Costa del Sol, Andalucia
Andalucia embodies everything that is quintessentially Spanish, even to natives of other regions! All the images that are associated with Spain, such as bullfighting, sherry and tapas will be found in this corner of Spain. By making your base on the Malaga coast, you will have easy access to key places of artistic and cultural significance. The historic cities of Granada, Ronda, Cordoba, Sevilla, Jerez and Cadiz are all within a 2-3 hour drive. And Gibraltar is little more than half an hour away.
Why the Costa del Sol?
Reasons for choosing the Costa del Sol for your Permanent Residence, Holiday Home or Investment Property:
- Unique micro climate giving over 300 days sunshine each year
- All year round rental market from golfers, holidaymakers and long term visitors
- Wonderful relaxed lifestyle
- Low cost of living compared with Northern Europe
- Low petrol prices, cheaper tobacco
- Property prices still good value compared with UK and Ireland
- Excellent investment potential
- Legal protection for money invested
- Constant improvements to infrastructure (golf courses, amenities etc)
- Zero tolerance on street peddlers, litter louts and rowdy behaviour
- Many blue flag beaches
History & Culture
Roman ruins and Moorish palaces, museums and galleries, cathedrals and churches are found in abundance in Andalucia, which is steeped in history and culture. Away from the hustle and bustle of the coast, clinging to hillsides or nestling in lush green valleys, are Andalucia’s famous “white villages” with their quaint cobbled streets and white washed houses. Sun, sea and sand lovers who visit the coast during the summer months often do not realise that Andalucia has such magnificent surprises to offer. With its abundance of natural foliage, its pine covered hillsides, lakes, mountains and beautiful coastline, Andalucia offers among the best rural tourism sites in Spain. Spain is a predominantly catholic nation, where the religious calendar is observed. Andalucia is renowned for its parades, pilgrimages and parties. Cities, towns and villages have weeklong ferias in honour of their patron saints, with music, dance and general merriment being the order of the day in celebrations that must not to be missed. Gibraltar, which is steeped in history, is just a short drive away.
The Costa del Sol is well serviced by two main airports with daily services to and from most of northern Europe. Malaga airport, which is the far eastern side of the Costa del Sol, is the nearest international airport with daily flights to the UK and other countries. On the far west of the coast is Gibraltar. Although there are border controls between Gibraltar and Spain, there are daily flights with Monarch and British Airways to all London airports and recently, some flights to other Spanish destinations. North of Gibraltar is Jerez de la Frontera with a small airport servicing London Stansted and also some internal Spanish flights.
Things To Do…
For the Children?
Children are never bored on the Costa del Sol: once they have tired of the beach, why not let them expend some energy at Parkilandia (ball park) on the sea front in Fuengirola, or some of the Aqua Parks like Bahia Park. There is a paint ball centre in Torreguadiaro, a Karting Club in Fuengirola, Funny Beach near Marbella, and of course, the popular Tivoli World (theme park). For those who like wildlife, there are the Selwo Marine park at Benalmadena and the Selwo Safari park which is located east of Estepona which provide year round entertainment for all ages.
And for the Adults?
In addition to all the cultural activities, fine food and sightseeing, the new Mijas Hipodromo provides horseracing events all year round. Many national and international golf, tennis and other sporting competitions are held regularly. For boating enthusiasts, the Costa del Sol boasts some world-class marinas such as the prestigious ports of Benalmadena, Puerto Banus, Estepona, Sotogrande and Duquesa with plans for yet more marinas in the pipeline With the Ryder Cup in 1997 and the Volvo Masters in 2007, both hosted at Valderrama in Sotogrande, this stretch of coast has been nicknamed “Costa Golf.” Andalucia has some of the finest golf courses in Europe; these attract tourists to the area throughout the year and especially in the cooler months. The mountains of Sierra Nevada are only a couple of hour’s drive from Malaga. Here Europe’s southern most ski resorts host many national and international competitions throughout the season. In the summer months tourists flock to some of the cleanest blue flag beaches in Europe. Water sports are on offer all along the coast including parasailing, water skiing, wet biking and jet skiing. World-class wind surfing can be found only a short drive away in Tarifa. Visitors can access the abundant number of municipal swimming pools and leisure facilities, as well as many private sports clubs and gymnasiums dotted up and down the coast. Higher up, in the country, horse riding, shooting, fishing and quad biking can keep you occupied. The greatest of sports addicts will be delighted to discover that Andalucia offers paragliding, caving and canyoning, scuba diving and kite surfing as part of its bill of fare. The Costa del Sol’s nightlife is legendary. When the sun goes down the nightlife heats up. The three major casinos, innumerable numbers of shows and concerts as well as the multitude of restaurants, bars and clubs here, ensure that boredom is one word you will not have to bother learning in Spanish!