshine each year!

Self-contained storage units & free van hire on the Costa del Sol

Self-contained storage units and free van hire on the Costa del Sol are available in Manilva, just a 20 minute drive from Gibraltar.

If you are looking for a company to store your goods safely and securely on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, use a company who are reputable and one which will offer you insurance for your goods.

Self-contained storage companies on the Costa del Sol should be flexible and offer long term storage deals and different sized storage units, so you only pay for the space you use.

Storage in Spain is not difficult to find but honest, trustworthy companies are. If you only have a small volume of storage for example it doesn’t make good economic sense to store your goods in container storage as you will be paying for space you don’t need.

With self-contained storage units, you will have your own key for access and be able to add to or remove your goods whenever the store is open, without giving prior notice.

Also choose a company with good road access so that wherever you live on the Costa del Sol you can reach the warehouse easily by the coastal motorway or toll road.

You may even find a storage company on the Costa del Sol which offers free van hire so you can avoid more expense, not having to fork out for a removals firm to move your goods in.

A good storage company will also be able to give you advice about reputable removals companies nearby if you are moving house or if you want your goods taken from their store to your new property. They will also receive goods on your behalf if your goods are arriving from the UK or elsewhere before you do.

Costa del Storage companies offer various prices and services. Don’t feel obligated to use the first one you contact. Shop around and find the best deals to suit you or ask if you can have a no-obligation tour of the store before you make your mind up.

Storage companies in southern Spain first started to go up in high numbers during the property boom of late 90’s when home owners were down-sizing, buying, selling or renting their properties out. Many new apartments had little storage and it often worked out cheaper to store your goods in a secure storage facility than pay for extra storage space or garage space within the complex.

Self-contained storage companies in Spain should be clean, secure and offer affordable storage units which can be easily accessed.

Removals and Free van hire on the Costa del Sol

If you are looking for free van hire on the Costa del Sol and advice about removals, choose a reputable company who will store your goods safely and securely.

Free van hire when taking your goods into store saves you a fortune and you will not have to hire a firm for separate removals.

Self-contained storage companies in Spain offer free van hire and help with arranging your removals from the UK and elsewhere. Some self-contained storage companies on the Costa del Sol will also receive your goods for you if they are arriving before you do.

If you are buying a house on the Costa del Sol for example, your goods may need to be stored for a few weeks before you complete on the purchase.

Hassle free self-storage is the best way to store your goods safely, so that they will be ready for redelivery when you need them.

Choose a storage company on the Costa del Sol which will store your goods safely and securely and one which offers different sized storage units so you only pay for the space you need.

Many storage companies in southern Spain offer container storage which may be suitable if you have large volumes of storage but if you only have a small amount of goods, you only pay for the space you use if you use self-contained storage units.

Storage in Spain comes in many forms. You may want to use box storage, where boxes are delivered to your house, self-contained storage where you only pay for the space you use or container storage.

Always take out insurance for your storage against fire, flood and damage and make sure you ask as many questions as you deem necessary when putting your goods into store.

Use a company that is flexible and one which offers special rates for long term storage. Never feel pressured to accept the first storage quotation you are presented with and ‘shop around’ visiting the different storage companies until you are completely happy to let them store your goods.

Once your goods are safely stored, find out about redelivery and whether the storage firm you are using can do this for you. You may have to pick up the goods yourself when you need them.

Also choose a storage firm which has easy access and which you don’t need to give prior notice to when you want to take your goods out of store or add to them.

Free van hire on the Costa del Sol

If you are thinking of storing your goods in Spain you may want to use a company that offers free van hire on the Costa del Sol to transport your storage into the warehouse.

Free van hire in Malaga will save you a fortune on hiring a removals firm or man and van on the Costa del Sol.

Small vans can be driven on a standard driving license throughout Andalucia and the Costa del Sol, with no previous experience necessary.

Long-wheeled base vans and more compact models can be hired from €70-100 per day in Spain, depending on the size.

By using free van hire from a reputable storage company on the Costa del Sol, you will save yourself the time, money and hassle of having to hire a van.

Whether you are de-cluttering, moving house, renting out your property or you want somewhere safe to store your commercial stock on the Costa del Sol, use a company which offers secure premises and full insurance against flood, fire and accidental damage to your goods.

Due to the property boom of the late 90’s and early 2000’s and the crash that followed from 2005, demand outstripped supply at storage companies on the Costa del Sol. With so many people renting out their properties, moving from the UK and selling up, self-contained storage units were a perfect solution for storing household goods, business stock and sports equipment.

The best storage companies to use in southern Spain are those which offer a choice of different sized storage units so you only pay for the space you need. Many storage companies in Spain only offer container storage which means that however small your volume of storage is, you will be paying for an entire container.

Use a company that is easily accessible by road, one which offers a choice of units and one which will receive goods for you from the UK, should your goods be arriving before you do.

A storage company that offers free van hire and professional customer service in the south of Spain will stand head and shoulders above the rest. Use a modern facility with 25 hour video surveillance and a fully alarmed warehouse to give you peace of mind when putting your goods into store. Also use a reputable storage company in Spain that will allow you to access your goods whenever the store is open without prior notice.

Attractions in Manilva and western Costa del Sol

If you want to enjoy the best of Andalucia on the western end of the Costa del Sol drive down to Manilva, which is just 30 minutes away from Marbella and Puerto Banus.

Manilva boasts some great bars, restaurants, beaches and historical attractions to suit all ages, tastes and budgets. The Roman Sulphur Baths of Hedionda are situated just below Manilva, and first became popular with the Romans over 2,000 years ago. Bathing rooms were created to make the most of the natural sulphur springs which flow from above the valley, and a large inner bathing chamber still exists.

Ruins of old farm buildings are situated across the river, which would indicate that a settlement once existed around the baths. An irrigation system still exists, which was used to irrigate the valley, and although it is almost certainly Roman in origin, it was most probably restored during Arab rule in southern Spain.

If you are feeling fit, hike a couples of kilometres upstream, which will eventually take you to the mills of Casares. Although the distance is not great, it is not an easy route, and will probably take you most of the day to negotiate. To get to the Roman Baths, turn off the A7 at the Lidl roundabout in Sabanillas, and head inland. Go under the toll road and follow the rough track along the river for 0.9 kilometres. The Baths are on the right hand side.

A Roman aqueduct is situated between the Baths and the coast, which is also said to hail from the days of Julius Caesar, and it was once used to drive a water wheel for a mill complex.

Just to the west of Puerto Duquesa, which is also worth a visit if you want to spend a day by the marina, is the small village of Castillo. An 18th Century fortress stands at the entrance to Castillo, which was built in the late 1700´s . More Roman ruins were found in 2007, adding to the historical importance of the site. Keep an eye out for cultural events and exhibitions which are regularly held at the castle. You can easily spend a day here, and enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the many fabulous fish and seafood restaurants in Castillo de Duquesa. This site is home to some of the most important Roman ruins in Andalucia, and is well worth a visit.

The Bath House, just to the south of the castle can also be explored, and consists of two large bathing rooms and an ancient underground heating system which can still be seen. Incredibly, some of the mosaic floors have also survived through the centuries, and north of the site is a Roman graveyard, and the site has grown into a major attraction for visitors to the Costa del Sol.

Nestling in the hillside close to Casares is the fabulous Arroyo Hondo Restaurant. This contemporary restaurant is situated just 2km from Casares and 10km inland from the coast. The countryside location is stunning, and the food is superb.

Many restaurants on the Costa del Sol offer similar menus, and there is little in the way of creative flair. Not so at Arroyo Hondo, where you will find some the most innovative cuisine in Andalucia, in a quirky, rustic environment. You are always assured a warm welcome, and the service is friendly and informative.

Sunday lunch is highly recommended, and the roast beef is the best you will find anywhere.

The village of Manilva lies 2km inland from the coast and the village of San Luis de Sabinillas (commonly known as Sabanillas) which hosts a Sunday flea market every week through the streets of the village. Numerous developments and urbanisations have grown up around Manilva during the past five years, and one of the most popular tourist haunts is Puerto de la Duquesa. Here you will find some fabulous bars, restaurants and cafés overlooking the boats and the marina, plus a first-class golf course.

To the east of Manilva lies the town of Estepona with its traditional ‘old town’ and fishing port. The whole area is dominated by the Sierra Bermeja Mountains, including Pico de los Reales which at 1,452 metres is 109 metres higher than Ben Nevis, and it´s not uncommon to see eagles and other birds of prey swooping around the countryside. Manilva's has nearly 8km of beaches, ranging from rocky coves to wide sandy expanses ideal for all the family.

Manilva boasts many fine restaurants, including: Chiringuitos on the beach, cafés and fine dining establishments.

Storing goods in southern Spain

If you are storing goods in southern Spain, make sure you use a reputable company with easy access and secure premises.

Traditionally, storage companies in Spain and the Costa del Sol offer container storage which often means you end up paying more than you need to, even if you only have a small volume of goods.

Self-contained storage companies offer different sized storage units so you can store everything from a small volume of storage, such as a set of golf clubs to a house full of furniture and only pay for the space you use.

The Costa del Sol enjoyed a property boom in the past ten years when thousands of new apartments were constructed from Sotogrande to Malaga. With so many people renting out their properties, selling, buying, downsizing and upgrading, demand outstripped supply for storage space.

Southern Spain attracts thousands of holidaymakers and golfers each year. It often works out cheaper to store golf clubs in Spain than to pay excess baggage charges every time you travel.

You can also store your sports equipment in southern Spain or your commercial stock if you run a business on the Costa del Sol.

Self-contained storage containers in Spain often work out much cheaper than renting additional office or shop space for commercial goods such as paperwork, files and boxes.

Use a storage firm in Spain that will give free advice about reputable removals companies in the area, and one that will advise you about adequate insurance. Many storage companies in Spain will allow you to insure your goods with their own insurer against fire, flood and accidental damage to give you peace of mind.

When packing your goods ensure you use proper materials, tape, boxes etc. which will keep your storage safe from damage.

Storage companies in Spain are also useful for house buyers who are sending their goods from the UK and elsewhere as they can receive and store goods if the owners have not yet arrived in the country.

Storing goods in Spain is much easier now than it used to be and prices, generally have come down as there is more competition.

Wherever you decide to store your goods, choose a company which is easily accessible from your address in Spain and one which will allow you to add to your storage if you need to or take it out without prior appointment.

Storage companies in southern Spain

With so many residential properties and new urbanisations on the Costa del Sol, southern Spain over the past 10 years, it is little wonder that so many people are looking to store their goods with a reputable and secure storage company.

Whether you are renting out your property, upgrading, downsizing or simply moving house, you may want to store your goods safely in between time.

Storage companies in southern Spain often provide container storage, which is not much good if you only have a small volume of goods as you will end up paying for space you don’t need.

Use a secure storage company in southern Spain that offers different sized units so you only pay for the space you need.

Also use a storage company on the Costa del Sol that is easily accessible by road and one where you don’t have to give prior notice when you want to add to or remove your goods.

Golf club storage is also popular on the Costa del Sol which is home to over 70 courses from Sotogrande to Tarifa. Extra baggage charges are expensive and it is often much cheaper to leave your golf clubs in storage to avoid paying up to £50 per bag in excess baggage charges.

Use a company that is flexible with its storage terms and one which will offer secure, dry premises and full insurance if requested against damage, fire and flood.

Storage in Spain is one of the best ways to keep your goods safe when you are away or when you are in between moving from the UK to Spain.

Use a storage company which will give you sound advice about reputable local removals firms and one which will receive goods on your behalf if you are moving to or from the UK.

Self-contained storage in Spain is much more economical than container storage and also gives you much more freedom of access. Container storage, unless you have a huge volume of goods can be expensive and not nearly as accessible.

Feel free to look around a storage warehouse if you are thinking of storing your goods there and ask as many questions as you think necessary. Make sure your goods are insured and ask if the storage company you are in contact with are affiliated to any official storage group in Spain.

You can never be too careful when it comes to storing your valuable goods in Spain.

Looking for a self-storage company in Malaga Province?

If you are looking for a self-storage company in Malaga Province, choose one with easy road access, safe, secure premises and flexible storage options.

Many self-storage companies in Malaga province charge per container. This means that if you only have a small amount of storage you pay much more than you need to.

If you travel to and from Malaga frequently to play golf, you may find it much more economical to leave your golf clubs in storage and simply pick them up when you arrive, instead of paying expensive extra baggage charges of up to €50.

Malaga Province, and the Costa del Sol, taking in the towns of Marbella, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Manilva, Estepona and San Pedro is known as the ‘Costa del Golf’ with over 70 top courses.

The Coast has been attracting tourists since the early 60’s and thousands of residential properties were bought and sold as holiday homes during the boom time around 2000. Storage companies in Malaga started to pop up to cope with the demand of people who were downsizing, renting out or simply decluttering.

The beauty of Malaga is its history and tradition. This elegant and thriving city continues to attract visitors from all over the world, and with an international airport on the doorstep, it has evolved into one of Spain´s major cultural cities.

The famous Picasso Museum and the imposing cathedral always draw big crowds to the city, but there is much more to Malaga than meets the eye. Massive improvements to the centre of Malaga have resulted in a stylish area being created with designer shops, chic little cafés and some of the best tapas bars you will find in Spain.

At the top of Calle Marques de Larios, is the city´s main square, Plaza de la Constitución, where cultural, traditional and religious events are celebrated throughout the year. Malaga Feria is not to be missed. The city comes alive with colour, music, dance and some of the most incredible and loud celebrations you will find in this part of the world. Processions wind through the streets, culminating in the fairground where the mayhem continues until early the next morning.

Malaga also boasts some fabulous beaches. Divided into three sections, the beach areas are aptly named after local fish, and include the Anchovy, the Sardine and the Squid. The most popular beaches in the Eastern part of the city are Peñón del Cuervo, La Cueva, Torre de las Palmas, La Araña and El Hornillo, which boast many hidden coves and cliffs, and attract swimmers and scuba divers.

Whether you are spending time on holiday in Malaga, buying, renting or selling choose a reputable Malaga storage company when storing your goods.

Things to do in Puerto Duquesa

Situated on the western side of the Costa del Sol, is the idyllic marina of Puerto de la Duquesa. This little piece of paradise boasts 300 moorings, a wide variety of bars, restaurants and marina side cafés, and two long, sandy beaches either side of the harbour, which stretch to Estepona and Sotogrande.

Puerto de la Duquesa is a beautiful marina in the municipality of Manilva, halfway between Marbella and Sotogrande and is the most westerly port in Malaga province.

Whether you are renting, moving, buying or selling, storage companies in Puerto Duquesa offer a range of storage options.

Although Duquesa has enjoyed a recent property boom, there are no high rise hotels in the port area, and the marina maintains its original charm and individuality. The area retains a vast amount of unspoilt, natural scenery, while still enjoying some of the best facilities and amenities on the Costa del Sol. Once heralded as the new Puerto Banus, Duquesa has managed to stay small and stylish, without overdoing the glitz and glamour associated with its famous neighbour.

The marina is the main attraction of the area. It is surrounded by welcoming hotels and residential developments offering a great holiday with sun, sea and sand. A peaceful place with the perfect combination of Mediterranean light, recreational boating and the traditional sight of small fishing boats setting out each morning.

In this small coastal town you can enjoy many activities and see the evidence of other civilisations who have lived on the coast of Malaga province. Try a wide choice of cuisine including typical local dishes based on a wide variety of fish, and not forgetting one of the best known dishes of the region – gazpacho.

Storage companies in Puerto Duquesa offer flexible and affordable storage solutions for home owners.

In addition to the fabulous port area, Duquesa is also well known for its wonderful golf course and hotel, boasting views over the Mediterranean. The main N340 motorway passes Duquesa, and the marina is accessed via an underpass. The whole port is closed to traffic, and in addition to the modern pleasure boats, it is still home to a working fishing fleet which lands its daily catches on the harbour side.

Whether it´s miles of pristine beaches (many earning the European Blue Flag for cleanliness) or rugged mountains with their wildlife, the area around Duquesa offers every type of terrain. Rising virtually from the beaches, the nearby mountains and white villages offer visitors the chance to explore the ´real Spain´, only a few kilometres from their holiday accommodation.

Gibraltar is only 30 minutes from Puerto de la Duquesa, and day trips can easily be arranged from the port. Malaga Airport is approximately one hour´s drive away.

If you are looking for storage in Puerto Duquesa, choose a reputable company who will store your goods securely.

Golf club storage on the Costa del Sol, Spain

If you have been charged excess baggage in the past for transporting your golf clubs from the UK, or anywhere else in the world to Spain, you will realise how expensive a golfing holiday on the Costa del Sol can become.

If you are planning to visit southern Spain’s Costa del Sol with your golf clubs on frequent visits to play golf in the sun this year, then why not consider putting them in storage locally for just €19.99 per month?

Excess baggage charges for a set of golf clubs can cost up to £60 per trip.

Storage companies in Spain who store golf clubs can also store golf buggies and all equipment, so you have peace of mind when you are away.

If you are looking for a storage company which will store your golf clubs safely and also offer storage solutions for household storage, sports equipment and commercial storage on the Costa del Sol, choose one which is reputable and which offers safe and secure premises with easy road access.

The Costa del Sol has become known as the Costa del Golf in recent years with over 70 golf courses, stretching from Nerja to Gibraltar. A haven for golfers, southern Spain offers a range of challenging courses to suit all golfers, whatever their handicaps.

Golfing holidays are one of the main sources of income for rental apartments and holiday homes on the Costa del Sol. Whether you plan to visit once or twice or you are a regular visitor to Duquesa, Manilva, Gibraltar, Sotogrande or Marbella, it will be much more cost efficient if you store your golf clubs in Spain rather than transporting them to and from own country every time you want to make a visit.

It is also worth enquiring at your storage company in Spain how much they charge to store other sporting equipment, including boat equipment if you only plan to visit in the summer months.

Whatever your storage needs are, choose a reputable storage company on the Costa del Sol which will help you store your goods inexpensively and also once which offers secure self-contained storage units.

Some storage companies in Spain only offer storage containers which are much too big for your goods. In other words, you end up paying for space you don’t need. Feel free to ask advice and check out the facilities before you book your goods in.

Self-contained storage companies in southern Spain

Self-contained storage companies in southern Spain offer a choice of storage options so you can store everything from a set of golf clubs to a house full of furniture.

Are you tired of paying excess baggage fees to bring your golf clubs over from the UK every time you want to spend a week or two on the Costa del Sol? Now you don’t have to.

The beauty of self-contained storage in southern Spain is that we offer facilities to suit everyone. Whether you have a small amount of storage or a house full, we can help you. Many storage companies on the Costa del Sol charge per container. This means you could end up paying for space you don’t need.

What is the point of paying for a whole container if you only have a tiny volume of storage?

Storage in Spain which is flexible and accessible is popular with home owners, tenants and business owners who want to store commercial goods. Storing goods is much cheaper than renting another property to keep them in.

During the housing boom of the late 90’s and early 00’s in southern Spain, hundreds of home owners decided to store their goods when moving house, downsizing or renting out.

Choose a company which will offer reasonable prices, security and safe, dry, alarmed premises.

Also choose a storage firm with easy road access so that when you visit Spain you can add to or remove some of your goods.

Self-storage facilities in Spain have vastly improved over the past 5 years, and storing your goods is now a cost-efficient alternative to renting larger properties for storage.

