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10 Reasons to Live on the Costa del Sol

Climate

The south of Spain is famous for its climate - 325 days of sunshine per year and average temperatures that rarely drop below double digits. Sunshine and warm, bright weather can have dramatic effects on your life and daily routine. Not only does a daily dosage of Vitamin D have links to reduced levels of cancer, stronger bones and generally better health, sunshine gives you higher energy levels and leads to a more active and happier life.

Quality Property

The Costa del Sol is THE best place for properties currently. Prices are still up to 40% below peak-levels and there are still a number of lucrative opportunities to invest in quality property while prices rise. Coastal property prices have reportedly risen by 6.2% over the past 12 months, further fuelling Spain’s recent surge in property sales.

Malaga Airport

Easy and frequent connections to all European countries (even direct flights to New York offered by Norwegian during the summer). The airport is located just 20 mins from Benalmadena and 40 mins from Marbella/Puerto Banus. The airport has a variety of shops, restaurants and last minute opportunities to pick up Spanish delicacies and wine to share with your family and friends abroad.

Excellent Infrastructure

The Costa del Sol has an incredibly sophisticated social infrastructure with a very high standard of healthcare and medical services, an advanced education system (offering a variety of Spanish and International schools), and a developed transportation service that includes train services between Malaga and Fuengirola as well as high speed rail services to Madrid and other parts of Spain. For further information on the Spanish healthcare system, read our 4 Simple Steps to Healthcare in Spain and visit our Domus Recommends page for our list of recommended service providers along the Costa del Sol.

Golf

With mild and dry weather conditions practically all year round and more than 90 golf courses in the region, the Costa del Sol is affectionately known by many as the ‘Costa del Golf’. A total of 70 golf courses are located along the Costa del Sol itself, four of which are ranked amongst the top 10 in Europe, including the Valderrama Golf Club, the San Roque Golf Club, La Reserva and Los Naranjos.

Family on the beach

Tourism

The tourism industry on the Costa del Sol is very established and continuous to flourish, providing excellent rental yields for buy-to-let investors. Malaga airport registered a total of 11.3 million arrivals this year between January and August - Far surpassing last year’s record breaking figure by 1.5 million. Over 2 million passengers arrived in Malaga airport during the month of August alone.

Culture

Andalucía is one of the most treasured cultural centres in Europe with a rich heritage spanning hundreds of years and an incredibly loyal community of people who adore their traditions and rituals. Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas are among some of the regions most famous natives, and there is an abundance of opportunities to engage in world-class music, dance, theatre and art. Citing the city as an important cultural hub, the New York Times even included Malaga as one of the world's top destinations to visit in 2016.

Food

Andalusian food consists of grilled fish, fresh vegetables and virgin olive oil. Fresh produce is bountiful in the south of Spain and there is an abundance of cafes, tapas bars and restaurants serving a wide variety of fresh dishes at all hours of the day, such as these 5 Typically Andalucian Dishes. Because the Costa del Sol is also home to a very large international community, there are plenty of established and newer eateries popping up that specialise in a variety of cuisines, including Indian, Chinese, French and Argentinean, as well as an ever-increasing number of michelin star restaurants and beach bars serving reinvented Mediterranean dishes and fusion Japanese.

International Communities

The Costa del Sol is a colourful melting pot of international communities that co-exist and contribute a large variety of cultural influences and traditions. The region is home to British, Finnish, Swedish, German, Dutch, French and Russian communities to name a few, and there are many institutions that cater to each individual community including schools, churches, healthcare and legal advisors. For advice and assistance before, during and after your house-hunting purchase, get in touch with us today to speak with a Domus Venari property specialist in your language.

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This list is by no means exhaustive and there are many websites that offer a plethora of reasons why the lifestyle on the Costa del Sol is among the best in the world. A recent TripAdvisor article listed 30 Reasons to Love the Costa del Sol and dedicated tourism sites such as Visit Costa del Sol and Andalucia.org offer extensive and updated list of things to do and see.

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