The Costa del Sol in Southern Spain has always been a favourite holiday destination, especially for golfers. With an abundance of luxurious golf courses located next to the Mediterranean Sea, it offers not only a picturesque location and stunning sea views, but also pleasant year-round weather which means you can book several months in advance safe in the knowledge that you can guarantee almost perfect weather.
Golf properties and other properties on the Costa del Sol get lots of attention especially if they are close to the golf courses. Buying a property in Marbella or surrounding Costa del Sol on golf resorts or near, can offer an incredible holiday home investment. Golfing is so popular here and not just because of the weather.
These beautiful and challenging courses have attracted both amateur and professional golfers from all around the world. The East of Málaga is a desirable location with many golf courses being just a short car ride away from one of the busiest airports in the world, with hundreds of short flights arriving every single day from popular cities all across Europe and many of them offered at a low cost by several well-known airlines.
The golf courses of the Costa del Sol, colloquially known as ‘The Costa del Golf’ has a reputation for both luxury and professionalism with hosting international events such as the 1997 Ryder Cup hosted by Valderrama Golf Club and the World Golf Championships in Seville. The Women’s Open de España forms part of the European Women’s Professional Golf Circuit and in recent years has taken place at La Quinta Golf.
There are over 60 golf courses along the coast, many set up by ambitious local businessmen that have over the years become favourite golfing destinations for celebrities such as world-famous Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros, who would often vacation on the Costa del Sol during the height of his career from the 70s until the 90s. David Leadbetter, a British golfing instructor, has also enjoyed the outstanding courses that the Costa del Sol has to offer. They are a favourite to many golf enthusiasts and suit all abilities, affording the opportunity to holiday in a picturesque destination and combine it with their favourite hobby.
Other celebrities to endorse the exquisite courses on the Costa del Sol include English golfer turned on-air analyst Nick Faldo, and retired American golfer Arnold Palmer, nicknamed “The King”, due to his legendary golfing career and winning many events including the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.
But these landscaped courses are far from just golfing destinations, as many of them offer superb amenities such as high-end shops, fine dining, spa facilities and access to nearby five-star resorts. With many being just short walks away from beautiful seaside towns and stunning beaches and virtually guaranteed perfect weather, what more could a golfer want?
Aside from the fabulous amenities and activities that these locations have to offer, many also have their very own luxury residences right there on the golf course. These frontline golf properties have become somewhat of an investment opportunity of the years for budding entrepreneurs as well as individuals looking to invest overseas. They are often rented out as world-class holiday destinations and many of these private residences also come with membership to the golf clubs to which they are affiliated, making them the perfect place to have a holiday home at the same time as being a great investment in prime real estate Marbella. If you fancy teeing off in Marbella, there are currently plenty of luxury golf properties for sale on the Costa del Sol at great value prices.
It’s just a matter of knowing where to look.
To say that the Spanish really enjoy their national holidays would be the understatement of the century, or in Spain’s case – centuries. The Spanish are of course known throughout the world for their warm personality, tapas, wines and beaches, but what really sets them apart is their love of Feria’s – or a good party.
Today we’re going to talk about the Feria’s in Spain, and what you can expect this summer. The first day of summer has already arrived, and it’s time for fun in the sun following a few ferias around Andalucia.
Here in the Southern Spain every town and village has its own feria to celebrate their patron saints, for example Marbella celebrates ‘San Bernebe’ with a feria starting on the 11th June every year. Many tourists visit the Costa del Sol just to attend events in their favourite villages, towns or cities. The first feria of the year always takes place just after Easter in Seville and the last will be the San Pedro de Alcántara feria in mid-October.
Interestingly, the date for Malaga’s feria is set by the local government so that it will take place between the 13th and 20th of August. This is because the city wants to commemorate the Re conquest of Malaga by the Catholic Monarchs on the 19thin 1497.
Ferias follow a tried and tested formula, opening with a speech and fireworks and then the festivities can begin. During the day there will be wine tasting, tapas and music. Then when the night falls there will be tents / booths, sponsored by local clubs, business and associations – all are equipped with a bar. Live entertainment of concerts, exhibitions, bulls, fairgrounds, folklore and flamenco will go on well into the early hours of the morning.