If you live in Gibraltar, it is also a viable option to store your goods in southern Spain instead of searching for more expensive storage on the Rock. Storage in Gibraltar is expensive and it is not easy to find available and affordable storage facilities because of a lack of space.

Storage in Spain offers a choice of facilities in and near to the major resorts of the Costa del Sol. If you are looking to store goods short or long-term, Costa del Sol storage will give you peace of mind, knowing your goods are stored safely.

Also choose a storage firm on the Costa del Sol which will give you a no-obligation tour of the premises and one which offers full insurance cover against fire, flood and accidental damage to your goods.

Storage companies near Gibraltar

Storage companies in southern Spain are receiving many enquiries from home owners and tenants who are finding it increasingly difficult to source available storage in Gibraltar.

uStore-it in Manilva offers self-contained storage facilities in different sized storage units so that you only pay for the space you need. Situated just a 20 minute drive from the Gibraltar border, uStore-it accepts all types of storage from houses full of furniture to sets of golf clubs, business storage and stock.

Many new residential and commercial properties that are being built in Gibraltar lack storage space and residents either have to rent additional rooms to accommodate their goods.

uStore-it offers clean, safe and dry self-contained storage units that can house all types of storage at competitive prices. The warehouse is easily accessible from both the A-7 coast road and the E-15 motorway.

Gibraltar has seen massive growth in the commercial and residential markets over the past 15 years and residents on the rock are finding it increasingly difficult to find affordable space. Many are now looking outside the border at La Linea for affordable and flexible storage solutions.

If you are thinking of storing your goods near Gibraltar, always:

  • Choose a reputable company
  • Ask to tour the storage facility
  • Always insure your goods against damage, fire and flood
  • Use a firm who can recommend a good removals company
  • Pack your goods properly, using strong materials
  • Use a company which is easily accessible and one which allows you to remove your goods without prior notice
  • Ensure you have your own key to your unit
  • Many storage companies on the Costa del Sol offer container storage which means, if you only have a small volume of goods, you end up paying for space you don’t need.

    Self-contained storage units offer a range of options so you only pay for the space you need. Whether you want to store leisure goods, sports goods, a house full of furniture or your commercial goods, choose a company which will look after your goods and offer full insurance to cover any damage.

    Also only use official packaging materials to protect your goods while in store and never pay over the odds for long-term storage deals.

    Storage companies in Spain offer a wide choice of options. Self-contained storage on the Costa del Sol is often the best storage solution for a wide range of goods.

    Storage in San Pedro, Costa del Sol

    If you are looking for storage in San Pedro de Alcantara, Costa del Sol, why not choose a company who will look after your goods and offer fantastic rates?

    Many people choose to store their goods securely on the Costa del Sol as they may be renting out their property, moving, upsizing, decluttering or simply wanting to store sports goods. uStore-it, based in Manilva, just a 20 minute drive from San Pedro offers different-sized storage units so you only pay for the space you need.

    Self-contained storage in San Pedro offers a choice of units which are ideal for storing everything from a set of golf clubs and summer beach equipment to a house full of furniture. Many storage companies on the Costa del Sol offer container storage which means, if you only have a small volume of storage, you end up paying over the odds for.

    uStore-it also accepts deliveries of storage on your behalf and we work closely with removals companies from the UK and worldwide to ensure your goods are stored securely until you arrive. This service is particularly popular with people who buy holiday homes in southern Spain and may be arriving after their storage.

    Excess baggage charges for sets of golf clubs on most airlines also means it is cheaper to store your clubs at uStore-it so that they are always there when you fly out.

    Our flexible storage options allow you to store your goods with us either long or short-term and we offer competitive rates. From a set of golf clubs to a villa full of furniture we offer flexible storage options and no long-term contracts which tie you in.

    The Costa del Sol saw a property boom in the late 90’s and hundreds of apartments which were built during this time are now being rented out. Secure storage facilities are highly sought after on the Costa del Sol, and uStore-it gives customers peace of mind, knowing that their goods are being looked after.

    Whatever you are looking to store, contact uStore-it in southern Spain and we will find a solution for you. Storage companies on the Costa del Sol offer a range of options from container storage to box storage and self-contained storage.

    Please contact us for more information about the perfect storage solutions for your goods.

    Storage in southern Spain

    If you are looking for storage in southern Spain, uStore-it offers a choice of storage options to suit all requirements.

    Based in Manilva, uStore-it offers secure, affordable and flexible storage with easy access, just a 20 minute drive from Gibraltar.

    Many storage companies on the Costa del Sol offer container storage which means that you end up paying for space that you don’t need.

    uStore-it has different sized units so you can store anything from a set of golf clubs to a house full of furniture.

    We offer a range of storage options which include box storage and self-contained storage units. Our box storage service includes delivery of boxes to your house. You pack them, we pick them up and take them into store.

    When you want your storage back, we redeliver your boxes at a time to suit you. By using our box storage service you won’t even need to leave your front door.

    Our fully alarmed, secure warehouse with CCTV is easily accessible from the E-15 toll road and the A7 coastal motorway. Storage space in Gibraltar is hard to find and very expensive.

    uStore-it is a 20 minute drive from Gibraltar and is ideally located for people who want to store their goods securely and inexpensively.

    If you are looking to bring your goods into store, we also offer free van hire so you can avoid expensive removal costs.

    You may be renting your property out, de-cluttering or moving house. We also receive goods on your behalf so if your furniture is arriving before you do from the UK for example, we can keep it securely stored until the day you move in.

    If you travel frequently to Malaga to play golf, we will even store your golf clubs from just €19.99 per month, which means you can avoid expensive excess baggage charges.

    We can also give you sound advice about which removals companies to use locally, to ensure your goods arrive in one piece.

    You can access your storage unit as often as you like during store opening times without prior notice.

    The property market in Spain is once again picking up and while prices remain low, the number of people needing storage after buying or selling a house continues to increase.

    uStore-it offers a choice of storage solutions and a professional team of advisors to help you make the right decision when it comes to storing your goods.

    Box Storage, Removals and Free Van Hire on the Costa del Sol

    If you are looking for storage, removals or free van hire on the Costa del Sol, uStore-it offers a range of storage options and free van hire, so you can bring your goods into store without having to pay for a removals service.

    Open since January, 2015, uStore-it has revolutionised storage on the Costa del Sol with the introduction of its box storage service throughout Spain. You can now order as many boxes as you require, we will deliver them to your door, you pack them, we pick them up and store them for as long as required. When you want the boxes back we will redeliver them. Simple!

    If you prefer to bring your own goods into store you can take advantage of our free van hire service.

    We also offer a choice of self-contained storage units on the Costa del Sol for every type of storage. Whether you want to store a set of golf clubs and avoid expensive excess baggage charges or a house full of furniture we can help. Our secure, fully alarmed warehouse in Manilva benefits from great road access from both the E-15 toll road and the A7 coastal motorway.

    If you live in Gibraltar, storage is hard to come by. We are only 20 minutes from the border and can store your goods for as long as you like. We offer a flexible service and will not tie you in to any long term contracts.

    You can access your storage any time the store is open without prior appointment. Also, if you need someone to receive your goods from the UK before you move into a property, we can help. We can also give sound advice about reputable removals companies in the area and take the stress out of moving house.

    We offer storage solutions for residents on the Costa del Sol who may be decluttering, moving house, renting out their property or wanting to store leisure goods and also to holidaymakers who want to store cars, sports goods and personal items with us so they don’t have to keep transporting them back and forth to the UK, or elsewhere.

    Our self-contained storage units in Manilva are various sizes so you only pay for the space you need. Many storage companies on the Costa del Sol only offer container storage so you end up paying for a large container that you may only require part of.

    If you are looking for secure, affordable and flexible storage facilities on the Costa del Sol, uStore-it can help.

    Storage companies in Estepona

    If you are looking for storage companies in Estepona, choose a reputable firm which offers a choice of storage options and easy access.

    Self-contained storage is ideal for home owners and tenants who want to de-clutter, downsize, sell or buy property on the Costa del Sol. Short-term storage in Estepona is also ideal for people who are ‘between properties’ or renting out their apartments and need secure storage for their personal goods.

    Estepona is situated on the western end of the Costa del Sol and benefited greatly from the property boom which started in the late 90’s in southern Spain. Thousands of properties were built and sold for investment purposes and as second homes. Storage warehouses then began to pop up in towns all over the Costa del Sol, including Estepona.

    Storage companies in and around Estepona offer secure storage facilities for household goods, sports and leisure goods and even sets of golf clubs. Commercial goods are also stored safely in facilities throughout the Costa del Sol and save business owners a fortune in renting expensive offices and lock-ups where they can store their stock.

    If you are looking for secure storage facilities near Estepona, choose one that offers:

    • good rates and deals for long-term storage
    • a reputable company
    • free van hire to take your goods into store
    • easy access
    • flexible opening hours
    • secure warehouse with CCTV and fully alarmed
    • insurance cover against floods and fire
    • different-sized units so you only pay for the space you need
    • professional customer service team

    Many Costa del Sol storage companies offer container storage which means you end up paying the same, whether you have a set of golf clubs to store or a house full of furniture. Use a company which will discuss your requirements with you and charge accordingly. Reputable companies should also only charge for the actual volume of storage and not a set rate per container.

    Use strong, packaging materials and not cheap tape and boxes as your goods could easily become damaged. Sturdy boxes are essential when packing fragile goods and always ensure all of your boxes are clearly marked in case you want to remove part of your storage at a later date.

    Also make sure the firm you are using are flexible when it comes to rates. If for example you only want to store a set of golf clubs, to avoid expensive excess baggage fees when flying, you should only have to pay a fraction of the cost of someone wanting to store more items.

    Whatever you want to store, uStore-it, Manilva can offer you a range of storage options and great prices.

    Golf Club Storage on the Costa del Sol

    How much do you pay to transport your golf clubs to and from Spain every time you book a sporting break on the Costa del Sol?

    The Costa del Golf boasts over 70 golf courses, attracting thousands of golfers each year from northern Europe and further afield.

    Paying to fly your golf clubs to and from Spain several times a year can prove a costly business. Most budget airlines charge a minimum of £30 per 20kg golf bag and Ryanair charge £50 per bag.

    Golf club hire is available in Marbella, Malaga and Estepona, but most golfers prefer to play with their own clubs.

    uStore-it now offers a fantastic new service to store your golf clubs safely at their secure warehouse on the Costa del Sol, starting at just €19.95 per month.

    By storing your golf clubs at the uStore-it warehouse in Manilva, Costa del Sol, you avoid expensive airline carriage costs and also save money on paying for an oversized vehicle to transport you to your hotel or rental accommodation.

    Leaving your clubs in Spain will also mean there is no risk of damage to the clubs in transit. Easy access ensures you will be able to pick your clubs up when you arrive next time in Spain.

    Golf clubs are kept safely in the uStore-it warehouse in Manilva which is fully alarmed and protected by a CCTV security system. Whether you want to store your clubs for a month or long-term we can keep them securely in a designated part of our warehouse.

    uStore-it offers secure self-contained storage units in Manilva, within easy reach of Marbella, Sotogrande, Estepona, San Pedro and Gibraltar. Whether you plan several golfing holidays on the Costa del Sol each year or you want to leave your clubs for a longer period we can store them safely until you return.

    We offer a wide choice of storage units in Manilva if you want to store household goods, sports equipment, commercial goods or clothes. Our storage units are different sizes so you only pay for the space you need. Many other firms offer container storage which means if you only have a small volume of goods, you will end up paying more than you need to.

    Please contact us if you would like more information about storing your golf clubs or any other items in our secure self-contained storage units. Our warehouse is easily accessible from the E-15 toll road and the A7 motorway. Feel free to come and see us for a no-obligation tour of our facilities!

    Storage in Torrevieja

    Torrevieja has evolved from a small town into a thriving seaside holiday resort on the Costa Blanca, with hundreds of home owners and tenants using box storage facilities in Spain to store their goods.

    The town lies 30km south of the city of Alicante and 53km from Murcia. Torrevieja has a protected Natural Park with two salt lakes and 20km of coastline with six large beaches – La Mata, Cabo Cervera, El Cura, Los Locos, Naufragos and Ferris.

    Torrevieja dates back to the 18th century when it was a fishing village and is today one of the fastest growing cities in Spain due to tourism. Thousands of holiday homes, apartments and townhouses have been constructed in and around the town centre, attracting tourists from all over Europe.

    People who are renting out their property in Torrevieja, downsizing or simply decluttering make use of storage companies in Torrevieja or storage facilities which offer a box storage service in Spain.

    If you are planning to store your goods in Spain, use a company which is reputable, offers a choice of storage services and one which will deliver boxes to your door, pick them up when packed and store them safely until you request redelivery.

    Torrevieja is easy to walk around as it is relatively small and offers a range of attractions to tourists. The Laguna Salada de Torrevieja is a salty, pink lake which can be reached on foot.

    Another claim to fame is Torrevieja Football Club which, although in the third division, attracts large, passionate crowds – almost 75% of which are ex-pats.

    Torrevieja offers a wide range of shops, dedicated to fashion, furniture, interior design, electronics and gifts. A main market is held every Friday in the city centre with over 1,200 stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and veg to handicrafts and art.

    Murcia is a 30 minute drive away and is well worth a visit. Enjoy the old town and the vast range of historical monuments.

    Whether you want to go fly boarding, hire an electric bicycle go karting or spend a day at Rufete Multi Adventure Park, you will find a wide choice of things to see and do in Torrevieja. Spanish Horses and Flamenco Shows are also offered widely around the area and provide great entertainment for all the family. Horse ridden carriage rides around the town and boat trips along the coastline are also popular in the warmer months.

    If you are looking for box storage in Torrevieja, use a storage company in Spain which will take the stress out of storing your goods in a safe environment and redeliver them anywhere in the world.

    Storage companies in Murcia

    If you are looking for storage companies in Murcia, use one which offers a door-to-door service, great prices and secure premises in which to store your goods.

    Murcia is situated in south-eastern Spain and is the capital city of the region of Murcia. The region is known as ‘Europe’s orchard’ due to its long, agricultural tradition as a fruit and vegetable producer and exporter.

    Many ex-pats who bought holiday homes in the coastal towns of Murcia, including Los Alcazares have used storage companies in Murcia to transport their goods from the UK to Spain or vice versa.

    If you are looking for self-contained storage in Los Alcazares, use a reputable firm who will deliver boxes to your door. You pack them, they pick them up and store them with redelivery at your convenience.

    Los Alcazares was a small fishing village which has evolved into a lively coastal resort in Murcia with a choice of great beaches, bars, restaurants and cafes.

    The Mar Menor is Europe’s largest saltwater lagoon and is connected to the Mediterranean Sea by several channels. This coastal part of Murcia is popular with water sports enthusiasts and Los Alcazares Beaches hold Blue Flag awards in recognition of their cleanliness and maintenance.

    Los Alcazares plays host to numerous fiestas and festivals throughout the year and includes a medieval market at the end of every March and during the last two weeks in August, La Huerta, an international folklore festival is held to celebrate the region’s status as ‘Europe’s Orchard.’

    Self-contained storage in San Javier, San Pedro del Pinatar and Cartagena offers storage options for house owners who are downsizing, renting out, selling or buying new property.

    If you are considering storage in Spain, use a company which is:
    • Legal and Reputable
    • Willing to deliver and pick up boxes from your home
    • Fully insured
    • Offers free van hire so you can transport your own goods into store if necessary

    A reputable storage company in Murcia should also be able to give you invaluable advice about recommended removals companies to use so that your goods arrive safely, and be able to store them for you if they are sent from the UK.

    Storage companies in Spain can take the stress out of moving house and give you peace of mind, knowing that your goods are being stored safely and securely.

    If you are looking for a storage company in Murcia, uStore-it can help find storage solutions for all types of goods.

    Costa Brava Storage Companies

    If you are looking for storage companies on the Costa Brava, or self-contained storage facilities in Tossa de Mar, Calella de Palafrugell, Begur, Pals, Peratallada, Figueres, Girona, Besalu or Cadaques, choose a reputable storage company in Spain which offers a range of storage options.

    The Costa Brava is situated in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain and is home to thousands of ex-pats who flock to the region to make the most of the sun, sand and sangria. Self-contained storage facilities on the Costa Brava are used by many home owners who may be downsizing, renting out their property or decluttering.

    Box storage on the Costa Brava is one of the most popular ways to store goods. Boxes are delivered to your door in Spain, you pack them, a storage company picks them up and stores them. You can then arrange for redelivery of your goods when you need them.

    The Costa Brava is known for its long, sandy beaches, its golf courses and Michelin star restaurants. Attracting visitors from all over Europe, this rugged coastline is also popular with divers and water sports enthusiasts.

    Use a reputable storage company in Spain whose customer service team can advise you about removals and one which will receive your goods if you are moving from the UK. Many storage companies in Spain offer insurance cover for your goods to ensure there is no damage risk while they are in storage.

    Always use proper storage boxes when packing your goods, and ensure fragile items are left at the top.

    The Costa Brava region looks deceptively small on a map. As the crow flies, the Costa Brava stretches for 58 miles (93.3km) from the French border just above Portbou to the point where it joins Barcelona's Maresme coast just south of Blanes. By road, however, the shortest distance is 98 miles (157.7km) from north to south and the coastline itself, with its numerous bays and inlets, capes and headlands, actually measures over 200 miles (321.8km).

    Your first day in the Costa Brava region should be a relaxing one, getting to know Figueres, a typical Catalan town, with its renowned Dali Museum. Figueres lies on the main NII road 20 miles (32km) north of Girona. Salvador Dali's museum in the former theatre is the most popular in Spain after the Prado in Madrid.

    If you are planning to enjoy a family holiday in the Costa Brava, some of the best attractions include: Aqua Brava, a water park near the village of Roses, Cadaques Village, which is situated just to the north of Roses, the Castell de Pubol which was once owned by Salvador Dali, the Fiestas de Santa Cristina – if you are lucky enough to be in Lloret de Mar during July, enjoy the annual parades and festival with street processions and music, the Iberian Settlement in Ullastret, which dates back to the 7th Century, Marineland Water Park, Medes Islands, Serinya prehistoric caves and the Toy Museum at Figueres.

    One thing the Spanish know how to do well is have a good time, and if you get the chance to stay in a Costa Brava hotel when there is a festival in town, grab it with both hands. Plenty of family fun attractions, combined with great nightlife and a wealth of great beaches and restaurants makes the Costa Brava one of the most popular destinations in Spain.

    If you are looking for self-storage companies in Spain or box storage services on the Costa Brava, use a company which will deliver boxes to your door, anywhere in Spain, pick them up and storage them securely for you.

    The Top 10 things to do in Murcia

    Murcia is an autonomous region in Spain that is characterized by stunning beaches and historic monuments. This region is known for its high production of vegetables, fruits and flowers. It has a long agricultural history and provides many countries in Europe with produce.

    Murcia has a moderate climate which makes it one of the best places to visit in Spain.

    Murcia self-contained storage companies will store goods long-term and short-term in Spain.

    Murcia cathedral

    The cathedral of Murcia is one of the main attractions of the city. It is seen as a landmark and was built in the 15th century by Catholics and is a main attraction for people visiting the region. The 1754 structure features Spanish baroque style which makes it very unique and beautiful.

    Plaza de Glorieta

    The Plaza de Glorieta is a beautiful square that was built in the 18th century. It is home to the city hall of Murcia and has beautiful fountains and flowers. You can also leave your car here before going to the old town.

