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Golf

Enjoying the sun and golfing in Andalusia twelve months a year is a reality. With close to 120 golf courses, you can enjoy your favorite sport in any of our community’s eight provinces, and in world-class courses designed by legendary players and the world’s most prestigious designers.

Andalusia is Europe’s leading golf tourist destination due to the quality of its courses located in privileged areas, with beautiful landscapes and near idyllic beaches.

Beginners, amateurs and professionals alike can enjoy these courses. In the Costa del Sol, with more than half of Andalusia’s golf courses

Throughout the entire year Andalusia’s golf courses hold important tournaments in the amateur category. In the professional category Andalusia annually hosts several tournaments of the European Golf Circuit, bringing together the best golfers in the world so that fans may enjoy the great beauty of this sport in the incomparable setting of Andalusia.

Beaches

Washed by the Mediterranean Sea, the Costa del Sol extends along more than 150 kilometres of coastline in the province of Malaga, in the southern Iberian Peninsula. Its name, the “Coast of the Sun”, is not due to mere chance: with over 325 sunny days a year and a benevolent climate, this is a paradisiacal place with beaches to suit all tastes.

Starting at the Maro cliffs, and extending through Nerja, with its Balcón de Europa viewing point and cave; delightful Torrox; stately Vélez-Málaga; attractive Rincón de la Victoria; the magnificent capital; the famed Torremolinos; Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, Estepona, Manilva and peaceful Casares, the Costa del Sol is a dream location for a holiday where the possibilities are endless.

Each beach has its own charms. Some are livelier, others are quieter and more
solitary; some are absolutely untouched, and others have the most modern
services. You will surely find your own personal paradise on the Costa del Sol.

From the western coast of Cadiz to Nerja, on the border with the province of Granada, there is an area where tourism is highly developed. The waters are calm, warm and transparent, and the scenery is beautiful and varied, as many beaches are set between the mountains and the sea.

A large percentage of the total accommodation available in Andalusia is
concentrated on the western Costa del Sol. There are many tourist services of all types, including berths for sporting boats at 13 marinas and yacht clubs, as well as golf courses, all types of sports facilities, casinos and a myriad of leisure and entertainment options.

Design & Interiors

Over the
years we have been fortunate to help our clients with design and interiors,
whether its just a cosmetic makeover or a complete redesign we can help you
with this. We can bring together a bespoke look for your apartment, townhouse
or Villa, setting you apart from the rest. We will go through all aspects of
the design ensuring you are happy every step of the way, we deal with makeovers
from small budgets to high end. We also work alongside the most cutting edge of
interior designers here on the Costa del Sol who can bring you the latest furniture,
kitchens, lighting, floor& garden trends and spaces for inspired
experiences in your new home.

Healthcare

The Andalusia Health Service
(SAS) is an autonomous body dependent of the Junta de Andalucía Health Board.
Its mission is to guarantee health care to all citizens of Andalucía. All
health centres, specialized treatment centers and hospitals belong to the SAS.

In Mijas there are three health centres situated in Mijas
village, Las Lagunas and La Cala and a recently inaugurated Specialized
Treatment Centre called CARE situated in Las Lagunas. The nearest hospital for
Mijas residents is situated in Marbella.

On receipt of the letter of authorization sent
by the INSS (National Institute of Social Security) you have to take it along
with your passport (and a photocopy) or ID card (and a photocopy), your
Certificate of Registration of Residence (and a photocopy) to their nearest
health centre where they will have to sign an application form to be included
in the Andalusian Data Base of Users of the Medical Health Care System. (DBU).

The
SAS will register you and send you a health card. Even though the card may take
time to arrive, medical care is effective once you have signed the form and
registered). The services offered to residents are: the Health Card, Medical
assistance, emergency treatment, and subsidized medicine which is free for
pensioners and 60% off for all others.

Useful Information

Mealtimes tend to be a little later in Spain than in the rest of Europe: breakfast is continental style and is usually eaten between 8am and 10.30am. In restaurants, lunch is served between 1pm and 3.30pm, and dinner from 8.30 to 11pm. In any case, the majority of tourist establishments adapt their opening times to the European norm, and, in practice, it is normal for cafés and bars to offer all-day service, with tapas, combo dishes, baguettes and “raciones” (dishes to share) available at any time.

