Your ultimate golf trip to Fife: Part two
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Your ultimate golf trip to Fife: Part two
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Offering a fantastic lifestyle for the whole family, a glorious year-round climate and world-renowned golf courses, this beautiful region on Spain’s southern Mediterranean coast is the perfect place to invest in a property.
Occupying 160 km of Spain’s stunning south-eastern coastline, the Costa del Sol combines the spectacular sierras of the Andalusian countryside with the sparkling, clear waters and stunning sandy beaches of the Mediterranean. Along with the cultural sophistication of Malaga, the glamour of Marbella and Puerto Banus, and the historic charm of white Andalusian villages, the region has so much to offer residents lucky enough to own a first or second home here.
And the best thing… all this is easily accessible from all over Europe. Conveniently connected to international airports such as those at Malaga and Gibraltar, the region appeals to holidaymakers and residents alike. From Malaga, major European cities like London, Paris, Rome, Vienna and Copenhagen are a mere 2-4 hours away.
The Costa del Sol lives up to its name, enjoying over 320 days of sunshine each year. July and August are the hottest months in the region, with the average daily temperatures around 31 °C. January is the coldest time of the year, with the average daily temperatures at around 16 °C – still pleasant. So, for those who love outdoor sports, particularly golf, the region offers year-round opportunities to get active, especially during the height of winter when most golf courses in northern Europe are inaccessible.
For both investors and those buying somewhere to live, the property market on the Costa del Sol is surging. While both the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca suffered similar declines during 2020, the recovery in sales on the Costa del Sol has been much more vigorous. The pandemic has helped to stimulate demand at the high-end of the property market, where the Costa del Sol excels, making the region a safe investment from a buyer’s point of view.
There’s also a huge variety of properties to buy, from small villas to larger properties in exclusive communities such as Sotogrande, one of the most prestigious residential communities in Europe, set on the western edge of the Costa del Sol in the picturesque Andalusian hills.
The Costa del Sol has an abundance of residential and lifestyle property options with owners having the option to come and go throughout the year as opposed to one-trip holiday tourism. Following the pandemic, many buyers also have plans to work remotely and are seeking more residential-style properties with more open and relaxing outdoor space, another area where the Costa del Sol has the edge over neighbouring coastal regions.
The Costa del Sol can offer investors a fantastic lifestyle for the whole family. There is something for everyone, with the beautiful weather and gentle lifestyle attracting those looking to retire in the sun, while the huge variety of activities such as abseiling, kite-surfing and watersports make the region appealing to younger generations. And the fantastic beach clubs and food culture, from great street food and tapas bars to Michelin-starred dining, caters for all tastes.
The region also has state-of-the-art hospitals and health clinics and a variety of high quality international schools with links to some of the world’s best universities, such as Sotogrande International School. Add to that the glamour of cities such as Marbella, just a short drive from the luxury of Sotogrande, and the Costa del Sol is one of the world’s most attractive destinations for those wanting to invest in a property.
The Costa del Sol is one of Europe’s premier golfing destinations. Many of the golf courses here are world renowned, including La Reserva Club, Sotogrande which sits high up at the exclusive Sotogrande leisure and real estate destination at the southern point of Andalusia. The panoramic views make for an incredible backdrop to this Cabell B. Robinson-designed course, which in 2021 hosted the ARAMCO Team Series, a professional golf competition on the Ladies European Tour.
Just 3km away, Real Club Sotogrande is a Robert Trent Jones masterpiece and rivals its neighbour, the Robert Trent Jones Snr.-designed Valderrama Golf Club, for quality. You’ll be stepping in the shoes of legends at Valderama, with the course having hosted both the prestigious Spanish Masters and the 1997 Ryder Cup. Another is Finca Cortesin, host of the Volvo World Matchplay on three occasions. Other memorable rounds can be played at any of the three courses at La Cala, and at the two excellent courses at San Roque Club.