    Plaza de Santa Domingo

    Plaza de Santa Domingo is located in the famous Traperia Street and is considered as the man square in the city of Murcia. Formerly, it was a market square but now, it is dominated with hotels and restaurants.

    Murcia Casino

    This is one of the biggest attractions in Murcia and is characterized by a very classy interior. It was built in 1847 with very attractive designs which are still apparent today.

    Museo Salzillo

    This is a museum that is the most popular in the entire region of Murcia. It is inspired by the great works of Francisco Salzillo. Salzillo was a great image maker and baroque artist in the 18th century. He is highly revered because of his works at the Museo Salzillo.

    Puente de Los Peligros

    Puente de Los Peligros is a bridge that passes over river Segura. It comprises mainly of stones that were put together in the 18th century. On its side is a lady chapel that one can visit. Puente Nuevo is another important bridge that is well worth visiting and was constructed with iron.

    Romea Theatre

    The Romea theatre was built in 1962 by a man called Manuel Molina. It sits on plaza Julian Romea. It was however restored in 1985 to feature modern styles and art and now welcomes visitors from all over the world. You can see different acts in the theatre from opera to dancing.

    Santa Clara Monastery

    Santa Clara Monastery is another place to visit while in Murcia. It features a combination of baroque and gothic styles that are very attractive. Many people come here to enjoy the unique ambience of the monastery. The building also houses a museum.

    Monteagudo Castle

    Monteagudo Castle has been well preserved since the time it was first built in the 11th century. It continues to excite visitors with unique features. Formerly, it served as a fortress and a grain store but now offers visitors a unique insight into the past.

    The San Juan Church

    This is an 18th century church that is also a museum. It has images that relate to religion from the 16th century up to the 18th century. Also, it has very good wooden carvings that attract visitors from all over the world. It features a dominant baroque style that is stunning.

    If you are looking for storage companies in Murcia, you should choose a reputable company which offers self-contained storage and box storage in Spain.

    The Top 10 Things to Do In Benidorm

    Benidorm is one of the best places to visit in Spain and is very affordable. It offers a lot of value for money especially when you consider what this city has to offer.

    If you own a second home in Benidorm or if you rent an apartment, you may be looking for self-contained storage companies in Benidorm to help store your personal or household goods.

    In this article, we look at the best activities and adventures that you can find in Benidorm:

    Accommodation is also very affordable in this city. There are numerous hotels and residences where you can spend your time while in Benidorm.

    1. Have a picnic

    A good picnic site in Benidorm is around the Algar falls where you and your family will have a place to rest and have fun as you enjoy the amazing views around this place. You can have a lot of fun and excitement at Algar. Enjoy eating al fresco at the picnic site after a dip in the crystal clear waters. Take drinks with you as well as some food so you can spend the whole day at the Algar falls.

    2. Old town

    The old town in Benidorm is an exciting place to visit for the whole family. This is because if has good streets where you can walk around and enjoy the views. You can have a lot of fun here. From buildings that date back to centuries ago, people visiting Benidorm can choose from a diverse range of attractions. Enjoy the architecture in this town and take lots of pictures.

    3. Guadalest trip

    During the day, you can visit Guadalest which is one of the most exciting places in the whole of Benidorm. Guadalest has a castle which can be explored. With the tranquility and serenity of this place, it is no wonder that many families like coming here to relax and explore at their own pace.

    4. Beaches

    Costa Blanca in Benidorm is one of the best places in Europe for beach holidays. With clear waters and long, sandy beaches, the Costa Blanca is a great place to come for sunshine, swimming and water sports.

    5. The Penon de Ifach Rock

    The Penon de Ifach rock is another important thing to see in Benidorm and is the backdrop of Calpe.

    6. The Castle

    Castillo de Biar is a magnificent castle that people can go to see and visit while in Benidorm. This castle has good views that present people with a chance to admire the 13th century architectur. It has a watchtower that offers spectacular views of Benidorm.

    7. The traditional markets

    If you want a sense of tradition and ambience, you have to visit the traditional markets in towns all over the costa Blanca. Lively, colourful and selling a range of goods from handicrafts, leather goods and local produce, the town markets are a sight to behold.

    8. Party

    There are numerous fiestas in the region that you can attend for free. Knowing the dates when such happenings are coming is a sure way to know when the best time to have fun in this part of town is. Every town holds an annual festival or feria with dancing, live music, processions and fun events.

    9. The Mediterranean Sea

    The Mediterranean Sea is a good spot for those who want to have fun in Benidorm. Whether you want to cycle down the promenade, go kite surfing, wind surfing, swimming or jet skiing you will find a vast range of things to see and do close to the seaside.

    10. Nightlife

    The Costa Blanca and Benidorm in particular is famous for its nightlife. Clubs often don’t open until midnight and stay open all night long. Live music bars and late night pubs also open until the early hours of the morning.

    If you are looking for somewhere to store your goods on the Costa Blanca, self-contained storage companies in Benidorm can help.

    The Top 10 Places to Visit in Spain

    Spain is one of the most popular tourist and holiday destinations in the world. Blessed with a rich historical heritage, there are many places that you can visit in this country.

    Cordoba

    The Cathedral of Cordoba has a long history. It was first used as a mosque before being converted into a cathedral. In the medieval world, Cordoba was one of the most notable cities with the largest mosque in the western world. This is because it was largely occupied by Muslims who settled in the Iberian Peninsula.

    A walk across the street will provide you with a chance to explore the magnificent Mezquita along with other beautiful structures in the city of Cordoba. Along the side walks, you will find bars and restaurants. Visit Cordoba visit in May during the Patios festival.

    Burgos

    Founded in 1221, the Cathedral in Burgos is the most notable landmark in the city. Burgos has come a long way since the 13th century. UNESCO awarded it a world heritage site award. In this city, you are guaranteed to find the best gourmet Tapas in the whole of Spain. The old city wall is also a sight to behold in Burgos.

    When going to this city, it is important to know that there are no direct international flights to Burgos. However, you can fly to Bilbao and get a connecting flight to Burgos, a distance of about 97 miles.

    Salamanca

    Salamanca, lying closer to Portugal, is loaded with beauty. Salamanca is 200km west of Madrid. Plaza Mayor is an elegant city square. Residents of this city are considered to be the ones speaking the purest Spanish, hence the number of language schools here.

    Salamanca also boasts of one of the oldest universities in the world. It attracts students from different parts of the world who come to benefit from the world acclaimed institution. The sandstone structures from this city make it look unique.

    Seville

    Seville boasts rich architecture and ancient buildings that make it one of the historical-rich cities that you can visit in Spain. Plaza de Espana, the cathedral and Alcazar palace are one of the places where you can visit while touring this picturesque city. In addition, you can visit the Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz and enjoy a wide range of Jewish history. The city is accessible with Seville international airport welcoming international flights.

    Toledo

    Toledo was Spain’s former capital and boosts of many magnificent monuments that dates back to the 15th century. The city is surrounded by river Tajo on three sides and boosts of numerous cultures. Christians, Muslims and Jews have lived in this town in peace for many years. You can have a lot of fun walking along its narrow streets. To reach this city, from abroad, you first must land in Madrid before finding your way to Toledo, a distance of about 72 kms.

    Barcelona

    This is an architecturally endowed city that has a lot to offer to visitors. Blesses with the Mediterranean beach, Barcelona is a city like no other in Spain. La Rambra street is one of the must see places in Spain. Also, you must visit the cathedral of La Sagrada Familia. That will crown your trip to this city. It is accessible as it receives international airlines.

    Granada

    With attractions such as the grand Alhambra Palace, Tapas and the magnificent Mirador de San Nicolas, Granada is a must see for all. You also can fly into this city with ease from anywhere in the world.

    Santiago de Compostela

    Known for the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage event each year, Santiago is an old town in Spain that boasts a wealth of heritage. You get good eateries in this city serving Spanish delicacies.

    Cadiz

    If you want to feel the breeze along the beach, then Cadiz is the city for you. This city has good sandy beaches with plenty of sunshine and myriads of sea food. You can climb the Torre Tavira watchtower to have a bird’s eye view of the city.

    Madrid

    Madrid, the capital of Spain, is considered the party capital of the country. It has hundreds of nightclubs and bars. With museums, parks and historical monuments, Madrid will add to your travel itinerary in a big way.

    If you are looking for self-contained storage or box storage in Spain, uStore-it offers a range of storage solutions.

    Box Storage in Andalucia, Spain

    Box storage in Andalucia has revolutionised the world of self-storage in Spain.

    uStore-it is now offering a box storage service in Seville, Huelva, Jaen, Malaga, Cordoba, Cadiz, Granada and Almeria which enables you to:

    • Have storage boxes delivered to your door
    • Pack your own boxes
    • Have your boxes picked up and stored
    • Have redelivery of your storage at your convenience

    The beauty of the uBox-it service is that you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home to use it. Your goods will be stored safely and securely from just €4.95 per month. Standard boxes are priced at €3.95 each and can be used for home storage, personal possessions, business documents and a wide range of smaller items or sports equipment.

    Whether you are looking for storage for commercial goods in Seville, box storage in Huelva, long-term storage in Malaga, self-contained storage in Cordoba, document storage in Cadiz, storage units in Granada, storage for sports equipment in Almeria or self-contained storage units in Jaen, uStore-it offers a choice of storage options, including free pick up and redelivery and free van hire if you choose to bring your own goods into store!

    Box storage in Andalucia offers freedom and flexibility so that you can pack your boxes at your convenience and have them picked up when you choose. Storage can then be redelivered to you at a later date, so you don’t have to worry about transport costs.

    Whether you are de-cluttering to aid a house sale, clearing the spare room or loft, getting the builders in, moving house, down-sizing, working on a new home or simply looking for document storage, box storage in Andalucia could be an ideal solution for your storage needs.

    Seville

    Storage in Seville is one of the most sought after services in Andalucia as many of the houses are built without sufficient storage space. We have been inundated with calls from residents of Seville to ask about our new box storage services.

    Huelva

    Storage companies in Huelva are few and far between. Offering a box storage service in Huelva allows customers to arrange storage without leaving the comfort of their homes.

    Jaen

    Jaen storage companies offer self-contained storage but uStore-it is one of the first to offer box storage in Jaen.

    Malaga

    Self-storage units in Malaga are highly sought after as thousands of holiday home owners renting out their properties need long and short-term storage services.

    Cordoba

    Box storage in Cordoba allows home owners to have boxes delivered, stored and re-delivered to any address in Spain.

    Cadiz Self-storage in Cadiz includes box storage and self-storage units which will keep your goods in secure storage until you want them returning.

    Granada

    Granada, famous for its Alhambra Palace and its history and architecture, is home to thousands of ex-pats who use self-storage companies in Andalucia.

    Almeria

    Almeria is one of the most popular provinces in Andalucia for ex-pats buying holiday homes. Storage facilities in Almeria include box storage and self-storage units.

    Whatever part of Andalucia you reside in, use a storage company offering box storage and self-contained storage facilities to cover all your storage needs in Spain.

    Box Storage in Seville, Spain

    If you are looking for storage solutions in Spain, uStore-it is offering a fantastic new box storage service in Seville.

    uBox-it is now available in Seville, and offers the following:

    • We deliver packing boxes to your door
    • You pack the boxes
    • We pick them up at your convenience
    • We store the boxes
    • We redeliver them to your door

    You can pack and store a wide choice of goods with uBox-it:

    Business Storage

    Box storage in Spain is perfect for files, paperwork and business documents. We make it simple for you to move and store your business records. We can discuss long term storage prices for archived documents, clearing your office or home to create more space.

    When you need your documents back we will deliver them. We try to make your document management easy for you by offering efficient storage solutions.

    Personal Goods

    Whether you are selling up, renting out or simply have too much stuff in your house, why not use box storage in Seville for your personal goods? You can use your storage boxes, delivered to your door, for a vast range of storage, including clothes, books, toys, documents, bedding or sheets. You may be redecorating or decluttering and need your things stored short-term. uBox-it offers a perfect hassle-free service for all types of storage and you won’t even need to leave your house!

    Sports Equipment

    If you are looking for somewhere to store your golf clubs in Spain or your sports equipment, uStore-it can help. We offer box storage for smaller items and larger items, including bicycles. Whatever you need to store from a small box of items to an expensive mountain bike, we can help.

    Our temperature-controlled warehouse offers secure storage facilities, and is fully alarmed and monitored by CCTV. We can also deliver packaging materials with your boxes at extra cost if required. You can order packing tape, bubble wrap, edge protectors, foam and packing papers.

    uBox-it is taking the storage world by storm and by offering the box storage service in Seville, we aim to offer all your storage requirements under one roof.

    The idea for uBox-it was born when we started to receive enquiries from all regions of Spain, to provide boxes, pick them up and store them safely and securely. We then arrange redelivery of storage in Seville when requested.

    For rates and more information about box storage in Seville, please contact us.

    10 Top Tips and Advantages of Box Storage in Spain

    Box storage in Spain is one of the newest storage concepts to be offered in by uStore-it, based in Manilva, Costa del Sol.

    uBox-it offers an all-inclusive storage service which means you can have your boxes delivered, picked up and delivered to store without even leaving your front door.

    In five easy steps:

    • You book your boxes online at uStore-it or call us to order them
    • We deliver your boxes within 24 hours of your booking request
    • You fill them
    • We pick the boxes up at your address in Spain
    • We store your boxes in our secure warehouse
    • We redeliver them at your convenience

    We charge €3.95 per box to be delivered to your address in Spain, picked up and delivered to store and €4.95 to store each box in our secure warehouse per month.

    Ten top tips and advantages of using uBox-it in Spain include:

    1. Secure storage without leaving your front door – we deliver the boxes to you.
    2. You pack the boxes, which means you can prioritise where fragile goods are stored in the boxes and how you want them packed.
    3. We deliver strong packaging materials if required so you don’t have to make a separate purchase.
    4. We pick up the boxes in Spain at a date to suit you.
    5. We deliver the boxes to our secure warehouse, so you have peace of mind, knowing your goods will be returned to you damage-free.
    6. Box storage can save you time and money. You don’t have to go out and buy boxes or deliver the goods to store. We make the whole process as stress-free as possible.
    7. You can store your personal goods or commercial goods in box storage – giving you the freedom and flexibility to have your goods delivered where and when you want them in Spain.
    8. The boxes we deliver are made of double-walled corrugated cardboard for extra strength. Strong boxes and packaging materials ensure your goods are stored safely and redelivered damage-free.
    9. uBox-it is the ideal storage solution for busy people. Whether you are storing business items or personal goods we will pick up your storage totally at your convenience.
    10. Whether you want to store your goods for one month, one year or more, our conditions are flexible and you can even get discounts on large volumes of boxes.
    11. Whatever you want to store, uStore-it offers you a first class box storage service in Spain which is hassle-free.

    Fantastic new self-storage service in Marbella

    If you are looking for a hassle-free self-storage service in Marbella, Spain, uBox-it could be the perfect solution for you.

    Part of uStore-it self-contained storage company in Manilva, near Estepona, uBox-it means you don’t even have to leave your house to store your goods safely.

    uBox-it will:
    • Deliver as many boxes as you require to your Spanish address
    • Once packed, we will pick up the boxes
    • Store boxes at our warehouse in Manilva
    • Re-deliver the boxes when you request them

    The beauty of the uBox-it service is that we only charge €4.90 per box per month for storage, and the price will drop if you order a high volume of boxes.

    uStore-it has the Costa del Sol’s storage needs covered. If you prefer to bring your goods into store you can even take advantage of free van hire to keep costs down.

    Our flexible new uBox-it service offers re-delivery of your storage within 24 hours of you contacting us. Box storage also saves you money. Many storage companies on the Costa del Sol charge per container, which means you end up paying for space you are not using.

    Commercial storage and stock can also be boxed up and transported to our secure warehouse in Manilva. We also supply packing materials at extra cost and can deliver them at the same time we deliver your storage boxes. The boxes are a standard size of 60cmx60cmx60cm and are made up of double-walled corrugated cardboard for extra strength.

    You can store almost anything with the uBox-it service, providing it is not over 20kg in weight.

    We offer a flexible service which gives you the freedom to pack your own boxes securely. We also offer bulk storage discounts that enable us to compete on price with all of our competitors in Spain.

    If your goods are already packed we can arrange to pick them up without providing boxes. However we would ask that your boxes are sturdy. It is worth remembering that inferior quality boxes are likely to result in damaged goods.

    uBox-it is a new storage concept in Spain. You no longer have to worry about delivering your goods safely to store – we will do that for you! Whether you require one box or 100 boxes, we will deliver them to you within 24 hours of receiving your booking.

    Self-contained storage and box storage in Spain offer you the freedom and flexibility to store a wide range of goods, cheaply and securely.

    uBox- it – Self Storage Box Solutions in Spain

    We Collect. We Store. We Deliver

    uBox-it is a new and unique storage concept in Spain which gives you the freedom and flexibility to store your goods in a hassle-free way.

    Part of uStore -it S.L. in Manilva on the Costa del Sol, uBox-it was born due to high demand from customers in other parts of Spain who were looking for flexible self-contained storage facilities.

    We now offer a complete storage service. Either bring your box’s into store by using our uStore-it van free of charge or we will pick up your box’s at no cost to you.

    uBox-it we store it uBox-it takes the stress out of storage in five simple steps:
    • You book the number of boxes you require
    • We deliver the boxes to your address in Spain within 24 hours
    • You pack your box’s
    • We collect your boxes and store your goods
    • We deliver your box’s back to any address when requested
    How much does it cost to use uBox-it?

    We charge for one box €3.95 to be delivered to your door step and then we charge €4.95 per box per month, including pick up and storage (discounts for high volume/over 10 boxes).

    When will I receive my boxes?

    Whether you book a single box or 100 boxes, we guarantee delivery within 24 hours of your request.

    Do I have to sign up for a particular time period?

    You can store your boxes for any length of time, but the minimum charge will be for one month. If you book your boxes in for one month and want to extend the storage period after that, you will be charged per month in advance.

    How much does it cost to have my boxes sent back?

    We can deliver your boxes back to you, anywhere in Spain at a cost of €4.95 per box. If you want your boxes delivered elsewhere, we will apply international courier rates.

    What happens if I ask for my boxes back in the middle of the month?

    You can request your boxes back any time you want, but if it is midway through a month, the whole month will be charged.

    Can you supply packing materials?

    Yes, these can be added to your booking request and are priced separately.

    What size are the boxes?

    The boxes are a standard size of 60cmx60cmx60cm and are made up of double-walled corrugated cardboard for extra strength.

    Can I use the uBox-it service for other items?

    Yes, you can store almost anything via the uBox-it service providing it is not over 20kg in weight or the boxes do not exceed 60cmx60cmx60cm. Contact us with any special requests.

    Can I store commercial goods with uBox-it?

    Yes. We offer a flexible service which gives you the freedom to pack your own boxes securely. We also offer bulk storage discounts that enable us to compete on price with all of our competitors in Spain.

    Can I use my own boxes?

    Yes, there would be no point in repacking goods that are already boxed up. However, we would ask that your boxes are sturdy (double-walled cardboard) they do not measure more than 60cmx60cmx60cm and that they do not weigh more than 20kg. It is worth remembering that inferior quality boxes are likely to result in damaged goods.

    We cover the Costa de la Luz, the Costa del Sol, the Costa de Almeria and the Costa Blanca.

    Please contact us for more information or booking requests.