If you have never seen Spanish señoritas in traditional dress, vibrant with spots, dots and frills, and flowers in their hair, this is the place to be. Even though not everyone wears traditional dress, especially on the Costa del Sol due to the heat, you will still be wowed by the colourful outfits and high spirits.
Like many things in Spain, it is very much a family affair with lots to see and do for all ages. Children have amusement parks and there are “casetas” (tents) set up by the various clubs, associations and political parties of the town. Many of these tents provide live entertainment and all are equipped with a full bar – what else would you expect from this party loving nation!
Andalucía Feria Dates in 2016
Here is a list of ferias, locations and the dates for the entire summer here in Spain.
- Algeciras – 20th – 27th June
- San Pablo de Buciete – 26th – 28th June
- Estepona – 2nd -9th July
- Guadiaro – 2nd -5th July
- San Fernando – 14th – 19th July
- Barbate – 15th – 19th July
- Prado del Rey – 16th – 19th July
- La Línea – 17th – 27th July
- Benalup – 22nd – 26th July
- Algodonales – 23rd – 26th July
- Almáchar – 24th – 26th July
- Puente Mayorga – 30th July – 2nd August
- Fiesta de la Urta Rota – 31st July – 2nd August
- El Gastor – 1st – 6th August
- Benaocaz – 6th – 9th August
- Feria Setenil de las Bodegas – 6th – 9th August
- Guadarranque – 6th – 9th August
- Manilva / Sabinillas – 6th – 9th August
- Feria Benamargosa – 3rd – 5th August
- Almonaster la Real – 7th – 9th August
- Iznajar – 8th – 12th August
- Feria Real San Roque – 12th – 16th August
- Baeza – 11th – 17th August
- Alcala del Valle – 13th – 16th August
- Torre Alhaquime – 13th – 16th August
- Trebujena – 13th – 16th August
- Puerto Serrano – 13th – 17th August
- Campillos Jimena de la Frontera – 14th to 16th August
- Benahavís – 14th – 17th August
- Real Feria de Augusto Archidona – 14th – 18th August
- Feria Fuentes de Andalucia – 14th – 18th August
- Feria Real Puente Genil Puente Genil – 15th – 18th August
- Feria San Roque El Coronil – 15th – 19th August
- Feria Málaga – 15th – 23rd August
- Feria RealFuente Palmera – 16th – 19th August
- Feria Pedrera – 16th – 19th August
- Almeria – 17th – 26th August
- Zahara de la Sierra – 21st – 23rd August
- San Bartolome Umbrete – 23rd – 26th August
- Cumbres de San Bartolome – 19th – 23 August
- Feria Guaro – 23rd – 26th August
- Feria Real de Agusto Antequera – 19th – 23rd August 2015
- Feria Aracena – 23rd – 27th August
- Alcala de los Gazules – 26th – 30th August
- Coto de Bornos – 27th – 30th August
- Feria y Fiesta San Agustin Hinojosa del Duque – 4th – 8th September
For more information about Andalucia’s festivals visit Andalucia.com or the local.es
We know what most of you are thinking – when it comes to Marbella, the Golden Mile or Puerto Banus, the first things to come to mind are fast cars, designer items and celebrities. Although, Puerto Banus and yes, sometimes even Marbella is frequented by the rich and famous, there’s more to this glorious city than you realise.
Marbella is unique, and in many ways completely under-rated when it comes to families. What you probably didn’t know is that Marbella is perfect for all age groups, and there is plenty to do for the entire family, not just the kids.
During the summer months, the Costa del Sol welcomes hundreds of thousands of tourists, and Marbella is high on many must-do lists. The actual city of Marbella sits on the coast line, and only a few minutes inland is Old Town Marbella – it’s the only place in Spain where the modern meets the ancient world.
Marbella in the summer bustles with activity, and there is plenty to do to keep boredom at bay. We understand when it comes to holidaying with the entire family stress levels can be high, especially if you are struggling to find ways to entertain the whole family. Sure, you can simply hang out at the beach, choosing a stretch of the many kilometres of Blue Flag beaches at your disposal; but there is more to Marbella than beach life. If you need is a bit of variety, there is no better place than Southern Spain for culture, diversity and healthy outdoor pursuits.
