Lifestyle on the Costa del Sol
Updated: Mar 31, 2021
For many who visit Costa del Sol, it's a love at first sight. Two out of three tourists that travel here for holidays sooner or later buy one-way ticket and decide to settle down and you really can't blame them.
It's a dreamlike place that offers a great lifestyle at an affordable pice. Whether you enjoy a beach, play golf, or more extreme sports, you will be drawn to this place before you know it. You can have any type of lifestyle, aspiration and yearning - Marbella will meet you half way.
Find out what lifestyle you can expect to have in Marbella.
The unique climate in Marbella offers wonderful outdoor activities. There is no shortage of leisure and sports facilities on the whole coast. Numerous activities are within easy reach of your home and can be enjoyed with your entire family. Whether you want to play golf or tennis, hike, bike or ride a horse through the region’s many trails, there is no better place than Marbella. If you’re a rock-climbing enthusiast, you will want to visit El Chorro where climbers flock from all over the world to spend time in its spectacular scenery. For the sailing and water sports enthusiasts, there is no shortage of marinas between Málaga and Tarifa. There are the very exclusive ports such as Puerto Banús, where you will see boats of all sizes and prices, to the more affordable ones with boat owners who offer deep-sea fishing or dolphin watching.
Sports Competition Enthusiasts
Triathlon Andalucía takes place in the province of Cadiz and Huelva, in the Doñana National Park. The participants must complete a circuit of 200km in a unique natural environment, starting in the streets of the historic centre of Cadiz. They cycle through some of the loveliest towns in Cadiz, swim across the Guadalquivir river which flows through Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and run along the wild beach of the Doñana National Park that has been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
The Ironman competition is one of the fastest growing triathlon series in the world. Marbella is the host of each year’s edition of the Ironman in Spain. The athletes swim 1.9km in the Mediterranean waters, cycle 90km of the bike course through memorable settings like Puerto de Ojén, ascending along the “caracolillos” road - they cross different towns like Onda, Coín, and Cártama - and ride back to Marbella to enjoy the last 21km of running by the seafront promenade, flanked by cheering spectators as they strive for the finish line - right on the sand of Puerto Banús.
The Vuelta a España (Race around Spain) is a cycling race included in great tours, after Tour de France and Giro d’Italia. It belongs to the World Cycling World Tour Cycle (UCI). La Vuelta race takes place over three weeks’ period between August and September and each year it usually includes a few stages in Andalucía.
As many Northern European Football leagues enter their midseason winter breaks they tend to look towards the south of Spain as an ideal location to get in some much needed warm weather training. As a result, many of these club sides choose Andalusia due to its close proximity, easy accessibility and warmer winter climate. For example, between January and late March, La Manga Club hosts about 80 teams from countries such as Germany, Belgium, England, France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Turkey, Slovakia, Portugal, Croatia, Poland and Russia.
It is not an overstatement to say that one could probably be healthier in Spain than anywhere else in Europe. The Mediterranean regions, in general, have good health records, and the warmth of the sun throughout the year helps people stay fitter and healthier. Being exposed to sunlight for 320 days a year helps people to stay healthy and happy. People living in this climate tend to eat more fish, fresh fruit and vegetables as well as use olive oil. Spain has been the main producer of those for years. The Spanish have one of the highest levels of life expectancy in Europe. It is probably the combination of healthy eating habits, sunshine and a generally laid back attitude towards life.
On the Costa Del Sol, due to the large number of residents from England, the Scandinavian countries, Germany and France, private as well as state health care is well developed. Hospitals are at the highest level providing excellent treatment conditions and friendly professional service. There are a number of insurance companies, such as Sanitas or AxA, which offer a full range of medical services along with operations in the best hospitals with modern equipment.
Some of the most popular hospitals in Marbella are:
Quirón Salud Marbella belongs to a leading group in the health sector with an extensive network of hospitals throughout Spain. They offer multilingual assistance, more than 500 professionals, and has the most advanced medical technology.
HC Marbella International Hospital has a team of highly experienced medical professionals offering pioneering and innovative techniques. It has access to some of the most prestigious national and international doctors.
Buchinger Wilhelmi is a clinic far from the clichés idea of a sterile medical facility. It is a third-generation family business with all the warmth and personal care that comes with it. The architecture is light-infused and sensual, featuring natural materials and colours.
Depicting traditions influenced by their forefathers, mainly of Moorish and Roman origin, many areas around Marbella showcase enchanting villages with white washed little houses and beautiful historic monuments. And even though the little coastal villages have become touristy they have been able to maintain the ancient charm associated with this destination, which actually makes the destination even more popular. And even though these towns were originally fortresses, through the times the people in this area have turned to agriculture for a livelihood turning the little fortress villages to olive oil and goats' milk havens. Marbella is also famous for its beautiful monuments of Islamic culture. When walking around the city, you will pass by oriental buildings and Christian culture objects. The Roman Bridge was built in the first century and was part of the Via Augusta, which once connected Rome to Cádiz. The Roman Bridge is now part of the Puente Romano Hotel, a world-renowned luxury resort.
Ask our team to show you around some of the most luxurious apartments and villas around the historic Puente Romano.
Cathedrals and churches come mainly from the period between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The journey from Marbella to Granada, Malaga and Seville only takes about two hours thanks to the excellent communication network.
For all the art and culture enthusiasts, Marbella has a variety of museum and art galleries which focus on everything from prehistoric roots to great works of classical and contemporary art. Since 2015, on every third or last weekend of July, Marbella hosts the Modern and Contemporary Art Show which takes place in the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos. It is the first major international art fair in the Costa del Sol. The event presents work of 40 renowned galleries with over 100 collectors and over 10,000 art lovers attending. Some of the most places worth a visit are: Contemporary Engravings Museum, housed in a beautiful 16th-century building; Bonsai Museum, home to Europe’s largest collection of wild olive trees; Ralli Museum, home to one of Europe’s most prestigious collections of Latin American art; Art Wanson Gallery, hosting some of the best collections on 19th, 20th and 21st century; Olive Oil Museum, housed in an elegant 18th century building which once was a sugar mill and olive oil factory; Archeology Museum, showcases the history of the city from the Palaeolithic period.
Marbella has some of the most celebrated nightspots in the whole of Costa del Sol. Always elegant and always kept within the highest levels in terms of quality. You can enjoy relaxing days at the pool or on the beach, or enjoy a delightful meal in top restaurants. Some of the places are so famous and outstandingly beautiful that they can be difficult to get to. Unless you book in advance, the queues can stretch endlessly. Whether you spend your night at a magnificent restaurant, fabulous club or an elegant bar, all of these places can create an effect on you of wanting to come back to this Mediterranean city year after year.
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