    New Self- Storage Box Service on the Costa de la Luz

    We Collect. We Store. We Deliver

    If you are looking for self- storage units in Chipiona, Rota, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Puerto Real, Cadiz, San Fernando, Chiclana, Tarifa, Sancti Petri, Roche, Conil de la Frontera, Jerez de la Frontera, El Palmar or Canos de Meca on the Costa de la Luz, uStore-it can help.

    uBox-it, which is part of uStore-it was born after high demand from customers who were looking for hassle-free self-contained storage services on the Costa de la Luz. The delivery and pick up service provided by uBox-it allows customers to have storage boxes delivered to their homes, picked up and stored from just €4.95 per box per month.

    By using uBox-it you will not have to transport your goods into store. Also, if you store by the box you will save money. Many storage companies on the Costa de la Luz charge per container so you end up paying for space you are not using.

    If you are looking for box storage or self-contained storage in the following towns and cities on the Costa de la Luz, we can help:

    uBox-it – we store it Cadiz

    Europe’s oldest city, Cadiz is accessed by a single road over the sea, which gives it a mystical air. The city is a maze of wide avenues and lanes with quirky shops, bars and boutiques. Packed with historical monuments and cultural attractions, Cadiz should be on everyone’s bucket list of places to visit. If you are looking for self-contained storage or box storage in Cadiz, you can have boxes delivered to your door, picked up and stored securely.

    Jerez de la Frontera

    The word ‘sherry’ was introduced by the British visitors who could not pronounce ‘Jerez.’ This vibrant city is where the famous fortified wine comes from and a tour of the old bodegas of Gonzalez Byass is a must! Sample the famous Jerez tapas and if you get the chance, don’t miss the Jerez Horse Fair, held annually in May. If you are looking for storage companies in Jerez, you can arrange for delivery of boxes to your door for hassle-free storage.

    Tarifa

    Famous with sun seekers and kite surfers, Tarifa is where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean, resulting in high winds and higher waves. If strapping yourself to a board is not your idea of fun, enjoy the long sandy beaches in Tarifa or go whale watching. A choice of well-preserved Moorish monuments can be seen throughout the town. Find storage facilities in Tarifa which offer free van hire and free box delivery.

    Arcos de la Frontera

    Hanging precariously on to a sandstone ridge, Arcos de la Frontera is a spectacular sight. The white town has a Moorish history and is made up of cobbled streets and ornate squares. The castle dates back to the 15th century. Storage facilities in Arcos de la Frontera allow home owners to store their goods safely and securely by the box or in self-contained storage units.

    Grazalema

    If you are looking for free van hire and storage units in Grazalema, you can use a box-it delivery service to save time and money. Situated in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, Grazalema is a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Enjoy hiking and walking trails around the town.

    Jimena de la Frontera

    If you want to store commercial goods in Jimena de la Frontera, use a reputable company who will take care of your storage and deliver boxes to your door. Steep streets lead up to Jimena and the town offers a choice of great little restaurants and bars. Swim in the Hozgarganta River or enjoy hikes in the local countryside.

    El Puerto de Santa Maria

    El Puerto de Santa Maria is a small city in Cadiz province just a 30 minute drive from Jerez Airport. The wineries in El Puerto include Bodegas Osborne (famous for their bull logo), and are well worth a visit. Storage companies covering El Puerto de Santa Maria will store goods securely and deliver boxes to your door free of charge. El Puerto also boasts some of the best beaches in the region.

    Barbate

    Barbate is a coastal town in Cadiz 7 miles to the east of Cape Trafalgar. The town has a long history of fishing stretching back to Roman times. The attractive Square, Plaza de la Inmaculada is worth a visit for its historical attractions and quirky bars. Self-contained storage companies covering Barbate, will deliver boxes to your door, collect them when packed and transport to store free of charge.

    If you are looking for self-contained storage on the Costa de la Luz, uStore-it will deliver your boxes, pick them up and store your goods from just €4.95 per box per month.

    New Self- Storage Unit Box Service on the Costa Blanca

    We Collect. We Store. We Deliver

    A new and unique self- storage unit box service on the Costa Blanca has been introduced by a Malaga company.

    uBox-it, which is part of uStore-it was born after high demand from customers who were looking for hassle-free self-contained storage services on the Costa Blanca. The delivery and pick up service provided by uBox-it allows customers to have storage boxes delivered to their homes, picked up and stored from just €4.95 per box per month.

    Customers can now use the uBox-it service - self-contained storage made simple on the Costa Blanca in Denia, Torrevieja, Benidorm, Calpe, Alicante, Altea, Gandia, Javea, Moraira and Santa Pola. Ubox-it – we store it Denia

    If you are looking for self-contained storage in Denia, you can have your boxes delivered to you, ready to pack within 24 hours of your booking request. Denia is situated in the north of the Costa Blanca and offers over 20km of sandy beaches. Catch a daily ferry to the Balearic Islands or explore Denia Castle. Great shopping, bars and restaurants make this a perfect place to stay.

    Alicante

    If you want to store personal goods in Alicante, the uBox-it service will allow you to have your boxes delivered and your storage taken directly into the warehouse in Malaga. Alicante boasts palm-lined streets and elegant avenues. The historic Old Town is well worth a visit.

    Altea

    If you are looking for commercial storage in Altea, you can choose from a range of self-contained storage services to suit your requirements. Either bring your own goods into store or have them picked up free of charge. Altea is an upmarket resort with a lovely harbour and promenade. Well preserved Spanish architecture and a choice of restaurants and bars attract visitors from all over Europe.

    Benidorm

    If you are looking for storage facilities in Benidorm, you can arrange to have boxes of storage picked up and delivered to store at no extra cost. Benidorm is one of the largest and most popular beach resorts in Spain. With average summer temperatures of 28 degrees Celsius in the summer months and a 24/7 culture, Benidorm attracts holidaymakers from all over the world.

    Calpe

    Calpe storage and delivery services allow customers to have their storage boxes delivered and picked up for storage. The sea front area of Calpe is where all the action is. Bars and restaurants jostle for position beside large hotels. The Penyal de Ifach National Park in Calpe is well worth a visit if you enjoy walking and hiking.

    Gandia

    Gandia can be accessed via the AP-7 toll road south of Valencia and boasts a long sandy beach and a choice of colourful restaurants with outdoor seating. The attractive harbour is the highlight of Gandia, where you can see the fishing boats delivering their daily catch. Gandia storage units can be used for personal storage, commercial storage or paperwork.

    Javea

    Javea is a port town which is home to a number of celebrities. The region around Javea is ideal for coastal walks and a walk to the top of Cabo de Nao is highly recommended. Some beaches around Javea are stony and the coastline is rugged. Box storage and removals services in Javea include free delivery of boxes and transport into store.

    Moraira

    Moraira is situated on the northern Costa Blanca, east of Benissa. Less developed than much of the Costa Blanca, Moraira has a main beach and a number of smaller beaches towards Calpe.

    As well as the usual bars and restaurants, Moraira offers a scuba diving centre, horse riding and sailing lessons. Many British citizens own holiday homes in Moraira. If you are planning to move to Moraira, make sure you use a reputable Moraira storage and removals company.

    Santa Pola

    Close to Alicante Airport, Santa Pola is offers beautiful, unspoilt beaches, shallow waters and a wealth of family attractions and events. With mild temperatures all year round and a great location just 10 minutes from the airport, Santa Pola attracts holidaymakers from all over Europe. The Salt Museum at Santa Pola is well worth a visit, and explains what an important part salt has played in the history of the region. Santa Pola self- contained storage units enable home owners to store their goods safely and securely without having to rent expensive container storage units.

    Torrevieja

    One of the fastest growing tourist destinations on the Costa Blanca, Torrevieja offers a fabulous choice of sandy beaches, lively bars, clubs and restaurants and children’s attractions. With a sweeping seafront promenade and a colourful market, the town enjoys an excellent climate. An attractive shopping plaza and Villa Martin Golf Club make this a popular family resort. Storage in Torrevieja includes a delivery and hassle-free pick up service.

    If you are looking for self-contained storage on the Costa Blanca in Denia, Torrevieja, Benidorm, Calpe, Alicante, Altea, Gandia, Javea, Moraira or Santa Pola, uStore-it can deliver your boxes, pick them up and store your goods from just €4.95 per box per month.

    Best towns to visit in Malaga province

    Known for its long, sandy beaches, its mountainous inland regions and its diverse landscapes, Malaga province in southern Spain offers visitors a wide choice of great towns to visit.

    Malaga´s coastal towns attract thousands of visitors every year and include: Marbella, Estepona, Sotogrande and Manilva on the western end of the Costa del Sol. Average summer temperatures on the Costa del Sol top 28ºC, and many beaches have been awarded a Blue Flag for cleanliness and amenities.

    Sotogrande

    Many of Sotogrande´s beaches are totally unspoilt, and sun seekers from all over Andalucia come here to top up their tans and make the most of the surrounding countryside. Although just half an hour from the Costa del Sol, Sotogrande is situated in Cadiz province, and the natural surroundings and easy road access make this an exceptional resort. Playa del Puerto is probably the most popular beach, but there are plenty more hidden gems to be found to the west of here.

    Every imaginable facility and amenity can be found in and around Sotogrande and the Marina area, and the town is a mecca for sports enthusiasts. Visitors who want to explore the Costa del Sol can hop in their car, and visit nearby Marbella and Puerto Banus. Built on over 2000 hectares of land, Sotogrande boasts wide, tree lined avenues, two beach clubs, the best hotels in Andalucia, superb restaurants, an international college and one of the world´s finest golf courses –Valderrama.

    Marbella

    Marbella is the most upmarket resort on the Costa del Sol, and is home to the rich kid´s playground of Puerto Banus. For a special treat, try the buffet lunch at the Marbella Club Hotel, or stroll along to the Ocean Club in Puerto Banus, with its elegant surroundings and luxurious sun loungers. Nikki Beach, situated at Elviria at the Don Carlos Hotel, attracts the jet set from all over the coast. Chill out by the beach with a champagne cocktail and enjoy the music, or enjoy lunch or dinner as the Mediterranean laps the shore.

    Estepona

    Estepona is a quieter resort which has retained its Andalucian feel. Whitewashed houses nestle side by side in the narrow streets of the town, and the beaches are sandy and safe. Typical Spanish restaurants jostle for position next to English bars, street cafés and some fabulous tapas restaurants. The Marina is the place to go if you want some serious nightlife, or simply to sit and watch the word go by during the long, hot summer days.

    Manilva

    Visitors to Manilva can enjoy a vast range of leisure facilities, including 8km of fine, sandy beaches and clear waters, ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Several of the beaches have been awarded an EU Blue Flag.

    La Duquesa Marina boasts over 300 berths and a wide choice of leisure facilities. Water sports are also available on the beaches plus dolphin-spotting boat trips and a fabulous 18-hole golf course, La Duquesa Golf and Country Club, situated between the mountains and the sea.

    Self-contained storage facilities in Puerto Duquesa and Manilva offer excellent storage solutions for holidaymakers and residents who need to store household, leisure and commercial goods.

    Malaga Attractions

    The beauty of Malaga is its history and tradition. This elegant and thriving city continues to attract visitors from all over the world, and with an international airport on the doorstep, it is largely regarded as the capital of Andalucia.

    The famous Picasso museum and the imposing cathedral always draw big crowds to the city, but there is much more to Malaga than meets the eye. Massive improvements to the centre of Malaga in 2002 have resulted in a stylish area being created with designer shops, chic little cafés and some of the best tapas bars you will find in Spain.

    At the top of Calle Marques de Larios, is the city´s main square, Plaza de la Constitución, where cultural, traditional and religious events are celebrated throughout the year. Malaga Feria is not to be missed. The city comes alive with colour, music, dance and some of the most incredible and loud celebrations you will find in this part of the world. Processions wind through the streets, culminating in the fairground where the mayhem continues until early the next morning.

    The Easter processions, although much more solemn, are equally stunning. Hundreds of local men carry the effigy of Christ through the streets to the sound of a lone drum beat. Such is the passion and emotion of these processions that many onlookers are reduced to tears.

    Malaga also boasts some fabulous beaches. Divided into three sections, the beach areas are aptly named after local fish, and include the Anchovy, the Sardine and the Squid. The most popular beaches in the Eastern part of the city are Peñón del Cuervo, La Cueva, Torre de las Palmas, La Araña and El Hornillo, which boast many hidden coves and cliffs, and attract swimmers and scuba divers.

    Holiday accommodation in the city is plentiful. The hotels can be expensive compared to other resorts along the coast, but they are generally worth it. Self-catering apartment accommodation is also widely available to suit all budgets and requirements.

    No visit to Malaga is complete without a trip to the Gibralfaro Castle and the Alhambra.

    Perched high above the city is the magnificent castle, which was once the main defensive focal point of the city during the times of Moorish occupation. This impressive 14th century fortress maintains much of its original structure, and gives visitors an insight into the Arab lifestyle in Andalucia, and boasts stunning views of the harbour below.

    Dating back to the 11th century, Malaga´s impressive Alcazaba, is one of the city´s most famous landmarks, and this Moorish palace was one of the city´s most important buildings during the times of Arab rule.

    Protected by strong, fortified defence walls, and situated on a hill overlooking Malaga, this impressive monument was built during the time of the Emirate of Granada, when the city flourished under Moorish rule. Following the re-conquest of southern Spain by the Christian monarchs, Isabel and Fernando, the entrance to the tower was used as a Christian chapel, and the famous Torre del Cristo still attracts visitors from all over Europe.

    Malaga is a slick and stylish city. The port area retains its original character while offering visitors the best facilities and amenities, including excellent restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues.

    If you are looking for self-contained storage in Malaga, uStore-it offers a wide choice of safe, secure and affordable storage units.

    Buying a property on the Costa del Sol

    It is estimated that over six million Britons are thinking about retiring to Spain and buying a property on the Costa del Sol for investment purposes, or to use as a holiday home. Before you make any major decisions about purchasing a property abroad, seek legal advice about the benefits and pitfalls.

    If you are planning to make the big move, use a reputable storage company on the Costa del Sol to receive your goods and give you sound advice about which removal companies to use.

    You may have visited your dream destination on holiday, when the sun is shining, shops, bars and restaurants are all open, and the resort is buzzing, but what is it like in winter?

    With over 325 average days of sunshine each year, the Costa del Sol offers one of Europe’s warmest climates and the vast majority of attractions are open all year round.

    Also, consider the cost of getting to your holiday home in the first place. Check the availability of cheap flights from budget airlines, as this will be a major factor with families who may want to rent your property. If it is too expensive to get to, they will look elsewhere.

    Malaga International Airport is easily accessible from all major European destinations.

    If you are looking for a place in the sun, within easy reach of the UK, which you can rent out when you are not there, purchasing a holiday property could be the right decision for you, but if you are looking to buy as an investment, look carefully before you commit, and do your homework about the local property market.

    Most people who buy abroad first become interested when they are on holiday. It is common knowledge among estate agents, that if they can hook people when they are enjoying the sun, sand and sangria during their holiday, they stand a better chance of making a sale. Make sure you are not rushed into anything and do your research on local areas before you decide on the best place to buy. If possible, rent for 6 months before you buy, to make sure you are making the best decision.

    Research websites and magazines, selling property in the country you want to move to, and find out about the cities, temperatures, amenities and facilities before you make any major decisions.

    If you are unable to buy the property outright, there should be plenty of mortgage options available to you. You could possibly extend your main mortgage or get a new mortgage. Remortgaging your UK home may also be a cheap way of raising cash, but you would have to weigh up your options and take as few risks as possible.

    You may be able to get a foreign currency mortgage, but then you would be exposed to fluctuations in the currency you choose, and if the pound weakens your payments could increase. It is worth remembering that local bills must be paid in the currency of the country, and sometimes foreign banks will charge extra for transactions.

    If you decide to buy on the Costa del Sol, if your goods are being shipped before you arrive or before your house is ready, choose a company which offers self-contained storage facilities in Malaga.

    It usually takes between 2-4 months to complete on a property in Europe, depending on the sellers and on local laws, but once you have paid a deposit, the sooner you complete the better, as currency fluctuations could mean you are paying much more than the initial asking price if delays take place.

    It is vitally important you find a reputable local solicitor who speaks English, and your bank or mortgage lender should be able to help you with this. Always ensure you are getting independent advice and don´t use a solicitor who also works for an estate agent or who is representing the seller also. To cover fees and tax, in Spain, for example, always add 10% to the cost of the property.

    Moving to Spain and Storage on the Costa del Sol

    Moving to southern Spain to live can be a stressful time, but there are many helpful removals firms and self-contained storage companies on the Costa del Sol who can ensure everything runs smoothly.

    Many new residents to the Costa del Sol decide to rent a property for six months before deciding on a permanent move, to give themselves time to find the right property in the right location before buying. This is a sensible option, and also gives jobseekers the chance to check out the local employment situation whilst house hunting.

    Eye on Spain is one of the best websites to seek help about all aspects of moving to Spain, including health care, getting a Spanish National Insurance Number (NIE), and finding the best legal advice. You can post on the forum and receive invaluable advice from people who have moved to Spain and know the pitfalls.

    Make contact with a good lawyer before coming to Spain, who can advise you on all legal matters including setting up a business, the best way to transfer money to and from the UK, bank accounts, taxation and most importantly, the most secure way to buy property.

    If you are using an estate agent, then it is always advisable to employ an independent lawyer to safeguard your interests.

    Many of the local newspapers, including the Sur in English, are also available online, and useful articles are published regularly giving advice on taxation and legal issues, plus situations vacant in the area where you will be residing – it is advisable to look through these before even leaving the UK to give yourself a good idea of the Andalucian way of life and what it holds in store for you.

    Schools are many and varied in Andalucia, and whether you choose to send your children to a state run Spanish school or a British School, most of these can be found on the COBISEC (Council of British International Schools) website and on the NABSS (National Association of British Schools in Spain) website. Information about state schools can be obtained from local town halls.

    Ensure that you use a reputable removals company when transporting your goods from the UK. It is also important to use a trustworthy storage company on the Costa del Sol to receive your goods, especially if they are scheduled to arrive before your moving-in date.

    Self-storage and Removals in Gibraltar

    If you are looking for self-storage units and removals in Gibraltar, uStore-it offers spacious, secure and affordable storage and removals advice in Manilva, just 20 minutes from the Rock!

    With a booming economy in Gibraltar and the ongoing construction of luxury apartments, office blocks and car parks, hundreds of people are looking for affordable self-storage units close to the border.

    uStore-it offers a wide choice of different sized storage units so you only pay for the space you need. Whether you want to store commercial goods, office files and paperwork, stock, furniture, household goods, cars, jet skis, leisure goods or a set of golf clubs, we can offer you great prices and give you the peace of mind that your storage is being looked after.

    Having opened in January, 2015, uStore-it has gone from strength to strength and has been inundated with enquiries and bookings. Phase two of the warehouse is now complete and the fully alarmed and secure store is filling up quickly.

    With great road access from the E-15 toll road and the A7 motorway, uStore-it offers a complete storage service, including the use of a free van to bring your goods into store. We also receive goods on your behalf from the UK and other parts of Europe, so if you are relocating we can put your mind at rest and store your goods safely until the date you require them.

    Gibraltar is limited for storage space and we have received many requests from workers, office owners and residents about our self-contained storage units in Manilva.

