Autumn is a fantastic season on the Costa del Sol. The crowds have dispersed and the intense heat dropped. The weather remains mild throughout autumn and still good enough for a trip to the beach and a dip in the sea. However if you have packed your swimwear away and are ready for the next adventure there are alternative activities for pleasantly warm days.
Be it a gentle bike ride with the family along the sea front, mountain biking of the beaten track or endurance cycling to a white washed village, the Costa del Sol has your cycling style covered. In recent years local town halls have acknowledged that cycling is growing in popularity on the Costa del Sol, both for local residents and the sports tourism market. Consequently cycle lanes have been created and more traffic awareness given. Additionally, infrastructural improvements to existing promenades, plus construction of new seaside boardwalks are a benefit for the cycle enthusiasts.The Costa del Sol is a mountainous region. Off the beaten track a few minutes away from the coast, you can quickly discover the true beauty of Andalucía in a fun and exciting way. Mountian biking trails twist and weave across terrains such as pine forests and olive groves. Suitable for all ages and adapted to your level, specialist bike companies guide you along fast tracks, descents, jumps, sandy grounds and more. For those who prefer long distance, endurance cycling, and the opportunity to visit places of historical intrigue on two wheels the Costa del Sol is the perfect base to start your adventure. An ideal opportunity to stop off in a Venta - a typical roadside restaurant- for a taste the true flavor of rural Andalucía before returning back to the coast.
There are specialist, highly qualified cycling companies offering private and group tours
When The Ryder Cup, golf’s most prestigious tournament came to Europe for the first time in 1997, it selected the Real Golf Valderrama for its stage. From this moment the Costa del Sol was sealed on the map as one of Europe’s finest golfing destinations. With its ideal climate, autumn is when the golf season starts on the aptly named Costa del Golf, there are over 70 golf courses to choose from. Whether your handicap is high or low there are endless opportunities for a memorable day of golf right here. First class courses and practice facilities stretch the coast from east to west. Torrequebrada golf. Rio Real. The Golf Valley; Aloha Golf, Las Brisas Golf, La Quinta Golf and Los Naranjos Golf. The prestigious Marbella Club. The links course in la Alcadiesa, and golf´s golden triangle of San Roque, Royal Sotogrande and Valderamana, to name only a few. If you plan to spend time on the Costa del Sol and don’t yet play golf there is no better place to learn the beautiful game. The sport is an opportunity not only to exercise in the fresh air, also to meet new people and integrate into the social scene with regular competitions. If you don’t wish to join a Golf Club consider a golf society. It´s never too late to start golfing.
Attention Adrenaline junkies- due to the proximity of the Gibraltar Straits, stable weather conditions for kitesurf are met throughout the year on The Costa de Sol. There are now 3 designated stretches of beach along the coast for this fun and exhilarating water sport and Marbella´s Rio Real beach is one of them. although this stretch is classed as being for the experienced kitesurfer. Kitesurf is truely growing in popularity on the Costa del Sol and there are many schools offering kite surfing courses and selling the equipment.
Kayak and Paddle Board
Paddle Boarding is another water sport that has gained popularity recently. Great fun for children and not as easy as it looks, it does require balance but once you have tried a handful of times it gets easier. There is a great pleasure to gain taking yourself out in the water and having the sensation of calmness, ideally when the water is quite flat. Looking back to the coast and watching the fish swim beneath you is something special.Kayaking is another fun aquatic sport on the costa del sol. Sightseeing in a Kayak along the coastline or enjoying the beauty and thrill of a river tour. There are many specialist companies offering guided tours. Not much skill is required for this activity so long as you can swim, and so to enjoy a dip in the crystal clear waters if the desire takes you.
Tennis and Paddle
Popular across Spain, Paddle is a dynamic and fun racquet sport that combines tennis, squash and badminton. The game was invented by Enrique Corcuera of Mexico, who opened the first paddle club in Marbella in 1974. Today you will find numerous Paddle clubs across the coast and public paddle courts making this sociable sport accessible for all. Tennis has long been a favoured leisure activity, for the whole family, on the Costa del Sol. With several Tennis Clubs across the coast including Manolo Santana and the prestigious Puente Romano Club which attracts professional tennis stars to play on its courts each year and host of the international Davis Cup.