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.
Holy Week or Semana Santa, in Andalucia is an event that every year literally transforms towns and cities across the region. Processions of elaborately decorated floats with Jesus and Mary statues, groups of Nazarenos (penitents) and brass bands walk slowly through the streets, from their local church to the cathedral and back.
Parades start on Sunday 25 March and run through to Easter Sunday with Malaga and Seville having some of the biggest and boldest celebrations. If you have never been in the area at this time of year, it is an amazing experience, and a great time to visit. Yes, cities and towns will be very busy but like any great experience it is well worth it even if you do have to wait a little longer for a table at your favourite restaurant. You will never see anything like it!
As the start of Spring too it is the perfect time to get away from it all and relax whether you are coming for a golfing break with friends or a shopping or culture trip. In Malaga, you can combine all of these and more. With museums and art galleries aplenty being the birth place of Picasso, Malaga has something for all tastes.
Spring time in Spain is truly delightful – you can enjoy every aspect of outdoor living with a lovely climate that doesn’t get too hot. Beaches are quieter and the love of outdoor life shows as more keen cyclists, joggers and walkers head out for fresh air. Tapas at a beach side chiringuito is a guilty pleasure as the first throng of warmth means balmy and comfortable temperatures.
Perfect golf weather or indeed just the right time to get out onto the water with a boat charter or trip. In certain spots along the coastline you can even see dolphins!
So, if you are tempted by the sound of this, book those flights and hotels. Living here it is easy to just drive around the coast and stop at the place that attracts you the most.
Spain offers culture by the bucket load, from Renaissance palaces to fine art museums, there’s enough here to keep even the most impassioned culture vulture occupied for a lifetime. Whether you’re looking for a pleasant interlude on a beach holiday in Spain or a whistle-stop tour of the Spanish art scene, put these destinations on your wish list in 2018.
The Prado Museum, Madrid: Immerse yourself in the elegance of art’s classical era with the ultimate permanent exhibition of old masters. The gems displayed at the Prado include works by El Greco, Rapheal and Rubens, as well as Goya and Velasquez. This sparkling mix of painting and sculpture are the aesthete’s dream – and if you’re looking for a bumper dose of culture you can buy a discount ticket that also includes entry to the nearby Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and Reina Sofia Arts Centre.
The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao:You could spend half an hour admiring this building without even venturing inside it, thanks to the architectural genius of Frank Gehry. The Basque Guggenheim is hard to describe without seeing it for yourself, but think a futuristic collision of spaceport and titanium ocean liner and you won’t be far off. Inside, a series of eclectic galleries displays one of the world’s greatest collections of modern art. There are also plenty of interactive exhibitions, so it’s a great place to take family of all ages.
The Alhambra Palace, Granada: If your taste in architecture trends towards the ancient rather than the modern then Granada’s glorious Moorish palace will give your heart strings a good thrum. It’s one of the most beautiful Arabian palaces in existence, and the design blends the grandeur of a sultan’s residence with the impregnability of a fortress. Time your visit to coincide with the annual International Festival of Music and Dance, which takes place within the palace walls and features some of the world’s top orchestras. It’s also possible to stay within the grounds in the Parador Hotel – although you’ll have to book several months in advance to secure a room.
The City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia: If one museum isn’t enough to sate your interest in art, then how about a whole city packed with museums and galleries? Valencia’s City of Arts and Science is packed with buildings dedicated to art and entertainment, including the Principe Felipe Science Museum and the Palau de les Arts, Valencia’s opera house. There are also plenty of less serious attractions for kids and easier-going culture vultures – check out the beautiful aquarium at L’Oceanografic Park and the Planetarium at L’Hemisferic. As the birthplace of paella too, you need to try one of the beachfront restaurants providing this traditional cuisine,
Malaga is an ever-developing city with millions spent by the council over the last ten years to enhance the cultural aspects of the city, it now rivals Barcelona and Madrid in terms of arty experience. The city boasts over thirty museums and has a multitude of galleries and exhibitions, ideal for a rainy day or just for something a little different.
Any trip to Malaga is best done when the streets are calmer so September and October are perfect for exploring. Here we look at five of our favourite cultural delights.
- The Picasso Museum – Spread over twelve halls, the permanent exhibition includes numerous classic and famed paintings and is a lovely collection for novices, while aficionados will find enough to keep them engaged long after the visit. Beyond the artist’s more recognisable paintings, and pieces from his various stylistic periods, the permanent collection houses sketches, sculptures and ceramics. Three more temporary exhibit rooms round out the experience.
- The Malaga Museum – Housing some 15,000 archaeological artefacts and more than 2,000 fine arts pieces, this comprehensive museum charts the city’s history from Prehistoric times up to modern day. There’s a rich collection of 19th century Spanish art, including all of the most important painters of the local Malaga school.
- The Carmen Thyssen Museum – Comprising hundreds of works from the personal collection of Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, highlighting the various genres of 19th century Spanish art, from Francisco de Goya to Pablo Picasso. Included is a cannon of the most famous of Andalusian artists, such as Malaga’s own Felix Revello de Toro The Thyssen museum has been a must-see destination for lovers of Andalusian art since its opening in 2011.