    The advantages of storing your goods with us include:

    • We are just a 20 minute drive from Gibraltar
    • We offer clean, secure self-contained units
    • Great prices
    • Flexible – you can add to or remove goods any time uStore-it is open without prior notice
    • Different sized units so you only pay for the space you need
    • Great road access
    • Plenty of parking outside
    • Fully alarmed secure warehouse with CCTV
    • Dry, dust free premises to ensure your goods are kept safely and damage-free

    Whether you are looking for self-contained storage in Gibraltar, Manilva, Estepona, Marbella, San Roque, Sotogrande, San Pedro or Malaga, we offer a complete storage service and can also help you to arrange a reputable removals firm to move your goods.

    Don’t leave anything to chance. If you want to check out our premises, please feel free to take a no-obligation tour of the storage facilities in Manilva.

    Costa del Sol Towns and Attractions

    Famous for its long, sandy beaches, its mountainous inland regions and its stunning landscapes, Andalusia, in southern Spain, offers visitors a wide choice of great things to see and do.

    Malaga´s coastal towns attract thousands of visitors every year and include: Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Marbella, Manilva and Estepona. Average summer temperatures on the Costa del Sol top 30ºC, and many beaches have been awarded a Blue Flag for cleanliness and amenities.

    Torremolinos has evolved from a fishing village in the 1960´s into a cosmopolitan town that offers excellent beaches, seafood restaurants and bars.

    Fuengirola is a perfect holiday destination for all ages. This family resort has one of the longest promenades in Europe, lined with bars, restaurants and street cafés. Sandy beaches, family attractions and an excellent Zoo, otherwise known at the Bio Parc.

    Marbella is the most upmarket resort on the Costa del Sol, and is home to the rich kid´s playground of Puerto Banus. For a special treat, try the buffet lunch at the Marbella Club Hotel, or stroll along to the Ocean Club in Puerto Banus, with its elegant surroundings and luxurious sun loungers. Nikki Beach, situated at Elviria at the Don Carlos Hotel, attracts the jet set from all over Europe. Chill out by the beach with a champagne cocktail and enjoy the music, or enjoy lunch or dinner as the Mediterranean laps the shore.

    Manilva covers five major districts and boasts a choice of historical attractions including Duquesa Castle which was built in 1767 to protect the coast from pirate attacks.

    Other historical attractions include the Roman site adjoining the Castle, the baths and a fish salting factory. Visitors to Manilva can enjoy a vast range of leisure facilities, including 8km of fine, sandy beaches and clear waters, ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Several of the beaches have been awarded an EU Blue Flag.

    Estepona is a quieter resort which has retained its Andalusian charm. Whitewashed houses nestle side by side in the narrow streets of the town, and the beaches are sandy and safe. Typical Spanish restaurants jostle for position next to English bars, street cafés and some fabulous tapas restaurants. The Marina is the place to go if you want some serious nightlife, or simply to sit and watch the word go by during the long, hot summer days.

    If you are planning to move to the Costa del Sol or you are renting out, downsizing or de-cluttering, uStore-it offers self-contained storage in Manilva and also includes free van hire so you can move your goods into store!

    Historical Attractions in Manilva

    One of Manilva’s most fascinating attractions is the Hedionda Roman Baths which date back to the 1st Century BC.

    Julius Caesar himself is rumoured to have taken to the waters in Manilva and cured himself of a skin complaint during his time as acting governor or southern Spain.

    The Roman baths are situated in La Hedonia valley just behind Manilva. You can access the baths by walking along the river Rio Manilva. The waters are a milky colour due to the high levels of sulphur which help to heal skin complaints.

    The bathing structure has steps down to it under a tunnel which leads to the inner chamber. A large concrete roof was added over the original Roman baths.

    La Duquesa Castle was built in 1767 on the site of an ancient Roman villa to protect this part of the coast from pirates. The fortress has been designated an Asset of Cultural Interest, along with the adjoining Roman site, which includes baths, a cemetery and a fish salting factory.

    The Museum of Archaeology is housed inside Duquesa Castle and boasts a collection of pottery, decorative objects, tools and coins from the fourth century.

    The Church of Santa Ana was built on the ruins of a sixteenth century temple by local residents and religious authorities who also funded the construction of the church. Work began in 1776 and finished in 1783.

    Chullera Towers were lookout points built in the Nasrid Period. The site is known as Torre de la Sal, Salt Tower, due to its Islamic origins and rises between the Rio Manilva and the Camarate Stream.

    The Ingenio Chico is a sugar mill established by the Duke of Arcos, designed in typical Moorish style. Villa Matilde is a stately mansion that used to belong to Diego Infante, Blas Infante’s brother.

    Manilva is one of the most popular tourist resorts on the western Costa del Sol, and whether you want to enjoy the beaches, the night spots, the countryside or the historical attractions you will be spoilt for choice.

    If you are looking for self-contained storage in Manilva, or you simply want some advice about storing your goods or moving to Spain, uStore-it will be more than happy to help. If you are looking for storage in southern Spain, use a company with flexible storage terms, affordable rates and excellent customer service on the Costa del Sol.

    Free Van Hire this MONTH & Self-Contained Storage on the Costa del Sol

    If you are looking for free van hire and self-contained storage facilities on the Costa del Sol, uStore-it in Manilva provides both.

    After opening in January, 2015, uStore-it has been inundated with enquiries and bookings for its self-contained storage units from customers in Estepona, Manilva, Gibraltar, Marbella, San Pedro, San Roque and Sotogrande.

    Throughout August we are offering free van hire so you can deliver your storage at our warehouse free of charge.

    Phase 2 of the warehouse is now being built to cope with demand. Different-sized storage units mean customers only pay for the space they need as opposed to renting a whole container for only a small amount of storage.

    uStore-it is now offering free van hire for people who want to move their goods into store without having to pay for expensive removals. Many people who want to store goods have too much to fit into their cars but not enough storage for it to be worth hiring a rental van or booking a professional removals company.

    The storage facilities at uStore-it are safe, secure and affordable and we store anything from jet skis and cars to household goods and sports gear. You may be downsizing, renting out your property, looking for somewhere to store holiday goods or even splitting up.

    Our storage units can be accessed any time the store is open with no charge and potential customers are free to come and have a look around with no obligation before they decide whether to use us or not.

    The beauty of our self-storage units on the Costa del Sol is that they enjoy good road access from all parts of the coast, you can speak to someone in English and also take advantage of our free van hire.

    Whether you want to store your goods long-term or you are not sure how long you will need us to look after them, uStore-it is flexible with prices and contracts so you have peace of mind knowing that your goods are being looked after.

    We also store commercial goods including stock, files and paperwork. Why pay for expensive business premises to store your commercial goods when we can help at a fraction of the price of office premises.

    uStore-it offers a complete storage service including free van hire in August, secure storage units and excellent road access from the E-15 toll road and the N-340 coast road.

    Check out our prices and facilities. We offer storage solutions at affordable prices with flexible contracts.

    The Benefits of using a Self-Storage Company on the Costa del Sol

    The benefits of using a self-storage company on the Costa del Sol include flexibility, ease of access and cost-efficiency.

    Many storage companies on the Costa del Sol on Spain’s south coast offer container storage, which means you pay much more than you need to. When companies charge per container, regardless of whether the container is full or not, you can lose out financially.

    Self-storage companies on the Costa del Sol which offer different-sized units to suit your needs are a much better alternative as you only pay for the space you need. Your goods will also be easily accessible so you can add or remove storage when necessary at no extra cost.

    Many home owners on the Costa del Sol use self-storage companies when moving house, renting out their property or de-cluttering. Self-storage is also widely used in the south of Spain to store holiday goods, cars, jet skis and leisure goods which are only used for part of the year.

    When renting out their apartment or villa, many home owners prefer to store their own valuables in safe, secure units within alarmed warehouses instead of leaving them on the premises.

    Self-storage companies which are easily accessible from main roads and motorways are the most sought after. Self-storage can provide the extra space and time needed to remove the stress of moving.

    You can also store your goods long-term or short-term with flexible storage contracts which don’t tie you in to a set period of time. This way, if necessary you can extend your stay without penalty.

    Some of the main reasons people want to use self-storage units on the Costa del Sol include: de cluttering to aid a house sale, clearing the spare room or loft, getting builders/decorators in, parking a car in the garage, moving house, working from home, inherited furniture or divorce.

    Whatever the reasons, make sure you use a reputable storage company on the Costa del Sol who can also recommend local removals companies in southern Spain. You may need the storage company you choose to receive your goods for you from the UK or arrange for your goods to be picked up from the store and delivered to your new house.

    Commercial or business goods can also be stored safely with self-storage companies on the Costa del Sol. Many businesses use self-storage for stock and other business items as it works out much cheaper than renting an office space.

    Short-term storage in Malaga, Costa del Sol

    If you are thinking of decluttering or using your Costa del Sol holiday home for short-term rentals you may want somewhere to store your goods on a short-term basis in Malaga.

    uStore-it offers simple storage solutions in Manilva, including short-term and long-term storage options. Flexible storage includes self-contained storage units of varying sizes so that you only pay for the space you need.

    If you rent your apartment out on the Costa del Sol during summer for example, you can store your personal goods with us during the time your property is occupied.

    Alternatively you can store your summer pool toys, jet skis or holiday cars with us, giving you peace of mind that they are safe while you enjoy winter in the UK.

    People store stuff for different reasons. Short-term storage in Malaga is often a solution for people who are between moves, who want to declutter or who are waiting for a house deal to complete. We also store plenty of goods for people who are moving from UK to Spain and vice versa.

    We are happy to receive goods from UK or Costa del Sol removals companies on your behalf and store them safely until you are ready to move them. Our flexible storage facilities mean that you can move some or all of your goods out when you ready for them.

    At uStore-it we don’t tie people in to long contracts and you can store your goods with us from one month to over a year.

    Gibraltar Storage is very difficult to find and we store a vast range of goods for customers on the Rock as we are only 20 minutes from the border at La Linea. We also have a large number of customers who are looking for storage in Estepona, Marbella, Manilva, Sotogrande and San Pedro.

    Such is the demand for storage on the Costa del Sol that uStore-it has already started to build phase 2 of the warehouse. Self-contained storage units of different sizes mean that customers only pay for the space they need. Many storage companies in Malaga charge per container which means you pay the same to store a set of golf clubs or a house full of furniture.

    Short-term storage in Manilva, Malaga provides perfect solutions for storing holiday goods, sports goods, cars, jet skis, quad bikes or even your summer wardrobe, if you intend to rent out your house when you are back in the UK.

    We offer great deals, very competitive prices and are very happy to recommend reputable removals companies on the Costa del Sol! Check us out and remember, it is not too late to enter our fantastic luxury villa competition!

    Self-contained Storage and Removals on the Costa del Sol

    uStore-it is situated in Manilva with great road access from both the A7 motorway and the E-15 toll road on the Costa del Sol.

    Reputable self-contained storage and removals companies on the Costa del Sol are highly sought-after.

    We offer secure, flexible and affordable self-storage solutions for personal and commercial use. Our fully alarmed and secure warehouse is well lit and offers plenty of on-street parking if you want to unload heavy goods.

    If you are looking for a reputable removals company on the Costa del Sol we can recommend local firms who we work with closely in and around Manilva and Estepona, giving you peace of mind when moving your goods to or from the UK or locally.

    You can also make use of our trolleys and pallet trucks to unload your goods and we are always on hand to give help and advice.

    We offer a choice of differently-sized storage units and if required, we can modify our units in order to offer bespoke sizes; you pay only for the space you need and if you suddenly need more space, or even less space, you can upscale or downscale your unit whenever you want.

    Customers are welcome to install free standing rack systems to organise their storage. In uStore-it also accept deliveries on behalf of our clients and we will contact you as soon as your goods arrive.

    Security is a key feature at our warehouse with CCTV, a state of the art alarm system and individual locks for your storage containers.

    More and more people are finding it hard to manage the space they rent, own or lease and self-contained storage units provide the perfect solution. Users of our self-storage units can control the storage of their goods.

    Recognizing that many consumers and businesses need more control over what, where, when and how they store the self-storage industry has evolved into a cost-effective, flexible and secure storage alternative. The self-storage space you rent will be self-contained and fully enclosed and can vary in size according to your specific needs – you could be looking at as small a space as a cupboard through to a unit big enough to store your boat, the entire contents of your house or extensive business archives.

    Unlike traditional storage companies in Malaga, self-storage allows you to access your storage space free of charge at any time (subject to our opening times) which not only means that you can easily access what you have stored but that you can take parts of it out of storage and replace it with other items with no hassle, no waiting and no additional cost.

    You can even quickly increase or decrease the size of storage space you use according to changing needs. Also, unlike traditional storage methods, you’ll know that your self-storage unit will stay where it is and your stuff won’t be moved around by the storage provider without your permission.

    Self-storage on the Costa del Sol allows you to store what you want, when you want with easy access to your goods.

    Removals Companies in Estepona

    If you are looking for a removals company in Estepona, uStore-it can help.

    If you are planning to move to Spain from the UK or vice versa, it is important to find a reputable removals company in Estepona so that you have peace of mind knowing that your goods will be looked after in transit.

    Removals companies on the Costa del Sol offer a range of services including packing your goods, transporting full or part loads and selling packaging materials. However it is important to check the credentials of any company you decide to use and also make sure your goods are fully insured.

    Many low cost removals companies and ‘one man bands’ operate on the Costa del Sol, but make sure low-cost does not equate to poor service. Use companies recommended by uStore-it and ask for at least two quotes.

    We can receive your goods for you from the UK so that everything is here, safe and secure for when you arrive. uStore-it works with reputable removals companies to ensure that you receive a professional service for both removals and storage on the Costa del Sol.

    Always check with any potential removals companies in Estepona what level and type of insurance cover is offered. Also ask how long the company has been trading. Check how the move will be carried out, including the time it will take to pack, and ask for a firm delivery date/time. Ask what the security will be like while your goods are in transit and whether or not they have an office or depot you can visit.

    Small removals firms might move you for cash no questions asked but it's worth thinking about what your possessions are worth and what you could be risking to replace everything if the worst happened.

    Once you start adding up the value of everything in your home, it's surprising how much your effects could be worth - indeed most contents insurance policies use figures around £30,000 - £50,000.

    Most Estepona removals companies will charge you per volume of goods and whether or not you are doing the packing yourself. It is often more convenient for the removals crew to pack your goods for you although it will work out more expensive. It is worth remembering that if you are planning a move at the weekend or during the school holidays demand is likely to be higher. Midweek moves often work out cheaper, depending on your destination.

    Storage and Removals Companies Costa del Sol, Spain

    Whether you are thinking of moving, re-settling, down-sizing or de-cluttering uStore-it on the Costa del Sol, Spain provides solutions.

    We offer self-contained storage units in a secure warehouse in Manilva, near Estepona, Costa del Sol and since we opened in January, 2015 we have been inundated with enquiries and storage bookings. We have now started to build phase two of the store to cope with demand.

    We offer flexible storage options so you can store small items such as a set of golf clubs or sports equipment right up to a house full of furniture, a boat or car. Our warehouse is fully alarmed and equipped with CCTV cameras so you can feel safe in the knowledge that your goods are being looked after.

    By providing different-sized secure storage units in Malaga province, you only pay for the storage you need. Some storage companies on the Costa del Sol only offer container storage which means you pay the same amount for storing a small volume of goods as someone who has a house full of furniture in store.

    We are also happy to recommend reputable local removals companies who can help you relocate from UK to Spain or locally. At uStore-it we also receive and store goods which arrive from the UK so if you need to send your storage before you arrive, no problem!

    We will also make sure your goods are fully insured against any damage, fire or flood while in store and on the move to give you peace of mind. Moving can be a stressful time but if you know your furniture is in safe hands from the minute it gets picked up and arrives in store, all you will have to worry about is booking your flights.

    The Costa del Sol is famous for its beaches, its restaurants and its nightlife. If you spend regular holidays here you may want to store your sports goods, jet skis or holiday car while you are away. We are happy to store small and large volumes of goods. By offering a flexible service, we attract many holidaymakers who want to store their goods in the winter months and use them in summer.

    Whatever your storage requirements we are happy to discuss prices and availability with you and also give you expert advice about the best removals companies to use.

    We have excellent knowledge of local services and attractions in and around Manilva and if there is anything we can help you with, just ask!

    Storage, removals and receiving your goods on the Costa del Sol

    If you are looking for a reputable storage company in Spain who can also help with removals and receiving your goods, uStore-it can help.

    Self-contained storage and removals on the Costa del Sol

    We offer a complete storage service and can recommend reputable removals companies who will deliver your goods when you want them. Our different-sized storage units allow you to store as many or as few goods as you wish and you only pay for the space you use. Many Costa del Sol storage companies charge per container, so if you only have a few goods to store you pay much more than you need to.

    Our warehouse is easily accessible from the A7 Costa del Sol coastal road and from the E15 toll road in Manilva. We cover all areas from Gibraltar to Malaga.

    Our storage units in Malaga are affordable, safe, dry and convenient for anyone who wants to store goods on the Costa del Sol. We also sell packaging material, bubble wrap, boxes and tape so your goods will remain damage-free and safe from damp and humidity.

    Deliveries and Storage, Malaga

    We receive storage from all over the world. If you want to send a boat, car, motorbike or household goods to southern Spain but don’t have a definite date to receive them, we can help. We will receive your goods on your behalf and store them safely and securely in our fully alarmed warehouse in Manilva until you are ready for them. We can also help with onward delivery at a date and time to suit you.

    Storage insurance Costa del Sol

    We also offer full storage insurance to give you peace of mind when leaving your goods with us. We can insure you against fire, theft, flooding and damage when you leave your goods in store with us at very competitive rates.

    We insist that all goods are insured even though we operate advanced security systems, CCTV and a fully alarmed warehouse. Your storage can be accessed whenever the store is open without prior notice. Our flexible storage terms mean that you will not be tied into a long term contract if you are not sure how long your goods will be in for, and you can add/remove goods at your convenience.

    We cover all areas of the Costa del Sol for storage, removals or receiving your goods including: Malaga City, Marbella, Ronda, Costa del Sol, Main Sights, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Mijas-Costa, Calahonda, Cabopino, Monda, Ojen, Marbella, Puerto Banus, San Pedro, Benahavis, Estepona, Guadalmina, Casares, Manilva, Sabinillas, Duquesa, Sotogrande, Nerja, Torre del Mar, Torrox, Rincón de la Victoria, Gibraltar, Tarifa, Algeciras.

    Removals Companies on the Costa del Sol

    If you are looking for a removal company to transport your goods from the UK to the Costa del Sol make sure you use a reputable firm.

    It is easy to find a ‘man and van’ or an unlicensed removals company on the Costa del Sol who will offer to help you move, but only trust the ones who are fully legal. Otherwise your goods could become lost or damaged on the way to their destination.

    You should always insure your goods against damage, theft or loss and use a company who is experienced in transporting goods between the UK and Spain. Household removals both nationally and internationally can range from a half day removal to a full week’s service depending on the amount of goods you have to pack and move.

    Most experienced removals companies on the Costa del Sol transport goods to and from the UK at least once a week, and whether you have a part load or a full load, they should be able to cater to your requirements, depending where and when you want your goods moved.

    Moving is a lot less stressful if you employ a removals company on the Costa del Sol who will pack all your goods if required and also liaise closely with your storage company if you already have goods in store.

    An experienced and professional removals company will be able to pack and remove your goods on a day and time that suits you and access is rarely a problem. You should be able to get a price per square metre of goods from the company, or they may offer you a fixed price for a smaller load.

    So many home owners have moved from the UK to Spain in the past ten years that demand outstripped supply with thousands of people looking to make the move abroad.