Opening times for shops is 10am-2pm in the morning and 5-8/9pm in the afternoon. Department stores are open continuously 10am-9/10pm. Shops and shopping centres open on Saturday mornings, although in larger cities it is becoming more and more common to see them open on Saturday afternoons and even on some Sundays and public holidays. It is worth mentioning that bars and nightclubs usually remain open until 3 or 4am at weekends.

Chemists open during normal shopping hours, although in larger cities it is becoming more common to find 24-hour chemists. In any case, outside normal opening times there are specific duty chemists open all night. There are lists showing duty chemists for the night placed in the doorway of all chemists in a town.

Museums and monuments are usually open all day and often close one day during the week, given that they tend to stay open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Main Post Offices are usually open non-stop 8.30am-8.30pm Monday-Friday, and 9.30am-2pm on Saturdays, closing on Sundays and public holidays. Opening times for other Post Offices vary according to the type of office and where it is. Stamps can also be purchased in “estancos” (licensed tobacco shops).

In general, public bodies (consulates, embassies, town halls, etc.) are open to the public 8.30/9am-2/3pm, Monday-Friday.

National
Holidays

On national and
local holidays, public transport systems run, and you will find some museums,
monuments, information offices, shopping centers, etc. open. However, these
will often have special opening times and/or conditions, given that there may
be activities taking place in the area at the same time (fairs, open-air
celebrations, religious events, etc.), so you should find out in advance to
plan your trip correctly. 

  • New Year: 1 January
  • Epiphany: 6 January
  • Andalusia Day: 28 February
  • Maundy Thursday and Good Friday: date varies year to year (March-April)
  • Workers’ Day: 1 May
  • Assumption of the Virgin Mary: 15 August
  • Columbus Day: 12 October
  • All Saints’ Day: 1 November
  • Spanish Constitution Day: 6 December
  • The Immaculate Conception: 8 December
  • Christmas: 25 December

Useful Telephone Numbers

Emergencies: 112

“900”
numbers and some emergency numbers are free of charge.

National
Police
: 091

Local
Police
: 092

Guardia
Civil
: 062

Ambulance: 061

Fire
brigade
: 080

Maritime Rescue and Safety: 900202202

Regional Government of Andalusia, information:
902505505

Youth
Tourism Information – INTURJOVEN: 902510000

Women’s Line: 900200999

Child Line: 900851818

Consumers’ Line: 902215080

Healthcare Line:
902505060

Post Office Information:
902197197

AENA (Spanish
airports) Information: 902404704

RENFE – National
Rail Services, Information and Bookings: 902240202

RENFE –
International Rail Services, Information and Bookings: 902243402

Highways Agency (Dirección General de
Tráfico
 (DGT)) – Roadside Assistance: 900123505

Bringing
your Pets to Spain

You should bear in mind that in Andalusia/Spain:

  • You will not be able to travel with your pet if it is an
    endangered species.
  • The animal should be identifiable by a microchip or tattoo and
    should have the relevant veterinary certificate or passport according to the
    species.
  • The animal should travel with you in a suitable container.
  • The majority of establishments do not allow pets.
  • The majority of restaurants do not allow pets.

Before you start your trip, we recommend you check with
accommodation and transport companies, to see if pets are allowed, and under
what conditions.

If your pet is a dog, a cat or a anything else…

Before coming into Andalusia/Spain, your pet should meet a
series of sanitary and identification requirements, which may vary according to
the country of origin. Furthermore:

  • Your pet should be vaccinated against rabies.
  • If your pet is less than three months old, there are
    restrictions for entry into Spain. 

Shopping

Visiting Andalusia, enjoy, its climate, gastronomy and its people is what makes our land so unique. In addition, stopping to visit the craft workshops, its outdoor markets and shopping centers under the sun in Andalusia, is one of the best options to take home with you these products that identify our character and lifestyle.

You will also find countless Shopping Centers full of exclusive shops which will, no doubt, meet all of your expectations. 

Another interesting option in Andalusia is its markets. Street markets of all kinds that make their weekly stop in all the towns of Andalusia. You will find everything from fruit and vegetables in season to antiques, craft and costume jewelry For all tastes!

Enjoy your stay in Andalusia and don’t forget to take home a souvenir to remind you of all the happy times spent in our Region.

Food &
Drink

The Mediterranean diet is in fashion. Basic products such as fresh vegetables and pulses, fruit, fish and virgin olive oil have made Andalusian cuisine a major attraction.

