It is always a great feeling arriving on the sunny Costa del Sol for your long awaited holiday, however it is very important not to let your guard down regarding your safety and the security of your belongings.
When hiring a car, we recommend that you proceed directly to your villa or hotel and do not stop at a restaurant or supermarket on the way. Leaving all your personal effects in a car unattended is asking for trouble in almost any country and Spain is no exception.
We recently heard of a family who had just arrived on the Costa del Sol who decided to stop at a beach bar for lunch on the way to their villa from the airport. When they got back to the car all their bags had gone as well as passports, money and documents taken from the glove box. Imagine the horror of this, the ruined holiday and the huge upset and enormous inconvenience of having to go the British Embassy for assistance instead of lounging by the pool.
When booking a Costa del Sol villa rental as well as the precautions we just described, we also recommend taking out comprehensive personal and medical insurance.