The south of Spain is famous for its climate - 325 days of sunshine per year and average temperatures that rarely drop below double digits. During the summer months, the Costa del Sol can see temperatures between 30 and 40 degrees celsius, which, combined with heaving tourism and traffic jams can get tiresome. When September rolls around, temperatures drop to ideal levels, mild but still warm 20-25 degrees celsius. Perfect for morning walks in the campo, lunches on the beach and strolls around the many charming towns dotted along the coast.
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’. Autumn is the most beautiful time of year to visit and enjoy one of the 70 golf courses that 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.
3. Food & Wine
Fresh produce like fish, meat and vegetables is bountiful in the south of Spain and there is an abundance of cafes, tapas bars and restaurants on the coast that serve 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. Marbella is also now home to its very own Nobu, a world renowned restaurant chain founded by top Japanese chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa.
4. Health & Fitness
The Costa del Sol is nestled between the sprawling Mediterranean and mountainous Spanish countryside that offers a wealth of ways to stay active year-round whether that means enjoying long walks or bike rides along the paseo on the beach or hiking along the many trails in the 'campo'. The Costa del Sol is also home to a wide variety of reputable health and fitness centres to suit a variety of needs, including Crossfit, Yoga, Pilates and Dance centres.
5. Day Trips
Visitors and residents living along the Mediterranean coastline benefit from a wealth of places to go and see within the area itself, but are also only within 1-3 hours from a number of other beautiful Spanish towns and cities that are renowned the world over. With regulating temperatures and tourist levels, day-trips are best enjoyed during Autumn, and Granada, Ronda, Sevilla and Nerja are among the top four world-famous Spanish destinations that are within easy reach of the Costa del Sol, and offer a plethora of cultural wonders.
Thousands of people purchase property in the region every year and choose the Costa del Sol as their new permanent home or holiday home because of the uniquely carefree, luxurious and healthy lifestyle that southern Spain offers. You too can escape colder climates and relocate to a laid-back sunny nirvana with a cosmopolitan mix of nationalities, whilst enjoying an affordable and unrivalled European paradise.