Costa del Sol: A Haven for Lovers of Sports & Outdoor Pursuits
It is no surprise that football has dominated the second half of the 20th century in Spain what with Atlético Madrid's Europa League win in 2010 and 2012, FC Barcelona's European success in 2006, 2009 and 2011 and Spain bringing home Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 trophies. If you wanted to go to watch a football match the Estadio La Rosaleda football stadium in Málaga City is the home stadium of Málaga CF in Primera División.
The Costa del Sol’s fantastic year long warm climate lends itself to many beach activities such as volleyball, water skiing and paragliding. Over the past year or so there has been an influx of sea based assault courses popping up along the coast. This provides children (and adults alike) the chance to climb, slide and swim their way around the course in the middle of the sea- a great way to cool off on a hot summer’s day!
Another new ‘sporting’ activity to appear on the Coast is Aventura Amazonia. An open-air assault course within the pine trees in Elviria, West of Marbella; a collection of bridges, zip-wires and ladders lead you through the pine forest at dizzy heights. It is not for the faint hearted but it does make for a great family day out.
A sport that you probably would associate with Spain is golf! Andalucia is one of Europe’s foremost golfing destinations home to over 100 courses. The guarantee of warm weather and spectacular courses with sea or mountain views makes the region very popular against golfers who visit the courses from all over the world. There are 60 golf courses stretching from Malaga to Sotogrande and more than 10 of these are based near the centre of Marbella. See our golf page for more information.
You may not instantly think of snow or indeed skiing when you think of Spain but it is the second most mountainous country in Europe. There are 36 top-notch ski resorts in Spain and The Sierra Nevada, meaning ‘snowy range’ in Spanish, mountain range is roughly 2 and a half hours away from Marbella. It is a popular tourist destination; its high peaks make skiing possible in an area along the Mediterranean Sea predominantly known for its warm temperatures and abundant sunshine.