    Small removals companies in the UK were inundated with customers wanting removals to Spain, and many set up premises on the Costa del Sol to cope with high demand.

    As people began downsizing, renting out their apartments or moving into bigger premises, demand for local removals on the Costa del Sol was at an all-time high by 2002-2003.

    As the property market crashed in 2005, removals companies were inundated with enquiries to move goods back to the UK from Spain which resulted in extra drivers being employed.

    Whether you are moving from or to the UK from Spain, seek the advice of a professional storage company on the Costa del Sol if you are planning a move. Self-contained storage companies in Malaga work closely with professional removals companies who leave nothing to chance.

    With property prices still tumbling, the Costa del Sol is the perfect place to buy a holiday home or a permanent residence, and by using a reputable Costa del Sol removals company you will have peace of mind.

    Storage units in San Pedro de Alcantara, Costa del Sol

    Storage units in San Pedro de Alcantara, Costa del Sol offer flexible and affordable storage options for personal goods and commercial goods.

    San Pedro enjoyed significant growth during the property boom of the late nineties and hundreds of new apartments and townhouses were built close to the seafront.

    With an increase in housing came an increase in demand for storage units where home owners and tenants could store household goods. Demand quickly outstripped supply and storage units in San Pedro de Alcantara began filling up.

    Today the Costa del Sol is home to several storage companies, but few offer self-contained storage units of different sizes which offer flexible storage options. If you use container storage for example, you may be charged for the whole container on a monthly basis, even if you are only using half of it.

    The benefits of self-contained storage units in San Pedro is that you only pay for the space you use. If you only want to store a few items, including golf clubs, sports equipment of a three piece suite, why pay the same as someone who has a whole house full of furniture to store?

    Self-contained storage units in San Pedro have been built in different sizes to cater for all your storage needs. Whether you are on holiday and only want to store a few goods or you are renting out your house and need to safely store your personal effects, self-contained storage units provide a good solution.

    San Pedro is a magnet for sun seekers and thrill seekers who flock to its sandy beaches to enjoy an average of 320 days of sunshine a year. Beach bars line the promenade and some of the Costa del Sol’s best restaurants are situated in the main town and serve a wide choice of fish, seafood, Argentinian steaks and creative salads and tapas.

    Boasting some of the finest sandy beaches around, plus many small, rocky coves which are ideal for scuba diving, San Pedro is the envy of many smaller resorts. The new approach roads to the beach and coastal areas are easily accessible, and can handle plenty of traffic, even in the summer months. For visitors who want to sample the delights of Puerto Banus, this famous marina is only 10 minutes away by car and 15 minutes from Marbella.

    The town is also just minutes away from the famous Sierra de Ronda Mountain Range, where holiday makers and locals go to picnic and relax in the countryside, away from the hustle and bustle of the larger resort towns on the coast.

    There are plenty of small shops and supermarkets in the main town, and many a bargain can be found in the boutiques and antique shops hidden in the back streets. Larger commercial centres and shopping malls are within easy reach by car, including La Cañada near Marbella, and El Corte Ingles at Puerto Banus.

    Malaga self-storage units

    If you are looking for self-storage units in Malaga province, choose a company which offers affordable and flexible storage solutions.

    With thousands of rental apartments, holiday villas and townhouses on the Costa del Sol, many of which were built during the property boom, self-storage units in Malaga are in high demand.

    You can now store anything from a set of golf clubs to a house full of furniture, cars, boats and sports equipment and only pay for the space you use. Many Malaga storage companies have previously only offered one size of unit, meaning you pay for space you don’t need. Modern storage facilities in Malaga province offer different-sized units so it is cost effective however much you want to store.

    Self-storage is often a cheaper option for businesses as well as home owners. Why pay for expensive rental offices or shops when you can work from home and keep your stock in storage? The number of people running businesses from home has increased massively on the Costa del Sol in the past five years which has resulted in the increase of commercial goods and stock being stored in self-contained units.

    Whether you are between businesses, renting your house out or waiting to move into a property, self-storage in Malaga is a viable option.

    Use a company which offers secure storage units for long-term or short-term storage and one which only allows you access to the unit. You should have your own key to the unit.

    If you are unsure how long you will require storage space, don’t get tied in to a long-term contract. Most reputable storage companies in Malaga should offer flexible terms so that you can rent your unit by the month. Make sure you have easy access to your goods and that you can move goods in and out when the store is open without prior notice.

    The beauty of renting a self-storage unit as opposed to a storage container is the ease of access, which is particularly important if you want to add or remove certain items. Also use a company with good road access, close to a main motorway.

    When packing your goods only use sturdy packing boxes which should be available from the company you are storing with. Use strong tape, bubble wrap and mattress covers if you are planning to store items long-term to protect them from damage, dust and damp.

    Also insure your goods against fire, theft and flooding. Your storage company should be able to advise you about this or use your own insurers.

    Storage units in Spain

    Storage units in Spain offer a wide choice of storage solutions in residential areas on the Costa del Sol.

    Once the property boom was over, many home owners decided to rent out their properties, which left them with furniture and personal goods to store. Others decided to downsize and store their goods on a short-term basis until they could decide where they wanted to live.

    Storage units in Spain can be found throughout the country, but the Costa del Sol is fast becoming one of the most popular areas for new storage companies to open up. Demand is starting to outstrip supply from Gibraltar to Nerja.

    Manilva and La Duquesa is a case in point. Hundreds of new residential apartments and townhouses were built in the region between 2000 and 2004. Many were snapped up while others were left empty, after investors found they could not move them on after the slump began in 2004. Many units were then rented out which left home owners short of space to store their furniture and personal goods.

    Also, businesses on the Costa del Sol began to change hands quickly and more people were operating from home, looking for storage space for stock, documents etc. It is often cheaper to rent a storage unit for stock than renting larger office/shop space and many storage companies on the Costa del Sol offer special rates for long term storage.

    Storage facilities on the western Costa del Sol are also popular with residents of Gibraltar as there are hardly any facilities on the Rock itself. Space is at a premium and although office space is available with storage, it is often expensive. It usually proves much more cost effective for business owners in Gibraltar to store their goods in a secure unit nearby, such as storage units in Manilva and Estepona.

    If you decide to store your goods in a self-contained storage unit on the Costa del Sol, make sure the company has a fully alarmed and secure warehouse and that they offer flexible storage options. The best companies to use are the ones which offer different-sized storage units so that you only pay for the space you need.

    Some storage companies on the Costa del Sol only offer one size of unit which means you could be paying for more space than is necessary. Ensure you have your own key to your own unit and that the warehouse has CCTV and is fully alarmed.

    Top 10 tips for safe storage on the Costa del Sol

    If you are planning to store your goods on the Costa del Sol, make sure the storage facility is safe and secure.

    The top 10 tips for safe storage on the Costa del Sol include:

    1.Use proper boxes

    There is no reason to skimp on boxes. Strong storage boxes provide a reliable layer of protection and a much easier means to stack items. Never use supermarket boxes or those that are not designed specifically for storage.

    2.Use foam and bubble wrap

    Use as much bubble wrap as necessary. You should be able to buy this at your storage warehouse. Foam will also cushion your prized possessions, keeping them safe from harm.

    3.Transportation

    If you have a lot of goods to move into storage, consider hiring a van for a day with plenty of tie-down straps. Trying to ram all of your belongings into the top of your car will not be only be frustrating but it will probably damage them too.

    4.Dismantle all furniture

    Dismantle furniture where possible. It saves no end of space if you remove table legs for example or remove desk drawers.

    5.Drain liquids from appliances

    Drain liquid fully from washers, dryers and home appliances. Liquid can freeze causing damage to the unit or grow stale and mouldy, causing unpleasant odours and possible damage to other boxes nearby.

    6.Make a list

    Label or number your boxes clearly and keep a separate list of what is in each box. There is nothing worse than having to dig around in boxes for items you want to remove before others. As you move your items, make a list and keep it handy.

    7.Fragile items last

    Stack fragile and high access items last. You don’t want the most delicate items buried under a sea of heavy furniture. Store fragile and high-use items last, closest to the door of your self-storage unit.

    8.Double check your lock

    Double check your lock and don’t leave anything to chance. If your storage company uses a key code facility, try to keep it as private as possible.

    9.Insure your goods

    Make sure your goods are fully insured against fire, theft and flooding. A reputable storage company should be able to help you with this.

    10.Ask Questions

    Ask as many questions as you feel are necessary. Arrange to go and look around the storage premises before you sign on the dotted line, and check the terms and conditions. Don’t tie yourself in to a long-term contract if you are not sure how long you require storage.

    Self-contained storage units on the Costa del Sol offer safe, secure, affordable and flexible storage solutions in southern Spain.

    La Linea Self-Storage Units

    If you have ever been to Gibraltar by road from the Costa del Sol, you must have passed through the border town of La Linea on route.

    La Linea self-storage units are few and far between. If you are living, working or holidaying in La Linea you can use self-storage facilities in Manilva which is just a 20 minute drive away.

    Many of La Linea’s 65,000 residents work in Gibraltar and commute on a daily basis. Some Gibraltar residents work in Spain and there is much interaction between the two places. Gibraltar relies on La Linea for the supply of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. La Linea has an attractive marina and port and two vast beaches, Playa de Santa Barbara and Playa de Levante.

    The annual La Linea Feria takes place in July each year.

    La Linea is situated in the province of Cadiz and is just a 40 minute drive west of Marbella. You can reach La Linea via the A7 or the E-15 toll road. Many workers and visitors to Gibraltar park their cars in La Linea and walk over the border.

    The separation of the Rock of Gibraltar and the mainland dates back three centuries to the time when Gibraltar was a naval port. Spain and Britain have been battling over the Rock since 1704 which resulted in the closing of the border from 1969 to 1982. When the border was re-opened many Gibraltar residents decided to relocate to La Linea as the cost of living was also much cheaper.

    More recently the town has become more popular with ex-pats and Spanish residents as the nearby area of Alcaidesa offers an upmarket residential development and golf courses.

    La Atunara is the traditional old quarter of La Linea and is well worth a visit. The harbour area with its old church and lively bars and restaurants is the perfect place to enjoy a drink or a meal. An outdoor market is held each Wednesday on La Linea’s main street selling everything from leather goods to fruit and vegetables.

    The Isthmus Museum, inside the Old Military Headquarters was opened in 2003 and is set over three floors in what is the oldest building in La Linea. The property was built between 1863 and 1865 and houses historic artefacts under the themes of Archaeology, the Middle Ages, Prehistoric History and Naval History.

    La Linea has evolved from a small fishing village into a bustling town, which is often overlooked by visitors to Gibraltar.

    If you are looking for storage units in La Linea, check out the facilities in nearby Manilva.

    Sotogrande Storage

    If you are lucky enough to own property in Sotogrande, the largest privately owned residential development in Andalusia, you will no doubt require storage facilities when buying, selling, renting or decluttering.

    Self-contained storage units near Sotogrande are perfect for storing everything from a house full of personal goods to sports equipment, boats, cars and valuables.

    Situated in the municipality of San Roque, Cadiz in southern Spain, Sotogrande is home to some of Spain’s most influential families. The countryside around the town is made up of cork forests, green fairways and hills overlooking the Mediterranean with views to Gibraltar.

    Sotogrande boasts some of the most expensive real estate in Spain and is also home to five golf courses, including the world famous Valderrama. Sotogrande Marina offers a wide choice of bars, restaurants and cafes plus a sailing school. The marina also offers a boat taxi in the summer months.

    The River Guadiaro and Estuary is a natural area of 27 hectares which has been designated a National Park Wildlife and Nature Reserve, popular with bird-spotters who come to see the migratory birds on route to Africa.

    While property prices have dropped in most towns and cities of the Costa del Sol, those in Sotogrande have remained the same or increased which is largely due to the financial status of the residents.

    If you are looking for storage units near Sotogrande choose a company which offers different sized units so you only pay for the space you need. Many storage facilities on the Costa del Sol charge a set price per container, so you end up paying more than you should.

    Use a company that offers flexible storage solutions so you can add to or remove your storage without paying extra and without giving prior notice. You should have your own key to your storage unit so you are assured nobody else can tamper with your goods.

    A reputable storage company on the Costa del Sol should also sell a full range of packing materials, boxes, mattress covers and tape so that you will have peace of mind knowing your goods are safe and protected from dirt, dust, damp and damage.

    You should look around the premises and ask as many questions as you deem necessary before agreeing to book your storage in. Make sure you are fully insured against fire, theft and flooding and always read the small print before signing the contract.

    Storage units can be booked either short term or long term and are the perfect solution if you are moving house, renting or downsizing. You may need a place to store your goods for just a month or long term for a year or more.

    Malaga – the new jewel in Andalucia’s crown!

    The beauty of Malaga is its history and tradition. This elegant and thriving city continues to attract visitors from all over the world, and with an international airport on the doorstep, it is largely regarded as the capital of Andalucia.

    The famous Picasso museum and the imposing cathedral always draw big crowds to the city, but there is much more to Malaga than meets the eye. Massive improvements to the centre of the city have resulted in a stylish area being created with designer shops, chic little cafés and some of the best tapas bars you will find in Spain.

    At the top of the main shopping street, Calle Marques de Larios, is the city´s main square, Plaza de la Constitución, where cultural, traditional and religious events are celebrated throughout the year. Malaga Feria is not to be missed. The city comes alive with colour, music, dance and some of the most incredible and loud celebrations you will find in this part of the world. Processions wind through the streets, culminating in the fairground where the partying continues until the early hours.

    The Easter processions, although much more solemn, are equally stunning. Hundreds of local men carry the effigy of Christ through the streets to the sound of a lone drum beat. Such is the passion and emotion of these processions that many onlookers are reduced to tears.

    Malaga also boasts some fabulous beaches. Divided into three sections, the beach areas are aptly named after local fish, and include the Anchovy, the Sardine and the Squid. The most popular beaches in the Eastern part of the city are Peñón del Cuervo, La Cueva, Torre de las Palmas, La Araña and El Hornillo, which boast many hidden coves and cliffs, and attract swimmers and scuba divers.

    Holiday accommodation in the city is plentiful. The hotels can be expensive compared to other resorts along the coast, but they are generally worth it. Self catering apartment accommodation is also widely available to suit all budgets and requirements.

    No visit to Malaga is complete without a trip to the Gibralfaro Castle and the Alhambra.

    Perched high above the city is the magnificent castle, which was once the main defensive focal point of the city during the times of Moorish occupation. This impressive 14th century fortress maintains much of its original structure, and gives visitors an insight into the Arab lifestyle in Andalucia, and boasts stunning views of the harbour below.

    Dating back to the 11th century, Malaga´s impressive Alcazaba, is one of the city´s most famous landmarks, and this Moorish palace was one of the city´s most important buildings during the times of Arab rule.

    Protected by strong, fortified defence walls, and situated on a hill overlooking Malaga, this impressive monument was built during the time of the Emirate of Granada, when the city flourished under Moorish rule. Following the re-conquest of southern Spain by the Christian monarchs, Isabel and Fernando, the entrance to the tower was used as a Christian chapel, and the famous Torre del Cristo still attracts visitors from all over Europe.

    Malaga is a slick and stylish city. The port area retains its original character while offering visitors the best facilities and amenities, including excellent restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues.

    Malaga has retained much of its original Andalucian charm while evolving into one of the Costa del Sol´s most cosmopolitan cities. You will find everything you desire in Malaga – great bars, great beaches, amazing architecture and one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Southern Spain.

    If you are looking for short-term or long-term self-contained storage units on the Costa del Sol, uStore-it offers a wide choice of storage solutions. We store everything from a set of golf clubs to a whole house full of furniture.

    Malaga Airport set for increased number of passengers in 2015 after bumper Easter

    Two things that may signal the end of the economic downturn on the Costa del Sol are an increased number of tourists and an increased number of house sales over the past 12 months.

    A bumper Easter saw thousands more visitors than the same period in 2014 fly into Malaga International Airport, the vast majority being from other parts of Spain.

    A trip to any of the coastal resorts during Easter this year, including Manilva, Estepona and Marbella saw packed beach bars and restaurants in scenes usually associated with high summer.

    Ryanair have announced they will operate 228 weekly flights from April to October, 2015 where they hope to carry over 2.7 million passengers.

    Malaga International Airport is one of the oldest Spanish airports which has stayed in its original location. The airport was opened in 1919 and the first commercial flights began the same year when Didier Daurat began regular flights between Toulouse, Barcelona, Alicante, Tangier and Casablanca.

    In 1937 the airport became a military base. On 12 July 1946, the airport was opened to international civil passenger flights and was classified as a custom post.

    An increase in package holidays in the mid-sixties meant that commercial traffic was making up over half of the airport’s business. A new control tower was built in 2002 and on 15 March, 2010 the new Terminal 3 was completed to cope with increased traffic.

    House sales during 2014 have increased by over 40% in the Malaga province compared to sales in 2012. In 2014 23,929 properties were sold in Malaga Province, 9,190 of which were to foreigners; in 2012 only 5,140 properties were bought by foreigners, a figure which has almost doubled since and a number not seen since the property crisis began.

    Coastal areas of the Costa del Sol are still a firm favourite amongst buyers. In the last quarter of 2014 Malaga saw 2,634 sales; figures which were significantly higher than inner city locations such as Barcelona and Madrid.

    Along with increased property sales has come the need for more self-contained storage units on the Costa del Sol, as storage space is at a premium in offices and commercial premises. Many apartments do not offer sufficient storage space and for home owners renting out their property, downsizing or even splitting up with a partner, they find themselves stuck for somewhere to store their valuables.

    The beauty of self-storage in Manilva, Estepona, is that you can store as many or as few goods as you wish either long term or short term. Choose a company which offers different sized storage units – that way you only pay for the space you need.

    Whether you are flying into Malaga as a holidaymaker or a home owner on the Costa del Sol, it is worth remembering that the earlier you book your flights, the cheaper they are likely to be.

    Gibraltar self-storage units

    Looking for self-storage units in Gibraltar is like searching for a needle in a haystack, so why not store your goods in Manilva?

    Just 20 minutes down the road from the Rock, uStore-it Self Storage is easily accessible from the A7 motorway and E-15 toll road and offers a range of different-sized units so you only pay for the space you need.

    Gibraltar is like marmite. You either love it or hate it, but you can´t deny its fascinating history and troubled past. The famous rock of Gibraltar is within easy reach of Estepona, Sotogrande and Marbella and if you want to explore a little piece of England on the Mediterranean, there is no better place to visit.

    Situated on a narrow piece of land linked to the end of Spain, the rock of Gibraltar is 426 metres high and covers an area of 6 square kilometres. The thin coastal strip of land to the west overlooks the Straits of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean, and the east side with its sheer, steep cliffs overlooks the Mediterranean.

    Gibraltar´s history evolves from its strategic position at the southern-most tip of the Iberian peninsula, where Europe meets Africa, and still remains to be an important base for the British Navy. The territory shares a border with Spain to the North. Gibraltar was granted by Spain to Great Britain in perpetuity in 1713, under the Treaty of Utrecht, and although Spain insists it should be returned to them, it remains British territory. The British Government has vowed to respect the wishes of the Gibraltarians, who oppose any proposals for shared sovereignty with Spain.

    The rock is home to many historical sites and places of interest, that tourism boosts the economy, and many cruise ships also dock here regularly, bringing visitors from all over the globe. Gibraltar has become a popular holiday and business travel destination over the years and has the added bonus of tax-free shopping.

