Choice to make your mouth water
The visitor to this part of the Costa del Sol is certainly spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do and places to go. Miles of sandy beaches with water sports, fishing and sight-seeing, boat trips, excursions to family attractions such as Aquaparks, Theme Parks, Wildlife Parks, cable car rides, and beautifully landscaped 18 hole golf courses, these are just a sample of what’s on offer.
Year round golf at some of the 30 landscaped 18 hole courses on the Costa del Sol is a major attraction. In the vicinity of the apartment you have the 9-hole course adjoining the Hotel Artola which is ideal for practising and for beginners.
Thousands of tourists visit the Costa Del Sol every year for the sun and sand that it is famous for. If you are travelling with a family though you may wish to visit some of the local attractions and activities that will keep your children entertained whilst on holiday. Families with children are well catered for – there are plenty of things to do on the Costa del Sol.
Adventure and once in a lifetime experiences await you
They call it the Costa del Golf – and with nearly 60 golf courses in Andalucia, including more than 30 are on the Costa del Sol, it’s easy to see why! With year round sun the Costa del Sol is perfect for your golfing vacation.
Among my personal favourites are:
Torrequebrada – just 20 minutes from Mijas by car. It has hosted many world class tournaments including the Spanish Open.
Alhaurin El Grande – designed by Seve Ballesteros, 15 minutes from Mijas. Two 18 hole courses (one of which is a par three course) and a 9 hole short course. A buggy is advisable.
La Cala North and South – 15 minutes from Mijas. Two superb championship courses, also home to the David Leadbetter Golf Academy.
Valderrama – host to the ’97 Ryder Cup and San Roque – a venue for the PGA European Tour Qualifying School (90 minutes from Mijas).
Mijas Los Lagos – wide fairways, large raised greens and a monster 571 metre par 5, 5th – quite interesting!
There are 15 marinas on the Andalucian coast – the most local to Mijas is Fuengirola & to Estepona are Puerto Estepona, Puerto Duquesa and Sotogrande.
From here you can hire windsurfers, jet-skis, sailing dinghies and go water-skiing and fishing. Usually there are larger boats you can charter by the day from the marina office.
If you would like to charter a small sailing boat with a skipper for 4 to 6 hours then contact Johan who organises private day-trips aboard his Beneteau First 31.7 Cruiser out of Benalmadena Marina … his rates are pretty reasonable at around 200 euros a trip for up to 5 friends or family.
Days Afloat Boat Charter
Based in Marbella Days Afloat offers you, hourly, half day and full day charters on board a Monterey 262 Cruiser. Plan your own day and enjoy the clear blue waters snorkelling, swimming & looking for dolphins or just relax on board and top up your tan whilst taking in the views of the Costa Del Sol.
The nearest aqua park is on the Fuengirola ring-road next to the turn off for Coin/Mijas Golf. The other is located near Torremolinos.
Families travel from as far away as Gibraltar to spend a day at the Mijas aqua park. The aqua parks open from about Easter onwards for the summer season. Look out for special entrance offers in the local English newspapers (The Entertainer & Sur).
Aqua Arena Water Park – Brand new to the coast – it’s a bit like all the fun things they have on Wipe Out.
You can pay for and 1hr, 2 hr or all day. Open for summer months only.
Horse Riding & Trekking
Alhaurin Golf & Country Club
An excellent riding school is located at the Alhaurin Golf & Country Club (tel. 952 59 58 00) which is about 15 minutes by car from Mijas. Horses are provided for experienced riders and lessons can be arranged if required.
The Escuela de Arte Ecuestre in Estepona
A riding school is located at The Escuela de Arte Ecuestre in Estepona, they provide lessons or simply hire horses for riding. La Almuna farm/guesthouse (952 15 13 43) near Gaucin will provide horses for experienced riders only. You can also hire horses near Tarifa for riding across the miles of sand dunes.
Hurricane Hotel (Tarifa)
Situated right on the beach, this well known Moorish style hotel has good riding facilities, offering beach rides, lessons or four day excursions through mountain trails to Ronda. Tarifa, Cadiz. Tel: 956 68 49 19
Valderrama Equestrian Centre
In the hills just above Sotogrande, professional tuition in dressage, jumping and competition preparation. Lessons from beginners upwards with BHSAI and escorted hacks in delightful countryside. Livery service available.
Los Caireles Riding Club, Marbella
Trips and excursions to mountain villages, horse rental, beginners lessons, spanish style dressage, horse training, liveries. Open Tuesday to Sunday in Marbella.
There is no shortage of places to play tennis on the Costa del Sol. The two most famous clubs are the Manolo Santana Club in Marbella is where the Marbella Open is held each summer and Lew Hoads Campo De Tennis in Mijas (tel. 952 47 48 58).
The Lew Hoads facilities include 8 tennis courts, tuition, beautiful landscaped gardens, bar, restaurant, pool, boutique and changing rooms. There are year round Tuesday and Thursday tournaments for all standards, plus another 5 major tournaments throughout the year. Ideal tennis playing conditions with an average daily temperature of 20 deg.C make it possible to play tennis all year round.
