Holidays on the Costa del Sol are just as popular as ever; the seaside Spanish holiday destination offers the perfect combo of sun, sea and sand. So here at CLC World, we put together 10 great reasons to visit… if you needed one in the first place!
1) Soak up the sun
With 300+ days of sunshine a year there’s hundreds of reasons to make the Costa del Sol your next holiday destination, so dust off your favourite pair of shades, break out the sun cream and head for one of the beautiful beaches that line the coast. And while November tends to be the wettest month, winters are usually quite mild and daytime temperatures are perfect for many activities; including golf, sightseeing and even watching the world go by at an outdoor café.
2) Life’s a beach
Stretching 160km of pristine coastline there are so many beaches for you to explore along the Costa del Sol. Whether you’re idea of a heavenly beach day is lazing on golden sands, sipping a cocktail in a beachside bar or taking a dip in crystal blue waters; you can guarantee you’ll find your perfect beach spot on the coast.
Nearby Fuengirola boasts 7km of golden beaches and with most of them being awarded Blue Flag status for cleanliness and amenities they’re waiting for you to visit.
3) Tasty tapas treats
Food, glorious food and we mean it. The Costa del Sol is a gastronomer’s paradise! Experience taste sensations from platters of shiny, succulent seafood and soft folds of melt-in-the-mouth Bellota ham to golden fresh-pressed olive oil, heaps of salad… we could go on. There are restaurants for all types of cuisine, but with Spanish food experiencing a creative renaissance, be sure to try tasty tapas: traditional, modern and fresh.
4) Adrenaline junkie
Take a walk on the wild side and explore a different side to the Costa del Sol. Experience horse riding in the foothills, quad biking along dry river beds, canyoning, parasailing, diving and sailing even skiing and snowboarding in Sierra Nevada! (Jan-Mar) Almost any adventure activity you can think of you will find it on the Costa del Sol; and if you’ve never tried adrenalin sports, now could be the time to experience the thrills.
5) Culture vulture
Feast on culture. A day in the city of Malaga can be filled visiting a variety of museums and galleries (this is after all the birthplace of Picasso!). Impressive architecture and ancient remains surround the main pedestrian shopping street in the historic Old Town, with its labyrinth of independent shops, churches, Arab baths and dozens of bars and places to eat. Pop over to the new marina for modern restaurants, fashion and spectacular views.
6) Fiesta, fiesta!
Fairs, carnivals, parties and fiestas… the Spanish love them and welcome all to join them in their much observed tradition of celebration. Every city, town and village has a calendar of events and even when the mood turns sombre, as in the Holy Week (Semana Santa) parades, the experience is awe-inspiring and incredibly moving. But if you like noise, colour and all the fun of the fair, then check out the feria dates and locations dotted along the Costa del Sol.
7) Night time revels
Embrace the fabled beach clubs and celebrity-haunt nightclubs of Marbella and Puerto Banus. Expensive yes, but the fun of it can be fantastic.
Less cash to splash? The coast has a variety of venues, pubs, clubs and discos to suit all party-goers. Night time revellers can play until dawn, and sleep it off on a sun bed the next day!
8) Spanish souvenirs
Whether it’s souvenirs, Spanish fashions, jewellery or other chic market items, the coast’s shopping streets and lively markets – food, antiques, clothes and car boots – let you take back something traditional you won’t find at home. Or maybe you want to stock up at any of the High St fashion chains such as Zara or Mango, or find quality Spanish made leather shoes and handbags.
9) Costa del Golf
Among Europe’s top golfing destinations, the Costa del Sol now boasts around 60 superb courses designed to offer something for golfers of all abilities. Every year, thousands of golfers head for the warm, southerly climate of the Costa del Sol. High season for golf here is from late September through to early May, when the temperatures are ideal for playing. Visitors are welcome virtually everywhere and most courses are easily accessible within just an hour’s drive of CLC Club La Costa World.
10) Explore Andalucia
Step back in time on a visit to quintessential mountain villages in the picturesque Andalucian countryside, with its castles, orchards, olive and almond groves. Be prepared for life to be conducted at a much slower pace and for stunning wide-ranging views that stretch along the coast and sometimes out as far as Morocco. Bliss!
11) OK, we lied…
Yes we know we said 10 great reasons, but we’d like to remind you that you can access all of the above with a hire car, and many by using local transport – we have a brilliant programme of sightseeing excursions too – while staying at CLC Club La Costa World. Our resort is ideally situated on the coast right in the middle between eclectic Malaga and chic Marbella/Puerto Banus, you’re also a short walk or cab ride to the lively beach town of Fuengirola.