    Shopping in Gibraltar

    Tax free shopping is a huge attraction in Gibraltar, and you can pick up cheap tobacco and spirits from many stores on Main Street. Watch out for the customs officers though, as you are only legally allowed to return to Spain with 200 cigarettes or 250g of rolling tobacco and one litre of spirits per person.

    Quality stores in Gibraltar, which also have branches in the UK, include Marks and Spencer, British Home Stores and the supermarket, Morrison´s. With the pound per euro exchange so bad at the moment, many ex-pat residents in Spain now choose to do their shopping in Gibraltar to save money, and top up the car with petrol or diesel at the same time, which is also much cheaper. Make sure you don´t leave your car in Morrison´s Car Park for more than three hours (as we did) or you will be clamped and it will cost you 50 quid to have the clamp removed.

    Gibraltar Rock Tour

    The limestone cliffs of Gibraltar are home to many natural caves, including the breathtaking St. Michael´s Grotto which is open to visitors. It is also well worth taking a trip down the tunnels of the great siege, which were used as a defence system in the 18th century, and can still be explored today.

    You can take a taxi tour of the rock, or if you prefer to be left to your own devices, you can walk all the way up Main Street, past the Governor´s building to the cable car. We prefer to explore this way, and have taken many friends to the top of the rock where the famous Barbary Apes of Gibraltar live.

    Whether you are downsizing, selling, renting or simply need somewhere to store your golf clubs, check out storage on the Costa del Sol for great prices, offers, long-term and short-term storage solutions.

    Self-storage in Gibraltar

    Whether you live, work or play in Gibraltar you will know how difficult it is to find self-storage facilities on the Rock!

    uStore-it now offers a wide choice of differently sized self-storage units in Manilva, Estepona just a 20 minute drive from La Linea and Gibraltar with excellent road access from the E-15 toll road and the A7 coastal motorway.

    Along with an increase in the number of residential and commercial properties being built in Gibraltar comes a greater need for storage units. While many new apartments and office are being built in and around the marina, storage for commercial and household goods in Gibraltar is hard to find and expensive.

    Most self-storage companies on the Costa del Sol charge per container, which means you pay one rate, even if you are only storing a small amount of goods. uStore-it prides itself on being flexible, affordable and secure.

    The benefits of using uStore-it if you are based in Gibraltar include:

    • Easy road access and just a 20 minute drive from Gibraltar to Manilva Industrial Estate
    • Flexible access to your goods with no prior notice
    • Free storage as an opening offer when you book a minimum of three months
    • Different sized units so you only pay for the space you need
    • Secure warehouse with CCTV and fully alarmed
    • Long term or short term storage from just one month
    • We store everything from motorbikes to cars and commercial goods to sports equipment

    Our individual units start at just 1m2, ideal for boxes or sports goods up to 20m2, which would accommodate a whole house full of goods. You have your own key to your self-storage unit and nobody else can access your goods without your written consent.

    Whether you are downsizing, upgrading, renting out, moving house or even splitting up, we can accommodate all of your storage needs. Gibraltar storage units are few and far between. If you find yourself looking for storage in Gibraltar uStore-it is one of the nearest self-storage facilities in southern Spain.

    Gibraltar has seen a boom in property sales and prices over the past 18 months, and construction of new premises, both commercial and residential has resulted in a strong economy on the rock. Self-contained storage units allow business owners to store stock, documents and files. Home owners looking for extra space can store a vast range of goods from sports equipment, cars, clothes, furniture and kitchen equipment to personal goods and valuables, safe in the knowledge their storage is being well looked after.

    You may only use your leisure goods or sports goods once a year during a holiday in Gibraltar, or you may want somewhere secure to store your water toys during winter. With uStore-it you can store your goods by the month so you are not tied into expensive long term contracts. We can also give advice about storage insurance to give you complete peace of mind!

    Who uses self-storage units on the Costa del Sol?

    Self-storage units on the Costa del Sol are becoming increasingly popular with home owners and tenants who want to store surplus goods in a safe, dry, affordable environment.

    Before self-storage units became available on the Costa del Sol, home owners would have to pay for a whole storage container, even if they only wanted to store a few m2 of goods. In other words they would end up paying for space they didn’t need.

    Self-storage units on the Costa del Sol now offer different sized storage containers which saves you time and money. Easily accessible units range from 2m2 to 20m2 so whether you are storing a whole household of goods or a simple set of golf clubs, you will only pay for the space you need.

    Many people decide to store their goods short-term for a month or two or long-term, up to a year or more, depending on their circumstances. Self-storage units on the Costa del Sol are perfect for people who are selling or renting their homes, downsizing, upgrading or renovating.

    Business owners may want to store their stock in self-contained storage units as opposed to renting expensive office or warehouse space, and can take advantage of easy access and cheap storage on the Costa del Sol.

    If you are planning to store your goods in Manilva, Estepona or Sotogrande, make sure the facilities are safe and alarmed, and that you take out insurance against fire, theft and flooding. Any reputable storage company will be able to advise you about this.

    Make sure the storage warehouse is clean, dry and secure before placing your storage in the facility, and ask as many questions as you need to before signing an agreement. Easy access is important without prior notice when the store is open.

    If you are planning to store your goods, only use recommended packing materials. Professional storage companies will sell these directly from the store, including boxes, tape, mattress covers etc. Substandard packing materials could result in your goods becoming damaged or damp during their time in storage.

    The Costa del Sol saw a property boom during the late 90’s until 2005 which saw hundreds of ex-pats buy apartments and villas in Estepona, Manilva, Duquesa and Sotogrande.

    Since then the property market has plummeted and many home owners have decided to rent out their properties. Landlords often want to keep their personal goods stored safely when their house is rented, and for that reason, so many of them have decided to use self-storage facilities.

    Not only does secure self-storage give them peace of mind, but they can also use a company who offers flexible storage units on the Costa del Sol, so they are not tied into a long contract, and can renew their agreement by the month.

    This way, if their circumstances change, home owners can remove their goods with only a month’s notice or less, depending on the flexible agreement they signed.

    The Top 10 reasons why to use self-storage units on the Costa del Sol

    Whether you are moving to a new house, de-cluttering your apartment or going through a divorce, booking your goods into a self-storage unit on the Costa del Sol can be a wise choice.

    The top 10 frequently asked questions about why to use self-storage units on the Costa del Sol include:

    1. Who uses self-storage?

    • Holiday home owners
    • People who have moved for work
    • Business owners who have sold their business or who want to store stock
    • People who are renovating their homes and need short-term storage space
    • People who have downsized or rented out their homes
    • People who are splitting up or going through divorce and need to store their goods

    2. What can I store?

    You can store almost anything legal. Most of our storage units are full of household goods, sports equipment, documents, office furniture and business goods, but you can store anything from classic cars to jet skis or simply a set of golf clubs. Different-sized units mean you only pay for the space you need.

    3. How secure are the storage units?

    You, and only you should have a key to your individual storage unit. CCTV and a fully alarmed warehouse facility should put your mind at rest when leaving your storage with a reputable company on the Costa del Sol.

    4. What are the rates for self-storage on the Costa del Sol?

    Rates differ depending on the amount of storage you have but choose a company which offers different-sized storage units so you only pay for what you use. Avoid companies who offer one price per unit, or you could end up paying for space you are not using.

    5. How do I know what unit size I require?

    If you are unsure of the unit size you require, check with the Costa del Sol self-storage company you are using or check their website. They will be able to advise you so you are not paying more than you need to.

    6.Do I need to sign a long-term contract?

    No, most companies offer short-term and long-term contracts and it should be possible to store your goods for anything from four weeks to one year.

    7. What types of self-storage are available?

    Indoor storage and shed storage may be available. Indoor storage is climate controlled to avoid damage to goods. Shed storage is not normally insulated or temperature controlled.

    8. What are the advantages of climate-controlled self-storage units?

    Climate-controlled units will protect your goods from extreme temperatures of cold and heat. Wooden furniture, clothes, cars and fabric can warp if stored for long periods of time in units which are not temperature-controlled. Heating and air conditioning units will help avoid any damage.

    9. Do I have to insure my goods in self-storage?

    Yes it is very important to insure your goods and professional storage companies will insist on this. Many companies can recommend insurance companies locally or will offer you the service. Alternatively you can insure the goods yourself with your own insurer but it is vitally important to insure against, fire, floods, damage and robbery.

    10. Are all self-storage facilities on the Costa del Sol the same?

    No. Choose a company that will offer you different sized units, flexible access to your goods (no prior appointment necessary), affordable prices and equally importantly, excellent security facilities.

    Self-storage units in Estepona, Costa del Sol

    If you are looking for self-storage units in Estepona, use a company which offers different-sized units so you only pay for the space you use.

    Many storage firms on the Costa del Sol charge per container, regardless of how much storage you have, so you end up over-paying.

    Self-contained storage in Estepona also gives you the flexibility to add or remove storage whenever you choose, as you will have your own key to your own storage unit.

    Ensure the self-contained storage company you use is serious about security. The warehouse and facilities should be fully alarmed and have CCTV so that you have peace of mind when leaving your valuables there.

    Check out the facilities before you book in your storage and ask if you can have a no-obligation tour.

    Estepona saw a massive property boom in the late 90’s when hundreds of apartments, villas and townhouses were built to satisfy demand from foreign investors. Many home owners and landlords who now rent out those properties use self-storage units to store their personal and household goods.

    Goods can be stored either long term or short term and the beauty of self-storage units is that you don’t have to commit to a three or six monthly contract. You can store your goods by the month which suits people whose situations may change rapidly.

    If you are looking to store commercial goods, self-storage units in Estepona also provide the perfect solution. You may be between businesses, or simply want somewhere to store your stock while operating a shop, bar, office or restaurant.

    Affordable self-storage units provide the ideal place to store commercial goods without having the overheads of renting expensive office/warehouse space close to your business.

    You may have a holiday car you want to store instead of paying for a garage space, or a small amount of household goods you don’t want to leave in the apartment when renting it out. You can rent self-storage units from as little as 1m2 up to 20m2, depending on the amount of storage you have.

    You should also choose a storage company on the Costa del Sol which is easily accessible from the A7 motorway or the E-15 toll road, so whether you are looking for self-storage units in Estepona, Manilva, Sotogrande, Marbella or Duquesa, you will not have far to travel.

    Self-storage units are also ideal for storing goods you only use during certain periods of the year. If, for example you have a holiday home on the Costa del Sol, you may only want to use your jet-ski, water toys or holiday car during the summer and leave it in safe storage for the rest of the year.

    Whatever you want to store, check out the self-storage facilities in Estepona and benefit from modern, secure options to keep your goods safe and damage-free.

    Container Self-Storage on the Costa del Sol, Spain

    Over 250,000 people now use self-storage in the UK, and demand for self-storage in southern Spain is now outstripping supply.

    Self-storage eases the lives of many who intend to move or relocate or store their surplus goods. An increase in self-storage units on Spain´s Costa del Sol has made the whole storing process much more organised and manageable.

    It is important to conduct research into the different stores in your area before choosing one that is suitable for your type of storage. Factors to look into include: convenience, distance from home, whether the company offers transportation for your goods, packing, safety and security of your belongings once they reach the warehouse and affordability.

    Self-storage is now a viable option for people who try to cram their surplus goods into garages and basements. Self-storage provides a flexible and convenient option for home owners and business owners and is preferred to traditional container storage.

    Self-storage units on the Costa del Sol, Spain can be accessed whenever the warehouse is open, and goods can be added and removed at will. All types of items can be stored in self-storage units including tools, vehicles, sports equipment, leisure goods, furniture, documents and commercial goods, conveniently and securely.

    Many storage companies on the Costa del Sol rent out one-size containers for storage, regardless of how many items you have. In other words you may be paying for a 7m2 container which you only half fill.

    Fully enclosed and self-contained storage units vary in size, ranging from small spaces ideal for sports equipment or paperwork to spaces large enough for a whole house full of furniture or even a car. By using a storage provider with different sized units you will only pay for the space you use.

    If you place your goods in container storage, you may have to give notice of 48 hours or more if you want to remove or add storage. Often the containers are ´buried´ and have to be moved by forklift before you can access them.

    Self-storage allows you to store anything you want, providing it is within the rules set by the storage company. You choose the length of the storage period, from one month or less to a year or more.

    Compared to traditional storage, self-storage units are much preferred for their ease-of-use and accessibility.

    Some self-storage facilities have added services that you will never get from traditional storage, including security systems with CCTV security cameras. Others provide climate control for your documents. Also there are multi-storey storage facilities with advanced security equipment. Payment methods are also flexible as most storage facilities do not require large initial payments and accept major credit cards.

    Use a self-storage unit which is clean, temperature controlled and fully secure so that you have peace of mind when storing your goods. Check out the facilities before you make a final decision and ask as many questions and you deem necessary.

    The benefits of self-storage units near Sotogrande

    Self-storage units near Sotogrande on Spain´s Costa del Sol provide affordable, flexible storage solutions for home owners and tenants who are looking to buy, sell or rent a property.

    Anyone who requires extra space can benefit from placing their goods in self-storage units with no long term commitment. Short-term easy rental contracts and longer term agreements give you the flexibility to store your goods for a set amount of time and to extend the lease if necessary.

    Self-storage units should be easily accessible and you should not have to give prior notice if you want to remove or add to your storage. If you are selling a house, make sure you de-clutter before putting it on the market. Any estate agent will tell you that a clutter-free home is much more likely to sell quickly.

    You can rent a small storage space for less than €1 per day, which is ideal for sports equipment or household goods.

    Climate-controlled self-storage facilities in Sotogrande will protect your goods from extreme hot and cold temperatures. You should also be offered help to move your goods from your car or van to your storage unit and most reputable firms will provide trolleys or sack trucks to assist you.

    Ensure you buy packing materials and strong boxes from the self-storage unit you are using. Using inferior boxes and cheap packing materials is likely to result in your goods becoming damaged by damp or humidity.

    Also ensure your goods are fully insured against fire, flooding or theft. The customer service team at the self-storage office will be able to advise you of this.

    Different sized self-storage units give you the flexibility to move without penalty. You’ll only pay for the space you need. Use a company with 24 hour digital CCTV and sophisticated alarm system to give you peace of mind.

    Some self-storage companies on the Costa del Sol only rent out one size of storage unit, so customers end up paying for large units when they only have small amounts of storage. Different sized units offer flexibility and you only pay for the space you use.

    Hundreds of new apartment complexes were built in Sotogrande and surrounding areas during the Costa del Sol property boom from 2000-2005, and the vast majority of home owners use self-storage units when buying, selling or renting.

    Use a self-storage company with excellent road access and one with competitive rates and secure, flexible storage options. Whether you are looking to store a house full of furniture, your holiday car or just a bag of golf clubs, use a company which will offer different-sized units and allow you to store your goods long-term or short-term.

    Check out the facilities before signing on the dotted line and ask to have a tour of the warehouse before you make a decision.

    Why use self-storage units in Estepona?

    Whether you live, work or play on the Costa del Sol, you are likely to use self-storage units at some time during your stay.

    Self-storage units near Estepona offer secure, affordable and flexible storage options for holidaymakers, tenants and home owners who want to make the most of this idyllic part of southern Spain.

    If you are looking for self-storage units near Estepona, ensure they are secure and fully alarmed with CCTV so that you will be safe in the knowledge that your goods will be protected while you are away.

    Many home owners rent out their properties in Estepona to holidaymakers, and self-storage units are perfect for storing household goods, personal items and leisure goods when there is not enough space in the house.

    If you are trying to sell your property you may want to de-clutter before potential buyers come round and if you are downsizing, self-storage units can be used for your excess furniture, household goods, clothes or toys.

    Use a storage company near Estepona which offers different sized storage units so that you only pay for the space you use. Many local storage companies on the Costa del Sol charge a set price for storage, regardless of whether you want to store a set of golf clubs or a full house of furniture.

    Estepona was one of the first towns on the Costa del Sol to benefit from the property boom from 1999 to 2005 when hundreds of apartment complexes, townhouses and villas were built to meet the demand of northern European holidaymakers.

    Many of these properties are now rented out, and demand for flexible, affordable self-storage units in Estepona is now outstripping supply.

    If you are looking for self-storage units on the Costa del Sol:

    • Choose a self-storage facility with excellent security, including CCTV and a state-of-the-art alarm system
    • Ensure you can add and take out storage without prior appointment when the unit is open
    • Only pay for the space you use
    • Check the terms and conditions of the storage company
    • Visit the warehouse to check the storage units meet your requirements before signing on the dotted line
    • Don´t be held in to a long term contract if you are not sure how long you want to store your goods for
    • Make sure your storage unit is easily accessible
    • Buy packaging materials from the storage company. Using cheap alternatives will leave your goods unprotected against damp and humidity
    • Whether you are planning to store business or personal belongings it's important to insure them since items in self-storage aren't generally covered by other policies such as homeowner or rental insurance
    • Any type of vehicle can be stored in self-storage units to free up space in your garage
    • Prohibited items for storage include petrol, compressed gas, propane tanks, kerosene, lamp and motor oil, acid, grease, corrosives, fertilizers, paint, cleaners, chemicals, illegal drugs, or hazardous, toxic or biological waste. Asbestos or products containing asbestos, fireworks, explosives, weapons or ammunition are also on the ´banned list.´

    Removals & Storage on the Costa del Sol

    If you are planning to move to the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, make sure you use a reputable removals company and pre-book storage if necessary.

    Once you have decided on a moving date, ensure your goods are wrapped, packed and ready to go well in advance. A reputable removals company in the UK will also supply packaging materials, boxes, tape and bubble wrap to ensure your goods are safely packed for the duration of the journey.

    Many companies will offer you a packaging service or you can do it yourself. Ensure that all boxes are clearly marked and make an itinerary of the contents of each box, so that they are easier to unpack when you reach Spain.

    The Costa del Sol is one of the most popular regions for ex-pats to buy second homes, and Malaga International Airport is just at two hour flight from London. With an average of 320 days per year of sunshine and over 70 golf courses, the Costa del Sol continues to attract British ex-pats who are looking to relocate or buy a holiday home.

    Removals companies in the UK usually take between 3-4 days to transport goods to southern Spain, depending whether or not they have to pick up more goods on route. Try to book this service well in advance and ask as many questions as you need to. It is important to know your goods will arrive safely on the agreed date to give you peace of mind.

    The tourist 'boom' on the Costa del Sol did not actually occur until the end of the 50s and the beginning of the 60s, when large groups of people started to go religiously each year to Torremolinos. 1959 is the key date in the history of tourism in the Costa del Sol. This is the year in which they opened the first luxury hotel "Pez Espada", shortly afterwards famous people started to arrive... Frank Sinatra, Orson Wells, Julio Iglesias. Just one decade later the district of Malaga had 32 hotels and 10,000 available vacancies. The beach holiday was invented and the Costa del Sol was born.

    In 2014 over 9.5 million people visited the Costa del Sol.

    Once you have arranged your removals, contact a reputable self-storage company on the Costa del Sol who can give you free advice about storing your household goods and valuables securely in southern Spain.

    Whether you are planning to store goods short-term while searching for a house to buy, or your new property does not have enough space to store goods which you don´t want to throw away, Costa del Sol storage companies will provide affordable and secure self-contained storage options.

    There is nothing worse than finding your perfect property, and having to then arrange delivery of your goods from the UK. If your household goods are already in Spain, you can move in straight away and avoid the hassle of having to make arrangements from one country to another.

    Different-sized self-contained storage units in Manilva allow you the freedom and flexibility to store as much or as little as you want until you find the house of your dreams!

