The Costa del Sol in Southern Spain, has been a popular holiday destination for millions of tourists since the 1960’s.
With it’s thriving nightlife, miles of beautiful sandy beaches, sporting activities, diverse culture and delicious cuisine, it’s easy to see why so many people of all ages return here each year.
In addition to all of the above, the Costa del Sol has become the ‘go-to’ destination for golfers looking to enjoy teeing off at some of the best courses the region has to offer.
Below we have listed five reasons why we feel a Costa del Sol golfing holiday is one you must experience for yourself.
The Costa del Sol has a sub-tropical climate with over 300 days of glorious sunshine each year. The region has an average annual temperature of around 24c with very minimal rainfall, allowing golfers to enjoy playing the Spanish courses almost all year round.
In our opinion though, it’s best to try and avoid playing during the months of July and August. This is because temperatures often reach 40c, making it very uncomfortable for you to enjoy a round of golf.
Spring and Autumn are by far the best and most popular months to enjoy a round or two of golf on the Costa del Sol.
Golfing holidays don’t need to stop when you finish your round. The Costa del Sol has many golf resorts where you can enjoy some relaxation and pampering in one of it’s many luxury spas and leisure resorts.
La Cala Golf Hotel Spa: This four-star resort has three championship golf courses, Spain’s leading Hydrotherapy Health Spa, sports facilities, four restaurants and several bars for you to enjoy during your stay.
Finca Cortesin: A five-star resort with a championship golf course, two outdoor swimming pools, seasonal beach club with an infinity pool, restaurant and bar, an additional four restaurants, a luxurious spa offering the very best Thai treatments, tennis court and padel tennis court.
La Quinta Golf Resort and Spa: Five-star resort with 27 hole golf course, 24hr gym, two swimming pools, two restaurants, a seasonal poolside bar and a relaxing spa with fitness classes.
The Costa del Sol has so many high quality golf courses that it has been dubbed the ‘Costa del Golf’ by the many thousands of players who come here to play golf each year.
Attracting around one million golfers annually, the Costa del Sol offers no less than 70 golf courses to test every aspect of your golfing prowess and is why it remains to be one of Europe’s premier golfing destinations.
As the Costa del Sol is under three hours by air from the United Kingdom and other European countries, it is a popular choice for those who do not wish to travel long-haul in order to play championship standard courses.
The great thing about the Costa del Sol is that there are so many golf courses to choose from. If you elect to arrange a golf holiday in Spain via a reputable spanish golf tour operator, it’s common that your tee-times and rounds will be included as a part of the package.
This often means that transportation to and from the courses is also provided and in some cases golf club hire also thrown in. This gives golfers the added convenience of not having to arrange transportation to the courses themselves and also saves money on airline luggage fees often associated with traveling with sports equipment.
So what are the top courses to play?
Below we list some of the best courses to experience while visiting the Costa del Sol.
- Finca Cortesin
- Torrequebrada Golf
- Mijas Golf
- Santana Golf
- Rio Real Golf
- Santa Maria
- Santa Clara
- Marbella Golf & Country Club
- Lauro Golf
The Costa del Sol coastline has some of the most stunning beaches for you to enjoy. No matter if a day at the beach means relaxing with a book, having a swim in the sea or jumping on a jet ski for some excitement, the golden beaches of southern Spain have it all.
Torrevigia (Benalmadena) – This blue flag beach is guarded by an ancient tower and is one of the quietest in the area.
It is sheltered between two holiday apartment complexes overlooking the sea and has plenty of facilities for families, including sunbeds and parasols and it is surrounded by many eateries.
Fuente de la Salud (Benalmadena) – 150 metres long and 80 metres wide, this blue flag beach is one of the busiest beaches in the area, thanks to its sailing club and the number of water sports on offer.
Car parking, disabled access, cafeteria and restaurant, hammock, sunbed and parasol hire, public toilets and showers are also available.
Take some time out from your sunbathing and take a stroll along the promenade to enjoy looking at the eye-catching sand sculptures that are created daily by the talented street artists.
Torre Bermeja-Santa Ana (Benalmadena) – Separated by a man-made wall, the beaches of Torre Bermeja and Santa Ana have both been awarded the blue flag.
Both of these beaches are ideal for all of the family. Boats and jet skis can be rented out, football can be played on the beach’s football pitch, children can enjoy the play area, sunbeds and sun shades are available and there are several beach bars and restaurants to choose from. Public toilets, showers, car parking and the Red Cross are also present.
Playa La Cala de Mijas (Mijas Costa) – 35 metres wide and 2,000 metres long, this semi- urban beach has disabled access as well as plenty of good beach bars and restaurants for you to enjoy.
Beach beds and parasols are available to hire and public toilets, showers and changing facilities are located at various points along the beach. During the summer season, a life-guard is on hand and watersports equipment is available to hire out.
Calahonda (Mijas Costa) – The longest of the Mijas Costa beaches at over 4,500 meters long and 25 meters wide, Calahonda beach is a very popular beach, with ramp access, many beach bars and lots of activity.
Calahonda is a blue flag beach so is great for families, scuba divers and fisherman alike.
Sunbeds and parasols are available to hire and there are a great selection of lively beach bars for refreshments and entertainment. But don’t worry of its peace and quiet you are looking for as there are quieter corners for you to sneak off to.
Cabopino (Marbella) – Another popular family beach that has everything you need for a great day out.
Sunbeds and parasols are available to hire and pedalos, boats and jet skis can also be rented out.
Cabopino also has many bars, restaurants and chiringuitos for you to sample with many of them offering showers and toilets.
One chiringuito that is extremely popular is Andy’s beach bar, it is child friendly and offers a variety of Spanish and International dishes that are all very tasty and reasonably priced.
Nightlife and Entertainment
After spending the day on the golf course you will probably want to go out for the evening. Whether it be for a meal, a drink or maybe going to a nightclub, every town on the Costa del Sol has something to offer after dark.
Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Marbella come alive in the evening with bars, restaurants and nightclubs a plenty, you will always find somewhere to go.
Nightlife in the thriving resort of Benalmadena Costa is primarily on the coast road, with a strip full of bars and restaurants and the aptly named 24-hour square where you will find most of the larger and more raucous nightclubs and bars.
For a slightly different vibe, head to the Marina where you will find more restaurants, bars and clubs including an Ice bar and a Caribbean bar.
Fuengirola is one of the most popular holiday destinations on the Costa del Sol partly due to its lively nightlife which continues until dawn. Again the main nightlife hub, where you will find English pubs, Irish bars, Spanish bars, clubs and restaurants to name a few, is located on the coast road and in the port.
The glitz and glamour of Marbella nightlife sees many a party goer head to exclusive venues located in Puerto Banus and the Golden Mile.
The Puerto Banus main strip of town is where you will find the main bars and nightclubs. But if you head to Marbella port, the promenade area and the Old Town of Marbella you can enjoy the many Lounge bars, Cocktail bars and some of the more International Pubs.