The best of Marbella – Family friendly locations
Sporting adventures for the entire family can be found in Marbella, and throughout the Costa del Sol. Mini golf is always a family favourite, and there is no better place to enjoy mini-golf than on the Costa del Sol. Go at sunset is the best advice, this way you can avoid the intense sunshine. One new facility is Happy Days (a pirate themed course) located in San Pedro Alcantara right on the famous Boulevard. Only a 10 minute drive from the centre of Marbella, you and the entire family can enjoy mini-golfing, and a lot more!
Happy Days also has the first all weather, eco-friendly and synthetic ice rink. So besides 9 holes of mini-golf, you and the family can skate at night, and skate till late. The location also offers an authentic Airstream American Diner, providing great food and drinks at great prices.
More about Happy Days
Marbella’s most popular cultural places to visit
Culture and a bit of ancient history is a must see and hear on the Costa del Sol. Your entire family can see some wonderful things, and all the while learn a few things or two as well. The Municipal art gallery is one location worth visiting; it has a good range of paintings, sculptures, and ceramics. Every time a new exhibit is on display, they host a great event.
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The Marbella Bonsai Museum should also not be missed. This bonsai garden is rated the best collection of bonsai trees in all of Europe. This museum also holds the “Pinsapo” pine tree which is in danger of extinction. Even if you’re undecided about the attraction of mini trees, it’s worth a visit to see this soon to be extinct specimen alone.
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Alternatively, you could immerse yourself in ancient history by visiting the Paleo Christian or Moorish Cemetery which dates back to the fifth century. If you like archaeology, you’ll love visiting this location. Recently, works have been uncovered on the floor of the basilica, and there is a necropolis that surrounds the basilica with more than 18 different types of graves.
Another great day out is in the surrounding pueblos. The Costa del Sol is famous for its little white villages, such as Mijas, Coín and Casares. These are the type of villages that are postcard pretty and really give you a glimpse into the traditional Andalucian way of life. You can get more information on the different places to visit at Andalucia.com.
For those rainy days, go for some fun indoor activities in Marbella
Feel like winding down a bit? There are plenty of fun indoor activities to keep the kids busy while you chill out. A trampoline centre in Marbella can certainly keep them busy or how about Costa Jump? A brand new destination in the San Pedro Poligono. The entire family can challenge themselves to this unique obstacle course.
Another great family outing would be at Fantasy Land. Fantasy Land Parque Infantil is a great place for the kids with lots to enjoy. Outdoors and indoors you will find an unlimited list of fun things to do.
So you see, it doesn’t matter what age you are or where your interests lie, there is something to do for everyone. For more ideas about what to do in Marbella, check out Marbella Family Fun, the perfect site for everything available to families on the Costa del Sol.
The Starlite Festival Marbella – Who’s going to be there?
This year, from 14th July to 20th August, the highly anticipated Starlite Festival in Marbella is set to take place. The Starlite Festival in Marbella is a month long music, fashion, cinema and gourmet event, with an impressive lineup of pop and rock stars from across the globe.
The story behind Starlite Marbella
Since it began in 2010, the Starlite music festival in Marbella seems to get bigger and better and more popular each year. But how did Starlite come to be? What was the basis behind this famous festival?
According to the website, its history is linked to the Starlite Charity Gala; another fantastic event that takes place every year to raise money for a number of causes. The Starlite Gala is hosted by, none other than actor Antonio Banderas. Since the event started in 2010 it has gained a huge following and continues to be an incredible success today. It is the main charity gala in Spain, and the one night each year, when celebrities are guaranteed to come out in force to show their generosity and philanthropy.
This August, the Starlite Gala will be celebrating its seventh year in Spain.
“All the funds raised during the Starlite Gala go to Fundación Niños en Alegría and to Lágrimas y Favores, which was founded by Antonio Banderas. Funds are then channelled to Cáritas, Cudeca, Fundación Corinto, scholarships to Universidad de Málaga, Banco de Alimentos and more.”
Starlite Music Festival
The music festival itself has an interesting history as well. It was thirty years ago when Prince Alfonso Von Hohenlohe (the founder of the Marbella Club Hotel), Julio Iglesias and tenor Placido Domingo came together to create what has grown into one of the world’s most popular music festivals.
Each year, more and more singers, famous DJ’s and international rock and pop stars are keen to participate in the month long festival. This year’s lineup is even more impressive, with legendary international artists already confirmed to take centre stage.
