COSTA DEL SOL LIFESTYLE

LIVING ON THE COSTA DEL SOL

Who wouldn’t want to live somewhere where the sun shines an average of 320 days a year, property prices are much cheaper than most other countries, siestas are part of the daily routine and the cuisine, culture and lifestyle is world-famous?

Imagine this: It’s a Sunday morning. You wake up to the sun shining into the bedroom of your beach-front home that didn’t cost and arm and a leg like in some other countries.

After a leisurely walk along the shore of the beautiful beach just two minutes away taking in the morning breeze and the sound of the waves, you settle down on your terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea for a delicious breakfast of still-warm-from-the-oven bread from the bakery you passed on your way back and freshly-brewed coffee that smells heavenly, and then head out for a round or two of golf. For lunch, you pop down to the bustling
beach chiringuito for an ice cold beer and a plate of seafood caught by local fishermen just that morning and then head to the golden, sandy beach to bask in the Mediterranean sunshine.

Late afternoon arrives and it’s time for a relaxing siesta by the pool. Later on, you watch the sun go down and turn into a breathtaking sunset from your kitchen whilst making the new mouth-watering paella recipe you just learnt, out of fresh ingredients from the Saturday morning farmers market you visited the day before.

Finally, you decide between reading a book on the terrace during this warm evening or going out and enjoying the lively night life in town.Have we convinced you yet?

MALAGA CITY

Málaga used to be known as the “gateway” to the Costa del Sol, but nowadays it really is the perfect city for a weekend getaway. From backstreet tapas bars where you can sample all the best Spanish cuisine to the famous Pablo Picasso museum, you will no doubt find yourself planning a packed itinerary to see as much as posible during your stay here.

Just a few of the must-see spots in Málaga are:The catedral, known as “La Manquita” (The one-armed woman) due to the fact that a second tower was promised but never actually built!

 Calle Larios, Málaga’s main street filled with designer shops and stunning light displays if you’re visiting during the holiday season or carnaval.

The Mercado Central, where you can not only shop for fresh produce but also grab some food from one of the many stalls in this indoor market located in the heart of the city.

 Plaza de la Merced. Grab a drink and watch the Spaniards go about their daily life in this beautiful plaza. The Picasso Museum and the Pompidou. These museums are a great way to get out of the Summer heat if you are visiting during the warmer months and will surely have a piece of stunning artwork to suit any and all artistic tastes.

 The Alcazaba castle and Parador Gibralfaro lookout point. Located on the East side of the city, the castle is a hallmark of Málaga’s Moorish past. Make sure you climb the hill to the lookout point for more panoramic views of the city and don’t miss the Roman Amphitheatre located below the Alcazaba.

MARBELLA

Located on the western side of the Costa del Sol, Marbella is world-renowed for it’s glamour and luxury making it a popular holiday destination for the rich and famous.

Although quite a new area compared to other areas of Spain’s Sunshine Coast, Marbella does have its historical areas and isn’t just for the extravagant traveller.

From visiting the luxurious Puerto Banús marina and being in awe of the multi-million Euro boats moored there to strolling through the Old Town, you will have plenty to see and do.We would recommend renting a car and driving around the area, as the Marbella region has plently of beautiful beaches and activities to do but that ar located slightly out of town.

Visit the popular Cabopino beach and have lunch in the chiringuito or maybe play a round or two of golf at one of the dozens of golf courses, and then relax in the evening light whilst watching the sun go down from a sea-front bar. Don’t feel like driving? There’s plenty to do in town, from museums to churches to farmers markets.Málaga city is just over 50 kilometres away and makes for the perfect day trip.

Make sure you sample as much of Spain’s delicious food and drink as you can such as prawn pil pil and the sangría, and see a flamenco show and feel the passion of the dancers moving to the music.

ANDALUSIA'S WHITE VILLAGES

Located on the western side of the Costa del Sol, Marbella is world-renowed for it’s glamour and luxury making it a popular holiday destination for the rich and famous.

Although quite a new area compared to other areas of Spain’s Sunshine Coast,Marbella does have its historical areas and isn’t just for the extravagant traveller.

From visiting the luxurious Puerto Banús marina and being in awe of the multi-million Euro boats moored there to strolling through the Old Town, you will have plenty to see and do.We would recommend renting a car and driving around the area, as the Marbella region has plently of beautiful beaches and activities to do but that ar located slightly out of town.

Visit the popular Cabopino beach and have lunch in the chiringuito or maybe play a round or two of golf at one of the dozens of golf courses, and then relax in the evening light whilst watching the sun go down from a sea-front bar. Don’t feel like driving? There’s plenty to do in town, from museums to churches to farmers markets.Málaga city is just over 50 kilometres away and makes for the perfect day trip.

Make sure you sample as much of Spain’s delicious food and drink as you can such as prawn pil pil and the sangría, and see a flamenco show and feel the passion of the dancers moving to the music.

BENAHAVIS

The municipality of Benahavis is situated at the western end of the Costa del Sol, slightly inland and between Estepona and Marbella.

Benahavis has great connections and is within easy access to national and international connections in Malaga as well as other popular destinations on the Costa del Sol.

The village might be small, but the municipality itself is large. It includes numerous mountain ranges, river valleys and woods, making it one of the most beautiful places on the Costa del Sol.

Home to many Golf Courses and exclusive residences, the natural surroundings combined with a very low build density mean that Benahavis is highly sought-after as somewhere to buy property on the Costa del Sol, particularly among foreigners looking for a haven of peace and quiet within easy reach of Marbella.