Mini Cruise & Fishing
Fly Blue Gran Catamaran Based in Marbella & Puerto Banus – they offer daily 3 hour cruises. Sail along the Mediterranean while looking for dolphins and enjoying the views of the Costa del Sol. Cool off in the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean then enjoy a BBQ and a glass of Sangria.
Sea fishing between March to October – enjoy an unforgettable day aboard Sama. Based in Benalmadena port, for full details tell. 617 923 178.
Also try Luna 5 also based in Benalmadena Marina – you should see the picture of their record tuna catch of 628lb ! Their boat is a new luxury Astinor 1000 with twin 240 hp diesels, cabin, shower, flybridge etc – full details at 670 611 427
Walking & Trekking
Spain is the second most mountainous country in Europe and the mountain ranges of the Costa del Sol extend almost to the coast. Most people content themselves looking at the mountains from their pool loungers but that is no substitute to being among them. The area of Mijas has some of the most stunning scenery and best walks that you can find in Europe. Best of all the trails are deserted and easy to access. The best time of the year for walking is from Mid September through to Mid June. Some seasonal delights are January when the skies are clear blue and the bare almond trees are in full blossom, and Spring when the mountains are alive with wild poppies, lavender and other flowers.
Discover hidden valleys and pine forests, walk though old open mines where the Romans first mined. Easily walk from one side of the mountain where you can see the sea to the other and gaze upon inland Spain. Visit the Shrine of Calvario that appears to float on the mountainside above Mijas.
Those who find hiking not quite exciting enough, may like to try mountaineering, rock climbing or caving, all of which are popular in this part of Spain with a wealth of challenges and some of the best areas in Europe outside the Alps.
The Garganta el Chorro (El Chorro Gorge – pictured here), two and a half miles long, up to 1,300 feet deep, and, in places, barely 30 feet wide, briefly splits the Andalusian heartland. Join the countless climbers who home in from all over the world and whose bright colors make its walls shimmer. Choose from over 200 routes traced into the rock face. Their names-The Policeman Stole My Walkman, Brain Clot, Mama Wants to be a Bullfighter-are as intriguing as the routes themselves. Standards range from beginner-type clambering up the Placa de los Cotos to scary routes up the near-vertical walls of the gorge’s steepest sections. There are several mountaineering clubs and some challenging rock faces, particularly around the area of El Chorro near Alora (see above).
Sierra de las Nieves, between Ronda and Malaga or Sierra Almijara are also popular with climbers.
Established in 1969, the Original Dolphin Safari TM is the longest running and most popular marine safari in Europe. Based in Gibraltar our brand new boat called GOLDFIN, 430 horse power, is especially designed to watch dolphins and whales in the bay and Straits of Gibraltar. Strong, fast, modern, safe, with all the accommodation necessary inside and outside for one of the most enjoyable and unforgettable experience of your life.
Hot Air Ballooning
Come and join us for the exclusive thrill of a lighter-than-air flight in the undiscovered Andalucian hinterland near to the Costa del Sol, and take a birds-eye view of the spectacular Spanish countryside.
Weather permitting, we offer daily passenger flights in Ronda and Antequera two of the most historic towns in Andalucia and only a short drive from either Marbella or Malaga. With the predominantly good flying conditions here in Southern Spain, we can offer balloon flights all year round. The changing seasons enhance the experience and offer something unique during each flight.
So climb aboard and enjoy the magic of the oldest and gentlest form of aviation.
For more information please visit: Flights to Globe
One 2 One diving are a friendly & professional team that invites you to experience the wide selection of marine life that the Costa del Sol has to offer … with stunning reefs, dramatic cavern & wall dives, boat dives, night dives and deep dives there is something for every one.
The team dive at a variety of sites, with itineraries based on customer’s levels of experience and prevailing weather conditions. Popular locations include Gibraltar, Tarifa, Marbella and Nerja each offering a different underwater experience. One 2 One offer a fun family experience with bubble maker and seal team for the kids and a full range of diving courses from ‘Discover Scuba’ through to PADI professional certification for the adults. They are also the only dive school I know of on the coast that offer facilities for disabled divers with an HAS trained instructor.
Snorkeling is also very popular in the marine reserve and equipment including buoyancy aids may be rented.
Enjoy the thrill of the many rides and amusements, using the Tivolino, the parks own currency or alternatively you may take advantage of the Supertivolino, which is a special offer that enables unlimited use of some 30 rides.
There are several squares where you will enjoy varied free shows.
At the Western Square: An authentic reproduction of a Wild West Town, you will be delighted by sensational French Can-Can, and Country Western Shows. Also special kids shows are performed.
At Andalusian Square, you will be able to appreciate the Andalusian Folklore with the best Flamenco and Spanish Ballet shows on the Coast.
In high season there is an open air theatre which caters for all tastes with live music, folklore, dances etc.
Whatever your preferred shopping experience Spanish people view shopping as a whole day affair, especially on a Friday night and all day Saturday. The town centres and shopping malls are full with people shopping, eating, drinking and mainly enjoying spending time with the whole family.