The list so far this year is looking great and many more music stars are expected to confirm. Here’s the playlist as it stands:
- 14th July – Juan Magan – The King of the Electro-latino
- 16th July – The legendary Robert Plant
- 22nd July – Queen will perform a tribute to Freddie Mercury
- 24th July – Carlos Santana, one of the best guitarist of all time will grace the stage.
- 29th July – Charles Aznavour the “Ambassador of the French Song” work his magic.
- 1st August – Welsh heartthrob, Tom Jones will belt out his old classics.
- 2nd August – The famous Spanish (Seville) band Siempre Asi will perform.
- 3rd August – IL DIVO will likely be melting your hearts.
- 4th August – Performing for the first time at Starlite on August 4th is Spanish musical genius José Luis Perales.
- 5th August – Four of the greatest stars in Spanish music will reunite on stage: Ana Belén, Joan Manuel Serrat, Miguel Ríos and Víctor Manuel.
- 8th August – Spanish pop sensation Malu takes to the stage.
- 9th August – Alejandro Sanz will perform
- 10th August – Bertin Osborne will perform.
- 12th August -3 en Rock will take to the stage.
- 14th August – Starlite will transform into a theatrical stage with AIHUA, Cirque du Sens.
- 18th August -Features Noche Movida.
For more information on the latest acts and events, tickets, opening times, directions and much more, please visit the Starlite website.
The foreign demand for property on the Costa del Sol is still going strong according to recent reports. The latest Spanish property market figures from the Property Registrars are showing a steady uptick in the purchase of properties made by foreigners. The numbers are astonishing, as the demand for Spanish property increased by 16.4 percent.
In the final quarter of 2015, the foreign demand for Spanish properties was recorded at slightly over 14 percent. We are now in the first quarter of 2016, and it is being reported that foreign property buyers account for 13 percent; with still three more quarters to go, we can expect another surge of property buyers in Marbella.
Who’s Buying Property in Marbella?
Now going on its fourth consecutive year, the British are the biggest group of foreign buyers of Spanish property. It was in fact buyers from the UK that increased the most, and year after year with a whopping 44 per cent – the prospect of ‘Brexit’ and weaker sterling hasn’t affected demand. Following closely behind are buyers from Sweden- who were up 34 per cent – then from China, who increased by 18 per cent.
When we break down the numbers even further, the figures are extremely impressive. Over 69,000 properties were bought in Spain by foreigners either looking to relocate, retire or buying property in Marbella as a holiday home. Many have also opted for the investment opportunity to take advantage of the growing tourism in Malaga province.
A total of 14,398 properties were sold right here on the Costa del Sol in 2015. The British by far dominate, and has become one of the fastest growing markets for Spanish property buyers. In 2013 for example, the first quarter showed us how UK demand suddenly sprung back to life. But what makes Marbella property so appealing to foreign investors?
Why do Foreign Buyers Choose Costa del Sol Property for Sale?
Buying a property on the Costa del Sol, and particularly Marbella properties has become the popular choice for UK buyers for a few great reasons. Many UK residents flock to the Costa del Sol each year during holidays and can’t help but fall in love with the area. Southern Spain is world renowned as a must-do sunshine destination and each year Andalucia attracts millions of tourists.
UK buyers choose Marbella mostly for a second home. This quite often eventually turns into permanent residence. When it comes to British property buyers, and looking back at statistics, a very noticeable trend begins to take shape. First they choose the Costa del Sol as their main holiday destination, returning year after year; then they start seeking out properties for sale on the Costa del Sol; take the plunge and purchase a holiday home, then eventually retire here and become a permanent resident.
The country has a pleasant, healthy climate and in recent years the city of Marbella has put in some serious effort into increasing tourism and residents alike. Spain now derives more of its foreign income from tourists than any other country in Europe. Now is the best time to buy property in Spain.
The Marbella property selection is too good to ignore. If you act now you can still buy a villa by the beach for a reasonable price. Or how about a
holiday home in Puerto Duquesa, a golf apartment in Benalmadena or one of the high quality off-plan properties in Marbella?
The best part is there are no restrictions on buying property in Spain, whether it’s commercial, residential or a plot of land. In fact, Spain encourages investment by foreigners, both resident and non-resident.
Get in touch with Bromley today for any of your property buying needs.