    Property Bargains and self-contained storage units in Marbella

    A sharp increase in Marbella property sales is once again hitting the headlines in the UK.

    UK house prices have steadily increased over the past 18 months, and this, coupled with a wide choice of property bargains in Marbella has resulted in a win-win situation for buyers wanting to invest in holiday homes and off-plan developments on the Costa del Sol.

    If you are planning to buy, rent, sell or downsize your Marbella property, check out self-contained storage units in Marbella, where you can store your goods securely.

    The Spanish property market can be confusing for buyers and sellers, and particularly for people looking to move to the Costa del Sol. Conflicting points include:

    • People are still making lots of money from off-plan investments on the Costa del Sol
    • People buying off-plan properties are making little or no profit on the Costa del Sol
    • The market on the Costa del Sol is strong and is still increasing by over 10% per year
    • The market on the Costa del Sol is saturated with off-plan investors attempting to sell before completion

    The truth is that all of these statements are true – depending on the location and purchase price of the property.

    Ten years ago, many investors made huge profits from buying properties off-plan, before construction had begun, and then flipping them (selling them on) before completion. By 2005 the market was saturated and hundreds of off-plan properties were repossessed by the developers and the banks when purchases could not be completed.

    Many of those Marbella properties are for sale now at well below their original purchase price.

    With increased internet and television publicity, off-plan investment was easy to understand and became easily available to the general public who may have previously never considered buying property in this way.

    The off-plan concept was to buy property with developers offering a discounted price if the investor exchanged at planning stage (before being built). Many investors bought with the sole intention of selling 2 years later at an increased price of approximately 20-30%. With investors only paying 30% before completion, returns were very profitable. The benefits of the investors selling before completion were that tax and completion costs, could be avoided.

    If you are looking to buy a property in Marbella, check out these self-contained storage units on the Costa del Sol, where you can store your goods cheaply and safely.

    The collapse of the Spanish property market in 2005 resulted in a wide choice of distressed and repossessed properties being put up for sale in Marbella.

    A vast range of bargain properties are now available in Marbella and the Costa del Sol is once more becoming a ´buyer´s dream.´ Many properties are selling for up to 40% less than their market value, and with 80-100% finance available, buyers are starting to flock back to the Costa del Sol.

    A distressed sale does not mean there is a problem with the property, but simply that the vendors need to sell quickly for financial or personal reasons. English speaking lawyers are also on hand throughout Marbella and explain all of the ins and outs of buying property in Spain.

    When a developer completes a project, he has no alternative but to foreclose on uncompleted sales. Occasionally, units which have been repossessed by the developer will come back on the market. As the developer will already have retained the original 30% deposit from the buyer who has been unable to complete, he will often let the repossessed units go at the same price as they were 2-3 years previously. These properties, particularly in Marbella, are an investors dream, and usually sell within weeks if not days.

    This is the perfect time to invest in Marbella, and there are hundreds, if not thousands of bargains to be had.

    Marbella storage units can be found close to the town itself, giving you peace of mind when storing your household goods or valuables.

    The best places to buy property on the Costa del Sol

    Spain´s Costa del Sol has seen the property market rise and fall dramatically over the past 15 years.

    According to local real estate agents in Fuengirola, Marbella, Puerto Duquesa and Sotogrande, the market is once again on the up.

    The property boom between 1998 and 2008 was replaced with a sharp downturn in Spain´s economy. Bank repossessions and over development caused supply to outstrip demand.

    So what is behind the recent resurgence in property sales on Spain´s Sunny Coast?

    Mark Rode, owner of Rode Estates Properties, Marbella says: “We are selling more properties now than we have in the past 18 months. If properties are reasonably priced, they sell. Investors can benefit from prices being reduced by up to 40% over the past 5 years.

    “UK buyers are also taking advantage of the excellent exchange rate between pound sterling and euro.

    “With a fantastic climate, beaches and award-winning attractions, buying a property on the Costa del Sol at today´s prices is now a better proposition than ever.”

    Self-contained storage units in Manilva, covering Puerto Duquesa on the Costa del Sol, allow you to store your household goods safely and securely.

    Some of the most popular places to buy property on the Costa del Sol include:

    Manilva and Duquesa

    Manilva is situated on the western end of the Costa del Sol and offers buyers a vast choice of apartments, villas and townhouses in a typically Spanish location. Fincas and country homes can be found inland, and are available from just €60,000 for a one bed house.

    Duquesa is situated within the province of Manilva, and two bed apartments with stunning sea views can be picked up for as little as €70,000. These properties are perfect for renting out or using as holiday homes.

    Marbella

    Described as the ´jewel in the crown´ of the Costa del Sol, Marbella attracts the jet set from all over Europe. Prices over the past five years for apartments have dropped dramatically. It is now possible to pick up a two bed apartment in Reserva de Marbella, near Cabopino for €155,000. Properties in the same complex were selling in 2009 for €250,000. Ideal for renting out and within walking distance of Cabopino.

    Estepona

    Two bed apartments for sale in Estepona start from around €90,000, and most are situated in complexes with swimming pools, shared gardens, and within a five minute drive of Estepona Marina. Again, a saving of around 40% on the advertised prices in 2009.

    If you are planning to move to the Costa del Sol, and you are looking for self-contained storage units to store your household goods, your leisure goods, your sports equipment or your clutter, contact uStore-it for affordable, safe storage options on the Costa del Sol.

    Things to do in Puerto Duquesa, Costa del Sol

    Situated in Manilva, on the western end of the Costa del Sol, Puerto Duquesa offers visitors a wealth of things to see and do.

    This hidden gem of a port, situated on the quieter side of the Costa del Sol offers an excellent choice of facilities, restaurants, bars, and tourist attractions, including uncrowded beaches.

    Puerto Duquesa may not have the brashness of Puerto Banus, but instead offers a more authentic Spanish charm in a superb location. The walkways around the port offer a wide choice of dining and drinking options and a Craft Market is held twice a week.

    Nearby is the 18-hole La Duquesa Golf and Country Club which offers stunning fairways and views of the sea and mountains. Facilities within the Club include a gym and tennis courts.

    Excellent self-contained storage facilities for Manilva and Puerto Duquesa provide perfect storage solutions for holidaymakers and visitors who want to store cars, household goods, valuables or business goods on the western Costa del Sol.

    Puerto Duquesa boasts a cosmopolitan lifestyle with a laid-back atmosphere and is often referred to as the ´Other Costa del Sol.´ With an average of 320 days of sunshine each year and within close proximity of Sotogrande and Estepona, Duquesa has seen a vast increase in new residential housing developments over the past ten years.

    Boating enthusiasts are attracted to Duquesa which offers full Marina services. Jet skis, water sports and scuba diving are also available from the Marina.

    Perfect for breakfast, lunch or an evening meal, La Duquesa is home to restaurants offering French, Chinese, Italian, Thai, Indian, English and Spanish cuisine. Whether you fancy fish and chips or a five star gourmet dinner, you will find it in and around the Marina.

    Recommended beaches on either side of the Marina include Playa de las Gaviotas and Playa del Castillo, with a couple of quirky beach bars serving fresh fish and seafood.

    Visitors can park in the free car parks close to the entrance of Puerto Duquesa or underground in the Mykonos Building.

    If you want to explore the surrounding countryside, stroll down to Castillo de la Duquesa. The Castle was built in 1767 and is close to a site of Roman Ruins. Alternatively, walk down the seafront promenade to Sabinillas, and enjoy lunch at one of beach bars.

    Manilva and Casares villages are also worth visiting if you want to enjoy a taste of the ´real Spain.´ Whitewashed houses are dotted around the surrounding hillsides, and the views from both villages are breathtaking.

    Marbella is only 20 minutes by car from Duquesa, and you will find a wide choice of shops, bars, restaurants, beaches and nightlife in and around the town.

    If you are thinking of moving to Duquesa, renting out your house or downsizing, check out the excellent self-contained storage units in Manilva, and the offer of free storage, available for a limited time only.

    Duquesa is approximately a 1 hour, 15 minute drive from Malaga International Airport and a 45 minute drive from Gibraltar International Airport.

    Magnificent Manilva

    Manilva lies on the southern-most edge of Malaga on the border with the province of Cádiz on Spain´s Costa del Sol. The town enjoys a strategic position and early settlers date back to the Stone Age.

    For many years the main industry in Manilva was fishing and wine production. Manilva´s vineyards are famous for their muscatel grapes, used for the production of raisins and fine wines.

    Tourism has taken over as Manilva´s main industry in recent years, and the addition of the Marina and several golf courses in the 70´s and 80´s attracted visitors from all over Europe.

    The commercial sector has also developed in Manilva. An industrial estate just a few hundred metres from the A7 motorway exit is home to self-contained storage facilities in Manilva, ideal for storing commercial goods, cars, household goods and leisure goods.

    The construction boom of the 90´s also resulted in hundreds of shops, offices and commercial premises being built to cater to visitors.

    Manilva hosts an annual feria during the second week of August and a raucous carnival near the beginning of Lent. The Eve of San Juan during the summer solstice with its pagan tradition of bonfires, fireworks and partying till dawn attracts thousands of visitors to the beaches.

    The municipality of Manilva covers five major districts. The main tourist site is La Duquesa Castle which contains important archaeological evidence, and was built in 1767. The castle was built on the site of an ancient Roman villa to protect the coast from pirate attacks. Other historical attractions include the Roman site adjoining the Castle, including baths and a fish salting factory. Many large housing developments were constructed in and around Manilva during the past twenty years. Self-contained storage facilities in Puerto Duquesa and Manilva offer excellent storage solutions for holidaymakers and residents who need to store household, leisure and commercial goods.

    Visitors to Manilva can enjoy a vast range of leisure facilities, including 8km of fine, sandy beaches and clear waters, ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Several of the beaches have been awarded an EU Blue Flag.

    La Duquesa Marina boasts over 300 berths and a wide choice of leisure facilities. Water sports are also available on the beaches plus dolphin-spotting boat trips and a fabulous 18-hole golf course, La Duquesa Golf and Country Club , situated between the mountains and the sea.

    With over 320 average days of sunshine each year, Manilva is a perfect destination on the Costa del Sol. Thousands of ex-pats have relocated to Manilva or bought holiday homes near the town. Situated just an hour´s drive from Malaga Airport and 30 minutes from Gibraltar, Manilva is easily accessible via the E15 toll road or the A7 coastal motorway.

    Moving to the Costa del Sol, Spain

    If you are thinking of moving to Spain´s Costa del Sol, there are plenty of things to consider before you make the final decision. Many people have a romantic notion of Spain, and dream of the long, hot, sunny days and sipping a gin and tonic while the sun sets. All of that is great for a while, but it soon loses its novelty value if you are not earning money.

    Try to secure employment before you move, and rent a place for 6-12 months before buying anywhere so you can be 100% sure you have made the right choice.

    Once you have made your mind up to move:

  • Decide which possessions you will take to Spain
  • Obtain estimates from the move from 2-3 different removals companies
  • Buy boxes, labels, bubble wrap and packaging materials
  • Notify banks, building societies etc of your new address
  • Contact a reputable storage company on the Costa del Sol, Spain if you have more goods than you can fit in your new property
  • Check any schooling arrangements for the children
  • If you are driving to Spain, ensure your car is insured
  • If you are retiring to Spain, ensure you contact the UK Pension Department to inform them of your new address
  • If you have decided to drive to Spain study the driving laws and regulations and how they differ from those in the UK. Consider the cost of a ferry crossing, petrol etc., compared to a flight, as the latter could work out much cheaper.

    Take photocopies of all your important documents, including your European Health Insurance Card, your passport, your driving licence etc. On arrival in Spain it is important to obtain an NIE number when you arrive. Go to the local National Police Station for an application form, which is available in English.

    A residencia is a form of permit for those who intend to reside in Spain on a permanent basis. It is not compulsory but there are advantages. Visit your nearest police station and collect the application forms.

    Go to the police station and collect the forms. Complete and return the forms along with the documents they request and usually you can collect your certificate one month later. Residencia cards are no longer issued as EU courts ruled that they were illegal. Now it is just an A4 piece of paper. You MUST by law carry this with you at all times.

    If you plan to work in Spain you will also need a social security number. The process of getting a social security number is straightforward. Go to the nearest social security office (there is one in most Costa del Sol towns) with your original passport and a copy of your passport. You will be asked to fill in a form with name, address details and you will be issued with a temporary card there and then.

    You do not need to have a job to obtain a social security number, but you do need one in order to gain employment. You are only entitled to social security payments pro-rata to how much you have paid into the system.

    If you want to store your household goods before you move into your new property, contact a secure self-contained storage warehouse on the Costa del Sol.

    The advantages of renting cheap self-storage units on the Costa del Sol, Spain

    Having lived on Spain´s Costa del Sol for the past 20 years, it is plain to see why cheap self-contained storage facilities have become so popular.

    The property crash in Spain followed massive grown in real estate prices from 1985-2005. House prices started to plummet in 2005 and experts have estimated that the value of residential real estate in Spain has dropped by over 40% in the past 9 years.

    Many people in Spain have decided to relocate short-term or long-term to seek employment opportunities, or even sold up completely and moved back to the UK, or wherever they call home. Cheap self-contained storage units offer excellent solutions for home owners who want to store their goods before deciding where to move to, or who are downsizing or renting out their properties.

    Over 64,000 million ex-pats live on the Costa del Sol, out of a total British population in Spain of just under 300,000.

    It is easy to see why thousands of ex-pats flock to the sunny shores of the Costa del Sol. With over 325 average days of sunshine each year, a wide range of attractions and low rents, many Brits find the lure of the ´Costa´ irresistible.

    But when things go wrong, the can find themselves with nowhere to store their goods. Commercial storage is also sought after as many businesses have either down-sized or closed down. Affordable self-storage units on the Costa del Sol are in high demand.

    Self-storage units no longer have to be expensive, and some of the best cheap storage units on the Costa del Sol are within easy reach of the A7 coast road and the E-15 toll road.

    Choosing to uproot is always an upheaval that you can do without, but when a better employment offer and the chance of a larger salary are on the horizon, moving seems like a minor difficulty, especially when you know your goods will be stored in an affordable, secure unit.

    By choosing safe self-contained storage units, you can store away your valuables until you find a suitable sized property or until you are in a position to have them delivered to your new home.

    Safe, self-contained storage will you peace of mind knowing your goods are secure and damage-free while you work out your next move. This type of storage units usually have individual keys which only you have a copy of and pin code or card for access to the outer storage facility.

    If you choose a reputable company that offers differently-priced units you will only pay for the space you need. From a house full of goods to a set of golf clubs you should have no problem finding a self-contained storage facility to meet your requirements.

    Cheap storage units on the Costa del Sol have been designed to take the stress out of your relocation, giving you the extra room you need to house your goods, while not eating a hole in your budget.

    Self-storage units are a great option to traditional storage and are both convenient and cost-effective. Units are available in a range of sizes from cupboard-sized units to extra-large units for storing cars or large housefuls of goods.

    Choose a firm with professional on-site management and affordable units.

    Check out cheap self-storage units on the Costa del Sol, Spain and give yourselves one thing less to worry about when relocating.

    Why use Self-contained Storage on the Costa del Sol?

    Most people on the Costa del Sol have things around the house they hardly ever use but don´t want to part with and self-contained storage units provide the space they need to safely store their belongings until they are needed.

    Demand is currently outstripping supply for self-contained storage in Spain, as many people are down-sizing or selling businesses and need space for their surplus goods.

    You may be between houses or businesses, upgrading, downsizing or selling up. Self-contained storage units are safe and secure places to store your goods short or long-term.

    Use a storage unit which is climate controlled so that your goods are not affected or damaged by any change in the weather. If you store your goods in a non-self-contained unit they could be left open to the elements. Self-contained storage facilities will ensure that your goods are kept dry and free from humidity, giving you peace of mind.

    Use a company who offers different-sized storage units, otherwise you could end up paying for more space than you need. Whether you are storing a car, household goods, sports equipment or commercial goods, you should ask the advice of storage professionals before making any decisions.

    Reputable self-contained storage companies in Spain will advise you about the volume of storage you have, and also provide packaging materials and boxes to ensure your goods are protected while in storage.

    There are no shortage of storage units in Spain, but that doesn´t mean that all of them will be right for you. Before making your decision, consider the location, access and security of the storage facilities.

    Convenience is important as you don´t want to have to drive for hours if you need to remove or add something to your storage unit. If for example you are storing paperwork or stock for a business, you may want to access the facility regularly.

    Check that the hours of access suit your needs. There is no point storing your goods at a warehouse that only opens a few hours a day.

    Security is of paramount importance. Your goods may be worth a great deal of money, or have a lot of sentimental value. Either way you need to be sure your goods are being stored securely. Choose a storage facility with 24 hour video surveillance and a fully alarmed warehouse. Modern day storage facilities are clean, secure and alarmed.

    Price is important but don´t make this your sole consideration when choosing the best storage solution for you. If you need regular access to the unit, it may be worth paying a little extra to use a facility near your home or business, but if you are planning to store furniture long term for example, you may save money by using a facility further away.

    Find out more about our safe, secure, affordable and flexible storage units on the Costa del Sol.

    Why Self-Storage in Spain?

    The number of self-storage facilities opening in Spain has increased dramatically over the past 18 months, to cope with the crash of the residential property market. Home owners and tenants who are downsizing find themselves with a wide choice of household goods they have no space for. Business owners who are either selling up or leasing their commercial premises are also finding themselves stuck for space. Safe, secure self-contained storage facilities offer affordable storage solutions either short-term or long term.

    When choosing a storage unit in Spain:

  • Visit the warehouse or storage facility before making a decision
  • Make sure you can access your storage when you want without prior notice
  • Ensure the units are the right size for you so you don´t end up paying for space you are not using
  • If you are storing valuable items only rent an enclosed unit with concealing walls
  • Ensure the climate control in the self-storage facility is adequate so that your goods do not get damaged from damp or humidity
  • Ensure the storage units are well-maintained and clean
  • Look through the storage contract carefully before signing, to make sure there are no hidden surprises
  • Make sure your goods have adequate insurance cover
  • When packing your goods for self-storage in Spain:

  • Pack things well and number the boxes clearly so you can re-locate items you later want to take out
  • Use good quality, sturdy boxes which are specifically for storage
  • Fill boxes to capacity where possible but avoid making them too heavy – you must be able to lift them comfortably
  • Buy special packaging materials from your storage facility
  • Never fill large boxes with heavy items such as books or you will not be able to move them
  • Never pack items in sealed plastic bags as humidity can cause damp and mildew
  • Ensure freezers and fridges are defrosted and left open.
  • Drain washing machines before storing them and ensure they are dry
  • Wrap all fragile items separately with bubble wrap and packing paper
  • Buy special covers for mattresses and sofas and stand them on end on top of a plastic sheet
  • Organising your self-contained storage unit

    Work out how to best pack your items into your self-storage unit.

    Many units are differently sized, and you can save money by packing the boxes in carefully and efficiently to save space.

  • If you are storing heavy items check to see if the facility has trolleys or other machinery you can use free of charge
  • Store your largest items first
  • Stack boxes and similarly sized items together to save space
  • Fill anything that is hollow such as wardrobes and cupboards
  • Keep any storage you need regular access to at the front of the unit
  • Make sure you can see any labels clearly on storage boxes and make an inventory so you can easily identify the goods you want to remove
  • Ensure the self-contained storage unit you use offers easy access and professional customer service at all times.