Andalusian cuisine centers on fresh, local ingredients, with fish dishes available in coastal provinces and the finest meat dishes inland. A huge variety of fruit is to be found throughout. Perhaps the only difference is the personal touch that each town and village gives to its typical dishes.

Andalusia’s gastronomy is a faithful reflection of its history, packed with aromas, flavours and colours . It is a highly varied cuisine and its traditional products make it different and delicious.

The gastronomy of Andalusia owes much to the Moorish cuisine of Al-Andalus. Its refinement came to transform many customs.

Casseroles with vegetables and pulses, game stews, along with different seafood dishes are the essence of this cuisine.

The cultivation of vines in Andalusia goes back over many
centuries and the region is renowned for the production of prestigious wines
which are known the world over. Thanks to the growth in maritime trade, the
16th and 17th centuries were a period of particular growth.

The topography, geology and climate of Andalusia are all ideal for the cultivation of vines. The Mediterranean climate with all its different micro climates, the mild average temperatures (16ºC), the lack of frosts and hailstorms, and the long hours of sunshine, combine with the contrasting altitudes and systems of maturing  to create wines of exceptional quality, with a wide variety of types and characteristics.

This focus on high quality production has remained right up until the present day and more than 70% of Andalusian vineyards are run under the auspices of one of the six denominations of origen which were set up and monitored by their respective Regulatory Councils: Condado de Huelva (1933), Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (1933), Málaga (1933), Manzanilla de Sanlúcar (1964), Montilla-Moriles (1985), and Sierras de Málaga (2001). There are also 16 wines with geographic designation (Vinos de la Tierra) and a whole range of historic wines with no specific denomination which are none the less extremely popular such as the Tintilla from Rota, the Pajarete, the Moscatel from Chipiona, or the Mosto from the Aljarafe… A whole Wine Culture has grown up around all these different varieties with numerous bodegas, specialised museums, and traditional fiestas…

Ski in
Andalucia

Located in the heart of the Penibético system in the municipality of Monachil (Granada), the Sierra Nevada is the southernmost ski resort in Europe and home to the highest peaks in the Iberian Peninsula (Veleta at 3,394 m and Mulhacén at 3,478 m), all just 100 Km from the Mediterranean sea and the Costa Tropical.

Its 115,6 skiable kilometres on 120 marked pistes, the quality of the snow, the exceptional treatment of the slopes and the complementary leisure offer make the Sierra Nevada an international reference point and a must for the modern skier and tourists of the 21st century.

Sun and Snow are assured in this emblematic environmental paradise which was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1986 and which acquired National Park status in 1989.

Snow and Sun, Beach and Mountain, Sport and Leisure, Art and Gastronomy, Shopping and Relax in a Spa. Sierra Nevada offers you the perfect match. Sierra Nevada is a paradise for snow lovers.

The main Ski Resort in southern Europe, where more sunny days per year can be enjoyed, is the perfect place to practice all winter sports. The quality of its facilities and services, together with its lively atmosphere, make the resort a first rate meeting point for all snow lovers.

Don’t miss out the wide offer of snow sports and activities to practice during the day, while at night fun is also guaranteed: night-skiing, tapas and drinks alongside the slopes, restaurants, discos, etc. Light, warmth. Feel the South. Enjoy snow and much more…

Sierra Nevada focuses its developments for the new winter season in a line similar to that of the previous year, supporting the family skiing, and strengthening the youth sports scene (Superparque Sulayr) and new disciplines of snow (snowboarding and freestyle). Sierra Nevada this winter season opens with news in all areas of both snow and in hotels.

Astrotourism 

Stars, Constellations and Planetas give beautiful images of the skies of Andalusia, which have exceptional conditions to view this world, which despite being so far away, appears we do our hands.

The spectacle of the setting sun and nightfall gives way to thousands or millions of twinkling stars which will take you back to another time, or rather, to another planet.

When night falls, find a hideway that really shows the darkness of the night, suchas , for example, Starlight Bookings and Destinations of Andalusia.

For more detailed stargazing, the Astronomical Observatories provide visitors with the conditions, equipment and information to investigate the cosmos, or simply enjoy the sky of Andalusia.

Even you don’t recognise the stars or you does not know the names of the constellations, star gazing is a different kind of activity, which will be engraved in your memory.

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