- The Flamenco Art Museum – Flamenco art runs deep in Andalusian veins and Malaga itself has an important historical relationship with the art form, in fact, the museum is one of the most important of its kind in all of Spain. The Flamenco Museum of Malaga houses a gathering of more than 5000 pieces, half of those comprising a historical collection of recordings dating to the 19th century, along with centuries old guitars, traditional garb representing the various Flamenco forms and Flamenco inspired art and photography.
- The Contemporary Art Museum – 400 or so permanent works prominently feature some of the most memorable artists of the late 20th century with a focus on North American artists such as Lichtenstein and Stella. Expect quirky works here, and once you’ve had your fill, head into Malaga’s up and coming, artsy SOHO district characterised by its lively café culture.
For all of us that live locally or have holiday homes here Starlite is one of the many fabulous reasons that we do. This glamorous musical event spans across the summer months in Marbella and features some truly phenomenal world renowned and national Spanish artists.
What is Starlite?
It was six years ago, Starlite founders Sandra García-Sanjuán and her husband Ignacio Maluquer, discovered Nagüeles quarry in the heart of the mountains of Málaga. They knew they had found the perfect place to start the Starlite adventure, and began to transform this natural Amphitheatre into the ideal place to bring together the cream of music, spectacle and entertainment, which the public can enjoy over 45 days in summer.
Every year Starlite is becoming a bigger and better multinational feast of the senses. Now in its 6th year in Marbella and 2nd in Mexico. The event allows you mix and match your tastes in music with international and national talent blended for the perfect cocktail of auditory pleasure.
The 2017 line up so far
14/7 Juan Magan
16/7 Sebastian Yatra
16/7 Art Garfunkel
18/7 Juan Luis Guerra
19/7 Anna Netrobko & Yusif Eyvazov
20/7 Elton John
21/7 Manuel Carrasco
22/7 Pancho Cespedes and Pablo Milanes
25/7 Piso 21
25/7 The Bootleg Beatles
27/7 Mikel Erentxun
29/7 Antonio Jose
30/7 Disney in Concert
31/7 Carlos Vives
1/8 Joaquin Sabina
2/8 Luis Fonsi
4/8 Miguel Bose
5/8 The Cranberries
8/8 Ainhoa Arteta
9/8 Ana Torroja
10/8 Eros Ramazzotti
11/8 Dani Martin
12/8 Nina Pastori & Antonio Carmona
15/8 Andrea Bocelli
16/8 Ben Harper
18/8 Noche Movida
22/8 Mago Pop
24/8 Jason Derulo
25/8 Manuel Carrasco
There literally is something to appeal to every musical taste. Of all the fantastic events dotted around the region throughout the year Starlite is one to look forward to. Book your tickets in advance to make sure you don’t miss your favourite act. Over and above these shows there is a gourmet area and a restaurant where you can dine under the stars. Just another reason to love Marbella.
Imagine a fantastic evening of fine dining and dancing under the star then heading back to your own slice of home in Marbella. We have some truly enticing properties and one might just be your dream home so contact one of our team today on 34 952 939 460 .
Semana Santa is one of the best times to be in Spain as the festivities held around Andalucia are breath-taking. It is a brightly coloured celebration of Spain’s culture and religion, it also heralds the start of Spring in this part of the world when those chiringuitos open and life flows into the coastal resorts after winter.
Semana Santa is a magical time in Spain and one of the most lavish and exuberant celebrations of the many fiestas held throughout the year. The nazarenos in the parade cover their faces in shame and mourning for the sins committed throughout the year. Clowns and criminals are a manifestation of this shame and the residents behind those costumes are upholding a religious tradition that is an amazing sight to behold.
There are parades and festivities during holy week in most towns across the region, but the most popular places to see Semana Santa parades are Sevilla and Malaga. If you have never been in Spain during these festivities then put it on your to do list. It certainly is an experience you’ll never forget with thousands of people celebrating in the streets.
Spring on the Costa del Sol is simply beautiful. Warmth emanates throughout the day and into the early evening, nights become lighter and more lively and bars and restaurants become fuller particularly at weekends. Coastal resorts like Marbella, Estepona, Calahonda, Benalmadena and Mijas get a new breath of life into every aspect of them as holiday makers start the season. Beaches start to see swathes of people flocking to enjoy the balmy weather. This is the real Spain full of sunshine, laughter and outdoor living.
There are some truly amazing golf courses dotted around the Costa del Sol and although they attract players throughout the year these wonderful international hubs for fun and networking kick up a notch as Spring arrives.
Here in the property market new developments are being launched every week as interest in Spain rises nationalities and in particular British. Such are the range of properties available that you can find anything from a small holiday home on a prime golf course, a frontline beach property or a top of the range luxury villa as a main or second home in Spain. Whether you are looking for an investment property or a new life in sunny Spain our team can help you find the home of your dreams.