The Costa del Sol is the perfect destination for golf lovers. Located in the south of Spain, in Andalusia, it has the highest concentration of golf courses in all Europe, earning it the nickname of the Costa del Golf.
Due to its exceptional location, beside the Mediterranean Sea, it has an average temperature of 20 degrees and more than 320 days of sun each year. This is why the Costa del Sol is a sure bet for both enthusiasts and professionals who want to play golf at any time of year.
The Costa del Sol is easy to reach, as it now has an international airport with connections to all the major cities in the world.
The Costa del Golf: an historic destination for golf enthusiasts
Since the Real Club de Campo, today the Málaga Parador de Golf, was founded in 1925, this sport's popularity has only grown, as too has the number of courses available. This was the very first golf course in Andalusia. The Costa del Sol currently has more than 70 highly competitive golf courses.
Internationally renowned players, such as Miguel Ángel Jiménez, were born and raised on the Costa del Sol. Others, including Severiano Ballesteros and José María Cañizares, have contributed their talent and experience to the Costa del Golf's excellent reputation.
Designer golf courses
Many of the Costa del Sol's courses are the work of famous architects, such as Robert Trent Jones. This is the case with Valderrama, one of Spain's most iconic golf courses. It has been recognised as the best golf course in continental Europe on numerous occasions, and was also the first course outside the United Kingdom to host the legendary Ryder Cup.
However, there are many other courses that enjoy a high level of international prestige on the Costa del Golf. The designs of Tom Simpson and Cabell Robinson have also contributed to the creation of fantastic golf courses on the Costa del Sol.
Not only golf
Beyond the greens, the Costa del Sol has a wealth of cultural and leisure activities on offer. Golfers can make the most of their stay by visiting some of its 103 villages, discovering its museums, walking around the streets of some of its liveliest city centres, soaking up the culture and enjoying a unique atmosphere.
Another of the main attractions in Málaga province is the cuisine. There are a total of seven Michelin Star restaurants, tapas bars, establishments offering haute-cuisine, international and traditional menus, and wineries etc. Wherever you choose to visit you will enjoy a fantastic culinary experience.