There are any number of reasons one may choose to come and start a new life in the sun on the Costa del Sol; work, retirement, change of scene, change of climate or perhaps even for health reasons. Whatever your own personal reasons it’s inevitable that you will find yourself with time on your hands, and for most people considerably more time than you would have enjoyed before you made the move to Spain. Now, we all know the obvious draw of the Costa del Sol is the abundant sunshine, warm days, sandy beaches and the beautiful Med coupled with the laid back vibe and beautiful restaurants, but as with anything you can get too much of a good thing, and sooner or later you will inevitably find yourself looking for other distractions to occupy your time. So what is on offer here on the coast? You may be surprised…..
In an earlier blog I have covered this on the Costa del Golf, but I couldn’t not include it. With such a vast array of courses to choose from it is hardly surprising that this is the number 1 pastime, away from the beach of course, that the coast has to offer. While the summer months sees the courses fairly quiet, and unsurprisingly offering their best value for money, the Autumn/Winter/Spring months is where the golfing season really gets into full swing (pun intended!). There really is something for everyone, regardless of ability or budget, and with an increasing number of quality teaching facilities gracing these shores there will never be a better time to jump in and see what this demanding and challenging sport is all about. You may just find yourself hooked!
Welcome to one of the most scenic areas in Europe! Most people associate the Costa del Sol with beaches and sunshine, and not surprisingly so. For those who are taking their annual 2/3 week break here then of course that is exactly what they come for; a chance to unwind, recharge and spend those hard earned euros. But for those spending more time here there is a vast array of places to visit. From the beautiful and historical Alhambra Palace in Granada (https://www.alhambra.org/en/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIp-rQ59b12QIVhxXTCh2nDw52EAAYAiAAEgLhRfD_BwE) to the magnificent Puente Nuevo in nearby Ronda, first declared a city by Julius Caesar no less (https://www.spain-holiday.com/Ronda/articles/the-12-things-you-must-see-when-visiting-ronda), the list really is endless. The key is to drag yourself away from the coast if you possibly can. Venture inland and a whole new experience awaits you. Beautiful villages nestled in the foothills of towering mountains are just waiting to be explored each with a plethora of interesting sites to visit, not to mention the tapas bars that you will find it hard to spend your money in!! Without doubt one of the jewels in the crown of this fascinating region, and surely one of the most underrated cities in the whole of the Iberian peninsular, is Malaga itself (https://www.lonelyplanet.com/spain/andalucia/malaga). This vibrant and beautiful city is an absolute joy to explore from it’s historic castle and magnificent churches through to its bustling modern port, home to many visiting cruise liners and super yachts.
Surrounding Malaga city is the stunning Montes de Malaga Nature Park (http://www.juntadeandalucia.
The park is dominated by Aleppo pines, which were planted in the Río Guadalmedina river basin by Malaga city council in a concerted reforestation campaign, from 1930 until 1950, in an attempt to prevent the disastrous flash floods that had plagued Malaga for centuries. The park is rich in flora and fauna, with species of 400 plants, 90 birds, 27 mammals, 19 reptiles and eight amphibians being recorded here. Its hills range from 80m to just over 1,000m above sea level. This area is very popular with walkers and is a birdwatchers paradise, with species such as booted eagles, short-toed eagles, buzzards and goshawks regularly seen, all of which breed here.
Hard as it is to imagine but just a short drive from the centre of Malaga you will find the Sierra Nevada Ski and Mountains resort (http://sierranevada.es/en/). Sierra Nevada is Europe’s most southerly ski resort and sits on the same latitude as Cyprus. It offers one of Europe’s longest ski seasons, usually starting in late November and running until early May. The resort is heralded as being Europe’s sunniest, enjoying over 80% days of sunshine during the season. The area boasts 15 ski schools and over 400 registered teachers, so there’s no excuse!!
Other stuff to do
These are just a sample of what is on the doorstep ready for you to explore and immerse yourself in. However there are so many more opportunities for those living here and the following list which, while no means exhaustive, will give you the security to know that there really is no reason to get bored:
- Book clubs
- Photographic societies
- Coffee mornings
- Social groups
- Ladies lunches
- Charity events
- Rambling societies
- Tennis & Padel tennis clubs
So, if it’s something you already have an interest in or something that’s been on your “bucket list” for some time, the only thing stopping you is you! Come and have fun.